Micromax Canvas HD A116 vs Samsung Galaxy Grand vs Karbonn A30

Smartphones with large screen seem to have been flooding the market in past few months, as most of the major brands have some or the other offerings launched in this arena. While it is not just the biggies like Samsung getting big in this segment, players like Micromax and Karbonn are not far behind. In fact these local yet potential brands are tightening their grip on the market for bigger screen devices by bringing out feature packed large screen devices at a relatively lower price point. And considering that India still is a price conscious market, these brands are grabbing a decent market share by offering the consumers Android based devices similar to the ones made by the likes of Samsung and HTC, however at an affordable price point.

Keeping the needs of users alongside price point in mind, Samsung recently has brought the Samsung Galaxy Grand to the Indian market. The device does pack in an array of interesting features, but at a price of Rs 21,500 will it really be able to give its desi competitors, Micromax Canvas HD A116 and Karbonn A30, a run for their money, we take a look at the specs.

The screen size is the most prominent factors that keeps the three devices running in the same line. Micromax’s latest addition to its Canvas series, the Canvas HD A116 is one feature laden smartphone as it comes with a 5.0-inch 720p HD IPS display. The Karbonn A30 boasts of a massive 5.9-inch TFT display with a WVGA resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Grand carries a 5.0-inch TFT display with a WVGA resolution. It supports HD playback. In terms of  dimensions Karbonn’s A30 is the largest of the three, in terms of the display resolution the Micromax Canvas HD holds the edge.

On software front, the Micromax HD A116 and Samsung Galaxy Grand run on the Android Jelly Bean, while the Karbonn A30 lags behind in this race with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Apart from this, as the processor plays a vital role to boost up the performance of any device, the Samsung Galaxy Grand rocks a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Karbonn’s A30 also works on 1GHz dual-core processor. The Micromax Canvas HD A116 surely comes with a surprise as it has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor.

Now the big deal out here is that the Micromax HD A116 leverages a quad-core MediaTek CPU that leverages the ARM Cortex A7 platform. Cortex A7 has a lower thermal footprint than Cortex A9 in the Galaxy Grand, but at the same time it’s not as powerful. That means we can expect the performance and battery longevity to be comparable, even though one is a quad-core smartphone, while the other one has a dual-core processor. That said, the Micromax HD A116 does have a PowerVR series 5XT GPU that allows for full-HD video, and 720p display resolutions. We don’t have any details about the CPU and GPU configuration of the Karbonn A30.

Apart from this, all three devices come with dual-SIM compatibility (not dual-active), feature an 8.0 megapixel camera and offer an expandable memory space.

Here is a spec sheet of the three devices:

Samsung Galaxy Grand Micromax Canvas HD A116 Karbonn A30
Dimension 143.7x77x9.6 mm 144x74x10.7 mm 166 x 91 x 10.7 mm
Display 5-inch WVGA TFT LCD display (480×800 resolution) 5-inch 720p HD IPS display (1280×720 resolution) 5.9-inch TFT display (480X800 resolution)
OS Android Jelly Bean OS, v4.1.2 Android Jelly Bean OS, v4.1.2 Android Ice cream Sandwich OS, v4.0.4
Processor 1.2GHz dual core processor 1.2GHz quad core processor 1GHz dual core processor
Memory 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal memory 1GB of RAM, 4GB internal memory 512 MB RAM, 4GB internal memory
Battery 2,100mAh 2,000mAh 2,500mAh
Storage MicroSD card slot (up to 64GB) MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB) MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
Camera 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel HD front facing Camera 8-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
Price Rs 21,500 Rs 15,000 Rs 11,500 (approximately)

A previous version of the post indicated that the Micromax Canvas HD had a dual-active SIM system, but we have confirmed that it indeed does utilize a dual-SIM system in which both SIMs are not active.



  • http://MicromaxCanvasHDA116vsSamsungGalaxyGrandvsKarbonnA30 jerryco

    the after sales service of karbonn and micromax sucks literally.so its will be better to spend a little more money and buy something worth every penny and that would surely be samsung galaxy grand.

    • manash

      hope u depend on brand with popularity

  • Rangell

    nyday Mmx A116

  • Rangell

    nyday Micromax A116 will be my 1st choice

  • Sachin Puri

    Why Wud anyone buy a Grand when in 5000 more u cn buy Note 1? A proper phablet with better CPU/ GPU, screen, upgradable to Jelly Bean & has full S Pen functionality.. Sweet spot for Grand Wud have been 17000 which it will be forced to in three months I predict !!!

  • Sachin Puri

    Why Wud anyone buy a Grand when in 5000 more u cn buy Note 1? A proper phablet with better CPU/ GPU, screen, upgradable to Jelly Bean & has full S Pen functionality..

  • Akash Gupta

    I think micromax a 116 will be a better choice because in this price range what any one could expect….. 5 inch hd display with 1.2 quad core processor and 1 gb ram …….and its an Indian company .

    • chandru

      We should.support to indian compeny..

  • Vikas Dogra

    Recently I m using micromax a110 canvas 2. I surely upgrade this by micromax a116 HD . It’s much more in less.

  • RAKESH PATNI

    I think micromax a 116 will be a better choice because in this price range what any one could expect….. 5 inch hd display with 1.2 quad core processor and 1 gb ram …….and its an Indian company but i think that price shuld be rs. 13,500=00

  • zubair

    Mmx a116 is best in all three.
    I’m using mmx a110 and it is best in price and mediatek chip is so powerful.
    And it is an Indian company so its good to support MMX.

  • dileep nadig

    What about Service after Sales Micromax canvas HD phablet ? I think better to go samsung grand.

  • avnish

    i m using micromax 110 this is a osem smartphone this range I think micromax a 116 will be a better

    choice because in this price range what any one could expect….. 5 inch hd display with 1.2 quad core

    processor and 1 gb ram …….and its an Indian company but i think that price shuld be rs. 13,000=00

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  • rawraj

    This sucks man I was waiting when they will have dual sim Active phones which will have CDMA OR GSM option in the 2nd slot and instead these phones are going backwards and remove dual active facility.
    I told myself the first company (Micromax or Karbonn) came out with a similar phone as A116(Specwise) that had a GSM+CDMA/GSM option with dual active I would dump my HTC and buy it.

  • Rahul

    Micromax – Poor service, infact refusal of after sale service for my phone. I purchased Canvas 2 Recently, and i started facing reciever speaker problem, i went to the service center at Noida sector 18, they fixed the problem. When i returned after taking my phone, i night i observed that the light from front 3 keys was Visible fronm the back Cover. i again went back to the service center, with this problem. I told and explained this problem to the engineer, but he was not ready to under stand and was telling me that this is not a problem, when i asked him to show me other phone which was in the service center and compare it with mine, then he believed that there is some problem, and he told me ” Paper laga dete hain lights k pichey” (He was mis behaving) i told him to to this properly, he did not listened to me and did what he wanted and told me to come again if i face problem, next day i started facing that problem again with battery Under Temperature issue, i again went back to the service center and told them the issues,

    I asked them to replace my battery – as i was getting error message ” Batter Under Temperature” which is a sign of battery worn out case.
    (They Refused to replace and inturn formatted my data and rudely told me to go home and see if it is fixed)

    I also told them to replace the body but they refused.

    I asked them job Sheet – the lady in service center refused to give me and said ” Mujhe apni 20 saal ki naukri thodi gawani hai”

    Finally Sold Canvas 2 at 5k , I will suggest all to go with Grand . Coz Its Samsung . .

    • jasha

      You are right!
      Pay little more but be happy after wards on… :)

  • Parmeet

    Guys go for galaxy grand as i use micromax canvas frst edition its music chipset is too week he doesnt support my skull candy handset samsung is samsung to increase some samll configration it not means that mucromax beat samsung as samsung is the only one who beat nokia nd apple..

  • Sachin Puri

    For your info der friends.. Sale-wise Micromax has already beaten Samsung in sale of phablet devices last year !! Surprise !!!

    • jasha

      Low pricing is what always fools us…
      But after purchase we hav to live with all the regrets of buying it..
      I resently bought funbook @7499/- sold it for @4500/-
      It just not the way i want it…
      Now am going for samsung grand!!!!!

  • http://nifty50calls.com SAM

    ohh what about A110 micormax ? it can be compared with these 3 also. and most of big screen smartphones on most of e commerce sites are out of stock

  • Marcos

    The only thing I didn’t like about the Micromax Canvas HD, is that its Dual-SIM function is not (both)active. Only one is active. That mankes me consider the Samsung Grand. Other than that, Micromax would be a better option.

  • arun

    if anybody wants to buy mmx phones then go to near mmx service center and wait for half an hour inside , finally u realize mmx is worth to buy or not

  • i thing micrmax hd 116 is best phone

    i thing mmax a116 hd is best phone

  • Mack
  • Manoj

    Thinking to buy canvas 2… Should I purchase it or not?????

  • pankaj

    I have also the canvas2 of micromax it is quit gud instead of samsung becz of the higher price of that co if u r not pay the huge a micromx will be the better option

  • farook

    I Thing micromax HD best than Samsung grand

  • paras saluja

    A116micromax the best choice

  • samir

    I am using A110 for 5 month now on problem till date …more than what I expected. Camera is preety decent. Go for it guys value for money guys…

  • samir

    I am using A110 for 5 month now on problem till date …more than l expected. Camera is preety decent. Go for it guys value for money guys…

  • samir

    I am using A110 for 5 month now on problem till date …more than l expected. Camera is pretty decent. Go for it guys value for money guys…

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    Micromax Canvas 116 The best option.

  • deepak

    i got a116 its quiet good

  • sunil kinger

    The Micromax Canvas A 110 is a decent mobile…..without any probs……

  • http://www.facebook.com/juta.india Salman Sopariwala

    Guyz m using mucromx a116 hd since 1 month
    Phone is awsome….. but there is one problem
    Not working goood touch when its is in charging

    No i have 12 phone available
    Its my buisness…..

  • Salman

    Guyz m using mucromx a116 hd since 1 month
    Phone is awsome….. but there is one problem
    Not working goood touch when its is in charging

    No i have 12 phone available
    Its my buisness….. 91 9979529069

    • Kamlesh

      from where to buy in bangalore, HD is not available

  • akash deep

    Micromax a116 hd is a gooooood option

  • akash deep

    Micromax a116 hd is a gooooood option.

  • akash deep

    Micromax a116 hd is a good option.

  • akash deep

    Micromax a116 is good option.

  • sudeep

    Micromax a75 is a very worst mobile.phone memory is very low.applications are stopped when u r in middle of something.!!

  • sandy

    karbonn a30 is awesome i have this mobile screen s very very good high brightness worlds biggest screen mobile i suggest karbonn a30

    • dee

      karbonn a30 nice h kya yes / no

  • kailas

    Karbonn A30 is value for money phone it is smaller than tablet and bigger than smart phone. Display & screen ,camera is good.Its tuff phone.

  • http://vishal.khalas@yahoo.in vishal khalas

    Micromax a116 awesome

  • gurcharan singh

    Micromax a116 $ the best fone :-)

  • jitendragopaliya

    Best microA116
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  • srinivas

    I’m using micromax canvas 2 110 2month bat no problm best phone isgoo no problem

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    I m buying recently Micromax 116 device. Its a very comportable prize for all middle class people like that me. Its a very nice phone. Super configuration.

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  • cherian

    i bought a micromax A166i on last weak.the only problem is that am unable able to synchronise my facebook account contact no. to my phone contact numbers.