In recent times, the Indian smartphone market has seen the emergence of feature-rich low-cost devices that have successfully eaten into huge chunks of the market share of leaders like Samsung and Apple. Brands like Micromax, Lava and Xolo have created their own market bases and are now competing against each other in different price segments. Here is a comparison of the most important features along with prices of three low-cost feature-rich smartphones – Micromax A116 Canvas, Lava Iris Pro 30 and Xolo Q1000.
Dimension and Display
Micromax A116 Canvas HD and Lava Iris Pro 30 are dual GSM SIM smartphones. Xolo Q1000 is also a dual SIM phone with a Mini-SIM option. Canvas is slightly bigger than Iris. Dimensions of the Lava, Micromax and XOLO devices are 136 x 66.7 x 7.5 mm, 144 x 74 x 10.7 mm and 143.5 x 70.8 x 8.8 mm respectively. Their respective weights are 114 gms, 156gms, and 171.1 gms. Displays of Canvas A116 and Lava Iris Pro 30 are IPS LCD Capacitive multi-touch screen sized 5 inches (with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution) and 4.7 inches (with 720 x 1280 pixels resolutions) respectively. Xolo Q1000 also comes with IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 4.7 inches size (with 720 x 1280 pixels and ~294 ppi pixel density).
Now, let us compare the various aspects of the memory. Phonebook in Lava Iris Pro 30 is unlimited and the internal storage is 2.43 GB of inbuilt memory; it has a RAM of 1GB and ROM of 4GB. Card slot option is available and is expandable upto 32GB. In case of Canvas A116 HD, internal inbuilt memory is 4GB with 1GB RAM. Card Slot option is available here too, which is expandable up to 32GB. The Xolo Q1000 has 4GB internal storage with 1GB RAM and external memory 32GB.
There is a wide range of connectivity options available in the smartphones discussed here. Let us start with Micromax A116 Canvas HD. It has Wi-Fi (with hotspot), v4.0 Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS, v2.0microUSB, and 3G (11 Mbps Upload and 21 Mbps Download). In Lava Iris Pro 30 too, a wide range of connectivity options are present. Some of these options are v4.0 Wi-Fi, 3G, EDGE, GPRS, and v2.0 microUSB. Connectivity options available in Xolo Q1000 are EDGE, GPRS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot WLAN, v4.0 Bluetooth, v2.0 USB, and HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA, 11.5 Mbps.
Camera and Associated Features
One of the most important features, nowadays, is the camera option. In all these cameras there are various features available that are generally found in portable cameras. While discussing about this features, let us start with Lava Iris Pro 30. It comes with autofocus rear camera having 8 MP lens but it has 2 flashes. This gadget also has a 3 MP frontal camera. Micromax A116 Canvas HD also has autofocus 8MP rear camera. Some of the important features of the lens include Touch To Focus, Geo Tagging, and Face Detection. Most importantly, video recording option is available, with the specification 720p @ 30fps. It also has 2MP frontal camera. Xolo Q1000 comes with 8 MP rear camera, having 3264 x 2448 pixels, LED Flash and autofocus features. 1080p@30fps video and geo-tagging features are also available. There is also a 1.2 MP secondary front camera.
Knowledge of some of the technical aspects of your phone is important. Lava Iris Pro 30 and Micromax A116 Canvas HD also comes with v4.2.1 Android, 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor, PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, and HTML-supporting browser. Xolo Q1000 has v4.2 Android OS (Jelly Bean), Mediatek MT6589 chipset, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, PowerVR SGX544 GPU, Accelerometer, proximity sensors, Java MIDP emulator, and A-GPS support.
Some of the multimedia support that comes with this Lava phone includes YouTube Player, Push Mail email option, MP3 music, document reader, and FM Radio. Micromax A116 comes with Push Mail, Music facilities such as WMA, AAC, MP3, and WAV, You Tube layer, Calendar, Instant Messaging, MMS, Video facilities such as WMV, MP4, H.263, H.264 document reader, and FM Radio. The Xolo Q1000 comes with Multimedia options such as MMS, Push Email, IM, SMS (thread view), MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player, Document viewer, SNS integration, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Image/video editor, voice memo, and Predictive text input.
Micromax A116 Canvas HD and Lava Iris Pro 30 comes with 2000 mAh battery, which provides users 5 hours of 2G talk time and 174 hours of 2G Standby Time. Xolo Q1000 also comes with Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery, which gives up to 14 hours of 2G talktime and up to 10 hours 30 minutes of 3G talktuime. The Q1000 also gives up to 350 hours of 2G Standby Time and up to 346 hours of 3G Standby.
The Lava Iris Pro 30 is priced at Rs.15,999 while the Micromax A116 Canvas HD costs Rs.11,570. The price of Xolo Q1000 is Rs.11,242. These are highly competitive prices for the kind of features these smartphones offer and they are continuously upgrading the features and specifications while bringing down the cost.