Karbonn Launches the A1, Budget Android Smartphone at Rs. 6,999

Karbonn A1Karbonn Mobiles has launched a new Android smartphone – the Karbonn A1. it is a budget Android smartphone priced at Rs. 6,999. It is quite similar to the Micromax A60, which was one of the first budget Android phones in India.

The Karbonn A1 comes with a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo, and it’s unlikely to get an upgrade to Gingerbread.

It has a 3.2 MP camera and is powered by a 600 MHz processor. It also offers 3G and Bluetooth. Karbonn plans to launch three new Android smartphones by Diwali, priced under Rs. 10,000.

Karbonn currently has a 5% share of the Indian mobile handset market. It’s aiming for 10 million handset sales for the year. It is also planning to raise close to $125 million to fund its expansion plans.

We are looking at raising $125 million to fund our expansion plans. This will be done through PE investors and we will finalise plans in the next quarter. By the end of this quarter, there should be clarity on how we are going about it,said Karbonn Mobiles Executive Director, Mr Shashin Devsare.

Personally, I wouldn’t touch the phone with a stick. But if you want an Android smartphone in that budget range, you don’t have many other options.

Check out the specifications of the Karbonn A1 here – Karbonn A1

You may also want to check out the Micromax A70, which was launched recently.

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