Micromax is the leading Indian brand of mobile phones when it comes to sales volumes. It has an understanding of the needs of the Indian consumer and has been quite successful in fulfilling them so far. Starting out with making feature phones, the manufacturer is a well-respected name in the smartphone business. The Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens Q345 is typical offering from Micromax Mobiles.
It features a 5-megapixel front facing the camera to justify its moniker of ‘Selfie Lens’. The rest of the specifications are not as impressive. But it is a competent phone which justifies its price point. The Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens Q345 is available at a price of Rs. 5,400/- in online India. Let us take a detailed review of this device.
The Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens Q345 is a plastic phone. The back panel is matte plastic and is removable. It provides access to the battery, dual SIMs, and the memory card. The back panel is plain. There is Micromax branding in the center and a pill-shaped loudspeaker opening at the bottom. The loudspeaker cut-out is covered with a fine mesh. At the top left is the big chrome-ringed cut-out for the 8.0-megapixel camera.
Below that is the single LED flash. The edges and corners are curved for grip and holding comfort. At the front is 5.0” HD display. The earpiece is a circle with drilled holes similar to the Nexus 5. To the right of the earpiece is the 5.0-megapixel selfie camera and to the left are the sensors. The Android navigation buttons are now moved inside the display.
The Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens Q345 features a 5.0” HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels giving a screen density of 294 PPI. The display is sharp and clear with the colors appearing nicely saturated.
The viewing angles are great and it is sufficiently bright. Outdoor visibility is decent and the display can be read in direct sunlight, though not easily. This is a good display to have on a budget phone.
The cameras on the Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens Q345 are the main selling points of this phone. The name itself conveys the focal point of this phone. There is an 8.0-megapixel autofocus camera at the back and a 5.0-megapixel selfie shooter at the front. The main camera is assisted by a LED flash. The main camera is a decent shooter. But the quality of 8.0-megapixel images is not up to the standards of some other 8.0-megapixel shooters available in the market.
Pictures taken under ideal lighting conditions are well-lit and clear. However, in low-light, situations, the colors appear washed-out and the pictures appear grainy and quality suffers. The selfie camera does a decent job in well-lit conditions capturing a good amount of detail. In low light it is the same story as the primary camera. Overall, both the cameras cannot justify the name and the promise it stands for.
The Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens Q345 runs on a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. It is supported by 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be increased up to 32GB via a microSD card.
The dual SIM setup takes micro-SIMs and supports dual standby. Both the SIM slots support 3G networks. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The non-removable 2800mAh Li-ion battery keeps the phone running for 9 hours of talk-time and 374 hours of standby time.
The phone feels fast enough in day-to-day usage but there are frequent UI lags and random freezes. The 8GB storage space fills up fast and the 1GB RAM is not enough for fluid interactions.
The Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens Q345 features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0, FM radio and A-GPS among wireless connectivity. Sensors on the phone include proximity sensor and accelerometer.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens Q345 Handset
· USB Cable
· User Manual and Warranty Card
ü Big 2800 mAh non-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 Camera quality not up to the mark.
û 8GB built-in storage.
û 1GB RAM.
The Micromax Canvas Selfie Lens is marketed as a camera phone for selfie enthusiasts. But it is not able to justify its ‘Selfie’ tag. What it is, in reality, is a competent low-cost smartphone which will find its utility in day-to-day productivity tasks and will entertain the user with the built-in FM radio and expandable storage to store all the music. Overall, it is a good value for money, just not as a camera phone.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
Value for Money: 3 Stars.