While we were all expecting a new flagship Micromax phone and probably an Android One device, the company instead revealed the Canvas Nitro which is a mid-range handset at its best. The device offers a good deal of features at Rs 12990, but will it stand out from the competition which includes the Xiaomi Redmi Note, Motorola’s new G2 and Asus’ ZenFone?
With the Canvas Gold and Knight handsets, the company was moving away from its generic Samsung-like smartphone design. Sadly, the Micromax Canvas Nitro is a rip-off of multiple phones from the Korean giant. Firstly, the overall appearance highly resembles that of a Galaxy handset.
Then there’s the fake leather back panel with a stitched design which has been seen on multiple Samsung devices already and even some laptops. To no surprise, there are some software features which have been inspired by other OEMs. First we have is the Quick Look interface which looks and functions quite similar to HTC’s BlickFeed.
Then there’s the refocus feature which works just like Nokia’s app of the same name on the Windows Phone platform. Other offerings include gesture support which is quite common, lock screen notifications and Ok Google voice search curtsey of Android 4.4 KitKat. Where hardware is concerned, the Nitro is quite similar to the Redmi Note from Xiaomi, but only expensive.
Micromax Canvas Nitro key specs:
– 5-inch 1280 x 720p HD IPS display
– 1.7GHz octa core MediaTek processor
– 2GB RAM, 8GB storage, 32GB expandable
– Android 4.4 KitKat
– Dual SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3G
– 13MP Sony rear camera, 5MP front snapper
– 2500mAh battery w/ 10 hours of talk time
Unfortunately, the Micromax Canvas Nitro didn’t turn out to be the high-end device we were expecting, but it’s a pretty attractive phone and it doesn’t cost much. The handset is available for purchase exclusively through Snapdeal in black and white shades.