In April this year, the Micromax Canvas Spark was revealed amidst much hype and expectations and thousands of units of this device were sold flash sales, since May. This phone is available yet again, through flash sales and this time it will have to compete with devices like the Motorola Moto E 2nd Generation and the Xiaomi Redmi 2, for the Indian Market.
The Canvas Spark comes with many attractive features and is aggressively priced. The other two devices are also available and they are priced a little higher than the Canvas Spark. Each of these devices is good at what they do and it might be difficult to take a single phone from the lot. As a result, you need to compare their specifications and pit them against each other and ultimately derive the final outcome.
In terms of display, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 easily defeats its rivals with a better presence of resolution. With a 4.7inch IPS LCD screen and a capacitive touchscreen, it has 720p display resolution with 312ppi pixel density; compared to the Moto E (2nd Gen) which has a 4.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi pixel density).
On the other hand, the Micromax Canvas Spark has a 4.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with 540 x 960 pixels and 234 ppi pixel density. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and so does the new Moto E. The Micromax Canvas Spark has a Mediatek MT6582M processor.
The Micromax Canvas Spark and the Moto E 2nd generation run on Android 5.0 Lollipop while the Redmi 2 runs on Android KitKat v4.4.4. The Moto E has the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop upgrade available, which allows it to triumph over its rivals. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has 2 different variants available with 1 GB RAM for 8 GB internal memory variant and 2 GB RAM for 16 GB model (expandable up to 32 GB).
Compared to that, the Moto E and the Canvas Spark have 8 GB internal storage capacity which can be expanded up to 32GB and both have 1 GB of RAM. In the camera department however, the Moto E is the winner with its 8megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front cameras compared to the same primary camera but 2megapixel front shooters in the Xiaomi Redmi 2 and the Micromax Canvas Spark.
All of these are budget smartphones, but comparing its various specifications, hardware and OS, it is clear that Moto E is the sole winner, not only for its better camera and batter performance but also overall performance and build quality.
In the meantime, the world of mobile phones is breaking up into small local markets and Foxconn, a Taiwanese manufacturer and Chinese flagship-killer Xiaomi are interested in finding a path into the lucrative Indian Market.
With high population and low average income, most Indian citizens prefer buying budget handsets and these results in a lot of purchases! India has already emerged as world’s third largest smartphone market and Xiaomi is entering the fray with other local competitors like Intex, Micromax, Spice and Karbonn but there will be a problem involved in making distribution. Earlier, Nokia was a dominant force in the Indian market and the word phone was often equivalent to Nokia.
However, after its absence, several local companies starting filling the gap and each of them have become successful in their own ways. India’s current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi wanted to build India as a manufacturing nation with a Made in India moniker on most products and this seems to be a successful move for the country.
A South Indian factory will start making Xiaomi phones which starts with the Redmi 2 Prime. Due to local resources, inventory will be better managed and lead time will be reduced as well.