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Both Micromax and Karbonn have been keeping quite busy lately with both the companies dishing out a slew of smartphones in a number of different price ranges in the last few months. And since it is only expected that none of the companies will back out of the race to the top anytime sooner, there will be many a times in the near future when both of them will cross each others paths.
However, it seems like the future is now with both Micromax and Karbonn already looking to set the standards in the market with their newest offerings in the smartphone arena - Bolt A66 (Rs. 6,000) and Titanium S5i (Rs. 7,999), respectively. But how exactly do these phones workout when pitted against each other? Lets take a closer look as we try to point out who stands out from whom and in what area.
Display and Dimensions
Going by the specifications, the Micromax Bolt A66 sports a 4.5-inch TFT capacitive touch screen with IPS display which offers a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The Karbonn Titanium S5i, on the other hand, offers a 5-inch capacitive touch display offering a resolution of 854 × 480 pixels.
However, going a bit deep into the display and dimensions for both the devices, while the Micromax-based smartphone offers pixel density range
of 201 to 275 ppi (218 ppi Pixel Density), the Karbonn Titanium S5i offers the same at 125 to 200 ppi (196 ppi Pixel Density).
Operating System and Processor
As far as operating systems for the devices are concerned, there's not much to choose with both Bolt A66 and Titanium S5i running the latest Android Jelly Bean offering, with the only difference between both arriving via the versions of Android Jelly Bean. While Micromax's Bolt A66 offers Android v4.1, the Karbon-based Titanium runs on Android v4.2.
However, the fight to the top can experience major twists with every detail that can be enough to draw that fine line between competitors. In this instance, however, the in-device processors can make a lot of difference. While the Karbonn Titanium S5i is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor that's complimented with 512MB of RAM, Micromax's Bolt A66 comes with a Spreadtrum SC7710G single core processor that's clocked at 1 GHz with 512MB of RAM.
Heading over to the in-device camera, whereas the Karbonn Titanium S5i offers an 8-megapixel (3264 x 2448 pixels) rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Micromax's Bolt A66 makes use of a 2-megapixel (1600 x 1200 pixels) rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing shooter as well.
Connectivity, Memory and Battery
While the connectivity options for the Titanium S5i include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP and GPS - with the smartphone also offering Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) support with Dual Standby mode, the latest Bolt A66 comes with a variety of connectivity option like 3G (HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Similar to the Karbonn offering, the Bolt A66 also features a Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby.
As far as in-device memory is concerned, while the Micromax device houses 512MB of internal memory (165 MB user memory) which can be further expanded up to 32GB using a MicroSD card, the Karbonn offering is also said to boast similar memory specs Karbonn offering also housing 512MB of internal memory with a microSD card slot which supports up to 32GB additional memory.
While the Titanium S5i uses a 2000 mAh battery to run its systems, the Bolt A66 utilizes a 1500 mAh battery offering a talktime of 4.5 hours and standby time of 116 hours.
It seems like both the devices have their own ups and downs, but if seen from an entirely neutral point of view, it could be assumed that the Karbonn-based Titanium S5i has an upper hand in this race and could easily experience far more popularity compared to its Micromax counterpart.
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