Micromax has been bringing up a number of capable devices in the budget segment and the Canvas lineup seems to be very successful among them. This time around the new Canvas Knight came up with an octa core processor in the sub 20k segment. The phone surely has some great specs to compete in the flagship segment, but how well does it really perform in the real world? Let us check it out.
Design & Display:
First of all, the phone doesn’t look like all the typical Micromax phones we have seen so far. This time they seem to have concentrated well on the look of the phone and what came up finally is a handsome looking device. The metal finishing and rounded edges give a bit of premium feel when held in hand. But somehow this phone looks like Xperia Z and also the rounded edges for this design make the phone look like an iPhone 5s. The only awkward thing was this phone is a fingerprint magnet. So you will have to keep cleaning it often. But overall, we can appreciate Micromax for the design and build quality.
The phone sports a 5 inch 1080p full HD display with 441 ppi. So obviously, the display is quite impressive and colors produced are decent enough. Viewing angles aren’t as wide as expected from such specs but still good for the price. Colors are vibrant and brightness levels are also high for daylight view. Our only complaint is, though the display glass looks solid, it’s not really Gorilla glass. Overall display is a top notch.
The phone comes up with Android 4.2.2 JellyBean. With such a spec sheet and lot of competition to face, we expected KitKat to be onboard and this is a bit of disappointment. The UI is mainly stock along with few Micromax customizations and a lot of preloaded apps. Overall the UI runs smooth and we hardly faced any lags.
The phone sports a 16MP cam and 8MP cam in the front. The UI is neat and there are a bunch of customizations and tweaks which we can configure. The Auto focus works well for the rear cam and the image quality is far better than other Android devices in the price bracket. Daylight photography is decent and although there is a bit of noise in the images, there is still good amount of detailing. What made us surprised was, even in low light this phone managed to take reasonably good quality images without much loss of detail. Overall the image quality is quite good for a camera in this price segment. Audio quality is decent and this phone has Yamaha amplified speaker for better sound quality and gives a good boost to improve the loudness. The headphones provided are not so great, so you will have to rely on a good pair of headphones to have the real music experience.
Connectivity & Additional features:
The phone, like most of the Micromax phones, is a dual sim device. We also have Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. Internal memory is 32GB out of which we get 24 GB usable memory. But what came as a shock is, this phone doesn’t have an external memory slot. Of course for most of the users, 24GB might be ample but a memory card slot is quite mandatory.
Performance & Battery:
The device is equipped with a Mediatek 1.7 GHz Octa Core Processor and has 2 GB RAM. The performance is sort of a mixed bag here. The Antutu score is around 23k. Though the performance was good for multi-tasking, occasional lags and crashes are observed for few games. Even the graphics performance is average and few of the heavy games are not properly handled. Even the device gets heated up for few minutes of gaming. There should have been a proper optimization in order to utilise the full potential of octa cores. Battery is of 2350mAh and it doesn’t last the whole day. Under normal usage, you will just have to charge it again by the evening and if you’re using rigorously you will get only around 8 to 10 hours. So battery life is also a weak point here.
Great specs for such a price.
Good camera and image quality.
Performance is not as expected
Battery life should have been better
Not the latest Android version
Though the Canvas Knight has an impressive spec sheet, the real world performance is quite mixed. For such an impressive spec sheet, the performance and battery life are the weak points which spoil the impression on the phone. But for such a price, this is obviously one of the best Android smartphones you can get with a good camera and design. However, if you can stretch your budget, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, Moto X or even the HTC Desire 816 will make the best choices.
Other phone having the similar specs like Micromax A350 Canvas Knight:
|Release Date||2014, February|
|Operating System||Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean|
|Processor||1.7 GHz Octa Core Processor|
|Chipset||Mediatek MT 6592T|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, compass|
|+ RAM & STORAGE|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|+ DISPLAY & TOUCH|
|Touch Screen||Yes, Capacitive|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Rear Camera||16 MP|
|Front Camera||8 MP|
|Camera Features||LED Flash, Autofocus|
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|4G Network||No (Not Available in India)|
|+ SIM OPTIONS|
|Dual SIM||Yes, GSM and GSM|
|Color||Full Black, Black & Gold, White & Gold|
|4G||No (Not Available in India)|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|+ MUSIC & VIDEO|
|Music Player||MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+|
|Radio||Yes, Stereo FM Radio|
|Video Player||MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV|
|SMS||Yes, Threaded View|
|Email, Push Email|
|Battery Type||Standard Battery Li-ion 2350 mAh battery|
|Talktime||Upto 7 hours|
|Standy by Time||Upto 175 hours|
|+ APPS & GAMES|
|Built-in Apps||Google Play, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Calendar, Gmail, Youtube|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|+ Additional Features|
|SNS integration, Predictive Text Input|