Spice Stellar vs. the Android budget competition: specifications compared

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 10 Jun 2012
Spice Stellar vs. the Android budget competition: specifications compared

Budget Android smartphones are extremely popular in India, and most major manufacturers in the country, as well as some big international names such as Samsung and LG, have been looking to capitalize on the Android craze in India for a while now, offering the rapidly growing Google operating system to users in affordable devices.

This week, Spice announced that it would be launching three new budget Android smartphones in the Indian market – the Spice Stellar, Spice Stellar Horizon and the Spice Stellar Craze. All the three devices will be priced at Rs. 10,000, Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 6,499 respectively.

The Spice Stellar is expected to hit store shelves first, closely followed by the other two devices. All the devices will be upgraded to Android 4.0 ICS towards the end of July.

Since all the three phones fall under the budget smartphone category, we thought we’d see how the devices compare to the competition on grounds of specifications. Take a look at the detailed specifications comparison of budget Android phones available in the market today (close to the Rs. 10,000 price tag).

Particulars
Spice Stellar
Spice Stellar Horizon
Huawei Ideos X3 U8510
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos
Samsung Galaxy Ace
LG Optimus Hub
 
Price
Rs. 10,000
Rs. 12,000
Rs. 9,990
Rs. 9,500
Rs. 11,400
Rs. 11,999
Processor
Single-core Snapdragon
Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
Qualcomm MSM7227
NA
Qualcomm MSM7227
Qualcomm MSM7227Т
Processor Speed
1GHz
1GHz
600 MHz
832 MHz
800 MHz
800 MHz
RAM
512MB
512MB
256 MB
384 MB
278 MB
512MB
Display Size
4-inch
5-inch
3.2-inch
2.6-inch
3.5-inch
3.5-inch
Display Resolution
NA
NA
320 x 480
320 x 240
320 x 480
320 x 480
Internal Storage
4GB
4GB
512MB
160 MB
158 MB
150MB
Expandable Storage
MicroSD
MicroSD
MicroSD
MicroSD
MicroSD
MicroSD
Battery
2,000 mAh
2,150 mAh
1,200 mAh
1,350 mAh
1,350 mAh
1,500 mAh
OS
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Rear Camera
5 MP
5 MP
3.15MP
3.15MP
5MP
5MP
Front camera
VGA
VGA
VGA
VGA
NA
NA

From the above table it is clear that Spice is bringing some really good specifications to the budget smartphone space. We are particularly excited about the Spice Stellar Horizon as it boasts of a dual-core processor. As you can see, none of the other smartphones available in the same price bracket offer a dual core processor.

It’s nice to see Spice initiate the dual-core processor battle in the budget phone category while the high-end smartphones are going quad-core.

The Spice Stellar smartphones will be upgradable to Google’s latest OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich towards the end of July, which is a very good thing – finally offering budget smartphone users Google’s latest operating system, though the trend has already made its way to budget tablets, many of which boast of ICS.

 

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Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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