The budget smartphone battle is heating up as India's second largest smartphone maker Micromax is stepping into the game. Micromax launched its latest ultra-affordable smartphone, the Canvas 5 Lite, for Rs 6,499, which makes it a strong competitor against the likes of the latest Moto E3 Power and Xiaomi Redmi 3S.
Micromax said its latest smartphone in the Canvas 5 series will be available exclusively on Snapdeal starting Friday, September 30. Moto E3 Power, which is priced at Rs 7,999, will be available on Flipkart from Monday midnight. And the Redmi 3S will be available next on Wednesday, September 28 at 12pm for Rs 6,999.
In terms of specifications, the Canvas 5 Lite has some strong points as compared to its rivals, but nothing too extraordinary. Firstly, the handset's design is premium and gives a strong appeal. The rear panel of the Canvas 5 Lite has a brown leather finish, which is something other smartphones in its price range lack.
But the Moto E3 Power has a dust-and-water resistant body with oleo-phobic coating on its screen. The Redmi 3S has a metal unibody, which seems to be the most premium to hold and look of all.
Moving on to the specifications, the Canvas 5 Lite sports a compact 5-inch display with HD 720p resolution, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 5MP front snapper, same as in the Moto E3 Power. While the display size in the Redmi 3S is the same, the camera is superior and has a 13MP rear snapper and a 5MP front shooter.
Micromax Canvas 5 Lite is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor, 2GB RAM and a 2,000mAh battery. In comparison, Moto E3 Power has a 1GHz MediaTek MT6753P CPU, 2GB RAM and a 3,500mAh battery with quick charge technology, while the Redmi 3S is powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC, 2GB RAM and 4,100mAh battery.
All the three phones have 16GB onboard storage, but the Canvas 5 Lite doesn't support microSD card like the other two phones. Dual SIM support and 4G LTE is common in all the three smartphones.
In all fairness, Xiaomi Redmi 3S has some strong points such as bigger battery, metal unibody, superior camera and a faster processor. Moto E3 Power, although costs Rs 1,000 extra, makes a winning statement with features like water-and-dust resistant body and a large battery with quick charger. The Canvas 5 Lite's strongest USP is its design, while rest of the specs are almost identical.