Karbonn, the Indian smartphone manufacturer introduced the Titanium series which consists of budget-friendly smartphones appealing to the new smartphone users. With the introduction of Titanium S series in the year 2013, Karbonn gained a lukewarm response. The Indian manufacturer has since then, been promoting the S series by trying to incorporate as many as features possible into those handsets. The result of which is a range of budget friendly smartphones like the Karbonn Titanium S11. The titanium S11 was launched in the early days of April and it hit the market in the month of May. It is currently available on all e-commerce sites and retail stores for just 4999 rupees. It comprises of average features to complement the cheap price tag. The previous model, Titanium S10 costs more than the S11 and has a lot of other features that set it apart from the S11, it was one of the few models that managed to bring in profit for the company. Let’s take a look at why Karbonn is still struggling to win customers hearts with the S series.
The Karbonn S11 looks much like its predecessor, Titanium S10. The edges are slightly rounded. The bezel space is awkwardly big on the display screen and instead of incorporating the home buttons in the display; they have gone the old fashioned way of placing it on the bezel. The rounded edges give it a basic phone look. The volume rocker and power button are placed on the right side so the left side is left empty. The speaker is placed on the front next to the front camera while the rear camera is placed on the top center of the phone accompanied by LED flash and the brand name. The back cover has a smooth finish, which does not provide a lot of grip.
It is available in two colors, black and silver.
The Karbonn Titanium S11 has a 5-inch FWVGA Touch Screen Display. The 5-inch display screen will appeal to the masses as the new users look for a large display screen. This is one of the few Android phones that come with a FWVGA display. This means no image will be cropped or un-squeezed due to the 16:9 picture aspect ratio. One can enjoy a great viewing experience. But the phone has a low resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. Its competitor Intex Aqua Y2 is much better in terms of display as it has HD display and recording.
The phone offers Dual-SIM GSM facility but both the SIMs are operative only on 2G networks. This phone does not support 3G network and this can be a major drawback with some Intex phones offering even 4G connections for less than 5000 rupees. Karbonn should have offered 3G connectivity for one of the SIMs.
The 5MP rear camera is not of very clear quality in spite of the HD recording and the offered 2592x1944pixels resolution. Camera has never been Karbonn’s selling point. The pictures taken under poor lighting are either pixilated or unclear. The phone does not have enough auto settings for it to adjust under poor lighting. The double LED flash is of no help, either. The phone’s front camera is 0.3 MP, it has video calling, video recording and photos can be taken. There is no flash accompanying the front camera hence, it does not function well. The camera is not a very great feature offered by the Titanium S11. There are phones in the same price range which do justice to the words 5MP camera.
The Karbonn Titanium S11 runs on Android v 4.4 KitKat which works great on the basic models. The phone is not upgradable to Lollipop but this operating system suffices the basic needs that new-users look for. One cannot play high-end games like Asphalt but other games seem to work fine without any lags or crashes.
Internal memory and storage:
The phone comes with a 4GB internal memory. The storage can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card. Most of the phones in this price range offer only 4GB internal space so there is not much to complain here but upgraded it to 8GB would have been lot better.
Battery Backup LIfe:
The best thing about Karbonn Titanium S11 is the 2000 mAh battery that it operates on. It is evident that Karbonn was not willing to compromise on the battery aspect. This gives the Intex Aqua Y2 a run for its money as the battery life is 42% more than the Intex Aqua Y2. The battery performance is unmatched by any other smartphones in this price range. The phone offers up to 3 hours talk time.
All the connectivity options like Bluetooth, microUSB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/, Wi-Fi hotspot and A-GPS are present in the Karbonn Titanium S11.
The accelerometer sensor is present, but the compass is given a miss. This can be a disadvantage as many phones come with BSI, Compass and many other sensors for different apps.
The phone has a 512mb RAM which is enough to support the basic applications and features that the phone offers. It has a Quad-core processor. The 1.2 GHz processor makes sure the applications function properly and provides enough back up time. The phone runs on a powerful processor.
The Karbonn Tiatnium S11 does not have fancy features but what sets it apart is the 2000mAh battery and the powerful processor. The battery life is longer than most of the phones in this price range. The camera is not of high quality but it produces average pictures. If the lighting is good, then there will not be a problem. It’s another disadvantage is the 512mb RAM, though many new users will not be able to tell the difference, the 512mb RAM might start to stutter if any high-end applications are installed. The
The phone could have been better with a better RA, 3G connectivity and good camera. But it definitely defeats its competitor Intex Aqua Y2.