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Micromax Canvas 5 Hands On - Nothing spectacular but feels decent

At Rs 11,999, the Micromax Canvas 5 sounds quite interesting but it doesn't have the oomph factor.

Micromax has announced the latest flagship smartphone of its Canvas series, which is named as Canvas 5. The new Micromax Canvas 5 is priced at just Rs 11,999.

At the launch event of the phone in New Delhi today we used the phone for few minutes and here is our first hand experience of Micromax Canvas 5 which happens to be the first phone of Micromax with 3 GB RAM.

Design

The Micromax Canvas 5 is quite light weight and slim; it has a thickness of just 4.8 mm. For a device with 5.2 inch display, the Canvas 5 felt quite compact too.

The Micromax Canavs 5 comes with metal side panels but its back panel is made of plastic, the positive aspect of which is that you can remove it and due to its rubberised finishing it feels great in hand. However, the downside of the plastic back panel is that it looks a bit cheap compared to its full metal counterparts.

Here note that though the back panel is removable, the battery is not. You only need to remove the back panel to access the SIM and micro SD card slots. Here I think Micromax has missed a chance to offer various coloured back panels. By the way, it comes in two colours - golden and black. At the launch event only the black colour variant was on display but I guess the golden colour one would be more attractive.

Overall, the Micromax Canvas 5 is easy to use but it isn't elegant as some of its predecessors or its contemporaries.

Display

The Canvas 5 has got a 5.2 inch display which, as also pointed out by the chief executive officer of Micromax - Vineet Taneja, is currently the most acceptable size for smartphones - anything less is considered as small while bigger displays are termed as too big to handle. As I said in the previous section also, the phone thus felt quite compact.

The display has got just enough brightness for bright outdoors but it is quite reflective. The demo unit has got good touch response too.

Camera

The Micromax Canvas 5 has a 13-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with phase detection auto focus technology promising focus in just 0.2 seconds. There are two LED flash lights in the back panel too. The rear camera also comes with 5P lens and can capture panaroma shots in 4X zoom.

For selfies and video calls, the Micromax Canvas 5 offers a 5-megapixel front camera that too with an LED flash light.

At the launch event we did click some pictures and I found the camera to be quite fast. As you can see in the pictures below, the rear camera managed to capture colours quite nicely but I felt detailing to be on the lower side.

Micromax Canvas 5
Micromax Canvas 5
Micromax Canvas 5
Micromax Canvas 5
Micromax Canvas 5

But let me remind you I spent just few minutes with the phone and only after a detailed review its actual capability could be known.

Other Features

The Micromax Canvas 5 comes based with the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with very little customisation and few preloaded apps. The interface felt quite smooth and there were not much lag. But it is sad to see the Canvas 5 with the Android Lollipop and not the latest Android Marshmallow version.

Anyway, with a 1.3 Ghz octa core processor and 3 GB RAM (it is the first Micromax smartphone to have 3 GB RAM), the phone should offer smooth performance. The handset also offers a 2900 mAh battery that claims to offer 10 hours of talktime and 275 hours of standby.

The Canvas 5 offers 16 GB of internal storage as well as a micro SD card slot of 64 GB capacity along with OTG functionality. So storage wise it is decent if not the best. Besides, the phone has dual SIM with 4G connectivity (via one SIM only), Bluetooth, WiFi and a micro USB port.

Verdict
Micromax Canvas 5 at Rs 11,999 definitely sounds quite interesting. It has decent looks (though not eye catching) and should offer a decent performance too. Frankly, I was expecting something spectacular considering it being termed as the "flagship Canvas" but it still feels decent. The phone is hitting the markets today (November 4) itself so if you are planning to buy a phone this diwali, you can consider the Canvas 5 but to be on safer side wait a bit longer till we review it as sometime the devil lies in the details.



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First Published : Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 15:06