Micromax launched the Canvas Xpress 2 last month, priced at Rs 5,999. With the specifications on offer, it not only competes against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 2, and Coolpad Dazen 1, but also takes the sheen off the Canvas Spark as well. We have spent some considerable time with the smartphone to try and find out if it can take on the aforementioned smartphones. Also Read - 5 delayed smartphone launches in India due to COVID-19 in May 2021Also Read - Micromax In 1 goes on sale in India today on Flipkart: Top 5 features, price of all variants
When we received the Canvas Xpress 2, the first thing that struck us was the quality of the packaging. The packaging looks premium despite being in the affordable range. Having said that, the overall build quality is a bit below par when you compare the likes of the Redmi 2 and the Dazen 1. That said, the Canvas Xpress 2 is much more stylish with the golden metallic strip and the black volume rocker and power button on the side.
Sporting a 5-inch display, the smartphone is relatively compact and fits well in the palm of one s hands. The front is dominated by the display, with the earpiece and 2-megapixel camera towards the top. At the back, there is a 13-megapixel rear camera, with the flash underneath, and the Micromax logo below that. The overall design is good, and the smartphone looks stylish.
The Canvas Xpress 2 flaunts a 5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) display, which is among the better ones available in this range. The display is good, and so is the touch experience. After having used other phones in this segment, it is safe to say the Micromax s smartphone offers one of the better touch experiences.
The smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core chipset, making it the most affordable smartphone in India to feature such a processor. The processor is paired with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB internal storage, of which around 4.5GB is available for the user.
The smartphone features dual-SIM card slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, but 4G LTE is quite visibly missing. With the likes of the Redmi 2 offering LTE connectivity, this is one of the shortcomings on Micromax s smartphone. While some smartphones in this range are offering 2GB of RAM, in terms of performance the Canvas Xpress 2 is no less capable.
The smartphone s performance is up to the mark and despite having multiple browser tabs and apps open in the background, the Canvas Xpress hardly broke a sweat.
The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, which is no doubt a bit dated, but Micromax has guaranteed an upgrade to Lollipop soon. There is no overburdening UI on top of the OS, and you get an almost stock Android experience. There are three on-screen navigation buttons, and the smartphone also comes preloaded with apps like NewsHunt, Quickr, and HotStar. Despite being preloaded though, these apps can be easily uninstalled. There are however a few unnecessary apps that work in the background and also send out notifications, thereby consuming your data. Unfortunately, despite trying our best, we could not disable these notifications.
Talking about the camera, the best we have come across in this range is the Xiaomi Redmi 2. It is safe to say that the 13-megapixel camera on the Canvas Xpress 2 is on par with its rival. Even indoors, where most cameras in this range suffer from noise, the camera on Micromax s smartphone performed satisfactorily. The 5-megapixel front camera too is just about good.
Micromax has bundled the smartphone with a pair of earphones that are quite good. The overall music quality on the Canvas Xpress 2 is quite impressive as well. The smartphone s speaker grille is placed on the golden frame, so even if you ve kept the device on the bed the sound doesn t get muffled.
The Canvas Xpress 2 features a 2,500mAh battery, which is just about good enough to last the day on a single charge. But such battery life can only be achieved with mixed usage. While testing, we put the smartphone through 4-5 hours of Internet browsing, almost an hour of phone calls, and nearly two hours of app use. With this kind of usage, the battery level reached critical levels by the end of the day.
After having used the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 for some time it is safe to say that we are impressed. The smartphone boasts an impressive set of specifications and features, offers good performance, and the camera is one of the best in this range as well. The lack of 4G LTE notwithstanding, we would say that the Canvas Xpress 2 is one of the better smartphones you can buy in the sub-Rs 6,000 range.