Micromax Canvas 2 (2017) a Great Offline Offering or A Mistake?

Micromax had almost disappeared from the Indian markets for quite a while but now they are back with a new device namely the Micromax Canvas 2 (2017) Edition. Their last shot to fame also was the canvas lineup of devices so can the new Canvas 2 (2017) hold up that legacy? Let’s find out.

The Canvas 2 (2017) is an offline-focused phone which is priced at Rs.11,999, its main USP is the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covered display which is a rarity as of now in phones especially in this price segment. It also comes with Android 7.0 nougat right out of the box which is a first for Micromax. Micromax has also tied up with Airtel for a full year of free voice calls and data with a daily cap of 1 GB for a whole year. To clarify, Airtel’s offer includes 4G data and it comes with a data capped at 1GB per day and also offers unlimited free calling to any mobile network in India with the purchase of Canvas 2 (2017).

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The mobile has a 5 inch HD (720p) display with 2.5D curved glass which frankly is a big letdown but considering its price and its offline only model for sale is acceptable. The display has a 400 nit brightness which goes against lacklustre. Under the hood is a Mediatek MT6737 Quad-Core chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz. There is 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage for the smooth functioning of the phone, users can also use a micro SD card to expand the storage by an additional 64 GB.

On the camera front, it houses a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5 MP front camera for video calling and selfies. General connectivity options like Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, 4G LTE with VoLTE is present although the Canvas 2 (2017) misses out on NFC.

The phone is powered by a 3,050mah battery which should be enough to last a full day of heavy usage. The phone is 8.5 mm thick and weighs in at 160 grammes. A front mounted fingerprint sensor is also present on the Canvas 2 (2017).

Micromax highlights that the glass is highly resistant to scratches and damage from sharp objects, moreover, they are also offering a one-year free screen replacement in case of any damage.

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At this price point the canvas 2 2017 is competing with some of the better phones likes of the Redmi Note 4, Lenovo K6 Power, Honor 6x along with the Coolpad Cool 1 and Lenovo K5 Note. All of which are way better when compared to the Canvas 2 (2017) but the main USP of Canvas 2 (2017) is its offline only model which none of the other phones has. Micromax is also using the Airtel free 1-year offer as bait for naïve offline customers who blindly trust the shopkeepers and purchase a phone without a lot of research online.

Micromax Canvas 2 (2017) Redmi Note 4 Honor 6X Lenovo K6 Power
Display 5 inch HD (720p) 5.5 inch FHD (1080p) 5.5 inch FHD (1080p) 5 inch FHD (1080p)
Chipset Mediatek MT6737 Quad core Snapdragon 625 Octa core Kirin 655 Octa core Snapdragon 430 Octa core
Memory 16 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage along with 2/3 or 4 GB of RAM 32 GB of ROM with 3 GB RAM or 64 GB ROM with 4 GB RAM 16 GB ROM with 2 GB RAM or 32 GB ROM with 3 GB RAM.
Battery 3,050 mAh 4,100 mAh 3,340 mAh 4,000 mAh
USP Gorilla glass 5 and airtel free 1 year offer Good display and big battery Dual camera and decent battery Huge battery and full HD display
Availability Offline only Online only Online only Online only
Price 11,999 9,999 for the base version 10,999 for the base version 9,999 for the base version

 

With the above table, we can clearly see that the competition offers way better specifications at a better price point to but they are all online only which is still a touchy subject for a lot of Indian consumers.

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