For those who want a variety of offerings in the entry-level smartphone market segment, Nokia is back with a bang with the launch of the Android powered Nokia X2. The handset brings many enhancements to the Nokia X smartphone launched earlier this year. Another vendor that is piling up smartphones in the low-end market is Micromax and if the Nokia X2 lands up in India it will have to fight with the Micromax offerings. One latest entrant from Micromax is the Unite 2 A106 that is priced at Rs 6,999. Let us take a look at the comparison between the two smartphones to get a better idea of which one is more suitable for you.
Display and Processor
The display size of the Micromax Unite 2 A106 is 4.7 inches, whereas the one in the Nokia X2 is a smaller one measuring 4.3 inches. Both the displays use IPS LCD panels and they pack a resolution of 480×800 pixels. With the IPS panels, these displays will definitely make sharper with increased color contrast and reproduction. In addition to these aspects, the Nokia phone uses the Nokia ClearBlack display technology that uses polarization filters to minimize the reflection between the layers to enable better readability under direct sunlight. Furthermore, the Nokia X2 display has a scratch resistant glass.
The chipset used in the Micromax phone is a MediaTek MT6582 chipset housing a quad-core Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz paired with Mali 400 MP2 and 1 GB of RAM. In comparison, the one employed by the Nokia X2 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset that includes a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 processor supplemented with Adreno 302 graphics unit and 1 GB of RAM. The inclusion of 1 GB RAM in both the smartphones will definitely help in smoother performance and better multi-tasking.
Camera and Internal Storage
Both the smartphone feature a 5 MP camera at its rear with auto focus, LED flash and the ability to record videos at HD 720p resolution. This is joined by a 2 MP front-facing snapper that carries out the job of clicking selfies and making video calls in the Micromax Unite 2. On the other hand, the front-facer in the Nokia offering is a VGA sensor that can shoot 480p videos. T
he internal storage of both the smartphones stand at 4 GB of which usually only 2.5 GB will be accessible to the users. But there is expandable storage support up to 32 GB in both the smartphones allowing users to extend the storage by another 32 GB via a micro SD card. Though the internal storage space is too low, we do not expect high storage capacities from entry-level smartphones.
Battery and Features
The battery unit inside the Unite 2 A106 is a 2,000 mAh one which is claimed to last up to 8 hours of talk time and 190 hours of standby time. In comparison, the Nokia X2 incorporates a 1,800 mAh battery that is rated to provide a life of up to 13 hours of talk time and 552 hours of standby time.
While the Micromax Unite 2 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the Nokia X2 is fueled by the Nokia X software platform that is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Micromax has promised that the handset will receive further upgrades via FOTA and also comes with the Reverie Multilingual pack that allows users to interact in 20 Indian languages along with English. On the other hand, the Nokia X2 comes with 15 GB of OneDrive cloud storage space, HERE Maps navigation feature, Fastlane, MixRadio and Nokia Glance features.
|Model||Micromax Unite 2 A106||Nokia X2|
|Display||4.7 inch, 480×800||4.3 inch, 480×800|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Quad Core||1.2 GHz Dual Core|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|Internal Storage||4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB||4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB|
|OS||Android 4.4.2 KitKat||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean AOSP Based|
|Camera||5 MP/ 2 MP||5 MP/ VGA|
|Battery||2,000 mAh||1,800 mAh|
|Price||Selling for around 7,500 INR||Expected around 8,500 INR|
Price and Conclusion
The Nokia X2 has improved software features that will deliver a better overall user experience, but with the Android 4.4 KitKat platform, the Micromax offering will provide a good Android experience with latest enhancements and services. Both the handsets arrive with identical specifications in most segments and there are hardly any significant differences between the two. We can expect a tough competition between the two in the sub Rs 10,000 price bracket.