New Delhi: Micromax’s new flagship phone, the A116 aka Canvas HD has been unleashed in Indian markets at a pretty price tag of Rs 13,990. The Canvas HD comes in as a direct successor to its major out-selling smartphone, the Micromax Canvas 2 A110.
The Canvas HD will be labelled under the ‘phablet’ category.
Reports have emerged that the Canvas HD is already selling fast like hot cake. Surprisingly, the phone which was launched on the midnight of February 14 exceeded bookings of 25 units per minute!
Micromax in a statement on Saturday declared that its newly released phone has already sold 9,000 units online in less than 24 hours of its debut.
The company has teamed up with Snapdeal.com for the sale of its A116 smartphone. Unluckily, the phablet is out of stock.
Smartphone aficionados have waited with bated breath for the release of the Canvas HD since the previous Canvas phone, too, remains readily unavailable in major stores and online retailers.
But before you convince yourself, and others, to get a crack at the Canvas HD, let’s take a look at some of the features that this new phablet carries:
The Canvas HD is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek’s MT6589 Cortex-A7 processor, unlike the one on the A110 which sported a 1GHz Scorpion Adreno 200. Judging by the change in processor unit, from dual core to quad core, the new phone has all the capabilities to handle heavy apps and other operations.
What Micromax has brought to the table is the advent of larger, more expansive screen estate. The screen size also accounts for the bulk of the interest generated in these phones as users are steadily shifting their attention to touchscreens and apps. The display on the Canvas HD is probably one of the major talking points about the phablet.
A massive 5.0-inch (12.7 cm) IPS LCD capacitive display with 1280×720 pixels and 294 ppi pixel density breaks free from the A110’s 5.0 TFT capacitive screen. While the Canvas had 480 x 854 pixels on its screen the 1280 x 720 pixels on the Canvas HD account for brighter, fluent and sharper features. Users can expect better viewing angles along with crisp image quality with little or no saturation.
With bigger screen sizes come bigger batteries, and having an HD screen on the phone results in major battery drainage. Android phones aren’t generally famed for their battery support; nevertheless, a bigger battery size is handy. The 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery in the Canvas HD is capable of 5 hours of talk time while the stand by time is kept at 174 hours.
This isn’t a shift from the earlier battery on the A110 but a phone with an HD display demands better battery backup.
The stock OS on the Canvas HD is Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and has a planned upgrade in the works to Jelly Bean 4.2. Many of Micromax’s phones come with the latest OS upgrade Google Android has to offer. The A110 Canvas 2 was no exception with its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The lucid and flowing interface of Jelly Bean 4.1 will be appreciated by new and old users while using the Canvas HD.
The Canvas HD has 4GB internal memory which is expandable up to 32GB. While both phones, the A110 and A116 have 4GB of internal storage the Canvas HD has twice the RAM its predecessor had. Lagging issues will be handled with the increase in RAM and functioning will become smoother and the phone more responsive.
With the release of Canvas HD, Micromax also plans to launch 30 smartphones this year as a part of its aggressive marketing strategy of increasing its smartphone inventory.
Micromax also unveiled the Bolt A35 on Valentine’s Day, the first phone in the Bolt series which has its own file transferring option called Flash Transfer’
Interestingly, the Canvas HD has found a competitor in the Xolo A1000 which was released on Friday. The two phones mirror each other very closely with the minor exception of the battery being bigger on the Xolo A1000.
With similar specs, one could expect that the two phones will be dancing around each other for weeks!