Smartphone screen manufacturing is increasingly geared towards economical manufacturing screens with an aspect ratio of 16:9. That’s what most phones come with. This year, Samsung and LG have leveraged their screen manufacturing capabilities to make wider screens on smartphones a reality, as we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, LG G6 and LG Q6. The latter brings the 18:9 widescreen ratio to the affordable segment; check out our review of the LG Q6 to find out just how it is.
Getting into the widescreen game is Micromax with the Canvas Infinity. With a 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio, the phone promises more screen with a compact form factor. We had a chance to play around with the Rs 9,999 Micromax Canvas Infinity, and here’s what we think.
Lots of screen
Thanks to the 5.7-inch 18:9 screen, the Micromax Canvas Infinity has a higher-than-usual screen-to-body ratio which comes close to the 80 percent mark. This makes for an excellent-looking smartphone at the front; one that appears to be all screen, particularly when you use a wallpaper with a black background on the phone. However, the bezels, while narrow, are certainly present and visible, accentuated even more by the low resolution of the screen.
The Micromax Canvas Infinity has an HD+ screen resolution, with 720×1440 pixels. On the 5.7-inch screen, this results in a pixel density count of just 282ppi, which does show on the phone. The screen isn’t quite as sharp as the full-HD+ screen on the LG Q6, and the lack of sharpness is visible when closely examining the phone. However, the sheer novelty of an 18:9 ratio screen does make up for this to an extent, and forms the major part of the Canvas Infinity’s appeal.
Unlike many popular phones today, the Micromax Canvas Infinity does not feature a unibody design. The rear panel opens up to reveal the removable battery and separate slots for both SIMs and a microSD card. The panel itself is plastic along the sides, as well as the top and bottom of the rear, and metal along the chunk of back of the phone. There are cutouts at the back where the camera, single-tone LED flash and fingerprint sensor can peek through, and the Micromax logo near the bottom.
It doesn’t feel quite as special as the LG Q6, which uses its all-metal aircraft-grade aluminum unibody to better effect. With the exception of the screen which stands out thanks to its large footprint at the front, the Micromax Canvas Infinity has very little going for it when it comes to the look and feel of the phone.
As is the case with the LG Q6, the higher cost of the extraordinary aspect ratio of the screen of the Micromax Canvas Infinity is offset with lower specifications. Priced at Rs 9,999, the phone’s specifications are pretty much in line with what you’d expect from some devices priced at around Rs 8,000 or so. You get 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC. This is an entry-level chipset that comes with basic performance at best. During my initial time with the phone, I didn’t find any significant issues beyond basic slow loading times, but I’ll reserve judgement for the full review.
The Micromax Canvas Infinity also comes with a 2,900mAh battery and Android Nougat out-of-the-box. The bundled charger is a 7.5W unit which unfortunately won’t charge the phone too quickly. We haven’t tested the battery life yet, so stay tuned for our full review.
The Micromax Canvas Infinity is typically a budget smartphone, but with one distinct element that helps it stand out among the competition: its screen. The 18:9 aspect ratio is particularly interesting when it comes to the aesthetic element of the phone, as it helps the phone look different. The high screen-to-body ratio is certainly something that people will notice, and this gives the Infinity an edge.
However, it isn’t the first phone to go with this positioning. The LG Q6 is similar in all ways, albeit with a better screen and better build at first impressions. We will be reviewing the Micromax Canvas Infinity in detail, so stay tuned for our full review.