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Samsung's Galaxy Grand, a less expensive alternative to Galaxy Note series phablets in India, created a niche market of its own in Indian smartphone market.

Smartphone makers in the country soon followed suit and brought out several low-cost 5-inch smartphones, giving stiff competition to expensive MNC-made handsets.

In the last two months, Indian manufacturers Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, and its subsidiary brand Xolo have churned out low-cost smartphones in varied sizes. But 5-inch big screen smartphone/phablets seem to be the current market trend.

Bangalore-based Karbonn launched the quad-core 'Titanium S5' a couple of weeks ago into the burgeoning smartphone market.

But, can low-cost Indian made smartphones steer consumers away from MNC brands and draw them in to its fold?

Here is brief description of comparison between Samsung Galaxy Grand and Karbonn Titanium S5:


As a 5.0-inch smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Grand sports a relatively lower 480x800p display resolution with pixel density of around 187 ppi (pixels per inch), whereas Titanium S5 sports a pretty decent qHD display of 960x540p resolutions.


Galaxy Grand packs a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor while Titanium S5 packs an efficient and powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset with 1.2GHz CPU speed.

Using a quad-core processor, Titanium S5 can multi-task simultaneously while using less energy and thereby increasing battery life span.


Galaxy Grand and Karbonn Titanium S5 each pack an 8.0-megapixel main camera with flash support and a 2.0-megapixel front camera.

Mobile Operating System:

Again Galaxy Grand and Karbonn Titanium S5 stand even in this department as they both run on the same Android mobile operating system version Jelly Bean.

Both smartphones have dual-SIM facility and have minor differences in terms of internal hardware components such as Memory, RAM, and battery capacity.


This aspect can't be ignored in a price-sensitive market like India where more than 100 companies are jostling for market share. Karbonn Titanium S5 costs only ₹11,990, which is almost ₹9,000 less than Samsung's Galaxy Grand.

With a sub ₹12,000 price, Titanium S5 makes for a very tempting handset to buy.

Here is a breakdown of comparison of Samsung Galaxy Grand and Karbonn Titanium S5:


Samsung Galaxy Grand

Karbonn Titanium S5


5.0-inch WVGA TFT LCD display

With 480x800p resolutions

5.0-inch multi-touch capacitive screen with

qHD display 540x960p resolution


Android v4.1.2 OS (Jelly Bean)

Android v4.1 OS

(Jelly Bean)


1.2GHz Dual-core processor

1.2GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core processor

Internal memory



Storage capacity

8GB,expandable up to 64 GB

4GB ROM, and expandable up to 32GB


Rear:8.0-megapixel with LED Flash

and Full HD recording

Front:2.0-megapixel camera

Rear: 8.0-megapixel with

Flash support

Front:2.0-megapixel camera


2G & 3G

2G & 3G


2100 mAh

2000 mAh