It can be said that the Indian manufacturers have drudged on the phablet segment. As a result, the market is occupied with a host of large screen devices, which are welcomed by consumers as they will not leave a hole in their wallet and still offer decent specifications.
In fact, the phablets offered by the India based vendors have transitioned to a great extent from simple single core Android ICS offerings to power packed quad core Jelly Bean devices. This way, the native manufacturers are striving hard to maintain a standard among the budget conscious consumers and also attracting the brand influenced lot.
But, it has to be kept in mind that not all the consumers preferring budget friendly devices will give importance to superior specifications such as quad core and more. Hence, bearing those users who like to have entry-level phablets, Micromax has come up with a Gingerbread powered phablet - Canvas Viva A72 at Rs 6,499.
Already, Micromax has gained the fame with the launch of Canvas HD - the first quad core Jelly Bean phablet launched with a budget price tag of Rs 14,499. However, soon after the announcement of the device, several other Indian companies have started coming up with similar devices.
Karbonn, another homegrown vendor well known for its lineup of budget devices in the market is also constantly launching decent devices to increase its market share. After the launch of Canvas HD, Karbonn came up with S5 Titanium, which also runs on Jelly Bean and has a quad core processor on board. However, the company has another ICS smartphone in its lineup - Karbonn Smart A12 priced at Rs 7,990.
Eventually, Gizbot has taken the effort to explain the difference in both these devices with the help of a spec comparison. This might act as a buying guide to those consumers who are planning to get hold of en entry-level phablet. Read it below and decide which is your choice.
Form Factor: While the dimension and weight of Smart A12 remains unknown and Canvas Viva A72 carries a dimension of 142.8 x 76 x 10.6 mm and weighs in at 186 grams.
In terms of display, Canvas Viva A72 packs a 5 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a WVGA resolution of 480 x 800 pixel. On the other hand, Smart A12 houses a 4.5 inch qHD multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixel resolution.
Hence, it can be said that Smart A12 has a better display with increased pixel density despite of being smaller than the Canvas Viva A72.
Processor: Both, Canvas Viva A72 and Smart A12 come powered by a 1GHz processor under their hood.
Operating System: In this segment, Smart A12 is flavored with Android 4.0 ICS operating system, which is advanced as compared to the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS in Canvas Viva A72.
Camera: When it comes to camera optics, Canvas Viva A72 sports a 3MP rear camera with 4x optical zoom and a VGA front camera for video calling. In comparison, Smart A12 houses a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and video recording capability of 30fps and a VGA front camera for video calling sessions.
Storage: Again, in this segment, Smart A12 has 4GB internal storage, which is better than the 110MB internal storage capacity in Canvas Viva A72. Anyways, both the handsets come with a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage and 512MB RAM.
Connectivity: Both the handsets come with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other standard connectivity features, but, Smart A12 has 3G connectivity, which is missing in the Micromax offering.
Battery: Micromax Canvas Viva A72 comes with a 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery offering 7 hours talk time and 280 hours standby. On the other hand, Karbonn Smart A12 is loaded with a 1,800 mAh Li-Ion battery of undisclosed backup.
Price: Micromax Canvas Viva A72 and Karbonn Smart A12 are priced at Rs 6,499 and Rs 7,990 respectively.
Both Micromax Canvas Viva A72 and Karbonn Smart A12 are meant for those consumers who have tight budgets and still like to own a large screen smartphone. Moreover, despite of being priced reasonably, both the handsets come up with impressive specifications that can make them attractive offerings.
For those consumers concerned on a low priced phablet with a good battery backup and not highly interested in the spec sheet, Micromax Canvas Viva A72 could be a good option.
On the other hand, for those who are like to have decent specs including a better camera performance, 3G support and Android ICS platform, the Karbonn Smart A12 should be the right choice.