Micromax has earned accolades globally with its new range of smartphones. Micromax’s Canvas series has been a huge hit in India and even in other countries steadily. India has always been a steady hunting ground for Micromax owing to its cutting edge smartphone range available in the country. The Canvas smartphone series has always been known as the best product range from Micromax’s stable. Alongside, the company is now looking at doing away with the budget smartphone maker tag. As a result, it is now going in for high end premium products and this reflects in the revolutionary Canvas Turbo and Doodle smartphones along with the newly launched Canvas Knight.
Micromax has made the Canvas Knight special owing to the octa-core chip present in the same. This is revolutionary in the Indian market both in terms of features, the chip and of course, the price point. The Canvas Knight will give unmatched clock speed which will definitely outstrip other smartphone manufacturers. The Canvas Knight will be the first ever Micromax smartphone to make use of the MT6592T octa-core chip which is an even more powerful version of the MT6592. However, it remains to be seen whether the Canvas Knight will trounce other competitors with its octa core processor and its High Definition display unit.
The Canvas Knight draws increased attention owing to its highly fresh and innovative design and aesthetics which are quite similar to the Sony Xperia Z. The Canvas Knight looks and feels quite similar to many other smartphones that we have seen earlier. The Knight takes generously from the Xperia Z in terms of appearance and the sides of the smartphone subtly resemble the Apple iPhone 5 or even the iPhone 5S. The panels at the rear and front are quite similar to the Sony Xperia Z. However, there are some unique aspects to this smartphone which deserve special mention. These include the power button which is not kept on the right smartphone panel like the Xperia Z or even the placement of the smartphone camera. Alongside, the Knight does not have any physical button for the camera like the Xperia Z.
The rear panel contains a glass slab with a nice curve till the side bezels. This is also reminiscent in some ways, of the Xperia Z. There is an outward arch and a camera of 16 megapixels which also possesses an LED flash feature. The side panels of the Knight also have metal styling which is quite similar to the Apple iPhone. The device feels and looks premium and sophisticated from most angles and this should be a sure winner as far as Micromax is concerned in India. The phone materials and build quality looks top notch and the premium aspect should work well in India. The smartphone also possesses a touch screen of 5 inches and there are no buttons on the smartphone front area. There are only soft touch keys right below the display unit. These are only visible once the smartphone has been used. The smartphone also possesses a secondary camera which should be ideal for voice calling and other operations.
There is also an audio jack of 3.5 millimeters which is kept on the top panel of the smartphone. Alongside, the smartphone also contains a power button and rocker keys for volume. There are two slots for the SIM cards in addition to a bottom end port for Micro USB connectivity. However, the absence of Corning Gorilla Glass as a protection feature should be a deterrent for many discerning customers. The device is quite compact in spite of its 5 inch screen which should also be a big plus in the Indian market. Alongside, this is a super thin smartphone which should be a comfortable fit for most people. Micromax’s all new design sensibility and aesthetics have been employed to the fullest on this device and this is something that works fabulously as far as design is concerned.
The High Definition IPS display unit has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. Pixel density stands at 443 ppi. The smartphone screen is quite vibrant and colorful and contrast quality is also decent enough. Display quality is decent enough and pixel density is another strong point as well. Touch responses are good enough and the reflective screen should also be a definite winner in India. The smartphone also comes with a primary rear camera of 16 megapixels with a Largan M8 camera lens and EIS or electronic image stabilization. The camera application is also top notch with features like a menu that is totally customizable, Intelligent Auto mode for the flash and various modes like Smile photo shot, Normal, Scene Detection, Panorama and HDR. The shutter can also be operated with voice commands which are another revolutionary feature to say the least!
Other camera features include the timer, focus, image size, zoom, ISO, brightness, scene modes, geo-tagging, image storage, shutter sound, color effects and even white balance. 1080p of video recording is also possible on this device. The burst shot mode can snap a maximum of 99 images once the button has been pressed. Camera quality is pretty decent and should be a hit with shutterbugs. Android’s Kit Kat operating system is given a miss by this leading smartphone manufacturer. As a result, the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version of Android has been used by the company for the Canvas Knight. This is one sore point and should be addressed by the company.
Alongside, Micromax has also incorporated some handy elements like additional applications, smartphone features, the notification try and widgets. The Canvas Knight is overall a good smartphone with decent features and specifications at this particular price point. Indian customers should warm up to this smartphone in spite of all its shortcomings. Micromax has struck gold with the Canvas range and it should strike out with a bang in the Indian market with this smartphone. The Canvas Knight looks like another winner from Micromax’s stable.