Micromax Canvas HD vs Lava Iris 502: Phablet Shootout Sizzles In India

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With the onset over-sized devices called phablets, a huge consumer base have started considering it as a trend. Hence, to fulfill the demands of the consumer and grab sales from the growing category, various local and global smartphone vendors have come up with numerous choices satisfy the needs.

Recently, Micromax and Lava, who have already entered the phablet market segment have come up with Jelly Bean based phablets - Canvas HD and Iris 502 at reasonable price tags. Though both the handsets are budget Jelly Bean phablet offerings, they are quite distinct when it comes to specifications and performance.

Have a look at the comparison of Micromax A116 Canvas HD and Lava Iris 502 below and decide which phablet will be a better one for you.

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Micromax Canvas HD vs Lava Iris 502: Phablet Shootout Gets Fiercer

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Form Factor: A116 Canvas HD boasts a dimension of 144 x 74 x 10.7 mm and weight of 156 grams, whereas, Iris 502 has a dimension of 145.5 x 78 x 10.2 mm in dimension. The weight of Iris 502 is not revealed by the company.

On the display front, A116 Canvas HD houses a 5 inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 294 ppi pixel density. In comparison, Iris 502 sports a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution and 187 ppi pixel density.

Obviously, Micromax Canvas HD with increased pixel density is considered to have a better display.

Processor: In this segment, Canvas HD comes powered by a 1.2GHz quad core Cortex A7 processor. On the other hand, Iris 502 is equipped with a single core 1GHz processor. Of the duo, Micromax uses a Cortex A7 chip, which will energy effectively and thereby increase the battery life.

Operating System: Both the phablets are based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and hence, they come with features including Project Butter, expandable and contractible notifications, Google Now, improvements in camera interface and more.

Camera: Canvas HD has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, dual LED flash and a 2MP front camera with 720p video recording. At the same time, Iris 502 comes with a 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 0.3MP front camera for video calling.

Storage: Both the handsets comes with 4GB internal storage and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage. However, Canvas HD has a better 1GB RAM as compared to the 512MB in Iris 502.

Connectivity: Talking of internet connectivity, Canvas HD has a faster 3G download speed as compared to Iris 502. Besides that, both the handsets come packed with features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB 2.0 and dual SIM support.

Battery: Canvas HD is loaded with a 2,000 mAh battery offering 174 hours standby and 5 hours talk time. In comparison, Iris 502 is powered by a better 2,300 mAh battery with up to 9 hours talk time and up to 400 hours standby.

Other Features: On the software aspect, Micromax Canvas HD scores more as it is loaded with apps including M!Store, M!Buddy, M!SMS, M!Zone and Hook Up. At the same time, the Lava offering comes preloaded with Google Maps, Google Search and social networking apps including Facebook, Twitter and more that are common.

Price: While Canvas HD is priced at Rs 13,990, Iris 502 is priced at Rs 8,499, making it highly affordable.

Verdict

Specwise, Micromax Canvas HD with a good camera performance, better display with HD resolution, improved performance with a quad core processor and more could be a good option.

However, Lava Iris 502 has a better battery with enhanced backup and comes at a lower price point making it easy for budget conscious consumers to own a Jelly Bean phablet.

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