Specs summary


The Karbonn Sparkle V's screen is 4.5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.


There is a MediaTek Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1700 mAh battery. Karbonn's performance ratings are 6.7 days standby time, 480 minutes (2G).

Reviews summary

Based on 4 reviews

What's good  

  • Guaranteed first Android OS updates
  • Smooth performance during basic and intensive tasks
  • Vibrant display colors

What's bad  

  • No protective coating on screen leads to scuffing and scratches
  • Requires microSD card to take pictures

As part of the Android One lineup, the Karbonn Sparkle V offers updates to the latest Android OS for at least two years after its release. This could give it a big advantage, especially in the competitive budget phone market. Besides this, the Sparkle V is a purely budget phone. It offers an all plastic body with a removable back. While not the slimmest device at 0.36 inches thick, reviewers add that it has a good in-hand feel and doesn't feel too bulky.

Experts were not blown away by the 4.5 inch display as it only offers a resolution of 480p. For the price, however, they were quite pleased with the vibrant colors, responsive touch screen and overall brightness. Despite the relatively low resolution and pixel density, critics describe the overall viewing experience as decent. The one drawback of the display is its lack of protective coating on the glass. Not only does it lead to a higher chance of scuffs and scratches, reviewers also found that it attracted dust and fingerprint smudges.

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As with the display, the internal specs aren't anything to write home about. It comes equipped with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. While certainly not top of the line, it still provided reviewers with a fairly smooth and lag-free performance during more basic tasks like scrolling through the UI as well as graphics intensive games. Unfortunately, it only comes with 4GB of RAM of which users can only access 2.27GB. Not only does this limit the amount of apps that can be downloaded, it also prevented experts from taking pictures with the camera unless they expanded the memory with a microSD card. Even then, memory is only expandable to 32GB.

Speaking of cameras, the Sparkle comes equipped with a 5MP main camera that is also capable of taking 1080p videos. Fone Arena describes the camera as "decent" but lacking in overall detail especially during low-light shots.
It might not be the most powerful or stylish smartphone, but reviewers consider the Sparkle V a good budget option. Digit states, "…this handset is very stable and with full support from Google, it isn't a bad option at all."

Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


Cheap and runs on pure Android

from TrustedReviews

If you’re looking to buy a phone under £150 and having stock Android matters to you, we’d still say give the Sparkle V a miss. It simply doesn’t offer anything new or groundbreaking to warrant your attention over other smartphones in that price bracket.

We thought Android One would represent a major change for entry-level phones, but that’s not how it’s played out and we’re not very impressed. Compare it to something like the recently announced Honor Holly, for instance, and while you have to live without stock Android, features like the cam... Full review

GSM Dome

Pleasant Android One surprise, pretty good camera and Nexus-like experience

from GSM Dome
Karbonn Sparkle V gets from us an 8.8 for design, a 9.3 for hardware and a 9.7 for OS and UI. The final grade is 9.26 out of 10 and this one is certainly a must buy model for less than $100. It’s a fast phone, with fluid interface, surprisingly good camera and OK battery for its price range... Full review
Fone Arena

Smooth performance, decent build quality

from Fone Arena
Overall, the Karbonn Sparkle V is a decent budget smartphone running stock Android in this price range. It doesn’t have matte back like the Canvas A1 or the Spice Dream UNO and comes with more pre-loaded third-party apps. At a new price tag of Rs. 5,999, if you can compromise on the display, camera and the battery life for the lag-free performance and the pure Android experience, go for it... Full review

Simple, stable and affordable

from Digit
The Karbonn Sparkle V is definitely a good buy if you want a sturdy smartphone at a small budget. If you like to keep your smartphone updated then your best bet is an Android One handset. However there are many other smartphones in the range which offer similar specs and better performance capabilities, thus for now there isn't anything unique or any strong differentiating factor when it comes to Android One. A slightly lower price could've made a huge difference and made the smartphone much more desirable... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date September 15, 2014
Regions available Asia, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop)

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Processor MediaTek Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1700 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
480 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 6.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm
(4.5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 138 grams
(4.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel Density 218 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
Notepad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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