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It can be said that the Indian manufacturers have toiled 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 eat up the entire pocket 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.
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 13,990. 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 good penetration into the budget smartphone and tablet market in the country is also constantly launching decent devices to increase its market share. After the launch of Canvas HD, Karbonn came up with S1 Titanium, which also runs on Jelly Bean and has a quad core processor on board. However, it is not a phablet as it sports a 4.5 inch display and is available at a price of Rs 10,990.
Now, Lava has come up with a device to steal the spotlight from Micromax and Karbonn. Xolo, a sub-brand of Lava is being talked about for the launch of Q800 with similar traits as the other two devices discussed above. The handset has entered the market with a reasonable price tag of Rs 12,499 making it a direct rival to the already existing handsets.
Eventually, Gizbot has taken the effort to explain the difference in each of 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 a quad core Jelly Bean handset. Read it below and decide which is your choice.
Form Factor: While the weight of Xolo Q800 and S1 Titanium remain unknown, Canvas HD weighs in at 156 grams. When it comes to dimensions, Xolo Q800 measures 135,5 x 67 x 9.6 mm, Canvas HD boasts 144 x 74 x 10.7 mm and S1 Titanium carries a relatively thinner profile measuring 134.6 x 66 x 9.3 mm.
On the display front, both Xolo Q800 and S1 Titanium score the same with a 4.5 inch qHD IPS LCD multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and 245 ppi pixel density.
In comparison, Canvas HD packs a larger and better 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixel and 294 ppi pixel density.
Processor: All the three devices - Xolo Q800, Canvas HD and S1 Titanium come loaded with a 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek processor offering advanced dual SIM solution, high-end multimedia capabilities with support to up to 13MP camera and full HD LCD support.
Operating System: Xolo Q800, Canvas HD and S1 Titanium are based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS out of the box. Hence, these devices will have features such as roject Butter for smoother and more responsive interface, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam, better camera interface and improved Google Now.
Camera: Xolo Q800 has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and BSI sensor (for better low light performance) and a 1.2MP front camera for video calling. At the same time, Canvas HD has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and dual LED flash and a 2MP front camera. In comparison, S1 Titanium comes with a 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a VGA front camera.
Storage: In this segment, all the handsets acquire equal weightage with 4GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: Speaking of internet connectivity, Xolo Q800, Canvas HD and S1 Titanium come packed features including average 3G download speeds, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB 2.0.
Battery: Xolo Q800 is powered by a 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery offering 16 hours talk time and 360 hours standby and Canvas HD has a 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery delivering 5 hours of talk time and 174 hours of standby. At the same time, S1 Titanium is equipped with a lean 1,600 mAh Li-Ion battery providing 4 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby.
Price: On the pricing front, Xolo Q800 is priced at Rs 12,499, Canvas HD at Rs 13,990 and S1 Titanium at Rs 10,990.
At the end, Gizbot leaves the buying decision to the consumers as it all depends on the features they like to have and on the price of the device. So, what's your choice? Let us know through the comments section below.