Costliest smartphone in India: Apple iPhone 5C or a Samsung Galaxy?

At present, there are only eight Android smartphone models to choose from if your budget is above Rs. 40,000.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 22, 2014 10:18:17 am
Costliest smartphones in India priced above Rs 40,000 Samsung Galaxy Golden I9230 is the only Android smartphone carrying a price tag of above Rs. 50,000 at present. (Image: Reuters)

Smartphones, for many people in India, are considered as a status symbol and something to flaunt. However, there are people who actually need them either for the premium features or to simply support their social image. Generally, people with a budget of Rs. 40,000 and above are more inclined towards buying iPhone, but then there are other options as well if you are not an Apple fan or if you want to carry some other smartphone along with your iPhone.

While Apple has placed several variants of its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in the price range of Rs. 40,000 and above, there are around eight Android smartphone models and only two Windows phones currently available in this price segment. This clearly showcases the decline of sales in the high-end smartphone segment.

Here’s the list of smartphones priced above Rs. 40,000*:

Apple iPhone 5S 64 GB (Silver)

Price: Rs. 71,320

Key specs:
4-inch Retina multi-touch display with 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
Fingerprint identity sensor built into the home button
iOS 7
A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
8 MP rear camera with 1.5µ pixels, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
1.2 MP front camera with 720p HD video recording
64 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM

Other iPhone 5S versions:

iPhone 5S 64 GB Space Grey- Rs. 69,990
iPhone 5S 64 GB Gold- Rs, 69,300

iPhone 5S 32 GB Space Grey- Rs. 62,500
iPhone 5S 32 GB Gold- Rs. 62,400
iPhone 5S 32 GB Silver- Rs. 61,000

iPhone 5S 16 GB Space Grey- Rs. 42,174
iPhone 5S 16 GB Silver- Rs. 41,999
iPhone 5S 16 GB Gold- Rs. 40,580

Samsung Galaxy Golden I9230 (Champagne Gold)

Price: Rs 53, 800
Key specs:
Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
8 MP rear camera, 1.9 MP front camera
Dual super AMOLED Display
3.7-inch screen
1.7 GHz MSM8930 Pro Processor

iPhone 5C 32 GB (Green and Pink)

Price: Rs. 53,500
Key specs:
4-inche screen, 1136 x 640 Pixels
iOS 7
8 MP iSight rear camera, 1.2 MP FaceTime HD front camera
32 GB Internal Storage

Other iPhone 5C versions above Rs. 40,000:

iPhone 5C  32 GB Blue and Yellow- Rs. 46, 350
iPhone 5C 32 GB White- Rs. 43,299

Nokia Lumia 1020 (Black)

Price: Rs. 48,989
Key specs:
Windows Phone 8 OS and 2 GB RAM
Wireless Charging
1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core Processor, 2 GB RAM
41 MP rear camera with PureView technology and 1.2 MP front camera

LG G3 D855 (Black Gold)

Price: Rs. 48,875
Key specs:
5.5-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen
13 MP rear amera, 2.1 MP front camera
Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS
2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core Processor
Expandable memory up to 128 GB

Other LG G3 versions:
LG G3 D855 White, Gold and Titan- Rs. 45,884 to Rs. 46,990

HTC One M8 (Glacial Silver)

Price: Rs. 48,446
Key specs:
5-inch full HD display
2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad Core Processor
Dual 4 MP, 2688х1520 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash rear camera
5 MP front camera
Android 4.4..2 KitKat
Expandable memory up to 128 GB

Other versions of HTC M8 One:

HTC One M8 Gunmetal Grey- Rs. 43,699
HTC One M8 Amber Gold- Rs. 43,840

HTC One Max

Price: Rs 46,989

Key specs:
5.9-inch Full HD Touchscreen
1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core Processor
Android Jelly Bean
Expandable memory up to 64 GB
UltraPixel rear camera, 2.1 MP front camera

Sony Xperia Z2 (White and Black)

Price: Rs. 44,990
Key specs:
5.2-inch full HD display
20.7 MP rear camera
Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core 2.3 GHz Processor, 3 GB RAM
Scratch resistant glass and waterproof
Android v4.4 KitKat OS

Other Sony Xperia Z2 version
Sony Xperia Z2 Purple- Rs. 42,640

LG G-Flex

Price: Rs. 44,680
Key specs:
6-inch POLED curved display
2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
13 MP rear camera
2.1 MP front camera

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Cooper Gold and Electric Blue)

Price: Rs. 43,636
Key specs:
5.1-inch full HD display
Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS
Dust and Water Resistant
Adonis Prime2 (Quad 1.9 GHz + Quad 1.3 GHz) + XMM6360 Processor
16 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera

Other versions of Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Shimmery White- Rs. 40,750
Samsung Galaxy S5 Charcoal Black- Rs. 40,000

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Blush Pink)

Price: Rs. 42,900
Key specs:
5.7-inch full HD display
Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS
Octa-core processor
2 MP front camera
13 MP rear camera

Other versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Charcoal Black and Jet Black- Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 40,299 respectively.

Nokia Lumia 1520 (Black and Red)

Price: Rs. 40,998
Key specs:
6-inch display
Windows Phone 8 OS
20 MP rear camera
1.2 MP front camera
2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor

*Prices as mentioned at

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