pushes the boundary between a tablet and a phone, claiming to be ‘World’s first 15cm cm (5.9”) phone’. Remember the Galaxy Note (5.3”) and Note II (5.5”) which Samsung branded as ‘Phablet’—a hybrid of Phone and Tablet.
Amalgamating the functions of a smart phone and a tablet, Karbonn here poses stiff competition to its Indian rival Micromax. The two brands have been vying with each other to woo the budget-conscious Indian buyers. They offer tablet computers and mobile handsets of high specifications that match those from global players, at almost one-third their price.
The Galaxy Notes come for prices above Rs. 35K; Galaxy SII and SIII for Rs. 30K and 35K; Karbonn A 30 and Micromax A 110 are available for around Rs. 11,000.
The A 30 comes with stunning specs: Dual-Core 1 Ghz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Dual SIM, 8 MP camera with Auto Focus, Face Detection & flash, 1.3 MP front camera for video calling, 2500 mAh battery, Gesture control and a host of pre-embed apps.
USB tethering allows to use the mobile phone as a modem to connect your laptop or other devices to internet.
A 30 can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to eight devices to the internet connection on the mobile.
Officially named as ‘Karbonn A30 – Ta Fone’ the company lovingly calls it ‘Mother of all phones’ and claims it to be capable of ‘redefining the Indian mobile eco-system’.
Running on Android 4.0 ICS, the phone can access over 2,50,000 android apps from the Google Play store. The company announced special introductory price of Rs. 12,990 only; however various online portals are selling it for much lesser prices—as less as Rs. 10,500.
Pre-embedded applications of Karbonn A30 – Ta Fone
Facebook, Whatsapp, Kingsoft Office, Saavn, NextGtv, PayTM, Popi, Karbonn Smart Browser.
Karbonn Mobiles is a joint venture between Delhi-based Jaina Group and Bangalore based UTL Group. Karbonn already has over 650 service centers established across the country.