Karbonn Opium N9 Review

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Karbonn is producing good phones. Like Micromax, it has overcome the design demons and is producing some good phones not just to use but to look at and feel as well. Karbonn Opium N9 is a complete phone for a very alluring price. Let us dig and and look at the specifics.
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Design

Karbonn actually made my jaw drop from the design of Karbonn Opium N9. I did not believe it was a Karbonn phone, I literally thought someone was tricking me. Karbonn Opium N9 looks like a high end design phone. The reduced bezel makes it look better and the matte really gives you a better feel than the cheap plastic this company has stuck to for so long. The feel of this phone is really good. Matte is better grip any day. Also, I think the smoother finish makes it more wanting. I really commend Karbonn on the great improvement.

Display

These budget smartphones have lately been very dense and with good detailing but the graphics and the colours have been way off the actual retinal charts. Karbonn Opium N9 has a decent 5 inch 720p display. An HD display is always going to be dense enough. This one is great as well. The question is really about the colour, does it shine in brining beautiful colour son the display? The answer is yes, for the first time on a lower end budget smartphone on Karbonn. I really like the clarity and accuracy of the colours on the Karbonn Opium N9’s display. And the detailing is there too, it was always there.

Camera

Karbonn Opium N9 has an 8MP camera which takes some good shots. Most of the shots are really under saturated and the low light shots can be horrible. The 8MP camera on the Karbonn Opium N9 has a very bad shutter speed, slow shutter speed = bad shutter speed. Hence at these challenging conditions it is even more difficult to get a good shot out. The under saturation is pretty standard in most phones around this price tag but it does have a very good sense of colour and captures the details quiet well. It can record some really crisp and beautiful full HD video as well.

Software

The biggest disappointment is probably the fact that Karbonn Opium N9 comes with v4.3 Android Jelly Bean when almost every new budget phone has been running the v4.4.2 KitKat atleast. The user interface is nothing too hot and happening so it is not a big deal what Karbonn has to offer in terms of software wonder.

Performance

On the contrary to the biggest disappointment comes the best plus point on the Karbonn Opium N9. This beauty runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which is clocked at 1.2GHz with 4 cores (Quad). The phone has a 1GB RAM, hence it should be able to support v.4.4.2 KitKat but it does not. Karbonn Opium N9 offers you 8GB internal memory expandable to up to 32GB.
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GENERAL FEATURES
Brand Karbonn
Business Features Document Viewer, Document Editor, Outlook Email, Office Suite
Handset Color Black
Form Bar
SIM Size Mini SIM
Call Features Hands Free, Loudspeaker
Model Name Opium
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive
SIM Type Dual Sim, GSM + GSM
Model ID N9
In the Box Data Cable, Charger, warranty Card, Handset, User Manual, Headset
CAMERA
Video Recording Yes
Secondary Camera Yes, 2 Megapixel
Other Camera Features Auto Focus, Flash Support
Primary Camera Yes, 8 Megapixel
MULTIMEDIA
Video Player Yes, Supports 3GP, MP4
Music Player Yes, Supports MP3, MIDI
FM Yes
INTERNET & CONNECTIVITY
WAP Yes
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Preinstalled Browser Android, WAP, Opera
Bluetooth Yes, Supported Profiles (A2DP)
Navigation Technology with Google Maps
Wifi Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
Internet Features Email
USB Connectivity Yes
Tethering Wi-fi Hotspot
3G Yes, 21 Mbps
OTHER FEATURES
Sensors Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Phone Book Memory Yes
SMS Memory Yes
Call Memory Yes
SAR Value 0.792 W/Kg
Important Apps Google Play Store and Apps, Customizable Widgets
Additional Features Touch and Swipe Gestures, Notification Panel, Voice Search
DISPLAY
Resolution HD, 1280 x 720 Pixels
Other Display Features IPS Display, Pinch Zoom, Multi-touch
Type LCD
Size 5 Inches
DIMENSIONS
Weight 120 g
Size 72x139x8.6 mm
WARRANTY
Warranty Summary 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories
BATTERY
Type 2000 mAh
MEMORY AND STORAGE
Expandable Memory microSD, upto 32 GB
Memory 1 RAM, 4 GB ROM
Internal 2.16 GB
PLATFORM
Operating Freq GSM – 900, 1800; WCDMA – 2100
OS Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Processor 1.2 Qualcomm Snapdragon, Quad Core

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Sinha

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