Micromax Canvas Knight 2 Express Review: Why this stylish phone is a bit underwhelming

Micromax Canvas Knight 2 is a good buy for those who wants a great design for their mid-range smartphone

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2017 10:47 am
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If you ask me, the Micromax Canvas Knight was the Indian smartphone maker’s best phone. Well over a year after the first Canvas Knight, which in my books is still the company’s flagship device, Micromax has launched the Canvas Knight 2. Will the new edition be able to live up to the expectations of someone who have used the first Knight?

Here is the review:

Micromax Canvas Knight 2

One look at the Micromax Canvas Knight 2 and it feels as if they were experimenting for the Canvas Sliver 5 on this phone. This is one of the thinnest smartphones you will use, certainly from an Indian manufacturer. Of course, at 6.3mm, it is not the slimmest phone in the market, but it is certainly among the slimmer ones.

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It also has a clean metal frame that gives it a very premium look and feel. However, the front and back panels are a bit too plasticky from my liking. Plus, the bezel under the screen seems to be taking up too much space. The camera bump is insignificant, but it is there. Thankfully, it has been moulded into the metal frame, adding to the overall style quotient.

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Specs: 5-inch AMOLED (1280×720 pixels, ~294 ppi) | 1.5 Ghz Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM | 16GB storage expandable up to 32GB | 13MP rear + 5MP front camera | 4G LTE | dual SIM | Android 5.0 | 2,230mAh battery | Micromax Canvas Knight 2 full specs

Rs 16,299

What is good?

Yes, the design of the phone is a real deal breaker, especially in this price point. I guess a lot of people will end up buying this phone just for its looks. I got the champagne gold finish review, which is certainly not my cup of tea, and think the silver version is better.

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Overall, the phone performs reasonably well. The phone has a Snapdragon 615 processor and still managed to stay reasonably cool. I, however, did not use it as my primary phone. But the phone does heat when you are downloading apps of the Play store or watching videos on the browser. I did not experience any app crashes or lag. The phone has mid-level benchmarks in the region of two-year-old flagships.

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The camera on the phone is good and gives users a lot of options. It gives over a dozen pre-set options along with a lot of tweaks on the go in quick settings. My only issue with the camera is the fact that the focus gets activated even when you are going to tweak the settings. The front camera is a decent too, and offers a lot of preset filters to play around with.

The overall battery life is good, given that the processor does not go on a high temper run in between. Without these heating spikes you should be able to get 12 hours easily on this phone.

The overall graphics capability of the phone should make it a good option for those who like to spend time with high-end mobile games.

What is bad?

At this price range, Micromax should now be looking at offering a FullHD screen. That value for money is what users are expecting from Micromax. The screen on the Canvas Knight 2 is not bad, but at this price range people might just go for a phone that offers more pixels.

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As with other Micromax phones, there are quite a few pre-loaded apps on the phone. I think these days it is better to leave the choice to the user and maybe limit it to app suggestions instead of actual pre-burns. Thankfully, all this uses up just about 5GB of space on the phone, leaving about 11GB for the user.

The phone being very slim, it might have been a good idea to give a matte or textured finish at the back to offer a better grip. This phone is prone to slips.

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Verdict

The Micromax Canvas Knight was an excellent phone when it was launched in March 2014. It offered what was then top-end specs in a mid-range phone. But the world has changed since and all mid range phones offer more bang for their buck with top of the shelf specifications.

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This is why the Micromax Canvas Knight 2 feels a bit underwhelming at its price point. It’s a bit like a Knight who has come back from a long war not realising that his village has moved on. A good buy for those who wants a great design for their mid-range smartphone. Those who want performance should look elsewhere.

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