When Dell introduced the first 5-inch phablet called Streak, the device didn't manage to impress consumers. It all zeroed down to comfort, and most users felt that the screen was too large for a smartphone experience. It was the Galaxy Note that helped break the ice. And today, as we see it, larger screens are becoming a prerequisite for smartphones. A large screen ensures more viewing area for essential features such as Internet browsing, emails, entertainment and others. By large screen, we mean a display size above 4-inches, usually seen on high-end phones. But there are a handful of Android smartphones that bring to you the large screen viewing experience without a steep price tag. We have listed 5 such phones with larger display (above 4-inches) under Rs. 15,000.

Micromax Superphone Canvas A100Rs. 9,900
Micromax brings the large screen device experience to the budget category with the Superphone Canvas A100. During our hands-on with the Canvas A100, it came across sporting good aesthetics and not cheap or bulky. Moreover, considering the phone has a 1GHz processor with an Adreno 200 GPU, a large 5-inch display, dual SIM and selling at a lucrative price of Rs. 9,900 (MOP), we think the A100 is an excellent buy. It is one of the cheapest, branded Android ICS -based handset with the largest screen on the market, available for a price below the Rs 10,000 mark.

5-inch Superphone under 10k

5-inch Superphone under 10k

Take a quick look at its specs:

  • 5-inch IPS touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE, GPRS
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth with A2DP, USB 2.0 (micro)
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, front facing VGA camera
  • 2GB of internal memory plus microSD support for up to 32GB

                       
Samsung Wave 3Rs. 14,499
If you are looking for a large screen device from giant like Samsung, then the Wave 3 fits the aforementioned criteria perfectly. The Wave 3 has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display but isn't the usual Android-clad phone from Samsung. It runs on Samsung’s Bada 2.0 OS and has a nifty specs sheet. In our hands-on review, we found the device very impressive, except for the lack of apps in the Samsung Apps store. It is the crisp and clear screen that makes this device a great option for media consumption. It has been priced just under Rs. 15,000.

Samsung's Wave at low price, large screen

Samsung's Wave at low price, large screen

Here are the specs of the Samsung Wave 3:

  • 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GRPS and Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth with A2DP, USB 2.0,
  • 5MP AF camera with an LED flash and 720p video recoding
  • 4GB of internal memory plus microSD support for up to 32GB

iBall Andi 5cRs. 12,900
The Andi 5c is yet another attempt at bringing the 5-inch viewing experience at lower cost. This phone puts on plate all the connectivity features that one may be looking for at a lucrative price tag. Though the MRP is Rs. 15,999, it is available through online stores for Rs. 12,999, which seems a decent price looking at the overall device and the 5-inch IPS display. This device also runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and is fuelled by a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor. The large display spruces up the viewing experience and the large battery supports it further by squeezing out 9 hours and 50 minutes of continuous movie playback.

iBall Andi 5c

Large screen, long battery life

A quick look at its specs:

  • 5-inch IPS touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE / GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth with A2DP, USB (micro)
  • 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and VGA front facing camera
  • 4GB internal + microSD card support for up to 32GB more memory

LG Optimus L5 – Rs. 13,000
The next mobile phone in our list is the Optimus L5 from renowned phone maker LG. Sporting a 4-inch TFT display, this handset maintains a good balance between features and looks. In fact, it even supports NFC, which is a pretty good move for a device that is priced well below the Rs. 15K mark. It is aesthetically pleasing and definitely one of the good looking phones in its class. It will give you a taste of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by an 800 MHz Cortex-A5 processor.

Aesthetics at its best

Aesthetics at its best

Take a look at the specs of the LG Optimus L5:

  • 4.0-inch capacitive HVGA touchscreen with 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi (Hot spot)
  • NFC,  Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0
  • GPS with A-GPS Navigation,
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • 4GB internal + microSD card support for up to 32GB

WickedLeak WammyRs. 11,000
The Wammy Note is the latest entrant in the budget 5-inch category. Crafted by a group of engineers, it works on a single core 1GHz processor but is pretty smooth and fast enough for daily use. It sports a sleek, slim look along with additional bundled items such as a free battery and plastic back panel case. The Wammy is being shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich, but is expected to get a Jelly Bean update soon. The phone is one of the first Androids with a large screen to feature a built-in analogue TV tuner; you can tune into local terrestrial signals using the antenna which looks like a stylus.

Yet another 5-incher

Yet another 5-incher

Take a quick look at its specs:

  • 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
  • 3G, GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth, microUSB cable
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front facing camera
  • 4GB internal + microSD card support for up to 32GB more memory

Several manufacturers are now trying to build budget phones with larger screens. In fact, 5-inchers are being favoured by manufactueres. Spice is expected to start shipping the Horizon whereas Mercury has recently released the Magiq, both featuring 5-inch screens at  low price.

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