Karbonn A50S Review – An extremely cheap smartphone!

If you’re looking for the Karbonn A50S review just because you saw the price of that touch screen smartphone to be R 2790, this post would let you know everything about this smartphone. We just saw the Karbonn A50S being launched in India for the attractive price of Rs 2790 and simply because it comes with an android operating system along with touch screen for such a low price, we though it would be better to take a quick look at how this device is performing in real life.

The device comes up with two different colors black and white. In addition to this, it has 1.2 GHz MTK dual core processor packed with 256 MB RAM. Wait. What? Just 256 MB RAM? Is that enough? Hold one, we are coming to this discussion in the later part of this review. Apart from this hardware specifications, the phone has 2 megapixel primary camera and 0.3 megapixel secondary camera. It runs on the Android 4.2.2 jelly bean and it won’t receive the Android Kitkat update (we are very much confident about this).

So, what does this device offer? Is it really worth paying Rs 2790 for this phone? Will you be able to play the games such as Subway surfers? Let’s talk about it as we go ahead and unwrap the Karbonn A50S.

Karbonn A50S Review

Karbonn A50S (Black) on FlipkartRs 2790
Karbonn A50S (White) on FlipkartRs 2790

Karbonn A50S Review (Full)

Karbonn A50S: Body

The Karbonn A50S has thickness of 10.5 mm which is quite thin compared to the Moto E which has been hot in the Indian market. The size of this device is 61.8mm x 115.7mm. This is quite small and can fit in your palm very easily. In the front of this device, there is this call speaker above. It is followed by the 3.5 inch TFT LCD display which has the resolution of 480×320 pixels. There are three capacitive buttons just below the screen. On the left edge of this phone, there are volume rocker buttons whereas there is nothing on the right edge. The power button and the 3.5mm audio jack are on the top edge whereas the micro USB port is at the bottom.

Karbonn A50S Review - Edges

The back of this device feels quite sturdy. There is this 2 megapixel camera at the back and a tiny yellow colored circle which seems like an LED flash. Below this yellow circled LED flash, you will find the “Karbonn” logo written. On the left bottom edge, there is this small speaker.


Lets first talk about the display quality. With 3.5 inch screen size and 480×320 pixels resolution, the quality is of the display is quite decent. We are not sure about the pixel per density but putting it in real life performance, the display is quite good. The viewing angles are not all good but who is expecting that in this dirt cheap phone? Right?

The processor is clocked at 1.2 GHz and it is none other than the dual core MediaTek processor. There is this Mali 400 GPU present in this device but it isn’t that effective. The 256 MB RAM that has been put up on this phone is actually not enough. Out of this 256 MB of RAM, you’ll almost get 55 MB of RAM free which is quite low. Remember, this device is running on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly bean which is not optimized for such as low RAM device. The Kitkat would have ran better as it has been optimized very nicely but there won’t be any kitkat update for this device.

Karbonn A50: Software Review

Nothing excited here. Karbonn has been following the path of minimal customization to android phones and therefore you’ll see very few changes over here and there. The device runs on the Android 4.2.2 jelly bean which is getting outdated. As I mentioned earlier, there won’t be any kitkat update for this device as Indian OEM manufacturer’s generally don’t provide updates except few.

There are bunch of apps provided by the Karbonn but they are all limited. The camera app something that you find little bit customized and that is quite OK.

The device comes up with the 512 MB of internal memory which can further be expanded up to 23 GB via micro SD card.

How is the camera on Karbonn A50S?

What are you expecting in a 3k device? The camera is not at all that great. However, if you compare the price point, the picture quality is quite decent. There is noise in the pictures and it is clearly visible in low light shots. The front camera is horrible. With 0.3 megapixel, you’ll get very first level of basic quality photos. It can be used for video calling using third party apps but the experience is really horrible.


The Karbonn A50S comes up with variety of connectivity options such as GPRS, EDGE and WiFi. The Bluetooth version is 2.0 which is once again quite outdated. Interestingly, the phone does support USB and WiFi tethering.

Does Karbonn A50S support 3G?

No, the Karbonn A50S doesn’t support 3G internet connectivity. This one of the biggest let down by the phone. People in metros are moving towards 3G internet connectivity and if that is not being offered in the phone, you’re missing out big chunk of people there. Karbonn needs to understand the importance of 3G.

Are there any sensors in Karbonn A50S?

Yes, the phone has a single sensor i.e., G-sensor. It can be useful in GPS tracking and Google maps. There is no accelerometer neither there is any ambient light sensor. This is perhaps acceptable considering the price factor.

SAR Value of Karbonn A50S

Karbonn A50S has the SAR value of 0.692W/kg. This means that it isn’t that prone to the radiations and you’re quite safe using the phone whenever you want.


The phone comes up with a Li-ion 1100 mAh battery. This seems like very less compared to what others are providing and it is quite true. However, with the lack of 3G internet connectivity, you will most probably be using the 2G. That means there will be more battery juice available for you.

With the moderate to high usage, the device lasts for 6-7 hours whereas the low to moderate usage will keep it alive for full day (not the 24 hours but the 12 hours cycle from morning to evening).

How is gaming on Karbonn A50S?

Not up to the mark. The games like Subway surfers and temple run will lag a lot. You’ll need to find the other games which are using less graphics. You need to understand one thing. This phone is not designed for game playing. This is designed to provide you the basic functionalities of the smartphone for cheap price. So, if you gaming is what matters to you the most, forget this phone and buy Moto E instead.


First an foremost. It is cheap. If you’re looking for basic smartphone functions for cheap price, Karbonn A50S is your guy. Since, the phone has been placed at Rs 3k segment, you need to check the specs according to that perspective and according to my knowledge, the phone is quite nice if you look at it in the same way.

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