Micromax recenlty launched two new smartphones the Micromax A117 Canvas Magnus and A250 Turbo. The Micromax Canvas A117 Magnus is the first 1.5GHz quad core smartphone from the company with amazing features at budget. There are many competitors in the market, such as recently launched Zen Amaze Ultrafone 701 FHD. Finally the company has started focusing on the built quality of its handsets.
Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 Review
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The handset look premium, stylish and robust. The built quality is fairly impressive. The handset has round edges and it is slimmer towards the edges. The handset is light in weight, hence you love to hold it in your hand. The phone is made up of Aluminum, specially the back cover. There is no rattling sound from handset even if you hold it tightly in your palm. The device looks more stylish from the front than the back. Below the 5-inch display there are 3 touch sensitive buttons.
A117 Unboxing – accessories, Box Pack
Under the hood there is handset, 2000 mAh battery, warranty statement, headsets / earphones, data cable, charger. The smartphone doesn’t come with a free flip cover, so you have to purchase it separately, if available.
Display and USER INTERFACE
The Canvas Magnus A117 comes with 5-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. The touch is smooth and responsive. The screen is visible almost from all the angles. The display is bright and viewing angle are far better than the Canvas HD. Surprisingly it has 10 point multi-touch Screen. The display is visible outdoor.
It has Ambient light, proximity and accelerometer sensor, so nothing special here. Although there is a notification LED.
To make the hardware run there is Android 4.2.1 Jelly bean OS with OTA updates. You can also connect pen drive or any other flash storage via OTG cable.
Performance and Storage
The Canvas Magnus A117 comes with 1GB of RAM and 4GB ROM. Out of 1GB RAM 638MB is available. 1.6GB is assigned as internal storage and 0.98GB for installing apps out of 4GB internal memory. For memory expansion there is microSD card slot with which you can expand the memory up to 32GB via micro SD card.
The A117 seems to be a upgraded version of Canvas HD A116. The phone is powered by 1.5GHz Mediatek MT6589T quad core CPU integrated with PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. Well this is not the best GPU available in the market, but it is quite OK for this kind of chip. The handset is responsive and lag free. We performed multi tasks on the device, even then the performance was snappy.
The handsets will heat you when you use WiFi hotspot or when you are using it outdoor. The Internet Browsing on the handset is also smooth and so is the pinch to zoom and Kinetic scrolling (stock browser).
You can play High Graphics games without any sort of problem or lag. Check out the Video below for gaming performance. The gaming performance is as good as Gionee Gpad G2′s.
- Quadrant Standard – 4878
- AnTuTu Scores -15955
- Nenamark 2 – 54.4 fps
- Multitouch – 10 points.
Camera and Multimedia
The CanvasMagnus A117 comes with 12-MP shooter accomplished by LED flash and 2MP front camera. The camera quality is good, but images are not very sharp. You can record Full HD 1080p videos at 30fps. The Macro shots are nice and vivid. You can use Flash in Low light conditions.
The smartphone supports Full HD playback. The speaker is loud and clear. The device has two microphones with noise cancellation support. Overall the handset will not make you despondent if you are buying this to watch movies and listening audios. The earphones that comes with the device are of average quality.
Connectivity and Battery
The A117 houses 2000mAh battery, similar to Canvas 4. The battery life is good for moderate usage. The battery can last for 1 day on normal usage. Talking about the connectivity it has Dual SIM card Support, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB 2.0. Signal on the handset are strong and it will not loose signal even if you hold it in your palm.
Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 specifications
- 5-inch (1280x720p) resolution IPS display
- 1.50GHz quad core CPU
- 1GB RAM
- DUAL SIM
- 12 MP AF primary camera with Led Flash
- 2MP front facing camera
- Full HD video recording and playback
- Android v4.2 OS
- 4GB internal storage (1.6GB for user)
- Sensors: Ambient Light Motion, Proximity, Magnetic
- 3G ( HSPA+ 42MBPS, UL-11MBPS), 2G, WiFi, Bluetooth v4, GPS
- 2000 mAh battery
The A117 Canvas Magnus is a good phone, specially when its comes under the price tag of RS 14,000. You can easily get the handset for Rs13700 from the market. The hardware built Quality of the handset is really very impressive. It will compete with Gionee Elife E5.
Micromax A117 Canvas Magnus
Micromax Canvas Magnus A117
- User Interface7.5
- Built Quality7.5
- Value for money7.7