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Karbonn Quattro L50 HD #ExpressReview: Perfect second phone

Karbonn Quattro L50 HD is a great secondary smartphone option. Buy this for its battery prowess and not other smartphone chops

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Karbonn Quattro L50 HD is the latest smartphone in the Quattro series of devices
Karbonn Quattro L50 HD is the latest smartphone in the Quattro series of devices

Every other day a smartphone is launched, aiming to be the best budget device in the market. In fact this space has become so popular that not even dominant OEMs can afford to ignore it. Now, it is becoming a cluttered segment where it’s hard to pick up a device.

Karbonn Quattro L50 HD

Karbonn Quattro L50 HD features a 5-inch HD display and is powered by quad-core processor
Karbonn Quattro L50 HD features a 5-inch HD display and is powered by quad-core processor

Most Indian manufacturers have been busy shipping out new budget smartphone as fast as they can. Karbonn too has been building a series of devices in this range to establish a niche for its brand. The latest series is called Quattro and the L50 HD is the first device from that series. Karbonn Quattro L50 HD seems to mimic the design of the Moto E and G which have been the benchmarks for budget devices. But can Karbonn thrive on the design of Moto? Here is our review

Specs: 5.0-inch HD IPS display | 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor | 2GB RAM | 16GB storage space (expandable to 32GB) | 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera | 2600 mAh battery | Android 5.1 Lollipop | Karbonn Quattro L50 HD full specs

Price: Rs 8,800

What is good?

Karbonn Quattro L50 HD is one of the smallest smartphones I have seen in recent times. It made me think of those early days of flagships with screen sizes under 5 inches. Karbonn Quattro L50 HD would interest all those with tiny hands or ones who dislike smartphones with giant screen sizes.

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Karbonn Quattro L50 HD doesn’t boast of any exciting feature like a fingerprint scanner, but it gets the basics right. The first good thing about this device is its display. I really found the 720p panel easier on my eyes. It’s bright to view under direct sunlight and has a decent colour temperature. For me this display works and probably that’s all one can ask for at this price.

Karbonn Quattro L50 HD has a design that mimics Moto E (2nd Gen) and in a way its a good thing
Karbonn Quattro L50 HD has a design that mimics Moto E (2nd Gen) and in a way its a good thing

I would also prefer this build over anything more contemporary. It’s not metal yet but this plastic is made to look classy. The blue colour back on our review unit looks simple yet cool. This is a literal successor to Moto E (2nd Gen) at least in terms of design.

There is one thing Karbonn Quattro L50 HD nails and that is battery. Karbonn Quattro L50 HD easily lasts a day and for many it would stay alive for nearly a day and a half. Since I’m considering this as a perfect second smartphone, this should easily be up for at least few days.

What is not good?

I am not impressed with the camera of Karbonn Quattro L50 HD. It’s too slow with focus and the pictures produced are not that great either. I have certainly seen smartphones with a better camera in this price segment.

The software skin on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop left me uninspired. The process of sliding from the top to see notifications which houses settings at the bottom is kind of iPhone copy that shouldn’t have been there in first place.

It may not be the loudest; speakers on Karbnn Quattro L50 HD produce decent sound
It may not be the loudest; speakers on Karbnn Quattro L50 HD produce decent sound

I still wonder why OEMs don’t pack their smartphones with pure Android skin (don’t call them Android One) and offer software updates at regular intervals. That is another story we shall discuss some other time.

Should you buy?

If you already own a smartphone and looking for a secondary smartphone under Rs 10,000, the Karbonn Quattro L50 HD makes a great choice.

It has enough processing power to turn your primary smartphone when needed. The camera is not that great but it covers up with a great battery life among budget smartphones.

But if you are looking at buying your first smartphone at under Rs 10,000 budget – this is not that one. There are better choices in the market to consider.