“The Micromax Canvas Pulse 4G offers 3GB of RAM, LTE and a 5MP front camera with LED flash”
It’s been tough keeping a track of smartphones launched by Micromax and we know the exact reason why. Only a little while ago we were playing with the budget Canvas Xpress 4G and got done reviewing the brand’s latest flagship, the Canvas 5 (review). Just last week, the company launched the Canvas Mega E353 and Mega Q417 phones, both priced affordably. It won’t be wrong to say that if you set out in the market looking for an affordable phone with some specifications in mind, you will definitely find a Micromax phone in that price range. We say so because the upcoming sub-Rs 10,000 segment trend spells 3GB of RAM and that is precisely what the new Micromax Canvas smartphone we just got in our labs boasts. Dubbed as the Canvas Pulse 4G, the handset is priced enticingly at Rs 9,999. The phone does offer decent specification on paper, but whether or not is it worth the money, we can only say after reviewing it, but before that here’s a quick unboxing and our first impressions of the Micromax Canvas Pulse 4G
The phone ships in a black rectangular box. The colour monotony is broken by the phone’s picture on the front and product information on its back.
Take the lid off and you’ll see the handset resting on a thin cardboard tray, which can be flipped open to reveal all the accessories. The set includes a battery rated at 2,100mAh, a screen guard, standard documentation , a 700mA wall charger, a micro-USB to USB cable and a pair of earphones.
The handset’s design will be pleasant surprise when you take it out of the box. While quite a few phones these days sport a matte back panel and trims done in metallic finish, the Canvas Pulse 4G rocks metal on its frame. The device plays with shades of grey when it comes to the colour, as the back panel gets a charcoal-like hue while the trims have been finished in steel grey.
The rear panel, which is home to the camera module, Micromax branding and the loud speaker grille, can be removed to reveal a battery slot, two micro-SIM slots and a microSD card slot. Sets of tiny screws sit on either ends of the top and bottom edges, add to the stylish looks of the phone. The top edge carries an audio jack, while the bottom spine houses a micro-USB port and the primary microphone.
The power button resides on the right edge, while the volume rocker finds its place on the left spine. Up front, the compact 5-inch display is flanked by three non-backlit capacitive navigation keys on the bottom, and the standard set of sensors, earpiece and front camera on the top. What’s not standard, is a front facing LED flash, which accompanies the secondary camera.
The Micromax Canvas 4G Pulse is definitely a stylish-looking smartphone and its matte back panel doesn’t attract fingerprints or smudges, while adding to the classy design language. The compact display and lightweight design make it extremely convenient to handle.
The Pulse 4G gets HD resolution on its 5-inch screen, which should result in a sharp-looking display. The colours do look bright and vivid.
To enhance the colours, the company has loaded the device with MiraVision tech. The screen brightness also feels adequate and the viewing angles are impressive. The Canvas Pulse 4G’s screen however, feels a little lacking in touch response.
The usage on the smartphone, for the brief time that we used it, felt snappy and we’re crediting that to the 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6735 processor which works in tandem with 3GB of RAM. Multi-tasking should also be smooth since you get that much of RAM at your disposal. Graphics are taken care of by a Mali T720 processor. Our final take on how well the Canvas Pulse 4G fares as a daily driver is in the pipeline as you read this.
In terms of storage, you get 16GB of built in memory, out of which, about 10.2GB is available for your use. The microSD card slot can accept cards of up to 32GB capacity.
The Micromax Canvas Pulse 4G runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, with slight tweaks which changes the icons and the look of the interface a bit, however, the UI is mostly stock.
The smartphone comes loaded with a number of third-party apps, including Amazon Kindle, Amazon, Citrus Cube, Hike, Quikr, Scandid, Snapdeal, Saavn and all apps from Google.
The phone comes equipped with a 13MP autofocus camera assisted by an LED flash, along with a 5-meg snapper at the front, which gets its own LED flash. The camera UI slightly different as all the pre-loaded shooting modes have been arranged on the left of the viewfinder.
The modes include Picture in Picture, Live Photo Mode, Motion Track Mode, Panorama and Multi Angle View Mode. On the left, there is the usual assortment of the virtual shutter button, video mode, and the camera settings button. The settings are standard, giving you control over the exposure, white balance, shutter speed etc. The Pulse 4G’s camera apps also features an HDR mode and gesture sense. Swiping up from the bottom of the viewfinder will let you access 15 different effects you can use in real time while clicking a picture. The cameras seem capable, but only after testing them in different lighting conditions can we pass our verdict.
Connectivity wise, the phone supports 4G on both of its SIMs, and gets Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and A-GPS. The battery, at 2,100mAh doesn’t sound much, but could manage to drive your device through the day.
The device is available to buy exclusively on Flipkart. The sub-Rs 10,000 segment is on fire right now, and almost all brands have their own loaded weapons. The Intex Aqua Super, Gionee F103, Samsung Galaxy On5 (review), and the likes stand as competitors against the Micromax Canvas Pulse 4G.