As teased, Micromax has unleashed its Android One smartphone dubbed Micromax Canvas A1 along with the ones from Karbonn and Spice. It comes with some interesting aspects and run on the latest iteration of the operating system – Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Here is a quick review on the Micromax Android One smartphone below:
Camera and Internal Storage
The primary camera unit in the Micromax Canvas A1 is a 5 MP primary camera with LED flash. This sensor is likely to support HD 720p video recording as well. Along with this, there is a front-facing 2 MP shooter that that can take care of video conferencing. At this price bracket, the market has numerous such smartphones making the Micromax offering an average offering.
The internal storage is standard at 4 GB that is pretty common in the entry-level segment. However, there is expandable storage support up to 32 GB via a micro SD card. For the 4 GB haters, there is enticing news as the handset comes packed with 35 GB of free Google Drive cloud storage capacity.
Processor and Battery
The chipset used is a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor that employs 1 GB of RAM to render decent mutli-tasking and Mali 400 GPU for good graphic handling. This hardware combination of a quad-core processor and moderate RAM makes the Micromax phone a competent entry-level smartphone.
A 1,700 mAh battery that powers the Micromax Canvas A1 from within and it is believed to render acceptable hours of life to the device.
Display and Features
There is a 4.5 inch IPS display has carries a FWVGA resolution of 854×480 pixels that sounds average. The viewing angle is believed to decent with acceptable levels of color reproduction as the handset incorporates an IPS panel.
The Micromax phone runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system and it features standard connectivity features such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and dual SIM functionality. Besides the aforementioned free cloud storage capacity, the device is pre-loaded with applications such as Reverie Smartpad, Facebook and others. Furthermore, being an Android One device, this smartphone will be eligible to receive the upcoming Android updates – Android L swiftly without any delay.
Also, Google also announced that leading teleco Airtel is offering a promotion to minimize data costs for those who buy Android One smartphones. With an Airtel SIM card, the Android One users will get free OTA updates and 200 MB of app downloads from Google Play per month for the first six months.
|Micromax Canvas A1
|4.5 inch, FWVGA
|1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6582
|4 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB
|Android 4.4.4 KitKat
|5 MP/ 2 MP
What we Like
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system
- Promised Upgrade
- quad core chipset
What we Dislike
- Only 4 GB of internal storage capacity
Price and Conclusion
The Micromax Canvas A1 priced at Rs 6,399 appears to be a capable entry-level smartphone similar to the other offerings in this price range. The handset carries the credits for being fueled by the most recent iteration of the platform – Android 4.4.4 KitKat that would have more resources. Also, it takes advantage of having 35 GB of cloud storage space bundled along with it from Google. Since Android One phones are expected to be among the first few to get Android L update, you can buy it for the same reason.