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First Cut: Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus

It comes with Mediatek's octa core processor, Android KitKat operating system and 16 GB internal storage apart from many such high end features

Karbonn yesterday launched three smartphones - the Titanium Hexa, Titanium Octane, and the Titanium Octane Plus. We have already posted our first hand impression of Titanium Hexa and Titanium Octane. During the launch event we did also spend some time with the Titanium Octane Plus which is an upgraded version of the Karbonn Titanium Octane. Here is our first cut of the Titanium Octane Plus.

Design

The Karbonn Titanium Octane is a much different product than the Titanium Hexa and the Titanium Octane when it comes to the design. To start with, it comes in black colour and not red as the Titanium Octane. Like the Octane, it too has a removable back panel. As compared to Titanium Octane, it is a bit taller (147.3 mm vs 145.7 mm) and even wider (72.6 mm vs 71.2 mm). Also, it is quite slim with a thickness of just 7.6 mm. It comes with broader side panels and not curvy ones as is found in the Titanium Octane.

Like the other two new Karbonn handsets, its back panel also has matte finish that gives a good grip. Like its octa core sibling, Titanium Octane Plus's volume rocker sits in the left hand top, power button in the right side, 3.5 mm jack at the top, and the micro USB port at the bottom.

Display

In the Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus, there is a 5 inch touchscreen. It comes with full HD resolution, unlike HD resolution of Karbonn Titanium Octane. Also note that this is an IPS panel and it has good viewing angles as well. There are three off-screen buttons below the display as well.

Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus

The touchscreen of Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus has decent touch response. Though the off screen buttons were not working as per our liking but it was a demo unit and hence such issues are expected. A Karbonn official also assured us that in the retail unit such problems will not be encountered.

The display of Titanium Octane Plus has enough brightness for indoors where we tested the phone but we were not able to check its outdoor capability.

Camera and Storage

The Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus comes with a 16 megapixel camera at the back with auto focus feature. There is an LED light besides it as well but we have not tested the quality of the flash light during photography. We though managed to capture snaps via the rear camera in default setting which looked good in the first place but we are yet to test its capability in different lighting conditions.

Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus

In the front, this phone has an 8 megapixel camera which should be great for self-portraits and video calls. Like the Titanium Hexa and the Titanium Octane, it too comes with the default Android camera app. It has also the usual camera features like Panorama, Smile Shot etc.

Like the other two new Karbonn phones, the Titanium Octane Plus too has 16 GB internal storage and 32 GB micro SD card slot. However, it has 2 GB RAM unlike the Octane's 1 GB RAM.

Performance

The Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus comes armed with the 1.7 GHz clock speed based Mediatek MT6592 octa core processor. As I said earlier, it has 2 GB RAM. Also, it is based on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Though Karbonn has not mentioned the GPU of this handset, we expect it to have the Mali 450 GPU and anyway with 2 GB RAM and the octa core processor, it should give a flawless performance but again we would like to reserve our comment till an in-depth review.

Connectivity and Sensors

The Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus too has dual SIM slot like the Titanium Hexa and Octane. Also, this HSPA+ enabled handset has WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and micro USB port.

Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus

The Titanium Octane Plus has also a bunch of sensors including G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Gyro sensor, and Magnetic sensor.

Images By Sushil Kumar

Verdict
The Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus is priced at Rs 17,990 and is set to hit the retail market next month. Its chief opponenets, Intex Aqua Octa and Micromax Canvas Knight, are now available for around Rs 19,500. Not only price, but feature wise too the Titanium Octane Plus has a bit of advantage as it has the latest Android KitKat operating system unlike the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version in the other two. We though don't know the true potential. We though have already reviewed the Intex Aqua Octa, Micromax Canvas Knight as well as the WickedLeak Wammy Passion X another octa core phone which is available for Rs 18,500.



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First Published : Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 00:00