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Karbonn A41 Power

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Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 8 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM
  • No Fingerprint sensor
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Compact body
  • 4G VoLTE support
  • Android 7.0 Nougat OS
Cons
  • Low resolution display
  • Poor cameras
  • Moderate performance

Specifications

General
Launch DateAugust 9, 2017 (Official)
BrandKarbonn
ModelA41 Power
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensor
Quick Charging
Design
Height121.5 mm
Width66.9 mm
Thickness12 mm
Weight130 grams
ColoursBlack, White
Display
Screen Size4.0 inches (10.16 cm)
Screen Resolution480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density233 ppi
Display TypeTFT
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)56.03 %
Performance
ProcessorQuad core, 1.3 GHz
RAM1 GB
Storage
Internal Memory8 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
Camera
Resolution0.3 MP Front Camera
Flash
Image Resolution1600 x 1200 Pixels
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom
Autofocus
Battery
Capacity2300 mAh
TypeLi-ion
TalkTimeUp to 8 Hours(2G)
Standby timeUp to 300 Hours(2G)
Network & Connectivity
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensor
Other SensorsAccelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Karbonn A41 Power is a very basic smartphone meant for first time smartphone users. Their basic requirement will be calling, staying connected on messaging apps such as WhatsApp and other social media along with occasional usage of web browsing. The A41 Power can perform these tasks and the positive points of this phone is its 4G VoLTE support and Android 7.0 Nougat OS. Otherwise, the phone offers low-end hardware and the overall performance is average. Thus, we would only suggest the Karbonn A41 Power for very basic usage needs. In case you want better options at this price point, then check out the Sansui Horizon 1 and Intex Aqua A4.

Introduction:

An entry-level budget smartphone named A41 Power was launched by Karbonn Mobiles in India back in August 2017. It is a very basic smartphone that is meant for first time smartphone users, specially from Tier II and Tier III cities in India. The main USP of this phone is the 4G VoLTE connectivity while other features are too basic. Anyway, let us find out in our Karbonn A41 Power review if it is worth the money or you should look elsewhere for purchasing your first smartphone. Although, take a quick look at the specifications of the mobile below.

The Karbonn A41 Power is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB). The phone sports a 4-inch WVGA display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box. In the camera department, we get a 2 megapixel primary rear camera along with a 0.3 megapixel (VGA) selfie shooter. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Under the hood, there is a 2300mAh non-removable battery. We do not get any kind of sensors on this device.

Design & Display:

The Karbonn A41 Power has a compact body as it comes with a tiny 4-inch display but we get large bezels on top and bottom of the display making it a bit chunky. It is completely made up of plastic and has a moderately good build quality. The design is ergonomic and the phone feels quite good in hands. The A41 Power feels quite light but has a thick body. You can easily use it with one hand for long duration without feeling any stress. Chrome bands running around the edges give it a premium look. We get rounded edges and that helps in getting a good grip. The back cover has a matte finish as well.

On the front, we get a 4-inch display along with the selfie camera and earpiece. There are three capacitive buttons below the display for navigation. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are placed on the right side of the phone, while the left side remains empty. The microUSB port and the 3.5mm audio jack sits at the top. There is nothing at the bottom except the primary microphone. Turning towards the back side, we get the primary camera followed by the LED flash on the top left. The Karbonn branding is found below the camera in the middle while the loudspeaker is located on the bottom right. Upon opening the removable plastic back cover, we get a 2300mAh battery (non-removable) along with SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. Overall, the Karbonn A41 Power has a compact body with moderate build quality.

The Karbonn A41 Power features a 4-inch IPS display, which comes with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA). It is a generic display that is very compact. The available resolution is the lowest possible resolution on a smartphone and hence we would have liked at least FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels). However, as the display is very tiny it does not feel too pixellated either. You can easily perform the basic tasks on it, like calling, messaging, browsing the Internet, watching pictures and videos. However, it is not meant for high-definition content consumption. The viewing angles are decent, brightness levels are moderate but sunlight legibility is poor. Color saturation is on the higher side. As expected, we do not get any protection on top of the display as it is a very basic low-end smartphone. So the display might get scratched very easily and thus you have to take extra care.

The touch response of the phone is decent and not the best. It is mainly because of the Android Nougat OS but low-end hardware does not make it the smoothest. Overall, the Karbonn A41 Power has a very compact display but it is quite average in terms of quality.

Performance:

The Karbonn A41 Power is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and 1GB RAM. There is no mention about the chipset manufacturer but it might be from the house of Spreadtrum. It can perform most of the basic day-to-day tasks without showing much lag or stuttering. However, we see a little bit of lag while running high-end apps and games. The 1GB RAM onboard provides a decent multitasking experience but you can only run a couple of apps in the background. The UI is mostly stable and does not show any performance issues. If you're thinking of playing games or running high-end apps on this phone, then do not purchase the A41 Power as it offers a basic experience. The Karbonn A41 Power comes with 8GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 4GB of free space. Although, if you want more storage, you can get that by adding a microSD card (up to 32GB).

Talking about connectivity, there is 4G VoLTE support along with Dual SIM (micro) connectivity but only the first SIM slot supports 4G while the second slot supports 2G only. The A41 Power comes with a 2300mAh battery under the hood but it is non-removable. You will get up to one day of battery life with moderate usage and you can also get up to one and half days of usage if you're a casual user.

Overall, the performance of the Karbonn A41 Power is decent but the hardware is very basic.

Cameras:

The Karbonn A41 Power packs in a 2 megapixel primary camera at the back. This phone has a very basic smartphone camera, like most other low-end smartphones in the market. The colors are over saturated and we get very less detail in the images, even in outdoor conditions with natural lighting. When it comes to low lighting, the pictures come out very dark with too much noise and grain. Thus, we would suggest you to use the LED flash in low light conditions or just shoot in ambient lighting. The sensors take a lot of time in focusing on subjects but that is understandable for low-end cameras. Macro shots did not have any depth of field and there is no option for HDR mode in the stock camera app. Now coming to the front-facing camera, we get a 0.3 megapixel (VGA) shooter and it is as good as being non-existent. You may take occasional selfies with it but the images are below par.

The camera app of the A41 Power has a basic and simple interface, that can be easily used by first time smartphone photographers. We get a couple of shooting modes in the stock camera app but we would suggest you to stick with the Auto Mode. The primary shooter can only record 480p videos and the quality is poor. Overall, the camera department of the Karbonn A41 Power smartphone is below average.

Audio & Video:

The loudspeaker of the Karbonn A41 Power is located on the right bottom on the back side. The loudspeaker sounds quite good and it is loud as well. However, audio gets distorted at the highest volume level and thus we would advice you to keep volume around 80%. Since the speaker is located on the backside, the audio gets muffled when the phone is kept on a flat surface. It is a common problem for all smartphones having speaker at the back. There is a native music app and it is good enough for a casual music experience.

The Karbonn A41 Power can play or stream up to HD videos but beyond that it is a great struggle. It is basically not a smartphone for watching videos since the display is very tiny and the resolution is also on the lower side. Overall, the audio and video quality of the Karbonn A41 Power is above average.

Software & Ui:

The Karbonn A41 Power smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box. When the phone came out in the market, it was the latest Android OS and hence Karbonn Mobiles have done a good job. Although, we do not think it will get updated to Android 8.0 Oreo OS in the future as budget smartphones do not generally receive any OS update whereas the A41 Power is an entry-level smartphone. The interface is decent but we did face a bit of lag and frame drops in our normal day-to-day usage. This is basically due to the underpowered hardware. Also, it did show some heavy lag and frame drops while playing games or running high-end apps. Thus, the A41 Power is meant for casual usage and you cannot use a lot of apps. We nearly get a stock Android experience as Karbonn has not added an extra layer of custom UI on top of Android OS. There are a couple of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can delete them to save some space if they are not useful. You can even install a third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher to get the latest Android look and feel.

Overall, the UI of the Karbonn A41 Power is quite decent but it is not the smoothest due to low-end hardware.

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