The Rs. 20,000 price bracket is getting lots of competition of late with almost all smartphone manufacturer coming up with the new models. The Indian smartphone brand, Micromax also launched a new smartphone, the Canvas Infinity, which is priced competitively at Rs. 18,500.
Micromax is offering a new 18:9 aspect ratio display in this price range, until now were only available in midrange flagships and high-end phones. The display size is of 5.7-inch with IPS LCD technology and HD resolution. At first sight, the display looks decent, but quickly you will notice the brightness is not as good as one would expect at this price range.
The phone has a budget-friendly 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. We can expect the performance to be acceptable with the choice of SOC and 3GB of DDR3 RAM.
Micromax has worked cleverly to make the feel of the device like metal body. It’s a plastic body with a metallic finish. The back is also removable giving you access to the battery. A user replaceable battery could be ideal for power-hungry users.
The build, however, doesn’t feel sturdy like I expected. Talking about the battery, it has a 2980mAh. Paired with an underpowered SoC and an HD display, we remain optimistic.
The 16MP front camera is where the Infinity shines. I took few selfies and it looks promising. It’s not the best selfie machine out there, but at this price point, we cannot complain much. Also, the front flash is just another bonus.
On the back, we get a 13MP sensor, which looks promising during my usage in daylight conditions.
The fingerprint scanner is located at the back and its not that fast. Its usable, but i was hoping for a better one.
The phone comes with Android Nougat out of the box. Micromax also claims it will soon be upgradable to Android Oreo. It is also a dual sim setup with almost all of the important sensors present.
The software is highly inspired from iOS. The UI lagged and the animation of the notification center is slow and annoying.
The USP of the device is the 18:9 display and a 16MP front camera. The hardware configuration is also decent for its price. But the iffy software, the UI experience expectation remains low. Although most of it can be fixed through a software update and we hope Micromax will roll out the update soon.
We will be testing the device for few more days and be coming up with the full in-depth review. Let us know in the comments what are the things are you looking for in our review.