Karbonn Sparkle V Review (Android-ONE Phone)

By | September 19, 2014

Karbonn is one of India’s first manufacturers to put out an Android One device in association with Google. The device is called Karbonn Sparkle V and it is available only on Snapdeal — it’s priced at Rs 6,399. Airtel users who buy the Sparkle V can download apps and data up to 200MB per month for the first six months without having to pay for 3G data fees.

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Karbonn Sparkle V Specification:

  • OS: Android One – Android version 4.4 Kitkat
  • Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • Ram: 1 GB RAM
  • Display: Touch Screen – 11.43 cm (4.5 inch) IPS screen
  • Battery: 1700 mAh Li-polymer battery
  • Camera & Recorder: 5.0 MP AF rear camera / 2.0 MP Front Camera
  • Memory: 4 GB and an expandable memory of 32 GB

Build Quality and Design

Considering the entry-level price of the Karbonn Sparkle V smart phone, it’s quite sturdy and well built. It has a power button and volume keys on the right, a microUSB charging port located at the bottom, and a headphone jack on the top. The camera module protrudes from the rear and must be handled carefully to avoid scratching.

A removable panel hides the 1700mAh battery, a microSD card slot for memory expansion, and dual microSIM slots.

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Display Quality

The Karbonn Sparkle V smart phone’s display meets Google’s standards of 854×48 pixel resolution and 4.5 inch size. The display is quite bright, and the touch screen offers good response. Users will have to keep in mind of course that they do not get the entire screen for apps since the Android buttons take up space.


The Sparkle V is powered by a Mediatek quad core processor which runs at 1.3 GHz and 1GB of RAM. It also has 4GB of storage as well as a 1700mAh battery to keep it running. By adding a microSD memory card for extra storage, you can add up to 32GB of storage capacity.

The device also includes 3G, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity, as well as sensors for magnetic fields, movement (gyro), light, proximity, and acceleration.


Included is also a 5MP main camera on the back with autofocus and an LED flash; it can record videos in full HD. The front has a 2MP camera capable of recording 720p HD video. Testers report that the 5MP rear camera is fast focusing and takes good pictures even indoors, whereas the front camera is best for occasional selfies.

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You will need to use a memory card before you use the camera — the phone’s internal storage is meant for apps and you cannot store pictures on it.


Karbonn sparkle V smartphone written by: charles107 Karbonn are one of the first manufactures in India to work with Google in their smartphone called Sparkle V. The phone is the first of its type from Karbonn on a Google android 1 platform. The Sparkle V comes with a Google designed interface and a colorful display. It comes with several pre-loaded features and applications. The phone will be able to update any latest version of android after release.

The Sparkle V comes with the latest version of Android 4.4 right out of the box and the stock Android interface which delivers the best performance.

Since the phone is an Android One, it will be able to run the newest versions of Android when they’re released by Google. Officially, Google will support Android updates for the phone for the next two years.

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The Karbonn Sparkle V phone is the first Android One device in India and offers a decent camera, excellent overall performance, and good build quality. Compared to the closest competitor, the Xiaomi Redmi 1s, the Sparkle V is much easier to purchase.

It has great features which include a 4 GB storage capacity with a RAM of 1GB. There is also a quad core processor of 1.3GHz. The external memory can be expanded to 32 GB allowing users to store as many files as possible. It has a dual sim support but still supports a 3-G internet connectivity allowing users to access internet with speed. The battery is capacity is 1700mAh which can run for longer periods without the need to charge from time to time. There is also a front camera of 2-megapixel which can be used for video calling and a -megapixel back camera which can take high quality photos.

The Sparkle V is another great product from Karbonn and comes in four different color variants allowing users the opportunity to choose their taste. At an average cost of Rs 6,399, this is a great phone giving value for money spent.

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