Another phone from Micromax got listed online and this time it is a budget 6 inch phablet with low cost MT6582 quad core chipset from MediaTek, named Micromax Canvas XL A119. Many 6 inch phablets have been popping up this year and Micromax’s offering is amongst the cheapest few. Of course to cut the cost, spec-sheet has been trimmed down. Let’s discuss if Micromax Canvas Xl will make the cut.
Camera and Internal Storage
The primary camera at the back has an 8 MP sensor and at front you will get the 5 MP shooter common in Canvas series phones in this price range. Unlike phones like Micromax Canvas Magnus which lie in the same price range, Micromax could not house a 13 MP camera in this handset because of the limitations of MT6582 chipset, which supports only up to 8 MP sensors.
The internal storage is paltry 4 GB, which is not impressive but won’t be a deal breaker either. Phones like Huawei Ascend D1 and Samsung Galaxy Core Advance will offer you 8 GB of expandable storage in the same price bracket if it’s a priority for you. The MicroSD support for up to 32 GB is also present.
Processor and Battery
As mentioned, Micromax Canvas Xl is powered by MT6582 processor based on Cortex A7 architecture and power efficient 28nm process technology. The GPU employed is Mali 400 GPU but the GPU frequency has not been specified. 1 GB RAM is also present for smooth multitasking.
The battery capacity is 2450 mAh which is more than what we have seen in previous phablets from Micromax like Doodle 2. Micromax claims this will provide you with talk time of 9.5 hours which is decent enough. However the videoplay back time where the powered on massive display will heavily tax battery has not been specified.
Display and Features
The display is 6 inches in size and sports only qHD 960 X 540 resolution. The phone won’t stand ground in the ppi wars with paltry 184 pixels per inches. Micromax should have provided at least 1280 x 720 HD resolution (244 ppi) considering the large size. If you can settle for a 5 inch display, or even 5.7 Inch you could go for phones like Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 with Stylus and HD resolution.
The phone runs on Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system which is not as fancy as KitKat but won’t be a deal breaker. Homeshop18 is also offering free goodies worth Rs. 6,498(including Harris Smith Watch and TPC Sunglasses Worth). The phone also supports Dual SIM functionality.
Looks and Connectivity
The phone has basic Canvas Series design with slightly thin bezels. Body dimensions are 165 x 84.2 x 10.4mm and weight of 180 grams is quite less considering the display size. Connectivity features include 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP and GPS with aGPS support.
|Model||Micromax Canvas XL A119|
|Display||6 Inch qHD|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Quad Core|
|Internal Storage||4 GB, Expandable|
|Cameras||8 MP/ 5 MP|
Clearly the USP of this phone is the large sized Display. If you can settle for 5 inch display, this phone is not for you. If you are looking for a camera specific phone, better options are available in the same price range. The phone is strictly meant for those who crave for an extra large display probably for reading or Multimedia experience or simply because its trendy. The phone is exclusively available from Homeshop18 for Rs. 13,990.