Micromax launched their Canvas Doodle 2, the 5.7-inch phablet in India recently. While the phablet trend is slowly on the rise with more and more companies jumping in on the bandwagon, we wonder if the timing for the launch of Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 was more than a sweet co-incidence with the impending Samsung Galaxy Note III launch.
Micromax has quickly risen to be the number 3 smartphone maker in India and has managed to carve even an international presence. It comes as no surprise then that the company often takes head on with their strongest competitor in the Indian segment, Samsung. While Samsung is the top smartphone maker in the world and in India, Micromax is slowly clawing its way to the top. Their aggressive pricing with high-level specifications helped lever the company to one of the top most positions in India and other Asian nations.
That Micromax aims to be the Indian Samsung is a well-leaked secret and recent launched by the Samsung nemesis have only made the fact clearer. Just after the launch of Samsung’s present flagship Samsung Galaxy S4, Micromax announced their next Canvas flagship (co-incidentally) titled Micromax Canvas 4. While Samsung’s 4 indicated the flagship number for the company, it was the number of processors indicated by the latter’s naming of the device. Not just the naming but even gesture controls and retina tracking made the Micromax Canvas 4 a budget option for Samsung Galaxy S4 aspirants.
While Samsung had the upper edge during the launch of Samsung Galaxy S4, Micromax seems to be in no mood to wait. Just 10 days before the launch of Samsung’s next flagship, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Micromax launched their phablet Micromax Canvas Doodle 2. While the specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are still hazy, Micromax, by launching the Doodle 2 gained an edge.
Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 comes with a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The pixel count is definitely better though not as high as that in some premium smartphones. While Note 3 is rumoured to come with the same screen size, we can bet the resolution and viewing angles will definitely be much better.
Just like Samsung Note series, Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 also comes with a stylus. For some strange reason, Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 instead of Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 which is now well adopted by most Indian smartphone-makers. Considering Samsung Galaxy Note III will be the first (rumoured) phablet to sport Android Jelly Bean 4.3, Samsung definitely has an edge over Micromax there.
Under the hood of Micromax Canvas 4 runs a MTK Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with a Cortex-A7 ARM. We see nothing much to complain about here as quad-core is the best in the market right now, discounting Samsung’s octa-core Exynos chipset. The phablet comes with 16 GB internal memory of which 13 GB is user-available. Unfortunately, there is no memory card slot. The RAM is 1 GB.
While we have no complaints on the processor front, not providing expandable memory with just 13 GB of user-available memory is a little harsh of Micromax. Also, while most flagships come with 2 GB RAM, providing just 1 GB for this seemingly bigger, more creative device is limiting possibilities. While 1 GB RAM is sufficient for normal tasks, a 2 GB RAM would have ensured smooth multi-tasking and balancing even games and heavy media files with ease.
The highlight of the phone, just like the trend these days, is clearly the camera. Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 comes with a 12 MP rear end camera with a 5 MP front-cam. The rear end camera comes with dual-LED flash. The front-camera is a 5 MP camera for selfie-lovers and for video-calling.
The whole package is powered by a 2600 mAh battery and the connectivity options are all the same. Honestly, the phone more than disappoints on the specifications front with rather regular, mundane specs. While we didn’t expect anything stellar, a bit more RAM, memory and improved hardware would definitely have done better justice to the phone.
Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 supports all the software tweaks, yes, even the kiss to unlock-style weird ones, of the Canvas 4. But for a phone priced at Rs 19,990 (official price) the features disappoint. While other phone-makers might get away with a higher price-tag, Micromax symbolises improved features at a better price.
Is the Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 really noteworthy? We think we shall just pass it over and wait for the Note III which, though at a premium price, atleast provides solid specifications! We clearly see Samsung winning this round hands down!-India Times.