After spending a superb two weeks with the Micromax Canvas Knight, one factor is definite – Micromax is definitely stepping up their recreation in terms of selecting the best ODM (Unique Gadget Producer) for the flagship. The Canvas Knight A350 kicks it up a notch when it comes to aesthetics and design. Like all the things from Micromax, the Knight is all about cramming in one of the best specs and getting it beneath Rs 20,000. For the specification junkie on the market, the Knight is sort of a, effectively, knight in shining armour.
So with such a tremendous spec listing, the Canvas Knight ought to robotically qualify for the ‘finest smartphone’ in its value section, proper? If solely it was that straightforward. Nearly as good because the cellphone would possibly look; there are some fairly alarming chinks within the Knight’s armour which make you query if it’s value investing in it.
Design and Construct
The Canvas Knight A350 is a good-looking trying handset, a far cry from what we’ve seen from Micromax to this point. It seems to be a bit like a mash up of the iPhone 5 and the Xperia Z1, which is nice since they’re each good trying handsets. You get the standard packaging from Micromax as effectively. The cellphone is a magnet for fingerprints, particularly the again. Fortunately, the bundled cowl ought to assist preserve it clear.
The first chassis is made up of aluminium which provides to the strong construct high quality. The cellphone may take a beating as unintended drops are absorbed effectively by the edges with no injury to the show. There are two micro-SIM slots on both facet, however no microSD card slot. The buttons are ergonomically positioned in the direction of the center however the challenge right here is that the facility and quantity rocker are positioned too shut to one another and are of the identical dimension. This could get complicated whenever you’re unlocking the cellphone or want to regulate the quantity. You get three capacitive buttons on the backside that are backlit.
Across the again, now we have the 16MP snapper from OmniVision and a twin LED flash. This is similar sensor we first noticed within the Gionee Elife E7. The Canvas Knight is constructed by a Chinese language ODM Tinno Cellular, who additionally occur to produce the identical unit to the favored French smartphone firm, Wiko. For a sub-Rs 20,000 handset, the Canvas Knight has wonderful construct and appears simply nearly as good as different handsets just like the Lumia 720 or the Lava Iris Professional 30.
The 5-inch Full HD show gives good colors and sharp visuals and is the proper dimension for use comfortably. We’re actually glad Micromax didn’t get carried away and use a 5.5-inch show right here. The software program is just about inventory 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a sprinkle of Micromax apps and some tweaks to the UI. The interface could be very clean with none hiccups and lags.
The cellphone is powered by MediaTek’s MT6592T octa-core CPU and there’s additionally 2GB of RAM onboard. The Knight can simply deal with video games with ease nonetheless we did expertise intermittent lag and sluggishness even in easy video games like ‘The place’s my water? 2’.
The cellphone additionally tends to warmth up in a short time after a fast recreation of Ridiculous Fishing or snapping a couple of photos. We additionally seen the cellphone tends to get fairly sluggish after enjoying a recreation. A few occasions, the sport would simply crash to the house display screen. This occurred once more when streaming music over Bluetooth. The tracks would skip intermittently and deform fairly a bit with an incoming notification. There doesn’t appear to be a lot optimisation completed inside the software program to effectively use the eight cores. The GPU onboard can also be a mainstream one as its efficiency is just barely higher than the one utilized in a Snapdragon 400 chipset.
The 25GB of usable area ought to be sufficient for many customers. The audio and video participant does an honest job of enjoying again common codecs. Audio high quality is nice with a superb pair of IEMs. The Knight additionally contains a Yamaha amplifier for reinforcing sound over the earphones and the speaker. The impact is current however isn’t very profound.
You get the same old set of connectivity choices like dual-SIM, 3G, quad-band 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. NFC and GLONASS are nonetheless lacking. You do get USB OTG help and our SanDisk 16GB Twin Drive was detected immediately.
The 16MP sensor from OmniVision coupled with the M8 Largan Lens manages to cpatures some fairly spectacular photos, each indoors and out. The main target velocity is fast and time taken to seize is beneath two seconds. We had been notably impressed by the standard of the photographs taken indoors beneath ambient lighting. You get to play with some results like GIF animation, 3D Panorama and Take away object, all of which work effectively.
Capturing modes vary from HDR, Smile shot to Auto scene detection. There’s additionally voice detection which didn’t work effectively on a regular basis. You possibly can restrict the burst mode to 40 or 99 photographs. The interface seems to be polished and all of the settings are straightforward to get to.
The entrance digicam is an 8MP sensor, which produces good photos for video calls or selfies. Sadly, video recording is restricted to 720p.
The 2350mAh battery is simply unable to maintain up with the quantity of tech packed in to the Canvas Knight. The cellphone didn’t end our 8-hour loop check and stopped simply shy of 6-hours. Even with common use, you’ll have to cost the cellphone by night because it gained’t final until the following morning. The battery life is beneath common and might be a significant dealbreaker for a lot of.
Verdict and Worth in India
Solely the white and gold variations appears to accessible on the time of writing this text and there’s no point out of when the opposite variants might be accessible in inventory. At Rs 19,999, the Micromax Canvas Knight is one of the best Android cellphone if a superb digicam and strong construct are you high precedence. The octa-core CPU makes for some good bragging rights to the uninformed however in actuality, it isn’t all that quicker than a superb quad-core CPU. Octa-cores might be an enormous deal the day Google drops one into their Nexus smartphone, optimising the OS for the eight cores. Until then, take the advertising and marketing hype with a pinch of salt.
As an total Android cellphone, the Canvas Knight’s greatest failing is the below-average battery life. Add to that the heating challenge and random freezes and slowdowns and it makes for a really unpredictable expertise. When you care in regards to the above points then we suggest the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 or the Motorola Moto X for a bit of extra money. Each handsets are superb all-rounders and also you even have the added safety of excellent after gross sales service and common firmware updates.
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