Karbonn Titanium S9 review – quad core powered but can record 720p videos only

Karbonn Titanium S9 is a 1.2GHz quad core handset with a bigger 5.5 inch screen supporting HD resolution. This handset comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. Titanium S9 is priced at approx Rs. 16,200.

Box Pack
The box pack contains the handset with a 5.5 inch screen, a free flip cover, data cable, power adapter, earphone, battery of 2600 mAh capacity, warranty booklet and user manual. There is no screen guard included.

Design, Display and OS
The handset looks pretty much like Samsung mobile phones with almost similar design. You can check the video review wherein I have shown the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 along with the Karbonn Titanium S9 handset. The S9 is slightly bigger (weighs around 176 grams) than the Note 2 but other aspects (thickness, looks) are almost similar. In fact it’s hard to distinguish between the two, unless you get a look at the logos. The rear side is white color with glossy finish.

The micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the top side, power / lock button on the left side and volume rockers on the right side. There is the mic on the bottom side. On the rear side you will find the 12MP auto focus camera with LED flash.

karbonn S9 box pack

The key USP of Karbonn S9 is the big 5.5 inch IPS screen with 1280×720 pixels (16M colors). The touch is smooth and responsive. Viewing angles are okay. This dual SIM handset runs on Android 4.2. The user interface is different, simple and pretty impressive.

Memory and storage
The handset is loaded with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. There is micro SD card slot that supports 32GB cards. When you switch on the handset for the first time the free RAM is 633MB. Of the 16GB internal space around 1GB is allocated for apps and 13 is available as phone storage. Apps cannot be installed on the external storage. OTG is also not supported.

karbonn titanium S9 unboxing

Performance and Benchmark
The Titanium S9 is powered by 1.2GHZ MediaTek MT6589 quad core processor with PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. This smartphone however cannot record videos in 1080p resolution. So does it come with MT6589M chipset or is it the usual MT6589 that is capable of recording videos in FHD resolution?

MT6589M supports maximum qHD resolution, so it has to be the MT6589 chipset because of the HD screen resolution support. I am not sure why Karbonn has limited the camera video recording capabilities to max 720p.

karbonn S9 camera

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 4913.
  • AnTuTu – 13594.
  • Vellamo – HTML5 1567, Metal 522.
  • Nenamark 2 – 45.1 fps
  • Multi touch : 5 points.

Camera and entertainment
There is 12MP rear camera with flash but on the box its mentioned 13MP, but that hardly matters. There is 5MP front camera too. The rear camera is auto focus and shoots pretty good images; you can check the sample at the end. The night streetlight shot also looks good. The camera can record videos in 720p resolution only and the quality is also very good. You can play full HD videos using MX player.

I played the asphalt 7 that worked pretty smooth. Even the Dead Trigger 2 and the Modern Combat 4 games played smooth. All of these games were installed on the internal storage space; you cannot install apps / games on external storage.

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G worked well. Should not be an issue getting the GPS lock within 40 seconds. The sound is loud and clear. The handset does get heated up just like other handsets. When shooting still images and videos outdoor in direct sunlight the temperature rose to max 43 degree.

2600 mAh battery
On a full charge the battery should last for over a day with moderate usage.

karbonn S9 2600 mAh battery

Battery test:
Game-play for 14 minutes battery dropped by 5% and temp increased to max 35 degree.
Ran benchmark tool for approx 18 minutes the battery dropped by 5% and max temp was 34 degree.

The Karbonn Titanium S9 dual SIM, quad core handset is priced at Rs. 17,000 you can get it for as low as under Rs. 16,500. It is with the same hardware MT6589 MediaTek quad core that powered the hot selling Micromax A116 and the Lava iris 504q. The S9 USP is the 16GB storage and the 5.5 inch screen with HD resolution. Though the battery capacity is also very good it is needed for a bigger screen. The price seems too high for the specifications. The specs are a little better than the A116 and 504q and the pricing should have been a little more than what these handsets are selling for. The Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 is a tough competitor to the Titanium S9.

Image Gallery

Sample images shot using this handset

Karbonn Titanium S9 unboxing and review video

HD video shot using the S9 handset

Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 7 and Modern combat 4 game play

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{ 56 Responses }

  1. emmanuel leorn says

    Gogi ,

    Are there any apps to check the performance of the Battery!!!! My battery has enough Juice for only 4 hours on Wifi , Its just 1600 mah capacity!!!!

  2. saurabh says

    hello gogi, price is now 9999 is it worth buy? also pls let us know about any issues regarding network reception or call drop, Any OTA updates available for moving apps to sd? coz in article u hv mentioned apps can’t be moved to sd card…
    The looks and battery are really impressive (at least on paper.)

  3. king says

    gogi which mobile should i buy . karbonn titanium s9 (Rs 9900) or moto G ( Rs 14000)

  4. Amar says

    It’s now available for rs. 9999/- at flipkart.com is it a worth buy over doodle 2. Gogi wts ur say after the price drop

  5. V KARTHIK says

    Hi All,

    Can anyone please help me out with this?

    The spec goes like “Of the 16GB internal space around 1GB is allocated for apps and 13GB is available as phone storage”. This goes same as your comment so I have a set of few doubts to be clarified.
    1. So does it mean we can use apps in this phone only up to 1GB is it? In that
    case can we use a 32GB external card to install Games and play? Is this

    2. Is skype vedio calling possible in this phone?

    3. I am a music lover and I look out for phones that gives good music
    experience. I used a Sony Ericsson’s Walkman series earlier. And next
    hoping for the same music experience I got another Sony phone but that
    was a big disappointment. However, I was recently looking for Xperia C as
    it has the same Walkman software in it. But looking a Karbonn Ti S9 the
    looks stole me altogether and now I am leaning towards this phone.
    Could you please let me know how good is the Music Experience through
    Head Phones. If not like Sony at least
    a) does it have 3D surround sound quality?
    b) does it support equalizer options
    (Jazz, Rock, Live, Pop, Classic) and can we manually adjust the equalizer
    (Customize) that usually available along with this?

    Sorry about too much of questions to bother you. I am much interested in this phone and these 3 questions are my priority. Hence have put them forward.

    Kindly assist me with these.

    Sorry to bother you.

    Thanking you,
    V. Karthik.

    • emmanuel leorn says

      Dude ,

      When they say 1 GB is allocated for Apps and suppose u wanna Install NFS Most Wanted which has a Game data of around 1.9GB , Only a fraction of that will be stored in the Memory allocated for ur apps , rest will be in the 16 GB of allocated Internal Memory , u can also install Apps in ur SD Card , Get an APK File from torrent , transfer to ur SD Card and then Install the Game !!!! it should give u an Option to transfer to SD Card , If it doesnt it will still give Options to move to Internal Storage , Anyway 16 GB is more than Sufficient for Games!!!! Skype should be possible considering it’s a 5MP Front Cam , Glad to know that you are a music Lover , Not too sure of the settings , but try buying a Sony Walkman Handsfree or try getting a Boom Headset from Skullcandy or Xone , it should cost around rs 3000!!!! Hope this answers ur Questions , If you have any more Questions , Do drop in ur Query!!!!

  6. Maulik says

    Hi.. now the price of this phone is 13686 on SnapDeal so whc one I shd buy Micromax. Magnus or karbon tit s9..?