Micromax A116 Canvas HD smoked Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

We publish hot n latest tech news, gadgets reviews and our personal views. To delve deeper, we ‘re often tempted to compare devices more than what our readers want. Within gap of 24 hours, Micromax announced its A116 Canvas HD phone and Samsung launched its Galaxy Grand Duos. We’ve had info about 15-20 days ago about the launch of Galaxy Grand, but not of the Micromax Canvas HD. But, its not surprising that Micromax has captured the hearts of bloggers, news publisher and consumers alike with their launch of Canvas HD. On every Indian news publication website, we’re abuzz with news, views and analysis of Canvas A116. This phone clearly smoked Galaxy Grand Duos in phone square off. Galaxy Grand is launched at price of Rs.21,500 whereas Micromax A116 Canvas HD is expected to be priced at about Rs15,000. That’s a huge difference between prices of both the handsets. On the specification side, Micromax Canvas HD is powered by quad core processor whereas galaxy grand is equipped with dual-core processor. Both the phone comes with JellyBean Android OS and dual-sim capabilities. There are only few not-so-major specs side in which Galaxy Grand wins, otherwise Micromax A116 Canvas HD clearly puts Galaxy Grand to shame when it comes to hardware powerhouse. Take example of resolution, Canvas HD sports 720p display whereas Galaxy Grand Duos has WVGA display. When it comes to camera, one can assume that Samsung wins on that front – both the phones contain 8 megapixel rear camera but we believe Samsung’s camera to be superior than that of Micromax. Furthermore, the front facing camera in Galaxy Grand is of 2 megapixel whereas in Canvas HD, it is just of 0.3mp (VGA). However, Micromax wins on most of the major fronts and if it lags, it lags by a minor margin on certain features which can be called reasonable since Micromax Canvas HD is priced much better and attractive. Our vote goes to Canvas HD A116. Here is the full specifications and comparison of both the phones:

Micromax A116 Canvas HD VS Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Phone Comparison


NameMicromax A116 Canvas HDSamsung Galaxy Grand Duos
Screen Size55
Screen Resolution1280x720 pixels, IPS, capacitive, multitouch800x480 pixels, multitouch capacitive
Pixel Density294 ppi187 ppi
Height144 mm143.5 mm
Width74 mm76.9 mm
Thickness10.7 mm9.6 mm
Weight156 g162 g or 5.71 oz
ProcessorMediaTek MT6589
Processor Speed1.2GHz Quad Core1.2 GHz Dual Core
GraphicsPowerVR Series5XT GPU
Internal Storage4GB (1.77GB user available)8 GB
Memory Cardup to 32GB externalupto 64GB external
WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nyes
Dual Band WiFino
Bluetoothyes, 4.0Yes, 4.0
3G Speed21mbps21 Mbps
Camera8 megapixel8 megapixel
Photo Resolution3264 x 24483264x2448
Video RecordingyesYes
Video Recording QualityFull HD 1080p1080p Full HD @ 30fps
Front Camera2mp2mp
Release DateJanuary 2013January 2013
OSAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean OSAndroid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS
PriceRs 13990Rs 21500
Other Features
  • Budget High-end android phone
  • Micromax A116 Canvas HD will be available for sale from February, 2013 in Indian markets.
  • Slim profile.
  • Dual Sim (GSM + GSM)
  • 3G on single sim
  • 3G video-calling supported
  • comes preloaded with Micromax’s M!Store, M!Buddy, M!SMS, M!Zone and Hook Up.
  • Available in white, black colors. (Black front- white back).
  • Proximity sensor , Motion sensor ,Gravity sensor, Light sensor.
  • GPS
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • Galaxy S3 like design
  • Popup Play, Smart Stay, Smart Dial features

Winner: Micromax A116 Canvas HD. Don’t think of me as biased. I mean I love Samsung products, but if you compare these two phones – you’ll know the clear winner here. Some people do not see Micromax with the reputation that Samsung beholds in their eyes, but lets leave that image-making/manipulating thing behind, atleast here in India where the output/value matters the most. Lets differentiate the two phones wisely and ask yourself – which one would you like to buy?


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