Large screen handsets, usually known as 'Phablets' were usually meant for business consumers who were actually having the spending power to buy these high priced offerings available in the market.
However, with the outset of 2013, the super expensively priced Phablet category has now been adopted by various manufacturers, local and global both, to come out with budget handsets for the consumer segment who usually go for affordable handset, owning to various reasons.
Hence, the strategy of less expensive Phablet offerings combined with the aspects of decent hardware and software, including Google's latest Android Jelly Bean OS integration, dual SIM support and more is actually letting these manufacture score over higher growth to challenge the market share presence of major smartphone vendors.
Especially in the Indian market, the popularity of dual SIM handsets is on the rise with over 71 million subscribers in the country already using multiple SIM cards and 61% of handsets used by multi-SIM owners are dual SIM.
Earlier, the respective trend was followed only by native manufacturers including Micromax, Intex, Karbonn and others, but, now even Samsung - the largest smartphone vendor in the world has come up with a budget dual SIM phablet - Galaxy Grand to compete with the mid range market competitors and eventually to expand the company's strong hold in various segments of smartphone arena.
Samsung Galaxy Grand today holds a price tag of Rs 21,500 and features a host of attractive software features and freebies, boasting similarity of Note 3 and S3.
But the big question over here is will the South Korean giant will be able to outspace the leading players including Micromax and a new potential entrant WickedLeak penetrating in the Indian market, especially in the budding budget segment.
As both the market players smartly debuted their own budget phablet offering recently before the launch of Galaxy Grand. Yes! Micromax announced a high-end phablet in India - A116 Canvas HD - at Rs 15,000, while Wickedleak splashed the market with a tough competiting offering Wammy Titan, that too with stylus support at Rs 13,000.
Coincidentally, the trio offerings have also been planned for official market release almost at the same time frame, that is around first week of February.
Hence, Gizbot today has come up with a specifications comparison of all the three phablets including Galaxy Grand, A116 Canvas HD and Wammy Titan. You are Right! Just to find out at what positions of the podium do the three handsets stand against each other to triumph in the fierce competition. Have a look at it below!
Dimensions & Weight: While the dimensions and weight of the Micromax offering is not known, Galaxy Grand boasts a dimension of 143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm and weight of around 162 grams. On the other end, Wammy Titan stands tall at a dimension of 144 x 89 x 12 mm and weighs heavy at 192 grams.
Display: Galaxy Grand and Canvas HD, both house the same 5 inch display, where the former boasts multi-touch LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, whereas the later features IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
The third offering, Wammy Titan scores on both handset, with a size of 5.5 inch display and 5 point multi-touch Super qHD capacitive touchscreen display, however, comes with a lesser 960 x 540 pixel resolution.
Processor: While the Micromax offering comes equipped with a quad core 1.2GHz processor, Galaxy Grand has a 1.2GHz dual core processor and Wammy Titan is powered by the lowest a 1.2GHz single core processor.
Operating System: All the three phablets are based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and hence, they will come with features including Project Butter, improved notifications, live wallpapers and more.
Camera: In this segment, all the handsets sport an 8MP rear camera and Galaxy Grand and Wammy Titan come with 2MP front camera for video calling, which is better than Canvas HD with a VGA front camera.
Storage: In terms of storage, both A116 Canvas HD and Wammy Titan have 4GB internal storage, whereas, Galaxy Grand has 8GB internal storage. However, all the handsets have 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot.
Connectivity: When it comes to connectivity, all the handsets come packed with features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and micro USB 2.0.
Battery: Galaxy Grand and A116 Canvas HD are loaded with the same 2,100 mAh battery and Wammy Titan is powered by a comparatively higher 2,500 mAh battery.
Price: Speaking of pricing, Galaxy Grand, A116 Canvas HD and Wammy Titan are priced at Rs 21,500, Rs 15,000 and Rs 13,000 respectively.
Being Jelly Bean phablets, all the three phablets are packed with software features that come along with the operating system. Further, Galaxy Grand scores more with S features including Direct Call, Smart Alert, Popup Video, Multi-Windows & S Voice.
If the concern is on a better display, quad core processor and low price tag, the Micromax A116 Canvas HD should be a better choice.
On the other hand, if the concern is on a plethora of software features that are exclusive to the Galaxy lineup of smartphones from Samsung, the Galaxy Grand could be the right option.
However, if you are highly concerned on the price and like to have a device with a large screen along with stylus support, Wickedleak Wammy Titan might be a good choice.
But, this time in the end, we will leave on you to decide, which one to choose. Let us know in comments, if given a choice out of the trio handset, which one will you buy?