Karbonn A111 review and unboxing – not worth the price!

The Karbonn A111 sports a 5 inch screen with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. This dual SIM handset is powered by a dual core processor and comes for a price of Rs. 10,290 and definitely not worth it. Any MediaTek 6577 powered handset is much better than this one.

A111 Box pack
The box pack is impressive and gives you a feeling of a quality product. The handset looks good, it’s bulky and thickness is 12mm. On the first look it seems like the Karbonn A30, but with a smaller screen of 5 inches.

Inside the box there is the handset, USB to micro USB cable, earphone of a cheap quality, power charger, screen guard, user manual and warranty card.

Design
As mentioned it is a fat handset and a bit heavier than most handsets. There are 4 touch sensitive buttons on the front side.  On the top, next to in call speaker there is a front camera of VGA resolution and sensors (Light and Proximity).

The power button is on the right, volume rockers on the left, 3.5 mm jack on the top and micro USB port on the bottom.

The touch is smooth and this handset comes with GSensor, light and proximity sensors. Sar value : 0.49Watt/Kg.

Karbonn A111 box pack

Display
The 5 inch screen supports resolution of 800×480 pixels (187ppi). The screen looks good and the fonts much sharper because by default the fonts are set to a bigger size. The viewing angle is good.

Processor, Memory and OS
The Karbonn A111 dual SIM handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor (MSM8625 SURF) with Adreno 203 GPU. There is 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage.

  • Of the 512MB RAM, 204MB is available (first boot after Unboxing).
  • 581MB is allocated for apps of which 499MB is available.
  • 2.56GB is free internal storage space that is available.
  • You can select external SD as the default app install location.

The A111 runs on the Android 4.0.4 OS (ICS).

Karbonn A111 review

Performance
The handset is smooth and I did not experience any lags while performing the benchmarks and normal operations.

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Benchmark : 2711.
  • Antutu Benchmark : 6596.
  • NenaMark2 : 32.4fps.
  • Linpack : Single 46, Multi 74.
  • Multi Touch : 5 point.

Entertainment
The Karbonn A111 cannot play 720p videos. I downloaded MX player and tried playing 720p video it looked smooth but audio was out of sync, this was with the S/W mode, the H/W mode is not supported.

Karbonn A111 apps

Connectivity
The handset supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB and 3.5mm jack. USB tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth tethering are supported. There is also the Wi-Fi direct option.

Camera
There is 5MP rear auto focus camera with LED flash and a front VGA camera. The camera quality is not that good. Check the sample images at the end of the article.

As for video recording you can record at max 480p resolution which again is not that good. You can check the sample video too.

Gaming
I guess a lot of common games will work; I tried the latest game temple run 2 which worked pretty well.

Karbonn A111 temple run 2

Battery
The 2150 mAh battery is more than sufficient for this hardware and should easily last for over a day on a full charge.

Karbonn A111 review
This definitely is not a good buy. The price is high, the handset is heavy and the camera quality is pathetic. All this for a price of Rs. 10,290 (you can get it for as low as 9,300). There are many other handsets like the MMX A110, Lava IRIS 501, Xolo A700 and even the Celkon A200 / Micromax A89 which is in fact much better than this handset.

Image Gallery

Sample images shot using A111 5MP camera

Karbonn A111 unboxing and review

480p Sample video shot using Karbonn A111’s camera

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{ 36 Responses }

  1. Manish Yande says

    Worst phone for gaming…. it hangs while playing any game and sound quality is very very poor…….
    rest is working properly………..

  2. Dr Acharya says

    I bought Karbonn A111 last month. From croma I got at 8733/-. The mob is working smoothly, video quality is far better than still cam, sound is okay.
    Battery last for more than a day, as I do not play game / watch much video.
    Warms up a bit on upper part else cool.
    Ramesh Vijay Ranvijay etc. may consider A111 as according to my friend from croma, there is a rare complaint from A111 as compared to MMX Canvas !
    Go for it man !

  3. sayan says

    gogi in your review photos we generally see a red car of maruti suzuki does that car belong to and secondly is the the maruti suzuki ritz (guessing), can you clarify

  4. Prithish says

    Gogi,
    Why not the tiger(ur soft-toy) didn’t feature in the picture segment?:D Big thing to worry..

  5. sandip says

    Dear Gogi Bro,

    is qhd resolution better than wvga or fwvga ? will it make any difference in gaming and video ?

  6. kaushik says

    above 10k, if the mobile doesn’t pack qHD display, it is to be avoided because rest everything is basically same.
    And if it packs a processor based on the Cortex A5 core, better pass it on ASAP.

  7. Ranvijay says

    Gogi sir, what about gionee g1 gpad. can v trust on brand like gionee?I saw the box yesterday.should I buy it or not.

    • Akash says

      Ran vijay i have tried calling gionee toll free centre there response where good and also i went to see there service centre located in our locality there approach where better than micromax.. So from my point of view you can purchase the phone. but wait for more 15 days you will get the dream d1 .. which will have super amoled screen plus,, so i just suggest just wait for few more days

  8. Ramesh says

    gogi sir please review celkon A225 if possible….please suggest me a mobile with 5inch screen with avg camera…only for net surfing gaming not a issue for me…mmx 110 and 116….are not available in stores ….please tell me a alternative …budget 12000…..

  9. vivek says

    hi gogi….the video was really good.
    i want to buy a mobile phone.please suggest me.
    key features needed :
    1)awesome camera (720 or 1080);
    2)andriod 4.0+

    range 10k to 15k any brand its ok
    please give me a reply gogi bro:-))

    • Gogi Ranagogi says

      Vivek, I have already mentioned the options at the end of the article and for 1080p video recording and playback there is micromax A116 for now.

  10. sayan says

    gogi I say that the clarity of micromax a89’s camera is much better than this though the former has a 3mp ff camera. what do you think gogi as you have reviewed both the handsets

    • Gogi Ranagogi says

      Sayan, you can check the sample images here http://www.gogi.in/micromax-a89-review.html
      I don’t see much difference, try opening both images and zoom in you will see the difference. A111 seems sharper but when you zoom in it does not look good and A89 is less sharper and when you zoom in its blurry but you can easily makes out what’s there.

  11. Akash says

    hello gogi sir m bog fan of u….. gogi sir plzz indepeath review of Byond phablet PII(5.7inch phablet) ASAP…. PLZZZZZ plzzzz plzz sirr

  12. wangs says

    Gogiji, Pls let me know if the mobile handset like canvas HD, UMI x2 etc price will be increased after the implimentation of current budget as tax is being increased on these items. Any guess how much 14000rs will be for this two mobiles.

    Thanks

  13. shokinder says

    Gogi bhai, please review Karbon A12 also..Its newly launched. I wanted to buy samsung S duos. But after heard that it hangs a lot, i changes my mind. Please suggest any good 4 inch phone with 5MP primary camera with flash,Good screen with 256k/16m color, front camera, Android ICS. A 5 inch screen willnt suit me.Please help me to buy the phone before price rise.

  14. Ahmad says

    Why karbonn is dumping thier phone with low cost qualcomm chipset they should use mediatek


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