Micromax Canvas 4 Review – Features, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera and Verdict

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Micromax finally unveiled the canvas 4 two weeks ago and most of the us were really impressed by the build quality of the new canvas but after taking a look over the hardware we felt that it was very same we had seen in Micromax Canvas HD A116 which was the previous device in this generation, in this review we tell you whether its worth buying the new canvas 4 and what does it make better or different from the canvas HD.

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Micromax Canvas 4 Quick Specs

Display Size: 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1080 HD resolution
Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad Core MediaTek Mt6589
RAM: 1 Gb
Software Version: Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
Camera: 13 MP AF camera.
Secondary Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
Internal Storage: 16 GB with 10 Gb user available
External Storage: Expandable up to 64GB
Battery: 2000 mAh battery Lithium Ion
Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Box Contents

It has the handset, 2000 mAh battery, flat Micro USB to USB 2.0 cable, Flat cable in ear headphones, extra ear buds, user manual, service center guide, screen protector comes pre installed on the phone display, the packaging has a plastic box and it seems to be iPod style package.

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

The build quality is best thing about the new canvas 4 as it scores highest in this segment as compared to the other phones which falls in the same price bracket till now, design of the phone is such that it perfectly fits in one hand does not feel big and the aluminum chassis around the edges does give it a premium look and also make it stronger to survive the falls. It has a nice slim profile with device thickness only around 8.9 millimeter and weigh around 158 grams which is an average weight and does not feel heavy with time.

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

The display technology remains the same as it has the 720p IPS LCD capacitive display which is adequately vibrant and feel right on the number of the pixels you have on the display so that you don’t notice pixilation, it has got 294 pixels per inch over 5 inch display. The memory has got a major upgrade on the new canvas 4 which was a major problem for the canvas HD users no it comes with 16Gb storage and you get around 10 Gb approx available for installing apps and games, you also have Micro SD card slot which allows you to expand the storage of the device upto 32 Gb and you can also install apps on the SD card using it as internal memory. The battery backup is around one day with moderate usage, but if you enable the gesture features you will see lesser battery backup on the device in most of the usage scenario it will last upto to one day or around 9-10 hours with full charge.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

The software has been a key factor in canvas 4 although there is no custom UI on top of android, the only customizations we could see was in the form of icons but Micromax has added some new gesture features in this time like Upside Silent, Upside Speaker, Proximity Answer Call and Proximity Call, we have explained all these features in a video.

Micromax has also added a custom video player which gives you a some real good features to have a better multimedia experience on this phone while watching multimedia content.

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Standard Edition: 4021
  • Antutu Benchmark: 13168
  • Nenamark2:  45.2
  • Multi Touch:  5 point

Camera Performance

The front camera is 5 MP and it is quite good for HD video chat. Rear Camera performs slightly better in natural light where as in indoor photos you will see some noise and softness and you can take macro shot from the back camera which is 13 MP AF but make sure you hold the device at the right distance and use tap to focus to focus while taking macro photos.

Camera Samples


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Sound, Video and Navigation

The sound quality from the loud speaker is quite loud as we heard while playing some videos but due to the design the loudspeaker might get blocked when you place the device on a flat surface. The device can play HD videos as 720 and 1080p without any audio video lag. Although this device does not have the magnetic sensor but you can use navigation with the help of assisted GPS but GPS locking will take some amount of time, we will soon do a video on the same.

Micromax Canvas 4 Photo Gallery

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Micromax Canvas 4 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Conclusion and Price

Micromax Canvas 4 comes at an MRP of 17,990 INR which is little bit high but you can get it at a lower price but don’t expect major hardware upgrade compared to the A116 but still it has got some good points like good build quality, more user available memory and higher megapixel camera on the basis of which we would like to recommend this over A116 or any other smartphones.

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Comments

      • rohit jha says

        I would like you to help me between Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I9082 and micromax canvas 4..i have got reviews from the users of canvas 2 and HD is that i should prefer samsung grand over micromaX…can you give your views on the same?

        • Abhishek says

          The user feedback which we have got for canvas hd users is good expect for the bad support in case you have any problem with the devices. Grand does not give you better hardware but good support and opposite is the same with canvas series phones.

    • karthik says

      before I was using Sony xperia u …now I’m using canvas 4….impressed with canvas 4 till I use GPS …..GPS doesn’t work properly in it….GPS was superbly working in my Sony xperia u….I don’t recommend canvas 4 cos of this

  1. rohit jha says

    I would like you to help me between Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I9082 and micromax canvas 4..i have got reviews from the users of canvas 2 and HD is that i should prefer samsung grand over micromaX…can you give your views on the same?

    • Abhishek says

      Canvas 4 has better hardware for almost the same price you pay for it, but the after sales support does not get better than what samsung can offer with slightly underpowered and slower grand duos.

  2. sangamesh says

    you have done a good review on canvas 4 .
    pls provide me some information about mmx canvas 4 – whether compass works on this phone or not?

    • Abhishek says

      compass does not work on this device but it can be used for navigation with the help of assisted GPS but gps locking may take some time.

  3. says

    i lose the Trust with micromax cavas 4 hi chit me and other many people company says the touch glass is gorilla glass i am using this phone only 1 month 100 of scrachess

  4. Yash Patel says

    i want to buy canvas 4..but i’m confused to buy..because it is new product now days…is there any disadvantages of that phone ?any about it’s battery or camera?
    please reply fast..

  5. Prakash Sawant says

    Ek baar Micromax Ke gallery jaoge to aap Micromax ka koi cell nahi kharidoge, Faulty Pcs. bekaar services , canvas cell me bahot prob hota hain…
    Screen white patch aate hain…

    just 1\2 star …

  6. says

    Its because u havent seen better once at half the price of micromax.
    Always check antutu svores not d brand
    Play game like real racing 3
    To check graphics performance
    These rae rebranded china phone.
    Available at 200$+shipping still cheaper thn 400$ for micromax.that is just label .
    Try zopo

    • Abhishek says

      Most the chinese phones are coming with MT6589 chipset including Canvas 4 as well, Zopo on the other hand being a manufacturer also play the role of an OEM for some brands out there, almost every other company get there phones manufactured by other and sell them, Micromax is no different. I hope you got what wanted to convey, and yeah I agree with ur point that people shld look out for brands like Zopo and UMI.

  7. gaurang says

    dosto micromax mat lena.bakwas hardware hota hai .branded phone hi lena .micromax touch sab se bakwas hai,bahut slow hai.GPS kabhi kaam nahi karta,Sound is not good .display to 3rd class quality ka hai .service center khali naam ka hai …Go for LG Or Samsung

  8. karthick says

    sir pls help me ….i am confused weather to buy canvas 4 or galaxy grand since both price around 18k….pls suggest me a good phone under 18k…..some saying that micromax service is poor is that true…grand or canvas 4???

    • Abhishek says

      Canvas 4 is a faster device but it has quite bad after sales support and Grand is a slower device only in comparison but it has much better after sales support, now its ur call.

      • suyash sahu says

        hii..abhishek i want to know about gaming experience in canvas 4 like MC4.NOVA 3, ASPHALT 8, SOME ONE SUGGEST ME THAT IN NAND FLASH ROM I’MEAN CUSTOME ROM IT IS NOT MUCH BUTTERY BUT IN ROOTED CARD IT WORKS PROPERLY plZ…plz..plz.. suggest me what to do

  9. Girish Joshi says

    Hello,
    I would like to buy a good smart phone at around Rs.18000/- having good features as well as good after service support. Could you please suggest some.

    • Abhishek says

      Go for samsung galaxy grand or sony xperia SP both are good options with better after sales support than Micromax and other local players.

  10. Girish Joshi says

    When looking for phones as per your suggestion i stumbled upon two questions which if u clarify would be useful for me. These are:
    1) What is the difference between stand by dual sim and active dual sim mode….??

    2)Also having phones with newer version of operating system would always be beneficial with future advancement or the changes would just be nominal. i.e 4.1 or 4.2…..? if yes how? and could u then please suggest some international brands having phones ranging from 12 k to 20 k?

    Please do advice as my choice would depend on these two questions reply…
    Thank you in advance.

  11. Dhananjay says

    Hello,
    I would like to ask whether as micromax canvas is 4.2.2, samsung grand too is upgrade able to 4.2.2?? if yes, does its performance gets hampered in any way…….? or any kind of flaw because of it….??

    Also, sony xperia C has 4gb internal memory….how much can the user actually use….? Can he have all the apps on sd card directly….?? which class of 32gb card would be better going with handset…..?

    • Abhishek says

      Grand has got the 4.2 update – device performance is not affected but UI is little slow and laggy at times.

      Xperia C will give you around 1.4 GB approx to the user and we haven’t reviewed the device so we cant tell you more about it now, stay tuned we will do the full review very soon.

  12. Rajan says

    does it support OTG ??
    If yes then how much space flash drive can be used with it ??
    gaming console remote can be attached or not ??

    • Abhishek says

      yes, it supports OTG feature and you can also connect a USB based gaming console with it as well to play some games.

  13. saumil says

    Sir i m using magnus…cut the the rope..puddle jump not working on my phone..is it my phone fault?plz rrply sir…..screen goes black when i touch on play button..I did a soft ware update to ..for this phone

  14. Akarshan says

    Hi sir

    Can you plz tell which phone is better Canvas 4 or Magnus???
    Price does not matter.
    my requirement is casual gaming,average battery,camera,some extra features….

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