The Indian smartphone market is brimming with low-cost smartphones, but now the subcontinent is witnessing the launch of several cheap 5-inch smartphones with quad-core processors.

Indian smartphones makers like Micromax, Karbonn, Lava and its subsidiary Xolo (known for its Intel powered smartphones) are flooding the market with low-cost big-screen smartphones with high-end features, giving tough competition to MNC brands Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry, HTC and others.

Micromax's Canvas HD A116 which was released a month ago created a record of sorts on the first day of its release. The first batch of Micromax's smartphones was sold out within minutes of its release online.

Rival Karbonn a few days ago took the wraps off its latest quad-core smartphone, Titanium S5, which is quite on par with Canvas HD A116 specs wise.

Brief comparison of main specs between Micromax HD A116 and Karbonn Titanium S5:


Micromax Canvas HD A116 boasts a 5.0-inch LCD display IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology with 720px1280p resolution with pixel density of 294 pixels per inch. Karbonn Titanium S5 too sports a competitive 5.0-inch qHD IPS capacitive screen, but its resolution 540x960p falls short against the Micromax device.  


Both Micromax Canvas HD and Karbonn Titanium S5 pack quad-core processors with 1.2GHz CPU speed, but contain different chipsets made from MediaTek MT6589 and Qualcomm Snapdragon series, respectively.


Titanium S5 sports an 8.0-megapixel main camera with Auto-focus and flash support with a 2.0-megapixel front camera. Canvas HD too sports a similar 8.0-megapixel rear-side camera with HD 1280x720p resolution video recording and a 2.0-megapixel VGA front camera.

Mobile Operating System:

In terms of mobile OS, both smartphones stand even in this department with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Consumers can make use of more than 650,000 apps in the Android OS ecosystem.

Both smartphones have similar storage, RAM, battery capacity and network connectivity features with negligible differences.

In terms of price, Canvas HD costs ₹13,999 while Titanium S5 is priced ₹11,990, almost ₹2000 lower than its competitor. This price difference might play spoil sport for the Canvas HD since the Micromax is facing supply shortage, and there are speculations that the company is contemplating to increase the price to ₹14,499.

Here is a breakdown of comparison between Micromax HD Canvas HD and Karbonn Titanium S5 [Spec Wise]:


Micromax Canvas HD A116

Karbonn Titanium S5


5-inch IPS-LCD screen

with 720px1280p HD display(pixel density: 294 pixel per inches)

5.0-inch multi-touch capacitive screen with

qHD display 540x960p resolution


Android v4.1 OS

(Jelly Bean)

Android v4.1 OS

(Jelly Bean)


Quad-core MediaTek MT6589 Cortex A7 processor with 1.2GHz clock speed

Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core processor with 1.2 GHz clock speed





4GB, expandable up to

32 GB

 4GB ROM, and expandable up to 32GB


Rear side: 8.0-megapixel


Front side: 2.0-megapixel VGA camera

Rear side: 8.0-megapixel camera

Front side: 2.0 megapixel camera


2100 mAh

2000 mAh


2G & 3G

2G & 3G


₹13,999/- (expected to rise to ₹14,499)


Article Published: March 18, 2013 18:31 IST