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Published On: Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Review: Mid-Range, Great Phablet

These days, many Indians search for best Android smartphones under Rs 15,000, but not many get the satisfied results since there are rarely any phone that comes with all good specs and features. If there is Android Jelly Bean OS then the RAM would remain 512MB or processor with less than 1GHz CPU or else. And now, to fill this gap and to present the budget-oriented people with amazing smartphones with all advanced specs and features, Micromax has launched A116 Canvas HD handset.

The Micromax A116 Canvas 2 HD smartphone has got all those specs and features that a high end smartphone cost Rs 30,000 and above offers. Take a tour of Micromax A116 Canvas HD review and find out what all this cellphone offers.

Design and Display

With its undoubtedly 5-inch display size, Micromax has challenged the newly launched Samsung galaxy Grand which perfectly matches the phablet competition. Actually, this A116 cannot be said as a smartphone. It is a phablet that has a different section in the market and comes with value added features at low price. Be it the hardware, camera, Android platform, or processor, there are much more to explore.

The phone is the latest edition of very successful Canvas line of smartphones from the same manufacturer. Its predecessors are A110 and A100 Canvas 2 smartphones with good specs and features, lower than this new model. If you ask why Micromax is challenging Samsung for its Grand, it is pretty clear that the specs are of high end at lowest price than Grand. A115 has got a high end and highly clear IPS display which is only found in some of the high end smartphones. The A116 Canvas HD comes with 5-inch IPS LCD Capacitive touch screen with 720 by 1280 pixels of screen resolution which is simply amazing. You will enjoy full HD with realistic views on screen. Watching movies and images will be simply a matter of fun. Also, it carries a pixel density of around 294 ppi which means expect a super cool display which even high end smartphones with higher prices fail to offer.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Coming to the design part, the device has got elegant touch from Micromax where it shows the sleek piece covered with thin panel, while the touchscreen runs from top to bottom. At the bottom you will find three touch navigation buttons for quick access to different locations. At the top, sits a front facing VGA camera which is useful for video calling, but this will give poor quality view for its low sensor resolution. Well, forget about the front facing, but one thing that will amaze you is the rear facing or primary 8 megapixel camera which comes loaded with LED flash, touch focus, Geo-tagging, and face and smile detection technology. This great feature makes this device stand apart in the competition. People often search for a good device that can eliminate the need of a separate camera. This is tagged as a great phone for watching videos, especially for its larger screen that supports multiple formats including MP4 and WMV. The phone is also good for those who love listening to music. Formats for music includes WMA, MP3, AAC and WAV.

The design of this device became more appealing when Micromax added network support for dual band 2G on dual SIM card slots. Generally, such high end specs are offered with single SIM card insertion. But Micromax has offered a Dual-SIM phone that comes equipped with pretty great features including a powerful l8 MP primary camera. The phone also supports 3G networks which make it further more attractive for the consumers who are desperately searching for a good handset. It offers additional connectivity options through Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB 2.0.


The Micromax has loaded this phablet with its own MediaTek MT6589 quad core processor that clocks at 1.2GHz. It delivers a smooth and hasslefree performance which is a great news for those who are looking for a faster device. The phone runs on the latest Android platform 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. It boasts a 1.2GHz quad core processor as mentioned above which is supported by 1GB Ram to offer necessary power to run this beast.

We hope that all the apps get loaded and run smoothly without lag in process. We have heard that the apps getting stopped automatically in previous phablet. Hope this won’t be a problem in this device. There could be few devices with problems that can be disappointing. Camera obviously delivers quality pictures and HD video recording. However, you cannot expect much from the front facing VGA camera which is used for self portrait pictures or video calling. Very pixilated screen will be found while chatting face to face. Possibly playing mid-heavy games on this device won’t be problematic as there is a quad core CPU loaded with good graphics processing unit to handle the load. Jelly Bean no wonder will give you amazing UI and smooth processing of everything.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Price


Other feature that this device holds is a 4 GB internal memory which can be further expanded by up to 32GB.


When everything seem to be great, owners could ignore buying this product if the battery is not up to the mark. Micromax has played well in this segment as well by providing a 2100 mAh battery, claims to provide straight 6 hours backup on full charge. This is sufficient for regular usage.


Due to its low price, many will opt for this new technology that holds all moderate to high end specs. Micromax A116 price is below 15K at Rs. 14,999.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Camera


Micromax is in high move to become one of the leading manufacturers in phablet section. It has launched a series of Canvas products including Canvas 2 A110 which was a phablet containing good features as compared to price. Since many customers wish to have a good device but they compromise for budget restriction, Micromax has given them opportunity to grab one of the best technologies in hand and flaunt like a star.

This high end version, A116 Canvas HD represents the mid-range segment of Android with higher definition screen and more powerful quad core processor. Pricing is still not sure but it is somewhere around 15K as some reports stated. With Android Jelly Bean inside, you can expect some great experiences including smooth User Interface. Google Now and better camera interface are some of the quality things to experience.

By adding IPS display with HD resolution and dual SIM bandwidth (GSM and 3G), Micromax has showed its competitors how much capacity this brand has. When it comes to 720p IPS display and 294 ppi pixel counts, this spec is way too high than some high end devices available in the market. In this contrast, Galaxy Grand is not that appealing as it only has a WVGA resolution screen with same display size.

The phone is handy and seems to be slightly thicker than A110. It also has Wi-Fi for connectivity and some other options. Due to quad core, you can enjoy playing heavy games which will support by MediaTek’s MT6589 SoC and PowerVR Series 5XT GPU. Its 1GB RAM is on par with the Wammy Sensation as received by Galaxy Grand. 4GB onboard is a good addition, thanks to expandable memory.

One of the best features that this phone has received is 8 megapixel primary camera with LED flash, giving good quality HD video recording and snapping amazing pictures. Sadly, the camera does not hold BSI sensor which we have seen on XOLO A800. This makes the quality a little on low range.  On the other hand, you cannot expect the VGA camera to give you quality video calls. Sensors that this phone has got are proximity and accelerometer.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Review

To add fun elements to your journey, Micromax has loaded this phone with GPS (GLONASS) functionality. The battery should have got more power as the quad core processor will consume a whole lot of charge. Still, this is a good deal when the device comes just for 15k.

Quick Look

  • 5-inch LCD IPS Capacitive touch screen with 1024 by 720 pixels resolution
  • Android 4.1Jelly Bean OS inside
  • 1.2GHz quad core processor with 1GB RAM
  • 8 megapixel camera and front facing VGA camera for video calling
  • 2100 mAh battery giving 6 hours talk time
  • 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card

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