Review: Micromax Canvas Infinity is the new big-screen phone to look out for
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Micromax is taking the fight to Chinese rivals with a new breed of smartphones which have more to offer than better specs. While the Canvas Dual 5 (Rs24,999) was all about security and camera, its latest smartphone called Canvas Infinity offers the near edge-to-edge screen experience, seen mostly in high-end smartphones. The Canvas Infinity is priced at Rs9,999 and is available on Amazon.in. It is competing in a fiercely competitive segment against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Rs9,999 onwards).
Display: Immersive and big, but looks dull
The unique selling point of Canvas Infinity is the near bezel-less front panel, which includes a 5.7-inch display with a unique resolution of 1,440x720p. It is also one of the handful of smartphones which offer a more immersive and wider-than-usual aspect ratio of 18:9. The other smartphones in this club are the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG Q6. The big display leaves ample space for users who type or watch a lot of videos on their smartphones.
The 18:9 aspect ratio is quite addictive, but the resolution is on the lower side for this screen size and gives the screen a slightly pale look in comparison to the Redmi Note 4, which offers a higher resolution of 1,920x1,080p on a 5.5-inch screen.Text in webpages and ebooks look good but not as crisp as in the Redmi Note 4.
Design: Plastic yet solidly built
The Canvas Infinity doesn’t have a metal exterior or the premium looks of the Redmi Note 4, but it scores in terms of build quality and ergonomics. The plastic cover on the back wraps around the side panel too. So there is no metal frame along the spine either. Despite the plastic body, the smartphone feels pretty solid and also has a good grip due to the matte finish on the back and the compact form factor. It weighs 159g, stands 153.5mm tall and is 73.1mm wide. This makes it smaller and lighter than the Redmi Note 4, which has wider bezels, is 151 mm long, 76mm wide and weighs 165g.
Micromax hasn’t left out any of the features that matters. The phone has a separate slot for microSD card and there is a fingerprint sensor too. It is placed on the back and pretty accurate to use.
Software: New Android with light custom UI
Another unique feature of the Canvas Infinity is that it runs Android 7.1.2, which is still limited to 1.2% of all Android smartphones. Micromax has used a custom UI over it, but the amount of customisation is only skin deep. Underneath the colourful interface and big app icons, the features are almost similar to plain Android. It has very few preloaded apps which makes it less bloated and less resource intensive in comparison to Redmi Note 4’s MIUI 8.
Performance: Adequate for casual users
Driving the Canvas Infinity is Qualcomm’s entry-level Snapdragon 425 chipset with 3GB RAM which proved to be quite adequate for everyday tasks. It was able to handle most tasks such as social media, YouTube, photo apps and video playback without breaking a sweat even when 6 to 8 apps were running in the background.
It is not cut for gaming, though. The Redmi Note 4 is slightly better placed when it comes to games. It is powered by a superior Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset. It has three memory variants. We would recommend 3GB RAM or 4GB RAM variant as the MIUI is inherently a resource intensive UI.
The Canvas Infinity offers 32GB internal storage and accepts microSD cards of up to 128GB. It packs in a 2,900mAh battery which is smaller than Redmi Note 4’s 4,100mAh battery, but was able to eke out about a day’s backup on modest use effortlessly.
Camera: Impressive front snapper
The 13-megapixel rear camera suffers from the same foibles that affect the Redmi Note 4. Colours in daytime shots look accurate if not rich but on a bigger screen the noise is clearly visible. Low light and indoor shots look slightly better than in the Redmi Note 4 in terms of colour reproduction and detailing. The 16-megapixel camera on the front can capture good-looking seflies even in indoor conditions and offers handy options such as self timer, smile shot and anti-flicker.
Micromax Canvas Infinity is one of the smartphones which can’t be ignored despite its limitations. It is ideal for casual users looking for a compact smartphone with a big screen. For users who are into games, the Redmi Note 4 is a better proposition.