Micromax's much awaited affordable octa-core powered handset, the Canvas Knight Cameo A290, has been launched online at Rs. 11,999. The device looks similar to the original Canvas Knight A350, but doesn't carry the beefy specs sheet.
Even though the company has not officially release the device thus far, you can still buy it unofficially through various e-commerce websites. The device is already listed on Micromax's official website.
The Canvas Knight Cameo A290 is the latest mid-end phone from the house of Micromax. The new device is a low cost variant of the Canvas Knight A350.
Specs-wise, the Canvas Knight Cameo A290 is powered by a 1.4Ghz true octa-core MediaTek processor, paired with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of native storage and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. With a 4.7-inch HD display and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, the handset doesn't look particularly compromised.
The new handset is running on the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat out-of-the box. Other highlighted connectivity and features include: 3G, Wi-Fi, dual-SIM, FM Radio, Bluetooth and GPS.
We already got a fair idea of what makes the Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo A290 click thanks to yesterday's big leak, but just in case you need a refresher, here's the Canvas Knight Cameo A290 specs list:
4.7-inch IPS LCD display ( 1280 x 720)
1.4GHz true Octa-Core processor ( MediaTek)
1GB of RAM; 8GB of on-board storage;added microSD card slot
8MP rear-facing camera;5MP front-facing shooter
Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
Dual-SIM; Wi-Fi; 3G, Bluetooth v4.0
Available colors: Pure Black, Black and Gold, White and Gold
Micromax Canvas Knight A350 Vs. Canvas Knight Cameo A290
The Canvas Knight A350 featured a 5-inch FHD display, a true octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16-megapixel rear-facing camera. The phone went on sale in March this year at Rs. 19,999. The Canvas Knight A350 was met with harsh criticism from the mainstream media for being overtly priced.
Going by the features and specifications , the Canvas Knight Cameo A290 appears to be a well thought device. While the Knight Cameo A290's camera is only 8MP, but one should not forget that Micromax's new octa-core powered device will cost Rs.11,999 or even less.
Meanwhile, we've prepared a list of top 5 true octa-core smartphones that could rival the Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo A290 in respect of price and features.
Panasonic, a relatively new name in the Indian handset market, recently unveiled the P81. The handset uses a big 5.5-inch IPS display with HD (720p) resolution. It is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz coupled with 1GB RAM. The company has not mentioned any details of the chipset but we presume that it is the one from Mediatek. The device runs on older 4.2.2 Jelly Bean flavor of Android, and also gets a layer of Play Life UI.
On the camera front, one can expect a 13-megapixel rear camera (auto-focus and LED flash) with f/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide angle lens, and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper good enough to take selfies and making video calls.
The Panasonic P81 houses 8GB native storage, which is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot. Other connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 A2DP. Just like most of the mid-range smartphones entering the Indian market, it comes with dual SIM functionality. It comes powered by a 2500mAh battery.
Asking price - Rs. 17,990
Karbonn Titanium Octane
The device sports a 5-inch HD IPS display, and is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. It offers a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing shooter. The makers have added a 2000mAh battery fitted inside. Other connectivity options on the Titanium Octane include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. The device runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat.
Asking price - Rs. 11,990
Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus
Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus, as the name suggests, is slightly better not in terms of specs but design, too. The powerful handset sports a 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixel) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of native storage and a microSD card slot.
The makers have added a 2000mAh battery fitted inside. Also, add a 16MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing shooter. The device is powered a 2000mAh battery fitted inside. Other connectivity options on the Titanium Octane Plus include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0. The phone is running the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat out-of-the box
Asking price - Rs. 13,990
Unable to buy the Xiaomi Mi3 ? No worries. Instead consider the Xolo 8X-1000. More than its specs sheet, the newly launched phone is making waves for the Hive UI.
Xolo's 8X-1000 handset comes with a 5-inch 720p display with Asahi Dragontrail glass panel. The phone also features a rear glass support with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Xolo's new HIVE UI slapped on top of it. The new Xolo 8X-1000 is powered by a 1.4GHz MediaTek MT6592M octa-core processor and 2GB RAM and comes with 16GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.
Priced at Rs. 13,999, the handset sports an 8MP rear camera with Exmor R sensor and 2MP front camera, and comes with a 1,920mAh battery. And as far as connectivity is concerned, the phone supports Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Wi-Fi Direct.
Asking - Rs. 13,999
iBall Andi 5K Panther
iBall Andi 5K Panther features a 5-inch capacitive touch screen display offering a qHD resolution of 960 × 540 pixels. It is powered by a 1.4 GHz octa-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS. Recommended: Top 10 Best Octa Core Smartphones To Buy In India This August Taking photographs will be made easier with the 8MP Auto Focus Rear Camera with LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera as well. Connectivity options include 3G (HSDPA: 42 Mbps; HSUPA: 11 Mbps) , Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS and USB OTG. Obviously, it is a Dual SIM handset with Dual Standby. It houses 8GB of internal memory, and it is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card and comes powered by a 1900 mAh battery.
Asking price - Rs. 10, 499