Smartphones without cameras
While for most people today it's hard to imagine a cameraless smartphone, there are a few for whom that's the only option if they want to use a smartphone in office. That's because some employers don't allow staff to get their camera-equipped smartphones to work. Having a smartphone with a removable camera unit would have been ideal in this situation, but unfortunately there aren't any available at the moment. So if you are on the lookout for a cameraless smartphone, here are some you can consider:
iNO 5: iNO is a Singaporean mobile phone manufacturer that focuses on niche markets. It developed the world’s first senior citizen phone (iNO CP09) in 2009 and the first non-camera smartphone (iNO ONE) in 2012. iNO 5 is its latest offering in the non-camera smartphone category. This 4G-enabled dual SIM phone comes with a 5.5" screen. It has 32 GB of internal memory that's expandable with a MicroSD card (uses SIM 2 slot), 3 GB of RAM, and a 2350 mAh battery. It's powered by a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek (MTK6735) processor clocked at 1.0 GHz and comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box.
BlackBerry Classic Non Camera: This is a variant of BlackBerry Classic launched exclusively for Verizon Wireless and available to buy on contract or unlocked. The only differences between the non-camera and camera variants is the absence of rear and front cameras and a slightly smaller battery (2500 vs 2515 mAh) in the former.
iNO Scout 3S: Another cameraless smartphone by iNO is the Scout 3S. The biggest highlights of this phone are its IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and 810G MIL-STD certification for durability. This means the phone can survive in water (up to 2 meters) for 30 minutes, withstand drops from up to 2 meters, and will work even in extreme weather conditions. Running Android Marshmallow, the iNO Scout 3S sports a 5" HD (1280x720p) display. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz octa-core MediaTek (MT6755) processor and packs a 5000 mAh non-removable battery. It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory that's expandable by 32 GB. It's a dual SIM phone with both SIM slots supporting 4G.
Unicorn Zorro (UC-Z550): Marketed as a smartphone with "No camera and no GPS", it comes with a 5.5" 1280x720p screen and Android Lollipop out of the box. It's powered by a quad-core MediaTek (MT6580) processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and has a Mali T720 GPU. It has 8 GB of internal memory that's expandable by 32 GB, 1 GB of RAM, and a 2500 mAh battery. It's 3G-enabled and supports dual SIMs.
Note: As this is a niche category, buying any of these phones will not be as easy as buying a regular smartphone. At the time of writing, these phones could only be found on eBay India.
Moto X Force and Moto G 3rd Gen get price cuts
Motorola has announced a huge price cut of up to Rs. 16,000 for the Moto X Force, the smartphone with the world’s first shatterproof display. The 32 GB and 64 GB variants can now be bought at Rs. 34,999 (down from Rs. 49,999) and Rs. 37,999 (down from Rs. 53,999) respectively via Amazon or Flipkart.
Moto G 3rd Gen's 16 GB variant has also received a price cut and is now selling for Rs. 9,999 (down from Rs. 10,999) on Amazon and Flipkart. The 8 GB variant, currently only available on Amazon, continues to sell at Rs. 9,999 though.
It's unclear if the price cut for the Moto X Force is permanent or for a limited period so for those interested in buying it, now would be a good time. As for the Moto G 3rd Gen, the offer is valid for 4 days (19th – 22nd April).
Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL get huge price cuts in India
Microsoft's flagship smartphones - the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL - have received huge price cuts in India. Launched at Rs. 43,699 and Rs. 49,399 respectively towards the end of last year, the phones can now be bought at Rs. 29,999 and Rs. 34,999 respectively via Flipkart.
To make the deal sweeter, Flipkart is also running an exchange program wherein potential buyers can exchange their old functional (display should be intact too) smartphones to get an additional discount of up to Rs.17,000 on the Lumia 950/ 950 XL.
It's worth mentioning that Microsoft's India website also lists the prices of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL as Rs. 29,999 and Rs. 34,999 respectively, so we could expect Amazon and Snapdeal to offer similar discounts on the two handsets. It's unclear though if the price cuts and exchange offers are permanent or for a limited period so for those interested in buying any of these smartphones, now would be a good time.
Honor Week on Flipkart: Get discounts on Honor smartphones
Huawei India, in collaboration with Flipkart, has announced the Honor Week sale for its Honor smartphones. As part of the sale, Flipkart is offering discounts of up to Rs. 6,500 or, as in the cases of Honor 5X and Honor Holly 2 Plus, Flipkart gift cards worth up to Rs. 1,000.
Prices of Honor 7 and Honor 4X have been cut by Rs. 1,000 each and they are now selling for Rs. 21,999 and Rs. 8,999 respectively. Honor 6 and Honor 4C are now selling at Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 6,999 respectively, down by Rs. 2,000 each. Honor Bee has received a Rs. 500 price cut and is selling at Rs. 3,999, while Honor 6 Plus is selling at a heavily-discounted price of Rs. 19,999 (Rs. 6,500 off).
OnePlus X gets a permanent price cut in India
OnePlus India has announced a permanent price cut for the OnePlus X (Price list | Specs). Launched in October last year at Rs. 16,999, the smartphone is now available to buy via Amazon - Oneplus's exclusive retail partner for this phone - at Rs. 14,999. Do note though this price cut only applies to the Onyx Edition variant and not the Champagne and Ceramic Limited Edition variants, which are still selling at Rs. 16,999 and Rs. 22,999 respectively. One could, however, expect price cuts for them too in the near future.