Karbonn S2 titanium review – with MediaTek powered quad core chipset

The Karbonn titanium S2 comes powered by MT6589M MediaTek processor running on Jelly Bean 4.2 OS. The handset sports a 5 inch screen with FWVGA resolution. It is priced at Rs. 9,949.

Titanium S2 box pack
Inside you will find the Karbonn S2 handset along with a free flip cover, battery of 2100 mAh capacity, travel charger with data cable, earphone, warranty booklet and user guide.

Design and Display
The S2 handset is 9.9mm thick and is quite bulky with 186 grams weight. On the first look the handset does look attractive, however a closer look will disappoint you. The built quality and finishing are not that good. There are small gaps on the top side near the micro USB port and the 3.5mm audio jack, there is another at the bottom side (check the video review). The power button is on the right side and the volume rockers on the left. There is light, accelerometer and proximity sensors. The rear side is with a glossy finish.

The TFT screen is 5 inches with resolution 854×480 pixels (FWVGA). The viewing angle is okay, not that good. Every phone has a thin black border around the screen.  If you look closely the right border on the Karbonn S2 is thicker than the other 3 sides, it kind of looks odd.

Karbonn Titanium S2 box pack

Inside the Hood
Interestingly Micromax A111 (canvas Doodle) comes powered by QUALCOMM processor and the Titanium S2 with MediaTek processor. It’s MT6589M with PowerVR SGX 544 MP. As you all know this chipset cannot record full HD videos. You can watch full HD 1080p using S/W mode.

The RAM is 512MB and internal storage is 4GB. Of the 512MB RAM the available RAM is 206MB. Of the 4GB internal storage 1GB is assigned for apps and 1.79GB as phone storage. You can install / move apps to external storage.

Karbonn Titanium S2 review

Benchmark Performance

  • Quadrant Benchmark : 3986.
  • Anututu Benchmark : 13575.
  • Nenamark2 : 41.5 fps.
  • Vellamo : HTML5 = 1386, Metal = 430.
  • Multi Touch : 5 point.

Camera and Entertainment
The 8MP Auto focus camera still images are good and so is the 720p video. You can check the sample images and videos at the end of this article. The camera is without BSI sensors. There is a 2MP front camera with native video call support.

Karbonn Titanium S2 8mp rear AF camera

Gaming
MT6589M can play many high end games. I tried the Nova 3 and it worked well. Many other common games available on Google play will work with ease.

Others
OTG is not supported. I did not find any issues with 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. The speaker sound is load and clear.

Battery
The 2100 mAh battery will last for over a day with moderate usage. The battery performance was satisfactory.

Karbonn Titanium S2 review
The dual SIM / Dual Standby Karbonn S2 is priced at Rs. 9,949 (approx) with 5 inch FWVGA screen and powered by MT5689W processor. The built quality is not that good and the handset is heavy.  Instead the Xolo Q700 seems a better option, same hardware with a smaller screen (4.5 inches) but with qHD resolution, better built quality and priced around the same.

Image Gallery

Sample Images

Karbonn S2 Titanium unboxing and review video

Sample 720p video shot using the Karbonn Titanium S2 handset

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