Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G unboxing and first impressions: power-packed, smartly priced

“Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G is one of the most affordable smartphone with two gigabytes of RAM” 

With smartphones becoming more and more affordable these days, you don’t need to spend a fortune to buy one. A capable phone that can handle all your daily tasks with ease is not a luxury anymore, but a necessity. A pioneer in this segment is our local giant Micromax, which loves playing with modest price points and most of its offerings testify the same. Its latest handset, the Canvas Xpress 4G looks promising and surely feels like a good deal at Rs 6,599. Let’s unbox it and see how it feels at a first glance.

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The phone comes in a black box which bears a couple of images of the device on front. Uncover it and there lies the Xpress 4G on a black paper tray. Underneath it, we have the standard accessories including a micro-USB cable, power adapter, battery, bundled earphones and also a screen guard. Overall, the device comes neatly packaged with black as the dominant colour.

Coming to the handset itself, the phone looks basic from the front with a rectangular black front panel with a front camera and earpiece on the top of the display, and a row of non-backlit capacitive buttons on the bottom. Both sides of the device feature a metal finish, with the right spine hosting the volume rocker and the power button. The charging port and the 3.5mm socket are placed on top. Turning it around, we find the 8-megapixel camera, LED flash and the Micromax logo on the top, while the bottom hosts the speaker grill. Opening the plastic back, we find two 4G SIM slots, a microSD card slot and a removable 2,200mAh battery.

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Turning the phone on, we are greeted with a 5-inch IPS display with HD resolution which is fine for this price point. The phone packs in a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM which should be more than sufficient for routine tasks. Turning to the software experience, the device runs Android Lollipop 5.1.1 and utilises a stock interface for the menus and app drawer, but adds a tinge of modifications with the rounded app icons. The phone also comes bundled with dozens of pre-installed apps including Quikr, Wynk, Amazon Kindle, Hike and Clean Master, among others. 

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Talking about the optics, the smartphone packs in 8MP rear and a 2-megapixel front cameras. The viewfinder is very basic. It feels a tad laggy as well. This results in blurry shots if you don’t stay still after clicking the shot. In our very limited testing, the results were mostly average, but we’ll refrain from further comments till we get the chance to test it extensively. The handset comes with 16GB of storage out of which around 12 gigs is available to use.

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Overall, the phone fares well for the most part with a few shortcomings which can be ignored if we take into account the affordable price tag it offers. It faces a direct threat from a few Sino offerings namely the Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 Prime (


) and Lenovo’s A6000 Plus (review), which offer similar specs at a similar price. But Micromax enjoys a local fan following and trust among the masses which can prove to be a distinguisher here.

Photos by Raj Rout
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