Micromax Canvas 4: Will it be Samsung Galaxy S4 on a budget?

Features V.A Kulkarni 23:31, 21 Jun 2013

Can the Micromax Canvas 4 offer the best of the Galaxy S4 at almost half the price? KYMI finds out

Micromax has created quite a few waves with the teasers of its latest offering, the much anticipated Canvas 4 phablet. With all that is rumoured about the device, it seems like it is all set to offer consumers all the features that make Samsung's Galaxy S4 a best seller - at a much more affordable price point. Can it succeed? Read on to find out.

What makes the Galaxy S4 stand apart from its competition is its powerful octa-core processor. From communication to entertainment, there is nothing that this chipset cannot handle with ease. Micromax is supposedly going the octa-core way too, on the Canvas 4. If that is indeed the case, its newbie will be able to take on the best in the business, and top the gadget list in its own price range, with enough juice to handle Android Jelly Bean and its most complex tasks.

Samsung has given the Galaxy S4 a Full HD display, something that Micromax is also supposedly prepping the Canvas 4 with. Packed with such a gorgeous screen, the Canvas 4 will be an ideal device for surfing the web, watching videos and playing games on the go. A Full HD display will win the smartphone more than a few hearts, specially at its price point.

On the operating system front, the Canvas 4 can match its wits with the Galaxy S4 since it is believed to come with Android's 4.2.3 version of Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. With all the goodness of the popular platform under its belt, the Canvas 4 promises to be one of the most functional handsets in the market.

Micromax is supposedly prepping the Canvas 4 with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2 or a 5-megapixel front facer. On the sheer functionality of the camera set-up, the phablet then offers users more or less the same image quality that the Galaxy S4 does.

What is cannot offer, however, are all the add-ons that Samsung has given its flagship. Samsung's Smart Scroll, Smart Stay, Air View and other features are what make its handset stand out from the crowd. On this front, it is tough for players to take on the tech giant.

If Micromax wants to truly offer its consumers the best in a smartphoning experience, it needs to build the Canvas 4 with at least 16 GB of internal storage, if not with 32 GB. Of course, external memory expansion has to be a part of the package too. This is one of Samsung's biggest selling points and Micromax would do well to learn from it.

All in all, if everything that is rumoured about the Canvas 4 is true, and if Micromax spruces up its storage act, the phablet has the potential to offer users almost everything that a high-end smartphone like the Galaxy S4 does. Forget about all those sophisticated add-ons Samsung is famous for and you might just get a functional all-in-one communication and entertainment device in the Canvas 4 - on a budget.

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