Karbonn A11 review and unboxing – single core 1GHz with 5MP HD camera

The Karbonn A11 is powered by single core MediaTek processor with 512MB RAM and 5MP camera capable of recording videos in 720p resolution. The handset comes with good features but the price is too close to the dual core models that many users would naturally opt for.

Box Pack
The box pack contains the handset, earphone, charger / battery, USB to micro USB cable, user manual and warranty guide.

CPU / GPU – The Karbonn A11 comes with MT6575 processor ARMv7 clocked at 1GHz along with PowerVR SGX 531 GPU. This is the same CPU and GPU that comes on the Micromax A90 handset. The performance is as good as seen on the A90.

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant : 2186
  • Antutu : 3549
  • Nenamark2 : 23.4 fps.
  • Linpack : Single : 17 | Multi : 14

Memory and internal storage – Internal storage for apps is 724MB free and 62 MB used. Of the 512MB RAM 245MB is used and 229 MB free. This is good enough for moderate usage. Internal storage memory that is usable is around 2.5GB (including internal storage for apps).

Display and OS – It’s a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen with 800×480 pixels resolution. The display supports 5 point multi touch, its smooth and responsive. The handset runs on the ICS OS (Android 4.0).

Karbonn A11 review

Connectivity – The Karbonn A11 supports 3G, dual SIM (GSM+GSM) with dual standby mode, Wi-Fi with Hotspot, micro USB with USB tethering, Bluetooth with Bluetooth Tethering, GPS and 3.5 mm jack. The GPS works pretty well with a lock in less than 20 seconds.

Phone features – The phone dialer comes with 3 buttons. The call 1 and call 2 represents SIM 1 and SIM 2 and can be used directly for calling from either of the SIM’s. There is also a video call button which means that native video calling is supported.

Karbonn A11 rear side view

Camera – There is a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a front VGA camera. The rear camera can record videos in 720p resolution. The picture quality is very good. If you are using the camera for the first time make sure to change the hue option in the settings for both video mode as well as the camera to medium. The video mode does not have a pause video option as seen on the A110.

If hue is set to low the output will be disappointing, change the hue settings and you get really good images. Check the sample images I have included both with low hue and with medium hue.  The camera features are the same as found on Micromax A110 and the Micromax A90.

Check out the Camera samples : http://www.flickr.com/photos/gogirana/sets/72157631944754835/

Entertainment – The sound output is good and loud. You can play 720p movies but it is not very smooth, does lag at times but watchable. Download MX player to be able to view many supported media formats.

Gaming – The handset can play all the games that we have seen on the Micromax A90 and many more. This includes Angry Birds, Temple run etc..

Sensors – There are Proximity, light, Gsensor and even magnetic sensor.

Battery – The 1500 mAh battery should be good enough to get the handset going for over a day or normal usage.

Karbonn A11 review
The handset looks really good with the black, glossy white colour and a silver border.  Have a look at the video review, below. The 5MP camera does click pretty good images and also supports 720p video recording, though you may need to manually change some settings on the camera to get the best output.

I tried playing 720p videos using MX player which was not that smooth and did lag at times. The in call speaker, speaker volume is loud.  The handset also comes with magnetic sensor that you usually find missing on many smartphones.

With the entry of Micromax A110, single core handset will be least preferred. The Karbonn A11 is priced at around 8,500 which I feel is too high and consumers may get more inclined to a dual core phone. If the price can be reduced a little more say around Rs. 7,500, it will keep away from competing with the A110 but at the same time could become a hot selling item. Unfortunately it could also mean trouble for the Karbonn A7+ model.

Nevertheless, a good (single core) smartphone from Karbonn mobiles, but for a higher price tag. With Rs. 1500 extra one would not mind jumping on to the dual core A110.

Image Gallery

Karbonn A11 unboxing and review video

720p sample video shot using the Karbonn A11 handset

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{ 261 Responses }

  1. Prashant Kumar says

    Dear Mr Gogi, please suggest me which another model battery I can use in Karban A11 for better backup. Please reply through mail. Thank u in advance.

  2. amar says

    frnds i want to buy karbon a11 , is it have any battery back up problem pls tell me? n then which mob i have to choose below 6000…. please tell me n guide me frnds….

  3. Abhilash says

    Hi all, I am using Karbonn A11, but i am fed up of the battery backup. Even though i dont use wifi, gps and not even games, the battery backup is there for only 6-7 hours and also the handset gets heated up while in talk. Please help me for the battery backup and heating issue, otherwise the set is perfect.

  4. Manoj says

    hi gogi and all the experts.. is there jellybean update available for Karbonn A11? pls tell the link if yes.

  5. anil says

    hi gogi sound quality through the stock headset is very poor can u suggest any other headset compatible with karbonn A11.

  6. jasdeep says

    Hii can anyone help me how to use my a11’s internal memory 2 gb available as it shows

    • Manoj.mj says

      Download x-plore file manager from play store and then you may move or copy files from sdcard1 to sdcard2(2gb internal).

  7. Ankit Lamba says

    Hello Sir,
    I have a problem in GPRS connection on my A11. Actually I am not able to establish a GPRS connection on my mobile. I hv tried it with Vodafone, Idea and BSNL. Sir plzzz help me, what can I do 4 this prob…???

  8. Gaurav Sanghavi says

    Sir, i am using A15 and it gets heated up while playing games like Temple Run, or even while using internet for around half an hour, and also while charging..
    I took it to service centre and they factory resetted my phone but still the problem persists…
    Can you plz tell me what the probable issue is about.?

  9. vivek says

    Is karbonn A11 is worthable phone or not for gaming,2g surfing..i dont like hanging and taking it to service centers frequently..was it really worthable unbranded karbonn..plz help me gogi.

  10. subbu says

    Any body has issues with heating while talking, my phone is heating like anything. Please confirm so that I can approach service center people

    • balaji says

      no I am not having any issues while talking. If your phone still has problem please take it to service center they will fix it.

    • karthik says

      yes brother !!!!! …… I purchased karbonn retina A27…. same problem as yours…. while charging as well as using the phone.. I visited to service center….they said that they would do some software updating and the problem would to resolved……….. I don’t think so..