Difference between Samsung Galaxy S Duos and Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Key difference: Samsung Galaxy S Duos is a dual-SIM phone that was launched in September 2012. The phone comes with a 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with approximately 233 ppi density. The device comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on Android 4.0.4 ICS. The Micromax A116 Canvas HD is the successor to the really popular Micromax A110 Canvas 2 and is better than its predecessor in every way. It features a 5.0 inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It runs on a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 and 1 GB of RAM.

Initially smartphones would come in two categories, the no-nonsense simple phone and the extravagant phone with loads of features and a high price tag. However, now there are many people who expect different things from their phone, including features but a lesser price tag, durability, more battery power, etc. This has enabled smartphone manufacturers to offer an array of different phones for the different types of customers. Samsung announced the Galaxy S Duos as an option aimed for people that require double SIM capability, eliminating the need for carrying two separate phones. The phone was launched in September 2012.

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S Duos bears heavy resemblance to the company’s flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, looking past the basic form of the phone and picking it up; the user can realize the reason for such a small price tag. The phone is a cheaper version of its big brother, with a lesser quality plastic and some downgraded features. However, let’s not label it as of yet, as it does come with some good specs. The 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with approximately 233 ppi density, is pretty decent with good contrast and colors but it is too reflective under sunlight, making it a bit difficult to use outdoors without squinting or trying to cover the screen.

The phone itself is easy to hold and handle, making it sleek and small enough to slip into jeans pockets or a small purse when on the go. The 120 grams of weight also ensures that the phone does put that much pressure on the hands when holding the device for longer periods of time. The top of the device houses only the 3.55 mm jack, while the bottom only has the USB/charging port. The right side of the device holds the power button on the top right hand and the microSD card slot. The left side of the device only holds the volume rocker, a bit hard to reach, if a person is used to having it on the right. On the front, the device has the home button that is surrounded by capacitive more options and a back button.

The device comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on Android 4.0.4 ICS. Again, the UI is a toned down version of the one found on the S3. The device lacks the ripples effect and the water-drop sound and has four customizable shortcut buttons on the bottom of the lockscreen that can directly take you to apps such as missed phone calls when unlocking the device. The device allows users to add/remove apps from the homescreen as well as add/remove panels similar to other versions of Android.

The device is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex-A5, with about 786 MB of RAM. The RAM is a slight upgrade to the 512 MB available on other phones, but it still isn’t that great when trying to run dual-SIM, resulting in some lagging during operation. The dual-SIM capability and standby allows both SIMs to be operational at the same time. The device comes with a 5 MP rear camera for taking photos and recording videos. The rear camera is pretty decent in terms of taking photos. The images have pleasing colors and a good dynamic range, but the photos are a bit grainy. The phone also comes with features such as smile detection, geo-tagging, Share shot, effects and panorama mode. The S Duos also houses a VGA (0.3 MP) front camera that is as okay, nothing much to talk about. The phone can also capture videos in VGA resolution at 30fps.

The S Duos comes with a decent removable LI-Ion 1500 mAh battery, that according to the company provides a talk time of 770 minutes in 2G and 520 minutes in 3G, along with a standby time of 570 hours in 2G and 470 hours in 3G. The phone does not come with the same amount of features as available in Galaxy S3, but with the price tag of this device, it is still something. The main reason for purchasing the phone would still be the dual-SIM capability, while in other countries where dual-SIM options are more common, the phone may not fare as well.

Micromax is one such company that has made it a point to offer high-range features on low- and mid-range phones. These phones are appealing to the eyes and do not require such heavy investment. These phones have become disposable; to be used until something better comes along. Such phones include the Micromax A116. It has been known to give excellent competition to Karbonn phones, Samsung mid-range phones and is even beating out Nokia phones. Samsung Galaxy Grand is a mid-range phone that is launched by Samsung Corporation.

The Micromax A116 Canvas HD is the successor to the really popular Micromax A110 Canvas 2 and is better than its predecessor in every way. It features a 5.0 inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It runs on a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 and 1 GB of RAM, making is faster than its predecessor and most mid-market smartphones at the time. It comes with Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), and has a planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean). Like its predecessor, it is also a Dual-SIM phone and has an internal memory of 4 GB, of which 1.77 GB is available to the user. The phone has an 8 MP primary camera and a 2 MP secondary camera.

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from Samsung website, Micromax website, flipkart.com and GSMArena.com


Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Launch Date

September 2012

February 2013





121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm

144 x 74 x 10.7 mm


4.0-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,


480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

720 x 1280 pixels, (~294 ppi pixel density) 16M colors





120 grams

156 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 900 / 1800 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

HSDPA 2100

4G Network




TouchWiz 4.0 UI

Custom UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Cortex-A5

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7


Adreno 200

PowerVR SGX544


Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon

MTK MT6589


768 MB


SIM Size

miniSIM (Dual-SIM handset)

Dual SIM (Mini-SIM)

Internal Memory

4 GB (1.8 GB available to the user)

4 GB (1.77 GB user available)

Expandable Memory

Up to 32 GB

microSD, up to 32 GB


Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Proximity Sensor

Proximity sensor, Motion sensor, Gravity sensor, Light sensor


GSM; EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1,800/1,900MHz); HSDPA 7.2; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz; Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth

3G , Bluetooth 4.0 , Wi-Fi , USB 2.0, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+, GPS


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB


HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800

HSPA 2100 MHz

HSPA+ (DL-21Mbps, UL-11Mbps) depends upon network


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP


microUSB v2.0

Yes, microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

5 MP CMOS rear camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash

Secondary Camera

VGA CMOS front camera

Yes, 2 MP



Yes, 720p@30fps

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Smile detection
  • Panorama mode
  • Share shot, scenes and effects
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection

Sound Enhancement



Audio supported formats


MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV player

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.263, H.264

MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery

Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 770 minutes

3G: 520 minutes

2G: 5 hours


2G: 570 hours

3G: 470 hours

2G: 174 hours

Available Colors

White, Black, La Fleur

Black, White


SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM


HTML, Adobe Flash Lite



Stereo FM radio with RDS

FM radio


GPS with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support


Java via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Dual SIM
  • Dual SIM stand-by
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • ChatON
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Hookup, M! Zone+, M! Store, Mi Live

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