“The new Sliver 5 from Micromax joins the slim phone bandwagon and stands out with its design”
The likes of the vivo X5 Max (first impressions), the Gionee Elife S5.1 (review), the OPPO R5 (review) and more recently, the Gionee Elife S7 have been the torchbearers of the super-slim smartphone brigade, and it’s time now for domestic brand Micromax to jump into the fray. Its latest, the Canvas Sliver 5, is actually touted to be the world’s slimmest. While that may sound slightly far-fetched as the OPPO R5 and the X5 Max are technically slimmer with their sub-5mm bodies, the new Micromax device can afford to make that claim as its 5.1mm casing is completely flat from edge to edge, without any protrusions or bumps. Let’s take a closer look.
It’s clear from the get-go that we’re not only dealing with a super-slim device here, but also one that’s very lightweight. Tipping the scales at a mere 98g, the Canvas Sliver 5 is definitely one of the lightest smartphones around. It may be thin and light, but the build quality is still top notch, thanks to the metal frame crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium. Our demo unit looks quite swanky in white, but there’s a more sedate black version available as well.
The fascia holds the screen and the usual mix of earpiece, sensors, notification LED and front camera (5MP in this case), but there are no capacitive hardware navigation keys below since they’re part of the software. The 4.8-inch AMOLED display bears a resolution of 720p, and looks quite vibrant.
Switch to the rear and you’ll see the lens for the primary 8-megapixel shooter, and an LED flash. The camera lens sits flush with the body and doesn’t protrude even a tiny bit – which bodes well for this slim device. The camera boasts a Sony IMX219 sensor and a Blue Glass filter, and features a pro mode. A Micromax logo is placed in the middle of the back panel, while a speaker can be seen below.
As far as the placement of ports and controls is concerned, you’ll find two separate volume keys on the left spine, while the power key is placed on the right. An ejectable tray that accepts a nano-SIM is also on the right. Both the headset socket and micro-USB port are at the bottom.
The software setup comprises Android Lollipop v5.0.2, and it looks like Micromax hasn’t done any customisations of its own. The interface is almost completely stock, replete with Google’s Material design. A bunch of apps come preloaded though.
With a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor ticking at 1.2GHz and 2GB of RAM, the going is reasonably smooth. Out of the 16GB internal storage provided, we could see about 10.5GB free on our demo unit. However, there’s no provision of adding more since the microSD card slot is missing in action. As far as connectivity options are concerned, the single-SIM device comes with 4G support, which is a coveted feature on pretty much all smartphones these days considering the expected mass rollout of LTE services in the country.
At its price of Rs 17,999, the Canvas Sliver 5 comes across as a pricey proposition considering the specs it brings to the table. If a slim and stylish handset is what you covet, the Gionee Elife S7 (review) seems like a better option. Though it’s priced marginally higher (about Rs 21,500 currently) and is slightly thicker at 5.5mm, the Elife S7 features much better specs. And if only the price is taken into consideration, the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 4 (review), Lenovo Vibe X2 (review), the Honor 6 (review) and the 16GB model of the OnePlus One (review) demolish the Canvas Sliver 5 completely. Rather than just judging the book by its cover though, we’ll hold our comments till we get a chance to review the new offering from Micromax, and hope it has what it takes to change our opinion.