Updated: August 10, 2015 11:05:25 am
The sub-6k smartphone is the next big challenge for most smartphone manufacturers. Xiaomi has been very aggressive here with its Redmi already getting updated to Redmi 2 and Micromax brings its competitor. While Micromax’s sister brand Yu already has a smartphone in this range based on CyanogenMod OS, Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 is for those who are looking for an easy on pocket Android device.
Micromax Canvas Xpress 2
Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 will be the first of a new range of devices to be available exclusively on Flipkart. Micromax is trying to give great smartphone experience to the first-time smartphone buyers with simple yet likeable design. An octa-core processor and 13MP camera round up the smartphone experience.
Specs: 5.0-inch (720x1280p, ~294 ppi) LCD display | Octa-core 1.4 GHz Mediatek MT6592 processor | 1GB RAM | 8GB storage (expandable up to 32GB) | 13MP rear camera + 2MP front | Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery | Android Kitkat OS
Price: Rs 5,999
What is good?
The display is the most important aspect of any smartphone experience, Micromax Canvas Xpress 2’s 5-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels won’t disappoint. It’s adequately bright for daylight and auto brightness works absolutely fine. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection just sweetens the deal. The wide 178 degree viewing angle makes watching videos on this screen a delight.
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 is powered by a 1.4GHz true octa-core Mediatek MT6592 processor with Mali 450 GPU. For most basic tasks, only two cores stayed active clocking not more than 854MHz. This makes sure the smartphone doesn’t heat up during normal use. Thanks to Mali 450 GPU, Canvas Xpress 2 can play even games like Asphalt 8: Airborne and Dead Trigger 2 based on Unity’s 3D engine. The frame rates stayed extremely normal but it did struggle a bit. Something you might not even notice in normal use. Other games like Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run, and Subway Surfer won’t be an issue for this smartphone at all.
The camera is another department where Canvas Xpress 2 excels. Under ideal lighting conditions, the smartphone is quick to focus and it captures immediately at the touch of shutter button. There are other photography modes like frontback which captures front and back at the same instant. With this feature, users can share what’s happening around them with their selfie.
Micromax has added other smart software features like Flipboard-style Quick Look which aggregates all your social media feeds, weather and news updates. Micromax has also added a simplified lockscreen called Start, that gives quick access to most used apps, social media accounts right from the lockscreen. The design is pretty competitive. The added champagne accent to the side rim makes this smartphone standout.
What is not good?
Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with promised upgrade to Lollipop. So far we haven’t seen any upgrade and considering that Micromax has many other smartphones with Android Lollipop in the market, we are disappointed.
Micromax has added apps like Quikr, Housing, hotstar apart from its own branded M!Live app which seem more of a bloatware than necessity. The supplied headphones sound great but they never stayed in my ears for long.
Should you buy?
At this price, Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 offers a lot for its price. The competition includes 2nd Gen Moto E 3G and Redmi 2. While Redmi 2 offers 4G support, Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 sticks to 3G bands. Moto E offers near stock Android Lollipop while Canvas Xpress 2 still runs older Android Kitkat. But Micromax offers a processor that is better than Snapdragon 410 and a camera that is the best in the range. Also Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 has a huge 2,500mAh battery that can easily get past a day.
At Rs 5999, Micromax Canvas will appeal to young smartphone users and first-time buyers.
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