First look: Karbonn Titanium X

“Despite being sleek and lightweight, the Karbonn Titanium X flaunts some heavyweight hardware specs”


Evolving beyond the 5 inch display size, device makers are now working towards improving the screen resolution of their offerings. The focus has now shifted towards offering Full HD 1080p screen resolution as opposed to 720p or qHD resolutions that ruled the segment for quite some time. Joining the race is the new Karbonn Titanium X which has been priced at Rs 18,490 and has just been unveiled for Indian users. WP_20131205_009 Learning from Full HD display-bearing devices from competitor brands that have already been in the market for quite a while now, Karbonn has employed quite a few innovations to make the device unique, despite its late entry. First and foremost, the Titanium X tips the scales at 140 grams which makes it one of the lightest Android devices we have seen in this price category. This allows for better handling as well as usability of the device. WP_20131205_012 The device is fashioned out of polycarbonate plastic, and this could be one of the reasons for its light weight. However, the plastic body doesn’t seem to affect the durability of the device. The corners and the back of the handset are curved, making the device comfortable to hold. The Titanium X rocks a unibody design, which means that the battery isn’t user-replaceable. WP_20131205_014 The display uses a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution IPS (In-Plane switching) technology LCD. The use of One Glass Solution or OGS helps the device offer  good viewing angles along with better contrast levels. The display is protected by a scratch-resistant layer which is not Gorilla glass, but the quality of the protective layer is good and it should offer protection against scratches and knocks. WP_20131205_003 In terms of specifications, the Titanium X is based on a quad-core MediaTek processor operating at 1.5 GHz. This has been supplemented with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. One thing to be noted here is that the device has no memory expansion through memory cards, but as company claims the device can support up to 32 GB additional storage through the use of flash drives thanks to its USB On-the-Go support. WP_20131205_008 Imaging is handled by a 13 megapixel camera at the back which also gets a LED flash for illumination along with a 5 megapixel camera in the front for self portraits and video calls. WP_20131205_005 For connectivity, the device has a single SIM design which is 3G-enabled along with the usual options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB. Interestingly, the Titanium X is also NFC enabled, which is great given the price point. With NFC, it’s possible to wirelessly connect to compatible devices and transfer data, but compatibility would be a bigger issue as even the bigger giants like Samsung and LG have also not been able to settle down on a unified NFC solution just yet. WP_20131205_015 As far as experience on the device goes, it runs a near-stock implementation of Android Jelly Bean 4.2, but comes with a ton of preloaded applications. The device operates smoothly and can easily run graphic-intensive games as well. Watch this space for an in-depth review of the device in the coming days. WP_20131205_007 WP_20131205_002 Overall the biggest benefit of the Titanium X are its good looks and a great feel because of its light weight, despite a beefy 2,300 mAh battery. The non-expandable memory is disappointing, but overall the device offers a good mix of features and performance with a not-so-expensive price tag.
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