Indian smartphone maker Karbonn has partnered with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). As a result of this partnership, Karbonn has announced a new smartphone that comes with BHIM app integration, the Karbonn K9 Kavach 4G. By taking this step, Karbonn will contribute towards Government of India’s ‘Digital India’ initiative and creating a less-cash economy. The smartphone is priced at INR 5,290.
Using this smartphone user can transact digitally without the fear of losing banking information or money. The K9 Kavach 4G is also equipped with a rear fingerprint sensor to secure not only banking and monetary transactions but also to offer complete safety of the device, you can lock applications, capture image, and smart finger touch dialing using the fingerprint scanner.
Let’s go through the specs of the device – it comes with a 5-inch HD display, is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM with microSD card support. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and comes with a 2300mAh battery. In the optics department, it gets a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash and sports a 5-megapixel front camera. Connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1 and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Commenting on the association with NPCI and the launch of K9 Kavach 4G, Mr. Pardeep Jain, Managing Director, Karbonn Mobilessaid, “We, at Karbonn, are immensely honored to have an opportunity to partner with NPCI to integrate BHIM in our devices. This partnership is an epitome of two ‘Made in India’ entities joining hands to enable digital Indians with smart telephony solutions. Through this partnership, our aim is to promote a cashless economy empowering and educating more and more people in tier 2, 3 cities and rural areas about digital transactions and benefits of the same. The volume of digital transaction has increased by 80% in the last quarter and is slated to increase even further. Hence, our aim is to reach out to the next billion users and continue to contribute to ‘Digital India’ initiative through smart and simplified technology which has always been the core of our business.”
Mr. A. P. Hota, Managing Director & CEO, National Payments Corporation of India said, “With this association lakhs of customers will be greeted with BHIM App in Karbonn smartphones. Availability of BHIM in multiple languages will cater to people from distinct regions with ease. This strategic partnership is a significant step towards providing acceptance tools for facilitating digital payments in India.”
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