Micromax became the first Indian OEM to launch a Windows Phone 8.1 handset a couple of days back. In fact, they launched two devices, with weird names, under the Canvas Win series. We went hands on with the bigger and better of the two, the Micromax Canvas Win W121, and below you can either read about our initial impressions and/or watch the hands-on video.
The Micromax Canvas Win W121 looks sleek and attractive on first looks. The build quality looks premium thanks to the leather finish on the back cover as well as the chrome lining running through the sides. Though Micromax is advertising the back cover as leather, it’s in fact plastic with a leather finish, much like the Galaxy note 3 from Samsung. The phone feels light and comfortable to hold.
It comes with a 5-inch HD (720p) IPS LCD display which looks vibrant and colourful. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and has 1GB of RAM. Considering it’s competing with Nokia Lumia 630, 1GB of RAM is a huge win, but probably negated by an inferior processor compared to Snapdragon 400 on the Lumia 630. That’s of course simple specs comparison, and we still need to compare the actual performance, which we shall be doing in coming weeks.
The Canvas Win W121 comes with 8GB of internal storage, but also has a microSD slot which can expand the storage up to 32GB. The back cover is removable and when you open, you’ll see a 2000mAh battery along with two SIM slots and a slot for microSD card. Both the SIMs are normal (mini) SIMs with one supporting 3G and 2G, and the other supporting 2G alone. The camera on the back of W121 is a 8MP shooter with Auto-Focus and LED flash. The front facing camera is a 2MP affair, and doesn’t come with auto-focus.
Overall, the Canvas Win W121 looks extremely promising, and at Rs.9500, it should be able to take on Nokia in this price segment. Although we must note that Micromax’s WP devices will not come with Lumia exclusive apps like Here Maps, Nokia Pro Cam, Nokia Mix Radio and many more. The phone is expected to be available in July.