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New Delhi, Aug 18: Here are the top deals on Android smartphones, with lots of freebies.Some phones already offer a lot for their price. However, when you get additional deals, it gets even better.Here are
India TV News Desk August 18, 2012 13:15 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi, Aug 18: Here are the top deals on Android smartphones, with lots of freebies.



Some phones already offer a lot for their price. However, when you get additional deals, it gets even better.

Here are five such Android smartphones that are good phones to buy and are currently being offered at special prices.

HTC Sensation XE (Rs 24,749)

Sensation XE was the first smartphone to benefit from the HTC and Beats Audio tie up, which means you get an awesome music experience on it. Besides, Sensation XE has a minor cosmetic upgrade as well in the form of Beats inspired red accents around the phone.

HTC Sensation XE runs on Android v2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and has a 1.5 GHz dual core processor coupled with 768 MB of RAM. The phone is expected to get Android 4.0 soon.



The Sensation XE from HTC has a 4.3 inch qHD screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. HTC has integrated its Sense 3.0 user interface into the phone and that makes the whole experience much better.

The camera is also powerful. It has an 8 megapixel sensor with auto-focus, and a powerful dual LED that can shoot images at a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. The phone supports geo tagging.

Touch-focus, image stabilization, face detection and instant capture on this HTC handset make photography easy and fun. A secondary camera on the phone can be used to make video calls. You can record full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps with stereo sound recording.

A 1730 mAh battery powers this HTC mobile phone. The battery is said to offer talktime of 9 hours on 2G and 7 hours on 3G. This phone gives you standby time of 310 hours on 2G and 540 hours on 3G. Sensation XE from HTC has an internal memory of 1 GB and is expandable up to 32 GB with the help of microSD cards.

Though the phone is now much cheaper than its original price of around Rs 36,000 it is still available at Rs 27,000 on other sites. Snapdeal is offering it for only Rs 24,749 as part of a limited period deal.

Motorola Defy Plus (Rs 13,299)

If you want a tough phone that can withstand water, heat, scratches and dust that devices have to endure in the Indian environment, Motorola Defy Plus is the device you should be looking at.



Defy Plus operates on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with a single core 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 3620 processor with 2 GB on-board storage.

Bearing a 3.7 inch Corning Gorilla Glass display, the scratch resistant glass certainly makes it an important contender in the mid range segment. Also, the water resistant and dust resistant design provides a sense of security.

The handset features a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash. By default, Defy+ will come with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread preloaded and a bunch of other applications like the Zinio Magazine reader. It features an Adobe Flash 10 enabled mobile web browser for faster web browsing. Packing a 1700 mAh battery Defy+ offers 7.1 hours of talk time, which is quite amazing for a mid-range Android device.

The phone was launched at a much higher price but then as it now has successors in the form of Defy XT etc. the prices have dropped. The Infibeam.com price for this phone is at least Rs 500 cheaper than other retailers' prices.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S LT18i (Rs 21,998)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S LT18i is a sleek touchscreen phone with Android Gingerbread OS, which is expected to be upgraded to Android 4.0 shortly.



The phone was launched late last year but still holds well thanks to brilliant specifications. It has a 4.2 inch Reality display with a Mobile Bravia engine. The phone has an 8.1 megapixel camera with LED flash, 16x digital zoom, autofocus, CMOS sensor, sweep panorama for 3D viewing of images, and 720p HD video recording capability. It has GPRS, Edge, 3G, Bluetooth, and WiFi b/g/n connectivity. Other features include a 1.4 GHz turbo processor, 512 MB of RAM, A-GPS, social networking apps, 3D games, and 32 GB of expandable memory.

Saholic.com is offering the phone at Rs 21,998 which is at least Rs 2,000 cheaper than other popular sites. Ebay.in is offering the phone for Rs 17,600 only, but it doesn't come with a Sony India warranty, though there is a one year warranty provided by a warranty services company with 200 centers across the country.

HTC Desire C (Rs 13,550)

This is one of the latest handsets in this list and benefits from features like Beats Audio, Android 4.0 operating system and the HTC brand name.

The new HTC Desire C has a 3.5 inch touchscreen display and is powered by a 600 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processor. Running the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 User Interface, Desire C was made available last month for Rs 14,999 but now costs Rs 13,550 through eBay.in.



Flaunting a metallic frame HTC Desire C measures 12.5 mm and weighs a mere 100 grams. Appearing as a stubby version of the current HTC One S or One X, it has 480 x 320 pixel resolution support..

Desire C uses 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB on-board storage. Of course, one can add up to a 32 GB microSD card for expanding storage. At the back is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash with geo-tagging support. There is no secondary camera on the front.

HTC has also added Beats Audio technology for better sound output and consumers can buy one of the Beats Audio headphones from the market to use with the smartphone. Other features include GPS with A-GPS support, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, accelerometer, and a proximity sensor. HTC Desire C incorporates a humble 1230 mAh battery, which rests in a removable back cover.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos S6802 (11,900)

This is one of the most popular Android dual SIM phones. This particular version is the GSM+GSM one (CDMA+GSM is also available). This version was launched recently.



Galaxy Ace Duos S6802 comes with a 3.5 inch display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution along with HSDPA 7.2 connectivity. The device is powered by an 833 MHz processor running Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system for maximum compatibility with most present day apps. Users can also take advantage of the integrated 5 megapixel camera to take and share stunning photos and videos.

Samsung's Touchwiz user interface has been incorporated in the device that lets users navigate the phone easily and fluidly. 3 GB of onboard storage ensures that users can comfortably store videos, music and images on the go.

Samsung's ChatON communication service also comes preinstalled on the device and lets users connect to any phone platform.

The phone is generally available for Rs 12,900 but Homeshop18 is offering it for Rs 11,900.