Google’s latest smartphone operating system Android Lollipop was launched in October 2014, but the Indian consumer electronics brand Micromax took five months to roll out the next generation OS for low budget smartphone segment.
The Micromax Canvas Fire 4, which became available in the month of March, is currently selling at the price of 6539 INR. One of the main attractions of this phone (apart from Android Lollipop) is its front firing dual speakers. However, the build quality of this smartphone is again a major disappointment for many followers.
The Micromax Canvas Fire 4 seems to be inspired from two smartphones on the design front. Its front panel will remind you of HTC’s One M8 while its back panel does not look different from iPhone 6. You will find this phone a little heavy as it weighs 138 grams. It has also got a notification light under the Micromax branding on the back. The build material used in making of the body of is really of cheap quality. If Micromax wants to build high reputation for the fire series smartphones, then it should do something new and bring some quality in outer shell.
The Fire 4 features an average quality display wherein pixel resolutions are measured in 854 by 480. And, graphics seems pixelated because of its undesirable pixel density of 218 PPI. Moreover, it is not an IPS panel and you can easily notice color shifting from steep angles. Overall it is not the best display available in this price range. Hold on, not all facts are disappointing. Micromax offers Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, which is appreciated considering the MRP of this smart gadget in the fourth season.
For the price of 6500 rupees, Micromax bundles this smartphone with an 8 MP rear and a 2 MP front camera. Both camera performs reasonable and delivers assured quality output.
For better photography, the smartphone gets support from CMOS image sensor and ISO optimization. Some of really cool features in the camera are – Continues Shooting, Face detection, Geo Tagging, HDR, Self Timer shot, Touch to focus and white balance control.
The rear camera captures decent shots, but over sharpness will prove to be a problem for the users. One thing that Micromax’s official website does not mention is that the end user can record full HD videos on it. Primary camera performance in low lighting condition is not up to the mark and result videos are full of noise.
The front camera of the Fire 4 is optimized for video conferencing, which means you can enjoy endless 3G video calling with your friends and family. However, do not ever think of using it as a selfie shooter.
The Canvas Fire 4 features a MediaTek MT6582M SoC with a quad-core processor clocking at 1.3 GHz. Its 1 GB of RAM gives enough room to run any app or game. But you will not be able to do hardcore multitasking on this smartphone. It has an 8 GB of on-board storage that can be expanded up to 32 GB using a micro SD card. The good thing is that you can also use the external storage as primary location for your data.
Expecting high performance on this phone will be something more than its capability. However, it can give a good competition to the smartphones of other established players. At AnTuTU benchmark, this phone easily gets a score of 20293, which is more than what Moto G gets. Also, it manages to get a decent score of 5843 in Quadrant benchmarking test. You will be able to play most of the games on this phone, but do expect some frame drops in case of HD gaming.
The Micromax Canvas Fire 4 does not have much to offer on the connectivity front. You only get the many basic features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB. There are two SIM card slots on the back of this phone, but only one of them comes with 3G support.
This phone has only got two sensors, which are Accelerometer and Proximity Sensor. Absence of Ambient Light Sensor and Compass will prove to be a big deal for the users.
It is really strange that this phone comes with a 2000 mAh non-removable battery. Whatever Micromax was thinking behind this will not result in any benefit.
The Micromax Canvas Fire 4 runs on a near stock version of Android Lollipop. You will not find much customization done to the user interface. However, there are bunches of bloatware on this phone, which will prove to be annoying to the users.
The fire 4 features a new concept of alert and should be called as LED Logo notifications. This new rear Logo notification alerts for SMS, Calls and Emails while the phone is upside down. I really liked this feature because I keep my phone on silent model for SMS and Calls. This has resulted in growing no of missed call and missed SMS specially OTP SMSs.
- Dual front firing speakers.
- Android Lollipop.
- 8 MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash and 1080p recording capability.
- 1 GB of RAM.
- USB OTG support.
- Micro SD card can be used as primary storage.
- LED notifications light in Micromax Logo at the Rear for Call, SMS and Email Alert
- Corning Gorilla Glass Three Protection
- Cheap build quality.
- Display with bad viewing angles and low pixel density.
- No 4G support.
- Short battery life.
You should not opt for this phone unless you are truly attracted with its front firing speakers. Low resolution display and poor battery life will stop a number of people to use this phone as their daily driver.