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It can be said that the India based manufacturers has reaped the trending phablet segment and the local vendors have now started gaining benefits from the harvest. Initially, the budget phablets were based on Android ICS, however, in 2013 most of the renowned companies have started coming up with Jelly Bean phablets in the nation.
Micromax is one of the leading India based tech company, which is involved in making smartphones, phablets and tablets at reasonable price ranges and with an eye to take over the market as a dominator. The company has already launched a couple of Android ICS tablets in 2012 with dual SIM and pretty decent specifications at Rs 9,999.
In January 2013, Micromax took a giant leap by penetrating deep into the phablet market with the launch of A116 Canvas HD. Interestingly, the phablet is equipped with a quad core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a few other high-end specifications under its hood.
As far as specs are concerned, A116 Canvas HD houses a 5 inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera for video calling, 4GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS and a 2,100 mAh battery.
Micromax A116 Canvas HD is loaded with applications including M!Store, M!Buddy, M!SMS, M!Zone and Hook Up.
Price & Availability
At the time of launch, Micromax has not disclosed the official pricing of its latest Canvas offering - A116 Canvas HD. However, the tech experts estimated that the device will be priced in the sub Rs 15,000 price range.
Now, Micromax has posted on its official website that Canvas HD will be available only at www.micromaxinfo.com from February 14, 2013, thats Valentine's Day.
A116 Canvas HD - The Goods
Micromax has been long awaited for a Jelly Bean based device with impressive specifications. With the launch of A116 Canvas HD, a day before the unveiling of Samsung Galaxy Grand in India, the former has been making rounds in the Indian tech news for the latest quad core HD phablet. Moreover, the phablet has enough features listed below to claim its one of the best offerings in the market currently.
IPS HD Display
IPS (In-Plane Switching technology) is used for LCDs to solve the limitations like relatively slow response, small viewing angles and low quality color reproduction. Further, these displays offer consistent and accurate color from any viewing angle and have the ability to offer clear images.
The advantage of IPS display is combined with HD resolution in A116 Canvas HD. The phablet sports a 5 inch display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Hence, the content appears with excellent quality in all aspects.
Quad Core MediaTek Processor
The quad core MediaTek MT6589 chipset integrates a power efficient ARM Cortex A7 processor and PowerVR Series5XT GPU offering a powerful performance at a very competitive price. Further, the processor offers innovative and advanced dual SIM solution, high-end multimedia capabilities with support to up to 13MP camera and full HD LCD support.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
This the first time, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean launched in June 2012 is being incorporated on a Micromax device. The platform has new features including Project Butter for smoother and more responsive interface, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam, better camera interface and improved Google Now.
A116 Canvas HD - The Bads
Of course, Canvas HD has Wi-Fi connectivity, however, it lacks dual band Wi-Fi, that operates on more than two different network frequencies. With the dual band Wi-Fi, consumers can enjoy the benefits of a stronger internet connection.
Though the handset comes with a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, it has only a mere 4GB internal storage on board. Given that the applications will be stored on the internal storage be default, such a less capacity is quite disappointing.
The 8MP rear camera with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels in Canvas HD comes with LED flash and fares well for normal usage. However, it lacks BSI sensor that is present in a few other budget offerings. The BSI sensor will improve the quality of low light photography to a great extent.