Micromax A116 Canvas HD Review based on technical specifications

Are you looking for a hands-on review of Micromax A116 Canvas HD? While we are eager to have our hands on this new exciting smartphone, let us have a brief review based on the product specification and technical details.

Recently, I was told by a retail mobile shop owner that the most awaited smartphone in the Indian market is, the Micromax A116 Canvas HD. Looking at the technical specification, price and the excitement among the smartphone geeks in India, the new A116 is all set to show off a new wave of style. The new phone was announced by Micromax recently and from that time, there are lot of enquiries about the phone in the retail mobile phone shops and in online forums. Even though it may not be a competitor for the high-end premium phones like Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5, it is going to give a tough competition to other mid-range premium phones.

If you are looking for a hands-on review of Micromax A116 Canvas HD, you may have to wait some more time. The phone is not available for purchase anywhere and so you wouldn't see a hands on review for next several days. This review is an attempt to give our views on the performance of the phone based on the technical specifications and the feature set as published by Micromax.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD review

You can read the complete technical specs of Micromax A116 Canvas HD. Let us take a detailed look at the technical specification and see how it looks compared to some other similar phones in the Indian market.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Display: The 5 inch HD IPS display can't be bad, if we can trust Micromax. Many premium phones including iPhones use the IPS technology. 16 million colors with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution should give you a great HD display experience. Even though it is not Full HD (1080p), the resolution is same as what you find in premium phones like Galaxy S3 and LG Optimus 4X HD. But be aware that just having the same resolution like S3 and iPhone wouldn't give the same crisp colors and sharp display like those premium phones. It would have been an added advantage if it comes with protective Gorilla glass, the kind of protective glass used in phones like Nokia Lumia 920. For the below 15K price range, the display is value for money.

Android Advantage: A116 Canvas HD is preloaded with the latest version of Android, which is the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Many phones in the same price range are released with the previous version (Ice Cream Sandwich) and may have to wait for many more months to get the latest OS. With the most advanced version of Android in hand, you don't have to keep worrying about when you will get new OS for your phone.

Power & Performance: Powered by a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, MTK MT6589 chipset frm MediaTek and the PowerVR Series5XT GPU, the A116 is a powerhorse. You will not have to wait for the phone to respond when you are playing your favorite Android games. The processor and chipset is powerful enough to give a smooth gaming experience.

Memory & Storage: With 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory and expandable storage up to 32Gb, you will never feel inferior with your A116. You will never run out of space to keep your favorite apps and downloaded movies. 1Gb RAM is quite comfortable to run any apps and play games.

Camera: A116 comes with 2 cameras. The 8 megapixel rear camera can pack enough pixels to the pictures, good enough to give you super clear photos. The rear camera comes with standard features like autofocus and flash but nothing fancy to it. There is a front camera, which is useful for video calling. Just like most other phones in this price range, the front camera is VGA type with 0.3 mega pixel resolution.

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Dual SIM capability: It may not sound a big deal for many, but this is an essential feature for people like me. I use 2 SIMs in my phone - one for personal use and another one for official use. I use the official phone number in some of my websites and advertisements. Lack of dual SIM feature is one of the reasons I can't switch to some of the high-end phones available in the market.

Battery: The 2100 mAh Li-IOn battery capacity is good enough to keep you connected all day and is the standard type used in many premium phones like Galaxy Grand. It offers 5 hours of talk time and about 300 hours of standby time.

Other features of Micromax A116: Some of the other features packed with the Micromax A116 Canvas HD include:

- Accelerometer and proximity sensors.
- FM radio
- Bluetooth
- WiFi

Cons of Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Even though the initial reviews based on the technical specifications are in favor of the A116, the road to win the hearts of mobile geeks in India may not be very smooth for Micromax. The biggest complaint about Micromax is their poor after sales support and lack of professional customer support. Even though they have presence in most districts in India through its over 1 lakh retail outlets, there are lot of complaints about their customer support. The company entered the mobile phone market just 4 years ago and has been focusing on releasing a lot of affordable but feature-rich handsets for Indian mobile market. Now it is time for the company to pay more attention to the complaints from its loyal customers and add more infrastructure to customer support.

Another challenge for Micromax would be to overcome the "Indian product" image. When it comes to buying smartphones, a lot of consumers prefer an international brand rather than an Indian made phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about this phone:

When is Micromax A116 coming for sale in the shops?

The phone is expected to be available for purchase on February 14, the Valentine's Day.

From where I can buy the A116 on February 14th?

You will be able to purchase the phone from various online shops like Flipkart, Tradus, IndiaTimes Shopping after Feb 14. As of now, the phone is nnot available to buy anywhere.

Can I pre order the A116 now?

There are no shops accepting pre orders for A116. Even though Flipkart has listed it earlier for Rs 10,299, it is no longer available for sale or preordering there.

How can I make sure I will get the phone on the day of sale?

Considering the huge demand for this phone, it is possible that it could go out of stock on the same day it is available for sale in the online shops. Since those shops are not giving an option to book the phone for you, your best option is to keep checking the sites on Feb 14th and buy it as soon as it comes online for sale.

Another option is, book the A116 in the local retail stores. You can check with them when the phones will be available for sale. I don't expect there will be a lot of rush in the retail shops to grab the new phone. So, you can book one for you and get it as soon as it comes in the stock.

Where can I find the best deals for Micromax A116?

The MRP for the phone is, Rs 17,999. However, many online stores will offer some discounts and deals. It is too early to predict which site will offer the best deal, but I have seen Flipkart.com, TradUs.com and SnapDeals.com offering the best deals for the Indian made smartphones. Keep an eye on all these sites to find the best deals.

Update: Snapdeal.com has listed the phone for sale at a price tag of Rs 13,990, which is about Rs 4,000 discount from the MRP. If you wait for a few more days, I am sure you can find a lot of online deals and offers for the Micromax A116.

Article by Tony John
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