Micromax and Xolo are probably the 2 hottest names this side of the globe, when it comes to budget phones with high-specifications. Their rivalry and fight for market share is a hot topic, and many people can now be seen sporting wither brand, and getting into debates between the two, and about Karbonn. Both of them have new flagships hitting markets soon / already hit, and it’s only natural we stack them up. So lets compare the Micromax Canvas 4 and the Xolo Q1000, each a flagship in it’s own right. First a quick rundown of the essentials.
|Device||Micromax Canvas 4||XOLO Q1000|
|Display||5 inches 720p HD DragonTail Glass||5 inches 720p HD Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||MediaTek MTK6589||MediaTek MTK6589|
|RAM, ROM||1.2 GHz quad core,1GB RAM||1.2 GHz quad core,1GB RAM|
|OS||Android v4.2||Android v4.2|
|Camera||13MP rear, 5MP front||8MP rear, 1.2MP front|
|Price||17,999 INR||14,999 INR|
Micromax seems to be going for better user experience by upgrading the build quality on the Canvas 4. Unlike all the earlier Micromaxes ( Micromaxii ? ), which had an all plastic body, the Canvas 4 has a brushed aluminium rim to the phone, giving it a better-than-mid-range look and feel. The back of the phone, and the other parts are identical to, say the Canvas HD, and it weighs in at about 160 grams
The Xolo Q1000 seems to have gone off the track from it’s predecessors, and done a Samsung, by which they introduced a plastic back to the phone, and plastic all around except a chrome trim. It weighs around 171 grams.
Winner by a small margin here would be the Canvas 4, with slightly better build, and lower weight.
Screen and Processor
The screen on both the phones is nearly identical. Both sport a 5-inch 720p 294 ppi HD display. The Canvas 4 uses DragonTail Glass, while the Q1000 uses the more common Gorilla Glass display.
Both house identical MediaTek MTK6589 quad-core processors, clocking in at 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM.
We call this round a tie, since they are quite evenly matched, and the actual difference is too small to measure.
The Xolo Q1000 sports a traditional 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front camera, while the Canvas 4 has a 13 MP rear and a 5 MP front camera. This is definitely better, and a 5 MP front camera is seen on too many phones. The cake goes to the Micromax Canvas 4 by a mile, though not as good as the dedicated camera-phones we’ve seen earlier this year.
The Canvas 4 holds a 2000 mAh battery, while the Xolo Q1000 holds a 2100 mAh battery. The difference will be minimal, as both the phones have identical processors and screens, but the Q1000 can be banked on a wee bit more here. The winner here is the Q1000, by a small margin.
OS, Benchmark and Others
Both the devices will be running stock Android 4.2, with minor modifications. While not as radically different as HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz, the tweaks to the look and feel here are minor and noticeable only to the trained eye. Both phones had similar AnTuTu benchmark, the Canvas 4 scoring a 13228 and a 4038 , and the Q1000 at 13217 and 3995. Note that these numbers are subject to how you load your phone while running the test and yield slightly different results each time. Both are dual-SIM compatible, come with 4 GB of internal memory and are microSD expandable.
Both these phones are very similar in many regards, both to their predecessors, and to each other. The Canvas 4 is only slightly different compared to the Canvas HD, and the Xolo Q1000 has similar specifications to the Q700 / 800 which is much more moderately priced.
Having said that, these are the new flagships and we must cross-examine them. Most specifications on the devices are identical. The only decision variable here is whether superior camera quality on the Canvas 4 warrants an additional 3,000 INR. And hey, maybe the ‘Blow To Unlock’ feature has you curious enough to buy the Canvas 4. The Xolo Q1000 is well-matched on almost all fronts, and has marginally lower pricing. Both the devices have solid build, and show a promising future for the high-spec mid-range devices, though customers will hope for more difference with previous flagships in the near future.