This is a comparison of two low end smartphones with plenty of quality features Karbonn A21 vs Micromax A110. Micromax A110 Canvas 2 is one of the highly anticipated low end phablets in Indian market. It’s refurbished MMX A100 Canvas. Wide 5 inch IPS LCD display, 8 MP camera, high speed 3G connectivity, 2000 mAh marathon battery, Android 4.0 ICS out of the box, dual core processor are some of the key features of this handset.
It’s up against Karbonn A21 that also runs Android 4.0 ICS, dual core processor. It sports 5 MP camera, 1800 mAh battery, 3G speed. The contest is very close. Let’s start with a comparison table-
Karbonn A21 vs Micromax A110 at a Glance
|Karbonn A21||Micromax A110||winner|
|Operating System||Android 4.0.4 ICS||Android 4.0.4 ICS||Tied|
|Performance||1.2 GHz Dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chipset, 512 MB RAM||Dual core MediaTek MT6577 chipset, 512 MB RAM||A110|
|Display||4.5 inch Capacitive, 480×800 pixels resolution||5 inch IPS LCD, 480×854 pixels resolution||Tied|
|Storage||4 GB, micro SD card support 32 GB||4 GB, micro SD card support 32 GB||Tied|
|Camera||5 MP rear, LED flash, auto focus, front camera VGA||8 MP rear, LED flash, auto focus, VGA front camera||A110|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro USB 2.0||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro USB 2.0||Tied|
|Speed||GPRS/EDGE Class, 3G speed 7.2 Mbps HSDPA||GPRS/EDGE Class, 3G speed 7.2 Mbps HSDPA||Tied|
|Battery||1800 mAh||2000 mAh||A110|
Karbonn A21 vs Micromax A110 Detailed Comparison
Let’s take a close look at the detailed comparison to find out which of these two smartphones is the best. From naked eye you can see Canvas 2 has larger display. Also the camera quality is better. Let’s start with performance-
Karbonn A21 is powered by Scorpion Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play 1.2 GHz chipset processor and 512 MB RAM. On the other, MMX A110 is fueled by 1 GHz MediaTek MT6577 chipset and 512 MB RAM. There is negligible difference in processor performance. Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 uses dual Cortex A5 cores and Aderno 203 GPU whereas MediaTek MT6577 couples two Cortex A9 cores and PowerVR SGX531T GPU. Both these smartphones are built on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Therefore, performance wise Cortex A9 is better than Cortex A5. Also Aderno 203 is not as good as PowerVR SGX531T.
Winner: Micromax A110
Micromax A110 equips 5 inch IPS LCD display with FWVGA resolution, 480×854 pixels. Bigger display deserves higher resolution. Unfortunately, it’s the one Micromax considers best suitable for the device. Well, 196 ppi display of MMX Canvas 2 may look bit shaky, sunlight visibility is poor like other low end phablets. On the other hand, Karbonn A21 sports 4.5 inch IPS LCD display with 540×960 pixels qHD resolution. Karbonn A21 has higher ppi in display resulting in better quality of display and viewing angles. But display size of A21 is considerably smaller with slightly better quality. Bigger display is preferred by customers. Therefore, Micromax A110 wins this round just because of it’s bigger size. Display quality is definitely better in Karbonn A21.
Winner: Micromax A110
On board 4 GB storage (less than 4 GB free) and micro SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB are there to store plenty of music files, video clips and images in phone memory.
Both these handsets sport dual camera. Primary camera of Micromax A110 is a 8 MP one which is one of the biggest strengths of the handset. Camera comes with enhancements like LED flash, auto focus, 4x zoom, night mode etc. Picture quality is better. Video recording is HD 720p quality which is decent. On the other hand, Karbonn A21 sports 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, auto focus. Video recording is 480p. Front camera is VGA in MMX A110 whereas Karbonn A21 sports 1.3 MP front camera. Secondary camera doesn’t make too much of difference. Just because of 8 MP rear camera MMX A110 wins this round.
Winner: Micromax A110
Karbonn A21 comes with 1800 mAh marathon battery delivering around 5 hrs of talk time. On the other hand, Micromax A110 belts slightly bigger 2000 mAh battery with around 5 hrs of talk time. Bigger display of A110 consume more battery power resulting in less hrs of backup. On the other hand, Karbonn A21 has slightly smaller 4.5 inch display that ensures more hours of backup.
Winner: Karbonn A21
6. Network & Connectivity
Both these handsets are 3G supported devices. You can achieve up to 7.2 Mbps speed which is pretty impressive. Fast download is ensured along with smooth streaming of media from internet. You need 3G data packs activated in your SIM card to get access of high speed HSDPA network. In GSM network Class 12 GPRS/EDGE connectivity can reach up to 237 Kbps speed. For local area connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi with hotspot, micro USB are there. Transfer to-and-from the handset with ease.
7. Dual SIM
Nothing to separate as both these handsets are dual standby. One SIM is active at a time, other SIM goes to offline mode automatically.
Karbonn A21 comes at around Rs. 10,500/- whereas Micromax A110 is priced Rs. 10,500/-. Once again both these handsets are too close to be separated.
You can both these handsets are pretty close to each other. In case you are looking for bigger display in your smartphone Micromax Canvas 2 is your option. I also ensures better performance. You can play games like Asphalt 6, 7, Nova 3 etc in Micromax A110 comfortably. Rear facing 8 MP camera quality is also better in MMX A110. On other hand, if you are looking for quality over quantity Karbonn A21 is your choice. It has better display, light weight compact design. Therefore, winner of Karbonn A21 vs Micromax A110 comparison is Micromax A110. You may be interested in reviewing the comparison of Micromax A110 vs Spice Mi-500