Airtel 4G smartphone launch: Everything you need to know

Airtel 4G smartphone launch: Everything you need to know”

Bharti Airtel, India's top telecom operator, said on Wednesday it had partnered with handset maker Karbonn Mobiles to introduce a 4G-enabled smartphone at the price of a feature phone. Airtel has also said that it will be having partnerships with more manufacturers in the future to bring affordable 4G smartphones to the people.

"In case the customer does not wish to opt for the Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements", Airtel said.

The company further said that this is the first of several partnerships that Airtel plans to have with mobile handset manufacturers to bring highly affordable bundled 4G smartphone options to the market. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM. However, they'll have to a recharge their device with a minimum of Rs 3,000 in the first 18 months to claim the refund. Users will need to make recharges worth at least Rs. 3,000 in the first 18 months to avail a Rs. 500 cashback, and then make recharges worth at least the same amount over the next 18 months to avail a Rs. 1,000 cashback. Since the Karbonn A40 is an Android phone, you get access to all the popular apps including Google's suite of apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, and so on.

Airtel's 4G smartphone is bundled with a monthly pack of Rs 169, which offers data and call benefits.

Another notable aspect of the new Karbonn A40 Indian is that it comes with dual-SIM slots offering consumers the freedom to choose the network of their choice, whereas the JioPhone users have no other option than Reliance Jio. Airtel is however, upping the game by launching a 4G smartphone instead of just a 4G feature phone. This takes the total to Rs 1,500 and takes the device's effective price down from Rs 2,899 to Rs 1,399.

Starting with the display, the Karbonn A40 Indian comes with a 4-inch WVGA display with 800 x 400 pixels resolution.

He said, "We plan to partner with multiple manufacturers to bring affordable smartphone options to the market and build an "open ecosystem" of low-priced devices".

"As the market leader and pioneer of 4G services in India, Airtel's aspiration is to digitally empower every Indian with high speed data access". It has 2-megapixel camera on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front. Other key features of the smartphone include 4G, VoLTE, Bluetooth and Global Positioning System. The device offers a smaller 1500 mAh battery, which is bit smaller compared to the Karbonn, however, considering the price we don't have anything to complain.

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