By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 16:37
It is the first phone of an Indian company to come with Mediatek's hexa core processor as well as with the latest Android KitKat operating system.
Karbonn has upped the ante in the Indian handset market by announcing three smartphones - Titanium Hexa, Titanium Octane, and the Titanium Octane Plus. During its unveiling ceremony in New Delhi today we got to test the phones briefly and here is our first impression of the Karbonn Titanium Hexa.
The Karbonn Titanium Hexa is the first phone to come with Mediatek MT6591 Hexa core (six core) processor. Karbonn Titanium Hexa is also the first handset from an Indian handset manufacturer to come with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. This phone has a huge 5.5 inch display with full HD resolution. This scratch resistant display has Oleophobic coating as well for preventing accumulation of fingerprints.
In terms of memory also, the phone is quite competent with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and 32 GB micro SD card slot. The Titanium Hexa has a 16 megapixel auto focus rear camera and a good looking 5 megapixel front camera. This dual SIM handset has WiFi (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and HSPA+ connectivity option. For navigation Karbonn Titanium Hexa supports GPS.
On the sensor front it has G-sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, Gyro sensor and magnetic sensor. To power up the device a huge 2050 mAh Li-Po battery is provided.
The Karbonn Titanium Hexa has a unibody design and thus does not have a removable back panel. At the launch event, Karbonn has showcased only the silver colour variant of the Titanium Hexa. It has not clarified whether it will also come in other colours options as well.
The back panel of the Titanium Hexa is actually a combination of three parts - a metallic panel in the middle which is flanked by a plastic at the top and bottom. The best part of its back panel is that it is not slippery like other metallic phones. The plastic surfaces of the phone has a matte finish. It is also not prone to fingerprint and scratches easily (I even tried to scratch them with fingernails).
The Titanium Hexa has thick side panels which has two very thin metal strips that further add to the sparkle. The phone though is said to be just 6.9 mm thick but it felt a bit thicker. However, it is one of the lightest 5.5 inch phablet.
All in all the phone looks good but is not the best looking handset from the stable of Karbonn which had some time back came out with the gorgeous Titanium S5 Plus.
The Karbonn Titanium Hexa has a 5.5 inch display. Karbonn should be patted in the back for arming this display with full HD (1920x1080 pixels) resolution. Moreover, it is an LTPS (Low Temperature PolySilicon LCD) screen which is said to have denser pixels thus resulting in better touch mechanism as well as in colour reproduction. We were not able to test its brightness in different lighting condition but were quite happy with it response to touch and visibility in different viewing angle.
The Karbonn Titanium Hexa has a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and it supports auto focus feature. It also has a 5 megapixel front camera.
The camera app is thenative Android one and it has the normal camera features including smile detection, panorama, face detection etc. During our brief interaction with the device we were not able to test its camera and thus cannot comment on picture quality at the moment.
On paper performance of Karbonn Titanium Hexa looks like its USP. As its name suggests, the Karbonn Titanium Hexa comes with the Mediatek MT6591 Hexacore processor. This is the first phone to have the Mediatek hexa core processor. Moreover, this phone comes with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system - the first handset of an Indian company to have the latest Android OS. Note that Android KitKat version is known for its capability to run even on 512 MB RAM.
With such a specification, the phone is expected to give a smooth performance but since the Mediatek hexa core processor is a new one we are eagerly waiting to review the handset where we will bale test its performance in real world scenario.
During its unveiling, a representative of Karbonn spoke at length about its gesture inputs. To start with, it comes with a 'knock to unlock' kind feature; which is available in LG G2 and Nokia Lumia 1320. We did test the feature and were quite satisfied with the result.
Images By Sushil Kumar
To sum up,the Karbonn Titanium Hexa indeed is a highly endowed smartphone. It has all the features that you would expect from a mid-range smartphone. It is a well-designed handset armed with high end features, huge memory and a good display. Karbonn Titanium Hexa has definitely succeeded to cross the first obstacle - to get the eyeballs. The phone will be made available in second week of April. So keep checking The Mobile Indian for an in-depth review of the Karbonn Titanium Hexa.