BY | February 19, 2013

Both are very competitive and will be competing bitterly in the days to come. Here is a short Micromax A116 Canvas HD and Lava Xolo A1000 review roundup

Indian market has all the top smart-phones available anywhere in the world. Be it iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Nokia Lumia 920 or Samsung’s  Galaxy S3, all these and other top handsets are available in stores across the country. But in most cases, most of the Indian consumers can just have a look at them and tell their hearts that their pockets cannot afford those handsets that cost more than thirty thousand rupees and in the case of iPhones in excess of forty thousand rupees.

Though the same handsets are available at far affordable rates in many markets including North America –where these manufacturers have arrangements with telecom operators to provide affordable handsets with plans to consumers –in India they don’t have any such plans. So a consumer has to pay something around Rs 50000 to go for a mid range iPhone 5 handset. But things are set to change as the home grown companies are launching good products with affordable prices. These companies with a nose for local tastes and affordability have a precise idea as to how much Indian consumers can afford. The very affordable pricing of their handsets has been taking them to the height of success pretty fast.

Micromax’s A116 Canvas HD is a handset that comes with top class specs in a beautiful 5-inch body. The Canvas HD that is priced at Rs 13990 comes with best specs. Micromax A116 Canvas HD comes with an impressive screen of 5-inch HD IPS with a resolution of 1280×720 and 16.7 million color depths. As far as its processor is concerned, it is powered by MediaTek’s MT6589 1.2 GHz quad core processor and runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. It also has an excellent battery that ensures good battery life. Besides it has a very impressive 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB via micro SD support. So both the bhndsets come with good value for money and Indian consumers are simply loving it.

Another very affordable handset in the same range with pretty the same specs is Lava’s Xolo A1000. As far as specs are concerned the phablet packs in enough power to run the huge handset. It comes with a rather good 5-inch 720p IPS display (1280×720) and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Mediatek MT6577 processor. It comes with 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel autofocus camera on the back side of the handset and a 1.2-megapixel camera in the front. It comes with 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 32GB via microSD.

A reviewer while writing about Canvas HD in Tech2 says, “Easily the most awaited budget handset for the Indian market, the Micromax A116 Canvas HD is finally here and already is proving very difficult to find…This is the first handset, ever, in the sub-Rs. 15,000 price bracket to feature an HD IPS screen and a quad-core SoC. These are pretty remarkable specifications for a budget Android handset and it certainly looks very tempting…”

A reviewer in ThinkDigit says, “For the price you pay, you are getting a great package in the form of the A116. Of course, it’s not just the device’s performance that make it quite impressive, but a round-up of other solid features…it’s safe to say most of the credit for the quite incredible showing of the Micromax A116 Canvas HD goes to the quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6589 processor powering the device, coupled with the PowerVR Series5XT GPU, and 1GB of RAM”. Other reviews are also full of praise for not just this handset, but also for the just announced Lava phablet.

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