Karbonn Opium N9 Review


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Business FeaturesDocument Viewer, Document Editor, Outlook Email, Office Suite
Handset ColorBlack
SIM SizeMini SIM
Call FeaturesHands Free, Loudspeaker
Model NameOpium
Touch ScreenYes, Capacitive
SIM TypeDual Sim, GSM + GSM
Model IDN9
In the BoxData Cable, Charger, warranty Card, Handset, User Manual, Headset
Video RecordingYes
Secondary CameraYes, 2 Megapixel
Other Camera FeaturesAuto Focus, Flash Support
Primary CameraYes, 8 Megapixel
Video PlayerYes, Supports 3GP, MP4
Music PlayerYes, Supports MP3, MIDI
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Preinstalled BrowserAndroid, WAP, Opera
BluetoothYes, Supported Profiles (A2DP)
Navigation Technologywith Google Maps
WifiYes, 802.11 b/g/n
Internet FeaturesEmail
USB ConnectivityYes
TetheringWi-fi Hotspot
3GYes, 21 Mbps
SensorsProximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Phone Book MemoryYes
SMS MemoryYes
Call MemoryYes
SAR Value0.792 W/Kg
Important AppsGoogle Play Store and Apps, Customizable Widgets
Additional FeaturesTouch and Swipe Gestures, Notification Panel, Voice Search
ResolutionHD, 1280 x 720 Pixels
Other Display FeaturesIPS Display, Pinch Zoom, Multi-touch
Size5 Inches
Weight120 g
Size72x139x8.6 mm
Warranty Summary1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories
Type2000 mAh
Expandable MemorymicroSD, upto 32 GB
Memory1 RAM, 4 GB ROM
Internal2.16 GB
Operating FreqGSM – 900, 1800; WCDMA – 2100
OSAndroid v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Processor1.2 Qualcomm Snapdragon, Quad Core


Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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