Airtel announces 4G smarthphone for an effective price of ₹1399

Airtel 4G phone with Karbonn Mobile

Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel has selected Karbonn Mobiles to launch affordable 4G smartphone in India

At an effective price of Rs. 1,399, you can buy the Karbonn A40 Indian for existing or new Airtel prepaid number. Airtel has said that it is only the first of the several partnerships planned with handset makers to manufacture bundled 4G smartphones.

In case the customer does not wish to opt for Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements. Late last month, we heard about Airtel launching its 4G smartphone in India for under ₹2000, and now today, the company has announced its partnership with Indian smartphone brand Karbonn to bring you the Karbonn A40 Indian - an affordable 4G smartphone.

To be eligible for these cashbacks, the customers will need to recharge their Airtel account worth INR 3,000 during each 18 months period.

Alternately, customers can also do a recharge of ₹169 per month continuously for 36 months to get a total cashback of ₹1500 after 36 months. The Airtel phone offers access to all apps on Google Play Store, including YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp.

With Rs. 169 monthly subscription, the user will be able to enjoy unlimited phone calls and 500MB data per day for the whole month.

Coming with the 4G VoLTE connectivity, the Karbonn A40 Indian has a quad-core processor, possibly from MediaTek and along with that is 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage.

It also comes with Dual SIM slots and support for VoLTE. The market price of the phone is Rs 3,499.

The Karbonn features a 4.0-inch WVGA IPS LCD display, paired with 2.5D curved tempered glass.

This is a comparison between Airtel smartphone and Reliance Jio Phone based on specifications and features. "We are delighted to partner with Karbonn to remove barriers to smartphone adoption and enable millions of Indians to leapfrog to a full touchscreen smartphone experience", Raj Pudipeddi, Director - Consumer Business and CMO, Bharti Airtel said. 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.

"Under the "Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone" initiative, Airtel will partner with multiple mobile handset manufacturers to create an "open ecosystem" of affordable 4G smartphones and bring them to market for virtually the price of a feature phone", it added. The camera comes with burst mode, smile shutter, QR Code scanner, and GIF mode for the rear camera and a Vgesture mode for the front camera.

The Karbonn A40 Indian also supports VoLTE, and, comes with features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Global Positioning System.

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