Micromax has recently introduced their latest budget smartphone, the Canvas Infinity in India. The Micromax canvas Infinity is the cheapest smartphone to come with an 18:9 aspect ratio along with Full Vision infinite display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 425 Quad core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and has Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box.
The device is priced Rs 9,999, so how does it perform in this segment? Let’s find out in this detailed Micromax Canvas Infinity Review.
Micromax Canvas Infinity: Design and Build
The Canvas Infinity is truly an attractive gadget in the price segment and it has a removable back panel. It comes with a metal back panel with plastic on the sides. The build quality looks good for a budget smartphone but in terms of the design, there are some similarities to the Redmi Note 4 in terms of the back panel. The back panel houses a 13MP camera, LED flash and the fingerprint scanner below the camera. The speaker unit and the Micromax logo is located at the lower part of the back panel. The 3.5mm audio jack is located on the top panel while the bottom panel has charging slot. The volume keys and power key are on the right side. You have to remove the back panel for accessing the SIM slots and the micro SD card slot.
The front panel has the 5.7″ HD display, 16MP selfie camera with a selfie flash. The navigation buttons are on the screen. Despite the fact that the phone has a 5.7″ display size, it is quite compact to use because of the infinite display. Generally speaking, the gadget feels great in terms of design and manufacturing quality.
Micromax Canvas Infinity: Display
The display is one of the major features of the phone and it accompanies a 5.7″ HD display with 18:9 aspect ratio, first of its kind in this segment. The only other opponent is the LG Q6 which is 50% expensive than Infinity. The 18:9 aspect ratio brings in a resolution of 1440 x 720P. The display is having a 2.5D curved glass and has good color quality. The sharpness levels and overall clarity looks good despite the fact that it is an HD panel. The viewing angles are decent and so is the sunlight readability. The brightness levels of the display could have been a bit higher particularly when using outside. The touch response is also smooth.
The display of Micromax Canvas Infinity is good for immersive multimedia experience.
Micromax Canvas Infinity: Software
Micromax Canvas Infinity accompanies Android 7.1.2 out of the box and it has a custom UI with multiple home screens. The UI has drawn some motivations from iOS with the layout and also the icons. It accompanies a notification area where the notifications and quick toggles are arranged in two screens. The settings panel is also a custom one.
The smartphone accompanies a lot of supplementary tools including smart actions and gestures. There is a double tap to wake and sleep, flip to mute and accepting calls. There is also one handed UI available on the phone. Since it comes with on screen navigation buttons, you can change the position of the back and recent apps key.
Other added features include three finger screenshot and also support for themes. You can download from a number of themes.
One of the irritating parts of the phone is the App Center app installed on the device. It pops up notifications and also installs a few apps automatically. There are a bunch of apps pre-installed on the device.
Micromax Canvas Infinity: Performance
Micromax Canvas Infinity is powered by the Snapdragon 425 Quad core processor with 3GB of RAM. While the Snapdragon 425 is not a powerful chipset like the Snapdragon 625, it was quite responsive in day to day tasks on the Canvas Infinity. But when you push it harder for heavy multitasking, you can see a bit of struggle happening. The gaming performance also had a similar experience with heavy graphic rich games showing lag and struggle while playing on high graphic settings. Ideally, the device is suited for casual games. There were no heating issues on the phone.
The phone accompanies 32GB internal storage and you get close to 24GB in the first boot. You can also extend the storage using a microSD card as it comes with a dedicated SD card slot. The smartphone also has dual SIM cards along with 4G LTE and VoLTE support. The call quality and speaker performance were good on the device.
The phone accompanies rear mounted fingerprint scanner and it does a decent job in unlocking the phone. While it is not the fastest fingerprint scanner, it is very precise.
Micromax Canvas Infinity: Camera
Micromax Canvas Infinity sports a 13MP back camera with F/2.0 and LED flash and a front 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 and front facing flash. The camera UI of the device is something well implemented and accompanies a host of features including the ability to view the photos in the interface without having to open the gallery. This is made possible with the 18:9 aspect ratio. The camera interface features tools like panorama, beauty, video recording and more. There is also a super pixel mode available. The camera samples taken with the device in day light conditions came out pretty well with decent clarity and sharpness along with good color reproduction for a phone in this segment. We haven’t seen too many phones in the sub 10k INR segment with good camera abilities and Micromax has done a good job here. The low light samples were also quite good with details although noise did creep into the photos with low light. The selfie camera is also one of the best we have seen in this segment and produces some really good selfies overall. Here are some of the samples taken with the device.
Micromax Canvas Infinity: Battery Life
Canvas Infinity accompanies a 2900mAh battery and the battery performance is decent and you can get a day of battery life with 3 to 3.5 hours screen on time. Since the Snapdragon 430 is not as efficient as the SD 625, the battery performance isn’t stellar, but an acceptable one. We tested the battery life on a daily usage basis and could get through a day of battery life with moderate usage.
Priced at Rs 9,999, the Micromax Canvas Infinity13 has a lot of good aspects going its way including the 18:9 aspect ratio, the latest version of Android, upgrade to Android O and a good set of cameras at an affordable pricing. Even though there are few worries like auto software/game installs and average gaming (not a powerful processor), the Canvas Infinity is a good budget offering especially with 24 hours repair or replace promise (conditions apply).