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Karbonn Titanium S9

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Leading Indian mobile manufacturing company Karbonn is all set to introduce a new high end budget Smartphone with larger HD display. Karbonn ‘Titanium S9’ is the new cell phone that will now lead th Karbonn’s most popular Smartphone series. This phone is bestowed with many iconic features that will certainly attract middle as well as high-end Smartphone seekers. Being an heir of Karbonn’s tried & tested flagship series ‘Titanium’, this phone too is very much promising & sturdy enough to set some stiff competition for its other counterparts in the same segment. Titanium S9 is available for prices ranging between INR 12000-13000/- only.

Titanium S9 is based on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS platform. ‘Titanium S9’ is muscled by a 1.2 GHz quad core processor that uses 1GB RAM to ensure the faster, smoother & efficient computing & multi-tasking. This phone also incorporates smashing 16 GB internal storage capacity, which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.

Karbonn Titanium S9

Titanium S9 follows the latest trend of larger screens in Smartphones & flaunts an excellent 5.5-inch IPS capacitive HD display that offers 1280 X 720 pixels resolution. Its impervious 2600 mAh battery is strong enough to serve for a significant amount of time. ‘Titanium S9’ features a very good camera quality as compared to all of its previous versions. It incorporates 13 MP rear camera supported by nice digital zoom, auto focus & LED flash. Additionally, the 5MP front camera is powerful enough to spice up your video calls & self portraits. As far as connectivity is concerned, multiple options are available that includes 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, microUSB slot & A-GPS. It also lets its user to customize this device the way they want by using several new apps & pre-loaded media players.

PC Suite: – Titanium S9, similar to all other Smartphones, comes with PC suite that makes its user to use the device more efficiently. PC suite proves to be an excellent option to bridge the handset with the PC in order to take data back-up. It also enables the mobile phone to be used as a modem by connecting it to the PC & thereby sharing internet connectivity. Mobile Firewares can also be upgraded using PC suite.

Karbonn Titanium S9 PC Suite Download

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The flagship competition among Indian phone manufacturers is heating up quickly with release of some new amazing phones in the market at a very low cost. This is one amazing thing about local manufacturers. They provide some good phones with great specs at very competitive prices. Also these phones are actually comparable to the higher end phones of international manufacturers but cost almost half the price. So we have today pitched the two local flagships, the Micromax Canvas Turbo and the Karbonn Titanium S9.

Micromax Canvas Turbo vs  Karbonn Titanium S9

Design and Looks:
By both design and feel, the phones are made of a polycarbonate body and are quite sturdy to hold in the hand. They have the candybar form factor with rounded edges. Looks wise both the phones are pretty good and look quite chic. The S9 has a physical home button, which is the only difference between the phones except for the size. So overall, both the phones are quite sturdy and good for the price.

Display:
The Karbonn Titanium S9 is a Phablet with a big 5.5” IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720×1280 at 267 ppi which is an upgrade from the previous qHD display on its previous device. Though it is a bit disappointing as we were expecting a Full HD display on this device. But nevertheless, for the price, it is a pretty good deal. On the other hand the Canvas Turbo has a 5” IPS LCD Full HD display at 1920×1080 at 441 ppi. Micromax is a bit late with this as we were expecting this on the Canvas 4, but well, better late than never.

Performance:
On the performance end, both the devices are packing a quad core processor under the hood. So you can be sure that you will never have any performance issues on the phone. The difference being that the S9 is packing a 1.2 GHz quad core processor while the Canvas Turbo is packing a 1.5 GHz quad core MTK MT6589T processor which allows for better processing and also the support for 1080p resolution displays.

Operating System:
Both devices are running Android 4.2 JellyBean out of the box. So both are exactly evenly matched on this front. But the main feature here that takes the Turbo ahead of the S9 is the presence of custom Micromax apps that come preinstalled into the device adding to the functionality of the device with a custom Micromax feel to it.
Storage capacity and Main memory:
This is where Micromax both impresses and yet disappoints at the same time. For starters it has 2 GB of RAM as compared to 1 GB of RAM in the Karbonn Titanium S9. Though both the devices contain 16 GB of internal storage, the Turbo does not have an expandable memory slot which is a huge let down. On the other hand the S9 has an expandable slot upto 32 GB which is great.

Camera:
Both the manufacturers do not have that great a reputation of having great shooters on their devices but they are fine for shooting some fine snaps and videos. Both the devices have a 13 MP camera on board, but of course you cannot quite compare then with the like of Samsung and Nokia. But they still do a pretty good job in capturing good stills and HD videos. The Canvas Turbo is capable of 1080p videos whereas the S9 is capable of 720p videos. Now that is great for a phone with this price tag. Add to that a 5 MP front camera and you have a sweet deal on your hands.

Features:
Features wise there is not much to tell and compare actually. Both the devices run on the Vanilla version of Android so both are capable of downloading the required apps. Micromax here has some features to mention which were present even on the Canvas 4. Features like app in app, gesture control, and blow to unlock are some amazing features that were present on the Canvas 4 which have been carried to this device as well and we really wish they are here to stay.

Battery:
Both devices are packing some power sources inside them, but the S9 which is a bigger device needing a bigger battery has one. The S9 has a 2600 mAh battery while the Canvas Turbo has a 2000 mAh battery. Micromax did disappoint again here as we were expecting a bigger battery this time around. Also now with the bigger 1080p display, the requirement of a bigger battery is more than ever. But guess we are unable to control that part. But overall in terms of battery performance, both the devices are pretty evenly matched with the S9 having a small lead with a bigger battery.

We pitched two Indian flagships, the Micromax Canvas Turbo and the Karbonn Titanium S9 and we compared them all the aspects and found that the Canvas Turbo is a better device in terms of performance, display and features, but if you want a device with a huge screen, more memory and a bigger battery, then the S9 is the answer for you. You can always comment down below what you feel about the phones and let us know your views.

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The higher mid-range smartphones are very popular with the certain spectrum of society. The early office goers to the ones who are planning for their first smartphone, these people prefer the cheaper good quality phones to paying those big bucks for the flagships. So we are rounding up here such phones which are light on the pocket and yet near to flagship quality specs and features. These are the phones under the INR 20000 bracket.

Sony Xperia P:
Sony introduced this mid-range beauty about a year ago. It was a great device back then, but even now it has not lost much touch. Its great design, the Sony UI which is again amazingly pleasing to the eye and the specs of the phone which still power the device quite efficiently are still pretty acceptable. Full specifications of the Sony Xperia P are given below:

Sony Xperia P

  • Display: 4” LED-backlit LCD qHD
  • Resolution: 540×960 @ 275 ppi
  • Processor: Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
  • GPU: Mali 400
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Battery: 1305 mAh
  • Camera: 8 MP rear, VGA front
  • OS: Android 4.0 ICS, upgradable to Android 4.1 JellyBean

Sony Xperia P Price in India 16855/- Rupees

Karbonn Titanium S9:
Karbonn launched a Phablet with a 720p HD display and a mammoth battery. The specs in this phone are really awesome for the price point it is available for. It is in direct competition with the like of the Xperia Phablets and the Samsung Note series. Try and beat that now. Full specifications of the Karbonn Titanium S9 are given below:

Karbonn Titanium S9

  • Display: 5.5” IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution: 720×1280 @ 267 ppi
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB, expandable upto 32 GB
  • Battery: 2600 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP rear, 5 MP front
  • OS: Android 4.2 JellyBean

Karbonn Titanium S9 Price in India 17990/- Rupees

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos:
This phone is like maybe the most popular Samsung mid-range device yet. Samsung recently held a humongous sale where they were giving away the Galaxy devices for a very less cost and that too on 0% EMI. This sale was a huge success and many people bought the Galaxy Grand because of its huge screen, good enough specs and its less cost. Today the costs have dropped further to under 15000 INR and also that this phone supports Dual SIM is an added benefit. Full specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos are given below:

Samsung galaxy grand

  • Display: 5” TFT Capacitive Touch screen
  • Resolution: 480×800 @ 187 ppi
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
  • GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 8 GB, expandable upto 64 GB
  • Battery: 2100 mAh
  • Camera: 8 MP rear, 2 MP front
  • OS: Android 4.1.2 JellyBean

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Price in India 18400/- Rupees

 Panasonic P51:
Panasonic recently unveiled their latest device, the Panasonic P51 which is supposed to be their flagship. This device though comes in the mid-range device, but is Panasonic’s best device ever. It does have some good specs like a quad core processor, a huge battery, HD screen, etc. so as a matter of fact, for a company looking to sell cheap phones, we will take this flagship. Full specifications of the Panasonic P51 are given below:

Panasonic P51

  • Display: 5” IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution: 720×1280 @ 294 ppi
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 4 GB, expandable upto 32 GB
  • Battery: 2500 mAh
  • Camera: 8 MP rear, 1.3 MP front
  • OS: Android 4.2 JellyBean

Panasonic P51 Price in India: 19850/- Rupees

Nokia Lumia 820:
This phone is a true cross-over where is has a small screen that the flagship back then during release, but still has the same internal specs. The 820 is a true marvel of the phone. Though it did lack some features like the PureView Camera and high internal storage that was needed to keep the phone different from the flagship. The battery of the phone is a bit disappointing, but other than that, this is a Gem. Full specifications of the Nokia Lumia 820 are given below:

Nokia Lumia 820

  • Display: 4.3” AMOLED
  • Resolution: 480×800 @ 217 ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
  • GPU: Adreno 225
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 8 GB, expandable upto 64 GB
  • Battery: 1650 mAh
  • Camera: 8 MP rear, 1.2 MP front
  • OS: Windows Phone 8, upgradable to Windows Phone 8 “Black”

Nokia Lumia 820 Price in India: 20000/- Rupees

Sony Xperia C:
This is a big screen budget phone by Sony to counter the likes of Micromax, Karbonn, etc. to capture the audience who have a fetish for huge screens. This phone has good specs under the hood and performs exceptionally well. You won’t really have any complaints with this. Full specifications of the Sony Xperia C are given below:

Sony Xperia C

  • Display: 5” TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution: 540×960 @ 220 ppi
  • Processor: MTK MT6589 Quad-core 1.2 GHz
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX544
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 4 GB, expandable to 32 GB
  • Battery: 2390 mAh
  • Camera: 8 MP rear, VGA front
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 JellyBean

Sony Xperia C Price in India: 20000/- Rupees

Nokia Lumia 720:
This phone has won many hearts in its time with its sleek, slim look and yet amazing functionality. This phone has a huge battery in it by its standards and has maybe the best camera in a mid-range phone. It is really hard to miss this beauty. Full specifications of the Nokia Lumia 720 are given below:

Nokia Lumia 720

  • Display: 4.3” IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution: 480×800 @ 217 ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8227 Dual-core 1 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 305
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 8 GB, expandable upto 64 GB
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • Camera: 6.7 MP rear, 1.2 MP front
  • OS: Windows Phone 8, upgradable to Windows Phone 8 “Black”

Nokia Lumia 720 Price in India: 17499/- Rupees

Micromax Canvas 4:
This phone might just have been the highest hyped and teased phone by an Indian company. They made this phone so very popular and people so much eager, that it had the most number of preorders than any other Indian phone manufacturer. It has some great features similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 which makes it a true killing machine. Full specifications of the Micromax Canvas 4 are given below:

Micromax Canvas 4

  • Display: 5” IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution: 720×1280 @294 ppi
  • Processor: MTK 6589 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX544
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB, expandable upto 32 GB
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP rear, 5 MP front
  • OS: Android 4.2.1 JellyBean

Micromax Canvas 4 Price: 17499/- Rupees

Xolo Q1000:
Xolo makes the best value for money products and you get one of the best specs in the house for a really cheap rate. The phone features everything like a great HD display, big battery, high on features, great specs under the hood and the works. Full specifications of the Xolo Q1000 are given below:

XOLO Q 100

  • Display: 5” IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution: 720×1280 @ 294 ppi
  • Processor: MTK 6589 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX544
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 4 GB, expandable upto 32 GB
  • Battery: 2100 mAh
  • Camera: 8 MP rear, 1.2 MP front
  • OS: Android 4.2 JellyBean

Xolo Q1000 Price in India: 16900/- Rupees

iberry Auxus Nuclea N1:
This is a totally power packed, feature packed phone, but only because it does not belong to any big brand, hence it has not quite come in to the attention of the public. But you will be surprised to know that this phone has a Full HD display, quad core processor, the biggest battery ever in a phone of this range, and a superb camera as well. Full specifications of the iberry Auxus Nuclea N1 are given below:

iberry Auxus Nuclea N1

  • Display: 5” Active Matrix OGS display
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 @ 441 ppi
  • Processor: Mediatek 6589T 1.5 GHz Quad core
  • GPU: PowerVR Series5XT
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 4 GB, expandable upto 64 GB
  • Battery: 2800 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP rear, 8 MP front
  • OS: Android 4.2.1 JellyBean

iberry Auxus Nuclea N1 Price in India: 17599/- Rupees

We rounded up the best smartphones in the price category of under 20000 INR and we have some really ultimate contenders. So if you are looking for a smartphone with a budget of maximum 20000 INR, then you can very well check out our list which will surely prove helpful to you. So like always let us know through your comments what you feel about this.

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It is that time again when the battle of the Indian manufactured smartphones is back. This time it is the battle of the latest flagships from our very own Micromax, Karbonn and Lava owned Xolo. The phones battling it out for them are the Micromax A240 Canvas Doodle (will be mentioned henceforth as Doodle), Karbonn Titanium S9 (Karbonn S9) and the Xolo Play T1000 (Xolo Play). These latest offerings are the newest and best phones in their respective stables, so flagships as you may also like to call them by. We are going to pitch them all against one another to find out which phone is the most superior among the three.

Build and Design:
Build wise all three phones are equally sturdily built. Though you cannot actually compare them with Nokia, HTC, Samsung, etc. but for the price point that they are available at, they are excellently built phones. All the phones have the same buttons that is the volume rocker, power/lock button and the three capacitive buttons on the front for home, back and menu. The S9 only has a physical home button at the centre. The bodies of the phones are all made of plastic and have the One Glass Solution glass screen. Point to be noted here that Doodle and S9 are Phablets whereas the Xolo Play is a proper phone.

Budget phone

Display:
The Doodle has a 5.7” IPS LCD capacitive screen with 1280×720 pixel resolution at 258 ppi. The S9 has a 5.5” IPS LCD capacitive screen with 1280×720 pixel resolution at 267 ppi. The Xolo Play has a 4.7” IPS LCD capacitive screen with 1280×720 pixel resolution at 312 ppi. The Xolo Play having a smaller display has a greater pixel density and hence has a higher screen clarity and sharpness among the three.

Performance:
The Doodle is powered by a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 and PowerVR SGX544 GPU which is the same specs as that of its previous flagship, the Canvas 4. The S9 is powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and the Xolo Play is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad core processor with the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset having a 5th battery saver core and is coupled with ULP GeForce 12 core 500 MHz GPU for all the graphics purposes like gaming. So comparing the hardware, the Xolo Play has the best hardware and the biggest powerhouse among the three.

Storage and Main memory:
All three devices come with 1 GB of RAM which is pretty enough for gaming and multitasking purposes. And for the price at which these phones are available in the market, these specs are actually pretty good. The Doodle and S9 come with 16 GB of on-board memory. Thought the Doodle does not have an expandable memory option, the S9 has a memory card slot upto 32 GB. The Xolo Play on the other hand comes with only 4 GB of on-board storage of which user available memory is lesser than that, but it also comes with a 32 GB expandable card slot, so that is a bit of a relief.

Camera:
As for the camera, the Xolo Play has the smallest camera at 8MP autofocus capable to shoot 1080p Full HD videos at 30 fps. Its secondary camera is a 2MP capable of good quality images and videos for video calls. The Doodle is the one with the second best camera with a 12MP sensor. It has autofocus as well as HDR. It is also capable of Full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps. The front camera is a 5MP camera capable of high resolution videos for video calling. It also has an amazing camera feature that allows you to capture vertical panorama which is a first. The S9 though has a 13MP camera capable of some really great snaps. The colour reproduction is pretty good and for the price points maybe even the best camera in the market. It is also capable of Full HD 1080p video recording at 30 fps. The video capturing capacity all three phones is equal, but the image quality of the phones can be easily seen from the samples.

Operating system and Features:
Coming to the main thing that runs the entire show. All the three devices run Android 4.1 JellyBean upgradeable to the latest versions as and when the company pushes them for the device. There are no overlays and hence they run stock Android so you will get the exact feel of what the original Android is on these phones. As for the features, all the phones have ranging features among them. The Xolo Play for starters is a phone specifically made for gaming purposes, hence the big GPU. So other than that there is not much in the phone but the gaming features and the great screen.

The Doodle on the other hand is pretty loaded with features which are equivalent to the ones present in the Samsung Galaxy S4. There are the Smart Gestures, Look away to Pause, Pinning facility where you can pin any webpage or video to the homepage and while that continues you can multitask by running other applications in the other half of the screen. Then there is the first ever Blow to Unlock feature where you can blow over the screen to unlock it. It even has a stylus support for greater applications and usability.

The S9 also has some great features like its wonderful screen which can display more colours than its earlier counterparts. It is not as awesomely loaded like the Doodle but it an Android phone, so you can tittle-tattle with your phone as much as you like for whatever you need.

Battery power:
As for the battery which has become like one of the great deciding factor while buying any phone, all three of them are pretty packing in those terms. The Doodle and the S9 both are packing a 2600 mAh battery which is good enough to last 10 hours on 3G networks. The Xolo Play though has a 2000 mAh battery. Considering the small screen it is pretty enough for it and lasts about 11 hours on 3G networks.
We compared the 3 Indian flagships, the Micromax Canvas Doodle, Karbonn Titanium S9 and the Xolo Play across various parameters. All the three phones are pretty much in the balance but they all have their ups and down. So accordingly the decision rests up to you as to which or what type of a phone do you need depending on your usage types. If you are looking for a large screen phone with great features then the Doodle is the one for you. If you are looking for a phone with a big screen, great camera and the works for a cheap cost, then S9 is your bet. But do consider that Karbonn has a lot of issues with after sales services. So it mind end up as a huge risk though. The Xolo Play is the one for you if you want a moderate large screen, high gaming usage and a good build and battery life. So all the three phones are made with certain specific purposes, but if there is to choose a winner among the three, it will be the Micromax A240 Canvas Doodle 2 with its amazing screen, battery, camera and myriad of features that it comes packing with.