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Another company in run with Micromax creating large sized smartphones is Karbonn. Karbonn released their Titanium S5 which went out to sell large units, it was giving Micromax a good fight but the Canvas phones were just more trusted. The Karbonn Titanium S5 is one of those budget smartphones the Indian companies are manufacturing to give a person who cannot afford the high end phones by providing the same features for a lower cost. But the question always remain, do they really perform that good? Are they a match? Go on reading and you will have the answer.
The Karbonn Titanium S5 cannot be well differentiated against Micromax’s own Canvas phones. It has that same kind of curve over the corners, the same look and feel of the built in your hands. It weighs roughly about the same 168g like that of Micromax Canvas 2+. But the Micromax Canvas HD is lighter. Karbonn TS5 does not have a catchy look to it, it’s just okay, nothing too great. It is not any easy way to hold a 5inch display phone anyway. You have a dedicated camera button, volume rockers, microUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. In front of its immediate rival, the Micromax Canvas HD it is stand a chance to be compared!
I remember looking at the advertisement and they said their 5 inch display was in HD and it is most certainly not but neither bad too. It has a moderate resolution for a 5inch display at 540×960 pixels. At 220ppi pixel density, this phone is certainly good to look at. If their engineering team would have put more efforts then maybe they could have done better and presented an appreciable display like that on the Micromax Canvas HD which is 720x1280pixels at a high 290ppi. The display on the Karbonn Titanium S5 is pretty good. The colors are not very accurate but it is not pixilated either. The display is quiet nice to look at, for someone switching to Karbonn, trusting them, they will not feel betrayed at all. But its time even they try to step up and present a full HD screen for a lower price, that’s what makes the smartphone game so interesting. But yes, this screen is as good as or even better than most of those 220ppi 540×960 pixel resolution displays.
It can compete over performance against Micromax Canvas HD, like the Canvas HD it also has a 1.2GHz Quad Core processor. But the place where I think it has the edge is, the processor on the Karbon is provided by Qualcomm, and we all know what reputation they have in the world. They are world’s top mobile processor making company. On the Canvas HD, the processor is by Mediatek, we all know Snapdrogon has the quality! Karbonn Titanium S5 has 1 GB RAM just like Canvas HD by Micromax. So, Karbonn S5 should perform better, their processor has a better “quality” and they are clocked at same speeds with same number of cores. But that is not the case; Micromax A116 Canvas HD slogs Karbonn TS5 out of the park scoring more than Titanium S5 in almost every front. Galaxy Grand almost scores half less than the score than the Micromax Canvas HD whereas it is so highly priced. So, are you going to go for a phone which performs twice as better? Or are you going to go that just give a style statement and does half the work that these Indian phones do?
The Karbonn Titanium S5 has an 8MP primary camera which takes shots in max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. It has the usual auto focus for the camera with LED Flash. It can take videos in 720p quality. The front facing camera has a 2MP sensor. The primary camera works very decent. We don’t think the lens is too advanced as it stumbles upon low light and other challenging situations. The images seem to be sharp, but the brightness level and saturation seems to be a tad washed away. Otherwise a very decent camera on the phone. Not bad at all.
Karbonn provided the Titanium S5 with the Android’s amazing v4.1 Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean is one of Android’s most popular operating systems though their most popular OS is still the Gingerbread v2.3 that released way back in 2010. Android Jelly Bean v4.1 is really powerful. It gives you loads of options on the apps front and enables you to customize your device from scratch. If you are into development, this os is your place to fancy developing. Android keeps on building and improving and it’s just so easy to use the OS.
Memory and Data
The smartphone comes with a memory of about 4G internally and can be expanded to up to 32GB. The RAM on board is 1GB, as we have mentioned it earlier. You can use the Bluetooth or microUSB to share files or use wireless speakers to listen to music on the go and lots of more things. It supports both 2G and 3G and is also WLAN enabled.
Is it a good option for you? Hell yes! Packed with features, there is nothing wrong about this phone. Do not question its quality, for all you know the built is nice, processor is provided by Qualcomm and yes it is pretty amazing to use. It’s smooth, it responds well. Nothing more needed. Buy it if you consider it.
Karbonn Titanium S5 comes for Rs. 12,000
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 900 / 1800 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G Network||HSDPA 2100|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Mini-SIM)|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, May|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||540 x 960 pixels, 5.0 inches (~220 ppi pixel density)|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||4 GB, 1 GB RAM|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Secondary||Yes, 2 MP|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8225Q Snapdragon|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.2 GHz|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|– SNS integration
– MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV player
– MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– Document viewer
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
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