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Karbonn launches budget Android Smartphone A1

|July 27 2011 |Android Phones

The budget android smartphone segment is exploding, thanks to much stable Android 2.2 OS and the standardized smartphone components. Karbonn A1 is a duaI-sim Android froyo smartphone. The price of Karbonn A1 is Rs. 6,990.


Karbonn A1 Key specifications:
OS : Android v2.2
Wi-Fi, 3G HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps, micro USB
Display : 2.8-inch Touch screen , 240×320 pixels resolution
GPS Navigation with aGPS
Camera : 3.2 mega-pixel
Internal memory : 150MB , 4GB NAND + 2GB DDR SDRAM
Expandable Memory : up to 32GB
Image Format : jpeg,jpg,bmp,gif,png
Audio Player : MP3, MIDI, WAV,AMR, AAC, AAC+
Video Player : H.263, H.264,AVI,3GP,MP4
Video recording
Battery : 1100 mAh
Standby time : Up to 250 Hours
Talk time : Up to 250 minutes

It’s an interesting move by Karbonn. A1 can be viewed as a competition for either the duaI-sim android phones or as a competition for budget android smartphones. The dual-sim android smartphones in the market are Spice Mi-270, Motorola XT800. Spice is the budget android phone and XT800 is on the higher-end. Let’s compare the key specs of A1, Spice Mi-270 and XT800. Between Karbonn A1 and Spice Mi-270 there are some differences. Karbonn A1 is powered by froyo and so have wi-fi personal hotspot feature while Spice Mi-270 is powered by 2.1 and does not have personal hotspot feature. Moreover A1 has a 3.2MP Camera, but unfortunately no front-facing camera. Karbonn A1 seems to be the only Android 2.2 dual-sim smartphone under Rs. 10,000 in the market.

Karbonn A1Spice Mi-270Motorola XT800
OSAndroid 2.2Android 2.2Android 2.1
PriceRs. 6,990Rs. 5,649Rs. 18,889
3GYesNo Yes
Display2.8 inches2.8 inches3.7 inches
Resolution240x320 pixels240x320 pixels480x854 pixels
Camera 3.2 MP2.0 MP5.0 MP with auto-focus and Dual-LED Flash
Wi-Fi HotspotYesNoYes
USB TetheringYesYes
Expandable memory32 GB 16 GB32 GB
Battery1100 mAH1000 mAH1390 mAH
Talk-timeUpto 250 minutesUpto 180 minutesUpto 6 hours
Standby timeUpto 250 hoursUpto 320 hours Upto 96 hours
Processor600 Mhz 600 Mhz550 Mhz

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