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Karbonn Sparkle V – Android One Review, Price, Specifications


The Karbonn Sparkle V is one of the very first 3 Android One devices that were announced by Google in September, 2014. The main idea with the Android One devices is that Google wants to reach a broader audience while also making the whole Android smartphone experience much cheaper and better.

So coming to the main thing, the Karbonn Sparkle V runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat but since it is under the Android One program, it will officially receive updates from Google for 2 years. This is the same update cycle that is provided to the Nexus and Google Play devices only difference is that they won’t be the first ones to get these updates but they definitely will and that too directly from Google.


The phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6582 chipset which is coupled with 1 GB RAM. The CPU is clocked at 1.3 Ghz and it’s a Quad Core CPU.

It has a 4.5 inches IPS LCD display with a resolution of 480×854 pixels which results in a pixel density of 218 ppi.

Coming to the imaging capabilities, the phone has a rear camera of 5 MP and a front facing shooter of 2 MP. The rear shooter is supported by a LED flash which will be handy in shooting pictures in low light.

The phone comes with an internal storage of 4 GB which will only be used to save apps and you cannot access it to save pictures or any other media. You will need to install a microSD card in order to save media on this phone.

Coming to the software on the device, the phone is a Google exclusive and it’s also one of the first 3 Android one devices so it comes with pure vanilla Android 4.4.4 KitKat with just a few extra apps installed by Karbonn. So you can say that the OS isn’t really bloated but just comes with a few extra apps you cannot uninstall without rooting.

Let us take a look at the key specifications of the Karbonn Sparkle V.

Karbonn Sparkle V Key Specifications:

  • 3 Ghz Quad Core processor – MediaTek MT6582
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat and 2 years updates guaranteed directly from Google
  • 5 inches IPS LCD display; 480×854 pixel resolution; 218 ppi
  • Dual SIM
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash; 2 MP front facing camera
  • 4GB internal storage; expandable up to 32 GB
  • 1700 mAh Battery
  • 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth and A-GPS

Karbonn Sparkle V Build & Design

When compared side by side, all 3 of the Android One devices look familiar when you compare them from the front but the main different lies on the back of the phone.

The phone screams of minimalism with a really simple design and comes in 4 colors as of now i.e. blue, grey, white and red.

The build of the device is fairly good and the buttons are very tactile and responsive.

Karbonn Sparkle V Price & Availability

The phone is exclusively being sold at Snapdeal starting at Rs. 5625 for the grey version. The price is different for different colors so you might want to check it directly on Snapdeal.

By the way, we almost forgot to tell you that the phone might be available at special offers in the upcoming GOSF 2014 or The Great Online Shopping Festival 2014. So you can check both the Snapdeal coupons and also GOSF deals to avail discounts on this phone.