It can be said that the India based manufacturers have ploughed the phablet market segment with numerous offerings. Further, as that segment of the industry is trending and becoming more and more competitive, the companies have started implementing different strategies to make it more and more attractive.
Initially, the budget phablets were based on Android ICS, however, in 2013 most of the renowned companies have started coming up with Jelly Bean phablets in the nation. Besides the incorporation of Jelly Bean OS, the vendors have also kicked off the trend of making quad core phablets with HD display and other attractive features.
Of the many India based vendors, Karbonn is one, who has swiped away all the success from the global market dominators including Samsung and Apple. Of course, Micromax, another leading India based tech company also did that. But, it has to be mentioned that these local vendors were able to do it with their reasonable pricing strategy for high-end devices.
Since the debut of this week, Karbonn is in the tech headlines for the online launch of two handsets - A25 and S2 Titanium. Of the duo, GizBot has chosen to list out the positives and negatives of the S2 Titanium, which is priced at Rs 10,790 making it competitive with the other budget phablets existing in the market.
Karbonn S2 Titanium - Specifications
S2 Titanium houses a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with 854 x 480 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz quad core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, 2MP front camera, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, which can be expanded to up to 32GB via micro SD card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and a 2,100mAh battery.
Karbonn S2 Titanium - Pricing & Availability
Karbonn S2 Titanium is available online on Infibeam at Rs 10,790 and the handset will be available from May 14, 2013.
Karbonn S2 Titanium - Goods & Bads
As the budget phablet market is booming in India, Karbonn has launched three quad core handsets in the Titanium lineup. Hence, many consumers might be confused to know what is so special about the S2 Titanium. So, GizBot has decided to list the pros and cons of the phablet.
Display - Average
While most of the budget phablets available in the market come with HD display of 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, the S2 Titanium houses a 5 inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, which boasts a pixel density of 195 ppi. Hence, the display is only average with a lesser clarity as compared to the competitors.
Quad Core Processor - Good
The quad core processors are capable of offering advanced dual SIM solution, high-end multimedia capabilities, smooth interface for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and more.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
Of course, the Jelly Bean OS has features including Project Butter for smoother and more responsive interface, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam, better camera interface and improved Google Now. The combination of quad core processor and 1GB RAM will definitely offer a smoother and better navigation and interface for the consumers.
Camera - Average
Most of the phablets come with 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera as the S2 Titanium, however, it has to be noted that few offerings come with advanced camera features such as 12MP rear shooter and up to 5MP front camera for video calling. Hence, Karbonn could have worked some more on the camera optics of S2 Titanium.
Storage - Bad
S2 Titanium comes with 4GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage. Though almost all the budget handsets come with 4GB onbaord storage, it has to be noted that about 2GB of the internal storage capacity would be used up by the operating system and the preloaded applications. Hence, for those consumers who would install a plethora of apps from Google Play Store might find it insufficient and will have to opt for a micro SD card.
Connectivity - Average
Of course, S2 Titanium has all the common connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G and micro USB. But, it lacks dual band Wi-Fi, that operates on more than two different network frequencies. With the dual band Wi-Fi, consumers can enjoy the benefits of a stronger internet connection.