Micromax has grown tenfold in terms of sales over the last year. While that is an incredible amount of growth, it still isn’t the number one manufacturer in the country. That honor goes to Samsung. Since overtaking Nokia as the largest handset manufacturer last year, it has been on a high in terms of sales as well as market share. However, there a few chinks in its armor, as it has failed to take a major stake in the budget to midrange segment. The Galaxy Grand was meant to achieve this, but it was let down due to the low internal hardware.
In a bid to beef up its offerings in this category, Samsung launched the Galaxy Grand Quattro. In other countries, it is being sold under the moniker Galaxy Win. But in India, Samsung wanted to use the Quattro name to focus on the fact that this device has a quad-core processor in it. Let’s see how it fares against a heavyweight in this category, the Canvas HD, and see if the flaws that were there in the Galaxy Grand have been fixed.
Design and Screen
The Canvas HD is still considered to be one of the best devices in this category. With a 720p 5-inch screen, it delivers. With a pixel density of 294 ppi, Micromax has made sure that the Canvas HD will be the benchmark against which other mobiles will be judged. Although the design is a little utilitarian, it does not hinder the usability of the device in any way.
The Galaxy Grand Quattro also suffers from the same disadvantage that was faced by the Galaxy Grand. Although it has a smaller screen at 4.7 inches, the 800 x 480 resolution isn’t ideal for a device in this segment, considering 720p screens have become the norm. In terms of design, the Korean manufacturer has stuck to known territory with the Grand Quattro. It’s clear that the mobile is a Samsung. There are individuals that like the design and others who cannot abide by it, so we’ll leave the decision to you.
Internal Hardware & Real-World Usage
Canvas HD was one of the first devices to feature the MediaTek MT6589, which comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor and a PowerVR SGX544 for the visuals. The MT6589 SoC is a workhorse, and just delivers without any issues. Other internal hardware is also good, with a 1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, an 8 MP camera that comes with LED flash and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Micromax has struck the right balance with the internal hardware. The mobile doesn’t stutter when under heavy load, and Micromax’s UI also assists in this effort. It’s very light on system resources and doesn’t suffer from undue bloatware. Also, Micromax has been great in rolling out new versions of Android, and has confirmed that the Canvas HD will get 4.2 Jelly Bean soon.
On the other hand, Samsung, for once, has managed to include decent hardware in a device that isn’t of the Galaxy S series. The handset features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 that comes with a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5 with Adreno 203. Weirdly, it has been shown that the A5 core is actually better than the A7. Also, Qualcomm manages to tweak the ARM instruction a little better than other vendors, so the Grand Quattro should be able to function at the same level, if not higher, than the Canvas HD. 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM come as standard, and the 5 MP camera is a let-down in an otherwise strong handset. You get TouchWiz on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and while some are not fans of the bloatware that comes with it, the UI does have a lot of useful tweaks that come in handy for novice Android users.
Imaging and connectivity
As mentioned earlier, the Canvas HD comes with an 8 MP camera while the Quattro boasts a 5 MP variant. There isn’t much to differentiate both mobiles by that much, although images and videos taken on the Canvas HD do turn out a little better. On the other hand, Samsung’s camera UI is one of the best there is, and offers a ton of features.
Connectivity-wise, both mobiles offer the same features. 3G, dual-band Wi-Fi, USB OTG, Bluetooth 4.0 are the standard fare. Both devices also have a 2,000 mAh battery, so there isn’t much to differentiate there also.
Overall, both devices are great in terms of the features that are on offer. The Micromax Canvas HD is a great choice at Rs. 12,790, but the Grand Quattro is not far behind with it being on offer for Rs. 15,000. Micromax’s offering is better when it comes to the screen, but in all other areas both devices are evenly matched.