Micromax A116 Canvas HD Full Review with Unboxing and Benchmark Tests


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Finally after a huge rush we have managed to order one unit of Micromax A116 canvas HD on 14th February and received the handset today by Snapdeal . So we have just done the full review of this all new HD smartphone running on latest Android OS ( 4.1 Jelly Bean ) ,powered with quad-core processor . Lets starts what new we have found in the handset .


Micromax A116 Canvas HD Full Review :


Inside the Box :

The box pack is identical to that of Canvas 2 , you can just checkout the images on the box pack below . Inside the box you will find :

  • Canvas HD Handset
  • USB Charger
  • Micro USB Cable
  • A 2000 mAh Battery
  • Earphone
  • Warranty Card
  • User manual

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On the back of box pack specifications of the handset is mentioned and on the side model details and the SAR values 0.472 W/kg @ 1g  (Head) , 0.412 W/kg @ 1g (Body) are written and the MRP of Rs 17,499 is printed on the bottom of the box .


Looks and the Design :

Micromax A116 is almost similar to that of Canvas 2 ,some little changes are done ,  it has curved shape and little smaller than MMX A110 . On the front , 3 touch sensitive buttons are provided , 1.2MP Front camera along with sensors , in call speakers and a LED indicator very close to the speaker . On the left side volume rockers by which you can manage the volume level and on the right a power button . On the top of the handset a 3.5 mm Audio jack along with the micro USB jack and on the bottom it has a microphone .On the rear side , A 8 MP Camera with a LED Flash , Micromax logo and the speaker out . It has a combination of two colors ,the front of the handset is of black colour and the back panel is of white .

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Display :

It comes with  5-inch IPS HD display supporting resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with 16.2 M colours . The clarity of the display is just awesome which is above the mark of my expectation , touch is buttery smooth with no lag what so ever .There is no lag in rendering and zooming the text and images . Also messaging and typing experience over the handset is also excellent also much better than we have on Canvas 2 . So for me Micromax has brilliantly worked on the display quality of the handset  .


Processor , GPU And Operating System :

This the first smartphone from Micromax powered with a Quad core Processor , It comes with a MediaTek MT6589 Quad core processor cloaked at 1.2 GHz along with GPU PowerVR SGX 544MP . The processor is very powerful and can manage multi tasks very easily . Micromax Canvas HD is running on 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Android OS which working perfectly on the device with no bugs .


Memory Details :

It comes with 4 GB of internal memory out of which 1.77 GB is available of users to save the personal data and files . The external SD card is also supported by the handset through which you can extend the memory up to 32 GB . MMX A116 is installed with 1GB of RAM out of which around 630 MB is free . So it can handle multiple tasks very easily and also can play high-end games with no Lags .


Connectivity :

Handset support Dual SIM with Standby ,so can use 2 SIM cards on this Device . It Supports various connectivity like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G , HSDPA up to 21 Mbps and GPS . It will take up to 5 – 8 seconds to get first GPS lock .


Camera :

Micromax  Canvas HD is embedded with 8 MP rear facing camera ,before launching of the handset Micromax says that camera quality will be better than MMX A110 and surprisingly the quality of this camera is much better than Canvas 2 . You can capture excellent quality photo with the camera . It comes with Auto-focus , Single LED flash . The main thing which surprised me more is this handset can record 1080 p HD videos and also can play the same resolution video with zero lags and playing very smoothly on the device . One more thing which is changed in this camera is that ,you can use autofocus feature while recording videos too . In canvas 2 you can use auto-focus while taking photographs but not while making videos but in this handset you use the auto-focus while recording videos . A 2 MP rear Facing camera is provided for making video calls and also you can take good quality photos and videos too with is camera . One thing I noticed in the camera ,when we record video ,the objects look more closer than it appears when we take photo of same object from the same distance , don’t know why but not creating any problem in video shooting .

So the in Camera quality ,Micromax done a great job and can compete with Samsung ,Sony cameras .

 Micromax A116 Canvas 3


Here are some images captured with the 8 MP rear camera  :


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And the Video Recorded in 1080 pixels resolution With this Camera ( From My College Campus ) :




Benchmark Scores :

We had run different benchmark tests on the device and found the following results .


  • Anututu Benchmark : First Time – 13017, Second Time – 13107
  • Quadrant Standard : First time – 4089  , Second time – 3897
  • Nenamark2 : First time – 40.6 fps , Second Time – 40.6 fps
  • Linpack :- Single Thread Score 36.545 and Multi thread Score :- 102.16
  • Multi-Touch Test : – Support 5 touch points


Here is the video of Benchmark Scores :


So the benchmarks are quite good which is better than we have seen on Samsung Galaxy Grand .

Battery :

Micromax A116 is powered with 2000 mAh Battery , hoping that it will of 2100 mAh But no changes at all . The size of this battery is slightly lesser than of A110 battery . It will provide full day of backup on moderate usage . I will update here as soon as I use it for a day .

Update : I used the handset with moderate usage ( calling ,browsing ,Wi-fi ) and found that it can last longer for 26 – 30 hours . Red LED indicator starts blinking as battery reaches to 15% remaining level and after connecting charger ,Green LED turned on before completion of full charge ( around on 90% and above it turns to green , don’t know why ) .


Games :

I have played Angry Birds ,Temple run and NFS on this Handset and all the games are working fine . Since it is embedded with 1 GB RAM out of which 650 MB is free , it can play any high-end game without any lag . Will upload a Gaming Review here soon .


Here is the Unboxing Video of Micromax A116 Canvas HD :


Review :

Micromax A116 Canvas HD is a real HD smartphone which clearly stands out of the ordinary resolutions smartphones . I loved its performance , its benchmark scores , hardware specifications and specially its Camera Quality . One thing which needs to change its Dual SIM Standby mode ,It should be Active mode ,So that can receive calls on other SIM while talking on SIM 1 . But this is not a big thing which matters . For me Under Rs 14,000 price tag it is a must buy handset and Micromax done a great job with this handset . Hope it will break all the records of other manufacturers . Now We have to watch ,what steps Samsung ,Sony and other brands will take to compete with this Smartphone .

What You think About this Smartphone ,Share your views with us in comments .

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