Micromax Canvas fire 4G
Micromax has up its effort to fill the gap of low budget 4G smartphones in India. Of late, it has been credited with some solid 4G smartphones in affordable price bracket. The Canvas Fire 4G is one such smartphone available on a pocket-friendly payment of just 6900 rupees.
The main highlight of this phone is Indian 4G network support and well crafted primary camera, which performs brilliantly because of CMOS sensor and application based digital image stabilization.
Operating system, User interface, Built and Design
The Canvas Blaze 4G comes in a regular design wherein all buttons and touch options are on identical places. Following the Android phone tradition, the main speaker is placed right behind the phone firing loud and clear audio.
Although Micromax has been accused of being lazy in adopting Android Lollipop platform but that is an old story now. The new set of low budget Micromax smartphones is powered by the latest Android operating system. The Canvas Fire 4G runs on Android 5.1 and will support all related package update in coming days.
I endorse Android stock user interface and fortunately, that is true with this 4G gadget. It comes with pure Android experience both in the core and in the user interface.
Operating system and memory
For this smartphone, Micromax trusts MediaTek quad-core chipset (MT6735), which clocks at 1GHz speed in support of Mali T720 MP1 Graphic unit and 1GB of RAM. Although we had expected to get at least 2GB RAM that being a trend nowadays but the limitation of 1GB also does not affect day-to-day operations. After the first boot, approx 550 MB RAM remains free for apps and game installations by the end users.
The phone fails at the memory management front. I am sure, followers of Micromax wants more than 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM and 32GB microSD card support when the price is close to 7000 rupees. If you find 5GB of free media memory sufficient to store all multimedia contents, then you can ignore the use of a microSD card.
Excellent Camera and 480P Display
The phone sports a 4.5 inches IPS LCD screen has a decent pixel density ratio of 218 PPI. You can be sure of the display quality in terms of viewing angles and colours accuracy.
I have been a loyal customer of Micromax. Therefore, I can present a better usages experience about Micromax phone camera. My Micromax Doodle phone takes really good quality video if I find light condition around the subject sufficient.
Coming to the Micromax Fire 4G, you will get advantage of 5MP primary camera, which is supported by a CMOS image sensor and digital image stabilization. Also, take advantage of ISO control, auto focus, touch to focus, LED flash and digital Zoom for better photography. With the rear shooter, you can record good quality HD video at 30 frames per second.
2MP front camera is also a plus, which draws a perfect selfie if sufficient light condition is present.
Battery and Connectivity
As it is clear from the name, the phone supports Indian 4G network. 4G support is considered a pro feature, but not exactly in today’s market. In fact, Indian smartphone market is filled with 4G phones even some quality mobile phones are in the 5000 rupees budget segment. The cheapest 4G phone in Indian market can be bought as low as close to 4000 rupees.
Since the 4G network is considered data driven, a smartphone accessing that consumes huge battery fuel. Therefore, a 4G phone should be blessed with a powerful battery. 1850 mAh battery on this phone is perfect in daily drive. One full 100% charge lasts 20 to 25 hours of active usages.
- Powerful configuration
- Android Lollipop 5.1
- Indian 4G Network support
- Solid Built
- Android Lollipop Operating system
- Costly – This phone cost should not be more than 5500 Rupees
- Mediocre Display
- Battery value should be minimum 2000 mAh
The Micromax Canvas Fire 4G is a quality smartphone has powerful camera modulation and Indian 4G network support. Also, due to Gyroscope sensor onboard it would support well to moderate action gaming.
In spite of all good, I am not convinced with this 4G gadget. For a price of 6900 rupees, it fails to impress with processor ability, battery fuel, display, RAM and design elements. In fact, there are many smartphones in the market at much lower price point have better specifications and elegant design and Indian 4G network support.
Micromax Canvas Blaze 4G Q400 – My Pick
Micromax to consider a snapdragon processor as the backbone of the next smartphone is a rear event in Indian phone market. Certainly, Snapdragon processor is a guarantee of lag-free multitasking and gaming.
We are also clear from the model name, it supports Indian 4G network. Going by the Canvas Blaze 4G specifications sheet, if your priority is not the quality of camera, then it is much better choice than Micromax Fire 4G.
Basic and Regular Features
Yes, it is a dual SIM smartphone runs on Android Lollipop 5.1. The sales box comes with the regular content such as phone, charger, earphone, USB Cable, user manual and warranty card.
The main highlights as discussed earlier are snapdragon processor and Indian 4G network support.
4G Snapdragon Processor
For lag-free multitasking and easy handling of games, Micromax selects Snapdragon 210 chipset, which is mostly found in Lumia 4G devices. Completing the CPU architecture is Adreno 304 graphic processor unit and 1GB RAM.
In spite of being cheaper than the Fire 4G, the Canvas Blaze Q400 is many steps ahead in terms of handling of apps, tabs, games. Thanks to a powerful processor and a highly rated GPU even multimedia content playback session is enjoyable time spend. All kinds of multitasking and gaming are easy on this 4G smartphone. You should be sure of easy-going without hiccup and inside heating problem. I am giving full mark for the processor unit of Micromax Blaze 4G.
Memory management on this 4G phone could not be considered outstanding as 500 MB free RAM, 5GB free media memory and 32GB microSD support is quite regular specs nowadays. What we had expected from Micromax to offer minimum 2GB RAM. In fact, Micromax has a top selling smartphone the Xpress 2 with 2GB RAM priced just 5999 rupees.
IPS LCD Panel with 480P Display resolution
Not much to discover here as the phone flaunts a regular 4.5 inches screen has only FWXVA resolution measured in 480 by 854 pixels. Icons, pictures and fonts appear accurately on the display also well sharpen as the pixel density of per inches is standard 218. Micromax Blaze 4G display sports decent viewing angles and natural colour reproduction.
Camera and Battery
5MP primary shooter can record an HD video at 30 frames per second. Besides taking 720P video, it takes decent shots and process them well more according to the user’s taste. For selfie, it comes with 2MP front shooter can capture better selfie only if you get light condition around the subject accurate.
Very happy with 2000 mAh battery onboard, which is better than 1850 mAh battery on Micromax Fire 4G. The battery is one most appropriate specs of Micromax Blaze 4G. Although we have not gotten chance to taste the battery lasting on 4G network yet we can confirm that the experience won’t be bitter either. In fact, even after continues usages, you can be sure of 24 to 36 hours of backup.
- Powerful configuration
- Android Lollipop 5.1
- Indian 4G Connectivity
With a Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM and Indian 4G support Micromax Canvas Blaze 4G falls in 6000 to 7000 rupees price band. Unfortunately, some quality smartphones with better specifications is already available below 5000 rupees price and doing well on the sales chart. However, if you still want to own it and finding difficult to choose between the Fire 4G and Blaze 4G, I would suggest going for Blaze 4G unless Camera is your priority.
Micromax Bolt Q338
Micromax has introduced a new smartphone in the Indian market in its Bolt line up of devices. The Bolt Q338 with a 5-inch display, 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and Android Lollipop 5.1 all at a sub Rs.7000 price will attract many. But let’s take a better look into the phone.
Built and Design
When companies introduce smartphones at a budget price point, the designing is what takes the biggest hit during cost cutting. The Bolt Q338 is no exception to this rule it carries a very simple and boring design scheme with an all plastic body.
On the front, you have the in-call speaker, front camera, and a few sensors on top of the screen. There are no physical touch capacitive buttons on the device as these are found on the screen itself. The volume button and power button lie on the right side of the device, and there is nothing on the left. On the top of the device, you can find the standard 3.5mm headphone jack while the USB port is on the bottom. On the back, you have the 8MP main camera lens, LED flash, speaker grills and the Micromax branding.
IPS LCD HD Display
The device carries a 5 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The display is sharp and bright. It might not be the best that we have seen, but at this price point one cannot complain much.
The phone includes an 8MP Autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP fixed focus front facing camera. The image output of the camera shows good colour reproduction with a fair amount of details. But in low-light conditions, the camera produces a substantial amount of noise. This is a fairly average camera that we have seen with many smartphones in the price bracket.
The front camera is good for Selfies in well light conditions.
Under the hood is a MediaTek MT6580 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz along with 1GB of RAM. For graphic purposes, there is the Mali-400 MP GPU. The MediaTek MT6580 is an entry-level chipset and with its quad cores it is able to offer a smooth multitasking and seamless switching between apps.
The Mali-400 MP is a low graphic GPU while it offers nice image and video outputs. Do not expect to play HD games on the device, though we won’t recommend it on any device under the Rs.7000 price bracket.
Memory and Connectivity
In terms of storage, the phone has a modest internal storage of 8GB of which around 4GB will be available to the user. But it can be expanded up to 32 GB via a micro SD card. Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and Micro-USB 2.0.
Bloatware Operating System and User Interface
The Bolt Q338 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, along with Micromax’s First Touch Launcher. The software package has support for 10 Indian regional languages. One interesting feature is that you can Swipe right to translate, or left to transliterate to/from your regional language. There is also an ‘App Bazaar’ wherein one can download apps in their regional language. The icons are big and colourful though we preferred Google’s materialistic design, but that’s a personal opinion.
Unfortunately, the phone has a lot of bloatware apps including, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Shopping, Chaatz, Clean Master, NewsHunt and Snapdeal. Such a lot of bloatware apps with already low internal storage do not seem like a good option.
The smartphone is powered by a 2000mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 7.5 hours talk time, and 360 hours of standby time.
- Smooth performance
- Android Lollipop 5.1
- Decent Hardware and the latest Software
- Boring Design
The Micromax Bolt Q338 is a phone for the budget conscious buyer and it fares well in that category. It does not have one of the better cameras or displays in the market, but it is not priced to compete with those. If you are in the market to buy a phone in 5000 to 6000 rupees price bracket, then this can be an option to look into.