With all the hullabaloo that is infecting users and manufacturers alike, it is no surprise that some of the competition was ready to replicate the same.
The newly launched Canvas Infinity is what you get when iOS meets Android. But there is more than meets the eye with this smartphone. Read on to know if the new Infinity is worth your money.
The Canvas Infinity is combination of a few devices when we take the design into consideration. From the front, the phone will remind you of OnePlus 5 (with the screen turned off, and with the home button removed). It takes certain elements of the Xiaomi Note 4 in the rear which makes this device comfortable to hold in the hand. The twist is when you turn on the phone, and you are staring at the same 18:9 ratio screen seen on the LG G6.
The Infinity has a 5.7-inch HD display with a resolution of 1440×720. With the taller screen and minimal bezel, the Infinity has a good chance of impressing users. We enjoyed browsing the web and social media, while also messaging on the tall screen. The same issues that plague the G6 and the Galaxy S8 trickle down here too. Video playback on the device does still have black bars on the side, or are too stretched to fit the screen. Other than that, Micromax has definitely made a beautiful device.
Using the device with one hand is not possible. The taller screen does bring more content on screen, but it does customise the experience for easy navigation in one hand.
The other downside of the design is the back cover. It is removable, but can be a bit of a strain to take off. The cover seals itself flush into the body. You’ll be prying open the back with all your fingers in every nook and corner of the device. We believe this is just a one-time trouble as you will be inserting your memory card and two SIM cards. The fingerprint scanner is perfectly located below the camera lens and provides easy to access when you require to unlock it.
Even if the device is a combination of many devices in terms of design, the Canvas Infinity can hold its ground among the competition. The phone weighs 160 grams and feels light in the hand. Micromax can take a bow and pat themselves on the back for creating their best smartphone this year.
The Canvas Infinity is a surprise package in Micromax’s arsenal of smartphones. The company’s older smartphones are now eclipsed by this new budget device. Multitasking is swift with only minor lags due to a lot of animations (which we will get to in detail in the later part of this review).
Under the hood, the Canvas Infinity runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset that’s clocked at 1.4GHz, and memory management on a 4GB of RAM adds to the ease of multitasking. The Infinity scored 682 for single-core and 1897 for multi-core tests on Geekbench. While on AnTuTu, the smartphone scored a total of 34951. The phone did struggle with graphic intensive content, lagging in performance. So, gaming on the Canvas Infinity is a definite ‘no’.
What the phone gains on the other hand, is a smooth and buttery experience of Android for other day-to-day activities. Browsing the web or social media, along with messaging and call management is quick.
As previously mentioned, the phone does handle multitasking well if not for the animation lags. Also, we introduced the Canvas Infinity as a combination of iOS and Android. The smartphone does not run on stock Android. Instead, out of the box, the launcher on the Infinity seems to be ported from iOS. The notification section and cards, the multitasking carousel, volume control animations and even the in-call interface is similar to iOS. Had the Infinity run on a custom UI like its competitors, our experience with Android Nougat 7.1.2 would have been positive.
There are still certain elements of the OS that are retained, but you would immediately recognise the theme too. Diving down into the settings menu we did notice a marginal resemblance between the UI on the Q6 and the UI on the Infinity. According to us, the Canvas Infinity would have gained an upper hand over the Q6, had the UI been either stock Android or a theme created by the team at Micromax.
The camera at the front is 16-megapixels, while the rear camera is 13-megapixels. Images taken from the primary camera are good in outdoor conditions. It retains details from the subject, and the photos are great with filters from Instagram. Pictures taken are good for your social gatherings, but the results are not so great in low-light conditions. The images can seem grainy under darker conditions, and playing with the camera settings will lead either in loss of picture quality or brighter pictures with more grains.
It’s surprising that Micromax put more of its resources for a selfie camera, than the primary camera. Unlike the LG Q6, which has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, the Infinity does cater to users who want that group shot. The selfie shots are clear and does have details, but not like competing phones with similar camera specifications. With a taller screen ratio, it can even benefit you to get more people into the frame.
All the internals in the smartphone are powered by a 2,900 mAh battery pack. The battery lasted us for almost 3-4 hours of screen-on time. We were still left with enough power even after work to enjoy our favourite songs and to message friends at the end of the day. Charging the phone too was fast considering the phone does not come with Quick Charge technology.
The Canvas Infinity from Micromax is an impressive phone which takes the competition directly to LG’s Q6. The latter may have a better display panel, but at a price point of Rs 9,999 — available exclusively on Amazon — the Canvas Infinity is a better option. That is, only if you were considering buying the Q6.
At the same price point, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 is a better buy with a faster processor. The Canvas Infinity is a strong competitor in the same segment, but the lower clock speed chipset and the ‘almost iOS’ UI could be a let-down for most Android consumers.