Micromax canvas HD plus A190 review – Another Hexa core powered handset

Micromax A190 (Canvas HD Plus) is hexa core powered handset running Android Kitkat over a 5 inch screen with HD resolution. The touch screen is with gorilla glass protection and comes with 8MP rear AF camera that can shoot FHD videos. This handset is priced at under Rs. 12,000.

Box Pack
The box packing is unique its hexa style. Inside the box you will find the A190 handset, screen guard, user guide, warranty card, travel charger, data cable, 2000 mAh battery and standard quality earphone.

Design, Display and OS
The handset has got a glossy finish. There are textures on the rear but you will not feel that as there is a plain glossy layer on it. The sides are golden color that gives a royal look to the handset. Weight is 138 grams with battery and dimensions are 73.09mm x 147.87mm x 8.77mm. SAR Value: 0.33 W/Kg head and 0.65 W/Kg body. Build quality and finishing is good.

The Micromax Canvas HD Plus A190 sports a 5 inch screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. Viewing angles are okay, touch is smooth / responsive. The screen also comes with corning gorilla glass protection. There are 3 sensors – light, accelerometer and proximity. There is LED notification –the dedicated home button doubles up as the notification (check video).

The Micromax A190 runs Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box.

Micromax Canvas HD Plus A190 box pack

Memory and Storage
There is 1GB RAM of which 582MB is available on the first boot and of the 8GB storage 1GB is allocated for apps and 4.7GB as the phone storage. There is Micro SD card (32GB) and you can install apps on the external storage. OTG is also supported.

Micromax Canvas HD Plus A190 review and unboxing

Performance and Benchmark
This handset is using the same hardware that is used on the XOLO Play 6X-1000. It is the MediaTek MTK6591 hexa core (6 cores) clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with Mali 450 MP GPU. Performance is smooth, lag free.

Micromax Canvas HD Plus A190 review

Benchmark scores

App Result
Quadrant 10276
Antutu 21976
Vellamo Metal (816), Multi core (1322) and Browser (2089)
Nenamark 2 54.3fps
Multi Touch 5 point

Camera
There is 8MP on the back with LED flash and 2MP on the front. The rear camera can record videos in FHD resolution. Video and still image quality is very good. Check the sample images and videos below.

Micromax Canvas HD Plus A190 8MP rear AF camera

Gaming
I played Asphalt 8 it got installed on the external storage. Game play was very smooth in highest visual quality.

Micromax Canvas HD Plus A190 5 inch screen with HD resolution

Others
I did not find any issues with 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. Sound (Speaker / in call) is loud and clear. It supports dual SIM – SIM 1 is normal SIM and SIM 2 is micro SIM.

Battery
With heavy usage the 2000 mAh battery backup is low. For Heavy usage you can expect 2 to 3 hours of backup and with low to moderate you can expect 4 to 5 hours.

Micromax Canvas HD Plus A190 2000 mAh battery

Task Time Battery drop (%) (max temp)
Running Benchmark apps 23 minutes 7% (35)
1080p video with Wi-Fi on + full brightness 19 minutes 12% (44)
Asphalt 8 18 minutes 14% (43)

Verdict
The Micromax Canvas HD Plus or the Micromax A190 is available for approx Rs. 11,600. Micromax had recently launched the Octa core Nitro for around 13K, it will make sense to go for the Nitro. The Hexa core A190 performance is good, but the battery performance is not that good, especially when using heavy applications.

There is not much of a price difference between the hexa core and octa core, makes sense to go with Octa.

Micromax Canvas HD Plus A190 best price Rs. 11,584.

Rating 3.5 / 5.

Micromax A190 Image Gallery

Sample Images shout using the Canvas HD plus

Sample Images front camera

Micromax A190 Canvas HD Plus video review

1080p video shot using the A190 handset

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