Micromax Canvas 6 And 6 Pro
Few days ago (13th of April to be exact), I was just scrolling down my Facebook timeline and suddenly live feed from Micromax’s ‘Guts to Change’ event showed up. I quickly opened the live feed in a new window and watched it until the end.
At the event, Micromax launched a number of devices and also unveiled a new logo. Yes! You heard it right, a new logo. The main attractions of the show though were two smartphones i.e. Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro.
The desi manufacturer, Micromax, has followed the same two-flagship strategy that almost all other smartphone manufacturers are following these days.
Through the event, Micromax tried to convince people how hard its engineers have worked to make these two smartphones. I also agree with Micromax on this front. The Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro do come with the most pleasing outer shells Micromax has ever produced.
Micromax Canvas 6
The Canvas 6 Pro has already gone up for pre-orders on the official website of the manufacturer, though the Canvas 6 will become available in coming weeks.
Surprisingly, both these flagship series smartphones will come with the same price tag of 13,999 rupees. The question that comes next is- are these smartphones good enough? Well, let us find out.
Premium Metal Build
Since a long time, experts have criticized Micromax for its choice of cheap materials but all that is about to change with the Canvas 6. It comes in an all-metal outer shell, which provides a much premium feel to the phone. I just cannot describe the beauty of this phone in words.
The new Micromax branding on the back is another attraction that catches eyes when you first look at the phone. Its slightly curved body offers a perfect grip during single-handed usage.
The Canvas 6 is thicker than other flagships out there but that will not create any problem. In fact, many expert advice manufacturers to stop making thinner phones as it will allow them to install a more powerful battery and reduce the camera bump on the back.
Bright and Colorful Display
On the front, the Canvas 6 flaunts a really big 5.5-inch display panel and generates accurate colors. It offers a full HD resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels, which converts to a pixel density of 401 PPI.
Wide viewing angles enhance gaming and movie watching experience of the users. Its screen is bright and allows the users to easily read text outdoors. I would like to add though a glass layer on the top makes the phone ultra-reflective, which can annoy many customers.
Runs an Old Version of Android
Google is planning to launch Android N update in the coming months and Micromax is still shipping its flagship series phones with age old Android Lollipop. Actually, the Canvas 6 runs a slightly customized version of Android called Around UI, which Micromax had developed last year. This custom skin is Micromax’s try to take on Xiaomi’s MIUI and other Android custom ROMs like it.
I would like to point out though this skin is not that impressive. The icons in app drawer do not use the big screen of the phone. An impressive thing, however, is that this custom skin is very lightweight.
Micromax has also promised to release the Marshmallow update in the coming months, though it is not clear whether this phone will receive the Android N update when it rolls out or not.
More than Just an Average Performing Phone
I have always been a fan of Micromax’s choice of chipset. This time too, the desi brand has impressed me with a right selection. The Canvas 6 boasts a MediaTek octa-core processor. Out of 3GB RAM, 2GB remains free after the first boot, which is impressive, indeed.
The smartphone can handle everything from rendering graphic intensive games to playing super-high resolution videos. Onboard storage of 32 GB will be enough for the daily needs of a regular smartphone user. You can also install a microSD card up to 64 GB of capacity.
The Canvas 6 features a 13 MP shooter on the rear and another 8 MP shooter on the front. Both these cameras capture well-detailed images. Unfortunately, 4K recording is not possible on this phone.
Color reproduction is impressive, though in ultra-low light conditions both sensors of the Canvas 6 start to struggle. Features like Panorama, HDR, and Timer are there to enhance user’s experience.
So, Micromax has finally decided to feature a fingerprint reader on its phone. Micromax should have done this last year but hey, it is better late than never.
The back position of the fingerprint reader is good considering users’ index finger rests there naturally.
Other Important Features of the Canvas 6
It flaunts a 3000-mAh average size battery, which will give at least one day of power backup without any problem.
- The Canvas 6 is a dual SIM phone and supports Indian 4G networks.
- The smartphone also features a PowerVR G6200 GPU.
- Gaana App is the default music player on the Canvas 6.
- Bottom position of the speaker grill helps in generating better sounding audio.
- Solid build quality
- Pleasing design
- Both cameras are good at capturing details
- Features a fingerprint reader
- Light UI
- Old Android version
Micromax Canvas 6 Pro
Before I start with the Canvas 6 Pro, let us discuss the use of ‘Pro’ word in the modern world. Well, Apple was the first brand to popularize this word when it launched the MacBook Pro. In the last couple of years, manufacturers have flooded the market with many devices with the word ‘Pro’ at the end of the name.
The main strategy of manufacturers behind this whole ‘Pro’ strategy is to make two variants of their flagship device, one with ultra-powerful specs (with the word ‘Pro’) and another with slightly lower specs (without the word ‘Pro’).
When I first heard about the Canvas 6 Pro, my opinion was that this smartphone would come with a better design, a better chipset, and a better set of cameras than the normal Canvas 6 smartphone. However, Micromax has done totally opposite of what other brands normally do. What I mean is that Canvas 6 Pro comes with inferior specs than the Canvas 6.
Unlike Canvas 6, the Pro variant of Micromax’s flagship smartphone features a plastic body, which is highly disappointing. Although the phone looks good but in the hand, it feels flimsy and cheap. Speaker grill is on the back, so the audio production of the Canvas 6 Pro is not going to be as good as it is on the Canvas 6.
There is no difference between the display quality of both Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro. Like the normal variant, the Canvas 6 Pro also sports a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels. Its screen is reflective and catches a lot of fingerprints.
The Canvas 6 Pro offers a perfect platform for watching movies, playing games and browsing the web. Corning Gorilla Glass saves the screen from scratches, though it cannot resist hard and sharp surfaces.
High Performing CPU
The only front on which the Canvas 6 Pro outperforms its other brother is of performance.
Micromax has equipped the Canvas 6 Pro with MediaTek’s high performing Helio X10 chipset. This chipset features an octa-core 2.0 GHz processor based on Cortex A53 architecture. The phone also comes with 4 GB of RAM and the Android system only uses about 1 GB on the first boot.
The greatest disappointment though is of onboard storage. The Pro variant of the Canvas 6 series features only 16 GB of storage memory.
Average Camera Performance
It is an irony that Micromax has been doing totally opposite of what it should with a Pro variant of its flagship smartphone. This smartphone features low-power 5 MP front camera against the 8 MP front camera on the non-Pro variant.
The rear camera is the same on both the phones, so I will not get into the details. Manual controls are available, which is a good thing in my opinion.
Other Features Of the Canvas 6 Pro
- Packed with a 3000-mAh battery (just like the non-Pro variant)
- 4G Connectivity with Indian bands support
- USB OTG support
- Decent processor
- 4GB of RAM
- Dual SIM
- MicroSD card support
- No fingerprint scanner
- Bad front camera
- No metallic body
- Average build quality
I would advice my readers to wait till the Canvas 6 becomes available in the market as it is a far better device than the Canvas 6 Pro.
In my opinion, Micromax is trying to earn a greater profit margin with the Canvas 6 Pro. And, at the cost of this extra margin, it will offer the premium features of the non-Pro variant (Canvas 6) like the metal body, fingerprint sensor, and better front camera.