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Micromax Canvas HD vs Canvas 2 plus: Hardware Comparison

Micromax is trying to cash into the reputation that its hottest model, the Micromax Canvas 2 generated by launching its successor named Micromax Canvas 2 plus A110Q. Also the Micromax Canvas HD was the most anticipated Micromax smartphone of the Q1 2013 and is now priced online @ INR 13699.

micromax canvas hd vs canvas 2 plus a110q

Micromax Canvas 2 plus A110Q

It is worth noting that Micromax Canvas 2 plus has an online asking price of INR 12100 which is too close to the current flagship device, the Canvas HD A116.

Naturally people get confused when they’re to choose from almost similar phones. I’ve personally received a lot of requests to do an article on Micromax Canvas HD vs Canvas 2 plus. But let me be clear, we couldn’t get hands on experience with the Micromax Canvas 2 plus A110Q so I have decided to do a basic hardware comparison of the canvas devices.

micromax canvas hd vs canvas 2 plus a110q

Micromax Canvas HD A116

If you want the comparison of software features and useless benchmarks of these two smartphones then you better look at some other website.

 

Micromax Canvas HD vs Canvas 2 plus A110Q: Specifications Comparison

Hardware

Micromax Canvas HD A116

Micromax Canvas 2 plus A110Q

 

ChipsetMTK MT6589MTK MT6589M
Processor (CPU)1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A71.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A7
GPUPowerVR SGX 544 @ 286MHzPowerVR SGX 544 @ 156MHz
RAM 1 GB LPDDR21 GB LPDDR2
Display TypeIPS LCD 16M colorsIPS LCD 262k colors
Size & Resolution5”, 720×1280 px, 293.7 ppi5”, 480×854 px, 195.9 ppi
Camera PrimarySecondary8MP, AF, LED flash, 720p video recording @30fps2MP, VGA video8MP, AF, dual LED flash, 720p video recording @30fps2MP, VGA video
Android OSV4.1.2 JB (upgradable to 4.2)V4.2 JB
BatteryLi-Ion 2000mAhLi-Ion 2000mAh
Memory4GB internal, upto 32GB via microSD4GB internal, upto 32GB via microSD
Connectivity USBMicro USB v2.0 & USB on-the-goMicro USB v2.0 & USB on-the-go
EDGEClass 12Class 12
HSPA+YesYes
WLAN802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DPv4.0 with A2DP
GPSSupports A-GPSSupports A-GPS
Dimensions144x74x10.7mm156gm147×76.5×9.7mm164gm
Weight
SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, gyroAccelerometer, Proximity, gyro
Dual SIMYesYes
ColorsBlack, whiteBlack, white

It is evident from the above specifications that both of these Micromax Canvas devices have almost identical hardware.

The difference in the hardware specifications include slightly different chipsets having differing GPU clocks, difference in display color depths and screen resolution, different OS versions out of the box (but both devices will receive nearly same updates in future) and a slight variation in dimensions and weight.

Now let’s start the actual comparison by comparing the most important factor deciding the firepower of a smartphone i.e. the chipset.

The Micromax Canvas HD A116 is powered by a MediaTek MT6589 chipset while the Micromax Canvas 2 plus A110Q uses MediaTek MT6589M chipset.

 

MediaTek MT6589 vs. MT6589M vs. MT6589T

mediatek mt chipset comparison

MediaTek MT6589 chipsets comes in 3 variants namely MT6589M, MT6589, and MT6589T. All of these chipsets are more or less the same.

The MT6589T (T-turbo) is the high performance variant of the MT6589 chipset and is found in mid-range android smartphones and might power future Micromax devices.

Component

MT6589

MT6589M

MT6589T

CPU1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A71.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A71.5 GHz quad-core Cortex A7
L1 cacheL2 cache32KB1MB32KB1MB32KB1MB
GPUPowerVR SGX 544 @286MHzPowerVR SGX 544 @156MHzPowerVR SGX 544 @357MHz
RAMLPDDR2 @ 533MHzLPDDR2 @ 533MHzLPDDR2 @ 533MHz
Camera13 MP ISP8 MP ISP13 MP ISP
Video Encode/Decode1080p @30fps720p @30fps1080p @30fps
Max Display ResolutionFull HD 1080p1920x1080 pixelsqHD 960×540 pixelsFull HD 1080p1920x1080 pixels
ModemHSPA+ Rel.8,TD-SCDMAHSPA+ Rel.8,TD-SCDMAHSPA+ Rel.8,TD-SCDMA

Having seen the above specifications it can be easily understood that the chipset found in Micromax Canvas HD A116 (MT6589) is more powerful than that in Micromax Canvas 2 plus A110Q (MT6589M). The GPU performance differs by up to 18% on paper and the same can be observed in the results of the benchmark tests run at same resolution.

Gaming Comparison: Micromax Canvas HD A116 vs Canvas 2 plus

Gaming performance of Canvas HD should also be better than that of Canvas 2 plus but it is difficult to determine it accurately as the GPU in Canvas HD A116 has to feed data to 921600 (1280×720) pixels while the GPU in Canvas 2 plus A110Q has to fill only 409920 (854×480) pixels.

A fair comparison would be to run the same game at same resolution in both the devices and then compare the results.

But if we run some game at let us say HD resolution(720p) in Micromax Canvas HD and at 480p in Canvas 2 plus then difference in the GPU performance of the Canvas HD (18% more) would be compensated by the number of pixels to render (which are 22.4% more).

Game played at same resolution

If the same game is played at same resolution in both the devices than the Canvas HD A116 will come out to be the undisputed winner.

Display

1.       Color depth

The display of Micromax Canvas HD A116 supports true colors i.e.16 million colors (24 bits/pixel) while the Canvas 2 plus A110Q’s screen can only display 262k colors (18bits/pixel). You might not be able to notice this difference on small screens but on large displays it makes a huge difference to watch a movie on a true color display.

2.       Resolution

Display Resolution and ppi (pixel per inch) are the highly hyped by marketers these days but in my honest opinion pixel densities over 300 ppi don’t make much of a difference to the human eyes. For deciding the clarity of the display lets break down this ppi into some understandable ranges.

PPI RangeQuality Perceived
100-150Poor
150-200Acceptable
200-250Good
250-300Very good
300-350Excellent
350+Eye popping

Android OS version

All new versions bring tons of stability, performance improvements and some new features to the operating systems. Micromax Canvas HD A116 comes installed with slightly stale version of Android v4.1.2 JB and the Micromax Canvas 2 Plus A110Q comes pre-installed with android v4.2 JB. However, the good news is that OTA (over the air) update for Canvas HD A116 is available which updates the firmware to android v4.2

Dimensions and Weight

Canvas HD A116Canvas 2 plus A110Q
144x74x10.7mm156gm147×76.5×9.7mm164gm

As you can see the Micromax Canvas devices under consideration have almost similar dimensions but if were a marketer than I would say that the Canvas HD is 5% lighter than the Canvas 2 plus while the Canvas 2 plus is 10% slimmer than the Canvas HD.

The point is, you should use your head before some buy some marketer’s words literally.

Final Words

The Micromax Canvas HD A116 costs INR 1599 more than the Canvas 2 plus A110Q but it packs a gorgeous if not excellent display. So if you’re a movie buff or a gaming addict then you know which phone suits your needs and style. And for the consumers who have a budget close to 10k INR, the Micromax Canvas 2 plus is an excellent choice and offers the best bang for the buck.

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