Airtel, Karbonn launch 4G smartphone at Rs 1399: Here are the details

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The buyer will initially have to pay a sum of Rs 2,899 to purchase the phone. It's an interesting move given Reliance Jio's 4G phone that costs 1500 INR. Airtel said the partnership with Karbonn is the first of several partnerships that it plans to have with mobile handset manufacturers to "bring highly affordable bundled 4G smartphone options to the market". All smartphones under this initiative will be available at leading mobile retail stores across the country. The day has finally come, the company has launched the Karbonn A40 at an effective price of Rs. 1399 in India. Now, let's look at the key difference between the JioPhone and the Airtel's Karbonn A40 4G Phone.

The customer does not need to return the smartphone to either Airtel or Karbonn at any point as the ownership is with them only.

The Google certified smartphone will be given to the customer at a down payment of Rs 2,899.

Along with the 4G smartphone, Airtel also unveiled a bundled tariff plan for the smartphone Rs. 169, which is also in-line competition with Jio's Rs. 153 plan for JioPhone users.

To avail the offer and get the Karbonn smartphone at Rs 1,500, customers will have to buy it at the original price and then recharge an Airtel SIM with Rs 3,000 within 18 months to get a cashback of Rs 500.

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But worry not. The Rs 169 recharge is not the only way to get the cash benefit. "Although, to guarantee the money discount advantage, recharge plans of worth Rs. 3,000 must be done inside the initial 18 months (to assert the main discount portion of Rs. 500) and another Rs. 3,000 throughout the following 18 months (to guarantee the second discount portion of Rs. 1000), Airtel included".

In terms of specs, it compares favourably to the JioPhone.

Now if I talk about the phone, Karbonn A40 Indian comes with 4-inch WVGA touch display and runs on Android Nougat.

The A40 consists of 1GB RAM as well as internal storage of 8GB. Besides, it also comes with Dual SIM slots inside which you can put SIM card of any network operator you wish to, unlike JioPhone which is locked to Jio's network. It comes with a 2-megapixel camera on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front.

However, the biggest win that Airtel gets here is when it comes to the OS.

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Airtel will partner with other mobile handset makers for bundled smartphone options.

The answer to that question boils down really to what you want from your affordable 4G phone. Once you get the phone, you will have to make 36 consecutive monthly recharges of Rs. 169/-.

The A40 is a smartphone with a display of 4-inch. And it's your call.

Karbonn A40 Indian is a 4G smartphone that supports dual SIM slot.

The dual-SIM device has 8GB memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Global Positioning System.

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