Difference between Samsung Galaxy S Duos and Karbonn Titanium S5

Key difference: Samsung Galaxy S Duos is a dual-SIM phone that was launched in September 2012. The phone comes with a 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with approximately 233 ppi density. The device comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on Android 4.0.4 ICS. The Karbonn Titanium S5 sports a 5.0 inch display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It runs on a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core Processor and 1 GB of RAM.

Initially smartphones would come in two categories, the no-nonsense simple phone and the extravagant phone with loads of features and a high price tag. However, now there are many people who expect different things from their phone, including features but a lesser price tag, durability, more battery power, etc. This has enabled smartphone manufacturers to offer an array of different phones for the different types of customers. Samsung announced the Galaxy S Duos as an option aimed for people that require double SIM capability, eliminating the need for carrying two separate phones. The phone was launched in September 2012.

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S Duos bears heavy resemblance to the company’s flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, looking past the basic form of the phone and picking it up; the user can realize the reason for such a small price tag. The phone is a cheaper version of its big brother, with a lesser quality plastic and some downgraded features. However, let’s not label it as of yet, as it does come with some good specs. The 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with approximately 233 ppi density, is pretty decent with good contrast and colors but it is too reflective under sunlight, making it a bit difficult to use outdoors without squinting or trying to cover the screen.

The phone itself is easy to hold and handle, making it sleek and small enough to slip into jeans pockets or a small purse when on the go. The 120 grams of weight also ensures that the phone does put that much pressure on the hands when holding the device for longer periods of time. The top of the device houses only the 3.55 mm jack, while the bottom only has the USB/charging port. The right side of the device holds the power button on the top right hand and the microSD card slot. The left side of the device only holds the volume rocker, a bit hard to reach, if a person is used to having it on the right. On the front, the device has the home button that is surrounded by capacitive more options and a back button.

The device comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on Android 4.0.4 ICS. Again, the UI is a toned down version of the one found on the S3. The device lacks the ripples effect and the water-drop sound and has four customizable shortcut buttons on the bottom of the lockscreen that can directly take you to apps such as missed phone calls when unlocking the device. The device allows users to add/remove apps from the homescreen as well as add/remove panels similar to other versions of Android.

The device is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex-A5, with about 786 MB of RAM. The RAM is a slight upgrade to the 512 MB available on other phones, but it still isn’t that great when trying to run dual-SIM, resulting in some lagging during operation. The dual-SIM capability and standby allows both SIMs to be operational at the same time. The device comes with a 5 MP rear camera for taking photos and recording videos. The rear camera is pretty decent in terms of taking photos. The images have pleasing colors and a good dynamic range, but the photos are a bit grainy. The phone also comes with features such as smile detection, geo-tagging, Share shot, effects and panorama mode. The S Duos also houses a VGA (0.3 MP) front camera that is as okay, nothing much to talk about. The phone can also capture videos in VGA resolution at 30fps.

The S Duos comes with a decent removable LI-Ion 1500 mAh battery, that according to the company provides a talk time of 770 minutes in 2G and 520 minutes in 3G, along with a standby time of 570 hours in 2G and 470 hours in 3G. The phone does not come with the same amount of features as available in Galaxy S3, but with the price tag of this device, it is still something. The main reason for purchasing the phone would still be the dual-SIM capability, while in other countries where dual-SIM options are more common, the phone may not fare as well.

Karbonn has released its own quad-core phone: the Titanium S5. This is the company’s successor to the Titanium S1. The Karbonn Titanium S5 sports a 5.0 inch display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It runs on a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core Processor and 1 GB of RAM. It is a Dual-SIM phone that comes with Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). It also has an internal memory of 4 GB. The phone has an 8 MP primary camera and a 2 MP secondary camera.

The phone comes with a limited amount of basic features and also includes CLID with Photo and Karbonn Apps Plaza. There are no high-end features to the camera, but it does manage to take a decent picture. If a person is looking for a no-nonsense phone with the basic purpose of clicking pictures, making calls, having a video conference, this phone is perfect. The best part, it has a very low price tag of just a little of INR 11,000, making it perfect for the people that do have expensive budgets.

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from Samsung website, Karbonn website, flipkart.com, snapdeal.com, fonearena.com and GSMArena.com


Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Karbonn Titanium S5

Launch Date

September 2012

March 2013





121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm

66 x 134.6 x 9.25 mm


4.0-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

5.0 inches IPS qHD multi-touch capacitive touch display


480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

540 x 960 pixels, 16M colors





120 grams


2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 900 / 1800 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

HSDPA 2100

4G Network




TouchWiz 4.0 UI

Custom UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Cortex-A5

Qualcomm Snap Dragon Quad Core Processor with Speed 1.2 GHz


Adreno 200



Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon

Qualcomm Snapdragon


768 MB


SIM Size

miniSIM (Dual-SIM handset)

Dual SIM (Mini-SIM)

Internal Memory

4 GB (1.8 GB available to the user)

4 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 32 GB

microSD, up to 32 GB


Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Proximity Sensor

Proximity Sensor, Acceleration Sensor, Light Sensor


GSM; EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1,800/1,900MHz); HSDPA 7.2; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz; Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth

3G , Bluetooth 4.0 , Wi-Fi , USB 2.0, GSM/GPRS/EDGE


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB


HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900

HSPA 2100 MHz



Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

Yes, with A2DP


microUSB v2.0

Yes, microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

5 MP CMOS rear camera

8.0 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, Auto Focus Camera with powerful flash light

Secondary Camera

VGA CMOS front camera

Yes, 2 MP




Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Smile detection
  • Panorama mode
  • Share shot, scenes and effects
  • Auto Focus

Sound Enhancement



Audio supported formats



Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.263, H.264

H.263 H.264 AVI 3GP MP4

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery

2000 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 770 minutes

3G: 520 minutes



2G: 570 hours

3G: 470 hours


Available Colors

White, Black, La Fleur

White, Deep Blue


SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM


HTML, Adobe Flash Lite



Stereo FM radio with RDS

FM radio


GPS with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support


Java via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Dual SIM
  • Dual SIM stand-by
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • ChatON
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Voice recorder
  • CLID with Photo
  • Karbonn Apps Plaza

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