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The never-ending battle to reach the top of the Indian domestic smartphone market continues to roll on with more and more new devices being announced and released almost everyday. Like others in the race, both Nokia and Micromax are also looking to make their claims strong to stay in the race with Lumia 1320 and Canvas XL A119, respectively.
Micromax, last week, launched the company's first 6.0-inch phablet Canvas XL A119 in India. And with the launch, a brand new price war was sought between the different handset makers, with the Nokia-made Lumia 1320 already expected to bear the brunt of the competition with a hefty price tag of Rs. 23,999 that doesn't really fall well with most of the customers.
However, as far as a growing competition between Nokia and Micromax is concerned, it remains to be seen if customers opt for a model that's from a tried and tested company, or eventually head over to a cheaper alternative in the form of Micromax's latest offering.
Let's take a closer look at how the devices stand out against each other in the race.
While the Nokia-based Lumia 1320 runs on the upgraded Windows Phone 8 OS, its Micromax counterpart runs on the Android Jelly Bean v4.2. And while the Windows Phone operating system is currently on the rise with its tile-based setup and a dedicated ecosystem, there's still some time left for it to catch up on Android which offers a host of apps and games that are, otherwise, missing from the Windows Phone OS, providing Micromax a powerful edge in the competition.
Display and Dimensions
Although both the devices sport a 6-inch display to begin with, Micromax's Canvas XL A119 comes with a qHD (960x540p) resolution display with 183 ppi (pixels per inch). Nokia's Lumia 1320, on the other hand, while also sporting a 6-inch size, offers an HD (1280x720p) display resolution with pixel density of 245 ppi.
It seems like Micromax has the upper hand in this respect with the company offering a decent 8-megapixel camera that's assisted via LED flash and HD video recording, alongside a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The Lumia 1320, however, sports a 5-megapixel primary camera that offers two-stage auto focus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording features.
Again, Micromax gets to boast the upper hand here with a quad-core processor assisted by 1.3GHz CPU speed. Nokia's Lumia 1320, meanwhile, comes with a not-so-special dual-core chipset, although it makes amends to it with a faster 1.7GHz CPU speed.
Storage and RAM
Both the phones, in this respect, boast 1GB of RAM, while also offering a microSD card slot for further memory expansion.
As mentioned earlier, Nokia has a major drawback in this respect with its Lumia 1320 handset showing a price tag of Rs. 23,500. Micromax's Canvas XL A119, meanwhile, is available for a price that's under Rs. 14,000 - which is, at least, 10k less than what Nokia is charging.
While both the devices look to pick out the top spot, it seems like Micromax could easily have the advantage over Nokia if the price factor is concerned, apart from the fact that the lesser priced of two runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean. And if the price factor is indeed taken into consideration, it looks like Micromax can easily emerge as the victor among two.