Micromax Canvas 4: The high-end budget smartphone?

Micromax Canvas 4
Micromax Canvas 4

micromax-canvas-4Another day, another smartphone release. In this world of smartphones, it is easy to get lost in the mix if one lacks the ability to stand tall and stand out. Having an edge and keeping it is essential if one is ambitious and seeks to establish dominion. Micromax Canvas — a name synonymous with a neat price-to-performance ratio, a name which packs a punch with features and a name known for attracting customers to its fan base, substantially, has proven it is made of sterner stuff.

Micromax has impressed us all with its previous releases like the Micromax Canvas 2 A110 and Micromax Canvas HD. It is time now for the Micromax Canvas 4 to take up the mantle.

The Micromax Canvas 4 comes in where the Canvas HD left off. Technically, it is more capable in performance than the Canvas HD, couple that with added software upgrade, like the camera, and voilà. Instant hit, right?

Well not truly so. The Canvas 4 is Canvas HD in disguise, well almost. If it weren’t for the in-house features and some substantial upgrades, the next iteration in the Micromax Canvas series could get lost in the fray.

But, the Canvas 4 has promise.

Does the Canvas 4 bring something new, something more to the table? Can it hold its own against the competition; say the iberry Auxus Nuclea N1? Is Rs. 17,999 a fitting price for the phone?

Let us see how the Micromax Canvas 4 stacks up against the competition.


In the hardware and software front, the Canvas 4 runs on the MediaTek MT6589 1.2GHz quad-core chipset, housing 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. The phone has a sweet 13MP camera and is backed by a smooth Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Judging by the competition, the recently unveiled iberry Auxus Nuclea N1 has more processing power than compared to the Canvas 4.

The phone lacks here because it runs on the MediaTek MT6589 chipset, the same processor in the Canvas HD. Although that does not act as a deterrent to the Canvas 4’s capabilities; it just limits them.


The 5-inch IPS LCD display is pretty smooth. It is sleek, snappy, has good viewing angles and maintains contrast ratio. The screen has a 1280×720 pixel resolution with 294ppi pixel density.

The display is also very responsive, playing games and watching movies is a snatch for the screen, browsing the internet, texting on the stock Android keyboard is neat as well.

You can also use the phone while wearing gloves too!

When you look next door, the iberry Auxus Nuclea N1 has a 5-inch IPS 1080p display compared to the 720p display on the Canvas 4.

User Interface

The UI is pretty much stock with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in the works. Micromax has laced the Canvas 4 with its own apps, like the M Security, and various other Jelly Bean specific apps.

M Security keeps your phone safe from viruses, backs up your contacts and has anti-theft options embedded to secure the phone in case
of an intruder alert.

If features are your thing then this phone is it! Micromax has brought to the game a pretty swell feature to unlock your smartphone. You can blow on the surface of the phone to unlock you phone!

You can blow on the screen or you can just shake it to unlock.

Well, this is a welcomed addition to the smartphone. You can blow your screen away to glory but forget the traditional way of unlocking, swipe-to-unlock feature, while this is enabled.


An upside to the phone is its camera. The Canvas 4 sports a 13MP rear snapper. A significant improvement over its predecessor(8MP) and which comes with reliable features. While budget phone cameras aren’t very good at managing picture quality, this phone has what it takes to sell as a good enough camera phone.

Onto the features, apart from the usual stuff; shooting modes, added filters and panorama, the Canvas 4 has something for the camera junkie. Burst mode lets you take 99 images in one go (that’s a lot of images!) Now, you have the ability to take vertical panorama than just the usual horizontal one.

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