The bezel-less war has got a new front now – the budget segment. Gone are the days when we would expect only flagship devices to sport a display with extra real estate by offering the bezel-less technology. To name a few, the Galaxy S8, LG G6, Essential Phone are few such examples of flagship devices bearing edge-to-edge display. But, LG changed the whole perspective. LG took the bezel-less war to a new front by launching the world’s first budget-smartphone LG Q6 featuring an edge-to-edge display. Following the footsteps of LG, Indian smartphone maker Micromax has now launched its first virtually bezel-less smartphone dubbed as Canvas Infinity.
It’s a commendable step for Micromax who was seen struggling from the last couple of months. With the launch of Canvas Infinity, Micromax becomes India’s first smartphone manufacturer to bring the edge-to-edge to budget smartphone. If you remember, Coolpad was the one to introduce the fingerprint scanner in the budget smartphones with the launch of Coolpad Note 3. Back in the year 2015, fingerprint scanner was among the privileges which only flagship devices enjoyed. Coming to the year 2017, every other budget smartphone is seen sporting a fingerprint scanner. I hope to see the same with edge-to-edge displays too in coming years.
Talking about the Micromax Canvas Infinity, it’s the company’s first smartphone to feature an edge-to-edge display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Surprisingly, Micromax has opted for a very competitive pricing of just Rs 9,999, making it the most affordable edge-to-edge display phone. The phone will be available for purchase starting 1st September exclusively on Amazon. Registrations for the same has already started. Although the phone is online exclusive for now, it will be also sold through offline channels eventually.
The Canvas Infinity sports a metal body housing a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner (which the LG Q6 lacks). The phone gets a brushed metal back with a mono speaker at bottom and top/bottom antenna bands. The main highlight of the phone remains to be the 5.7-inch Full Vision HD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The phone runs the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and the company has also promised to provide the recently announced Android Oreo update. The company also announced to a 24-hour service promise to repair or replace the device at Micromax Express Service centres. The list of these centres will be announced soon.
The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. for further expansion of storage, the phone also houses a dedicated MicroSD card slot supporting up to 128GB. For shutterbugs, the phone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with an aperture size of f/2.0. The company also claims to offer Real Time Bokeh effect and Re-Focus feature letting users focus on the subject even after the image is captured. Up front, it sports a 16-megapixel snapper with 5P lens and f/2.0 aperture.
It packs in a 2900mAh battery which is claimed to offer up to 20 hours of talktime and 420 hours of standby time. the connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, USB OTG, a Micro-USB port. The phone also supports gesture based shortcuts and long screenshot features.