Earlier this month, domestic smartphone leader Micromax launched the company's first Windows powered handset Canvas Win W121 in India.
With the launch of Canvas Win W121, Micromax now has additional ammo to further widen the gap between its local counterparts and also give stiff challenge to the company's new OS partner, Microsoft, who recently acquired Nokia. The company currently is India's top mobile vendor when it comes to market share. (courtesy, CMR: CyberMedia Research, India).
While Nokia is a well established brand in India, it has incurred loss in market share with the advent of cheap Android smartphones. Now with local vendor Micromax joining the club to offer Windows Phone OS based devices, the competition has become more intense.
Micromax's new offering - Canvas Win W121 will be competing with the Nokia's Lumia 630, which also falls in the same price bracket. Prospective buyers looking for affordable alternative option for Android handset can take a look at these phones.
Brief description of Nokia Lumia 630 and Micromax Canvas Win W121:
Nokia Lumia 630 sports 4.5-inch FWVGA (854x480p) ClearBlack LCD screen with a pixel density of 221 ppi (pixels per inch). The phone flaunts time tested hard polycarbonate based shell on the rear-side and on the front. Nokia has incorporated Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield to protect the display, thereby increasing the durability of the phone.
The Micromax Canvas Win W121 features a bigger 5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS screen with a pixel density close to 294 ppi. Unlike other budget Canvas series siblings, which come with plastic-cover, the new phone flaunts a faux leather stitching which provides a premium feel to the device, but does not guarantee longer durability.
Processor, RAM, Storage capacity:
In this aspect, Micromax closely edges past the Nokia device, thanks to bigger RAM capacity.
Both the devices house 1.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core chipsets manufactured by the industry leader, Qualcomm, but they differ in CPU types. Nokia smartphone ships with Snapdragon 400 series, whereas the Micromax handset features Snapdragon 200 series.
Memory specifications wise, Canvas phone has a sumptuous 1GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB. On the other hand Lumia 630 packs a paltry 512MB RAM and 8GB storage space. (Note: it can be expanded up to 128GB, but this will not offer much help, if user installs too many apps, low physical memory will not able to take too much load and end up slowing the normal functioning of the phone).
Mobile Operating System Software:
In this aspect, Micromax and Nokia devices stand even as they run on the latest Windows Phone v8.1 OS, but it has to be noted that the popular personal voice assistant application - Cortana (full version) which was unveiled early this year, will be made available in India next year. (Developer preview beta version is currently available at Windows app store in USA).
In terms of specifications, Micromax once again holds the upper hand over Nokia's device, as it boasts two cameras – front and back, whereas the latter come with only a single primary camera on the rear-side with no LED flash.
Nokia houses a single 5.0-megapixel main camera (no LED flash) on the back. On the other hand, Canvas Win W121 flaunts 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash and a 2.0-megapixel snapper on the front for video chatting.
[Note: Number of pixels in the camera does not guarantee you a good quality pictures/videos, it depends on the size of the lens, apertures - bigger the better]
The MNC branded Nokia Lumia is little bit costlier. It comes in two-variants –single SIM and Dual-SIM models for ₹10,500 and ₹11,500 [MRP] respectively, whereas the Micromax's new Canvas Win W121 comes with a competitive price-tag of ₹9,500 [MRP], but will be available from July.
Key specifications of Nokia Lumia 630 and Micromax Canvas Win W121:
|Models||Nokia Lumia 630||Micromax Win W121|
|Display||4.5-inch FWVGA (854x480p) ClearBlack LCD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shieldPixel density: 221 ppi (pixels per inch)||5.0-inch HD (720x1280p) IPS displayPixel density: around 294 ppi|
|OS||Windows Phone v8.1||Windows Phone v8.1|
|Processor||1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU||1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 series CPU|
|GPU||Adreno 305||Adreno 302|
|Storage capacity||8GB, expandable up to 128 GB||8GB, expandable up to 32GB|
|Camera||Main: 5.0-megapixel camera with 4X zoom, ¼-inch sensor, f/2.4 apertureFront camera : No||Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flashFront: 2.0-megapixel camera|
|Battery||BL-5H: 1830 mAh (removable);Talk time: up to 16.4 hours (2G) & 13.1 hours (3G)Standby time: 25 days||2000 mAh;Talk time: up to 8 hoursStandby time: 150 hours|
|Network||2G & 3G||3G|
|Add-ons||Micro-SIM, Bluetooth v4.0 (with A2DP), Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), A-GPS, micro-USB, FM radio||Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0 (with A2DP), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), micro-USB v2.0,A-GPS, Bing, Skype, Xbox Games, Office 365,|
|Dimensions||129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm||--------------------|
|Price [MRP]||Single SIM model: ₹10,500;Dual-SIM model: ₹11,500;||₹9,500|