To satisfy budget smartphone consumers, all major makers and vendors have started offering devices at throw-away prices. However, availability of numerous devices at similar price points may confuse consumers.
Recently, Micromax launched its budget smartphone Canvas Spark for ₹4,999. Following the launch, Huawei launched an India-specific smartphone Honor Bee for the same price. Motorola also offers its first-generation Moto E for ₹4,999. A relatively unknown brand, Infocus, also debuted a month back with its M2 smartphone for ₹4,999.
Confused? Don't worry. To make things easy for you, we bring you comparison based on specifications, to help you select the best smartphone available for ₹4,999.
All the four smartphones offer good built quality with regular, candy bar shape and rounded corners. The Infocus M2 looks quite like Moto E with similar curved back design. The other two models in this comparison, Micromax Canvas Spark and Honor Bee, feature a flat back. Matte finished rear has become quite a standard now, hence all the models featured here sport similar finish. All the four devices are easy to keep inside one's pocket and hold in hand.
Except Infocus M2, the rest of the three devices sports a quarter HD (qHD) display, which features 969x540 pixels resolution. Though the qHD displays are considered inferior to 720P display, they come quite handy while reading documents or playing with the apps. You can only see the difference while watching a full HD movie.
With a 4.2-inch display with 1280x768 pixels resolution, Infocus M2 undoubtedly flaunts the best display in this comparison.
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Processor, RAM and Storage
All the phones featured in the comparison boast of 1GB RAM memory and memory expandability support through Micro SD card. Except Moto E (4GB), all the devices offer 8GB in built storage as well.
On the Processor side, Moto E packs a Snapdragon 200 SoC, while the Infocus M2 and Micromax Canvas Spark both are powered by MediaTek MTK6582 SoC. In comparison, the Huawei Honor Bee is powered by a SpeedTrum SC7731 SoC.
Moto E comes out poor for the dated SoC and less on-board storage. For similar RAM and SoC, Canvas Spark is expected to score similar to Infocus M2, though the Lollipop OS can help the Canvas Spark to achieve some more in Benchmarking test. We wish Honor Bee also can manage decent performance.
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As we told earlier, the Micromax Canvas Spark is the only device that runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Though Moto E comes with Android Kitkat 4.4, it can be upgraded to the latest Lollipop OS. The rest of the two smartphones run on Android Kitkat 4.4, overlaid with their own interface.
Both Moto E and Micromax Canvas Spark score higher than Honor Bee and Infocus M2.
The Canvas Spark, Honor Bee and Infocus M2 come with an 8MP rear camera. The Honor Bee and Infocus M2 cameras were decent in our test. Micromax usually offers decent cameras for cheap, Yu Yureka's sample images would vouch for it.
On the contrary, the Moto E2 packs a 5MP+0.3MP camera combination with the Moto famed stock camera app. In decent light, it clicks good images but suffers in challenging lighting conditions.
On the fornt camera race, Infocus M2 stands out of the race by featuring a 8MP camera combined with a flash. Micromax Canvas Spark and Huawei Honor Bee both sports a 2MP front camera.
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The Moto E 1st Generation features a 1,980 mAh battery, while the Honor Bee is powered by 1730 mAh battery. Infocus M2 and Canvas Spark come powered with a 2010 mAh and 2000 mAh battery respectively.
For the price, Infocus M2 offers the best display and camera, but the dated operating system places it behind Canvas Spark. The Honor Bee and Canvas Spark both come in an all-round package with a decent look. If you are keen to buy a Motorola budget smartphone, spend some more and buy the Moto E 2nd Generation smartphone.