US-based tech giant Google has recently announced the launch of three low cost Android One smartphones in India. This is in partnership with India-based companies such as Spice, Micromax and Karbonn.
With this, Google will be launching three different devices. This move by Google is primarily aimed at increasing its market share in key emerging markets by providing buyers with cheaper phones that come with quality software.
One such product is the Canvas A1 by Micromax that has been termed as a ‘unique device’ because of its interesting design as well as advanced features and specifications.
The Micromax Canvas A1 is equipped with a 4.5-inch LCD display. It has a pixel resolution of 854×480 and sports a microphone along with a wide range of sensors. It also has a removable back panel, 1,700mAh battery and 2MP front facing camera. It also comes with dual-SIM slots and a place for microSD card.
However, the build quality of the smartphone is not very great, and it is inferior to several other devices available in the market including the Asus ZenFone 4 or the Xiaomi Redmi 1S.
The screen colors of this smartphone are natural, but its black levels are not up to the mark. Also, the screen is not very bright and causes issues while seeing under direct sunlight. At this price range, several other better smartphones are available in the market like the Moto E and the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Both phones are equipped with denser, brighter, and clearer screens.
The Micromax Canvas A1 sports a 5 MP rear camera which has an average shoot quality. The camera cannot shoot photos out-of-the-box. You need to insert a memory card before clicking any image with the device.
The Micromax Canvas A1 is powered by stock Android similar to that of Google’s Nexus smartphones. Stock Android also dubbed as Unmodified Android is the biggest asset of the smartphone.
Google has promised to issue updates for two years, meaning that upgradation to Android L is possible in the later part of 2014. Also, it runs on the quad-core MediaTek MT 6582 chipset along with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory.