launch of its new phone, dubbed the A110Q Canvas 2 Plus. Apart from
having a long name, there are other interesting features of the handset,
such as the quad-core processor. However, the low-resolution on the
display does seem like a letdown. Lets take a look at what makes the
phone tick.OS – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
A110Q Canvas 2 Plus will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the
box. This is a great thing, since that means the handset is essentially
just one step behind the latest version of Android. Android 4.2 brings
many features, including expandable notifications and Daydream, which is
essentially a screensaver. Since this is Jelly Bean after all, Project
Butter will help make the phone better with Google Now and a better
camera interface, among other things.
Cellular network – Dual-SIM GSM and 3G
A110Q Canvas 2 Plus will retain the dual-SIM functionality and will
support GSM and 3G networks. You should be able to use both SIMs
simultaneously as well.
Display – 5-inch IPS
display is a 5-inch IPS panel, which would give great viewing angles.
However, all of that is offset by the fact that the handset runs on a
resolution of 854 x 480, which is rather disappointing. The low
resolution will be even more obvious because of the giant display, since
the handset has a very low pixel density of 195.93 ppi.
Connectivity – Standard fare
options on the A110Q Canvas 2 Plus include all the standard fare that
one can expect from an Android handset. This includes 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Bluetooth will undoubtedly have support for A2DP.
As of now, it is unclear whether the GPS will run on A-GPS or GLONASS.
SoC– MediaTek MT6589 (quad-core)
Canvas 2 Plus features MediaTek’s MT6589 SoC, which contains a quad-core
ARM Cortex-A7 CPU and PowerVR Series5XT GPU. While the CPU uses the
slightly older architecture from ARM, the SoC is built using the newer
28nm fabrication process, so it should do well in terms of power
efficiency. Micromax hasn’t detailed all the multimedia capabilities of
the A110Q, but digging a little deeper into the chipset’s capabilities,
we find support for 1080p video recording. Whether or not Micromax
chooses to use this is yet to be seen. Nevertheless, the four cores
should easily help in gaming and even the general responsiveness of the
Storage – 4GB on-board with room for expansion
A110Q is equipped with a paltry 4GB of on-board memory, with 1.4GB
taken up by any apps that you might want to download and 1GB usable as
mass storage. Luckily, however, there is a microSD slot where you can
stick in a 32GB microSD card.
Primary Camera – 8MP sensor with dual-LED flash
main camera on the back of the handset is a hefty 8 megapixel shooter,
like the one found in the A116 Canvas HD; there’s no BSI sensor.
Front Camera – 2 megapixels
2 megapixel camera on the front is much better than the VGA cameras
we’re used to. Video calls and self-portraits should be serviceable.
Sensors – Proximity, gravity and motion
A110Q is equipped with the standard proximity sensor, which is used to
tell when the phone is close to your head during a call so that the
display can turn itself off. Other sensors include a gravity sensor and a
Battery – 2000 mAh
is equipped with a beefy 2000 mAh battery. While this wouldn’t have been
enough because of the quad-core processor, the lower screen resolution
ensures that the handset isn’t too power hungry. Micromax quotes a
standby time of 280 hours and 6 hours of talktime.
The bottom line
paper, the A110Q Canvas 2 Plus seems a lot like an older phone from
Micromax – the A116 Canvas HD. Both phones even use the same SoC.
However, the A110Q has a considerably worse screen. The A110Q Canvas 2
Plus has been launched with a price tag of Rs 12,100, so assuming a
street price of Rs 10,000, buying the phone doesn’t seem to be that bad
of a deal. It’s also bound to have a decent battery life because of the