Smartphones with thin bezels are the in-thing these days. So much so that even budget phone maker Micromax has jumped on the bandwagon with the Canvas Infinity. The sleek, lightweight Micromax Canvas Infinity tries to perform a balancing act of sorts with its 18:9 aspect ratio display, a nearly bezel-less design and decent build quality. Micromax Canvas Infinity took me by surprise, and in a good way. But is the phone worth buying and can it compete with the current mid-end smartphones?
The Canvas Infinity has a premium design and combines good looks with great build quality, thanks to the combination of the taller display with the 18:9 aspect ratio. While the phone doesn’t feature a metal unibody design (actually, the back is removable in nature), it has a far more premium-feeling than the LG Q6, which has a plastic back. The one downside to the design is the rear panel which is hard to remove.
The Canvas Infinity’s 5.7-inch display is taller than most smartphones with the same size. Micromax says it has done away with bezels in favour of more screen real estate. This is made possible by the 18:9 display that has a resolution of 1440 x 720, all thanks to the odd aspect ratio. Compared to the phone with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the phone is not only easy to use with one hand, its narrow dimensions make it easy to stretch your thumb across the screen.
As far as the screen’s quality is concerned, the LCD display is vibrant and detailed, but muted colours might pop up at times. Remember that the Canvas Infinity’s display is just 720p and lags behind competition in terms of quality. The Canvas Infinity by far has the best fingerprint sensor I have ever used on an affordable smartphone and unlocks the phone in seconds.
The phone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor with 3 GB RAM. I felt the phone to be snappy as it easily handled multiple apps and processes in the background. Real world usage of the Canvas Infinity was smooth, but the phone does struggle a lot when running demanding games like Real Racing and Asphalt and among others. Then again, you need to remember that it does retail for less than Rs 10,000.
The Canvas Infinity runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, though it’s not a pure form of Android. Tweaks have been made to accommodate the taller 18:9 display. Pre-loaded apps are there but the company does a great job in keeping the interface clean. Battery life on the Canvas Infinity is good if not the best; it lasted close to 9 hours on a single charge.
Micromax Canvas Infinity isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t disappoint either. What I really liked is that it doesn’t look inferior from a performance standpoint of view. The features that stand out from the rest are its taller aspect ratio display and the cameras. That’s a pretty good proposition—after all, the phone only costs Rs 9,999. Micromax Canvas Infinity is a solid phone at this price.