Karbonn saw new peaks of success with the launch of its Titanium series. One of the better known Indian brands, Karbonn managed to be one of the dominating competitors in the low-budget and mid-range segment for smartphones by keeping the content and features in their devices high and the pricing low. After playing as a winner in the value end of the market, Karbonn is now trying its hands in the higher end. The recently launched Titanium Octane Plus sports an octa core processor and a full HD screen. Already enough to turn heads around!
Over the past few months the Indian market has been flooded with smartphones in virtually all segments. There have been surprising results wherein some local brands made great sales while major brands couldn’t make it to the top. Past few months have been the months of the underdogs who came out as tough competitors. Karbonn is at a gamble with launching a phone that defies its earlier equation of budget smartphones. Let’s take a look at the device.
The unique look of the Octane Plus looks like the real panel curves on the bottom edge to overlap the front of the device. The plastic body of the phone is so smooth and shiny that is slips from the hands. The sharp corners of the phone, while adding to the look, dig into the hands of the holder.
The rear panels carries the usual camera, flash, speaker grille and branding while the front houses three capacitive navigation keys which only light up when the user taps. The power button dwells on the upper right edge and the volume rockers are just on the opposite edge. The overall look of the phone is good.
Software and Specs
The Octane Plus is powered by a MediaTek MTK6592 – the SoC all octa-core smartphones sport. Clocked at 1.7 GHz, the smartphone has an integrated Mali-450 MP4 GPU. A 2 GB RAM along with an inbuilt memory of 16 GB doesn’t disappoint.
Connectivity options on the Karbonn Octane Plus include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and A-GPS.
A major attention grabber among the features is the smartphone’s 5 inch full-HD 1080x1920 display. Amazingly sharp and crisp, the screen is a delight to look at. The real snapper shoots at an impressive 16 megapixels while the front facing cam comes as a storm as a whopping 8 megapixels.
The Octane Plus runs on Android 4.4.2 and there is no heavy skin on top. There are soft Karbonn customizations which is another upside.
While the specifications are impressive, the Octane Plus stutters a bit. Unrecognized taps on screens and shaky and difficult drags contribute to the downsides. HD videos can be played without a lag, however, extremely heavy files do distort. The viewing angles do not fail to impress and the imaging appears sharp. The built-in speakers perform loud and clear but once set below 75% of volume, the sound fails to reach your ears. The battery doesn’t retain for long. Overall, the Karbonn Octane Plus sounds mightier on paper than it actually is.