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Konka Expose 960 & 970 smartphone: Expose deciphered

Recently,the Chinese manufacturer of electronics and telecommunication products Konka launched two new Android-powered smartphones—Expose 960 and Expose 970—in India.

Written by Vikram Chaudhary | Published: April 4, 2013 4:12 pm

These new Android-powered smartphones by Konka impress with features such as bright,clear display and 8-MP camera

Recently,the Chinese manufacturer of electronics and telecommunication products Konka launched two new Android-powered smartphones—Expose 960 and Expose 970—in India. With this,Konka becomes yet another player to enter the hotly-contested Indian smartphone market. Now,at first glance,these phones don’t look any different from the various smartphones we have. In fact,the font in which ‘Konka’ is written is quite similar to the font a leading mobile phone manufacturer uses in its branding! (In fact,the font in which ‘Konka’ is written makes one initially think that this is a ‘Nokia’!)

Coming to the phones,while the Expose 960 has a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen,the Expose 970 has a slightly larger 4.5-inch screen. Both the phones are powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and come with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. Both have a similar camera too—8 megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash,and a

2 megapixel front-facing camera. While the 960 is 9.8 mm thick,the 970 is 10 mm thick. Both come with 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal memory and both are dual-SIM phones.

Quite similar in features,the 960 and 970 stand slightly apart as far as build quality is concerned. While the 960 doesn’t really impress with its build quality,the 970 appears to be quite solid.

Then you have the One Glass Solution (OGS) display that certainly ups the style quotient. The OGS display gives greater viewing angles with clear imaging and vibrant colour reproduction,ideal for viewing high-definition images and motion pictures. Mention must be made here of the auto brightness mode,which is quite responsive.

So,if you are,say,watching a movie in shade where you don’t need a very bright screen and suddenly you move out in the sun,the screen becomes bright enough in less than a second so that the movie-watching experience isn’t compromised. But although the screen is good enough for watching high-definition videos,the speakers aren’t the best-in-class to give you that ‘amazing’ movie-watching experience. But this doesn’t mean the sound is bad,it simply means that the sound quality isn’t as good as some smartphones in the market offer.

As far as camera is concerned,both front and rear cameras of both the phones are quite good; in fact,a video chat on especially the larger 970 is a lot of fun. Then you have something called a K-Store,which is an application store from Konka itself. But one thing I didn’t quite like about both the phones was the data/charging cable,which,at just about two feet long,is too short for comfort or convenience.

Overall,both the phones are quite decent,but to succeed in the Indian smartphone market,what a company essentially needs is not only a unique product but it should be properly priced also.

Here,Konka can have a little edge over some of its competitors. While the Konka Expose 960 is priced at R13,999,the Konka Expose 970 comes at a price tag of R14,999. Plus,the strategic tie up with Mak Mobility means Konka is keeping a long-term view of the market. Now to see how its products perform.

Estimated street price: Rs.14,999

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