The flagship competition among Indian phone manufacturers is heating up quickly with release of some new amazing phones in the market at a very low cost. This is one amazing thing about local manufacturers. They provide some good phones with great specs at very competitive prices. Also these phones are actually comparable to the higher end phones of international manufacturers but cost almost half the price. So we have today pitched the two local flagships, the Micromax Canvas Turbo and the Karbonn Titanium S9.
Design and Looks:
By both design and feel, the phones are made of a polycarbonate body and are quite sturdy to hold in the hand. They have the candybar form factor with rounded edges. Looks wise both the phones are pretty good and look quite chic. The S9 has a physical home button, which is the only difference between the phones except for the size. So overall, both the phones are quite sturdy and good for the price.
The Karbonn Titanium S9 is a Phablet with a big 5.5” IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720×1280 at 267 ppi which is an upgrade from the previous qHD display on its previous device. Though it is a bit disappointing as we were expecting a Full HD display on this device. But nevertheless, for the price, it is a pretty good deal. On the other hand the Canvas Turbo has a 5” IPS LCD Full HD display at 1920×1080 at 441 ppi. Micromax is a bit late with this as we were expecting this on the Canvas 4, but well, better late than never.
On the performance end, both the devices are packing a quad core processor under the hood. So you can be sure that you will never have any performance issues on the phone. The difference being that the S9 is packing a 1.2 GHz quad core processor while the Canvas Turbo is packing a 1.5 GHz quad core MTK MT6589T processor which allows for better processing and also the support for 1080p resolution displays.
Both devices are running Android 4.2 JellyBean out of the box. So both are exactly evenly matched on this front. But the main feature here that takes the Turbo ahead of the S9 is the presence of custom Micromax apps that come preinstalled into the device adding to the functionality of the device with a custom Micromax feel to it.
Storage capacity and Main memory:
This is where Micromax both impresses and yet disappoints at the same time. For starters it has 2 GB of RAM as compared to 1 GB of RAM in the Karbonn Titanium S9. Though both the devices contain 16 GB of internal storage, the Turbo does not have an expandable memory slot which is a huge let down. On the other hand the S9 has an expandable slot upto 32 GB which is great.
Both the manufacturers do not have that great a reputation of having great shooters on their devices but they are fine for shooting some fine snaps and videos. Both the devices have a 13 MP camera on board, but of course you cannot quite compare then with the like of Samsung and Nokia. But they still do a pretty good job in capturing good stills and HD videos. The Canvas Turbo is capable of 1080p videos whereas the S9 is capable of 720p videos. Now that is great for a phone with this price tag. Add to that a 5 MP front camera and you have a sweet deal on your hands.
Features wise there is not much to tell and compare actually. Both the devices run on the Vanilla version of Android so both are capable of downloading the required apps. Micromax here has some features to mention which were present even on the Canvas 4. Features like app in app, gesture control, and blow to unlock are some amazing features that were present on the Canvas 4 which have been carried to this device as well and we really wish they are here to stay.
Both devices are packing some power sources inside them, but the S9 which is a bigger device needing a bigger battery has one. The S9 has a 2600 mAh battery while the Canvas Turbo has a 2000 mAh battery. Micromax did disappoint again here as we were expecting a bigger battery this time around. Also now with the bigger 1080p display, the requirement of a bigger battery is more than ever. But guess we are unable to control that part. But overall in terms of battery performance, both the devices are pretty evenly matched with the S9 having a small lead with a bigger battery.
We pitched two Indian flagships, the Micromax Canvas Turbo and the Karbonn Titanium S9 and we compared them all the aspects and found that the Canvas Turbo is a better device in terms of performance, display and features, but if you want a device with a huge screen, more memory and a bigger battery, then the S9 is the answer for you. You can always comment down below what you feel about the phones and let us know your views.