Google has launched the first family of Android One phones in India, saying the move is part of a “larger initiative to bring high-quality smartphones to as many people as possible.”
Android One is Google’s big hope to get millions of unconnected Indians hooked to its ecosystem and to start off, we have three Android One devices, which have identical specs and software (with a few exclusive apps), but differ on design. That’s the only difference besides the small discounts being offered on the Rs 6,499 price. We were particularly interested in seeing the Micromax Canvas A1 and here’s what we found out when we got our hands on it.
Micromax Canvas A1 features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480 pixels) display, 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone also includes 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot, and a 1,700mAh battery. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots, 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and on the software front, it runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.
Canvas A1 feels leagues ahead of any other Micromax phone we have seen. The rubberized removable back feels smooth to the touch and adds to the solid feel. The dark chrome trim around the front is suitably reserved but shines in the right light, while the minimalist front evokes the Samsung Galaxy
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There is a 4.5 inch IPS display has carries a FWVGA resolution of 854×480 pixels that sounds average. The viewing angle is believed to decent with acceptable levels of color reproduction as the handset incorporates an IPS panel.
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The internal storage is standard at 4 GB that is pretty common in the entry-level segment. However, there is expandable storage support up to 32 GB via a micro SD card. For the 4 GB haters, there is enticing news as the handset comes packed with 35 GB of free Google Drive cloud storage capacity.
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The Micromax phone runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system .The chipset used is a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor that employs 1 GB of RAM to render decent multi-tasking and Mali 400 GPU for good graphic handling. This hardware combination of a quad-core processor and moderate RAM makes the Micromax phone a competent entry-level smartphone.
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The primary camera unit in the Micromax Canvas A1 is a 5 MP primary camera with LED flash. This sensor is likely to support HD 720p video recording as well. Along with this, there is a front-facing 2 MP shooter that that can take care of video conferencing. At this price bracket, the market has numerous such smartphones making the Micromax offering an average offering.
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Micromax canvas A1 features standard connectivity features such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and dual SIM functionality. Besides the aforementioned free cloud storage capacity, the device is pre-loaded with applications such as Reverie Smartpad, Facebook and others. Furthermore, being an Android One device, this smartphone will be eligible to receive the upcoming Android updates – Android L swiftly without any delay.
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PRICE AND VERDICT :
The Micromax Canvas A1 priced at Rs 6,399 appears to be a capable entry-level smartphone similar to the other offerings in this price range.Micromax Canvas A1 is the best smartphone made by the company. It is dwarfed by the specs of the Canvas Knight or the Canvas Nitro, but is actually a way better overall experience in terms of usability, stability, and longevity. In fact, it looks way more expensive and sophisticated than its price suggests. It’s also great value thanks to the price, while the promised updates from Google are the cherry on top.