Honor 4C vs Micromax Canvas Nitro A311: affordable, yet powerful smartphones compared

“The Honor 4C foresees the future with its 64-bit compatibility and numerous software enhancements”

It’s certainly the age of giants when it comes to smartphones considering that most of the options these days fall in the phablet segment. If you’re looking for a compact device, then your options are pretty limited… with the Honor 4C and Micromax Canvas Nitro A311 being the top choices priced below Rs 10,000, as per our roundup of top five compact devices in the affordable segment.

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But if you’re confused between the two, then we’ll try to make it easier for you with this spec-by-spec comparison between them. Read on to find out which is the best option.

Both the Honor 4C and Micromax Canvas Nitro are built around 5-inch displays. That’s the borderline between phones and phablets, and is a good size for handling and pocketability of the device. Most people will be able to use both devices with one hand easily too.


In terms of build quality, the devices are built using plastic, but they feel solid. The Honor 4C is slightly heavier than the Canvas Nitro (162g vs 154g), but it’s thinner at 8.8mm in comparison to the 8.9mm thick Nitro. The handsets differ with respect to their back panels. While the Honor 4C features a textured pattern at the back, the Micromax Canvas Nitro sports a leatherette finish. The Honor 4C is available in white, black or gold options, while the Canvas Nitro can be purchased in blue or white hues.

The 5-inch IPS displays on the smartphones are 720p affairs. With a pixel density of 294ppi, both the handsets offer sharp text and nice colours. While the Canvas Nitro’s display panel is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass, the Honor 4C is devoid of any such protective layer.

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When it comes to their internals, both the smartphones come powered by octa-core processors. However, the Honor 4C is equipped by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 620 chipset with 64-bit architecture, which offers eight cores running at 1.2GHz. In contrast, the Micromax Canvas Nitro relies on MediaTek MT6592 processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The processors are ably complemented by 2GB RAM to offer smooth performance. Though the Nitro seem to be winning this fight because of its clock speed, it’s actually the Honor 4C that gains an edge because of its future-proof 64-bit capabilities.

In the storage department, the Honor 4C comes with 8GB flash memory, while the Micromax Canvas Nitro offers twice the amount at 16GB. But don’t you worry, as both phones allow storage expansion up to 64GB, with the use of microSD cards.

The camera capabilities on both the phones are quite similar, as both of them sport 13-megapixel sensors at the back. The cameras are supplemented by LED flash strobes that help illuminate the subjects if you’re shooting in low-light conditions. At the front, they offer 5MP snappers for making video calls or capturing selfies.

While both the handsets should offer good image quality, the options on offer in the camera app also add to the experience, and that’s where Honor 4C impresses. Unlike the stock camera app on the Canvas Nitro, the Honor 4C offers users the option to shoot photo or video or enable a beauty mode. There are also numerous modes such Audio Note, Best Photo, Watermark, etc. along with the usual Panorama and HDR options. The phone also allows you to shoot quickly even when it’s locked by pressing the volume down button twice.

Both the phones ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, but they’re quite different when it comes to their interfaces. The Micromax Canvas Nitro offers almost a stock interface with a few preinstalled apps and some nifty features. There’s Smart Alerts, which lights up a coloured band on the screen to highlight missed notifications. With QuickLook, you can get a stream of news and social updates around you in a dedicated homescreen.

The Honor 4C on the other hand, features the brand’s custom skin dubbed Emotion UI, which is in version 3.0. It completely changes the Android UI, and we mean that in a good way. All your apps are present on the homescreen itself, allowing you to access them quickly. You can also change the look and feel of the interface in a click with the themes app.


The Canvas Nitro sips juice from a 2,500mAh battery, while the Honor 4C is fuelled by slightly bigger 2,550mAh unit. Additionally, the Honor 4C offers a number of battery-saving features such as Ultra and Smart. You can also resort to the Ultra saving mode to extend the battery life in emergency situations.

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As can be seen from above, both the Honor 4C and Micromax Canvas Nitro A311 are neck-to-neck competitors in most aspects. The Canvas Nitro features a slight premium feel and sufficient amount of storage, but looking at the bigger picture, the Honor 4C foresees the future with its 64-bit compatibility and numerous software enhancements that help it trump its rival.

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