Micromax Canvas A114 review – Canvas 2.2 the Canvas A117 competitor!

The Micromax Canvas A114 or the Micromax Canvas 2.2 is powered by a new breed of quad core chipset the MediaTek MT6582 clocked at 1.3GHz. This handset sports a 5 inch screen with qHD resolution and comes for a price tag of under Rs. 12,000.

A114 Box Pack
Inside the box you will find the handset, earphone, charger, data cable, some download goodies from Micromax, User Guide, 2000 mAh battery and warranty statement.

Design, Display and OS
Look wise there is nothing new with the Micromax A114, in fact most of the canvas series follow the same design pattern. The A114 weighs about 153 grams with battery, thickness is 9.74mm, breadth is 72.71mm and length is 145.23mm.

Handset has got curvy edges. Power button is placed on the right, volume rockers on left, micro USB and 3.5mm audio jack on the top. MMX A114 Sar value is 0.21 W/kg @ 1g (head) and 0.39 W/kg @ 1g (body).

Micromax canvas A114 2.2 box pack

The 5 inch IPS screen supports 960×540 pixels resolution with 16M colors ~ 220.29ppi. Viewing angles are okay. Touch is smooth and responsive. There is LED notification. This dual SIM (Normal SIM slot) handset runs on Android 4.2.2 OS. There are accelerometer, light and proximity sensors.

Memory and Storage
Of the 4GB internal storage 1.42GB is allocated as phone storage (1.2GB free) and 1GB as internal storage. And of the 1GB RAM 768MB is available. You can install and move apps on external storage. OTG is also supported.

Micromax A114 review

Performance
The Micromax Canvas 2.2 comes powered by 1.3GHz MT6582 quad core processor with Mali 400 GPU. The performance is pretty smooth and the benchmark scores are quite impressive.  This quad core chipset is different from the MT6589 that we have seen on many other handsets like the Micromax A116 and the Lava Iris 504q. In fact the benchmark scores are even better than the Micromax Magnus A117 that comes with 1.5GHz MT6589T processor (though screen resolution  and camera output is better on A117).

Micromax A114 unboxing

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 5932.
  • AnTuTu – 17114; 2nd time – 17332.
  • Vellamo – HTML5 2018, Metal 512.
  • Nenamark 2 – 56.2 fps
  • Multi touch : 5 points.

Micromax Canvas 2.2 handson

Camera and Entertainment
The camera quality is good enough but I still like the Magnus A117 quality. I shot some images in auto mode. On some images there is too much of the yellow tint. The rear 8MP auto focus camera with LED flash can record videos in full HD resolution. Video quality is good. This handset can easily play full HD videos with ease. There is 2MP front camera that can be used for video chats.

When recording videos the auto focus does not work you need to tap the screen (subject) to focus.

Micromax A114 8mp AF camera

Gaming
I could install MC4 (Modern combat 4) and Asphalt 8 on the external SD card. Game play was extremely smooth and could play Asphalt 8 in highest graphics mode with ease.

Others
I did not find any issues with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Sound is loud and clear. GPS on the Micromax A114 is just awesome. I am not sure if it is on the handset that I reviewed but would want to get a confirmation from other users too, those using the A114. I got the first GPS lock in… well almost instantly.

Battery
The 2000 mAh battery as per the company will give talk time of up to 7 hours on 2G networks. I ran the benchmark apps for about 19 minutes, the battery dropped by 13% and 8% drop in battery when playing high end games for approx 10 minutes.

Micromax A114 2000 mAh battery

Verdict
The qHD resolution is kind of disappointing; however, in general the handset seems quite powerful. The benchmark scores say a lot and gaming experience is also pretty smooth. Performance wise the Micromax canvas A114 seems better than the Magnus A117.

For the price of under Rs. 12,000 the Micromax Canvas 2.2 A114 is definitely worthy. Watch out for more 1.3GHz MT6582 powered handsets.

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Micromax Canvas A114 unboxing and review

MC4 and Asphalt8 game play on Micromax Canvas 2.2

1080p video shot using Micromax A114

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  1. Sayedur Chowdhury says

    When you say ” GPS on the Micromax A114 is just awesome”, I cannot agree more. I don’t think it’s just your handset, I just found out that Micromax A114 is using a GNSS chip which can receive signals from not only USA’s GPS satellites, but also from Russia’s GLONASS, EU’s Galileo and perhaps from China’s Beidou satellites (I cannot however confirm), and all that at the same time. That means you are not just getting ranges from 24 SVs, your constellation is much bigger, nearly about 80 satellites. I am looking for finding out which GNSS chip they use in their handset, still no luck. Any information would be most welcome.

  2. Naresh Choubisa says

    I have gone through the review had by you, all are impressive. I have selected micro max phones of total 4 model but I need you to advise on this for one of the TOP best out of 4. I think its good to take advise from the experts as you. (1.) Micromax canvas 2.2.A114 (2.) Micromax canvas elanza 2 (3.) Micromax canvas turbo mini (4.) Micromax canvas 2 Colorrasech

    Please let me know your top recommendation to go ahead with purchase

  3. naman says

    I have brought micromax A114 and have also bought an otg cable, but even after connecting it and pendrive it is not detecting and even showing a notification although it supports otg. please help me.

    • bittu says

      hi naman,
      i have buyed mmx 2.2 from shopclues at 8099/- recently..my phone has a black border at the top edge of the screen which is thicker than the other three sides.i can only be visible only when u play full screen application..can u please check wheather ur phone also has that thick border at the top edge of the screen.i want to confirm wheather all mmx 2.2 a114 handsets come with a black border on the top edge of the screen

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