Micromax just launched it’s brand new Lollipop running phone today at a press conference in Delhi. We spent some time with the handset to see what really ticks beneath the hood of this budget device. Here’s our quick impressions of the Micromax Canvas Spark.
Right off the bat, the Canvas Spark leaves a good impression in terms of build quality. The front of the phone sports a 4.7 inch display which makes the entire handset quite ergonomic and one handed usage is certainly feasible. The phone has a qHD resolution panel which is quite low given the competition. Other than that, the panel is well saturated, bright and definitely visible even in sunlight. Three capacitive buttons are placed below the screen while above the display you’ll find the 2MP front facing camera.
The rear panel is made of plastic and features a sandstone like texture as seen on the OnePlus One. Unfortunately it is much smoother here and doesn’t really add much in terms of protection from slipping. The 8MP camera module lies on top with a single LED flash next to it. The Micromax logo is placed below it.
The Micromax Canvas Spark has a metal like band running around the phone. Although made of plastic, the fit and finish almost makes it pass off as aluminum and it feels very good in the hand. The volume rocker and power key are placed to the right of the handset and have excellent feedback.
Under the removable rear panel you’ll spot the dual SIM card slots of the Canvas Spark. One of the SIM card slots supports only GSM connectivity while the other supports 3G. You’ll also spot the microSD card slot here. The non removable battery is rated for 2,000 mAh. Powering the phone is a 1.3Ghz quad core processor with 1GB of RAM onboard. There’s also 8GB of storage built in.
The Micromax Canvas Spark is amongst the cheapest phones out there running Android Lollipop. The interface is mostly stock and this helps keep things running smoothly. Unfortunately there is a lot of bloatware in terms of apps pre-installed on the hardware. We think that the Micromax Canvas Spark could become quite an interesting offering in the sub 5,000 rupees space with its focus on build quality and a fairly smooth usage experience. The Canvas Spark is priced at Rs. 4,999 and we’ll have our full review of the handset out soon. Till then, if you have any questions, do let us know in the comments section!