It is very rare for an Indian brand to be able to generate as much buzz regarding a new phone launch as Micromax has been able to do with its Canvas 4. From all the promotion and information it is clear that the Canvas 4 is Micromax's biggest launch yet and will be their flagship device until the next iteration comes along.
What to expect from Canvas 4
Ever since the promo ads hit the tube during the ICC Champions Trophy, speculation has been rife regarding the phone's price and specifications. While it is a given that the phone will be powered by a quad-core processor, as the only octa-core available right now is the Samsung Exynos, little else has been revealed to the public. However, this has stopped Micromax loyalists from pre-booking the phone for Rs 5,000 as soon as pre-ordering went live on June 28th. Some reports claimed that the phone received over 4000 pre-orders within 7 hours.
The phone will be launched in a few hours and of what we know so far, the phone looks like it has an aluminium frame with a regular plastic body. What about the specs? Let us take an educated guess:
We suppose it will be the Mediatek MT6589 or its turbo-charged sibling MT6589T. While the MT6589 is clocked at 1.2 GHz, the turbo charged variant runs at 1.5 GHz.
The Micromax Canvas 2 Plus has an 8MP camera at the back and a 2MP shooter up front. If the Canvas 4 is indeed the flagship that it is claimed to be, then expect a 13MP camera capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps. Incidentally, this is also what both variants of the MT6589 support.
Today, anything smaller than a 5-inch screen is considered below par. Given the Indian phone makers' fixation with size, we doubt the Canvas 4 would have a screen real-estate of anything lower than 5-inches. Our bet is on a 5-inch screen and not bigger.
Display and Resolution
A 5-inch screen that supports a full HD display, that's what today's flagships are made of. Why should the Canvas 4 be any different? This brings us back to the processor. The MT6589 supports a full HD 1920 x 1080 display, no reason why the Canvas 4 should not.
Storage and Memory
4GB storage seems to be the norm with most Indian phone makers. Sticking to this also helps keep the cost low. We expect the phone to have 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM though.
This will be the biggest point of discussion when the phone releases. The Canvas HD and the Canvas 2 Plus retail below Rs 15,000 right now. Our source had claimed that the phone would retail above Rs 20,000. We expect the MRP to be slightly higher than that (between Rs 20,000 - Rs 23,000) with the final retail price settling between Rs 18,000 and Rs 20,000. This will be in keeping with Micromax's reputation as a price warrior.
Let us know what you think will be the specs of the Canvas 4 in the comments section below.