Micromax Canvas 4 vs Karbonn Titanium S9: Which one is a better sub Rs 20,000 device?

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Micromax and Karbonn, both have almost similar kind of journey since their respective inception in the homeland. Both have gained significant success in the Indian smartphone market and are considered as neck to neck competitors. Hence, the competition between the recently launched Micromax Canvas 4 and Karbonn S9 is going to be very interesting. We are plotting here the comparative analysis of the two smartphones.

Micromax Canvas 4 specifications

· Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system
· 5 MP Secondary Camera
· 13 MP Primary Camera with Sony sensor
· GPRS, EDGE, 3G and Wi-Fi support enabled
· Android v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
· Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with dual standby
· Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
· 1.2 GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 Processor
· 5-inch LCD HD Capacitive Touchscreen
micromax canvas 4· Full HD Recording
· 2000 mAh battery
· 16 GB of internal storage space with up to32 GB expansion through micro SD card

Micromax Canvas 4 comes with anodized aluminum body which is not just robust but also looks very smart. The keys are made of aluminum and it feels quite premium and offers better feedback. It comes in Grey and White color. The device is priced at Rs 17,399 and with its amazing camera capability, screens size and battery power, it is set to look beyond its league.

While its 5 MP secondary camera works fantastic during Skype chat sessions, its primary camera can give beautiful panoramic views, if moved smoothly across the area. Its price economy is a factor that you can not ignore. This was the reason because of which the device got huge response during the pre-sale.

Karbonn S9 specifications

· 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
· 5.5 Inch HD IPS Touch screen Display
· Dual SIM Support
· 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory with slot for extension up to 32 GB
· 13 MP Auto Focus Rear Camera With Flash
· 5 MP Front Facing Camera
karbon-s9· 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth and USB
· Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
· 2600 MAh Battery

This is the fourth launch under Karbonn’s mid-ranged smartphone under Titanium series which has done decently for the brand. Many have alleged that there is not much difference between Canvas 3 and 4. However, it is for the first time that Karbonn has come up with HD IPS screen for its smartphones and the quality of display looks much better than its predecessors.

The market price for the phone is Rs 19,990. To make the deal more interesting, the company is offering a free flip cover along with the purchase of this smartphone. On the specification front, it scores well over Canvas 4. Its battery life and bigger screen gives it an upper edge in the competition. Both devices use similar versions of Android, hence score the same on this front.

Our take: On the looks front, Micromax Canvas 4 looks better with its metallic finish and sharp edges as compared to the plastic body finish by Karbonn. Both the devices use same operating system, processor and have identical camera specifications. However, Karbonn S9 can support your gaming and multimedia needs better with its larger internal memory, HD IPS based screen and a longer battery life. On the other hand, despite using the same camera specifications, Canvas A4 brings out slightly better picture quality and very it is going to get Android 4.3 update in the coming months. With this update, the experience will improve many notches. To sum it up, if you can afford to pay just a bit of extra amount, you should simply go with Karbonn S9.


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