Micromax is trying to revamp itself with the new Canvas 6 Pro and Canvas 6 flagships. As the new TV ad campaign tell us, they have ‘nuts, guts and glory’, and no fruit for a logo. I suppose if everyone can take potshots at Apple, why can’t India’s second-largest smartphone brand do the same; never mind that the target audiences and quality of products are entirely different.
While the Canvas 6 is supposed to be all metal and comes with a fingerprint scanner, Canvas 6 Pro comes with more RAM (4GB to be precise), an all plastic body, less storage space (16GB vs 32GB in Canvas 6) and no fingerprint scanner. Both smartphones are priced at Rs 13,999 and will be sold via Micromax’s online store, which has also launched recently.
Currently, only the Canvas 6 Pro is listed on the site for sale. So is the mid-budget range smartphone good enough to help Micromax win in this price segment? During the course of this week, I’ll be reviewing the device to see if it can stand against smartphones from Xiaomi, Lenovo, LeEco, etc that have flooded the Indian market and offer great specs and performance.
Day 4: Battery and our overall verdict
A ‘Pro’ smartphone needs a battery that can last, and sadly that’s not the case with Canvas 6 Pro. In our battery tests, it lasted around 8 hours, which is not acceptable in this price range where the competition is offering 24 hours battery life, often at a lower price.
Even with moderate usage the battery life is around 8-10 hours, and for most users that won’t be enough. Micromax’s Canvas 6 Pro is also prone to heating at times, which again makes it harder to gauge the battery performance.
Overall the Canvas 6 Pro is an okay smartphone from Micromax. The bigger problem in recommending this version is that the Canvas 6 has more storage space (32GB), a better selfie camera (8 megapixel front camera), better design (all metal body) and a fingerprint scanner.
For users who might be considering a Micromax device as their next purchase, Canvas 6 Pro does not appear to be so appealing. After all, most users don’t buy a phone simply because it has 4GB RAM. Plus it doesn’t help that Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 1s are all full metal-body phones, with fingerprint scanners, 32GB storage space all for under Rs 12,000. Sadly Micromax Canvas 6 Pro can’t beat the competition.
Day 3: Camera testing
During the launch event for its new phones, Micromax made it clear that the Canvas 6 Pro was for ‘power users’ who were into gaming, etc and not likely to take selfies. Thus the Canvas 6 Pro has a lower five megapixel front camera coupled with a 13 megapixel rear camera. The Pro supports 1080 p video recording as well.
In terms of speed, this is one of the faster smartphone cameras in the price bracket. Canvas 6 Pro’s focus works quickly, and I didn’t face any shutter lag while taking pictures.
While the quick focus is a plus point, I’m not entirely convinced about the colour reproduction from the Canvas 6 Pro. The shots taken inside rooms or in bright light come out looking good, but the colours are washed out in some cases. The phone can’t handle reds, and there is a tendency for colours like blue to appear dull.
The selfie camera might be five megapixel, but it is not much to talk about and certainly not one of the best in this price-range. I kept thinking that some of the selfies were a bit pixellated for the resolution that Micromax is offering. But as Micromax says this phone is about performance and gaming, so the selfie fans can forget about this one.
Overall while the camera is fast, it doesn’t always deliver the best results compared to some of the other options in the same price band.
Day 2: Performance and the software
Canvas 6 Pro is supposed to be all about performance because of 4GB RAM along with Helio MediaTek Helio X10 Tru-octa processor, according to the company. Like most Micromax smartphones, it also comes with a bunch of pre-loaded apps. The first thing to do is to remove the widget for the ‘Trending apps’ else that thing will just keep on pinging with unnecessary alerts.
On the performance front, the Canvas 6 Pro’s performance is nothing spectacular. In the Antutu tests we ran, the Canvas 6 Pro came at number 21, below the Meizu MX5 and LeTv Le 1S.
Benchmark tests aside, the Canvas 6 Pro is capable of handling multi-tasking for your regular day. However a longer session of the gaming leaves the phone pretty warm around the top part, and there were times when I felt a noticeable lag on the phone, especially when trying to clear too many tabs.
I also faced issues when playing Asphalt 8 and found that I could not manoeuvre the car in the right direction. I had to restart the game twice to get it working fine. But I’ve not faced this issue with other games I’ve played on the phone.
Gaana app, (Micromax is an investor in the company) comes with three months free membership and if you’re an avid user of the same, you’ll appreciate this. There’s the Scandid app, another company in which Micromax has invested, that will constantly keep pinging alerts for deals and discounts.
There’s also the Udio wallet, which for some reason appears to be in the form of two different apps on the Canvas 6 Pro: one app called Udio and one called Wallet. Both are exactly the same, so I’m not sure what happened here.
Overall I’d say the Micromax Canvas 6 Pro works decently, but am not sure about the ‘Pro’ title. I also feel that it is let down by too many pre-installed apps each with their own set of alerts and widgets crowding a user’s space. And this is a problem if you consider that the Canvas 6 comes with 32 GB space for the same price. For users who want a lot more space on their phone, the Canvas 6 Pro might not make a lot of sense.