Karbonn Titanium S99 is a budget Android candy bar smartphone meant for basic usage and every other aspect reconfirms this. Karbonn has bundled RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) certificate in the box and priced at 5,990 it will face tough competition from numerous other KitKat running smartphones in India. Here are our initial impressions of Karbonn Titanium S99.

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Karbonn Titanium S99 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 4 Inches IPS LCD touch screen with 800 x 480 resolution, 233 PPI
  • Processor: 1.3 GHz MT6582 Quad Core with Mali 400 MP2
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Software Version: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Primary Camera: 5 MP camera with LED flash
  • Secondary Camera: 0.3 MP
  • Internal Storage: 4 GB
  • External Storage: 32 GB MicroSD
  • Battery: 1400 mAh battery Lithium Ion, Removable
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth  with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Others: OTG Support – No, Dual SIM – Yes (Both Normal SIM),
  • Dimensions: 136.50 x 68.00 x 7.90 mm
  • Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer

Karbonn Titanium S99 Unboxing, Full Review, Features, Camera, Benchmarks, Gaming, Price and Overview[Video]

Design, Build and Display

Karbonn Titanium S99 comes with beefed up bezels and glossy back cover which catches lots of finger grease and scratches. The phone feels light, sturdy yet cheap, but the feel won’t be a deal breaker. Micro USB port and power key are on the right edge and audio jack is housed at the top. Overall, the build quality is quite conventional. Karbonn has also bundled a protecting silicon case in the box.

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The display is 2 point multi touch IPS LCD Display with good viewing angles, good sharpness and good colors. The display size is 4 inches in size with WVGA 480 X 800 pixel resolution and if you are ok with the display size the display is decent. Auto brightness is not supported as there is no Ambient light sensor.

Processor and RAM

The phone runs on 1.3 GHz Quad core MT6582 Chipset with Mali 400 MP2 GPU. The processor is backed by 512 MB RAM which will limit the performance in long run. The phone scored 17260 on Antutu and 64 Fps on Nenamarks 2 which is really good score in this price rage.

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Despite the processing prowess memory and battery limitations keeps it from becoming a recommended device for high end gaming, but you can definitely play games now and then. UI transitions were smooth in our initial time with the device.

Camera and Internal Storage

The 5 MP rear camera isn’t impressive and leaves much to be desired. You can capture some decent shots in day light conditions but low light and overall performance is not too great. The front VGA camera is again average performer as expected. In the same price bracket we would say Unite 2 will provide you with a much better camera.

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Internal storage is paltry 4 GB out of which 0.89 is available for apps and around 1.5 GB is available for app data and other data. Apps can be transferred to MicroSD card (up to 32 GB). With several OEMs resorting to 8 GB storage even in budget android department, the storage department can be again rated as average. USB OTG is not supported.

User Interface and Battery

Software is Android 4.4 KitKat and Karbonn has loaded lots of preloaded apps on the device which we don’t like. It would be better if you can root and remove bloat ware. The interface is stock android without any customization.

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Battery capacity is 1400 mAh which drains fast with active usage. We didn’t observe unexpected battery drain in standby conditions. Overall, the phone will struggle to last one day for active users. From wall charger it takes around 4 hours to charge the device. The battery charger that comes in the box has 650mA current rating and not 1 Ampere.

Sound, Video Playback and Connectivity

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The headphones which come bundled in the box are ok in quality but don’t appear very durable. The loud speaker is average and sound gets muffled when the phone is resting on its back. The phone supports GPS via AGPS and GPS locking took time and wasn’t very reliable on Karbonn Titanium S99.

Karbonn Titanium S99 Photo Gallery

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Conclusion and Price

Karbonn Titanium S99 is a powerful quad core device capable of some heavy lifting, but that alone won’t suffice for a great user experience. For 1K extra, you can get better budget performers like Moto E, Unite 2 and Asus Zenfone 4, but if you are not willing to spend any extra cash, Karbonn Titanium S99 will be good enough for first time users considering the price you pay.

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