Micromax today announced rebranding itself as well as made several other announcements that equally focused on hardware, software and user experience. A revamped Micromax, which calls itself Micromax 3.0, unleashed 19 new devices, which primarily focused on smartphones, and also included TVs and tablets. We briefly spent some time with its new flagship smartphones, Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro, at the launch event today. Here are our first impressions. Also Read - Cheaper Micromax In 1b Android Go edition India launch soon, details hereAlso Read - Micromax In 1b goes on sale: Price in India, specs and sale offers
The Micromax Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro come with the same price tag of Rs 13,999. The two smartphones have similar set of specifications with some differences. The Canvas 6 is the first Micromax smartphone to come with metal unibody and fingerprint scanner. The Canvas 6 Pro doesn t have the fingerprint scanner or the metal unibody, but relies on removable back panel with matte finish. Also Read - Micromax In Note 1, In Note 1b launched in India: Price, specifications and other details
Besides the design difference, the Canvas 6 comes with 3GB of RAM + 32GB internal storage while the Canvas 6 Pro comes with 4GB of RAM + 16GB internal storage. The Canvas 6 has 8-megapixel front facing camera and the Canvas 6 Pro has 5-megapixel selfie camera.
Other than these, the two smartphones have similar set of specifications. The duo have 5.5-inch full HD display, run Android 5.1 and are powered by MediaTek Helio X10 processor. Both the smartphones come with microSD support for expandable storage. Both the Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro come with 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, 3,000mAh battery and connectivity options like dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS.
As mentioned earlier, the Canvas 6 has the metal unibody, a first for Micromax. The company has made an attempt to finally catch up with the trend of metal smartphones and fingerprint scanners, which is increasingly becoming popular among the budget and premium smartphones equally. While the design is different from the previous Canvas smartphones, the Canvas 6 looks highly inspired by the Huawei Nexus 6P, which too has black bar on the back panel. Other than that the smartphone is big and bulky. Well, Micromax isn t looking to win any design awards with the Canvas 6 anyway.
The Canvas 6 Pro is an interesting device with focus on performance. At Rs 13,999, it is perhaps one of the most affordable smartphones to come with 4GB of RAM. Sadly it misses out on features such as fingerprint scanner or the metal body. During the little time we spent with the device, it looked good enough.
Like the Canvas 6, it doesn t give you the feel of a premium smartphone. If you are looking for better looking smartphones at this similar price range, LeEco s Le 1s and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 are the ones you should consider, period.
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The Canvas 6 Pro is likely to woo those who like heavy duty performance from their smartphones, but don t want to spend a bomb. I am not really sure how will it fare against the likes of OnePlus 2 and other popular mid-range smartphones.
Hardware features of the new Micromax smartphones may not blow your mind. Blame the likes of Xiaomi, CoolPad and Meizu for spoiling you with high specced smartphones at ultra low prices. But what we are looking forward to is the software part where Micromax has integrated its Around , Gaana and Udio mobile wallet in the device. It may be recalled that Around, an integrated platform that sources content from multiple apps and services, was so far exclusive to its Yu for now. Micromax has made investments in a number of Indian start ups, and going forward we are likely to see more similar integration.
Stay tuned for our detailed review of Micromax s new flagship smartphones.