Earlier this week, leading smartphone vendor Micromax launched the all new Canvas Silver 5 with decent specs and amazing build quality.This smartphone looks like a perfect pick in the premium smartphone arena, and is extremely slim, light, and compact. The latest beauty from Micromax has attracted a large number of buyers, and can be described as complete masterpiece of exquisite craftsmanship.In terms of performance and pricing, people have been comparing this phone with Samsung’s big boy Galaxy S4. The faceoff between both smartphones are really interesting, but both of the devices win in some way or the other. So, if you’re planning on buying Galaxy S4 or Canvas Silver 5, let’s have a quick comparison to find which one is better!
Design and Build
In terms of design, Canvas Silver 5 looks a whole lot better than Galaxy S4. The newly unveiled smartphone flaunts a beautiful design with metallic rim crafted out of aircraft grade aluminum, while Galaxy S4 packs the old-fashioned design language.We all know the fact that before Galaxy S6, Samsung’s design concept was extremely boring and dull.Even in terms of build quality, Canvas Silver 5gives a better grip with its 5.1mm thickness and 97 grams weight compared to the 7.9mm thickness and 130 grams weight of Galaxy S4.
In the display department, Micromax and Samsung have done a great job with their smartphones. On one hand, Galaxy S4 boasts a full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 5-inches, while on the other, Canvas Silver 5 features with a HD AMOLED display of 4.8-inches. Both smartphones pack a beautiful viewing experience and are protected by Gorilla Glass 3. But, if you’ll get into the details, display of Galaxy S4 will look crisperwith a pixel density of 441ppi compared to the display of Canvas Silver 5. For standard user, viewing experience on both smartphones will be phenomenal.
Along with display, the hardware configuration of both smartphones is also ideal from all aspects. Whether you’re switching between apps or playing a high-end game, both smartphones will perform without any lag or glitch.The Galaxy S4 has been powered by company’s own Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset with 2 gigs of RAM, while Canvas Silver 5 has been powered by a Snapdragon 410 chipset with 2GB RAM.In terms of graphic efficiency, S4 features with a PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU, while Canvas Silver 5 comes with Adreno 306 GPU.Both smartphones pack decent performance, but Samsung’s hardware looks slightly stronger than Micromax. The Exynos chipset packed with Galaxy S4 is old, but it performs faster than the Snapdragon 410 chipset.
In the software department, Canvas Silver 5 and Galaxy S4 are completely identical to each other. The newly launched Canvas Silver 5 runs Android Lollipop out-of-the box, while Samsung’s 2013 flagship runs Android Jellybean out-of-the box, and is upgradable to 5.0 Lollipop. Either way, both smartphones will be offering a taste of Google’s Material Design interface with basic amount of bloatware in the form of pre-installed apps. No matter which one you pick, both of these devices will offer a smooth and lag free UI for best experience.
For photography enthusiasts, camera capabilities of Galaxy S4 are much better than Canvas Silver 5. Compared to the 8-megapixel camera of Canvas Silver, Galaxy S4 boasts a 13-megapixel Camera with LED flash, and packs a rich set of features like, dual Shot, smile detection, and HDR.In the video department, both smartphones go neck and neck by supporting full HD recording at 30 frames per second.But, on the front side, the 5-megapixel snapper of Canvas Silver 5 proves much better than the 2MP shooter of Galaxy S4. Whether, it’s a daylight or lowlight shot, both smartphones will give well exposed and ideally saturated images with vibrant colors.
Galaxy S4 offers sufficient space withits 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants, while Canvas Silver 5 also packs16GB of memory.Users will get enough space on both devices, but when it comes to keeping a rich collection of apps and games, expandability of Galaxy S4 will prove much better. The memory of this device can be expanded by up to 64 gigs via external microSD card, but Canvas Silver 5 does not offers expandability by any means.
On the connectivity front, both smartphones offer standard support with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4, GPRS/EDGE, 3G, and microUSB options.Canvas Silver 5 is the slimmest 4G smartphone, and has an upper hand overGalaxy S4 packing NFC and infrared support rather than LTE connectivity.Both of these devices are also equipped with 3.5mm jack for plugging headphones and earphones comfortably.
Power capabilities of Galaxy S4 and Canvas Silver 5 are extremely good and reliable. The power-packed beast from Samsung is backed by a long-lasting battery of 2600mAh, while the latest beauty from Micromax comes with a decent battery of 2000mAh. Both of these devices will hold sufficient amount of charge for an entire day. But on 3G network, Galaxy S4 promises to offer 17-18 hours of talk time compared to 9-10 hours of Canvas Silver 5. Therefore, battery performance of Galaxy S4 is definitely better than Canvas Silver 5.
Samsung Galaxy S4 was launched at a higher price, but recently, the price of 16 gig variant of this phone has been reduced to 16k. Currently, this feature-rich deviceis rolling via offline as well as online retail stores.Micromax Canvas Silver 5, on the other hand has been recently launched at a price tag of Rs. 17,999. This phone looks slightly expensive, but its premium design language definitely holds a part in increasing its value.
Micromax Canvas Silver 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 both offer a good deal for Indian buyers. The former offers a premium design language, while the latter packs an improved set of specs for top-notch performance. Therefore, if you’re shopping for a sleek, slim, and good looking phone, go with Canvas Silver 5, else take your pick with Galaxy S4 for power-packed performance.