The budget or low end category of smartphone is now extremely competitive with new devices launching every week and some of these offer great specs at low price. Micromax has now launched yet another budget smartphone, the Canvas Xpress A99 and the device has a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen with IPS technology. The device is powered by a 1.3GHz quad core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). On the imaging front the device features a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel VGA front-facing camera.
The device supports Dual SIM and has 3G connectivity. It also features 1GB RAM and has expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD. The phone also comes with 1950mAh battery. Here is the unboxing of the device along with first impressions.
Here is the unboxing video of the device.
Inside the box:
- Micromax Canvas Xpress
- Screen guard
- USB Cable
One thing that stands out on the Canvas Xpress is the design and it looks much better than the other budget Micromax devices. This design change was long overdue as most of the budget smartphones have dull and boring designs. The phone has sharp edges with metallic finish on either sides. On the right side you have the power key and the volume key is on the left side. The top panel houses the micro USB charging slot and the 3.5mm audio jack.
The rear panel has matte finish and has the 5MP camera with flash, the Micromax logo and the speakers at the bottom. Overall, the design and build quality of the device is impressive considering Micromax has tried with a new design. The display on the device is 4.5 inch FWVGA display with 854 X 480P resolution, but we were surprised with the display which was sharp and also has great colors. The touch response was also really good.
Below the display you have the three capacitive touch buttons which offer haptic feedback. The phone offers 8GB internal storage out of which 5.8GB is available to user in the first boot. The phone also has microSD card support along with dual SIM.
The phone also comes with 5MP rear camera with flash and a front facing 0.3MP camera. The camera interface is very similar to any other Micromax budget smartphone powered by MediaTek.
The phone has Android 4.4 KitKat and the UI is mostly stock with very little customization from Micromax.
Overall, we were pretty impressed with the device especially the design and build along with the display. We will have the detailed review coming up on our blog soon, meanwhile do check out our YouTube channel for more videos on this device.