After a lot of rumors and conjectures, Micromax launched its first octa-core smartphone called the Canvas knight A350 earlier this month. Looking at the specifications, design and especially the price tag, there is no doubt that Micromax has managed to achieve something quite impressive. But is it as impressive in real world as it is on a sales brochure?
First a short recap of the specifications — the Canvas Knight A350 features a 5-inch 1080p IPS display with a pixel density of 443ppi, 2GHz MediaTek MT6592T true octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel camera at the front, 32GB of internal storage and a 2,350mAh battery. On the software front, it runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and as far as the pricing is concerned, the device retails at Rs 19,999.
From the moment the first press photos of the device surfaced online, people have been raving about the design and how it looks premium. It is nothing like what we have ever seen from Micromax before and unlike the plastic-clad phones from other local brands, this looks like it belongs to a tier-one brand.
This view is echoed by NDTV Gadgets, which comments on the inspired looks of the phone. “The first thing that you will notice about the Micromax Canvas Knight is its refreshed design,” NDTV Gadgets says.
However, it is also quick to point out that the design is not something revolutionary and in fact reminds of other devices. “Our immediate reaction after we took the smartphone out of the box was: we have seen something similar before. We would not be totally wrong to say that the Canvas Knight is inspired by Sony’s former flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z, while the sides look a bit reminiscent of an Apple iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S.”
The Canvas Knight flaunts a 5-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 443ppi and with such numbers you expect it to do a very good job. However, reviewers suggest that colors lack a punch and the blacks are not deep enough.
The Mobile Indian notes, “The display has very good viewing angles, but it is not bright enough for outdoors which is definitely an issue in a country like India. The display is also a fingerprint magnet as well as quite reflective.”
One of the USPs on the Canvas Knight is the 16-megapixel rear camera, which is the same as the Gionee Elife E7. It features an OmniVision CameraChip sensor with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and the unit is supplemented by an 8-megapixel snapper at the front. Performance is bound to be decent and the same is reflected by the reviewers.
The Indian Express says, “The rear camera for a change gives decent pictures even in low light and indoors. It is not great, but much better that most other Android cameras in this price range. There is a bit of noise in the images, but then there is also good detail when needed.”
The comments about the front camera continue in the same vein. “The 8-megapixel front camera is better than most phones, but is sluggish and is best used only for video calls and the occasional selfie,” The Indian Express adds.
This being an octa-core smartphone, power is something you will find in plenty. It features a MediaTek MT6592T true octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. This kind of chops should ensure everything is smooth as silk and all the reviewers and even benchmarks suggest that the processor is blazing fast.
The Economic Times says, “The phone delivers fantastic performance and handles everything from hardware intensive games to full HD videos with ease. In AnTuTu Benchmark, the Canvas Knight scored better than the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a score of 30,682.”
However there seems to be some issue with the device heating up. The Indian Express says, “With some games we noticed that the device did heat up quite a bit near the camera. Remember, the heat is coming through an extra layer of protection due to the rear cover.”
With a 2,350mAh battery inside, it sounds good enough to last a day on normal use. And according to the reviewers it does. All the three reviewers were able to get 10-12 hours of usage on a single charge when using the phone for web browsing, calls and using apps like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
With heavier usage though, the battery performance dropped and the phone needed a charge within 7-8 hours.
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on the device was met with disappointment since most of the OEMs opting for Android KitKat on their top devices. Most of the reviewers were happy with the UI and the bloatware that is being offered on the device. One of the reviewers also suggests that users shift to third-party launchers like Nova.
The overall views about the Canvas Knight are positive and all the three are impressed with what Micromax has managed to achieve at this price range.
The Canvas Knight has managed to impress all the reviewers with its looks and premium finish. At a price of Rs 19,999, it gives great features that are easily comparable to other Android smartphones from tier-one brands. However, it has an average camera and the UI is not worth writing home about.
At this price range it will be up against other octa-core smartphones like the Intex Aqua Octa and the recently launched WickedLeak Wammy Passsion X. We recently compared all the three devices to find out the best.