Airtel takes a big leap ahead of Jio with its smartphone, in partnership with Karbonn!

Today Airtel launched its smartphone in collaboration with Karbonn. In this post, we are going to see how this smartphone compares with the JioPhone in detail.

  • The Karbonn A40 Indian comes with a larger 4-inch display with full touchscreen, whereas Jio Phone has a non-touch 2.4-inch display
  • It runs Android 7.0 Nougat, which means it lets the user install apps from the Google Play Store directly – YouTubeFacebook, Whatsapp, etc. In contrast, the JioPhone runs Kai OS for which the app ecosystem isn’t there and we have to wait for the developers to create apps. Currently, even apps like WhatsApp are unavailable on the feature phone
  • The Airtel Smartphone has dual-SIM card slots, which lets the users use SIM card from any operator, as it’s not locked like the JioPhone.
  • Ownership of the phone totally with the customer. No worries about returning the phone to avail the cash back. The refund process is also easier.

Features of Airtel’s Karbonn A40 Indian vs JioPhone

Airtel Karbonn A40 Indian  JioPhone
Display 4-inch 2.4-inch
Storage 8GB 4GB
Processor 1.3GHz dual-core 1.2GHz dual-core
Camera Rear 2MP 2MP
Battery 1,400 mAh 2,000 mAh
SIM Open for all – 2 SIMS slots Locked to Jio
Network 2G/ 3G/ 4G Only 4G
Google Playstore Yes. Free to use all apps. Comes Google Certified with Open Ecosystem Locked to Jio


Airtel Karbonn A40 Indian JioPhone
Cash back Rs. 500 @ 18 months; Rs 1000 @ 36 months; No lock in period of 3 years Rs. 1500/ end of 3 years; Locked to phone for 3 years
Phone Phone NOT to be returned. Ownership with the customer Phone to be returned (only after 36 months); Numerous conditions attached