UMi X2 vs Micromax Canvas HD

The affordable and highly popular Micromax Canvas HD has a new rival in town, the Chinese UMi X2, but which of these low-cost 5-inch, quad-core phones are the best value for money? Find out after below!

UMi X2

The UMi X2 has been covered so many times here on Gizchina we know the hardware off-by-heart, and with such a memorable package on offer we’re sure many of you have committed the X2’s specs to memory too!

umi x2 hands on photos

UMi have quite a reputation for launching high spec, low-cost phones which undercut their competitors. Last year during JiaYu’s terrible G3 launch, UMi stepped in and swept up many potential G3 owners with the dual-core, 4.5-inch UMi X1, and now they are in the market again with the UMi X2!

Starting with the front, the UMi X2 boasts a full HD display, not a 720HD display but a full 1920 x 1080 panel! That alone for the $240-$260 asking price would be a great bargain, but the excellent features don’t stop there. There’s also a quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor, 2GB RAM, and a 13 mega-pixel rear camera making for one fully loaded phone!

The design looks great too, with a similar shape to the popular Samsung Galaxy S3, quite a narrow body along with thin screen bezel! All premium features but without the premium price tag!

Micromax Canvas HD

Micromax launched the Canvas HD earlier this year, and have been enjoying a huge amount of press attention and success with their low-cost quad-core, 5-inch phablet. However, is the Canvas HD really a match for the UMi X2?

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micromax canvas hd rear

Starting with the front again, the Micromax Canvas HD also sports a 5-inch HD display, however this time it’s a 720HD unit. For many of you this is hardly a make or brake feature,  in fact the 720 screen will be easier on the battery! However, which so little difference in price between the 2 phones is it really worth going for the lower res screen? We think not.

Unfortunately for Micromax the downgrades don’t stop there! Where as the UMi X2 has 2GB RAM, the Cavas HD only get’s 1GB, the rear camera is 8 mega-pixel and the overall body shape and design looks much thicker and bulkier than the UMi phone.

UMi X2 vs Micromax Canvas HD

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So which is better? UMi X2 or Micromax Canvas HD?

Just looking at the specs the UMi X2 wipes the floor with the Micromax Canvas HD! The UMi X2 offers a better display, double the RAM, a more advanced rear camera and larger battery all for just an extra $1 in price!

The Micromax Canvas HD is currently available for $259 while the UMi X2 will launch on March 15 for $260 in India and $240 in China.

Do you agree that the UMi X2 is a better buy? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  1. kmrc20
    February 28, 2013

    umi x2 is the best buy

  2. February 28, 2013

    sure its a good buy… the overall popularity of UMI x2 depends on the service centers it will open in india……with no service centers,many people in india wont prefer it and micromax will take its place even though it has low specification..service centers counts alot….hope UMI lauches X2 in my country(NEPAL) too….or else im going to get one frm phone in this price……… 🙂

    • May 20, 2013

      Hey Subodh, do you have any idea if any phones reviewed here in gizchina are available in Nepal? If only we could get here xiomi or umi or other ones in kathmandu market.

  3. Nationalist prick
    February 28, 2013

    How do you know That it will be available in India at 260 USD??

  4. thesniper321
    February 28, 2013

    UMI X2 WON!

    …………….. FATALITY!

  5. Davinder
    February 28, 2013

    Of course yes. UMI X2 woopes micromax canvas HD’s is ass. micromax is trying to establish in indian market is spending lots of money on marketing in india. cause they’re trying to compete with samsung. canvas HD could have been priced right if some other brand had launched it like karbonn. everyone knows micromax rebrands products from china but just don’t except it. where as UMI has now started selling phones directly to the end customer that’s there is some price diffrence. that’s only the reason why they are being able to sell phones at such affordable price there by removing middle man like micromax or karbonn or intex. these indian company are bogus and don’t really manufacture anything. just rebranding and selling goods and making profits.

  6. February 28, 2013

    Get serious comparing a baby micromax phone to Mighty UMI X2!!!!!

  7. Freeje
    February 28, 2013

    Question is, does the 6589 have enough juice to power up the higher specs? If yes, for how long?

    • Nationalist prick
      February 28, 2013

      I think it will be same as 6577 handling 720p display. Just on the verge of sluggish.

      • anon
        February 28, 2013

        Everyone who got a hand on Idol X during MWC didn’t say anything about it being sluggish,

  8. February 28, 2013

    I prefer the N2 newman 😉

  9. thesniper321
    February 28, 2013

    UMI X2 WON………


  10. farook
    February 28, 2013

    Umi x2 is far better than Micromax canvas hd. Im using Jiayu G3 and Micromax A110 Canvas 2, franlkly to say Jiayu g3 is far far better than Micromax A110 Canvas 2 in terms of performance, quality, build, battery, screen etc in every way. Micromax just spend lot of money on Advertising n their products are just average.

  11. Justin Wanker
    April 22, 2013

    I bought a Jiayu g2 and it was pukkah

  12. jAzZ
    May 10, 2013

    guys after all this is a china mobile…other thing is no service center available in india____So don’t wast your money on it AND i definatly go for Micromax Canvas HD or Pro because its indian brand or more services centers available in India

  13. Tax
    June 15, 2013

    Do not go for china mobiles b coz they are just selling hand sets and ignoring customers for gods grace