The affordable smartphone market is really heating up, as consumers seemingly realise you don’t need to pay £500 for an entirely reasonable handset.
The latest manufacturer vying for your attention in the budget smartphone category is India’s Karbonn, with the £69.99 A5S available now on Amazon.
The Karbonn A5S arrives with little fanfare, though the accompanying press release does amusingly claim that the 12.5-hour talk time should “outlast the hardest party animal”. A party animal who spends all his time chatting on his mobile, presumably.
Further Karbonn A5S specs include a 4in display (800 x 480), dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera with flash, 4GB expandable storage, and a 1,400mAh battery.
Notable omissions include a front camera and 4G connectivity, with the Karbonn A5S operating on 3G bands only with little care for selfies. But hey, maybe at £69.99 those are the kind of features you can live without.
Finally, it’s Android KitKat 4.4 on OS duties. No word on an Android Lollipop update for the Karbonn A5S, but probably best not to hold your breath.