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Taking on Chinese and local phone makers, Micromax has announced its new big screen budget smartphone. The Canvas 6pro will cost 13,999 and compete with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 ( 11,999).

This is one of the few phones that will be driven by MediaTek’s Helio X10 octa-core processor, which also powers the much more expensive Creo Mark 1 ( 19,999). The processor has been paired with 4GB of RAM, which makes it the first smartphone to offer this kind of RAM at this price point. The only other phone to offer 4GB RAM and cost less than 20,000 is the Asus Zenfone 2 ( 19,300). The Canvas 6pro is a dual SIM device and supports 4G networks. In comparison, the Redmi Note 3 offers only 3GB RAM and runs the very powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor. It also offers more internal storage (32GB as against 16GB in Canvas 6pro). Both phones support microSD cards.

The Canvas 6pro is powered by a 3,000mAh battery, while the Redmi Note 3 has a 4,000mAh battery.

Both the Canvas 6pro and the Redmi Note 3 smartphones run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with their respective custom interfaces. Xiaomi has a more colourful and feature-rich UI but it’s quite resource-intensive and eats up more RAM in the process. Micromax hasn’t got any specific interface and keeps experimenting with new UIs with newer phones. However, with the Canvas 6pro, it has added a personal assistant feature called Around which allows users to book cabs, flight tickets and order food from a single interface within the home screen. Incidentally, we have seen this feature before in the Yu Yutopia mid-range smartphone.

The other key highlight of the Canvas 6pro is the 5.5-inch display which packs in full HD screen resolution of 1920x1080p and comes with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for additional protection against scratches. The Redmi Note 3 has similar screen size and screen resolution, but offers additional features such as Sunlit display (it alters contrast level in each pixel to adjust brightness levels) and night mode (it switches on warmer tone to reduce stress on eyes). We will only be able to comment on the real world usability of this screen after we test the device in detail.

For photo enthusiasts, the Canvas 6pro packs in a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The Redmi Note 3 offers a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.

The Redmi Note 3 offers a finger-print sensor for additional security. The Canvas 6pro doesn’t have it.

Micromax is the second largest phone seller in India after Samsung. As per IDC’s quarterly mobile phone tracker report for Q4 2015, the phone maker commands 14.1% of the smartphone market in the country.

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