The much touted and ‘suspense-driven’ Canvas 4 from Micromax made to the dashboard in an unveiling molded out as the next BIG thing after Canvas HD. While Micromax Canvas HD had all the right notes hitting for it; it is somehow going to be a challenging task for this iteration to evoke a similar response to its predecessor received.
On the hardware front, Canvas 4 is a modest product especially so after all the hype it generated over ‘no specs’ promotion during its early days. Resting on the laurels of Canvas HD, Micromax objectified their promo prints to build an audience; and they were darn successful. We see a rather ‘standard’ or ordinary rise in the hardware profile which most competent phones exhibit market wide today.
- Display: 5-inch capacitive touchscreen (1280x720p resolution);
- Operating system: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean);
- Processor: 1.2GHz Mediatek 6589 quad-core CPU, PowerVR SGX 544 graphics chip;
- RAM: 1GB;
- Storage: 16GB internal storage with support for up to 32GB micro SD card;
- Camera: 13MP camera, 5MP front-facing camera;
- Connectivity: 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS; and
- Battery: 2,000mAh
The Canvas 4 has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and pixel density of 294ppi which is very crisp and clear. The color reproduction, brightness levels and contrast ratio are simply great with good viewing angles. The screen is made of gorilla glass making it scratch-resistant. Out of the many in-house tweaks in Canvas 4; one to have gained a special mention is the ‘Blow to Unlock’ feature which allows users to blow air on the screen to unlock the device. It will be noteworthy to monitor its sensitivity levels and adjacency calibration in real world scenarios.
Apart from making direct comparisons with BLU Life One for its design and overall profiling. The build quality of the phone is pleasing to the eyes and appears premium in this price range. The aluminum frame defines the contours of the phone making it look elegant and robust. It also doubles up as a reception antenna which boosts signal strength.
Canvas 4 has not made much advancement in their chipset technology keeping it on par with Canvas HD; well almost. It has a nominal 1GB RAM to 16GB of storage capacity further expandable to 32GB via micro SD Card. We see the device having all the required connectivity included in the form of GPRS/Edge/HSPA with Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The phone has the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on it.
This phone also comes with many software enhancements with addition of new features. Proximity dialing, proximity call answering, upside speaker, upside silent, smart pause are some of the features in Smart Gesture. Proximity dialing will dial a contact on screen when the phone is brought near to the ear. Upside speaker will turn the speaker phone on when the phone is kept upside down during an ongoing call. A feature seen in Samsung phones, the ‘Smart Pause’ will pause the playing video if the user looks away from the screen. Other features such as Video Pinning are equivalent to ‘Pop-Up Play’ feature in Samsung which lets you view a video in a small window while you continue doing other tasks. It also supports Simultaneous Viewing which means playing 2 videos in a side by side preview.
The camera on this phone is a 13 megapixel shooter and a surprisingly generous 5 megapixel front camera. There is support for full HD video recording at 1080p and has other features such as face/smile detection, geo-tagging, touch focus to add. The camera supports a cool four way panorama which means shooting a panoramic image from left to right and vice versa; vertical angles; top to bottom and from bottom to the top. The camera can also shoot in burst mode with up to 90 shots in 15 seconds. It also supports an HDR mode.
The phone packs a load of features and holds a lot of promise in this segment of smart phones. But it seems to have left the dressing room in a jiffy with only a 2000 mAH battery in its backpack. With so much more going for it, a beefier battery could have ironed out a couple of creases.
The Canvas 4 on hardware front has only got camera upgrades and a standard 16GB storage to offer over its predecessor. But it has a lot of unique software tweaks up its sleeves and all this at a price of Rs.17999/- Should this considered a worthy upgrade and justifies the price! Well, only time can tell. But if you are already using Canvas HD and planning to make a switch, then you may also consider other competitive options available under the same price range.