India remains one of the world's most powerful economies in Asia, but the country has the lowest smartphone penetration at 10 %. Even till now an Indian consumer like to prefer a feature phone over a much advance smartphone, due to high-costs attached owning a connected device.
In addition to that, only 5% of the Indian population uses internet on a regular basis, according to a report from Deloitte. At the same time, analysts projects India's smartphone penetration is set to rise exponentially with the incoming of low-end smartphones at $100 or Rs. 6,100 price bracket. With an increasing smartphone penetration in the country, players like Google, for instance, are betting big on India's middle class.
A day back Google launched three new Android One smartphones in the country, starting at Rs. 6,399. All three phones run on the latest version of Android, giving users maximum benefits at fraction of the cost. Interestingly, Google has tied-up with local domestic players, notably, Micromax, Spice and Karbonn to push Android One smartphones in India.
We've already gave you a sneak-peak at the Spice-made Android One smartphone. Now, its time to take a quick look at the Karbonn Sparkle V, one of the first Android One smartphones that went on sale yesterday. Here's our first impression.
Karbonn Sparkle V: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System (OS)
The Karbonn Sparkle V doesn't look too different from the Spice Dream UNO Mi-498. There's no use aluminum, but then we never expected it to be. The handset is 100 % made out of plastic and a soft-touch matte on the back. Being a cheap Android-powered smartphone, it does look pretty low-end.
The rear-back cover is easy to remove, so you can easily take off the fitted battery. Behind the cover, you'll notice a 1,700mAh battery, and thankfully it's removable. You will also notice an inclusion of dual-SIM slots, alongside a microSD card slot.
The left-hand side is plain, while the right side houses the power button and the volume rocket. Up to the top of the display comes the 3.5mm headphone jack, and on the bottom resides the USB 2.0 port.
The back side has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED Flash. Notably, there's a 2-megapixel camera on the front side.
The Karbonn Sparkle V doesn't come with a 720p HD display. Instead, you'll notice a 4.5-inch FQVGA screen with a resolution of 480 x 854-pixels. Though, it's a great quality display, but we think it seems reflective and less bright as similar priced phones.
The Karbonn Sparkle V runs on the latest Android 4.4(KitKat) with less customization as possible. Let's not forget that this is one of the few Android One smartphones, which means Google will push the Android L update when it goes live next month. The phone has been designed for Android One software for a seamless user experience and efficient battery life.
Basically, Google aims to push its eco-system via selling maximum number of Android One smartphones. We also say that Android One initiative is similar to that of Google's Nexus program.
You will not only get a high-quality accessible smartphone , but at the same time all key Google-backed apps, such as the Google Drive, translator, YouTube, Newsstand and Google Play for apps, come pre-loaded on the device.