The game spoiler for many big brands; Micromax, is back with a more powerful phone touting a quad-core processor and HD-capable screen. Here is a little more to what seems like a great value for money on papers.
Hardware Canvas HD features an IPS display measuring 5-inch with 1280x720p (HD) resolution and 294ppi pixel density. The phone has a 1.2GHz quad-core Mediatek processor, coupled with 1GB RAM, and 4GB on-board memory with microSD compatibility up to 32GB. The connectivity suite of this phone is quite standard and comprises 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. The 8MP camera with LED flash on the back and a 2MP snapper in the front with this dual-sim smartphone though fail to excite one muchl.
Design In simple, it surely does have some references taken from Canvas 2. With it sleek design it fits quite easily in the hand, but the plastic casing on back that creaks when pushed a little hard can be a bit dampener. You don’t get to choose colors as it comes with a front panel that is black, and the plastic rear in white . As is customary, the standard sensors and secondary camera are above the display, whereas the three touch-sensitive keys are below it. On the left is the volume rocker and the Power/Lock key is on the right; both the keys are placed quite conveniently, so you have no issue reaching them while using the device with one hand. You will find the microUSB port and earphone jack on the top, while the mic is placed at the bottom.
Camera and multimedia playback The pictures taken from the 8MP rear camera of Canvas HD are quite grainy unless taken in daylight. But as soon as you take photos under overcast or low-light conditions, you will find a lot of noise. But then that is the case with most other affordable phablets as well, and a buyer with limited pocket size will just have to live with it. What you would like doing though is recording videos.
HD videos shot at 720p play without any intermittent lag and the screen quality complements them excellently. The default video player can run AVI, MP4 and MKV videos without any difficulties. Audio output delivered by the phone’s speakers is quite good, but non Micromax earphones can give you a bit disappointing experience.
Battery Life The 2,000mAh battery of the Canvas HD runs roughly 12-15hours on a single charge with an hour of video playing, calling and Wi-Fi browsing each and two to three hours of music playback. Tone this down and you are likely to get a full day’s battery life.
Key specs Display: 5-inch IPS touchscreen with 1280x720p resolution and 294ppi pixel density; Operating system: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), planned Android 4.2 upgrade; Processor & RAM: 1.2GHz quad-core Mediatek processor, paired with 1GB RAM; Storage: 4GB internal memory with microSD support up to 32GB; Connectivity: 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0; Camera: 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front snapper; and Battery: 2,000mAh
Price: Rs 13,990