Karbonn Mobile A5S is a budget phone for party animals

Karbonn Mobile A5S launches in the UK
Karbonn continues its UK offensive

Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn has launched its second Android handset in the UK for the rock-bottom price of £69.99 SIM-free on Amazon.

That princely sum buys you a 4-inch, 800 x 480 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor backed by 512MB of RAM and a 5MP rear-facing camera. The Karbonn Mobile A5S runs Android 4.4 and boasts a talk time of 12.5 hours that will, in the words of the press release, "outlast the hardest party animal".

When it comes to connectivity, the A5S offers 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth only, but does have a dual-SIM capability. There's also a microSD slot for expanding on the 4GB of native storage and a 1,400mAh battery.

The A5S follows the Sparkle V Android One handset that launched on Black Friday and brought the company - which holds 13 per cent of the smartphone market in India - to the UK. Jostling for position in the crowded budget Android space isn't easy, but Karbonn reckons it can replicate its success in India over here in Blighty.