If you are looking for a low cost Android smartphone check out the Karbonn A1 which supports 3G, comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera, a built GPS and powered by the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system all this for a price below Rs. 7,000.

Karbonn A1 features

This handset is powered by a 600 MHz processor. The processor speed is too slow but looking at the android handset cost, you shouldn’t complain. This is a budget phone but still it does offer a lot. You can surf at high speed internet using 3G. The phone can also be connected to your laptop or desktop and you can access high speed internet through your phone.

Karbonn A1 Display

The touch screen area is 2.8 inches and the touch type is resistive. Resistive touch screen are a bit hard to handle and you need to tab a bit harder. Most modern touch screen phones comes with feature touch feature, however this is missing in Karbonn A1. Many would hardly notice any difference.  The TFT screen supports a resolution of 240×320 pixels with 262K colours.

Karbonn A1 Looks

The Karbonn A1 looks just like any expensive android phone and has got a matte finish. There are 3 touch sensitive buttons just below the touch screen (home | Menu | Back) and below that are normal press buttons that are nicely blended. There is call and end / power on – off button and 4 navigation buttons with a central OK button. The handset weighs 105 grams and dimension is 106.8 x 59.2 x 14.0 mm.

Karbonn A1 android handset price in India
Karbonn A1 android handset price in India

Karbonn A1 Camera

This handset sports a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture features. But with no flash support the camera is useless in low light conditions.

CPU and Memory

As already mentioned before the Karbonn A1 runs on 600 MHz processor. This handset comes with 4GB NAND + 2GB DDR SDRAM embedded memory and you can further increase the storage capacity using the microSD card up to 32 GB.


Karbonn A1 is a 3G phone and also supports GPRS, EDGE, comes with built in GPS, Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi. Another exciting feature is the use of Karbonn A1 as a Wi-Fi- hotspot thereby allowing other devices to share 3G / EDGE / GPRS connectivity over the Wi-Fi network.

Other features

The Karbonn A1 can play music files as well as various video files. Access the Android market and you can get to download lots of applications. This handset does not come with built-in FM radio. Also there is no dual camera so no video calls possible.

Karbonn A1 Battery

This Android handset houses the 1100 mAh Li-ion battery which can fully charge in just 18 minutes. On a full charge you can expect a standby time of about 250 hours and talktime of about 250 minutes.

Karbonn A1 price in India

Current price Rs. 6,990 | Bargain: Rs. 6,500

Expect for the processor speed the specifications are quite impressive. However there are other trusted brands that may be priced close enough.

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in