Samsung Galaxy Grand vs Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Samsung_GALAXY_Grand_VS_Micromax_A116In the last 24 hours, we have seen two Android phablet launches in the country. First one was Micromax’s A116 Canvas HD, a successor to A110 Canvas 2, while the other was Samsung’s Galaxy Grand, first mid-range Android phablet from the Korean manufacturer.

Although Micromax has not revealed the exact official pricing of A116 Canvas HD (apart from the fact it is going to be sub-INR 15K), the street price difference is going to be over INR 5,000 between the two smartphones.

We thought it was a nice opportunity to compare both the smartphones and see where they stand. There are obvious branding advantages with Samsung, but then Micromax is giving a better feature set. Here is a look at specs comparison.

As you can see, Micromax is clearly a winner in the specs department and it is providing all these specifications at a much lower price. Even if you value Samsung brand very much, there are obvious issues with Galaxy Grand, like a sub-par display resolution (if not HD, even qHD would have been better than WVGA). However, on the software customisations front, Samsung is a winner. Company has included a lot nice software tweaks from Galaxy S III and Note II in its Galaxy Grand, like multi-window, Direct Call and Smart Stay. Even the new content offerings bouquet “My Services” is also a positive, but you can always get alternatives from Google Play.

So, you will have to decide, what the most important variables are for you at the time of your next phablet purchase.

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54 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy Grand vs Micromax A116 Canvas HD


    (March 17, 2013 - 3:28 pm)

    Pls tell me HDMI status in this mmx hd phone?


    (March 17, 2013 - 3:22 pm)

    I m waiting for this one,but i have dbt” mmx suporting HDMI? did u knw that?


    (March 7, 2013 - 10:43 pm)

    agreed 100%


    (February 21, 2013 - 9:15 pm)

    Samsung rocks micromax suck go for samsung its d best rather than wasting money.


    (February 21, 2013 - 2:07 pm)

    and here are the benchmark test results for the two phones..


      (May 6, 2013 - 8:08 pm)

      Samsung rocks micromax suck go for Athena its new arrival Mobil 5″ 3D screen without glasses less in price made from Korea


    (February 20, 2013 - 11:58 pm)



    (February 19, 2013 - 4:41 am)

    Aapki Tu-Tu– Main-Main Bahot achhi lagi jisne hum ko detail knowlede diya.
    So, many of us will opt for MMX.But,one question- Does Indian MMX has collaboration with any Chinese company?


    (February 18, 2013 - 5:26 pm)

    hey frnds aftr reading all coments its right that if we get gud specifications with any phone without considering brand we shud go 4 it but if u use a mmx mobile 4 in most cases aftr 4-5 months some or the othr problm will come like scerrn not functning, speaker problm etc… but if they have corrected those then its mmx 116 to buy if not then buy mmx 116 if u have to use it for just 6 months or so. decide urself


    (February 17, 2013 - 10:47 am)



    (February 17, 2013 - 10:24 am)

    here is comparison- benchmarks
    AnTuTu benchmark- this is overall benchmark of a cell phone
    htc one X+ =16035
    MMX116 = 4886
    S 3 = 6633
    HTC ONE X+ = 5948
    NENAMARK 2—-
    MMX116 =40.8
    S3 =58.7
    HTC ONE X+ =57
    MMX116 =3596
    S3 =5596
    HTC ONE X+ =7356

    NOW,There is not much difference between the benchmarks of S3 vs MMX116 CANVAS HD except AnTuTu benchmark. and remember, price of mmx116 is less than half of the s3,s price.
    2-3 years ago no one noticed samsung, people preferred to buy nokia, but today it is vice-versa. And it is the effect of MICROMAX that forced samsung to slash there prices.

    Vijay gopal

    (February 16, 2013 - 7:28 pm)

    coming soon….!!! Samsung grand 2

    Vijay gopal

    (February 16, 2013 - 7:28 pm)

    coming soon….!!! Samsung grand 2


    (February 11, 2013 - 1:02 pm)

    plzzz yaar tum logo ki baat se mai confuse hogaya hu….help me yaar..pehle mai canvas 2 lene wala tha..phr suna canvas 3 ane wala hai wo bhi better features mai…mere friend kehte hai tu jab zyada paise deraha hai to brand ka mobile lee….but mujhe to har feature canvas 3 main milraha hai jo samsung grand duos main hai even 2 ya 3 feature mmx ka acha hai…magar frnds mana kar rahe hai…kya karu batao


      (February 15, 2013 - 3:09 am)

      Grand duo? 20k – 22k hai, ab s3 25k ka ho gaya hai. To s3 hi kyun nahi le leta?


      (February 17, 2013 - 1:18 pm)

      If you are a hardcore user of smartphones (playing games and other heavy apps) go for micromax because it has HD screen with 294ppi which is very crisp, a quad core cpu and a quad core gpu. If you are buying the phone for your freinds then you may do whatever they say….


      (February 19, 2013 - 2:38 am)

      rehne do bhai grand le ke koi fayda nhi hai mein le ke pachtaa raha hun

    sathish sandhanam

    (February 9, 2013 - 9:05 am)

    Hey adithya… pls Will u stop ur stupid commends have u using mmx latest devices? First see mmx new devices how is better than samsung and any other brands how u ill said do not compare mmx with ur samsung tell me do u know success story of samsung they are theft apple software thats why they still in market see they will be lost their place in world within one or two years so ur commands is waste of time mmx will rock in the mobile market soon… Then for ur samsung,,,,,???????? Be bee beeee beeeeee….


    (February 1, 2013 - 4:54 pm)



      (February 17, 2013 - 1:22 pm)

      You won’t get every feature in this price range. You should buy galaxy grand for better camera (although difference will be nominal). For a good screen, cpu, gpu (better cpu and gpu means better speed and gaming experience) go for micromax.


    (February 1, 2013 - 2:08 pm)

    Its gud that ppl have started comparing indian brand with imported stuff


    (January 26, 2013 - 10:05 am)

    since mmx is indian company it’s now better after sales …why people commenting about phone,they’ve never use..?mmx is 3rd company in india ,,,& 12 in the world & it leads tablet market in india the people who buy galaxy grand will regret thats for sure..after hands on canvas HD.


    (January 25, 2013 - 10:58 am)

    before shoutin about custom roms and kernels, please keep in mind that they are developed by the community, dont rant as if they are done by you!!

    with all due respect, MMX has everything from roots, kernels, custom ROMS available..
    just wait for a few more days and our very own XDA desi developer “blackJack” is gonna release a windows custom port (tinkered and tweaked to optimally throttle mediatek chipsets) to run on MMX-a110!!

    cheers mate!!


    (January 25, 2013 - 9:06 am)

    why people ignoring good thigs

    why samsung only if micromax providing such good machine

    why people looking for samsung


    (January 24, 2013 - 12:02 pm)

    Samsung Vs Micromax ????????????
    Good joke….

    It’s looks like comparing Ferrari with Tata Nano. Both are cars which has engine, and four wheels. Is both same???????

    Come on.. Micromax jokers..

      ASh H

      (January 24, 2013 - 1:20 pm)

      Hey .. Ragav !

      You Need to Upgrade ur knowledge for comparing the specifications.. if you term Samsung = Ferrari … then Micromax is LAMBORGINI in making… and FERRARI is no compare to LAMBORGINI …. ( Ferrari is a PAST and Lamborgini is the Future !) Please read the Ferrari & Lamborgini History.. you will see the MISTAKE Ferrari made by declining the Offer from the makers of Lamborgini.. and now Ferrari is talen over by LAMBORGINI…!

      Micromax A116 Canvas HD is = Lamborgini – Avenador ( Ferarri Stand no where infront of it)


        (January 24, 2013 - 1:54 pm)

        Breaking news—-president of Lamborghini commuted suicide after reading the news that some one compared prestigious Lamborghini with so called micromax….

        i can’t control my laugh…..ha ha ha ha……


        (January 24, 2013 - 5:43 pm)

        Ash H ! ,

        Come on man…This is not the place for joking.. Lamborgini == Micromax…
        ha ha ha ha….


        (March 6, 2013 - 9:41 am)

        are paid employee of micromax.


      (January 24, 2013 - 4:47 pm)

      in your eg tata nano should then be having a superb engine.
      ha ha ha ha ha ha……………………………………..

      Bad Boy

      (January 25, 2013 - 4:42 am)

      pagal hai kya. babr ke jaamane mai mat ji


      (February 9, 2013 - 1:08 am)

      Now samsung is gone….now micromax canvas become very popular n famous… Better den galaxy note…. We dont like sam,…. We like indian micromax….


      (February 14, 2013 - 4:41 pm)

      hey dude konse jamaane me g rhe ho yr spec dekho dono ka


      (February 15, 2013 - 9:09 am)

      just keep grand and canvas hd side by side. grand sucks.


    (January 24, 2013 - 10:06 am)

    Guys micromax has latest jl os den y u need update… I think in india price matters… Cause all high class pepole go for apple black berry…. 2 maintain der class..


    (January 24, 2013 - 1:13 am)

    Well samsung does have much better brand name than micromax bt u cant beat value for money with the soo called brand name.Just looks at the specs and decide for yourself Galaxy Grand :wvga screen,1.2 ghz dual-core processor VS Canvas 3:hd screen,1.2 ghz quadcore ,,,rest of the specs are same on both devices: 4.1 JB, 1 gig ram.Galaxy Grand wont even come anywhere close to Canvas 3 in terms of gaming,watching hd videos and internet browsing. Micromax has earned quite some goodwill in the Indian market and has considerably improved its product quality and after sales.I am not a fan of micromax neither do i own a canvas phone bt what it offers at such a low price cant be ignored ,its worth some compliments.


    (January 24, 2013 - 12:27 am)

    i agree with you sachin.
    If you can compare samsung with the most trusted brand nokia then why not we compare micromax with samsung.
    I think it is better to buy mmx of below 15k than samsung’s 30k phones ,provide same same features at some extend.


    (January 23, 2013 - 10:19 pm)

    frnd i wnt 2 purchase smartphone so tell me which 1 is beter micromax/samsung


    (January 23, 2013 - 10:11 pm)

    frnd i want to purchase smartphone so tell me who is better samsung/micromax

    shaik azeem

    (January 23, 2013 - 6:03 am)

    very very very good micromax

    Debarshi Majumdar

    (January 23, 2013 - 2:35 am)

    No matter how much people like to crush Micromax the mobiles which they produce and the price at which they offer those mobiles are simply undebatable….Canvas 2, A90S and now Canvas HD….If Samsung, HTC or anyone else produces such mobiles with similar specs, those mobiles are charged minimum 5000-6000 more and still many Samsung phones or Nokia phones turn out to be defective. So then why should not people pay less and buy Micromax….Its not Micromax mobiles are simply bricks…I have used them and they are quiet awsome if you frankly ask me….And its right to compare Samsung with Micromax as Samsung has been making smartphones since ages…What is important to see is that the rate at which Micromax is eating Samsung’s market share in recent years….That tells a lot about performance of Micromax mobiles


    (January 23, 2013 - 12:52 am)

    Guys before Samsung we trust only on NOKIA, it means that technology is a technology it dosent matter who will give you, but it matters that at same prize what we will get. approx to 3-5 year ago we dont want to purchase Samsung devices we were interested in Nokia only.
    because of features, services and hopefully Symbian.
    Now the condition is same a Indian company wants to provide a cell phone which is best by itself, but you are comparing it with those foreign companies, who just launch these kind of cell phones to compete with Indian brands. these foreign companies have fully set up of new hardware and software so they just take a risk to launch this GRAND where as Micromax provide its new and latest Hardware and customize software, other wise take it practically who wants to buy Galaxy Grand if you have a chance to buy a phone which have much better benchmark. it means that you can experience a 20-30k price phones of LG, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony, etc. in much lesser prize.
    I think the comparison of this phone might be with Google Nexus 4.
    just wait and watch you will see the Micromax services and the quality.


    (January 22, 2013 - 10:03 pm)

    Micromax will rock the market with this quad core machine.In long run only hardware matters.Dont be despirate for android updates.Any android apllication or game is compatible to all phones having android 2.1+.But if you want update anyway,root your phone and install custom rom from XDA forums.***RESPECT MMX***


      (January 22, 2013 - 10:29 pm)

      I don’t think there is any custom roms awailable for micromax.
      And I wonder why people compare samsung with micromax.

    Abhishek Gupta

    (January 22, 2013 - 7:29 pm)

    I have used Samsung Galaxy Ace (1.5 years old) and currently using Canvas 2(2 months old)

    so below assumptions are on the basis of my own experience about my both phones

    1. SAR value (Samsung is having lower which is win for samsung) , now a days people are paying very much attention to SAR value of phone which is a good sign for health conscious people.
    2. If Device slips from our hand and fallout on floor survival chances of samsung is far more(but Nokia is most robust).
    3. Accessories choice is much better and much qualitative in case of samsung.
    4. Post purchase experience that is customer care is far far better of samsung.
    5. Camera quality of samsung phones are too better (but nokia smartphones are much better)

    5. In case of value for money MMX is amazingly best.
    6. If you want just taste of all features with out going in deep for quality, MMX may be good option.
    7. Even after 8 Mega pixel of my Canvas 2 , my 5 Mega pixel of Galaxy Ace camera is much capable in capturing quality pics 🙂
    8. For some brand freaks guys they always prefer Samsung , but for me if a product is having good value for money then it is good for me.

    After using both phone now i am planning to have my next phone as Nokia Windows Phone which are currently avaialble in three budget segments

    lumia 620 for under 15k
    lumia 820 under 26 K
    lumia 920 under 38 k


      (January 25, 2013 - 1:57 pm)

      Hi Friend,

      Before going to windows just think about the windows Eco System.. No apps available in the Windows… All the best…

    Haresh Gulvani

    (January 22, 2013 - 4:11 pm)

    I think we should give a try to Micromax coz now samsung is launching mobiles almost everyday but they are really failed to deliver timely firmware updates and quality of hardware.
    e.x. Samsung Galaxy S2. worth 24K and still not get Jelly Bean as it is more than 1 year old OS and they just wanted to sale their new devices with latest update but dont want to give update on old flagship model.
    they are able to release new model with same configuration and JB OS than why the hell they are not able to give update on time.
    They just wanted to sell devices that’s all. so this time will not buy any samsung devices but will try Micromax (under 15K) no matter its quad core will not fast as others but it may run as fast as dual core devices.
    so i’ll try micromax this time rather than samsung crap.
    I Hope people should give a thumbs down to this samsung crap.


      (January 22, 2013 - 5:30 pm)

      vry true Haresh, i agree with your comments.
      they just want to sell product,
      but brands also main thing, Micromax after sell service are not as good as Samsung, Product and material Quality not good as i see Canvas II.
      this are marketing strategy to sold thr products.


      (January 22, 2013 - 5:58 pm)

      Relax.. will you…
      You criticize Samsung for providing LATE updates..
      But have you ever heard Micromax providing updates.?

      SII was launched on Gingerbread.. It was later upgraded to ICS and now will be upgraded to Jelly Beans..
      (Supported for 2 cycles)
      You think Micromax is capable of providing that kind of support..?
      and If you are such a support crazy freak.. Why not opt for Nexus lineup then..

      Try Custom ROMS if you lack patience..


        (January 22, 2013 - 10:40 pm)

        Exactly what I wanted to tell. Samsung is the most trusted brand in the world, and people compare it with micromax. Pathetic.


          (January 23, 2013 - 1:04 am)

          when you were start comparing samsung with nokia was also pathetic. no one is perfect even you also, without using this device you dont have any idea about what you typed.


            (January 23, 2013 - 1:50 pm)

            i own a Samsung galaxy S2 since 1.5 years and i m proud to own that. and i rooted it with siyah kernel. now i m enjoying dual boot options and lots of other custom roms are there to flash.
            and a simple question to you, can u do this on your crappy micromax????
            your answer must be no….i m damn sure….there is no root available for micromax and also custom roms……pathetic


        (January 23, 2013 - 12:58 am)

        Dude the MMX have latest or just below latest OS for those devises which supports it, then why they want to provide updates.
        correct your question.!


      (January 22, 2013 - 6:32 pm)

      agreed 100%

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