Micromax Canvas Infinity Performance
| Octa-Core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53.|
3 GB RAM
Micromax Canvas Infinity Display
|5.7 inches (14.48), 279 PPI IPS LCD|
Micromax Canvas Infinity Camera
| Auto-focus, LED Flash|
16 MP Front Camera, Auto-focus, LED Flash.
Micromax Canvas Infinity Battery
| 2980 mAh.|
This year seems to be year of 18 by 9 ratio display screens. We have seen the implementation of such screens on the high end phones like Samsung galaxy S8 and LG G6. But lately these screens are being used in the midrange segment too like the LG Q6 and now our own Indian brand Micromax’s Canvas Infinity. The canvas infinity is one of the decent offerings since a long time from Micromax. And this time it’s not a rebranded Chinese phone and also it is a made in India product as claimed by Micromax. The price to performance ratio is quite great for this phone and the main highlights of this phone is its infinity display and the front facing 16 MP camera. The device’s comes with an iOS like skin over latest nougat update but without much bloatwares. The built quality is solid and devices is very slim although it packs a huge 5.7 inch display. This phone runs on snapdragon 425 chipset and handles multitasking very well. We used this phone for a week now and in our overall experience we give a score of 8 out of 10 and now let’s see how this phone fairs in day to day usage.
The device is named Canvas Infinity obviously because of its bezel less screen but the pictures shown on box and at the launch event had much smaller bezels than actually it is. The in hand feel of the phone is quite sturdy. The frontal part houses the 18:9 screen, proximity sensor and front facing camera to the top. The volume rockers are present on the right side with power button jagged so that you don’t end up pressing the wrong buttons. The back panel and the frame of the phone is made up of metal with plastic edges at the top and bottom. The built quality is great not very great but it’s one of the best you can get under the price bracket of 10000 rupees. The fingerprint scanner on the back takes about 0.5 seconds to 1 second to unlock depending on the background apps you are running and it works about 80% of times. There is a small camera hump which makes the phone slightly wobbly on a flat surface.
The back panel and the battery of this phone is removable. Two micro sim cards and a micro SD card can be used without compromising either ones.
It sports a HD display of 720×1440 resolution in 5.7″ screen which looks is quite appealing in the form factor of 18 by 9 ratio. The screen is vivid but the viewing angle is very bad so far I’ve seen this year,the screen turns blue and yellow even when viewed from slight different angle. The brightness of the screen doesn’t quite impress us. And it is difficult to use the phone in outdoor conditions. Some real estate of the screen is taken by the onscreen navigation buttons. Although the phone is 5.7″, owing to the small bezels and form factor, the phone feels compact and light.
The UI used on the infinity is less user friendly and wannabe iOS. This UI is relatively light as compared to previous Micromax UI’s with less bloatware but it comes with apps like the amazon, Narendra Modi app which can be uninstalled. There is an app centre which is of no use and unfortunately it cannot be removed. Similarly, there are apps for videos, music ,themes which again, cannot be removed. There is a FM player support which is nice. This device runs on android 7.1 nougat and is promised to receive Oreo update soon. There are many great features available like smart gestures, one handed mode, smart actions. Double tap to wake is also available and smart actions like “get the call” automatically picks the call when the phone is held close to ear, which I myself found it using more often.
The onscreen navigation bar is small and transparent on some optimized first party apps but it turns black along with system tray on top for most of the apps to fit in environment originally made for 16:9 ratio screens.
This device runs on entry level processor snapdragon 425 SOC clocked at 1.4ghz coupled with 3 GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Games like asphalt 8 runs smoothly on medium graphic setting and the phone doesn’t heat up much after playing it for 10-20 mins. And if you’re wondering that games have black bar on sides then that’s not the case in this phone, you get full screen experience at least for popular apps and games.
The phone is very sluggish probably because of the skin on android. It gets worsen in the notification center, which literally lags in performing simple transition animation. Apart from that the performance is satisfactory and we cannot expect any more for the price.
The speaker is decently loud but not as loud as other phones in this price range, the lows and highs are well balanced but the speaker placement at the back blocks the audio when placed flat on the surface. The audio experience in earphones is good as the bass and mids are pretty clear and loud.
The second best thing about this phone is its front camera. Not many phone which comes at 10000 rupees have 16 MP front camera and 13 MP rear camera. The front camera can capture decent photos with accurate colors and with good amount of details. Low light selfies are bright with some noise but it get the job done right. The back camera won’t impress you as even in good lighting condition the images have noise and the colors are not proper. The light colors looks dull and the darker colors are more darken in the captured image. Which brings us to the dynamic range which doesn’t helps capturing accurate colors. If you want to capture full screen photos i.e., in 18:9 aspect ratio then the rear camera resolution drop to only 8MP and front camea to 10MP. But the pictures captured in full screen looks gorgeous in 18:9 screen. Both the camera has a portrait mode which blurs the background like bokeh effect which is seen in phones with dual camera setup. The photos have decent amount of blur but cannot stand against with dual cameras. And the back camera is not as good as front camera. Here are some samples images that we captured.
The phone has a decent battery size compared to its processing power, There is no fast charging support so the 2900mAh battery takes about 2 hours to charge with regular charger. And the screen on time we get with normal usage is approximately 5 hours.
Coming to the verdict, the device does provides a near bezel less screen and a decent front selfie camera. But it comes with sub-par performance and an average display quality. The battery life is not very impressive too but with normal usage, you’ll have no problem getting through a full day in single charge. The device is compact with much bigger screen would be ideal for web browsing and enjoying videos online.
|Launch Date||Aug 15, 2017 (official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.1.2 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM|
|SIM Size|| SIM 1 : Micro|
SIM 2 : Micro
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.7 inches (14.478 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||(720 x 1440 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||279 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Screen to Body Ratio||77.2 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425|
|Processor||Octa-Core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Build Material|| Front : Aluminium|
Back : Aluminium
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 128 GB|
|USB OTG Support|
|Resolution||13` MP Primary Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Video Recoding||[email protected]|
|Resolution||16 MP Front Camera|
|Video Recoding||[email protected]|
|SIM Size||SIM 1 : Micro, SIM 2 : Micro|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands)|
|Same as SIM 1|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Location||Yes, with A-GPS|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity sensor|