Micromax Canvas A1 Android One handset: Mini Review

Read up an umpteen number of reviews on the Micromax Canvas A1 to your heart’s content, it will not change the fact that it’s actually the Android One initiative which is the star here. Google’s new program dictating the reference design of hardware and software combined the way it was intended, has coerced manufacturers into toeing an invisible line separating what they can do and what they’re allowed to do with their products.

So far down the line, the three Android One phones which have been released in India include the Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1 and Spice Dream Uno Mi-498 for Rs 6399, Rs 6499 and Rs 6299, respectively. But if there’s one big thing missing, it’s diversity and this manifests itself quite clearly in the features offered by the aforementioned handsets.

Micromax Android One Phone

So let us tell you about the finest things the Canvas A1 can tentatively boast about. Google has completed a lot of the homework with regards to R&D, which permits Micromax to happily keep the cost of the phone at a reasonably low Rs 6499. The use of the MediaTek processor contributes to it too. Mozilla got to set the price bar super low with its Spreadtrum deal, in case you’re comparing.

Micromax Canvas A1 smartphone specs at a run:

– Android v4.4.4 KitKat OS
– 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS touchscreen
– 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek chip
– 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, 32GB expandability
– 2MP and 5MP cameras
– Dual SIM support
– 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth
– 1700mAh battery

Micromax Canvas A1

In keeping with the trend in emerging markets like India, there are two SIM card slots inside. Google’s R&D work on Android One assists the hardware and software to mingle without hitches. Plus, you won’t have to wait for Micromax to give you Android L since Mountain View has decided to take matters into its own hands and deliver updates to end users directly.

Also see: Karbonn Sparkle V Android One phone outed in India for just Rs 6399

The worst thing about the Micromax Canvas A1 is that it shares similar specifications as the Sparkle V and Dream Uno. It’s got just 1GB of RAM and we’re also not fans of the main 5MP camera highlighted by a prominent, brushed metal ring. Amazon’s selling the phone with an 8GB memory card right now.