When it rains, it pours. Days after the introduction of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S priced at Rs 5,999, a host of cheap 5-inch Android phones are hitting the market, with the Karbonn Mobile’s Titanium S12 being the latest.
The Titanium S12 will be launched in India next week along with the Spice Android One Dream UNO, a part of the Google One initiative to bring down Android smartphone prices to $100 level.
Google One phones will be announced on Monday at an event by Google in India.
Unlike the Android One Spice UNO, which will be priced at Rs 6,999, the Karbonn S12 will be available at price of around Rs 4,990. Both models are 5-inchers and are powered by Android 4.4 KitKat.
Neither of them have HD displays, but both will be powered by quad-core processors.
Karbonn will also be launching the Titanium S5 Ultra, priced around Rs 7,600. The Titanium S5 is priced at Rs 7,300, but has Android 4.2.
The Spice Dream phone will be sold by Flipkart, while the two remaining phones under the Android One platform will be sold by Amazon and Snapdeal. The other two phones are being made by Micromax and Karbonn.
Android One phones have been made with the involvement of Google from the design stage itself, a bit like the Moto E, priced at Rs 6,990, except that these phones are supposed to be cheaper.
“Android One will provide smartphones that are high quality, affordable and come with reasonable data plans,” Google had promised back in June.
“Our partners will launch an initial range of sub-$100 Android One smartphones starting in India this Fall, with more countries to follow. We’ve long wondered what potential could be unleashed if people everywhere had access to the latest technology and the world’s information. It’s time to find out.”