It can be said that India based smartphone vendor Micromax has made it to the sweet spot with the recently announced A116 Canvas HD. While the budget smartphone and phablet segment is struck with Android 4.0 ICS OS and dual core processor, Micromax has creeped up with a quad core Jelly Bean handset.
A116 Canvas HD was estimated to be priced below Rs 15,000 and to be available exclusively at www.micromaxinfo.com from February 14, 2013, thats Valentine's Day. However, it seems like the handset will be priced at Rs 13,990.
Lets take a sneak peak at the key specs of A116 Canvas HD.
Display: A116 Canvas HD houses a 5 inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Processor: The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor.
Operating System: Interestingly, Canvas HD is loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, which makes it superior when compared with other offerings at similar price points.
Camera: A116 Canvas HD sports an 8MP rear camera and a VGA front camera for video calling.
Storage: Canvas HD has 4GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: The handset is packed with features including 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS/A-GPS for data connectivity.
Battery: Canvas HD is loaded with a 2,100 mAh battery of unknown backup.
Micromax A116 Canvas HD is loaded with applications including M!Store, M!Buddy, M!SMS, M!Zone and Hook Up.
Price & Availability
Micromax has announced that Canvas HD will be priced at Rs 13,990 starting from February 14, 2013. It is also stated that the handset will be delivered within a timeframe of 5 to 7 working days.
So far, Micromax was launching phablets with single and dual core processors and Android ICS platform. By launching an high-end quad core and Jelly Bean equipped device, the company has stepped into the highly competitive phablet arena, which is occupied by both local and global vendors including the leader of all Samsung Electronics.
Already, the Indian phablet space is filled with other offerings including Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Wickedleak Wammy Titan, Karbonn Smart Titanium 1, Swipe MTV Volt and more. However, with such a low price tag, quad core processor and HD display, the Micromax phablet could definitely prove to be successful.
Given the specifications and price of Canvas HD, will you buy the handset at Rs 13,990? Drop in your opinion through the comments section below.