Micromax A110 Canvas 2 vs Karbonn A9+: Should your Next Phone Upgrade be a Smartphone or a Phablet?

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As it is the time for Android based budget devices, tech manufacturers in India are in a full swing to release their products one after the other at a constant pace.

Micromax, an India based manufacturer who is aiming to become the second largest handset vendor in the country is targeting at Samsung. When it comes to the tablet race, Micromax has excelled the South Korean manufacturer, but it is still lagging behind in the smartphone and phablet space.

While three months have since the launch of Canvas A100 phablet by Micromax and the company has come up with its successor – A110 Canvas 2 with a 5 inch display and dual SIM support. Though the official price of the device is not confirmed by Micromax, the phablet is available for pre-order on ManiacStore for Rs 11,999.

At the same time, another company that is constantly splashing its products into the market is Karbonn Mobiles. Recently, Karbonn launched a couple of tablets and three dual SIM smartphones including A9+.

Priced at Rs 9,290, A9+ comes packed with impressive features and specifications to make it a worthy purchase.

If you are planning to upgrade your handset and confused on which one to buy, here is a comparison between the Android ICS based phablet and smartphone showing how they stack up against each other in terms of specs.

Display: Being a phablet, A110 Canvas 2 houses a 5 inch display high clarity IPS display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

On the other hand, A9+ packs a 4 inch multi-touch capacitive display with WVGA 480 x 800 pixel resolution.

Processor: In this segment, A110 Canvas 2 is equipped with a 1GHz dual core processor with integrated GPU and A9+ has a faster 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Scorpion processor and dedicated GPU under its hood.

OS: Both the devices are flavored with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

Camera:In terms of camera optics, both A110 Canvas 2 and A9+ pack a 5MP rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash.

However, when it comes to front camera, A110 Canvas 2 has a 0.3MP VGA front camera while A9+ has a front facing 1.3MP camera for video calling.

Memory: On thestorage front,Canvas 2 has 4GB internal memory and 512MB RAM and A9+ has 2GB internal storage and 512MB RAM. Moreover, both the devices have an external micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.

Connectivity: When it comes to connectivity, the handset has 3G, Bluetooth, GPS with aGPS, USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi features.

Battery: A110 Canvas 2 is loaded with a 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery, which offers 5 hours talk time and 180 hours standby and A9+ is powered by a 1,420 mAh Li-ion battery of undisclosed backup.

Price: Karbonn A9+ is available for a price of Rs 9,290 and Micromax A110 Canvas 2 is available for pre-order for Rs 11,999.


As both Micromax A110 Canvas 2 and Karbonn A9+ are Android ICS based devices, they will offer similar user experience and UI skin.

Detailing on the Micromax offering, the phablet is preloaded with Google Search, Micromax apps, Adobe Flash, YouTube, social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter, Android Browser, games, mobile tracker and torch light.

On the other hand, Karbonn A9+ comes packed with features including Gmail, YouTube, Google Search, Google Play, Skype, Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, WhatsApp, Economic Times, TOI, Just Dial, phone security, customizable home screen, live motion wallpapers, voice navigation and games.

If the concern is on device choice with a larger display real estate, increased internal storage capacity and better battery life, the Micromax offering could be a better choice.

However, if you like to have a device with a faster processor and better front camera resolution, Karbonn A9+ should be the right one.

Finally, both are products belonging to different categories and the decision could depend on what the consumers want – a phablet or a smartphone.

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