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Karbonn Aura Power 4G Plus

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Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 16 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM
  • No Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Specifications

General
Launch DateMay 18, 2017 (Official)
BrandKarbonn
ModelAura Power 4G Plus
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensor
Quick Charging
Design
Height146 mm
Width72 mm
Thickness10.9 mm
ColoursGrey, Champagne
Display
Screen Size5.0 inches (12.7 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density294 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Protection
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)65.41 %
Performance
ProcessorQuad core, 1.25 GHz
RAM1 GB
Storage
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
Autofocus
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flashyes
Image Resolution2592 x 1944 Pixels
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection
Battery
Capacity4000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
TalkTimeUp to 10 Hours(2G)
Standby timeUp to 350 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 SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

When it comes to the design and the build quality on the Aura Power 4G Plus, it doesn’t disappoint you. The design is stylish with modern looks. There are no issues with that.

The quality of the display is quite good with a good viewing angle. Although the quality of the display is good, we wished Karbonn could have included a much superior panel.

The Unique Selling Point a.k.a USP of the Aura Power 4G Plus is the humongous 4000 mAh battery. The battery life on is exemplary and there are no complaints regarding the same.

The pictures shot with the rear facing turn out to be average. But the selfies shot on the Aura Power 4G Plus is good and the front facing LED flash does a good job in illuminating the face in low lightning conditions.

The performance on the Aura Power 4G Plus is strictly average with noticeable lags in the User Interface. It can handle simple and day to day tasks without any issues. But it fails to impress in multitasking and graphic intensive applications.

The User Interface is quite good with minimal bloat and easy to navigate interface. The best part is that, the software is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. There is no mention of future android upgrades for the Aura Power 4G Plus.

On the whole, if you are a person who is looking for a smartphone with stylish looks and a beefier battery, then the Aura Power 4G Plus from Karbonn is for you. If performance is your utmost importance, then there are other options in the market to consider.

Introduction:

Indian smartphone companies had been dominating the budget and the mid-range smartphone market until the entry of Chinese Original Equipment Manufacturers like Xiaomi etc. They were offering power packed specifications at a price that pleased many users. But most of the smartphones offered by them were just a rebranded version of any Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Karbonn is one such brand that was dominating the smartphone market of India for quite sometime until the entry of Chinese OEM. The company has been offering feature phones to budget smartphones to mid-range smartphones. They were aimed at first time users and also pro smartphone users.

The Aura Power 4G Plus is a budget offering from Karbonn and sports some stylish looks coupled with decent hardware on paper. Is the Aura Power 4G Plus any good? Let us find out more in this review.

Unlike the compact phones that comes with a 4-inch display, the Aura 4G Power 4G Plus doesn’t come with a super compact design. The Aura 4G sports a 5-inch HD display with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display itself is a IPS grade panel and the design language is unique.

Let us know have a quick roundup of the physical aspect of the Aura Power 4G Plus

To the front, you will find the usual set of sensors, earpiece, a 5 MP front facing camera. The front facing camera is coupled with a front facing LED flash which should aid in low lightning conditions. It is then followed by a 5-inch HD display which is a IPS grade panel. As it sports an IPS grade panel, there isn’t any issue with the viewing angles. It is then followed by the three-touch type capacitive buttons Menu, Home and Back. The capacitive buttons are not backlit.

To the right, you will find the volume rockers and the power button. The buttons have a brushed metal feel to it but it is plastic for the most part. The quality of the buttons is good and tactile and there are no issues with that.

To the bottom, you will find a MicroUSB charging and Sync port. The mono speaker is located to the rear in the Aura 4G rather than next to the MicroUSB port which is seen in most of the smartphones now.

To the back, you will find an Antenna band for cellular reception and wireless networks. It is then followed by a 5 MP Rear camera along with LED flash.

The mono speaker is located to the rear of the Aura Power 4G along with the Karbonn branding.

Design & Display:

Karbonn Aura Power 4G Plus sports a 5.0-inch IPS LCD Display with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Unlike other smartphones in this segment, the Aura Power’s display doesn’t warp over the edges. The display is not a 2.5 D one but has a decent resolution. The panel used by Karbonn is quite good and the colours looks vivid and natural.

The sunlight legibility is decent on the Aura Power 4G and the text is crisp without any pixilation issues.

The colours look natural and punchy along with good viewing angles. There are no issues with regards to display on the Aura Power 4G Plus.

Overall, the quality of the display on Aura Power 4G Plus is good.

Performance:

The heart of the Aura Power 4G Plus is powered by a Quad Core Processor which is clocked at 1.25 GHz. The make of the System on Chip is unknown but at this price point, generally smartphone manufacturers tend to go with MediaTek and Spreadtrum processors and we presume that the Aura Power also sport either of the above two processors.

It is coupled with just 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The storage can be further expanded up to 32 GB via MicroSD card.

The internals packed by Karbonn in the Aura Power 4G Plus is just average and it is evident in the performance. Karbonn should have provided at least 2 Gigabytes of RAM considering superior offerings from competitions in this price segment.

As we were talking about the performance here are some of the observations that we made. The Aura Power 4G Plus was able to handle day to day tasks without any issues. The problem arises when you start to multitask or do any intensive tasks. There is quite a bit of lag and freezing issues with the User Interface.

It could handle most of the task thrown at it with ease. But when it comes to multi-tasking and graphic intensive tasks, it fails to please.

Overall, the performance of the Aura Power 4G Plus is average.

Cameras:

The camera on the Aura Power 4G Plus is a 5 MP at the rear and a 5 MP at the front. The rear camera is coupled with a LED Flash and the front facing camera also sports a LED flash. As, it is a trend of selfies, a front facing LED flash is a must. It will aid while shooting selfies in low lightning conditions.

The rear camera is housed inside a vertical ring with a brushed metal accent. This makes the Aura Power 4G Plus more stylish and appealing.

The pictures shot with the rear facing camera come out quite good in daylighting conditions. There is quite a bit of detail along with noise too. But much can’t be expected at this price point.

The selfies captured with the Aura Power 4G Plus’s 5 MP camera turn out to be good and the front facing LED flash is just icing on the cake.

When it comes to video recording, the maximum resolution is 720 pixels. The footage is decent but lacks the detail.

Overall, the camera quality on the Aura Power 4G Plus is average.

Battery:

Battery is one of the important aspect when it comes to smartphone. Most of the users perform intensive tasks on their smartphone which requires and consume more juice. Smartphone manufactures should concentrate on adding a beefy battery on their smartphones.

In this aspect, Karbonn doesn’t disappoint you. The Aura Power 4G Plus sports a massive 4000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery and this is the main highlight on this smartphone. There is no support for quick or fast charge and it isn’t realistic to expect the same on a smartphone at this price segment.

When it comes to the battery life, we are happy to say that it is Exemplary. The Aura Power 4G Plus could last for more than a day with moderate usage. The video playback time that you get on Aura Power 4G Plus is 10 hrs with full brightness which is very good.

Overall, the battery life is exemplary.

Audio & Video:
When it comes to video recording, the maximum resolution is 720 pixels. The footage is decent but lacks the detail. The video playback time that you get on Aura Power 4G Plus is 10 hrs with full brightness which is very good.
Software & Ui:

The Aura Power 4G Plus comes with an unibody construction and a brushed metal finish. The

brushed metal finish makes this smartphone look premium and adds to its style.

Although, there is a huge chin at the top and bottom of the display, the bezels are quite narrow which makes it comfortable to use the Aura Power 4G without disturbing the aesthetics.

Karbonn Aura Power 4G Plus is powered by a Quad Core Processor clocked at 1.25 GHz. The make of the System on Chip(SOC) is unknown and it is just mentioned as a Quad Core Processor. Considering the price point, we presume that the Aura Power 4G should be powered by MediaTek or Spreadtrum. 

The Aura Power 4G Plus is coupled with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB storage onboard. The storage can be further expanded up to 32 GB via MicroSD card. There is also support for USB OTG (USB On-The-Go).

The User Interface on these budget line up of smartphones tend to be sluggish with quite a bit of bloat. But, the Aura Power 4G Plus has a minimal bloat and is stock for the most of the part. There are minor tweaks done by Karbonn here and there.

The software is based on Android 7.0 Nougat on top of Karbonn’s own ‘Kandy UI’. There is no mention on when will it receive future software updates or android version upgrades.

Overall, the User Interface is good.

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