Micromax has just introduced the new Canvas Spark phone in India at very affordable price of INR 4,999. The phone is exclusive to Snapdeal and will be available via Flash sale. The Canvas Spark’s greatest unique selling point is simply its price tag and more on that is latest Android Lollipop taste. Except few of devices like Intex Aqua L and Moto E (2nd Gen), it is one of the most budget minded smartphone offering Android L and given the pricing, the company has simply outlayed other firms.

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Key Features

  • 4.7 inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, Resolution – 960 x 540 pixels
  • MediaTek MT6582 chipset, Quad-core 1.3GHz processor
  • 1GB of RAM, 8GB expandable built-in memory
  • 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera
  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Price – INR 4,999

What’s impressive

What really attracts in this phone is clearly its camera. An 8 megapixel rear snapper is wonderful deal for its price range, although it is not that much great during the night hours. You shouldn’t expect very attractive shots from the phone, but you will get what actually needed – the sharp and clear pictures. Noticeably there are lag in the camera while switching between the different modes, and the shots taken in zoom mode might not impress you. Below are the images taken with the Canvas Spark’s camera.

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Then obviously, it has the Google’s Android Lollipop. The most attractive part in the Android L is floating and off-screen notifications. You can smoothly swipe out any notification to the left side if you are not interested to have a look on that. It is also possible to disable notifications from the specific applications which you don’t want to see, and also select which one should show in priority mode. The phone comes with built-in power saver mode, which restricts background data usage and other applications which might eat your battery. Android L brings the material design on the Canvas Spark which gives a refreshing look for such a budget smartphone.

Coming to design, the Canvas Spark is not really bulky, and it comes with plastic rear-cover with matte-feel finish, which ensures that the phone doesn’t give sticky experience. The pinkish-golden plastic frame on the side is not really impressive here and also doesn’t look like long-lasting.

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Micromax Canvas Spark is practically following a layout that we’ve seen on many smartphones ever since the arrival of the iPhone 6. From a distance, the phone looks pretty attractive and obviously we should not forget its price at any point of time.

What doesn’t impress

The front-facing camera on the Canvas Spark is seriously a disappointing fact. Certainly it is a 2MP sensor and one can add filters or shoot the selfies in beauty-mode. But sadly the outcome is simply weird. Sure it’s a 2 megapixel resolution and you can add filters or click photos in the beauty mode. But the results are plain weird.

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In terms of storage, the Canvas Spark could frustrate you which comes with an 8GB built-in memory and half of that part is consumed by the pre-installed apps those are not really for use. With the mere 4GB user-accessible space, you might require to insert a microSD card for your extra stuff like apps, photos or videos. The qHD display is another big let-down in the smartphone. The YouTube videos doesn’t look great on it and the display is prone to finger stain.

If you are thinking of performance, then we should mention that the phone becomes unresponsive at couple of times. In bechmark scores, the Canvas Spark received the 19698 Antutu score putting it behind the Xiaomi Redmi Note and Asus Zenfone 5. But we can not be un-fair as it is budget-phone targeting the very first-time users and in that way, the user experience on Canvas Spark is well-above average.

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Left to right: Quadrant and Antutu Benchmark scores for the Canvas Spark.

Final words

If you are searching for a budget phone, Micromax Canvas Spark could be a better choice to consider. For the price of INR 4,999 , you are getting the smooth Android Lollipop experience, decent rear camera, and even more space compared to many Android One phones available.