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While big tech manufacturers including Samsung and Huawei are being rumored to launch 6 inch smartphones such as Galaxy Note 3 and Ascend Mate, India based Karbonn Mobiles has silently released an Android ICS based phablet with a massive 5.9 inch display dubbed as Karbonn A30 with dual SIM support.
Karbonn A30 is still awaiting its official release into the market, which is expected to happen on December 17, 2012, but, online retailer Saholic.com has listed the device with a price tag of Rs 10,990.
Given the price of the device, it can be compared with the upcoming gigantic offerings from Samsung and Huawei only in terms of its display size and real estate, but, it is sure that the Karbonn offering will not have a 1080p display.
As of now, Karbonn A30 is the only handset with such a massive display availabile in India, however, soon the consumers and tech experts might be able to witness a lot of devices with such large displays as the other companies start launching them in the next year.
Below are the specifications and a look at the top 3 budget phablet rivals that are available in India with 5 inch display and similar price point as Karbonn A30.
As far as specifications are concerned, Karbonn A30 phablet has a 5.9 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 1GHz processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, dual sim support, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS and a 2,500 mAh battery. With dual SIM support and Android 4.0 ICS, the Karbonn phablet could be a classified as a rival to the other products including the ones mentioned in the next slides.
However, it is priced at Rs 10,990 and is awaiting its official release. May be the device could retail for the same specs and price, but there is no confirmation on the same from Karbonn Mobiles.
Micromax Superfone A110 Canvas 2
With the launch of Canvas A100, Micromax entered the phablet market only recently and within a couple of months, the company came with the successor of its first generation phablet with the launch of A110 Canvas 2.
As far as specs are concerned, A110 Canvas 2 features a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1GHz dual core processor, 8MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera for video calling purposes, 4GB internal storage, 512MB, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS with aGPS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and 1,600 mAh Li-ion battery delivering 5 hours talk time and 174 hours standby.
Intex Aqua 5.0
Intex Technologies has also jumped into the bandwagon as it has come up with Aqua 5.0 - an Android phablet priced at Rs 9,999.
Speaking of specs, Aqua 5.0 flaunts a 5 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, dual core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 ICS OS, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, 4GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional memory, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS and a 2,000 mAh battery.
Zync Cloud Z5
Zync, a budget tech manufacturer in India who is well known for the wide variety of Android 4.0 ICS based tablets of both 7 and 10 inch displays has now forayed the smartphone market with the Cloud Z5 phablet.
Cloud Z5 packs a 5 inch 5 point multi-touch LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 8MP rear camera, a 0.3MP front camera, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable storage, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS and 2,500 mAh Li-ion battery.