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Micromax Canvas 4 rekindles interest in the mid segment smartphone market, which is largely dominated by the likes of Samsung. The No.2 smartphone maker in India is seen as the next big property with Micromax Canvas 4. The phone, however, does not live up the hype, as projected through teasers before launch. But still, Canvas 4 seems to be a hit device because of its affordable price. At Rs. 17,999, the phone isn't bad considering you are getting Samsung Galaxy S4 like form factor and some cool gesture features. GizBot did hands on expression on the launch day itself. Take a look!
It was being projected as Galaxy S4 killer, and in true sense it is a big threat to Samsung manufactured handset. Micromax has got an opportunity in hands to answer the South Korean giant, if price is a deciding factor. The Canvas 4 is not a copy of Samsung Galaxy S4 rather it brings those so-called gesture features at an affordable price. While Samsung unable to sell Galaxy S4 at a price point of Rs. 17,999, but Micromax did due to ‘Desi ‘tag associated with the company. Nonetheless, the Canvas 4 should be better compared with Karbonn Titanium S9 and Lemon A4 smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts of a 5-inch Full HD display alongside Octa-core processor and many other tempting features. The debate is not to compare Samsung Galaxy S4 with Micromax Canvas 4. Is Canvas 4 worthy enough to be purchased at Rs. 17,999? Has Micromax learnt from its past mistakes? GizBot spent some quality time with Canvas 4 and we try to highlight both good and bad aspects of the device. Note: We still need to do certain test on Canvas 4.
The Micromax Canvas HD became instant hit due to the fact that for the first time an Indian manufacture brings Quad Core glory under Rs. 15,000. This time around, Micromax did an exceptional job in making handset more personalized. The Canvas HD lacked polished design. In case of Canvas 4, it is more polished in nature. Of course, it is not an example of Industrial design. But one can find a glimpse of organic design. At first glance, it looks like Galaxy S4. Sometime, you may say -Oh! It's an iPhone 5.
Whatever one would like to say, the phone is quite comfortable to handle. The rear back is made of polycarbonate plastic, which can be removed anytime. Nothing to scream about it, but it has an advantage also. You can change the battery anytime. On the front panel you will notice giant 5-inch HD IPS display having resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
For protection of the display, Micromax used Corning Gorilla Glass on the top. The screen is reflective; however, color reproduction is outstanding. The display is less prone to fingerprints and we also enjoyed playing videos. There are three standard Android buttons under the display. Another achievement of the phone in terms of design; it has to be metallic chamfered edges. The device is razr thin and weighs 158grams. You can look at the dimensions - 144.5 x 73 x 8.9mm.
Let's move on to speed and processor. As said earlier, the Canvas 4 is more about packaging rather than just processing speed. The phone should be fast enough to run apps. It houses 1.2GHz MediaTek 6589 quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 16GB ROM ( expandable up to 32GB ). These internal specifications are nothing great to boast about.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 got more appreciation for introducing gesture controlled features. When talking about Canvas 4, the first such gesture feature is unlocking your phone. The process is usual, seriously. You need to blow a kiss on the screen. Well, it appears very funny.
But when we tried to unlock the phone it worked smoothly without any glitch. There's another interesting feature called Proximity Answer phone. For instance, you want to call Meeta , so without dialing her cell no one can make a call. You just have to bring the phone close to your ear. Automatically, call will be connected. The list is endless.... The Canvas 4 has a feature called Smart Pause, which is similar to what Samsung is also promoting for a very long time.
In the imaging department, Micromax claims that you don't need to carry your camera anymore. There is a 13-mega pixel rear facing camera with Auto Focus and LED Flashlight. On the front, you will notice a 5-mega pixel front facing camera. The rear shooter comes with different shooting modes. The camera fitted inside can handle four way - Panorama. The image stabilization option gives you unshaky image. Interestingly, the camera also comes with Burst mode. The camera can take up to 99 shots at one go. The camera also supports HDR feature.
The device is powered by Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, which is nothing to boasts of. The Canvas 4 is optimized to run Micromax powered services and apps too. Some other highlighted specifications include: a 2000mAh Li Ion battery, 3G, Bluetooth, Dual SIM, USB 3.0, and Full HD video playback. In the form of accessories, one can purchase an optional Flip cover.
At last, the Canvas 4 is an attempt to win over Samsung and Apple fanboys. The phone fights hard to make a place, when it comes to internal specifications. But at the same time, it won because of its design and sensible price. At Rs. 17,999, the phone should be picked. GizBot has justified the reason. It all depends upon you to pick up this bad boy or not. Stay tuned!