As the low cost dual SIM smartphones based on Android OS are gaining more popularity over the recent times, several handset vendors have shifted to the bandwagon of making such devices in order to secure a significant market share as the Indian consumers are highly price conscious.
Recently, Karbonn Mobiles launched A5+ a dual SIM Android smartphone priced at Rs 4,899 in to the already occupied smartphone arena. The handset has some impressive features and specifications for its price.
As far as specifications are concerned, A5+ sports a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1GHz single core processor, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS, 3.5MP rear camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 1,420 mAh Li-ion battery.
Karbonn A5+ with the above mentioned specs and price could be a potential rival to the entry-level smartphones including Micromax A57 Ninja 3, Lava Iris N320, Intex Aqua 4.0, iBall Andi 3e and Spice Mi-320 as these handsets are also dual SIM budget smartphones with similar specs and price.
Micromax A57 Superfone Ninja 3
Micromax is on an aggressive spree of launching dual SIM handsets into the market. In September, the company launched A57 Superfone Ninja 3 sporting a 3.5 inch multi-touch display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz Qualcomm, Android 2.3 5 Gingerbread, 3MP rear camera, 256MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0 and a 1,400 mAh Li-ion battery, which offers 8.5 hours talk time and 177 hours standby.
On the pricing front, A57 Ninja 3 is priced at Rs 4,999, which is similar to the price of A5+. With similar specs and price, A57 Ninja 3 smartphone could be a potential rival to Karbonn A5+.
Lava Iris N320
Following the launch of Iris N350, Lava has again come up with Iris N320, another budget Android smartphone priced at Rs 3,999 to take over the other handsets in that price range.
Dual SIM Iris N320 has a 3.5 inch capacitive multi-touch display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, single-core 1GHz processor, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS, 2MP rear camera, 100MB internal memory, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 256MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G and 1,400 mAh battery.
Lava Iris N320 is priced at Rs 3,999 and is available in two color variants - white and black. With similar specs and lesser price tag, the Lava offering could be stiff competitor for Karbonn A5+.
Zen Ultraphone U1
Zen Mobiles started manufacturing dual SIM smartphones with the Ultraphone U1 featuring a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixel resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB, 3.2MP rear camera, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, micro USB port and a 1,200 mAh battery delivering 5 hours talk time and 144 hours standby.
Priced at Rs 4,999, which is similar to Karbonn A5+, the Zen smartphone could be pose a threat to the latter, however, A5+ has a better battery capacity.
Intex Aqua 4.0
Intex has launched its first dual SIM smartphone in August dubbed as Aqua 4.0, which is mainly focused on the students and carries adequate specifications at a price of Rs 5,490.
Aqua 4.0 sports a 3.5 inch display with 480 x 320 pixel resolution, 800 MHz processor, 512MB RAM and 131MB internal storage, which can be expanded to up to 32GB with the micro SD card slot, 3MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 1,400 mAh battery delivering 3 hours talk time and 140 hours standby time, claims the company.
Priced at Rs 5,490, the Intex offering is slightly expensive as compared to the Karbonn's latest smartphone, however, it comes with a front camera for video calling, which is lacking in the latter. But, Karbonn A5+ has a faster processor, which is a notable feature.
Spice has launched a dual SIM Android smartphone at a price of Rs 4,849 and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 3.2 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, 650MHz processor, 256MB RAM, a micro SD card slot for expandable memory support, 2MP rear camera, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, WiFi, Wi-Fi HotSpot and micro USB 2.0 features and a 1,200 mAh Li-ion battery.
As compared to Karbonn A5+, Spice offering has a slower processor, smaller display and a lower battery capacity, hence, A5+ could be a rival to Spice Mi-320.