Micromax Canvas HD

Micromax Canvas HD
Micromax Canvas HD smartphone was launched in February 2013. The phone comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels at a PPI of 294 pixels per inch.

The Micromax Canvas HD is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core MT6589 processor and it comes with 1GB of RAM. The phone packs 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Micromax Canvas HD packs a 8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Micromax Canvas HD runs Android 4.1 and is powered by a 2000mAh removable battery. It measures 144.00 x 74.00 x 10.70 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 156.00 grams.

The Micromax Canvas HD is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts two Regular SIMs. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.

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  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good screen
  • Decent performance
  • Excellent value for money
  • Bad
  • Plasticky feel
  • Power button is recessed
  • Sub-par camera





Front Camera



 720x1280 pixels




 Android 4.1



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Micromax Canvas HD detailed specifications
Alternate names A116
Release date February 2013
Form factor Bar
Dimensions (mm) 144.00 x 74.00 x 10.70
Weight (g) 156.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2000
Removable battery Yes
SAR value NA
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 720x1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Processor 1.2GHz  quad-core
Processor make MT6589
Internal storage 4GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 32
Rear camera 8-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 2-megapixel
Operating System Android 4.1
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported NA
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
SIM Type Regular
3G Yes
4G/ LTE No
SIM 2  
SIM Type Regular
3G No
4G/ LTE No
Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor No
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

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  •  good for its price..... 29 May 2014

    4/5 stars

    By Roshan RB

    It is powered by a powerful 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor, has 1GB of RAM, a clear 5 inch display with 1280 x720 pixel display resolution. It has a large battery of 2100 mAh and has a 16 million color IPS display. It comes with latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1 out of the box. The processor of the Canvas HD A116 is a Mediatek MT6589. It has an expandable memory of up to 32 GB, has an 8 megapixel HD rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. The processor is a cortex A7 SoC. 5 inch touch screen Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update 1.2 Ghz Quad-Core Processor, 2100 mAh Battery 8 MP Rear autofocus camera with LED Flash Display resolution of 1280×20 HD IPS display Memory capacity of up to 32 GB GSM 900/1800 WCDMA 2100 Mhz Dimensions: 114x74x10.7mm Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi 802.11b/g/n M Store, M Buddy M! SMS, M! Zone and Hook Up apps. overall its an awsome device to say.. for its price we cannot expect anything more than this . i used this device for nearly 5 months .it was good with no lags or problems .so people who are not brand concious can go for it.

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  •  Micromax Canvas hd a116 03 May 2014

    4/5 stars

    By Yash Sajwan

    I have purchased this phone on Feb 14 2013 on the day of launching of Canvas HD it was the valentine day gift for us as company said and we also felt. I always looked for a phone with 5inch screen and a blasting specs. That time this phone was the easily the most awaited budget handset for the Indian market.Design and build are Slim and sleek is the Canvas HD, Front have 5inch hd display, but the rear cover has a glossy finish with a fine sprinkle of pixie dust that time i have got only this cover later on people get mat finish cover with the handset, This gives it a nice shine and also manages to conceal quite a bit of fingerprints.The battery cover is easy to remove thanks to the soft plastic. Inside, we have two GSM SIM slots with the microSD card slot in between. None of these are hot-swappable and you’ll need to remove the battery to insert the cards.The power and volume rocker buttons assume their usual place on either side of the handset and are easy to reach. The headphone jack and microUSB port are placed on the top.it is lighter as well at 157 g. The handset is quite comfortable even if you don’t have large hands and fits snugly in your pocket. You’ll want to be careful where you place your phone, though, as the protruding camera lens could get scratched easily thats why i always put my front side down on tabel. In the features Interface IPS panel makes a return in the Canvas HD, but instead of a lowly WVGA resolution, the A116 boasts of an impressive HD (1280 x 720) resolution, which makes all the difference in the world. Text is sharper, images are more vivid and crisp and the UI simply looks better. The panel itself has good viewing angles along with good colors. However, i noticed that the videos didn't have the same level of vividness as photos. For playing hd videos used mx player as i always do.The A116 features a lightly-modified Jelly Bean 4.1.2. You get notification toggles and extra settings in the menu to configure the two SIM cards. Now its is updated to 4.2 jaly bean on july 13 which was good, but i am still waiting for 4.3 update. The Canvas HD is powered by the MediaTek MT6589 quad-core SoC. This is made up of four ARM Cortex-A7 CPUs running at 1.2GHz and a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. The SoC is fabricated using the 28nm process, so it should sip power rather than gulp it down. The chipset also houses the baseband radios, so there’s no need for a second chip. This budget oriented SoC packs in quite a punch as well. A 2000mAh battery powering a 5-inch HD screen and a quad-core SoC did not sound very good. Surprisingly, the Canvas HD managed to deliver 7-hours and 45-minutes of continues video playback. This translates to roughly 14-hours of real world usage, which is not bad all things considered.The image quality is good. The sensor is able to pick up decent amount of detail and color nce you zoom in to 100 percent, the details get a bit hazy, but that’s to be expected from a camera at this price point. can record hd video.

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  •  The No Regret Mobile 13 May 2014

    4/5 stars

    By Pallavi Ram

    After I lost my Samsung Galaxy, my hubby got me this budget friendly mobile. I have been living with Micromax A116 for more than a year now & can honestly say that anyone bought this phone would’ve not been disappointed. This might not be a jaw dropping or a drop dead dazzling phone like the iPhones, Samsung’s and HTC’ces… but one year back this handset was most sensible handset to buy. The phone is neatly built for its budget. Though I had difficulty in using it in the beginning bracket for its size, now I’m used to it. I’m not technically trained to talk about benchmarks and other stuff but I can say this, it will not freeze, no call drops, & no restarts. Display is something worth talking; it is clean and bright, photos looks good here. If I’ve to talk about everyone’s favorite feature bracket Camera, I’m an amateur mobile photographer, and to me the clarity is good in day light, & at night, snaps with this mobile, not a good option. Games like Angry Birds, & Candy Crush runs smoothly. Battery can last one full day under normal circumstances. If I’ve to mention one thing I’m not happy about this handset, then it would be pre-installed apps. I’ve not even touched them in this more than a year long journey, waste of storage. This all an average user cares about & I’ve actually influenced few people to buy it. In all honesty, I’m happy that I was part of the Micromax A116 revolution - The No Regret Mobile!

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  •  phabletic phone 14 May 2014

    3/5 stars

    By Harsh Patel

    Micromax canvas HD has 5 inch display which is more then mobile , which lies between mobile and tablet . Larger the size of the phone larger the problem for pocketing it . When it come to size moto g and moto x is best one to go for it . Micromax canvas HD has amazing stylish plastic body comes in two variant i.e:- white and black . While in the starting month of use , it workes smother but later on it keeps on laging , even after each and every app are closed . Display resolution is Hd of 720X1280 megapixels but when it comes to graphics it much tend to look like chinese features and still need to improve graphics . Although it is prized between 10000 to 12000, it is more efficient to go for motorola moto g by just adding more 2000/- Rs . Micromax has 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front facing camera which clicks pretty good photos . It has 1 gb of ram and 1.2ghz . this mobile still operates on 4.2 jelly bean and required to upgrade to kitkat. Micromax canvas hd has 4 gb internal space and extendable upto 32 gb . If you are trying to buy smart phone in bujet range and neglacting the quality prospects then you will definately go for microax ,but if you consider quality prospects then you should go for moto g, even moto e is better then micromax canvas hd. microax gives no garenteed update. when it comes to battery , its performance is not so good , it dont even last for whole day , it will make you habitual of always carying charger.

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  •  Micromax Canvas HD - review after 11 days of usage. 19 May 2014

    4/5 stars

    By Suraj Nair

    Unboxing. The Micromax Canvas HD ships in a modest little box with all the basic accessories bundled in.The retail box contents include: 1. Micromax A116 Canvas HD 2. Earphones 3. AC Charger 4. USB Cable 5. Documentation.Design The Canvas HD capitalizes on the popularity of the phablet style handsets by offering similar capabilities at a fraction of the price point. Measuring 144x74x10.7mm, the dimensions are definitely pocketable. The handset weighs a mere 156 grams which is just fine for a 5 inch sized smartphone.The Micromax Canvas HD looks like the Canvas 2. The front is mostly just the 5 inch capacitive IPS LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280. Below the display are three capacitive keys while above it you can find a 2 megapixel front facing camera a notification light.The left side sports just the volume rockers while the right hand side has the power key. Both keys are a bit flush with the handset and some users might find that there is lack of tactile feedback.Over at the top there’s a micro USB charging port as well as 3.5mm audio jack. The back of the handset contrasts with the piano black front by being made of glassy white plastic, however this device has the matte - finished variant also. An 8MP camera module is placed right at the top with a dual LED flash below it. A MicroMax logo can be spotted right above the speaker grille. We’re not huge fans of the slippery glossy material used as it is prone to getting scratched up and attracts fingerprints too. Performance. The Micromax Canvas HD runs on the most powerful unit from the Mediatek line of processors. Inside the handset you’ll find a 1.2Ghz Quad Core Cortex-A7 Mediatek MT6589 processor with a PowerVR SGX544MP graphics chip. There’s 1GB of RAM which should help keep things running smooth while multitasking. Inbuilt storage is restricted to 4GB which can be understood considering the budget positioning of the handset though you do get a microSD slot. This device did not struggle in most of the benchmarks as compared to other phones in the same price range with a score of 4062 in quadrant and 9704 in antutu. However benchmarks do not signify the actual value of the product accurately. Camera The camera on the Micromax Canvas HD is an 8 Megapixel auto focus unit with dual LED flash for low light shots.The camera interface is a proprietary app which is a bit of a shame considering that it doesn’t have as many options as that on the stock Android camera. That said, all the essentials are covered. However focusing speed is definitely not it’s strong point and it struggles a lot with close up shots. White balance too tends to be off. Images were noise free for the most part and image quality is above average but they definitely don’t stand out. The camera also suffers from blown highlights but this can be remedied by setting exposure levels a notch lower. Coming to the final verdict, Canvas HD is a good package but its worst after - purchase servicing is a great regression.

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