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Earlier this week, popular indigenous smartphone maker, Micromax released a feature-rich affordable handset Canvas Nitro A310 in India.

With the release of Canvas Nitro, Micromax intends to sway-in more consumers into its fold as the MNC branded devices such as Xiaomi, Asus and Motorola (Moto G and now the second Generation model Moto G2) have been eating away company's market for the last few months.

As Mi3 and Zenfone 5 series sales have temporarily been suspended due to lack of stocks in the market (exclusive online store- Flipkart), Canvas Nitro will be up against Moto G (Gen 2).

Prospective consumers who are looking to upgrade from budget smartphone to mid-range, then Micromax Canvas Nitro and Motorola Moto G (Gen 2.) might interest you.

To get a clear perspective between these three devices, we have done a quick rundown of the key features of the devices, check it out here:


In this aspect, both Motorola and Micromax devices stand even as they have pretty same specifications sans the screen guard type.

The new Moto G phone sports a 5.0-inch HD display with a pixel density of 294 ppi (pixels per inch) and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield.

On the other hand, Canvas Nitro features 5.0-inch HS IPS display with 1280x720p resolutions and boasts of an oleophobic coating to keep the finger-print smudges off the screen.

Processor, RAM and Storage Capacity:

In terms of specifications, Micromax device takes the lead over the Motorola phone as the former runs on the MediaTek's Tru Octa-core processor. It has to be noted that MediaTek's true Octa-core processor will be very different from the other conventional octa-core chipsets, as it uses all eight cores in unison to perform multiple operations smoothly and still be able to have long battery life.

Other type of Octa-core chipsets found in some Samsung devices perform as two quad-core processors. It consists of two sets of four-cores; first four Cortex-A15 cores perform heavy-duty operations while the other four Cortex-A7 cores perform less intensive functionalities. While performing, one set of cores will be active and the other quadrate will be idle, thereby under-utilising it's full potential.

Moto G (Gen 2.) runs on the 1.2GHz quad-core processor backed by 1GB and 16GB memory with an option for expansion (via microSD card), a feature which was sorely missed in the first generation phone.

Meanwhile, Micromax phone is backed by 2GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt memory (expandable up to 32GB).


Micromax Canvas Nitro has a 13.0-megapixel camera with Sony IMX135 CMOS sensor and a feature-rich 5.0-megapixel snapper with Schott Blue Glass filter, f2.4 aperture and also 75-degree viewing scope, which is certain to impress selfie aficionados.

Motorola Moto G (Gen 2.) houses an 8.0-megapixel camera on the rear side and a 2.0-megapixel snapper on the front side with HD video recording ability.

[Note: More mega-pixel count in the camera does not guarantee a good quality photograph. It all depends on the type of the lens, size and aperture.]

Mobile Operating System:

Though both Motorola and Micromax devices run on the same ubiquitous Android OS platform, Moto G (Gen 2.) has an edge over the Canvas Nitro because the former runs on the latest 4.4.4 KitKat OS and has been guaranteed to get the next version Android L as well. Whereas, the latter runs on v4.4.2 and is not yet confirmed whether it will get the new update or not.


Price is one of the most important aspects of this comparison article, as it plays a crucial role in the minds of the price-sensitive middle class and the aspiring youth population, which form the biggest chunk of the India's demography.

Micromax Canvas Nitro has been made available exclusively at Snapdeal for ₹12,990, whereas, the new Moto G (Gen 2.) aka Moto G2 is up for grabs at Flipkart for a similar price of ₹12,999.

Key Specifications of Motorola Moto G (Gen 2.) aka Moto G2 and Micromax Canvas Nitro A310:

Models Motorola Moto G (Gen 2.) Micromax Canvas Nitro A310
Display 5.0-inch HD (720x1280p) Screen with Gorilla Glass 3 shieldPixel density: 294 ppi 5.0-inch HD (1280x720) IPS screen with 178-degree viewing angle feature, oleo phobic coating
OS Android v4.4.4 KitKat Android KitKat v4.4.2
Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core processor 1.7GHz Tru MediaTek Octa-Core CPU
GPU 450 MHz Adreno 305 700 MHz quad-core ARM Mali 450
Storage capacity 16GB, expandable up to 32GB 8GB, expandable up to 32GB
Camera Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, auto focus, HDRFront: 2.0-megapixel camera Main: 13.0- megapixel camera with Sony IMX135 CMOS sensor, Auto-focus, LED flashFront: 5.0-megapixel camera with Schott Blue Glass filter, f2.4 aperture, 75-degree viewing scope
Battery 2,070 mAh;Talk time: N/AStandby time: N/A 2,500 mAh;Talk time: up to 10 hoursStandby time: close to 320 hours
Network 3G 3G
Add-ons Dual-SIM (optional) slots, Bluetooth v4.0 (LE), Wi-Fi (802.11 ac), front-facing speakers, FM radio Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, GPRS/EDGE USB v2.0,
Dimensions 141.5 x 10.99 x 70.7 mm N/A
Weight 149 g N/A
Price ₹12,990/- ₹12,990/-