Micromax has added two new phones to the Canvas series of smartphones last month during a mega event in Delhi. The company also announced a total overhaul of its marketing strategy to pierce the tough competition in smartphone market. It has increased its domestic productions to achieve their Make in India plans and minimize the need of imports.

Along with a new logo and strategies, the company launched the metal clad Canvas 6 at just INR 13,999 and it can be pre-ordered on Micromax’s official website. We got lucky, and got to unbox the new handset from the reincarnated Micromax.

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Micromax Canvas 6 Full Specifications

Key SpecsMicromax Canvas 6
Display5.3 inch
Screen ResolutionFull HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
Processor Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
ChipsetMediatek MT6795 Helio X10
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 64 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED Flash
Video recording1080p @ 30fps
Secondary Camera8 MP
Battery 3000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
Price INR 13,999

Micromax Canvas 6 Unboxing

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The Canvas 6 comes packed in a very simple looking box with the new Micromax logo on top. You will find the branding on each side of the box, and the detailed specifications are printed on the back of the box. Opening the box you’ll find the Canvas 6 lying on the top properly covered with screen and back filming. The box contents are placed neatly under the phone.

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Micromax Canvas 6 Box Contents

It comes with the following contents inside the box:

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  • Canvas 6
  • SIM ejection pin
  • Screen guard
  • Earphones
  • 2-pin charger
  • USB cable
  • Warranty card and User manual

Micromax Canvas 6 Unboxing, Full Review [Video]

Physical Overview

Design and build quality is one of the better things about the Canvas 6 as it looks very premium. I was really impressed with the design language; it looks dissimilar to any of the budget phones we often see. It has an edgy design which looks a lot like Nexus 5 from the front but the chamfered edges on the corners make it look sharper. It has a curved back that sits perfectly in the palm and also feels very comfortable. I really liked the way they have placed the rear camera, it looks beautiful and suits the whole design.

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Taking a deeper look, I figured out that it is totally made up metal with no plastic used anywhere. It feels very solid in hand, and the grip is pretty nice due to the dead metal finish on the back.

Taking a look around the phone tells that the front top has the speaker grill, front camera, proximity and ambient light sensor. Whereas the bottom bezel is just blank and looks broader because of that.

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The volume rocker and power/sleep key is on the right, and they are also made out of metal.

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The SIM and microSD slot is on the left side.

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Bottom of the phone has the USB port for charging and data syncing, and two grills on each side, out of which only one is the speaker and other is the mic. It gives the illusion of dual speaker at the bottom.

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3.5mm audio jack and a secondary mic are on the top of the phone.

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The primary camera is at the top covered with a black glass, and it looks pretty cool. There is a LED flash just below the camera and the fingerprint sensor is below the LED. Fingerprint sensor looks shiny black, which makes a good looking contrast which the golden back.

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Micromax Canvas 6 Photo Gallery

User Interface

Micromax has added a custom UI based on Android Lollipop operating system but this time Micromax has given an app tray. There are a lot of much needed improvements done in the UI department but one thing that I did not like is the integration of too many apps. It looked a lot like stock Android in most of the areas but some additions like swiping left from home screen will bring in everything of your interest, much like Google cards.

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It comes with apps like Skype, Snapdeal, Scandid, Quikr, VuLiv, Hike, Opera Max and a lot more.

Camera Overview

The Canvas 6 has a 13 MP autofocus camera on the rear, which performs quite well in natural light. It was able to capture good colours and details and the best part was the speed. It was very quick to capture photos in day light, but in artificial lights, you will need to keep your hand still to get a clear picture.

Front camera is 8 MP and it performs great in day light but the indoor photos look washed out and the colours are not natural in many cases. To get a better idea about the camera performance you can see the camera samples below.

Camera Samples

Gaming Performance

To test the gaming capabilities of this smartphone, I installed Modern Combat 5. It is a graphic greedy game and a great game to test the frame rate of any mid- ranger. When I started the game I expected it to show minor lags and frame drops in between action sequences but for my surprise, I did not experience any such issue. The game was running smoothly and I was really impressed with the type of gaming performance it offered.

It started getting warm after some time of usage but it did not get unbearably hot at any point of time. Heating was well under control even after 20 minutes of continuous gaming.

The initial temperature of the phone was 27 degrees when I started playing and after 25 minutes, the battery drop was 11% and the temperature was 29.8 degrees.

Benchmark Scores and Performance

The Canvas 6 did an amazing job in almost every task I threw at it. As you have already read that gaming was as smooth as silk on this phone, other than this, I did not face any lag or hiccup in between doing basic to heavy tasks. The benchmark scores are not the best in its range but still prove that it has enough power to run through most of the tasks.

Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
AnTuTu (64-bit)36927
Quadrant17488
Geekbench 3Single Core- 607
Multi Core- 2800
Nenamark57.9

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Conclusion

At INR 13,999 it is a good deal if you are looking for a phone that looks premium, draws enough power from the processor and comes under an affordable budget. It surely has a lot of competition in this range but some of its features like the fingerprint sensor, gaming performance, display quality and camera stand tall if compared to most of the budget offerings. What I did not like was the software, I don’t know why but it did not please me at any point of time.