The entry-level 4G smartphone market in India has been feeling the competition ever since Reliance revealed its Jio headset. Unsurprisingly, Airtel and Vodafone have followed up with their own Jio headset rivals. After launching Karbonn A40 Indian, Airtel has launched new phone under its ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative, in partnership with domestic smartphone maker Karbonn. The new Mera Pehla mobile phones are Karbonn A1 Indian and Karbonn A41 Power. To recall, Vodafone tied up with Micromax to launch Bharat 2 Ultra, and BSNL also jumped into the fray with its Micromax Bharat-1 4G feature smartphone. Airtel had also unveiled the Smart 4G Android headset last month.
Karbonn A1 Indian and A41 Power price
The Karbonn A1 Indian and Karbonn A41 Power will be available at an effective price of Rs. 1,799 and Rs. 1,849 respectively. Karbonn mobile says that the Karbonn A1 Indian and Karbonn A41 Power come with an MRP of Rs. 4,390 and Rs. 4,290 respectively.
Interested consumers will have to make a down payment of Rs. 3,299 for the Karbonn A1 Indian phone and a down payment of Rs. 3,349 for the Karbonn A41 Power phone. Airtel clarifies that customers will have to make 36 continuous monthly recharges minimum value of Rs. 169. This will make customers eligible to get a cash refund of Rs. 500 after 18 months and another Rs. 1,000 after 36 months, taking the total cash benefit to Rs 1500.
Airtel has also offered a choice to customers if they do not wish to recharge with Rs. 169 bundled plan with the Karbonn A1 Indian and Karbonn A41 Power smartphones. The Karbonn company says customers can do recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements. However, to claim the cash refund benefit recharges worth Rs. 3,000 must be done within the first 18 months which will make them eligible to claim the first refund installment of Rs. 500, and another Rs. 3,000 over the next 18 months to claim the second refund installment of Rs. 1,000.
Karbonn A1 Indian and A41 Power specifications
Both the new Karbonn phones come with identical specifications such as a 4.0-inch display, run on Android 7.0 (Nougat), pack 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) support, and 4G with VoLTE support. Talking about the differences, the A1 Indian is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core processor and packs a 1500mAh battery while the A41 Power is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor and packs 2300mAh battery. The Karbonn A1 Indian sports 3.2 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera. The Karbonn A41 Power sports a 2 MP rear and a 0.3 MP front camera.