With an amazing feat of excellent past performance in the mid and low-range smartphones category in India, Micromax managed to earn a reputation of a most consistent brand in the segment that is until a while back. Micromax did get a lot of heat from new and existing competition which forced it to re-look at some of its strategic moves to woo the customers back. With its brand-new logo, a not-so-humble Ad campaign, and a host of new launches across smartphone categories up its sleeve, Micromax aims at a larger pie-share with a wide-spread consumer base. But one will have to just wait and see if it really manages to change the order of the business.
Out of the most recent launches includes the addition to its mid-range franchisee of Canvas models – i.e, Micromax Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro. They can almost be called ‘Twins’ except for few minor differences here and there that are all too easy to remember. But we aren’t really sure if those are strategic decisions or deliberate actions taken to roll out more models out of dumb compulsion. Both the models were featured together at the launch to counter the stalwart competitors crowding the market including Xiaomi, LeEco, OnePlus among others. Today we are reviewing the latest addition to the family – the Micromax Canvas 6 Pro. We will also compare this ambitious Micromax model to others in the peer group as well as it’s ‘sibling’ – Canvas 6.
Micromax Canvas 6 Pro is a Dual SIM (one Nano-SIM and one micro-SIM), GSM Smartphone supporting 4G/LTE Band 40 introduced recently at a launch price of 13,999/- It boasts of a wide 5.5’ inch IPS LCD Touchscreen with 1080X1920 pixels which works out to a sharp 401 pixels per inch. It is no different compared to the twin-model Canvas 6, but there are other features that can help distinguish between the two. Here are the specifications, features and performance details to dive into.
1) Design and Display:
The common thing one should do while taking on its competition is to know and try-to-match-up the competitors strengths before anything else. This is precisely what Micromax attempts to do with the renewed look and body. The cheap materials of previous predecessors are replaced with a slightly better quality body, yet the all-plastic theme prevails which probably doesn’t deter much, atleast look-wise for this mid-range smartphone. The phone is kept big enough to enjoy a good screen-time and comfortable enough to allow a proper hold. The design is carved in ebony-black and doesn’t attempt to stand-out in any way from the rest of the competition.
The screen spans out till edges giving an illusions of a wider screen. The top and bottom borders are relatively normal heighted in the front to allow for a better screen-to-body ratio. The display is guarded with Corning Gorilla glass making it quite sturdy. The edges of the front glass are bevelled on corners giving it a dash of premium feel but that’s about it. Barring that there is nothing imaginative or creative about the display or appearance. The 3.5mm audio jack and USB port is put at the top. The power and volume-rockers reside on the right-side, keeping the ergonomics in mind. A micro-USB port sits at the bottom for charging or connecting the device. The front camera, LED notification and the earpiece is housed at its usual places. Although unimaginative, the design pretty much does what it offers in most other smartphones in the category.
Compared to Canvas 6 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 too comes in the similar screen configuration but bears a slightly better looking metal uni-body and a Full HD 1080p IPS display. Plus Redmi Note 3 is also available in other colour options. Lenovo K4 Note too has a premium looking metallic frame with a plastic body that sports the same touchscreen and pixel density as Canvas 6 Pro.
2) Software and Performance
Canvas 6 Pro is powered by a 2GHz Octa-core Cortex-A53 and a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset. It runs on Andriod Lollipop 5.1 with a Power VR G6200 GPU. The most interesting offering of this model is the inbuilt 4GB RAM which is completely surreal in the under-15000 smartphone club. The internal storage of 16 GB is available which can be expanded to 64 GB with a micro-SD card.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 on the other hand is powered with the amazing 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 with both 2 GB and 3 GB RAM option and 16 GB / 32 GB internal storage. Lenovo K4 Note runs a 1.5 GHz Mediatek MT6753 running on Android Lollipop 5.1 with a 3 GB RAM and an option of 16 GB / 32 GB internal storage that can be further expanded to 128 GB through a microSD card.
The RAM is quite literally the highlight of the Canvas 6 Pro. But only memory in itself doesn’t make a cut for the model. The chipset seems marginal in comparison to others in the category. The normal phone features doesn’t quite show the drag even while multi-tasking. But you may have to kill the background applications for serious fast-paced gaming.
3) Battery Life
Micromax Canvas Pro 6 has a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with the reported standby time of 337 hours on 3G. It sounds a decent configuration on paper, but the practical use suggests the lack of decent battery life. It tends to drain pretty faster within hours even with playing normal videos, which is not favourable to the on-the-move life-style. A fully charged battery will last a day only if you manage to use it for basic calls and messaging. The model does heat up easily with playing just a few Apps or videos.
Both the other peer models offer better battery options and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 wins hands down as it boasts of a 4000 mAh battery. Lenovo K4 Note is backed with a 3300 mAh battery.
Apart from robust RAM, Micromax also added a 13MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. The back camera specs are pretty comparable to what peer-models offer is also loaded with a 5P Largan Lens. The model supports Phase Detection autofocus and is said to lock the focus in 0.10 seconds. The model also allows Exposure settings, ISO control, HDR, Auto Flash, Face Detection, Touch focus, GeoTagging and more for better and professional shots. But somehow the actual performance of the rear camera is lacklustre and the day shots gives out blurry images with objects out of focus even at higher resolution. The night shots too seem grainy and unclear. The front 5 MP camera is good for close selfies but it does not allow Autofocus or Flash. Good luck with clicking impromptu group selfies at night pubs.
Redmi Note 3 offers a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP secondary camera. Lenovo K4 Note too has a 13MP camera with a better aperture of f/2.2 and a 5 MP front snapper.
The whole aim of Micromax introducing new smartphone models in the market is countering competition. On a stand-alone, you may find Canvas 6 Pro as a pretty good candy bar phone, powered with all the frilly features like a decent Processor, better RAM capacity, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and so on. But when it is compared against the competition, Canvas 6 Pro grossly falls short to impress much.
Micromax may have hoped that Canvas 6 Pro will be recognised as the first-ever phone with a 4GB RAM under 15000 and it will be precisely be the case. This also supports multi-tasking pretty well. The disappointment is that the brand fails to offer any other major features that can be more alluring to the consumer compared to the competition. To think that the RAM memory can be a big distinguishing feature in a volatile over-crowding smartphone market seems pretty short-sighted for the well-established brand like Micromax. We hoped for more.