In the last 24 hours, we have seen two Android phablet launches in the country. First one was Micromax’s A116 Canvas HD, a successor to A110 Canvas 2, while the other was Samsung’s Galaxy Grand, first mid-range Android phablet from the Korean manufacturer.
Although Micromax has not revealed the exact official pricing of A116 Canvas HD (apart from the fact it is going to be sub-INR 15K), the street price difference is going to be over INR 5,000 between the two smartphones.
We thought it was a nice opportunity to compare both the smartphones and see where they stand. There are obvious branding advantages with Samsung, but then Micromax is giving a better feature set. Here is a look at specs comparison.
|Phone||Samsung Galaxy Grand||Micromax A116 Canvas HD|
|Price/Availability||INR 21,500 (starting early-February)||Sub-INR 15,000 (starting early-February)|
|Display||5-inch 800x480p LCD||5-inch 1280x720p IPS display|
|Processor||Dual-core 1.2GHz||Quad-core 1.2 GHz|
|Android Version||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|External storage||Yes (Up to 64GB)||Yes (Up to 32GB)|
|Connectvity/Ports||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB, dual-SIM||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB, dual-SIM|
|Cameras||8MP rear/ 2MP front||8MP rear/ VGA front|
|Battery||2100 mAh||2100 mAh|
As you can see, Micromax is clearly a winner in the specs department and it is providing all these specifications at a much lower price. Even if you value Samsung brand very much, there are obvious issues with Galaxy Grand, like a sub-par display resolution (if not HD, even qHD would have been better than WVGA). However, on the software customisations front, Samsung is a winner. Company has included a lot nice software tweaks from Galaxy S III and Note II in its Galaxy Grand, like multi-window, Direct Call and Smart Stay. Even the new content offerings bouquet “My Services” is also a positive, but you can always get alternatives from Google Play.
So, you will have to decide, what the most important variables are for you at the time of your next phablet purchase.Follow @androidosblog