- Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 0.3MP Front Camera
- 1500mAH Battery
- 8GB Internal Memory
Windows made bigger bets in the smartphone war by making Windows mobile OS as open source. So we guess makers are already attracted to this, considering the fact that this OS is not a heavy one and doesn’t need greater specs to run smoothly. Windows OS is improving every release and it seems they made sure that the OS runs lag free. So Micromax has taken up the chance and brought us two mobiles Win W092 and Win W121. Today we will look at Win 092 and will find out how it performs and where it ends in the segment.
Design & Display:
The phone doesn’t look any handsome or it doesn’t look classy like its bigger brother. It just looks average and we have seen such phones quite a lot. Anyhow, build quality is very good. It just gives a good feel when held in hand and the phone is quite bulky. Both the front and back are glossy enough to attract too many fingerprints. The phone sports a 4 inch IPS display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution and ~233 ppi. Viewing angles are not so wide and colors look just okay. The phone has the typical capacitive keys for navigation. Overall though the build quality and display are good, the glossy plastic just spoils the impression.
The good thing about the phone is it comes with Windows phone 8.1 OS. Most of the interface looks like the typical Windows phone’s UI and Micromax hasn’t bothered to tweak or customize any of the interface. We have the re-sizable live tiles, new notification bar, settings, gallery, Office app and everything like the typical Windows phone 8. There are no Micromax apps or bloatware installed and overall the device runs smoother with the UI.
The phone comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash at the back and a VGA camera at the front. The camera UI is pretty neat and looks like typical Windows phone’s. There are also a bunch of options and scene modes for the camera. It seems there is no auto focus but the camera is able to properly adjust the exposure wherever pointed. There is no any shutter lag and the phone is pretty fast enough to take images. Image quality is pretty average and there is lack of detail. Colors too don’t look natural enough and lowlight images are also quite noisy and dull.
Connectivity & Additional features:
The phone is from Micromax, so obviously yes, it is a dual sim phone. Both the sim slots are at the back along with a memory slot which supports upto 32GB. The phone also supports Wifi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and 3G. Internal memory is of 8GB on which we get around 4.5 GB for storage. Most of the apps can be moved and installed easily on SD card. We also get Cortana in this one which is a welcome feature.
Performance & Battery:
When it comes to hardware, this is a shocker. The phone runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad core processor with 1.2 GHz and 1 GB RAM which are also present in its bigger brother Canvas 121. So performance wise, we expect it to perform almost similar to Win 121. The phone runs smoother and we didn’t face much lags as Windows mobile OS is well optimised and most of the Lumia devices which have even lesser RAM are quite capable in performing lag free under normal usage. The battery capacity is of 1500mAh which might be not so good enough, but considering the fact that Windows mobile OS doesn’t consume much power, the battery should last till the evening under casual usage.
Comes with latest Windows phone version
Cheapest windows phone
Though cheaper, comes with Cortana
Same processor and RAM as its bigger brother; offers good performance for the price.
Glossy plastic design and looks a bit cheaper
Battery capacity should have been better
Image quality is average
So far, the Canvas Win 121 is quite a capable device considering its price. The phone should perform well enough considering a good processor and RAM for the price and comes with the latest Windows phone version. The device also stands as the cheapest Windows phone device. Though there are good plus points, there are quite considerable weak points as well where the camera quality is so so and the glossy plastic design gives a cheaper look where the other Lumias look quite funky and beautiful along with good color options. Whether Micromax has given color options for this device is yet to be known. Overall there is nothing compelling enough to recommend the device except for the price and windows phone 8.1 version. If you can invest a bit more, you might look into the Lumia devices, where you also get better customer support.