Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Micromax Canvas A1's screen is 4.5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6582 Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1700 mAh battery. Micromax's performance ratings are 6.7 days standby time, 360 minutes (2G).



Reviews summary

6.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 8 reviews

What's good  

  • First to receive new Android OS updates
  • Good performance during basic tasks
  • Good screen

What's bad  

  • Mediocre camera
  • Poor battery life
  • Limited onboard storage

The Micromax Canvas A1 is one of the three smartphones initially introduced as part of Google's Android One initiative. As with the other Android One phones, the Micromax comes with the latest version of Android and will update to the newer versions before other non-Google sponsored devices. This can potentially give it a huge advantage over others within the budget market. With that said, it isn't a fit for consumers who want something eye catching. It offers a typical rectangular shape with curved edges. Although its body is made entirely of plastic, reviewers add that the construction itself is quite solid though it errs on the bulky side. It also comes with a removable back cover so users can easily switch out the batteries and add a microSD card.

The 4.5-inch WVGA display offers a resolution of only 480 pixels. Although reviewers wouldn't describe it as very crisp, they go on to say that the colors are vibrant and viewing angles are on par with many other budget phones. Still, they did have some issues viewing it during bright light situations and noticed that it also attracted dirt and smudges.

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Equipped with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the Canvas A1 isn't a powerhouse by any means but it performs well. Critics didn't experience any major issues when browsing the web or scrolling through the UI. Of course, once they began using heavy-duty apps they experienced some slowdowns, especially when playing graphically intensive games. The major issue, however, is the lack of internal storage. While it comes with 4GB only 2.2GB is actually usable. This severely limits the amount of apps users can download and also required critics to expand the memory with a micoSD card in order to take pictures. Battery life is also a bit of a disappointment as it lasted critics less than 10 hours on a single charge during moderate usage.

The back of the phone houses a 5MP camera. At best, reviewers describe it as average as images lack detail and the camera itself is slow to focus with these issues getting worse in low light settings. Still, Firstpost adds, "...most people using the Canvas A1 won't be printing their pictures, but only sharing them on Instagram or Facebook. For which it is more than good enough."

Reviews are generally mixed when it comes to the Canvas A1. India Today states, "Currently, it is inadvisable to buy the Canvas A1 as its core hardware is underwhelming despite having a great software experience." On the other hand, Tech Tree says, "…the Canvas runs quite smooth…the handset is sturdy and offers a good screen…taking price into consideration the Micromax Canvas A1 is a good choice for first-time smartphone users."


Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)


UnleashThePhones

A decent offering if you’re looking for an official Google experience on a tight budget

from UnleashThePhones

The Micromax Canvas A1 is a decent enough smartphone for the price range. It runs stock Android, officially has Google’s stamp of approval, boasts quick performance and decent build quality. Sure, the display and the camera isn’t too great, but at this price range it’s hard to find anything else that comes close.

In terms of competition, there’s the Nokia Lumia 525 and 520, which are close to the same price range, but run Windows Phone. Then there’s the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, which is incredible value for money but a little hard to get. There’s also... Full review

Fone Arena

Overall performance is pretty good

from Fone Arena

The Micromax Canvas A1 is a decent budget smartphone running stock Android in this price range. Even though the Canvas Unite 2 that we reviewed recently had better battery life compared to the Canvas A1, this offers smooth performance and doesn’t have any bloatware. At a price tag of Rs. 6,499, if you can compromise on the display, camera and the battery life for the performance and the pure Android experience, go for it. Even though all the Android One smartphones are currently available only from online retailers, these would be available from retail stores later this October during... Full review

tech2

Humble specs but brilliant experience

from tech2

We think the Micromax Canvas A1 is the best smartphone made by the company. It is dwarfed by the specs of the Canvas Knight or the Canvas Nitro, but is actually a way better overall experience in terms of usability, stability, and longevity. In fact, it looks way more expensive and sophisticated than its price suggests. It’s also great value thanks to the price, while the promised updates from Google are the cherry on top. The only drawbacks are the camera, which is not terrible, but could be better, while the smudges

It’s also a vindication of the notion that stock A... Full review

tech2

Superior experience even with humble specs

from tech2

We think the Micromax Canvas A1 is the best smartphone made by the company. It is dwarfed by the specs of the Canvas Knight or the Canvas Nitro, but is actually a way better overall experience in terms of usability, stability, and longevity. In fact, it looks way more expensive and sophisticated than its price suggests. It’s also great value thanks to the price, while the promised updates from Google are the cherry on top. The only drawbacks are the camera, which is not terrible, but could be better, while the smudges

It’s also a vindication of the notion that stock A... Full review

tech2

The best smartphone from the company, so far

from tech2

We think the Micromax Canvas A1 is the best smartphone made by the company. It is dwarfed by the specs of the Canvas Knight or the Canvas Nitro, but is actually a way better overall experience in terms of usability, stability, and longevity. In fact, it looks way more expensive and sophisticated than its price suggests. It’s also great value thanks to the price, while the promised updates from Google are the cherry on top. The only drawbacks are the camera, which is not terrible, but could be better, while the smudges.

It’s also a vindication of the notion that stock... Full review

Digit

This is Micromax's best budget effort ever

from Digit
The Micromax Canvas A1 is a very good smartphone and provides surprisingly good performance, but it needed to be priced a bit lower. The magic price point for these devices would have been lower than Rs. 5,000 in order to really make an impression in the Tier I markets. It is a godsend for Tier II and Tier III markets though and provides top of the line performance at a considerably low price point. .. Full review
The Indian Express

A promising phone

from The Indian Express
The Micromax Canvas A1 and the entire Android One experience it offers is very good. The phone promises a kind of confidence not easily achievable in this price range. However, for users the tough choice will be in figuring out whether to opt for this phone or something else that offers similar or better specs at a slight different price... Full review

Don't buy it

I had bought this phone on Amazon.in. It got delivered to me on Nov 5th 2014. It was perfectly ok till Jan 24th 2015. Suddenly one fine day it the power button/display switch off button stopped working and responding. It is an extremely dreadful situation. Once the display is off, there is no... More
I had bought this phone on Amazon.in. It got delivered to me on Nov 5th 2014. It was perfectly ok till Jan 24th 2015. Suddenly one fine day it the power button/display switch off button stopped working and responding. It is an extremely dreadful situation. Once the display is off, there is no way you can get the phone to function as all functions are on the screen. I had to revert back to my old LG phone which luckily I had not disposed off. With great difficulty I located a micromax service centre approximately 12 KM from my house. I went there in person and gave my phone. The service centre replied that they will take 20 minutes to analyse the problem. But later on they said, it will take one hour. So I left the service centre grudgingly. After about 2 hours they call me and said it takes 2 months to get it repaired as the mother board is gone. I was shocked to hear this. 60 days in this age. Micromax must be living in 18th Century. They had to send it to Gurgaon for Repair to their head office. What a shame .. Apparently Micromax has overtaken Samsung in India. I said I will collect the phone in GUrgaon as I keep travelling to that place. They said it is not possible to do that. Which company does that ???? I checked with my office colleagues on the general feedback on Micromax. No one gave me a good feedback. Even at the service centre I found 2-3 customers who are irate and they were talking of escalation to Nodal officer and then only their problems got solved. I hope mine will not be that case... But as of now.. I am not falling for the tech talk of Sundar Pichhai who is the VP of product engineering in Google and also manages Android strategy... No Sundar.. I feel cheated. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 15, 2014
Regions available Asia, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop)

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Processor MediaTek MT6582 Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1700 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
360 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 6.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Magnetic Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.7 x 0.9 cm
(5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 136 grams
(4.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel Density 218 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
Notepad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Micromax AQ4501

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