13-19 June 2014 #711

Smart Knight


Who does not want a top-end smartphone weighing down their pocket? But owning one, without burning a sizeable hole in said pocket, sounds impossible. At a time when it is the norm for flagship smartphones to be priced around the 60K mark, what if Yantrick told you that a phone boasting similar top-end specs is available for half that price? Behold the Micromax Canvas Knight, India’s answer to high-end smartphones, but attainable for the masses.

Straight out of the box, the Canvas Knight makes a solid first impression in the Black and Gold, White and Gold, or the All Black variant. The stylish, slim metal casing, rounded edges and the rear panel with an elegant glass finish all lend the Canvas Knight a premium feel, reminiscent of the Sony Xperia Z2 and the iPhone 5S. Add to that a stunning five-inch, full HD Gorilla Glass screen, boasting pixel density of a retina-popping 443 pixels-per-inch, and the Canvas Knight should have your attention. In terms of performance, the Canvas Knight’s screen offers vibrant colours, good contrast and a bright sharp display, with HD content especially looking absolutely stunning.

Under the hood, the Canvas Knight is also thoroughbred smartphone through and through. Its True Octa-Core processor offers a decisive combination of performance and power-efficiency. The 2GB of on-board RAM allows for a faster and smoother mobile experience, with graphics-intensive videos and games running without any lag whatsoever, and the Android (version 4.2.2) interface and menus feel extremely smooth. For all your storage needs, Micromax has provided 32GB of space with the Canvas Knight, although the option to add more via a MicroSD slot would have been welcome.

The Canvas Knight also sports an astonishing 16MP primary camera, capable of capturing absolutely stunning and detailed pictures, while videos recording at 1080p resolution equates to high definition overload. Micromax has not ignored your selfie needs either, with the front 8MP camera capable of taking crystal-clear images. The Canvas Knight has impressive sound as well, the Yamaha-amplified speaker pumps out loud and detailed audio. Plus the smartphone ‘usuals’ like the accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity meter, compass, GPS, Bluetooth, etc, should come as no surprise in a high-end device. All the power and features of the Canvas Knight are backed up capably by a 2350 mAh battery that lasts around 10 hours of fairly intensive use.

Yantrick’s Verdict: The Micromax Canvas Knight is proof that Indian companies can also produce world-class hardware that is stylish, functional, and durable. Priced at Rs 35,000 (approx) the Canvas Knight is available at mobile stores in New Road.