Micromax recently launched much hyped Canvas 4 , but unfortunately the specifications and updated features were not at par with the hype of this Flagship Smartphone. It wasn’t a great improvement over Its predecessor Micromax A116 Canvas HD as far as most hardware specs are concerned, although it does comes with certain enhanced software features and much highlighted gesture control features. Let’s compare these phones to see what features Micromax wishes to offer with the enhanced price.


Display and Processor

The display of both Canvas 4 and Canvas HD are similar in size and resolution. Both these devices have an IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels which gives you a pixel density of 294 ppi. Thus both devices have true HD display, although Canvas 4 was expected to have full HD display. Never the less this is above average display and the IPS LCD will provide you with wide viewing angles and good outdoor visibility.

Processors of both Canvas HD and Canvas 4 are also same; both the devices are powered by quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor with Cortex A7 architecture, clocked at a frequency of 1.2 GHz. although canvas 4 has many more software features which will burden the processor more and hence this might give you more lag.

Camera and Memory

Camera features of Micromax Canvas 4 is far superior to that of Micromax Canvas HD. Canvas 4 comes with a 13 MP primary camera which has a 5 element lens, similar to that in iPhone 5, and is enabled with Vertical Panorama feature. Thus camera’s field of capture in vertical direction will be highly enhanced. Canvas 4 also has a secondary camera of 5MP for video calling. On the other hand canvas HD has a primary camera of 8MP which is capable of video recording of 720p at 30fps and a secondary camera of 2 MP with VGA recording. Thus clearly Micromax Canvas 4 has better camera features.

Both devices have similar 1GB RAM, however internal memory of Canvas 4 is quadrupled to that of Canvas HD. Canvas 4 comes with a 16 GB internal storage of which 10 GB is available to users. The storage is further extendable to 32 GB using microSD card. Canvas HD has standard 4GB of storage out of which 1.7 GB is available to the users. From the above data we can clearly see that internal software of Canvas 4 requires much more memory space than that of Canvas HD. Both of these devices use Android jelly bean 4.2.1 operating system.

Battery and Other features

Battery capacity of both these devices is again same on paper. Battery capacity for both devices is rated at 2000 mAh, which in Canvas HD will provide you with up to 5 hrs of talk time which is not very great in itself. We don’t expect this battery to last any longer than 5 hrs in Canvas 4 either (if not lesser). Canvas 4 weighs 158 grams which is almost similar to 156 gram Canvas HD. Also Canvas 4 is sleeker at 8.9 mm as compared to 10.7 mm Canvas HD

Canvas 4 comes with additional features like “blow air to unlock” or “Kiss to unlock”. This is a unique unlocking concept in which the user has to blow on the screen to unlock it. Micromax claims that its most expensive feature is its “Eye tracking” feature, by virtue of which it pauses videos when user is not looking at the device (similar to that in galaxy s3). It also contains other gesture features using which you can turn your phone to silent or speaker modes via various gestures such as turning the phone with its rear facing upwards. It also has Video pinning feature where you can watch videos and simultaneously perform other tasks like sending mails or messages.

Model Canvas 4 A210 Canvas HD A116
Processor 1.2 GHz MT6589 quad core 1.2 GHz MT6589
quad core
Display 5 inch 720 p HD 5 inch 720 p HD
O.S. Android 4.2 jelly bean Android 4.2 jelly bean
ROM 16 GB 4 GB
Camera 13 MP Primary camera and 5 MP secondary camera 8 MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera
Battery 2000 mAh 2000 mAh
Price 17,999 INR 13,300 INR

Conclusion and price

Clearly with Canvas 4 Micromax has highlighted enhanced software features, like gesture control and blow air to unlock feature. These features will definitely enhance user experience many fold. Unfortunately hardware of Canvas 4 has not been upgraded along side. It has the same processor and RAM capacity. Micromax A210 Canvas HD has been priced at 17,999 but you also get a flip cover worth Rs. 3000 free with this device. Canvas HD is available for Rs. 13,300. So for a price difference of around 4500 INR you get various new features and extra internal storage.

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