Micromax has achieved tremendous success and brand recognition in a very short period of time, in the Indian market. Their forte is making smartphones affordable and accessible for everyone. In this regard, they have succeeded quite well in penetrating rural and semi-urban areas and putting affordable Micromax smartphones in maximum hands. The Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Q386 is one such affordable smartphone which runs on a quad-core processor. This is a perfect representative of Micromax’s business model premium looks, mid-range specifications, and affordable price.
There is no Gorilla Glass protection here, no fingerprint scanner security and no 4G. But the user base this is aimed at don’t care for any of these ‘Premium’ features. What they want is a smooth-running, reliable phone which connects them to the rest of the world and entertains them when they feel the need for it. This phone ticks all their boxes. The Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Q386 is available at a price of Rs. 4,350/- in online stores. Let us take a detailed review of this device.
The Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Q386 is a smartphone built entirely out of plastic. This is a conscious decision from Micromax to keep the weight and cost down. The back panel is removable and gives access to the removable battery, the dual SIMs, and the microSD card slot. The back panel is painted with a faux brushed metal finish and is designed to wrap around the edges of the phone which give it a premium look. The back features the new Micromax logo. The circular cut-out for the camera sits above that with a single LED flash.
Over at the front is this phone’s ‘Eureka’ feature, twin stereo, front-firing speakers. This feature is not available in most flagships costing twenty times more. The 5.5-inch display dominates the face of the phone. Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Q386 mobile is no capacitive navigation buttons as they are displayed on the screen. The selfie camera, selfie flash, proximity sensor and the LED indicator are placed at the top of the display. Overall, this is a sleek looking phone.
The Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Q386 sports an IPS LCD 5.5-inch HD display. The 1280 x 720 pixels resolution in the 5.5-inch display gives it a pixel density of 267 PPI, which is plenty sharp. The colours are nicely saturated and viewing angles are decent. Sunlight legibility is good. Overall this is a bright, colour saturated display.
The Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Q386 carries 8 megapixels, autofocus camera with a LED flash. Photos clicked under ideal lighting conditions in ample light turn out good and well-lit. The 8 megapixels manage to capture a decent amount of details. Noise begins to creep in photos clicked in low-light or at night.
The effective range of the flash is not much. But the photos are usable. At the front, this phone features a 5 megapixels selfie camera with its own LED flash. This ensures that selfies are taken in any light turn out bright and well-lit. This camera is also used in video calls.
The Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Q386 is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT6580 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. This is supported by 1GB RAM and 16GB built-in memory expandable up to 32GB via the dedicated microSD card slot. This is a dual SIM phone. Only the SIM 1 supports 3G data speeds. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The twin front- firing speakers are loud and clear and they enhance the gaming and movie watching experience. There are minor UI lags and random freezes due to the dismal 1GB RAM provided in this phone.
All the apps in the memory need to be cleared in order to solve the issue. The 2500 mAh battery powers the phone for up to 8 hours and gives it the stamina of 450 hours of standby time. The phone also features WI-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0, FM radio, and A-GPS. Sensors on the phone include proximity sensor and accelerometer.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Q386 Handset
· USB Cable
· Screen Guard
· User MANUAL AND WARRANTY CARD
ü Big 2500 mAh removable battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Bluetooth V4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with A-GPS support.
û 1GB RAM.
The Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Q386 is an affordable, mid-range device with premium looks and additional functionality like the twin front-firing speakers and the big battery. All the specifications except the 1GB RAM are mid-range and quite sufficient on a phone at this price. This is a fantastic value for money phone.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.