Looks like Nokia isn’t the only one leveraging nostalgia to rise again from its ashes. Domestic manufacturer Micromax, who’s admittedly struggling to regain ground lost to Chinese intrusion (and is making very little headway), today launched a rehash from its halcyon days – the ‘Unbreakable’ Canvas 2 (2017) – that shall retail for 11,999 INR (about 2K more than the launch price of original Canvas 2).
Why ‘unbreakable’ you ask? Well, because it’s the first phone in its class to include Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is better at handling drops than previous Gorilla Glass iterations and Micromax is also throwing in a 1-year screen replacement guarantee.
Specs are rather pedestrian. The Canvas 2 (2017) comes with a 5-inch 720P HD display and is powered by a modest 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6737 with Mali T720 MP1 GPU, 3GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage. The software is based on Android 7.0 Nougat.
Other features include 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, 5MP selfie camera, fingerprint sensor, 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and 3050mAh battery.
Incidentally, the original Canvas 2 was also one of the first Android phones that I used. It was a humongous success back in the day being a great value for money proposition and proved to be a strong foundation on which Micromax structured its eventual success. The new Canvas 2, however, doesn’t seem as revolutionary by any yardstick and shows Micromax playing by the same rules in a very different, evolved and aggressively competitive market. The Canvas 2 (2017) only has nostalgia by its side.
Micromax Canvas 2 (2017) Specs and Features
|Model||Micromax Canvas 2 (2017)|
|Display||5.0-inch, 720p HD|
|Processor||1.3GHz quad-core MT6735M processor|
|Internal Storage||16GB, expandable up to 64GB (dedicated slot)|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Primary Camera||13MP, LED flash|
|Dimensions and Weight||TBA|
|Others||4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5mm Audio Jack, Dual SIM, Fingerprint Sensor|