Micromax launched the company's first 6.0-inch phablet Canvas XL A119 in India last week.
With the launch, the Micromax device has begun a price war among smartphone makers. The impact is expected to be more on Nokia as the company's new mid-range phone Lumia 1320, priced ₹23,999, is way above the prices of their rivals' devices in the market.
It remains to be seen if Indian buyers will go for the time-tested Nokia brand or the cheaper Micromax device.
Here is a brief description of the key features of Micromax Canvas XL A119 and Nokia Lumia 1320:
Micromax Canvas XL A119 sports a 6.0-inch display with qHD (960x540p) resolution with 183 ppi (pixels per inch). Nokia Lumia 1320 also sports a same 6.0-inch size but with an HD (1280x720p) display resolution, having pixel density of 245 ppi.
Processor, RAM and Storage:
In this aspect, Micromax's mid-range phablet takes the lead with a quad-core processor with 1.3GHz CPU speed. Meanwhile, though the Nokia device packs a less efficient dual-core chipset, it makes up with the faster 1.7GHz CPU speed.
Both phones house 1GB RAM and come with microSD card slot for memory expansion.
Micromax's Canvas XL houses a decent 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording ability and a 5.0-megapixel camera on the front.
Nokia's Lumia 1320 sports a 5.0-megapixel camera that comes loaded with two-stage auto focus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording features. It also boasts a 640x480p camera with f/2.8 aperture.
Mobile Operating System:
Nokia Lumia 1320 runs on the updated Windows Phone 8 OS (with Lumia Black), whereas Micromax Canvas XL runs on the ubiquitous Android Jelly Bean OS. Though the Windows Phone operating system boasts a refreshing tiles-based interface and secured closed ecosystem, it is still lags far behind the Android platform in terms of apps and games collection, giving Micromax an edge over Nokia.
Nokia's Lumia 1320's price hovers around for ₹23,500 in the market, while local player Micromax, known for its affordable devices, has kept the Canvas XL's price under ₹14,000; almost 10k less than its competitor.
Micromax Canvas XL A119:
Pros:Affordable, Android ecosystem
Cons: Needs to improve after sales service response in metros and expand service centers in tier-1 and tier-2 towns
Nokia Lumia 1320:
Pros: Good build quality, feature-rich camera and high-capacity battery
Cons: Price is a little expensive and there are very few apps in Windows Phone ecosystem
Key specifications of Micromax Canvas XL A119 ad Nokia Lumia 1320:
|Model||Micromax Canvas XL A119||Nokia Lumia 1320|
|Display||6.0-inch qHD (960x540p) display||6.0-inch HD (720x1280p) IPS LCD screen with pixel density 245 ppi (pixels per inch), Corning Gorilla Glass shield|
|OS||Android v4.2 Jelly Bean||Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black update|
|Processor||1.3GHz quad-core processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor with 1.7GHz CPU speed|
|Storage capacity||4GB, expandable up to 32GB||8GB, expandable up to 64 GB|
|Camera||Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flashFront: 5.0-megapixel camera||Main: 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, two stage auto-focus, f/2.4 aperture, full HD video recordingFront: 640x480p camera with f/2.8 aperture|
|Battery||2450 mAh (Li-Ion);Talk time: up to 9.5 hours
Standby mode: 209 hours
|3400 mAh;Talk time: up to 25 hours (2G) & 21 hours (3G)
Standby time: close to 28 days
|Add-ons||Dual-SIM, Bluetooth (with A2DP), GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, microSD card slot, FM radio with recording option||Micro-SIM slot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), A-GPS, GLONASS, microSD card slot, USB v2.0,|
|Dimensions||165.0 x 84.2 x 10.4 mm||164.2 x 85.2 x 9.8 mm|
|Weight||180 g||220 g|