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Micromax Canvas 4 VS Canvas HD – Not Worth the upgrade!

Canvas 4 vs Canvas 3

Micromax has released the Price and Specifications of their upcoming new handset Canvas 4 though it was the general perception that a small company that started by Chinese phones in India will be competing among the big guys with a high specifications phone in the under the 15K segment, it was even believed that the Canvas series would do what the Galaxy S series did for Samsung. But they have disappointed us with re-branded and Canvas HD.

Micromax Canvas 4 VS Canvas HD Specifications

Specifications Micromax
A116 Canvas HD
Micromax
Canvas 4
Changes
Network Dual SIM
(GSM+GSM)
Dual SIM
(GSM+GSM)
Same
Display 5Inch
720 × 1280 px 293.7 ppi
5Inch
720 × 1280 px 293.7 ppi
Same
Camera 13MP – 1080P Video
5MP Front
5MP – 720P Video
VGA Front Camera
Upgraded
Memory 1.77GB
32GB Expandable
10GB
32GB Expandable
Upgraded
RAM 1GB 1GB Same
OS Android 4.1
(Upgradeable to 4.2)
Android 4.2 Same
CPU Quad Core 1.2 GHz Quad Core 1.2 GHz Same
Processor  Cortex A7 Cortex A7 Same
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 @ 286MHz PowerVR SGX 544mp Upgraded
Battery 2000mAh 2000mAh Same
Price (Rs.)  13,490  17,999

The processor is the same 1.2GHz running on the same Cortex A7 chipset, on the same 720P HD display, backed 1GB RAM. The new changes consist of the 13MP camera that can now record Full HD 1080P videos, internal Memory now has 10GB of storage and minor GPU upgrades. Hence I believe since the power of the phone hasn’t upgraded it has the same 2000mAh battery.

Micromax Canvas 4 VS Canvas HD Benchmarks

Benchmarks Micromax
Canvas 4
Micromax
A116 Canvas HD
Condition Difference
Anutu  13,148  12,947 Higher is better 201
Quadrant  4,083  4,062 Higher is better 21
Vellamo 2 HTML5  1,471  1,439 Higher is better 32
Vellamo 2 METAL  456  450 Higher is better 6
Link Pack Single Thread  37  38 Higher is better -1
Link Pack multi Thread  116  109 Higher is better 7
NenaMark2  46  41 Higher is better 5.3
GFXBenchmark 2.5 Egypt HD
(On screen)
 14  12 Higher is better 2
Basemark X HD 4.34 4.311 Higher is better 0.029

The difference in terms of performance between the Micromax Canvas 4 and the Micromax Canvas HD is very negligible, even though the canvas 4 has an upper hand, which was expected as the next version has a improved and stable OS than the previous version.

Conclusion

Slight improvement to the Canvas HD doesn’t make the Canvas 4 its successor or be entitled to be called an upgrade worthy enough to cost Rs 4500 more. Hence the only reason worth buying the new one instead of the old one would be more mega pixels in the camera (13 vs 8), so unless you plan to print huge posters from the pictures taken from your phone or make short films from your phone’s camera the Canvas HD is a better pick from the Canvas 4.