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Micromax Canvas Infinity

Colours:
Black
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 32 GB + 128 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Micro + Micro
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Bezel-less
  • compact design
  • Good cameras
  • Big FullVision display
Cons
  • No Full HD+ resolution
  • Average battery life
  • Entry level chipset

Specifications

General
Launch DateSeptember 1, 2017 (Official)
BrandMicromax
ModelCanvas Infinity
Operating SystemAndroid v7.1.2 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Charging
Design
Height152 mm
Width73 mm
Thickness9.0 mm
Weight159 grams
ColoursBlack
Display
Screen Size5.7 inches (14.48 cm)
Screen Resolution720 x 1440 pixels
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density282 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)75.56 %
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917
ProcessorQuad core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 308
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 22.5 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution16 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.0
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flashyes
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity2900 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceableyes
TalkTimeUp to 20 Hours(3G)
Standby timeUp to 420 Hours(3G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro, SIM2: Micro
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Micromax Canvas Infinity has set a high benchmark in the Indian budget smartphone market in terms of design. Bezel-less 18:9 display phones are the future and Micromax has ushered in the era with the Canvas Infinity, however it is not perfect. The display looks great but the resolution is average. The overall performance could have been better along with the battery life as well. The cameras perform well and the UI is good too. We lost out on a metal body because of cost cutting but the plastic body does a good job as well. We would definitely recommend the Micromax Canvas Infinity if you want a bezel-less phone in this price range. There are no other options for bezel-less phones at this segment yet but other brands will soon come up with new devices to rival the Canvas Infinity. In case you would like to check out other smartphones in this category, do take a look at the Coolpad Cool 1, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Yu Yureka Black.

Introduction:

Micromax Canvas Infinity, launched back in August 2017, is the first budget smartphone under Rs. 10,000 in the Indian market that has a bezel-less design and Full Vision 18:9 display. The most affordable bezel-less phone looks stunning and has a lot of features. It certainly sets a benchmark in the budget smartphone segment and thus we can look forward to more such bezel-less phones in the future. So let us find out in our review if the Micromax Canvas Infinity is worth a buy or you should stick to regular looking smartphones. However, take a look at its specifications first.

The Canvas Infinity from the house of Micromax is powered by a Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor, coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB). The phone sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display and runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS. In the camera department, we get a 13 megapixel primary rear shooter and a 16 megapixel selfie camera. We get a fingerprint sensor on the back side. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS and 3G HSPA+. In the sensor department, we get an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensor. Under the hood, there is a 2900mAh removable battery.

Design & Display:

The Micromax Canvas Infinity is the epitome of premium design in a luxury smartphone. First of all, the FullVision 18:9 display looks stunning and makes the phone look very elegant and stylish. The plastic body has a great build quality and it almost looks like metal with the metallic paint. The phone is tall but you can use it with one hand mostly. It just weighs 160 grams and thus you'll not have any problem using it for longer duration. It has rounded corners which provide better grip as well.

On the front, we get a 5.7-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED notification, LED flash, earpiece and couple of sensors. There are three on-screen buttons for navigation and hence there are no capacitive buttons. The volume rocker and power/lock button are present on the right side while the left side remains clean. The 3.5mm audio jack sit at the top while the microUSB port and primary microphone are found at the bottom. Turning towards the back side, we get the primary camera along with the LED flash and secondary microphone at the top followed by a fingerprint sensor. The Micromax logo and the machine grilled speaker holes are found at the bottom. Under the hood, there is a 2900mAh removable battery and the metal back cover is removable too. We also have the dual SIM and dedicated microSD card slots under the hood. Overall, the Micromax Canvas Infinity has a great design which stands out in this category.

The Micromax Canvas Infinity rocks a 5.7-inch FullVision IPS display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels (HD+). It is a stunning display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and screen-to-body ratio of 83%. The screen looks gorgeous, even when it is turned off. This immersive display is perfect for watching movies and playing games. The display quality is brilliant but the resolution is on the lower side as we get Full HD panels in this price segment. It certainly comes with a HD+ panel due to its size and shape but a Full HD+ panel would have made it a lot more crisp and vivid. The viewing angles are quite good. The colors are accurate and vibrant. You can view images and watch videos with accurate colors and enjoy gaming on this display. There is an ambient light sensor and thus you do not have to manually adjust the brightness when you go outdoors under direct sunlight. The sunlight legibility is also good. There is a layer of protection over the display but we do not get any branded ones from the likes of Corning or Asahi. It does protect the display from day-to-day scratches but do not drop the phone to save it from getting cracked. The touch response of the Canvas Infinity smartphone is very fluid and lag free. This is mainly because of the superior display quality and lag free UI. Overall, the Micromax Canvas Infinity offers a great bezel-less display that is great for media consumption but we would have loved a Full HD+ panel.

Performance:

The Micromax Canvas Infinity is powered by a Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and it comes with 3GB RAM. It is a low-end chipset from the house of Qualcomm but it can take care of all the day-to-day tasks and run the most popular and widely used apps without any hiccups. We did not find any visible UI lag during normal usage. Apps loaded up quite swiftly and there was no visible heating issues as well. You can also multitask properly with the Canvas Infinity without facing issues because of the 3GB RAM onboard. The high-end games will struggle a bit at the highest settings and thus you need to play them in medium settings to experience lag free gaming sessions. The fingerprint scanner located at the back works very accurately and quickly as well. We get 32GB of internal storage, out of which around 25GB of free space is available for the user after first boot. However, if you want more storage, you can get up to 128GB by inserting a microSD card. Talking about connectivity, there is 4G VoLTE support. We get Dual SIM connectivity as well and both of them can be used for 4G. Also, there is a dedicated microSD card slot. The Canvas Infinity has a battery capacity of 2900mAh and it is removable as well. The battery is small for powering the 5.7-inch HD+ display but the efficient processor helps it achieve around one day of battery life. However, it does not support fast charging and will take more than couple of hours to get charged from 0-100.

Overall, the performance of the Micromax Canvas Infinity is very satisfactory but we would have liked a better processor and more battery life.

Cameras:

In the camera department of the Micromax Canvas Infinity, we get a 13 megapixel primary camera at the back. It is certainly the best Micromax camera in this price range and also one of the best among all the brands. When it comes to still photography, it clicks good images with great contrast and color, specially in good natural day lighting. We got a lot of details and the images looked very sharp. Although, in low lighting, the photos had a bit of noise and it is expected in a budget camera. The focusing mechanism is quite fast and is accurate most of the times. HDR mode is probably the best for taking dynamic images and macro mode works well for close up shots as well. Talking about the selfie camera, there is a 16 megapixel selfie shooter onboard and it is quite special since it supports real-time bokeh mode. This will help you in clicking portrait selfies. We also get a LED flash and it helps in clicking good selfies in dark conditions as well.

The camera app of the Canvas Infinity has an easy to use, simple interface. There are a lot of modes and filters including a pro mode. The native camera app performs very well but in case you have a favorite camera app, go ahead and download it for sure. Both the rear primary camera and front selfie camera can record Full HD videos and the quality is quite good. Overall, the camera department of the Micromax Canvas Infinity performs very well in almost all the conditions and hence is one of the best in its category.

Audio & Video:

The tiny speaker holes are located on top of the metal back panel at the bottom. The audio quality from the loud-speaker is very good and it is quite loud as well but not as loud as some other smartphones in this price range. Since the speaker is on the back side, the sound will get muffled and blocked when the phone is kept on a flat surface. The native music app has most of the needed features and thus there is no need for a third-party music app but you can download one if you have a fixed music app you listen to.

The Micromax Canvas Infinity can play HD or Full HD videos but it will struggle to play 4K or Ultra HD content because of the not so powerful processor. The native video app comes with a lot of features and thus you do not need any third-party app. However, to enjoy both audio and video on this phone, you should plug-in a good pair of earphones since the bundled earphones are not up to the mark. Overall, the audio and video quality of the Micromax Canvas Infinity is up to the mark and is one of the best in its segment.

Software & Ui:

Out of the box, the Micromax Canvas Infinity runs on My Launcher based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS and the company has promised to provide an Android 8.0 Oreo OS update in the near future. Micromax has managed to keep the UI very stock Android like and has not added a lot of features on top of it like other brands but has also removed some important Nougat features such as app shortcuts, quick toggles or revamped notifications. We get split screen multitasking, direct replies and quick app switching. It surely offers some customization on top of stock Android but it is not significantly major. Thus, the interface feels very fluid and smooth and you'll not face any glitches during general day-to-day usage. We also get gestures and one-handed mode support on the Canvas Infinity. There are some pre-installed apps (bloatware) such as Amazon, Narendra Modi, etc but you can easily uninstall and delete them if you plan to save up some space. You should install third-party themes such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher to change the look of the UI, if you're not comfortable with this interface.

Overall, the user interface of the Micromax Canvas Infinity looks very stock Android like and Oreo is expected anytime soon.

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