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> In reply to Ram Suresh. J @ 2012-07-08 10:56 from 7qBW - click to readThis phone can be easily rooted using "TPSparkyRoot".
Search for it xda forum. This is a common rooting method used for Mediateks's MTK 6575 1Ghz processor phone.
You can download TPSparkyRoot from

I have rooted this phone using the above method.
Here is the complete info of the phone.
Processor : ARMv7 Processor rev 10 (v7l)
BogoMIPS : 1000.83
Features : swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp thumbee neon vfpv3
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant : 0x2
CPU part : 0xc09
CPU revision : 10

Hardware : MT6575
Revision : 65fb8a00
Serial : 0000000000000000
name : ecb(arc4)
driver : ecb(arc4-generic)
module : kernel
priority :

The Engineer menu for all MTK6575 series phone.

Partition info.
PN Size Addr Typ RN
preloader 0x00040000 0x00000000 2 /dev/misc-mt6575-sd0
dsp_bl 0x005c0000 0x00040000 2 /dev/misc-mt6575-sd0
mbr 0x00004000 0x00000000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
ebr1 0x0005c000 0x00004000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0p1
pmt 0x00400000 0x00060000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
nvram 0x00300000 0x00460000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
seccfg 0x00020000 0x00760000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
uboot 0x00060000 0x00780000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
bootimg 0x00600000 0x007e0000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
recovery 0x00600000 0x00de0000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
sec_ro 0x00600000 0x013e0000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0p5
misc 0x00060000 0x019e0000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
logo 0x00300000 0x01a40000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
expdb 0x000a0000 0x01d40000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
ebr2 0x00004000 0x01de0000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
android 0x18100000 0x01de4000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0p6
cache 0x1ae00000 0x19ee4000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0p2
usrdata 0x32000000 0x34ce4000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0p3
fat 0x820ef800 0x66ce4000 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0p4
bmtpool 0x0000c800 0xff9f0050 2 /dev/block/mmcblk0
PN:Partition name you should open; Size:size of partition
Addr:Start Address of partition(EMMC) or Index (MTD);
Typ:Type of partition, MTD=1,EMMC=2;
Actname: the real name of partition
partno: start_sect nr_sects partition_name
emmc_p1: 00000020 00000002 "ebr1"
emmc_p2: 000cf720 000d6800 "cache"
emmc_p3: 001a6720 0018f800 "usrdata"
emmc_p4: 00336720 0040b8e0 "fat"
emmc_p5: 00009f00 00002800 "sec_ro"
emmc_p6: 0000ef20 000c0000 "android"

All the drivers for this phone, flashing tool and the 4.0 based custom firmwares can be downloaded from this location

Drivers flashtool rooting for A97 Celkon.

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  • 2012-07-09 12:29
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> In reply to sai @ 2012-07-08 10:55 from uv%C - click to readyes, we need to download from the market and need to install the same.. It works like a champ

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  • 2012-07-08 17:03
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> In reply to babu @ 2012-07-07 16:55 from utrp - click to readHi Babu.. you can go for A 97 blindly.. galaxy Y have a tiny poor resolution screen and a weak processor.. battery is also less...

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  • 2012-07-08 17:02
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> In reply to Ram Suresh. J @ 2012-07-05 10:23 from 7qC9 - click to readHi Suresh, nice to see your reply.. I will email the Celkon, please let me know their official email ID.. I wrote to info@celkonmobiles.com

And here is teh link for the root of another same clone

Also please let me know if you hae found any other links.. I will also request xda dev team...

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  • 2012-07-08 16:59
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Very economical mobile with high end specifications. i got it recently and i am loving every bit of it :) Go for it guys,.... i have opted this over Samsung galaxy y duos !!!

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  • 2012-07-08 11:49
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Very economical mobile with high end specifications. I got it and am loving every bit of it. Go for it guys... i have opted this one for Samsung galaxy y duos !!!

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  • 2012-07-08 11:46
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> In reply to babu @ 2012-07-07 16:55 from utrp - click to readHi Mr. Babu,
A97 IS excellent phone with 4". But upto this time, there is no rooting method and no custom roms are available in Web (even in Xda) .
So if you are a Often Rom changer, then go for Sam y duos. For Sam y duos custom roms are available in xda forums.
If you are not going to change the roms (habit) , then go for Celkon A97.

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  • 2012-07-08 10:56
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can anybody say that flash player 11 is installed

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  • 2012-07-08 10:55
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> In reply to Praveen @ 2012-07-04 21:12 from wd8M - click to readsuggest me which to buy ,cellkonA97 or galaxy y duos..........ple

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  • 2012-07-07 16:55
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Hello Guys,I am planning to buy A97.Could anyone suggest me can I go ahed

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  • 2012-07-07 10:20
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Awesome Phone !!! i suggest to all to buy this awesome Android loaded cellphone

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  • 2012-07-06 20:52
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HI, Any opinion on the Service Centers and after sale service..there seem to be outlets in Maharashtra.

Seems like a good option but after sale service could be deal breaker. reply awaited..cheers

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  • 2012-07-06 12:58
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> In reply to Nithin @ 2012-06-22 21:45 from utVI - click to readI tested the games like racing thunder and my paper plane. both are working fine...

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  • 2012-07-06 09:59
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can any one keep video review of the phone

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  • 2012-07-05 18:56
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Everything about the phone is excellent, especially its price..can confidently say it is even better than Samsung Galaxy Ace even though Celkon is a newcomer and not branded...the only problem in the phone is the battery..if you are planning to use wifi, you had better keep a charger next to you...its that bad....but dont worry, hopefully Celkon will provide backup batteries with more capacity and power in the future for this wonderful mobile......

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  • 2012-07-05 14:06
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Hi friends,

I have made request for rooting, CWM in the Great XDA forums.

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  • 2012-07-05 11:34
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> In reply to Praveen @ 2012-07-04 21:12 from wd8M - click to readHi Praveen, Thanks for your comments
I am also using this phone. Very nice.

I think it is doubt that M/s. Celkon will release update for ICS. I have mailed M/s. Celkon for ICS update. You also please mail them for ics update.

Previously I used Samsung galaxy tab p1000 and galaxy pop. Those mobiles have more ROMS on XDA forum. So I changed easily through the Great XDA forum. But for this Celkon A97, we have to make request in XDA for rooting and custom roms. Any Indian Developer may help, because it available only in india (I guess so).

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  • 2012-07-05 10:23
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Celkon is a upcoming and well known brand... I got A97 two weeks back from Big C. I love this phone a lot.. Even though I own an Apple iPad, a Symbian powered Nokia mobile and now this android OS celkon...

It outruns it's completion like Karbonn A9 and spice phones... I did a quadrant test on this, and it scored 2230+ score... Where as karbonn A9 only stands near 1400. Better score than HTC DESIRE HD & Samsung Nexus S... And it have a better graphics... I mean awesome graphics... And better internal memory.. Solid build quality.. Not like cheap build quality A9.... Sound quality is great when in calls. It have two micro phones one at back near camera another at bottom of screen for notice cancelation. And it have nice looks... Perct eye candy resolution..

It never hanged for me spite of the heavy usage... And full loaded apps on my 8gb memory card... As well as internal memory... But a little doubt, it shows internal SD memory as 2Gb and free space of internal Sd is also 2gb, but I am unable to move any application to that as well as I can't put any data there... Any ones help on this is appreciated.

Dual sim works well... Wifi pretty good but not stable some times it's a software bug... Tethering worked well.. Superbly... Tested dlna apps with my 42 inch Panasonic.. Mediashare app is perfect for dlna..

Real racing 2 highend game works pretty smooth.. Without any crashes.. Even my friends SGS2 crashes and very slow for this game.. Poor Samsung galaxy 2.

Pretty bright display and big display with good colour reproduction.

Downside is battery.. Same like all androiders trouble... for me I have optimised settings and am a heavy user... It only gives me the juice of a day or so.... Better powered battery some thing like 1800 or a1900 mAh will be best for this.... At one suggest me any compatible high powered battery's for this..

Another one is viewing angles..pretty bad... It's normal with other phones of this kind...

Camera is also average.. For indoors it's pretty bad but on outdoors its giving good results for still pics as well as video.... Like 720p resolution.

It lads a flash or led light... That's it and every thing fine..

Front cam works well.. Little dim good for Skype n 3G Video calls

For now that's it.. Am looking for official ice update don't know wheathere celkon provides or need to root the same through xda...

Thanks and bye....

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  • 2012-07-04 21:12
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> In reply to subhan @ 2012-07-02 20:04 from U@ZT - click to readHi, I played asphalt 5 hd in this phone. It is excellent.

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  • 2012-07-04 19:56
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-07-04 08:47 from vG3q - click to readjust keep the brightness as low as possible........you will get the best battery backup.

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  • 2012-07-04 13:50
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