With foreign mobile companies like Samsung and Nokia flooding the Indian markets recently, a few Indian brands are trying to compete with these market giants by offering a number of smart phones, packing all the recent technology yet lower prices. Though these were initially dismissed as mere rumours, Karbonn, a leading Indian manufacturer of low budget mobile devices has managed to accomplish that. With a bevy of handsets directed for the low budget consumers to ones demanding the more premium handsets. There is a war regarding the pricing of smart phones in the current market due to the presence of a huge number of options. Most of the mobile phone companies are attempting to target the low budget segment since that sector is the least penetrated.
There are many service companies that are trying to make it big in this market. Everyday multiple Indian companies are trying to create high end products for the budget conscious users who want the best products at the lowest price.
Karbonn Titanium S20 is an attempt of the Indian manufacturing company to cater to the small budget consumers looking for a Smartphone. The Smartphone was priced at Rs. 4999/- to pitch it directly against other phones in the same budget category, such as the HTC desire 210, Micromax Unite 2 A106, Intex Aqua Y2, Samsung Galaxy Star2, Lava XOLO A500S Lite, Micromax Canvas Fire 2 A104. Released on 2nd October, the Smart phone comes with a package offer of 500MB data free for three months to attract consumers. The phone comes in two colours, black or white for you to choose from.
The major specifications of the Karbonn Titanium S20 have been stated below.
The performance of the phone is overall good. With the preinstalled Android v4.4 KitKat operating system, the phone gives the full Android experience. With GPRS and EDGE and 3G services, data browsing is fast and efficient. The 5MP camera also gives good function. Overall, the phone gives good performance.
The Karbonn Titanium s20 comes with a 4.5 inch, full wide VGA display with a screen resolution with 480*854 pixels. Though the display is not the best it could have been at the price. The display screen features a full capacitive touch screen featuring a home key, menu key and the reverse key in the lower portion of the screen. The phone also features a button for volume control on the left side of the phone and the start button is situated on the right which allows a greater space allotted for the 4.5” screen. The display is bright and clear. The phone appears classy and the shiny surface does not get dirty. The spacing is adequate with the home screen having customizable display options for a fast access to all the favourite applications. However, a premium quality of looks should not be expected from the phone. However, the handset feels sturdy enough in the hand which lessens accidental slipping of the phone while using. The phone supports over 16000000 colours and does not have a secondary display.
The phone runs on an Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, which is one of the best in its class providing for the best android experience. Getting to your applications is quick and easy and with thousands of apps downloadable from Google Play, you will never be bored. The phone has a 1.3GHz quad core processor which is a treat for all the heavy gamers due to the phone’s smooth and unhinged performance even while playing games which demand extreme performance. The 1GB RAM also enhances the speed of the phone by aiding in the levels of performance.
The phone has an internal memory of 4GB which allows you to store all your apps with ease and there is an additional option for increasing the memory up to 32GB with the use of an external micro SD card.
One of the biggest concerns with smartphones is the lack of battery performance. The 1600mAH battery supported by the Karbonn Titanium S20 is removable and provides a talk time of just over 6 hours. In this department, however, the Karbonn Titanium S20 lags behind the other smartphones in the range which provide better talk time hours. To avoid any problems, you would require carrying the charger provided with the handset.
The handset features dual cameras. While the front camera has only 0.3MP resolution, it is okay for emergency video calls. However, the back camera with 5MP resolution takes pretty decent pictures. While the pictures are not of superb quality, they are clear enough for any Smartphone camera in the range. The back camera has options like auto focus and flash for those perfect clicks.
The phone supports options for dual sim insertion. The phone supports only GSM sim cards. 3G connectivity is available on the phone along with Wi-Fi connection for efficient browsing. The phone supports Bluetooth, Wlan connections, USB connection and GPS connectivity. It does not support Infrared connections. The Data facilities can be accessed via GPRS, EDGE, 3G and Android Webkit. All in all, you can expect a good browsing experience from the phone.
Pricing and release date
The phone has an MRP of Rs. 4,999 or $111.09 and was launched on 2nd October, 2014.
The phone has options for Video Calling, G sensor, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor.
The major competition for the Karbonn Titanium S20 in the market are the HTC desire 210, Micromax Unite 2 A106, Intex Aqua Y2, Samsung Galaxy Star2, Lava XOLO A500S Lite, Micromax Canvas Fire 2 A104. There are a number of differences in the basic features of the phones so a comparative research is necessary to find the best option at the budget.
Specifications at a glance
- 5MP primary camera having auto focus, LED flash and a 0.3MP front camera
- 4.5-inch capacitive FWVGA touch screen
- Android v4.4 KitKat OS with a 1.3GHz quad core processor, 4GB internal memory which is expandable to 32GB and a 1GB RAM.
- 1600mAH battery
The phone is good for the price. What it lacks in battery back-up, it more than makes up for in terms of android performance. The camera is pretty good as well and the internet browsing options are also good. The major feature to look out for is the KitKat OS.