Micromax Canvas 2 (2017) a Great Offline Offering or A Mistake?

Micromax had almost disappeared from the Indian markets for quite a while but now they are back with a new device namely the Micromax Canvas 2 (2017) Edition. Their last shot to fame also was the canvas lineup of devices so can the new Canvas 2 (2017) hold up that legacy? Let’s find out.

The Canvas 2 (2017) is an offline-focused phone which is priced at Rs.11,999, its main USP is the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covered display which is a rarity as of now in phones especially in this price segment. It also comes with Android 7.0 nougat right out of the box which is a first for Micromax. Micromax has also tied up with Airtel for a full year of free voice calls and data with a daily cap of 1 GB for a whole year. To clarify, Airtel’s offer includes 4G data and it comes with a data capped at 1GB per day and also offers unlimited free calling to any mobile network in India with the purchase of Micromax Canvas 2 (2017).

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Micromax Canvas 2 (2017): Specifications

The mobile has a 5 inch HD (720p) display with 2.5D curved glass which frankly is a big letdown but considering its price and its offline only model for sale is acceptable. The display has a 400 nit brightness which goes against lacklustre. Under the hood is a Mediatek MT6737 Quad-Core chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz. There is 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage for the smooth functioning of the phone, users can also use a micro SD card to expand the storage by an additional 64 GB.

On the camera front, it houses a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5 MP front camera for video calling and selfies. General connectivity options like Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, 4G LTE with VoLTE is present although the Canvas 2 (2017) misses out on NFC.

The phone is powered by a 3,050mah battery which should be enough to last a full day of heavy usage. The phone is 8.5 mm thick and weighs in at 160 grammes. A front mounted fingerprint sensor is also present on the Canvas 2 (2017).

Micromax highlights that the glass is highly resistant to scratches and damage from sharp objects, moreover, they are also offering a one-year free screen replacement in case of any damage.

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At this price point the canvas 2 2017 is competing with some of the better phones likes of the Redmi Note 4, Lenovo K6 Power, Honor 6x along with the Coolpad Cool 1 and Lenovo K5 Note. All of which are way better when compared to the Canvas 2 (2017) but the main USP of Micromax Canvas 2 (2017) is its offline only model which none of the other phones has. Micromax is also using the Airtel free 1-year offer as bait for naïve offline customers who blindly trust the shopkeepers and purchase a phone without a lot of research online.

Comparison Table

Micromax Canvas 2 (2017)Redmi Note 4Honor 6XLenovo K6 Power
Display5 inch HD (720p)5.5 inch FHD (1080p)5.5 inch FHD (1080p)5 inch FHD (1080p)
ChipsetMediatek MT6737 Quad coreSnapdragon 625 Octa coreKirin 655 Octa coreSnapdragon 430 Octa core
Memory16 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM32 GB or 64 GB internal storage along with 2/3 or 4 GB of RAM32 GB of ROM with 3 GB RAM or 64 GB ROM with 4 GB RAM16 GB ROM with 2 GB RAM or 32 GB ROM with 3 GB RAM.
Battery3,050 mAh4,100 mAh3,340 mAh4,000 mAh
USPGorilla glass 5 and airtel free 1 year offerGood display and big batteryDual camera and decent batteryHuge battery and full HD display
AvailabilityOffline onlyOnline onlyAvailable Online onlyOnline only
Price11,9999,999 for the base version10,999 for the base version9,999 for the base version


With the above table, we can clearly see that the competition offers way better specifications at a better price point to but they are all online only which is still a touchy subject for a lot of Indian consumers.


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