Since quite some time, Micromax was speculated to launch a budget octa-core smartphone. Going by the teasers, the vendor has announced smartphone called Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo A290 via online retailer eBay for Rs 12,350. If you are looking to grab this mid-range smartphone, here is a quick review on the same for your to decide.

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Camera and Internal Storage

The Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo A290 comes with an 8 MP auto focus camera at the rear which gets coupled with a 5 MP front facing camera. The camera module is a decent one that is acceptable for the pricing of the handset. ¬†Though the performance of this camera set is yet to be determined, the 5 MP unit with selfie mode will make it a selfie focused smartphone letting users to capture selfies with a snap of a finger, but since the camera is fixed focus one, it won’t be wise to expect much.

There is a default storage space of 8 GB and this again is average in most of the mid-range budget smartphones priced in this range. The storage will be expandable by another 32 GB with the help of a micro SD card.

Processor and Battery

Under the hood is a 1.4 GHz TRU octa core MT6492M processor from MediaTek. Being capable of incorporating all the eight cores to render performance, this processor could make the device a decent performer. It gets mated to 1 GB of RAM that is again a standard aspect sufficient enough to deliver moderate multi-tasking.

The battery unit responsible for energizing the smartphone is a 2,000 mAh one which is believed to enable the Micromax phone to last up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 180 hours of standby time respectively. Usually, we can see such standard battery units in the smartphones priced in this range and hence, this becomes an average aspect of the handset.

Display and Features

The display unit of the Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo A290 is a 4.7 inch one with a HD resolution of 1280×720 pixels. There is nothing astonishing to boast regarding this, but the inclusion of IPS panel helps it render adequate levels of viewing angles.

The Micromax smartphone is fueled by Android 4.4.2 KitKat and features a good feature set including pre=loaded applications such as M! Games, M! Skin, M! Insurance, M! Security, M! Live, MAd and Opera Mini, Games (Zombie smasher, Bounce ball, bubble X Slice), Kingsoft, BMS, clean master, Games club, Getit, Hike, Swift key and True Caller. Furthermore, it comes with new Quick look feature which shows feeds from social media accounts, weather updates on a single screen. It also displays the missed calls, messages and mail notifications on the lock screen in a strip that matches the color of the type of notification.

Comparison

The Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo A290 will enter a direct rivalry with smartphones like Xolo Play 8X-1000, Karbonn Titanium Octane, iBall Andi 5K Panther and others.

Key Specs

Model Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo A290
Display 4.7 inch, HD
Processor 1.4 GHz Octa Core
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB
OS Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Camera 8 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2,000 mAh
Price Rs 12,777

What we Like

  • True octa-core processor
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

What we Dislike

  • Battery capacity

Price and Conclusion

The Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo A290 is a decent octa-core smartphone priced at Rs 13,000. The incorporation of a good camera set and 8 GB of internal storage space makes it one of the good budget smartphones adding to it the value to money offerings category. However, when it comes to competition, the handset is pretty standard with no great distinguishing factor. It appears to have an upper hand only in terms of the software it comes with, whereas when it comes to the hardware front, it is a usual budget octa-core smartphone.

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