Micromax entered smartphone market with a boom, pushing Samsung almost out of budget segment. But lacking innovation in the subsequent years made the list of its criticizers long and intense. However, from last year Micromax is fighting tooth and nail to secure its place in the market as it is getting tough competition from the brands like Motorola, Xiaomi and Honor. Last month this Indian brand launched the Canvas Xpress 2 smartphone, which is getting huge appreciation from experts as it offers a high performing octa-core processor at just 5999 rupees.
The smartphone comes in a nicely designed box that does give a premium feel while unboxing. Even all the accessories that come in the box are made of quality materials.
Coming to the smartphone itself, the golden Micromax branding on the soft touch back panel looks really appealing to the eyes. The phone is slightly curved that makes it fit better in the hand. The manufacturer has put a small metallic ring on the camera to save it from scratches. Golden strip on the sides with pitch black volume and power buttons make this phone clearly stand out.
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 houses a 5 inch HD IPS display that packs a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels. Games, videos and images look much sharper because of the high pixel density of 294 ppi. The viewing angles of this phone are also great and you will not find any kind of color distortion from the sides. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is famous for its scratch free performance.
This smartphone is a great example of how great budget level cameras could be. Its 13 MP rear shooter captures stunning shots and is also capable of recording full HD videos at 30 frames per second. The camera is equipped with dual-LED flash that helps it in low lighting conditions. Extra features like Beautification Mode, HDR Mode and Live Photo Mode will certainly enhance your experience.
The 2 MP rear camera of this phone is also no less than the rear camera. It can shoot nice selfies without any kind of pixilation.
Performance (Benchmarks, Gaming and Everyday Usage)
The octa-core 1.4 GHz processor (MediaTek MT6592M) of this phone promises seamless multitasking experience. Mali-450 MP4 GPU takes care of intense graphic processing and the 1GB of RAM provides enough space for all the apps to run. The 8GB of on-board memory can be easily expanded up to 32 GB using a micro SD card.
It might be a budget level smartphone, but its performance is not. In AnTuTU benchmarking, this phone easily gets a decent score of 28682. NenaMark2 score of 58.6 fps is more than enough for a phone of this price segment.
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 is capable of running almost all games currently available on the Play Store. You will not notice any kind of lag or frame drop even on a heavy use.
It is a dual SIM phone that also supports 3G networks. You get all the basic connectivity options on it like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB, GPS and FM Radio. Expecting premium level features like NFC and IR port at this price will be really an injustice to Micromax.
Surprisingly, this phone is loaded with all the sensors that you will expect on a premium level phone like Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Light Sensor and Magnetic Sensor. This smartphone will surely support all the apps that rely on modern day mobile sensors.
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 flaunts a user removable 2500 mAh battery, which provides a decent talk-time of 9.5 hours on a single charge. Another good thing is that this battery does not take much time to get fully charged.
Although there are two speaker grills on the bottom of this phone, but only one of them actually houses the speaker. But the audio that it produces is really loud and clear at all frequencies. Moreover, the bottom position of the speaker is good for movie watching as the sound does not get muffled when you put the phone on a flat surface.
This smartphone runs Android Kitkat right out of the box but is absolutely upgradable to Lollipop. The user interface is simple and without any major customization. However, the bloatware on the phone can annoy those who love to keep their phone clean.
- HD display
- Approx 520 MB Free RAM
- LED Notification
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
- 13 MP rear camera, which is capable of full HD recording.
- Great audio quality.
- Octa-core processor.
- microSD card support.
- 2500 mAh battery.
- No 4G support.
- Unwanted Apps ( Bloatwares)
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 smartphone comes with a number of breathtaking features, which are impossible to expect at this price. I can recommend this phone to anyone under the price cap of 7000 rupees.