Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 Quick Review, Price and Comparison

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Micromax got delayed in launching its version of MT6589T Chipset phone but it has finally arrived. We expected upcoming Micromax Canvas Turbo to be the first MT6589T phone from Micromax, but we are surprised to see Micromax Canvas Magnus, a device which means business.


Camera and Internal Storage

This phone provides a 12 MP auto focus camera at the back with LED flash (Which appears like a dual LED flash in pictures. According to what we have seen so far in Micromax devices like Canvas 4 and Canvas HD, We expect this camera to perform pretty well in proper lighting condition. Canvas 4 camera shows some noise in low light shots but can still be considered better than what most domestic manufacturers offer. The secondary camera is of 2 MP and can be used for video calling.

The camera specs will give this phone a huge marketing advantage as most manufacturers are offering a 8 MP camera at this price range. Although as is implied from the last paragraph, camera optics is much more than MP count.

The Internal storage of this device is 4 GB which is not exciting. How much of it will be available at the users end has not yet been specified. If Micromax had provided with 8 GB of internal storage it would have made this device more attractive. You can extend the storage to 32 GB using microSD card.

Processor and Battery

This phone is powered by MT6589T Quad core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and comes with PowerVR SGX544 MP GPU clocked at 357 MHz. The processor will provide some processing advantage over MT6589 Chipset, but will provide a huge marketing boost to this device. Will 0.3 GHz be a significant noticeable change in performance? The answer is at 720p display it will but it will also tax your battery more.

2000 mAh Battery is same as what we have seen in most Canvas series devices and this phone is no exception. The battery is expected to carry you through the day with moderate usage.

Display and Feature

The display is 5 Inches in size which is the most popular display size seen in most Canvas series phones and also in High end phones from Tier-one manufacturers. The display resolution is 720p HD with 16.7 million colors which is more than 16 M which we see in most which is above average in this price range.

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The phone runs on Android 4.2 operating system and the phone features dual SIM functionality like all other Canvas series devices. We expect Micromax to provide gesture features like blow air to unlock, video pinning, easy answer etc. in this phone too.

Looks and Connectivity

The phone does learn a lesson or two from Micromax Canvas 4 in terms of design language. The device stands apart from rest of the Canvas series phones including  Micromax Canvas 2 A110. The back cover looks metallic and has a closer resemblance to doodle 2’s back door which was not removable.

Connectivity features include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack and MicroUSB port.


The phone is probably the only MT6589T device in the price range of 15,000 INR, and will compete against phones like Wammy Passion Z+, 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad core phone Xolo Play T1000 and Gionee Elife E5. It is also expected to make a dent in sale of phones like Sony Xperia C and HTC Desire 500.

Key Specs

Model Micromax Canvas Magnus A117
Display 5 Inch HD
Processor 1.5 GHz Quad core
Internal Storage 4 GB
OS Android 4.2
Cameras 12 MP / 2 MP
Battery 2000 mAh
Price 14,999 INR


This phone comes with commendable chipset specifications and camera features and as it is loaded with stock Android and 720 p processor we expect it to be faster than other canvas series devices available so far. Micromax Canvas 4 is another option priced at Rs. 1500 more which will give you better internal storage of 16 GB out of which 10 GB will be available at the users end. The phone offers something different and better in a price range where every one is offering the same hardware features.

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  • http://google Anand

    But sir does it have Dual sim, Magnetic sensor ?…….
    If it then best phone in this price range…….

    • Abhishek

      it has dual sim but no magnetic sensor.

  • bhavik

    I have been a great fan of your honest reviews and again I must say that you have done good review for Canvas magnus. However i just need urgent feedback from you on below as i am going to buy this phone thru mobilestore.in @13,679/-

    1) This phone does not have magnetic sensor. Can you please clarify how does this affect the phone is terms of various apps and GPS if no magnetic sensor present?
    2)How is the camera quality overall front and back? Does the picture blurs when zoomed?
    3) Can you confirm that this handset has mt6589T turbo processor?
    4) Can you confirm that phone has GPS & A-GPS? Also if you confirm that GPS would work if no internet connection available?
    5) IS the screen protected by cornilla glass?

    I would be really happy if you could provide me your feedback on above. Thanks in advance.

    • Abhishek

      1. No this device does not have magnetic sensors.
      2. We have not done the hands on – camera quality we cant tell you now.
      3. yes its MT6589 Turbo
      4. It has A GPS
      5. We cant confirm as if now.

  • Deepak Bindra

    Hi Abhishek,

    I have been using galaxy note 1 for more than a year now. I am a little confused between Magnus A 117 or Gionee Elife E3. I would like to know the following things before making a purchase.

    1. Is magnus A117 a better phone when compared to Note 1 (in terms of gaming, net surfing).

    2. My usage is mainly half an hour gaming, net surfing, social networking.

    3. Which is better in the above terms (Magnus A117 or Gionee E3).

    4. Will it be wise move to buy Magnus A117 when it is compared to Note 1.

    I have been reading your reviews from a long time now and I am very impressed with your genuine and unbiased reviews. Hoping to hear from you soon.

    Deepak Bindra

    • Abhishek

      1. Games will run better and more smooth on the new hardware offered as compared to Note 1

      2. Magnus A117 will be a great device for you for this kind of the requirements.

      3. Magnus a117 is a better performer in games and E6 has great display but not so good gaming performance.

      4. Hardware wise it will be great, but the after sales support is not that good so if you face any issues with the phone, then it will be a task to get it repaired but its unlikely to face issues in the new phone, but no device is perfect as well.

  • Pankaj

    Hello sir,
    My budget is 12000 to 15000….please suggest me a best phone..from:
    1)micromax canvas magnus
    2)xolo q1000
    3)samsung galaxy grand

    • Abhishek

      Canvas Magnus A117 will be the best option for you.

  • Bhavik

    Hi Abhi,

    Kind request to do in depth review of magnus a117. I am daily follower of your blogs and also i like your true and unbiased reviews. Can you please do full review of this handset today as i am planning to buy this latest by tomorrow. I trust your reviews and hence asking this small favor. Basis on your honest feedback and review video i will buy this.

    • Abhishek

      we will review magnus soon as we are trying to get the device for review, it will take some time.

  • surander

    Hello sir,
    I am confuse between Canvas 4 & Magnus?
    Canvas 4 has 1gb ram and 16 gb internal storage, is really big difference from magnus?
    pls give me short review Canvas 4 and Megnus.

    • Abhishek

      Storage wise canvas 4 is better with more in built storage and with 1.5 ghz processor which is slightly better does not make much of a difference in day to day usage.

      • surander

        In future canvas 4 can spot kit Kat

        • Abhishek

          it might get kit kat but there is no official confirmation on the same.

          • surander

            Hi sir,
            i purchased magnus today but my Google play store does not work properly. pls help Abhishek sir

          • surander

            Hi sir,
            i purchased magnus today but my Google play store can’t work properly. i reset my phone but problem same, opera mini work properly

          • Abhishek

            we recommend to get the device checked if the play store is not working.

  • surander

    Thanks sir,

  • sravanth

    can you please do a review of this mobile

    • Abhishek

      Yes, we will review this phone very soon.

      • ketaki

        mera buget 18000 hai , ple tel me k konsa phon lun k, and uka screen resolution acha ho aur battry lyf bhi achhi ho

        • Abhishek

          Go for Gionee elife e5 or Lenovo P780 both are good and has great display too.

  • Madhu Ilavarapu

    Hi Abhi
    anvas magnus a117 has only 1 gb internal storage.
    does it creates any problm in performance of the mobile?
    mainly I would like to play the games more time. so is there any problem with chargin of the device?
    if divice having the 1 gb internal memory what type of broblem will come?

    please clarify the abobve things……

    • Abhishek

      Charging of the device have nothing to do with gaming, but yes if you play games a lot then battery will get empty quite quickly then in that case you might need to charge the device more frequently.

  • Madhu Ilavarapu

    Hi Abhi
    anvas magnus a117 has only 1 gb internal storage.

    if divice having the 1 gb internal memory what type of broblem will come?

    please clarify the abobve things……

    • Abhishek

      you might need to install some heavy size games on MicroSD card then on phone memory.

  • Madhu Ilavarapu

    Please suggest me which phone is best in 15k.
    and please tel me the draw backs of magnus A117 with out hide any thing please it will helps a lots to me

    • Abhishek

      we havent done the full review till now – some other good options are Gionee Elife E6, Lava iris 504q and sony xperia C

  • krishna

    Hi Abhi,

    I heard that lenovo p780 has some draw backs. like defective screen.
    device is showing some scrren flicker on the screen. is it true?…….

    Is there any other draw backs..please tel me.

    • Abhishek

      We did not faced the screen flicker issue on the unit we tested, but yes we have got some similar issues feedback about the device from some users not all.

  • Dilip

    I have recently brought a Micromax canvas Magnus for my personal use and I am facing some problems in application wise like FX guru is not working and some games like Need for speed and fast and furious 6 are also not working,is there any solution for the problem .And I also want to know whether there is a flip cover available for this phone .

  • ishraq

    Hi abhishek . . Plz tell me when are u going to review of canvas magnus . . . I m great fan of ur website . Good work

    • Abhishek

      we are trying to get the unit for review, review should be up in next 2 weeks.

  • ishraq

    Hello sir plz do review of magnus soon . . And tell me pros and cons of canvas magnus

    • Abhishek

      we review it soon.

  • Rahul

    Can you please give a quick review on HTC 501 VS Lenovo S890…

  • Siddharth K

    I really want to buy this smartphone but i’m bit scared too. What if it pops-up problems after some days? Also heard that Micromax after sales support is very bad.I also saw your review on Youtube. Still would be great if u make an in-depth review video, like comparing it with other phones. Also how is the music quality of the earphones?

    • Abhishek

      After sales support of micromax is not too good. we might do a full review of this phone, we will let you know about the music quality.

  • vishal

    please tell
    1) USB OTG supported?
    2) REGULAR SIM or MINI sim?

    • Abhishek

      otg – yes
      regualar SIm – yes

  • vishal

    both sim 3g or we have to swap the sim physical ?

    • Abhishek

      One slot support 3g and second slot supports 2G

  • Gurudutt

    I am a little confused between Micromax Magnus A 117 or Gionee Elife E3…Which one is better to buy ??
    i would prefer a quad core and atleast 1 gb ram..good camera…So which mobile has Best Camera & Best Battery Performance….?? please Tell me , which phone should i go for.. ?

    • Abhishek

      Magnus a117 is a better buy, however the camera on E3 will be better – rest all is good on canvas magus a117

  • Arjun

    Can we connect this canvas magnus to hdtv via mhl or any other option? please reply i am in big problem!!!

    • Abhishek

      no its does not support MHL

  • Arjun

    Can we connect this canvas magnus to hdtv via mhl Adaptor or is any other option? please reply me i am in BIG problem!!!

    • Abhishek

      It does not have MHL supported.

  • Anurag

    Hi Abhi,

    I want to buy CANVAS MAGNUS A117 but having a questions regarding its features like blow air to unlock OR the video gets pause when we remove our eyes from the screen etc… If I want to disable these functions specially the video function (video gets pause when we remove our eyes from the screen ), so can we do it ? can we disable these functions ? If yes then please suggest how to do it ?

    Please help because I want to buy this phone but my final decision depends on the answer of this quetions. Thanks !

    • Abhishek

      yes you can disable these features on the phone. Under settings you have the option to disable blow air to unlock and there is a dedicated app by funplay on the phone with which you can disable it and Pause on look away can also be enabled or disabled through the preinstalled video player you have on this phone.

  • mahesh

    i bought 117 the problem is network of sim is very low i tried 8 different sim in solt 1 and 2 even changed t 3g and 2g but not getting full signal but same sim in 116 gives full network does the has t go t service suggest any settings please

  • ammy


    recently, i bought..micromax canvas magnus a 117….HAVE I DONE A GOOD JOB…


    XOLO Q 1010 … OR …. XOLO Q 1100…







  • ammy





  • Akarshan

    Sir plz review Micromax Canvas Magnus.

  • Manjeet

    Magnus is exellent in video recording but camera capture images at 6MP in 16:9(full screen) and 12 MP(4:3) but is work very well in low light but a little laggy in night time..only camera interface…
    I am having a question … can we click pictures from video recording interface instead of camera interface…
    many applications are avalable which convert video into picture but i want to capture pictures in real time from video recording interface …IS IT POSSIBLE THROUGH SOME APPLICAIONS…Instead of start video recording ..it should capture image …there should be a app which provide this….CANVAS 4 CAPTURES IN FULL SCREEN IN 13MP but low performance in low light…plse help me out

    • Deepak Singh

      Hi manjeet
      Thanks for sharing that info. i haven’t encountered any such App yet.

  • Manjeet

    Hello Deepak sir,
    I am planning to buy mangnus a117 around mid june 2014 but i want to know about the upcoming micromax smartphones till june which will better than magnus and have removable battery.
    Sir..do you have any idea…plz share about upcoming phones.Secondly, i want to know whether the camera of manus is really good in terms of image capture (video is good i know) and details of picture while zoom or without zoom and in low light..
    Do you encounter any sound problems like fluctuations on this device …many users saying this….if it is…is it a hardware or software prob…or its something related to 3d stabalization…and whether this can be solved…Lastly…when do you thing this device will receive kitkat update and also suggest phones with best camera (image as well as video) under 20k…and 15k also,and do u think its camera is better than canvas 4 (13)/ canvas knight (16mp)…as somethings camera is much more than mp count…
    canvas 4 is having sony lens while magnus uses nikon lens….which is better overall.SO MANY DOUBTS,sry

    • Deepak Singh

      We haven’t done the full review of Canvas Magnus yet. In our brief experience with the phone camera seemed pretty good. their is no info of any upcoming phone in 10k to 15k price segment for now. KitKat update is not official yet but it is expected to start rolling for selected devices by end of first quarter. Micromax has not confirmed this officially.

  • Rohan

    Hi sir ,
    I recently bought micromax canvas magnus a117. Im facing a big problem
    that is in the speaker, when music is played the speaker has no clarity and has noise variation and unpleasant hearing. Please suggest as to how to go about it.

    • Deepak Singh

      get it checked and replaced. did you buy it from online retailers or regular stores?

      • Rohan

        Sir i bought it in a regular store. Where should i get it checked ? I am hesitant to visit Micromax service centre as i have heard bad reviews about their service. Pls help

        • Deepak Singh

          many retailers offer replacement in the first couple of weeks if thats not the case, get it checked at the service center.

  • Manjeet

    Is moto x camera is better than magnus 12 mp.??/

    • Deepak Singh

      we will have to extensively test both to comment on that. On paper Moto X seems better considering all the fancy terms associated with the camera with Omnivison 10820 Sensor.

  • Manjeet

    Grand 2 vs magnus camera..which is best