Micromax smartphone devices isn’t as globally available as other top brands in the market but some of our local companies in the Philippines are rebranding these devices. After a seemingly successful launched of the Canvas 4 more than two years ago, the company is now introducing a successor to the line with the new Canvas 5. The new handset features an up-to-date specs that should go well in the mid-range market.
The new Micromax Canvas 5 features a large 5.2-inch full HD display with 1920 x 1080 screen resolution and is powered by a MediaTek MTK6753 SoC with an 8-Core processor running at 1.3 GHz. It comes with 3 GB of RAM with an accompanying 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 64 GB in capacity.
For mobile imaging enthusiasts, the Canvas 5 is equipped with a 13 Megapixel Samsung 3M2 imaging sensor on the back with Phase Detection Auto Focus capable of focusing on objects for as short as 0.2 second and is coupled with a built-in LED flash to assist in low-light environments. The Front-facing camera is also worth mentioning as it comes with a pretty decent 5 Megapixel shooter and is also provided with an LED flash for a great and high quality Selfies and more.
With great imaging hardware, Micromax maximizes the imaging capabilities of their new Canvas 5 on the software side. Built right into their imaging app, the Canvas 5 features Picture-in-Picture shots which allows taking photos from both the front and rear cameras simultaneously. Other noteworthy imaging features includes Night Mode, Panorama mode and Face Beauty Mode which comes with a number of built-in filters to make the best output of your Selfies.
For communication, the Canvas 5 gives users fast mobile internet speeds with the addition of Cat.4 4G/LTE support and just incase 4G networks isn’t available, there’s support for legacy wireless connectivity including 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM support. Apart from these connectivity features, the Canvas 5 also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Driving the new Canvas 5 is Android 5.1 out of the box but Micromax is promising to upgrade the handset to Android 6.x Marshmallow sometime in the future. Apart from Android’s built-in user interface features, Micromax also added extensive display gesture support with its own Smart Wake features which allow users to make specific gestures straight from the locked screen to easily launch apps.
The handset is powered by a large capacity 2900 mAh battery housed in a 4.8 mm body with a metal side frame. On the specs sheet, the Canvas 5’s Marathon battery promises up to 275 hours of standby time with up to 10 hours of talk time. We’re yet to see the real-world battery consumption of the device but given how Lollipop is optimized on battery consumption, we’re expecting to somewhat goes on par with those claims.
The new Canvas 5 is available starting today in India at Rs 11,999 or around $183 both online and physical retail channels.