The year 2016 has started with a bang. While there are plenty of phones and other gadgets been shows at the CES 2016, there is also enough action happening here in India. Indian smartphone maker Karbonn has launched an entry-level phone that seeks to break language barriers to bridge digital divided in India. The phone is called K9 Smart and provides users the option to navigate the device in up to 12 Indian languages and the flexibility to choose from 21 Indian languages for typing input. Karbonn K9 Smart is priced at Rs 3,990.
Coming over to the specifications, Karbonn K9 Smart comes with a 5-inch screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 32GB via microSD card. The phone packs in a 2,300mAh Li-ion battery. Moving on to camera, Karbonn K9 Smart comprises of a 3.2MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front shooter. Besides this, the dual-SIM smartphone supports faster 3G connectivity. Other connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB.
According to Shashin Devsare, executive director, Karbonn Mobiles, “With K9 Smart launch we aim to bridge this divide by offering Indian users an affordable smartphone device which offers access in their native language for ease of use thereby encouraging adoption.”
As per IAMAI, the local language user base grew 47 per cent and touched 127 million in June. While it looks like a decent offer for people looking for regional language support but now there are a few smartphones that are offering 4G smartphone at under Rs 5,000 price point, which could act like a disadvantage for this phone.