Xiaomi Redmi 1S Vs. Micromax Canvas A1

At the time when Xiaomi is making waves in Indian mobile market, Android One smartphones announced at Google I/O are also setting the tone for themselves. The first entry from Android One camp is MicromaxCanvas A1, which was revealed at the I/O event. It’s a great smartphone with powerful features at budget price. However, Xiaomi’sRedmi 1S has become wildly popular in India and it’s giving tough competition to Canvas A1.

Micromax Canvas A1 is being sold at a price of Rs. 6,499, Redmi 1S is available for Rs. 5,999 only. So which one is actually better? We’re trying to find out the answer by comparing both smartphones side-by-side.

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Xiaomi Redmi 1S Vs. Micromax Canvas A1


Micromax Canvas A1 has got a display of 4.5-inches while XiaomiRedmi 1S has got slightly larger display of 4.7-inches. But the main difference lies in pixel density– Canvas A1 has got a display resolution of 480×854 pixels, which leads to the pixel density of 217ppi. On the other hand,XiaomiRedmi1S has got an HD display with resolution of 1280×720 pixels, which results in the pixel density of 312ppi.


XiaomiRedmi 1S comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz. The other device that we’re comparing has got MediaTek MT6582 quad-core processor clocked at slightly lower frequency of 1.3GHz.Alongside there’s 1GB RAM in both smartphones. After using both smartphones for a week I found that performance of Redmi 1S is better than the performance of Canvas A1.

Operating System

Redmi 1S comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean while Canvas A1 comes with Android KitKat 4.4.4 out of the box, which is the latest version of Android. And the UI of Canvas A1 is also way better than that of Redmi 1S.


Micromax Canvas A1 has got 5mp rear-facing camera and 2mp front-facing camera. Redmi 1S has got 8mp rear-facing camera and 1.6mp front-facing camera. Now the megapixel-count in front-camera of Redmi 1S may be slightly lower than the count of Canvas A1, but that doesn’t mean a better front-facing shooter for Canvas A1. 1. Front-facing camera of Redmi 1S does a far better job thanthe 2mp shooter of Canvas A1.LED flash is available in both smartphones. So needless to say that Xiaomi wins this round too.


Canvas A1 comes with a 1700mAh battery, which gives a talk time of 6 hours. Redmi 1S is powered by a bigger 2000mAh battery, which leads to a longer talk time of 9 hours.

So finally we can declare XiaomiRedmi 1S as the overall winner. It costs less than Canvas A1 but still comes with better set of features and hardware. However, the only major problem is that it’ll take at least 45 days in getting delivered to your house while Canvas A1 can be purchased directly from a local showroom in your area. So if you’re in an urgency or want a smartphone with latest OS then go for Canvas A1, otherwise waiting for the delivery of Redmi 1S is certainly the best choice!

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