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Indian firm Micromax offers affordable phablet for $180 U.S. dollar equivalent off contract

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Indian firm Micromax offers affordable phablet for $180 U.S. dollar equivalent off contract
If you're looking for an affordable phablet, Indian smartphone manufacturer Micromax has built a device with a 5 inch screen for 9,999 Rupees, or approximately $180 USD, off-contract. Of course, getting such a bargain means that Micromax had to cut some corners. The Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 offers a 5 inch screen although the resolution of 480 x 854 is not going to result in the best pixel density. Under the hood is a dual-core 1GHz Mediatek 6577 processor while the phablet has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of native storage. Besides the dual-SIM card support, the Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 is equipped with a 2,000mAh battery, back and front facing cameras of 5MP and .3MP respectively, and has Android 4.0 installed out of the box.

The Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 phablet at left, Micromax Superfone Pixel A90 at right

The Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 phablet at left, Micromax Superfone Pixel A90 at right

If a 5 inch screen is too big for you, Micromax is offering the Micromax Superfone Pixel A90. This smartphone comes equipped with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED touchscreenwith WVGA resolution. On the device you will find the same dual-core 1GHz Mediatek 6577 processor as found on the phablet along with the same 512MB Of RAM, microSD slot and dual-SIM support. The A90 has a 1600mAh battery, an 8MP camera on back with flash, and a .3MP front facing shooter for self-portraits and video chat. The Siri-esque A.I.S.H.A comes pre-installed. The initials stand for Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant.The price for all of this? 12,990 Rupees or about $235 USD off-contract.

It seems a little strange for the smartphone to be priced higher than the phablet, but both devices still offer reasonably priced alternatives to the models manufactured by the big names.

source: Micromax via AndroidAuthority

Micromax offers a pair of low priced alternatives to the big names
Micromax offers a pair of low priced alternatives to the big names

Micromax offers a pair of low priced alternatives to the big names


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posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:25 7

1. phonton (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


$235 ... hmmm very tempting

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:30 1

2. Omniken66 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


These phones are all over China for the same price and have even more features than this phone has....India is slow on the draw! checkout cheapandroid.com they have exact clones of SGSIII and other popular smartphones from $180-$200 with 3G 8mp camera and running real Jelly bean 4.1

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:47 5

3. phonton (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


most of the Chinese makes dont offer warranty but the above ones have .. so may be thats why u see the downside in hardware for the similar prices.. just an opinion..

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 14:38 1

15. saiki4116 (Posts: 336; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


I am from India..I know what Micromax and Karbonn do...Their products are just rebranded chinese products and the service will be a hit or miss...Karbonn have a decent build quality atleast....

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:49 11

4. vivek_ananda (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


don't compare it with terrible china phones. Micromax has a good brand recognition and good after sales service. Its fair to compare it with zte. Its has powervr sgx531 gpu and It's benchmark results too are impressive and on par with novathor chipset running phones.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:58

12. Hafiz (Posts: 78; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Exactly!!

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 22:52

17. flamencoguy (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


that is total BS. I have bought 3 phones from 3 different companies from China.. They were for gifts.
They all work great. Great specs. MTK 6577 cpu, GPS, BT, wifi, same cameras as described here, free shipping Android 4, FM radio, TV tuner dual SIM, 512MB RAM, 4GM ROM, great screen. What else?
They have dozens of companies making phones so it is very competitive.
Any size and any budget Easily "rooted"

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:00 10

5. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


indian firm karbonn is making a powerful android JB smartphone for $199 without any contract along with all the accessories and one year warranty.........indian android phones are very affordable and they also come with a one year warranty, unlike the chinese phones.....these indian phones are cheap and reliable and have great build quality

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:07 7

6. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


We are going to find out just how big the "Phablet" market is. Samsung hit a homerun with the Note, and now HTC is coming out with one, this Micromax is, and by 2013 I expect several other manufacturers will. Wonder if there is enough interest to support more than a couple, or if maybe 5" phones are the next big thing. (Pun, of course, completely intended).

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:12 1

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Best to buy some other phones than this....this phones offers 8 mp camera which not equal to others 5 mp......

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:12

8. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Best to buy some other phones than this....this phones offers 8 mp camera which not equal to others 5 mp......

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:38 3

10. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


micromax and other indian phones have good cameras....
there isn't any other phone brand that offers reliability, great build quality and a warranty for such a low price....and micromax has a good brand recognition
this is what most people want to see, this is what google wanted to see when they decided to open source android os

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:14 1

9. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Best to buy some other phones than this....this phones offers 8 mp camera which not equal to others 5 mp......

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:57 1

11. i_am_aman (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


It just looks good on paper... A90's SuperAmoled is 262k and A100's processor is single core not dual-core. And bluetooth offered is v2.1
Micromax never clarify proper specs. It has 1600mAh battery yet talktime is just 5hrs told by company.
Something big(fraud) is going under its body.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:03 1

13. Hafiz (Posts: 78; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


it is dualcore!

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:11 2

14. i_am_aman (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


A100 is single core. Actually it has created a mess. Some are claiming its dual core and some are claiming its single core.
Once I had my hands-on with this device then I can confirm till then check below link. It says A100 is single core:
http://www.gogi.in/micromax-a100-review.html

You can check hands-on video by iGyaan.com too. It too says its single core:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUytCZEPYOU

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 06:47

19. Hafiz (Posts: 78; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


o orry dude..didn't know that :)

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 15:17

16. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


A100 has Snapdragon S1 MSM7627A processor (single core) and Adreno 200 GPU.

Remember you heard it from me first!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 02:08 2

18. i_am_aman (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Update: Micromax A90 is also Single core clocked at 1Ghz and screen res. is also 728*480 not 800*480,,,,, this all showed up on quadrent benchmark test done by igyaan.com

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 07:23

20. vanessaelizebeth (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


This is an awesome phone. Loving it!

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