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Micromax A116 Canvas HD- The Most Fashionable Phone

Last updated on January 26, 2019

One of the world’s largest handset manufacturers, Micromax who is trying its best to take over Samsung in the Android market has just broadcasted the February launch of its very own and new mobile handset A116 Canvas HD. This product will unquestionably prove to be a hot seller in India as it is told to be estimated at less than Rs.15000. It will be a fantastic price and value for money for the all features it promises to offer. Let’s take a look at this new Product.

Processor and OS- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS  has been loaded in the Micromax A116 Canvas HD.  It is also loaded with a 1GB RAM which would sufficiently improve the performance of this Smartphone. However, the biggest attraction in this device by Micromax, which is eagerly awaited, is the MT6589 from Mediatek. Micromax A116 has a 1.2GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6589 processor combined with a PowerVR SGX5 GPU, which replaces the Adreno GPU. As claimed by Micromax, this is the world’s first commercially feasible quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC. Now what does that mean for you and me? Basically, this allows for the processor to provide support for full HD content and also manage a 13MP camera. Additionally, this not only handles the 3D content but also converts 2D recording to 3D. That would be a fantastic. The Micromax A116 also brags of dual-SIM capabilities and has 4GB built-in storage expandable up to 32GB. The MT6589 in the processor supports the dual active SIM card capability, which allows the user to use both the SIM at the same time without blocking one during the use of another.

Design – Only 1.7mm thin, the phone is very slim looking and comfortable to hold. Weighing about 168 grams, A116 is relatively heavier in the smart phone category.

Display- Micromax A116 has a 5-inch display screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. An immediate difference in the display can be seen from its previous device A110.

Memory- Looking at the not so good side of this device is its memory, the Micromax A116 comes only with 4GB committed storage which although is expandable through its MicroSD slot but only up to 32GB, which may not be good enough for today’s Smartphone customers.

Battery- Micromax A116 has2100 mAh battery, which offers up to 5 hours of talk time and about 300 hours of standby time. From the processor’s point, this may not be enough to keep up with the 1.2GHz quad-core processor.

Camera- This Smartphone s mail camera has an 8 MP sensor, which is good enough for taking pictures in good resolution. The better news is that this camera makes HD video recording possible. Other features such as digital zoom; auto focus and LED flash etc. are also very well supported in this camera for better image quality. The device is also loaded with the 0.3 MP secondary cameras (appropriate for video calls). However, in the age of video calls the front camera may prove to be a disappointment to its customers. This front-facing camera of the A116 is a little backward in comparison to its peers when most smart phones these days have front cameras are suitable of shooting 720p at least.


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  1. Sudeep Sudeep March 12, 2013

    micromax worlds largest manufacturer?? ha ha .. language is so awesome.. this should.. funniest tech review i have come across in a long time .. this beats faking news, the onion and any other satire news website hands down … he he 😀

  2. Sudeep Sudeep March 12, 2013

    anyways just to sum up . I will help explain,
    Micromax, Karbonn and anyother indian cellphone company do not do in anyway design or manufacture any cell phones/tablets. What they do is they take a reference MTK platform and design then put their seal/brand logos on the device and sell in india.

    The only thing they do is get the required “Indian” not actual FCC certifications, IMEI no verifications and india specific apps are added from other indian tech starups to customize the phone to indian needs.

    Unlike OTHER Manufacturers like samsung/sony/nokia etc.. What they do is they source their own HW or source the HW from vendors like Qualcomm and they specify what parts go into the hardware then they modify the complete software stack on the hardware then tune each component to their needs then use their custom ui (for android fones) and custom apps (windows phones) then manufacture them in exclusive factories like flexitronics / tsmc etc .. that is how normally a phone/tablet is done

  3. Bodhi Bodhi March 14, 2013

    Thanks for this genuinely informative piece of content!

    Somehow, I failed to notice that Micromax is putting up such a mammoth effort to compete with the biggies of the sector. From your description, as well as googling the handset, let me know that the handset has already started to create ripples in its target clientele. It’s obvious that not every Android fanatic would be opting for this lean mean powerhouse, but those who do, will find this review exhaustive, authoritative and enlightening.

    Thereby, a due kudos to you!

    @Sudeep – Thanks, for your million dollar studies on Micromax products and its way of productions.

    However, probably you’ll appreciate the fact that, unhindered capitalism throws up a lot of good things coupled with few bad ones, too. Wider options are one such unique aspect. Brandishing Samsung, Nokia or whatever else out there is not an option for those that earn less than `1000 per day, and lead their lives without any financial security.

    For them, Micromax’s limitations aren’t that much of a concern.

    The relevant aspect here is the legality (or the lack of it) of the Micromax handsets. If it stays well within the boundary of legal framework, then, I suppose, it’s a worthy investment.

    Finally, I’m on my way to buy an S3, but importantly, that doesn’t offer any legal right to me to look down upon the Micromax.

    Hopefully, you got the point. Take Care.

  4. Sudeep Sudeep March 14, 2013

    hi yes, i am not putting micromax down .. we need gadgets/phones which serves across the spectrum and especially in developing economies. I just wanted to point out the discrepancies thats all .. i did not expect a reply or the comment to be approved. 🙂

  5. Srishti Srishti March 14, 2013

    i totally agree with u Bodhi…:))

  6. Raj Raj March 15, 2013

    Comments are much beneficial then phone description.

    Thanks @Sudeep.

  7. Sandeep Malik Sandeep Malik March 15, 2013

    Micromax A110 Canvas 2 gets Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update 🙂 WoWwwwww.

  8. Rain Rain April 29, 2016

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who has been conducting a little homework on this. And he actually bought me breakfast simply because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword th8s&#i230;. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this issue here on your site.

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