Micromax today launched the Canvas Spark at an event in New Delhi. The smartphone is priced at Rs 4,999, and will go on sale next week exclusively via Snapdeal. With the Canvas Spark, Micromax is taking aims at the Xiaomi Redmi 2. We put them in a specifications comparison to see how they fare. Also Read - RedmiBook Pro, RedmiBook e-Learning Edition launch in India, start at Rs 41,999
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is priced at Rs 6,999, is exclusively available on Flipkart. The Canvas Spark, on the other hand, is a cheaper option with a price tag of Rs 4,999. It will retail on Snapdeal from next week onwards. Also Read - Massive Rs 2,000 flat discount on Xiaomi Mi 11X: Check the mouth-watering deal on Amazon
In terms of size, the Canvas Spark and the Redmi 2 both feature 4.7-inch screens. But when you consider the resolutions, Micromax’s smartphone lags with a qHD (960×540 pixels) display, as opposed to the HD (1280×720 pixels) display on the Redmi 2. Also Read - Xiaomi RedmiBook laptops launching later today: Livestream details, expected prices, etc
The display on the Canvas Spark is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, while the display on the Redmi 2 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
The Redmi 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 64-bit capabilities, while the Canvas Spark is powered by a MediaTek MTEK6582 quad-core chipset. The processors on the two smartphones are paired with 1GB of RAM.
This round is a tie with both smartphones featuring 8GB onboard memory, which can be expanded using a microSD card.
The Canvas Spark and the Redmi 2 have a similar set of cameras — 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera. We will however reserve our judgment on which is the best camera, till we have reviewed the handsets.
There’s not a lot differentiating the batteries on the two smartphones. The Canvas Spark has a 2,000mAh battery, while the Redmi 2 has a 2,200mAh battery underneath.
The Canvas Spark runs on Android Lollipop out-of-the-box. The Redmi 2 runs on Android KitKat-based MIUI 6.
Both the smartphones feature dual-SIM card slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. But the Redmi 2 edges ahead with its support for 4G LTE, while the Canvas Spark only supports 3G.
Both the smartphones are quite closely matched in terms of the specifications and features they boast. On paper the Redmi 2 has an advantage with LTE support, as well as an HD display, while the Canvas Spark supports 3G and features a lower resolution qHD display. More importantly however, Micromax’s smartphone runs on Android Lollipop out-of-the-box, and is priced Rs 2,000 lower than Xiaomi’s smartphone.
A detailed list of specifications follows:
Micromax Canvas Spark
Xiaomi Redmi 2
|Display||4.7-inch qHD||4.7-inch HD|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Corning Gorilla Glass 2|
|Processor||1.3GHz MTK6582 quad-core||Snapdragon 410 quad-core 64-bit|
|Storage||8GB (expandable)||8GB (expandable)|
|Android OS||5.0 Lollipop||KitKat (MIUI 6)|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||Dual-SIM, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Price||Rs 4,999||Rs 6,999|