The Micromax Canvas HD was the first budget quad core to be launched in the country – and even now supplies are trying hard to cope up with the demand. This tells us a lot about how the Indian buyer has evolved – now the average buyer is not looking for brand names, but some real power under the hood, regardless of the brand in most cases. The Canvas HD was launched for an initial price of 13,990 INR but there were very few people who could get hold of that device at that cost – even today the device can be seen being sold for over 15,000 INR.

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But now there have been quite a few releases which have same or better hardware as compared to the Micromax Canvas HD – and we will help you choose the best alternative which suits your needs the best. Please note that the list is in no particular order.

1. Gionee Dream D1.

The Dream D1 comes from the reputed Chinese manufacturer, Gionee. The USP of this phone is the build quality, AMOLED display and the thinness – the Dream D1 is only 8.5mm thick. Gionee also gives a free 16GB card in the box, which is much needed thanks to the low internal storage. The Dream D1 is priced at 17999 INR which is a little steep compared to Micromax, but Gionee also gives two coloured back panels, and as stated above, a 16GB memory card.

  Gionee Dream D1 Micromax Canvas HD
RAM, ROM 1GB, 4GB 1GB, 4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 8MP rear, VGA front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 4.65”, 1280x720p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 2100mAh 2100mAh
Price 15-16,000 INR 14-15,000 INR

 

2. Lava Xolo Q800.

The Xolo Q800 is another option, but it lacks a few features when compared to the Canvas HD A116. This includes – smaller screen (4.5 inches as compared to 5 inches on Canvas HD), lower resolution (qHD 960×540 as compared to HD 1280×720) and a VGA front camera compared to 2MP on the Canvas HD. Having said that, the Xolo Q800 also comes with a better price tag – 11,500 INR compared to 14-16,000 INR for the Canvas HD.

  Lava Xolo Q800 Micromax Canvas HD
RAM, ROM 1GB, 4GB 1GB, 4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 8MP rear, VGA front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 4.5”, 960x540p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 2100mAh 2100mAh
Price 12500 INR 14-15,000 INR

 

3. Zopo ZP980.

The Zopo ZP980 is probably the toughest competitor for the Canvas HD, and at times you feel the the ZP980 is even better than the Canvas HD. Zopo is a Chinese manufacturer, and this is their first year in India, so people are apprehensive when thinking of going for Zopo. The ZP980 however, beats the Canvas HD in terms of –  screen resolution; the ZP980 comes with a Full HD (1920x1080p) display while the Canvas sports an HD (1280x720p) screen. The ZP980 also has a better main camera – 13MP compared to 8MP pn the Canvas. The ZP980 can be bought for 15,999INR.

  Zopo ZP980 Micromax Canvas HD
RAM,ROM 1GB,4GB/16GB 1GB,4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 13MP rear, 5MP front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 5.0”, 1920x1080p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 2000mAh 2100mAh
Price 16000 INR (4GB ROM)12000 INR (16GB ROM) 14-15,000 INR

 

4. UMI X2.

The UMI X2 is one phone which has managed to make waves with the specification it has to offer for the amount of money. The UMI X2 again beats the Canvas HD in departments including screen (Full HD vs HD), camera (13MP vs 8MP), RAM (2GB vs 1GB), battery (2500mAh vs 2100mAh). Although the UMI X2 is still in its production phase, it should come to buyers’ hands soon. The UMI X2 is priced at 14,000 INR and beats the Canvas HD in most departments hands-down.

  UMI X2 Micromax Canvas HD
RAM, ROM 2GB, 32GB 1GB, 4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 13MP rear, 3MP front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 5.0”, 1920x1080p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 2500mAh 2100mAh
Price 14000 INR 14-15,000 INR

 

5.  Karbonn S2 Titanium.

The Karbonn S2 Titanium is a recently launched phone which carries a cheaper price tag as compared to the Canvas HD, and is almost identical in terms of specs, as it can be seen from the table below. The only catch in the S2 Titanium is the screen, which is FWVGA (854×480) as compared to HD (1280×720) on the Canvas HD. For people who can live with a lesser screen, this is a really good alternative to the Canvas HD, and is available for a much lesser price of 10,790 INR in the market.

  Karbonn S2 Titanium Micromax Canvas HD
RAM, ROM 1GB, 4GB 1GB, 4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 8MP rear, 2MP front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 5.0”, 854x480p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 2100mAh 2100mAh
Price 10,790 INR 14-15,000 INR

 

6. Gionee Gpad 2.

Another competitor from Gionee is the Gpad 2, which is a 5.3 inch phablet from the famous Chinese manufacturer. This phablet will be suitable for people who like big screens, and watch a lot of multimedia on their device. Although the Gionee Gpad 2 is priced almost identical to the Canvas HD at 13,990 INR, it might still be a better option because it comes with a huge 3000mAh battery and 16GB of on board storage, whereas the Canvas HD offers only 4GB.

  Gionee Gpad 2 Micromax Canvas HD
RAM, ROM 1GB, 16GB 1GB, 4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 8MP rear, 2MP front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 5.3”, 960x540p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 3000mAh 2100mAh
Price About 14,000 INR 14-15,000 INR

 

7. UMI X1S.

The UMI X1S is an upgraded version of the UMI X1 which was UMI’s first phone last year. The USP of this phone is the looks and thinness – measuring only 8.5mm thick. The UMI X1S has the same HD resolution as the Canvas HD but on a smaller 4.5 inch screen, which means the PPI will be better. The UMI X1S is priced 10,500 INR and is considerably cheaper than the Canvas HD – but it also comes with a smaller battery of 1850mAh compared to Canvas HD’s 2100mAh.

  UMI X1S Micromax Canvas HD
RAM, ROM 1GB, 4GB 1GB, 4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 8MP rear, 2MP front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 4.5”, 1280x720p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 1850mAh 2100mAh
Price 10,500 INR 14-15,000 INR

 

8. Gionee E3

Another competitor from Gionee, the E3 comes with a 4.7 inch screen and the same HD resolution as on the Canvas HD. Apart from the screen, most specifications of the E3 are identical to the Canvas HD, like cameras, storage, RAM, etc. However, the E3 comes with a smaller battery of 1800mAh compared to the Canvas HD but again the screen is smaller so you can expect about the same run time. The Gionee E3 is available for 17,000 INR and is a bit more expensive compared to the Canvas HD but you can expect a better build quality from Gionee.

  Gionee E3 Micromax Canvas HD
RAM, ROM 1GB, 4GB 1GB, 4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 8MP rear, 2MP front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 4.7”, 1280x720p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 1800mAh 2100mAh
Price About 17,000 INR 14-15,000 INR

 

9. Celkon A119Q Signature HD.

Celkon’s quad core variant of the A119 is the A119Q, and is another tough competitor to the Canvas HD. It comes with better specifications and a better price tag too at the same time. The A119Q has the same ROM, RAM, CPU, GPU and battery, but it comes with better cameras – 12MP and 3MP compared to 8MP and 2MP on the Canvas HD. The A119Q is available in the market for 12,499 INR which is very impressive for the specifications on offer.

  Celkon A119Q Micromax Canvas HD
RAM, ROM 1GB, 4GB 1GB, 4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 12MP rear, 3MP front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 5.0”, 1280x720p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 2100mAh 2100mAh
Price 12,499 INR 14-15,000 INR

 

10. Zen Ultraphone 701.

The Zen Ultraphone is rather un-popular when compared to the Canvas HD, but again the Zen Ultraphone 701 offers good value for money with the same quad core chipset, and a better front camera – 3.2MP when compared to 2MP on the Canvas HD. The rear cameras on the both the devices ar of 8MP, and the Zen Ultraphone 701 is available for 12,000 INR which is abour 2,500 lesser than the price of the Canvas HD.

  Zen Ultraphone 701 Micromax Canvas HD
RAM, ROM 1GB, 4GB 1GB, 4GB
Processor MT6589 1.2GHZ MT6589 1.2GHZ
GPU PowerVR SGX 544 PowerVR SGX 544
Cameras 8MP rear, 3.2MP front 8MP rear, 2MP front
Screen 5.0”, 1280x720p 5.0”, 1280x720p
Battery 2000mAh 2100mAh
Price 12,000 INR 14-15,000 INR

We hope this post helps you in choosing your device. If you have any questions, queries, or just want to say thanks, feel free to comment!

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