Face-off: Micromax A116 Canvas HD versus Karbonn Smart Titanium 1

Sameer Mitha | Published 29 Jan 2013
Face-off: Micromax A116 Canvas HD versus Karbonn Smart Titanium 1
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Budget phones with quad-core processors? This needs some investigation! We take a closer look and compare the specifications of both the Micromax A116 Canvas HD and the Karbonn Smart Titanium 1.

The Micromax Canvas A110 did create quite a storm in the budget smartphone segment. To start with, the device brought with it a dual-core processor, 5-inch display, Android 4.0 ICS and a generally good performance. All this was available for around Rs. 10,000. You can read our review of the A110 here.

Another company that caught our attention is the budget category is Karbonn Mobiles. We really liked the A18 and the A21 (review to be posted shortly) as entry-level Android devices running Android 4.0 ICS. The experience is relatively vanilla reducing the frustration caused by third party skins.

Both these companies have decided to bring quad-core budget smartphones to the consumers. Both the Micromax A116 Canvas HD and the Karbonn Smart Titanium 1 have been unveiled but are yet to be made available in the market. They are expected to hit shelves in early February. Both of them boast of a quad-core processor and some serious power under the hood for the price that you will pay for them. So let’s start by taking a quick look at the specifications of both the smartphones.

Model
Micromax A116 Canvas HD
Karbonn Smart Titanium 1
Display size
5-inch
4.5-inch
Display type
IPS
IPS
Display resolution
1280x720
960x540
Processor type
MediaTek MT 6589
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q
Processor cores
quad-core
quad-core
Processor clock speed
1.2GHz
1.2GHz
RAM
1GB
1GB
Built-in storage
4GB
4GB
Expandable storage
32GB via microSD card
32GB via microSD card
Rear camera
8MP
5MP
Front facing camera
0.3MP
0.3MP
Battery
2100mAh
1600mAh
OS
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Skin
Light skin (Unknown)
Unknown
Preloaded apps
M!Store, M!Buddy, M!SMS, M!Zone and Hook Up.
NA
Price
Under Rs. 15,000 (exact price not known)
10,990


Micromax hasn’t announced an exact price for the A116, but has said it will be under Rs. 15,000. Considering the specifications, the price seems to be right. The Karbonn on the other hand has an MRP of 10,990.

The Micromax A116 has a 5-inch IPS display with a 1280x720 pixel resolution giving it a pixel density of 293ppi, which is really good. We can expect the display to be really crisp and sharp. The Karbonn on the other hand has a 4.5-inch IPS display with a 960x540 pixel resolution giving it pixel density 244 ppi. In terms of the display, whichever device you use, the experience would be good considering they both have IPS panels and good pixel densities. The quality of the touch screen on the other hand is something we can comment on only once we get some hands-on time with the device.

Talking about the processors, we note the Micromax A116 has the MediaTek MT6589 processor, which the company claims is the world’s first commercially viable quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC. Check out complete specifications of the chipset here. The MT6589 has four Cortex-A7 cores, clocking in at 1.2GHz, and uses a PowerVR Series 5XT GPU. The combination of the two allows for the processor to provide support for full HD content, along with being able to handle a 13MP camera. It also supports 3D content, and is capable of shooting in 3D and convert 2D footage to 3D on the fly. We have high expectations from power under the hood of the A116.

The Karbonn Smart Titanium 1 on the other hand has the Qualcomm S4 Play MSM8225Q quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It is also combined with the Adreno 203 GPU. Check out complete specifications of the chipset here. The downside to this chipset is that it doesn’t support a full HD display nor does it support HD video recording. It can support a maximum of 8MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n via add'l chip AR6005. Another downside to the Qualcomm S4 Play MSM8225Q is that it’s based on the ARM Cortex A5 architecture, which is relatively old when compared to what’s available in the market. We reserve our final comments on actual performance until we review the devices.

Another difference between the two devices is that the A116 has a 2100mAh battery where as the Karbonn Smart Titanium 1 has a 1600mAh battery. We were hoping it would at least have an 1800mAh battery but battery life is something we will comment on once we get our hands on the devices. Both the devices will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean straight out-of-the-box. 

From the above analysis one thing is clear. Micromax has gone all out with the A116 Canvas HD to capture the budget phablet market. The device looks great, has a very impressive chipset and seems to be a package deal. However, we aren’t underestimating the Karbonn Smart Titanium 1. Sure, early reviews on the web of the Cortex A5-based SoC aren’t the best, but you never know. It could just become the ideal entry-level budget Android phone if it passes our tests.

Stay tuned, as we will bring you our in-depth review of both the devices as soon as we get our hands on them!
 

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