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In the year 2013, lot of phablets are taking birth in the Indian mobile market space. This facelift offered to the low cost phablets have attracted several consumers to try them. Reportedly, tech analysts have suggested that the phablets will dominate the smartphone market segment across the globe with a major market share by 2016.
Particularly in India, phablets are doing high sales as they are affordable to buy, have beefed up specs including transition from Android ICS to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and from integration of single core processor to dual core and quad core processors.
This week, Micromax announced Canvas HD, its Jelly Bean quad core phablet priced at Rs 13,990. At the same time, even Lava came up with an exciting and a similar priced at Rs 13,999 - Xolo A1000. To combat both the offerings, Swipe Telecom in collaboration with MTV also launched MTV Volt - a 6 inch phablet at Rs 12,999 with almost similar specifications.
Since, everyone wants to own a budget phablet right now, hence chances are high that many would be confused as to which latest phablet to buy out of the trio. As always, Gizbot has exclusively come out with a comparison of all the three phablets based on specifications. Go through the same, and check out who will win the budget battle of phablets in India - Micromax A116 Canvas HD, Lava Xolo A1000 or Swipe MTV Volt.
Form Factor: Out of the three phablets, MTV Volt is the heaviest with the dimensions of 158.5 x 88.6 x 11.3 mm weight of 239 grams. Second comes, A116 Canvas HD boasting 144 x 74 x 10.7 mm and weight of 156 grams. Xolo A1000 scores here with the lightest weight of 145 grams and measurement of 143.5x70.8x8.8 mm in dimensions.
Coming on to display front, A116 Canvas HD and Xolo A1000 house the same 5 inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. In comparison, MTV Volt packs a bigger 6 inch 5 point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels.
Basically all the three phablets flaunt the same look and feel and HD IPS display, however the Lava offering comes with OGS (one glass solution) technology, which has positioned the phablet as the thinnest and lightest of all.
Processor: Considerably, in this segment, Micromax offering has the most powerful ARM Cortex A7 based quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and a PowerVR SGX5 GPU. On the other hand, Lava XOLO A1000 is equipped with MT6577 1GHz dual-core processor, while Swipe phablet has a dual core 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, both of them boast the same PowerVR SGX531 GPU.
According to technology analysts, the Cortex A7 fitted in A116 Canvas HD will definitely save energy up to 5 times as compared to the other two phablets, which will result in longer battery life.
Operating System: Interestingly, all the phablets A116 Canvas HD, MTV Volt and a Xolo A1000 are loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system boasting Google Now support. So there would be a tie in this segment.
Camera: When it comes to camera optics, A116 Canvas HD, MTV Volt and Xolo A1000 sport the same 8MP rear camera with LED flash.
However, the Lava phablet has great features as compared to the other two like HDR, digital zoom, burst mode, panorama mode and more, while A116 Canvas HD supports only Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and Swipe MTV Volt comes with multi shot and night vision.
When it comes to front camera, the Micromax camera hits the slot with a 2 MP camera, while the MTV Volt and Lava phablet are left behind with a 1.3MP and 1.2MP camera respectively. Besides all, Lava Xolo A1000 has a dedicated camera button as well.
Storage: Well, no such difference in this segment, as all the three phablets are packed with the same 4GB internal storage and have micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Concerning the RAM, Swipe MTV Volt is equipped with the lowest, that is 512MB DDR3 RAM, while Micromax A116 Canvas HD and Lava Xolo A1000 come with the same 1GB RAM.
Connectivity: Features like GPRS, EDGE, 2G, 3G, Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0a, FM radio player and GPS functionality are common in all the three phablets.
Regarding the internet connectivity, Canvas HD will come with high speed HSPA+ radio, which can download data at up to 5.76 Mbps speed, on the other hand Xolo A1000 will support up to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA speed.
When it comes to Swipe phablet, it will support HSDPA Downlink of 7.2Mbps speed and HSUPA Uplink of 5.76Mbps speed. Further, the phablet will come with an in-built TV player for watching MTV on the go.
Battery: Well, Canvas HD and Xolo A1000 are loaded with almost the same battery of 2,000 mAh and 2,100 mAh battery repectively. Where, Micromax claims a battery backup of up to 5 hours talk time and up to 174 hours stand by time.
On the other end, Lava Xolo A1000 has been rated to provide talktime of 14 hours on 2G and 10 hours on 3G along with a stand by times of 350 hours (2G). Contrastingly, MTV Volt which has a bigger 3,200 mAh Li-Po battery had been informed to deliver 8-10 hours of talktime.
Price: Similar again! Micromax has priced Canvas HD at Rs 13,990, Swipe has priced MTV Volt at Rs 12,999 and Xolo A1000 is priced at Rs 13,999.
Other Features: Speaking of other software features, Canvas HD is loaded with applications including M!Store, M!Buddy, M!SMS, M!Zone and Hook Up. At the same time, Swipe MTV Volt launched in collaboration with MTV will come with enough multimedia content to be perfect for young music-centric consumers. When it to the Lava offering, the handset comes preloaded with Google Maps, Google Search and social networking apps including Facebook, Twitter and more.
This time, Gizbot leaves the verdict on you. Let us know in the comments section below, looking at the detailed specifications comparison of all the three phablets which one will you choose? Micromax A116 Canvas HD, Lava Xolo A1000 or Swipe MTV Volt.