After teasing us for a month and taking the social media by storm, Micromax Canvas 4 A210 is finally launched in India at Rs. 17,999 and will be available in stores from this weekend.
Micromax opened pre-orders for the smartphone on June 28 and the company claims that it has amassed 11,500 pre-bookings by paying Rs. 5000. Though we cannot verify the claim or if it is a PR game, the fact is for Indian manufacturer, Micromax did manage to create a substantial hype for its flagship device.
Ultimately, does the hype justify the final product that was unveiled today? Let’s see the surface and hardware internals of the Micromax Canvas 4.
Samsung set the trend and now all the manufacturers are scrambling to bundle ‘smart features’ which are mostly gimmicky in their smartphones. Otherwise why would anyone want to blow the screen for unlock? Yes, it is one of the new unlock feature along with shake to unlock in the new Micromax Canvas 4. It has also borrowed few other ‘smart features’ made popular by Samsung like Pop up player, smart stay etc. We will come to those in a moment before we run through the specs of the phone.
The 5-inch IPS display brings out a 720 pixel resolution. Micromax would have disappointed here many of its fans who expected a full HD. Strengthened with Corning gorilla glass 2, the screen is also glove-friendly means you can operate it with gloves on. The hardware internals remains almost the same we saw in Canvas HD sharing the same MediaTek ARM Cortex A7 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM.
Though the specs is pumped up in the shooter end. We have a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash paired with a 5 MP front camera. The rear camera should be satisfying the egos of the selfies.
The camera has a burst mode capable of a 99 shots shooting spree. These high burst modes always dizzies me. Why would anyone want so many images and why would they shift through those that bucket load. Anyways, it’s there if you are interested in it. The camera also can shoot on vertical panorama mode.
Canvas 4 runs on Android 4.1.2 and the company promises a Over the air update to 4.2.2 somewhere down the lane. Considering their previous update history, I am pessimistic at the moment and would love to be surprised here.
Micromax makes much noise over the innovative software features in Canvas 4 though most of the features are those made popular by Samsung and now becoming a standard features. Still, let’s give the company a pat on it’s back for bringing these features to it’s base. So we have smart features like pinning the video to the home screen allowing us to fiddle with other apps while watching, allow the video to pause and play depending on our eye contact with the screen, gesture features like sending the phone to silent when placed upside down, auto dial or answer when it is moved towards ear etc.
A 5 inch screen and with all this software gimmicks definitely would take a toll on the battery. A 2000 mAh battery is not exciting affair. Micromax could have done better and should have.
Micromax is lavish on internal memory with a 16GB internal memory of which around 12 GB or so is free to use. Further it can be expanded via microSD card upto 32 GB.
The company offers a free flip case worth Rs.3000 to sweeten the deal.
So are you impressed with the Canvas 4? Do share your thoughts with us.
Key features of Micromax Canvas 4:
- Display: 5-inch IPS display with corning gorilla glass protection
- Re solution:1280 x 720 pixels
- Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
- RAM: 1 GB
- Storage: 16 GB (expandable upto 32 GB via microSD card)
- SIM: Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
- OS: Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Camera: 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, 5MP front camera
- Connectivity: 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS
- Battery: 2000 mAh battery