“The new Canvas flagships from Micromax are targeted at lifestyle as well as power users”
Micromax unveiled its revamped avatar recently, along with announcing the launch of 20 new smart devices… its new tagline being Nuts. Guts. Glory. With this refreshed array of products, the company aims at becoming the number one consumer electronics player in India. To kick off the new journey, Micromax chose its flagship Canvas series devices and introduced the Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro. While the former is a metal-adorned eye-candy, the latter is a powerhouse with an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM. The homegrown phonemaker aims at targeting two primary niches of users with its latest flagship duo. We got a chance to play with both of these device and here are our initial thoughts about the Micromax Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro.
The Canvas 6 is Micromax’s first smartphone to sport a metal unibody design and a fingerprint scanner. The design language of the smartphone seems slightly inspired by the Google Nexus 6P, with the back panel accentuated with a black inlay towards the top, carrying the primary camera. The trail goes on as the primary camera is followed by an LED flash module, a fingerprint scanner, and some minimal branding.
Walling the display from above is the usual assortment of sensors, an earpiece and a front camera. The downward extension of the screen is blocked by a thick bezel, as the navigation keys come as part of the software.
On the right spine you find a power key, and a volume rocker, while an ejectable SIM tray can be found on the left edge. The bottom edge has been spiced up with two sets of precision drilled holes, and two tiny screws, sandwiching the micro-USB port in between. While one of the sets hides the primary microphone, the other is the loudspeaker grille. The top edge houses an audio jack and a secondary microphone.
The Canvas 6 Pro is a more standard looking device, with its back panel being matte black, just like you’d find on some smartphones by Micromax backed YU. The rear panel carries the primary camera module, the revamped Micromax branding and a loud speaker grill, which leaves the bottom edge home to only the micro-USB port and the primary microphone.
You do not find an ejectable SIM-tray on the edge because the back cover can be snapped off to reveal two SIM slots and a battery. The remaining port and button placement remains the same.
Both the Micromax Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro are 5.5-inch devices. While the two are surprisingly lightweight, the overall build is quite hefty, making it difficult to use the smartphones with a single hand. You can manage to turn some heads with the Canvas 6, with its all metal body, but the Canvas 6 Pro won’t exactly make a style statement.
The displays on both the phones is full HD, protected by layers of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. While the screens looked sharp enough, the brightness was absolutely disappointing. While you might not have major issues indoors, the displays on both the Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro simply give up outdoors and become as illegible as screens can be.
Under the hood, the Micromax Canvas 6 hides an octa-core processor aided by 3GB of RAM. Coming to the Micromax Canvas 6 Pro, it is the first smartphone from the brand to offer 4GB of RAM, and the first from an Indian brand to be powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 chipset. Navigating between screens and switching between apps seemed smooth enough on both the phones. Although the Canvas 6 Pro is targeted at power users, we’ll be stressing the engines on both these devices equally before putting out our final say.
In terms of storage, the Canvas 6 ships with 32GB of built-in memory, which makes it the first device from Micromax to do so. However, with the Canvas 6 Pro you’ll have to settle with 16GB onboard storage. You get about 26GB in the Canvas 6 and approximately 9GB of storage in the Canvas 6 Pro, for you use. The storage is expandable on both the devices.
Both the smartphones run Android Lollipop with Micromax’s custom skin on top. The UI is near stock but you do notice the changed icons. The phones ship with a fair number of preloaded third party apps, a few of them being Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Scandid, Quikr, Gaana, Opera Max and Clean Master.
The phones come with a feature called Turbo Download, which claims to download files faster by using both Wi-Fi and mobile data simultaneously. While the company announced the inclusion of its Around app, we couldn’t find the same on the device. The application is claims to be an all-in-one platform for all your needs, including food, travel and shopping. The company has partnered with major players in every niche to provide its users with a one-stop solution.
Both the Micromax Canvas 6 and the Canvas 6 Pro use 13MP primary cameras, with phase detection autofocus. However, there’s an 8MP front camera on the former, and a 5-meg one on the latter. The camera app looks pretty loaded with a bunch of options you find along three sides of the viewfinder.
There’s HDR, Smile Detection, Beautification, and a bunch of other shooting modes and settings you can use. While the shooters look promising enough, we’ll be testing them in various shooting conditions to gauge their prowess.
Connectivity-wise, the Micromax Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro offer dual-SIM support, 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and A-GPS. Both the phones come backed by a 3,000mAh battery, which sounds decent. The company promises a talk time of nine hours, and standby time of 337 hours.
Both the Micromax Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro have been priced at Rs 13,999. At this price point, the phones compete directly with the Honor 5X (review), the Moto G Turbo (review) and the Lenovo Vibe S1 (review), which recently got a price cut. The Honor 5X is a good bargain with its metal body, fingerprint sensor and good shooting capabilities. The Moto G Turbo is a smartphone for those who do not fear commitment, with its durable build, good performance and stock Android experience. And, the Vibe S1 is a not-so-mainstream device with its dual front cameras. Whether the Canvas 6 and the Canvas 6 Pro have the guts to seize the bunch of consumers they’re targeted at, or if it was nuts move by the company… you will find out in our full reviews of the devices, which will be out before you can spell glory.