Micromax Canvas 6: Expensive, and with flaws

Priced at Rs 14,999 (maximum retail price according to the sticker on the box), the Micromax Canvas 6 looks a little expensive considering the segment it belongs to and the models it is competing with.

Knowing the general perception of an average Indian millennial, why would one bet on an Indian model when one can get an international brand and, that too at a lesser price.

  • Price: Rs 14,999
  • Screen: 5.5-inch full HD at 1,080 x 1,920p
  • OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Processor:  Octa-core Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh

With "Nuts. Guts. Glory" as their new tagline, the model is their first smartphone to offer 32GB storage space coupled with a metal unibody design and a fingerprint scanner.

This year the Indian smartphone market space will get increasingly competitive as globally the space for growth in the smartphone is shrinking, with India being one of the few markets expected to grow in double digits. So, for Micromax - India's second-largest smartphone player by market share, there is a lot at stake.

The Canvas 6 can be seen as a potential competitor to LeEco Le 1s, Redmi Note 3, Moto G3 and the newly-launched Moto G4 Plus. But does it have what it takes to surpass them?

One of the 19 models Micromax launched last month, the Canvas 6 comes with a 5.5-inch high-definition screen that should please those who like to watch movies on a big screen. It is similar to the Canvas 6 Pro. The display is sharp and crisp, and performs well even under sunlight. The smartphone accepts only nano-SIMs and has a hybrid slot. It comes with 32GB storage space and features a microSD slot to expand the memory, a feature which should go down well with users.

The unique feature that comes built-in is the Around service, which can act as a lifesaver for many considering it aggregates food, hotel, flight bookings, cab, etc all inside one icon. Taking it a step futher, the cab feature has numbers for offline cabs as well, so in case you can't call for an Ola or Uber, one can ring up a driver directly.

This is a very big plus-point that might garner much more attention from relatively smaller towns. Though, I would like to test it myself.

With a 13-megapixel (MP) rear and 8MP front cameras, the phone clicks nice pictures in ample light, but details are missing though, especially the ones taken inside a room. Somehow, the camera continues to remain a chink in Micromax's armour.

Designed keeping the lifestyle aspect in mind, the emphasis on specifications hasn't been the firm's focus. Although it is powered by an octa-core SoC (MediaTek MT6753T) processor, 3GB of RAM. Other conventional specifications are decent, with the smartphone having Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, USB OTG, GPS, FM radio and 4G LTE for both SIM slots.

So is the Canvas 6 the ace that will turn the tables in favour of Micromax? That is for you to judge.