Karbonn Mobiles Selects Broadcom® 3G Platform for New Android Smartphone

Expands Karbonn's Line of Entry-Level Smartphones for Indian Market

Apr 11, 2013, 08:00 ET from Broadcom Corporation from ,BRCM Mobile & Wireless

IRVINE, Calif., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

  • Karbonn chooses Broadcom's integrated Android 4.0 platform for its A12 smartphone
  • New Karbonn Smart A12 phones include 1GHz processor, VideoCore® multimedia, 3G/2G dual-SIM dual-standby, and a full connectivity suite for a premium Android user experience

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that leading Indian mobile phone brand Karbonn Mobiles has chosen a Broadcom 3G smartphone platform for use in its new Android-based smartphone, the Karbonn Smart A12.  By selecting the BCM21654G, Karbonn is providing customers with an affordable, full-featured smartphone that includes a 1 GHz ARM Cortex® A9 processor and high-end graphics support for a rich, immersive Android experience.  For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.

Karbonn Smart A12 is powered by the BCM21654G, which is optimized for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS), and incorporates an integrated and globally proven 7.2/5.8 Mbps HSPA modem with low-power VGA video support.  The chipset also features 2G/3G cellular radio (RF), a power management unit (PMU), and a connectivity suite that includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM, and GPS for a complete system solution.

"The launch of the Karbonn Smart A12 provides our customers with an affordable, high-performance Android device that delivers not only the functionality of a smartphone, but the advanced capabilities that have become integral to a strong user experience such as responsive interfaces and brilliant graphics," said Shashin Devsare, Karbonn Mobiles Executive Director.  "We are pleased to partner with Broadcom to develop smartphones that enable our customers to connect in new and meaningful ways."

"As users around the world shift from 2G feature phones to more sophisticated 3G phones, Broadcom's complete, integrated platforms enable OEMs to reach new consumers with entry-level, high-caliber smartphones," said Nambi Seshadri, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Platform Solutions.  "With device manufacturers developing smartphones at a lower cost, more consumers will be able to enjoy the benefits of the mobile Internet."

The proliferation of 3G networks and the increasing diversity of data plans offered by service providers have contributed to the rising rate of mobile Internet usage in India and driven the demand for affordable smartphones.  According to research firm IDC, smartphone shipments in India reached a record high in the last quarter of 2012, growing 38 percent quarter-on-quarter to 5.4 million unit shipments, compared to the five percent decline that was seen in the feature phone segment during the same period.1

Broadcom's family of 3G and 4G LTE smartphone solutions deliver the features required for all tiers of smartphones, from affordable entry-level devices to high-performance superphones. 


Karbonn Smart A12 is available for sale in India now.

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1International Data Corporation, Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker data for 2012 Q4

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