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With really no reason as to why the company numbered this device A116 the Canvas HD was announced today at a press conference in New Delhi. The Device is a add on the the popular A series for Micromax and is also a lead on to the highly popular A110 Canvas 2. The Phone is priced at an MRP of 14,999., But we expect the device to be available for around the Rs. 12,000 price mark in India.

The Micromax A116 Canvas HD is powered by a Mediatek MT6589 chipset that has a quad core 1.2 GHz processor and PowerVR SGX5 GPU, the device is laden with 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. The front has a nice and vivid 16.7 Million color 5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x720 hence the Canvas HD moniker.

micromax a116 canvas 3 back 

The Micromax A116 Canvas HD is almost identical in design to the the A110 but seems a bit sleeker and more defined along the edges. The camera was non functional on the prototype unit that we handled, but the company says is better than the one on the A110. The Canvas HD also has an improved light perfonce in the front camera and an enhanced speaker if Micromax is to be believed. On the Benchmark front we found that the device was quite capable and was able to deliver a knocking performance (video soon). 

Internet browsing was surprisingly smooth, and the web page was snappily laid out on the poor internet connection that we had. The phone is also backed by Mediatek’s promise of a highly efficient battery life and low heat generation. Which should ensure a good overall user experience for Micromax A116 Canvas HD owners. 

Watch our hands on Video below and stay tuned for Benchmarks. We will also come out with an unboxing and Review in the coming week.


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  • kiddy

    plz make a video, review and unboxing of the new Micromax Canvas Magnus a117.

  • MaheshRam

    Hi ,
    Any Idea about the battery extenders for the a116. I have an doubt , The S3 has same 2000mah like Canvas HD but difference in the talktime and standby time between these phones are very Huge.

  • nageshgupta

    i have bought Micromax A116 HD canvas recently. may i know the compatible micro sd card (16 gb/ 32 gb) that best suits my mobile?

    • Anonymous

      The best micro sd card depends on it’s class.The best micro sd card for micromax canvas hd is class 10(16/32)gb or higher like class 12.

  • VishalShrestha

    hey can anyone please tell me if it has a dedicated mic for active noise reduction its really important for me…thank you

  • anoldasgupta

    Can anyone say…..MMX had a bad past regarding its low quality hardware in its charging port specifically….So, how it is in Canvas HD…is it improved….or still remain a bad quality charging port…. pls give a solid review…..bcoz no doubdt this phone has shaken the whole market than any other phone does :)

  • jit21

    Cant the high space requiring games be installed on a memory card and then played?

  • tiagocaus

    What is the website link to buy?

  • KalpeshPatil

    I have ordered Micromax canvas hd A116 and it is expected to be delivered around 15th march. I am a big gaming fan. but there is a issue with the less internal memory capacity in a116 as we have only upto 1.77 gb to install apps and games. So my biggest concern is that i wont able to play heavy games like nova3 and asphalt7. So is micromax  looking for any solution for this problem by making it possible to install games directlly on sd card by proper rooting?? If micromax will solve this issue then it will be the great news for all the possible buyers.

    • tiagocaus

      @KalpeshPatil What is the website link to buy?

  • Hemant_7390

    I purchased Micromax A110 canvas2 and I got touch problem in that I went to service center and it stopped working. I did whole replacement procedure there and then submitted DOA (form used for replacement) form to shopkeeper and I did whole procedure at 19th of Jan 2013 and till today I am waiting for my Micromax a110 replacement piece… It’s been more than a month…
    I also mailed all the details (Bill and DOA copy) to Micromax official mail ID and they replied me in a good way but there is no result.. They told me they gave all the details to their service team, and after that I didn’t get a single progress mail….
    Now I believe to buy a Micromax is a big risk even today….

    • @Hemant_7390 i agree too…micromax’s after sales is too bad..they even dont have enough production to fulfil their rising demand :( Micromax sucks :'(:'(:'(

      • yoyash

        @abhishekjainseo  @Hemant_7390 I agree that micromax is not a big company but it manufactures phones at a very reasonable rate………..and they are good too…….and I think that mmx a116 will be the victim that mmx is not a bad company

        • @yoyash  @Hemant_7390 mate…its been 2 months for a116..but even micromax is not able to provide it to its retail stores….i m definitely going for samsung now…

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  • harshavardhanabm

    what is the of 5 and 10 multitouch guys…?

  • samar452

    i gyaan u rock .. straight away u released the “hands on video ” thank u … so much. . :)

  • snadeemshaikh

    Final Price revealed – 13990/-
    Now I have to think whether I should buy it or not… 14K bahut hote hai yaar… I am stuck….
    Pls help me..

  • DeepeshChauhan

    i want to buy mmx canvas hd on cod basis but it is soldout so how i can buy it and from where plz help

  • anujchitroda

    this mobile would be launching on 14 feb

  • chidu3871

    This mobile is available online at www,  and

  • anujjaju

    Karbonn has burnt the competition by pricing the quadcore Titanium at just 10,990…Now what you think is the right price for MMX A116 Canvas Hd???

    • TanmayKale

      My Friend,
      pls go have a look @ these to phones spec AGAIN.
      micromax comes with better camera, battery, screen and it even looks better. the camera effects r also more available. i think micromax also offers videos to shoot @ 40-60fps. beat that..

      • anujjaju

        @TanmayKale Yup for sure MMX is clear winner and i don’t have any doubt in that…But we were predicting a price tag 13k for Karbonn Titanium as seen on many tech portals and it came around 11k…so it’s possible that MMX A116 may come around 13k to surprise us…

  • UrveshiDeshai

    any date is coming of this mobile launch ???

    • anujjaju

      @UrveshiDeshai Feb 13 or 15….No official announcement yet…But we are hoping it by feb first of second week…

    • anujjaju

      @UrveshiDeshai And we can also expect a galaxy grand with quad core till then…And the prices for that may remain around 21k…So just have to wait and see till these companies unveils their new devices…

  • RahulSaini

    I really appreciate your effort. You are doing a great job. I am happy that an indian is providing the review for all the new gadgets including indian product like micromax and Karban. I also want to appreciate the micromax for launching their first quad core phone with the very good specs. I was waiting for such phone that will have good ram, display and fast processor. This year(2013) has come with so many good news and  success for me. Hope I will get my first smartphone very soon.

  • ARameshVakkalagadda

    Are there any 10″ tablets, coming from micromax ?

  • PriyankaMalgeKadam

    is this phone dual standby or dual sim active……

    • AkshayBirajdar

      @PriyankaMalgeKadam  yes!!!!

      • TanmayKale

        @AkshayBirajdar  what yes !!!!!!!!!@PriyankaMalgeKadam its dual sim standby

  • gmatharu123

    does micromax sells flip covers for canvas??? or we wud hv to buy a local one???

    • chidu3871

      @gmatharu123 they have standard flip covers..but it does not come with handset…u need to buy separately…check this video..

      • gmatharu123

        @chidu3871  the flip cover in the video looks cheap…. cover like samsung note 2 will be good

    • SachBro

      @gmatharu123 I think there are plenty of flip covers and shell skins on Ebay. Don’t expect a horde of such accessories straight away, wait for a week and you will plenty of these available online.

    • SachBro

      @gmatharu123 I think there are plenty of flip covers and shell skins on Ebay. Don’t expect a horde of such accessories straight away, wait for a week and you will find plenty of these available online.

  • chidu3871

    is this phone releasing online today?

    • TanmayKale

      noo it will be released till 1st week of feb or 10 of feb as said by  snadeemshaikh below

      • chidu3871

        @TanmayKale  @chidu3871 i mean pre orders??

        • TanmayKale

          @chidu3871 nooo
          no pre oder is available.
          if it was i would hv tried to da 1st 1 2 order

        • chidu3871

          @TanmayKale it was said that its gonna release on republic day

        • TanmayKale

          @chidu3871 hope it would have
          i cant see pre order any where online.
          please notify me here if U do.

  • UrveshiDeshai

    i want to know witch was the good mobile in sony xperia around 12-13k
    not incuding tipo

    • chidu3871

      @UrveshiDeshai xperia u or else xperia miro

    • TanmayKale

      try sony xperia u or miro
      they both are good phones

  • UrveshiDeshai

    i want to know that which was the good phone in sony xperia around 12-14k
    only not tipo i want to know another model in sx…..

  • ulhas

    watz d best micromax phn for 5-6000??

    • gmatharu123

      @ulhas check mmx a54 …. launched today, under 6k

  • UrveshiDeshai

    what Micromax was announced this mobile price ????

    • anujjaju

      @UrveshiDeshai Well it going to be around 15k…Or maybe a little low…no official announcement…Press release says under 15k…we all need to wait for final prices Urvashi

    • Naim56

      @UrveshiDeshai You can the mobile around 12k in the market!

      • AnandMaverick

        @Naim56  @UrveshiDeshai  how do yu say its around 12k ??

    • UrveshiDeshai

      @UrveshiDeshai thanks……..I am waiting for this mobile…….

      • anujjaju

        @UrveshiDeshai Infact we all are waiting for this mobile Urveshi….just hope it comes out with a perfect price tag…!

  • VarunVyas

    Hi Bharat , thanks for nice review. Could you please check it’s SAR levels, are they too high ??

  • PscFcbk

    Is MMX A116HD is only dual band or at least Triband like 900/1800/1900?? If it is only dual band then I think it’s not going to work in US/Canada at all. As in USA, 850/1900 is highly needed. Bharat, Can you pls clarify??

  • arijitdas10d10

    does canvas hd 3 support  hd gaming and hd videos??

  • ninad003

    As I heard this device will be a dual sim but single sim active now wat does dat mean?
    I am really excited for Micromax Canvas HD but have to clear some doubts.
    As its giving all latest features dat too for so little price. so will it be a good decision to buy.
    Do reply waiting.

    • TanmayKale

      it means that if you have inserted two sim in phone(eg: one for calling and sms and the other one for internet) then when your using internet from second sim the first sim will be paused for the time and people who are calling you on the first sim will receive a msg dat “the Sim is out of reach or switched off”.
      You get two types in dual sim, one is dual active and other is dual standby.
      You should always look for phone with dual active, bt for me i really don’t care if its dual standby or active.
      I have never used dual sim till now n will never use.
      I m only going to buy this phone for its other features except the dual sim one.
      So if your buying this phone, specifically for dual sim then rather go with some other, bt u ll nt find this kind of package with ANY OTHER BRAND.
      Frankly, i think this is the best budgeted overall phone to ever buy @ dis price.
      Any other Questions??????

  • AkshayAkki

    wat will be the price then?

    • Naim56

      @AkshayAkki It will be around 12k in the market

      • TanmayKale

        @Naim56  @AkshayAkki 
        i dnt really thinks soo.
        i dnt think dat da price of this fone will ever go down dat low for atleast 2-3 mnths.

  • UrveshiDeshai

    i want to buy this mobile…..So which date micromax canvas hd launch ???? pleas…..

    • Naim56

      @UrveshiDeshai It will be launched in Feb 1st week..

    • snadeemshaikh

      @UrveshiDeshai As per Saholic it will be available on 10th Feb

    • UrveshiDeshai

      @UrveshiDeshai Thanks…..

  • AneesShaikh

    hey bharat … plz tell me sensors available on A116HD…

  • RahulJain94

    Hey @Bharat Nagpal  I have one dout in my mind that as this phone is named as canvas hd and not the canvas 3 I have a very high expection from micromax. and if  it’s not the canvas 3 then any idea about it as i can expect like a 13mp shooter with all sensor golnos gorila glass more internal storage and more external storage  LTE more batter like 2600mah++ price wont matter me plz a reply is must other opinions are welcomed

    • NipunGoel

      @RahulJain94   if price wont matter the why micromax……… a galaxy grand

      • RahulJain94

        @NipunGoel  VGA screen naaa

  • snadeemshaikh

    Desperately waiting for this mobile to be launched @ 12k

  • anujjaju

    @Bharat Nagpal Please update us about the availability of the phone…Also please do a depth review at the earliest…

  • NipunGoel

    @Bharat Nagpal  what is the main difference between a mediatek processor and an exynos or qualcomm processor?
    is it the duarbility, the space it requires??

    • ronakasolanki

      @NipunGoel  The diff. b/w the mediatek processors and the exynos processors is that mediatek as a processor company is providing micromax with its chipsets and processors to power their devices. While exynos is a processor exclusively made by Samsung, and which they use in their devices like the S3 and the Note2. The company is making these processors exclusively for Samsung devices only like the apple’s A series processors.

  • NipunGoel

    @Bharat Nagpal  what is the main difference in the perf ormance of a mediatek processor and an exynos or qualcomm processor?
    is it the duarbility, the space it requires??

  • NikhilGupta

    I am just a little worried about the durability of the product as many indian brands are known for their poor performance in the field of durability.

  • IshorRana

    it is better then karbonn a30 sir

  • IshorRana

    it is beeterv then karbonee a30

  • gmatharu123

    5inches in bit too much for me…. any news for successor of a90s with quad core,1gb ram

    • snadeemshaikh

      @gmatharu123 A91 is going to launch soon. Just wait & watch.

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  • devilwilcry

    Just one ques from my side….Is mmx durable like other big brands like samsung, nokia, htc etc…

    • parthplus2011

      @devilwilcry ya it is providing you the warranty like any other mobile manufacturer ……nd mmx mobiles r hard to break it…:)

  • PraneshRao

    hi nagpal…just viewed a few of your vid on youtube…cool vid…i loved the way you explained stuff…id say that you the indian version of phonedog….
    and by the way plez enrole me in this micromax a116vcontest….iv never won any stuff for free in my life.hopefull if my luck goes rite…imight get this 116hd.i in india now,and like to know more about your reviews and gzzzz…
    my email id
    thanks a lot. and dont worry i wont be coming to dange in front of your office…if i do then you guys might have to close down…lol…

  • RahulJain94

    I know many people might have ask this but plz do a full in depth comparision of micromax a116 hd with samsung galaxy grand i want to know every bit of those who is better cause gona buy one of those

  • mfaizan616

    is it better than lumia 620 in terms of battery and camera quality??? coz both are in under 15k.

  • RohanCarlosKarande

    will it do 1080p video recording or just 720p?

  • akashberasia

    it is dual simphone or single sim ? can canvas hd handle gta vice city ? please help me

    • snadeemshaikh

      @akashberasia I used to play Vice city on my MMX A110.

  • AbhishekSrivastava1

    Do they provide gorilla glass for protection?

  • Urveshi

    when canvas hd launch…..???

  • sharmapriyankarocks68

    Can you please do a review on Wammy Titan the phone and the brand Wickedleak is more promising than Micromax ..Please Mr bharat

  • AnandJain1

    Igyaan always comes first when it comes to technology so please help me out on this one…I just want to know if micromax or any other indian brand will release a SUPER AMOLED Phablet with theese specs like quad core,1gb ram and the sgx544 gpu … I want to buy a new phone in the first week of april itself… So please give me some idea of what i should be expecting … Im a big fan of super amoled… and Also the company said it will release 30 phones this year… So will they release a phablet better than the canvas a116 by the time.. with better specs or with SUPER AMOLED? Also super amoled has vivid colours but i heard that the micromax super amoled is only 256k colours which defeats the real purpouse of super amoled display saturation.. so is a 16m colours ips display better than a 265k super amoled display…? PLEASE REPLY sir ive been following your blog for a long time and I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR WORK.. ALL THE BEST TO YOU AND THANKS IN ADVANCE… @Waiting for your reply…Even rumours are sufficiant to keep my spirit up…please reply as soon as possible…

  • samar452

    plz upload a video containing gaming performance of canvas hd with review of touch and the user interface .. please do inform regarding the processor and gpu performance too .. and do specify the durability of micromax phones .. can this (canvas hd ) be used by “careless” users like me .. and i would love to know abt the camera quality on this device .. and i would be really thankful if u mentioned the music player and sound quality of earphones and speaker of this phone ….. .thank u and eagerly waiting for ur reply ..

  • Naim56

    When can we expect the full review… Every time when i think of buying something a new n exciting thing comes out and hold me from buying which i have already decided to. Like first mmx 100 then mmx a110 now this now. Which one to go with kindly help me out..!!!

  • KanavFunkyguy

    sir ,
             just wanna ask 1 simple question this cell lacks what feature and on scale of 10 how many points you rate this cell and do it have amoled screen or lcd one?

  • icecoldredhotte

    This one looks very similar to MMX A100, specs are different though. Improvement over MMX A110 which was also a very good smart phone from Micromax.

  • icecoldredhotte

    This one looks very similar to MMX A100.

  • DevuMevada

    what about its pricing? what is the price?

    • @DevuMevada The Phone is priced at an MRP of 14,999., But we expect the device to be available for around the Rs. 12,000 price mark in India

      • Techg

        @Bharat Nagpal  @DevuMevada Device looks smaller in your hand…it is 5inch or small size device?

      • anujjaju

        @Bharat Nagpal  @DevuMevada 
        Hi Mr. Bharat,
        Please tell me when the pre booking for this phone is starting and on which website?

  • rdkumthekar

    Bharat pls tell me is micromax launching any upgrade to a90 pixel series?
    it will be great!!!

  • rdkumthekar

    this phone’s gonna blow the competition in 15k range!!!

  • Is it dual band, tri band or quad band? Will it work in USA>?

    • @agaga it will work on 900, 1800 MHz GSM bands !

      • PscFcbk

        @Bharat Nagpal  @agaga 
        Is MMX A116HD is only dual band or at least Triband like 900/1800/1900?? If it is only dual band then I think it’s not going to work in US/Canada at all. As in USA, 850/1900 is highly needed. Bharat, Can you pls clarify??

  • rishi007

    Hey Bharat can You tell me that will this prices go up or down cause i want to buy this phone but its that i will buy it in May so are this prices gonna go up or down cause i have 3-4 alternatives like u said a90s , galaxy grande canvas 2 nd 2-3 others so plzz help me….

    • @rishi007 price will be around 12k

      • TanmayKale

        @Bharat Nagpal  
        I m looking to buy a nice phone for 10k bt can convince my dad till 15k.
        So do you have any idea where will it be available to buy after its release.
        and do you think it will be available at cheaper rate(13.5-14k) @ small retailer along the streets or will be the same price around 15k.

  • lucyvarkey7

    Please specify  the price of  Micromax A116 Canvas HD in indian market.because i like the specs and images of this device.some site gives the info about this gadget like   But i dont know it is a real price.

  • lucyvarkey7

    Please specify  the price of  Micromax A116 Canvas HD in indian market.because i like the specs and images of this device.some site gives the info about this gadget like i dont know it is a real price.

  • lucyvarkey7

    Please specify the price of  Micromax A116 Canvas HD in Indian market .Because i like <a href=””>this A116 images and specs </a>

  • Kunal hjp

    Is mediatek processors are capable of gaming???

    • @Kunal hjp not sure if this processor can handle gaming , but spec wise it should be good

      • Kunal hjp

        @Bharat Nagpal using A100 from 4 months and It is capable of some serious gaming.

        • akashberasia

          @Kunal hjp  @Bharat Nagpal a100 works on qulcomm processor

  • AshwinChandrasekaran

    Bharat, I asked you this on a YouTube comment as well, but does the A116 not have dual active SIM? Are you sure about that? Or could it only be like that on the prototype?!  I’m quite curious.

    • anujjaju

      @AshwinChandrasekaran It has dual sim option…

      • AshwinChandrasekaran

        @anujjaju  Oh, I’m pretty sure it has dual SIM. I meant active SIM, where you can receive calls from one SIM if you’re already engaged on a call on the other SIM.

  • SiddharthJain

    what would be its price tag?
    and Bharat, what do you really feel, is micromax competent enough in hardware quality as compared to other phones in the market, like samsung, sony, etc?…because offering such devices at such low cost, so are there any compromises done on the quality, in any sort? be it voice quality?
    also, please do tell, that how is the call conversation on the phone, how does the microphone and the earpiece work?
    i am soo inquisitive because the specs look quite tempting, with 1 gb ram and a quardcore processor, with a jelly bean os, it should work quite amazing. is it worth investing in it…?

  • AmarThorat

    why it is named as A116 is micromax planning to release another device with higher capability to the same series.

  • VinodAggarwal

    what about video camera HD or VGA like A110 Canvas2

  • ArjuAliKhan

    what do u think canvas hd is better from canvas 2?

    • @ArjuAliKhan display, processor and ram. Ofcourse the addition of Jelly Bean 4.1

      • ArjuAliKhan

        @Bharat Nagpal  but do u think it get more success than MMX A110. 15k is not just a small amount. In 15k other great devices are there? so do u think it is better to buy other than the Nokia, Samsung or Sony 15k budget phones?

  • NipunGoel

    beind samsungs first go at a low end phabletit will be interesting to see how the grand fares in comparison to the canvas hd

  • meaur

    Wow,This looks something to me.

  • NipunGoel

    gonna be interesting how the galaxy grand fares in comparison to the canvas hd

  • NipunGoel

    the micromax canvas hd today ,
    the galaxy grand tomorrow,
    a very exciting and eventful week ahead………
    cant wait!!!

  • sheikmohamed

    Great Hands on review… This is the first hands on review in the whole internet. Good job igyaan!!!
    BTW, does this phone feature any notifications LED light? can you tell us please?

  • redstar

    I only hope and pray they sort out the AGPS issue and stop fooling customers with regards to this feature. The A90, although a good phone lacks the same.

  • sandeep_008

    pl. micromax — launch another phone — Quad core, 4.7 inch screen(HD , IPS), 2 GB Ram and most important android 4.2 (Upgradable with 5.0)

  • Deepraj Blade

    thank god i dint take canvas 2.. and waited for a quad core wid 1gb ram phone from mmx .. mmx rules :D :*

  • NipunGoel

    the galaxy s duos can forget any more sales

  • KunalNavhate

    nice work thanks

  • MaC_KiLl

    nice glossy finish hope not a finger print magnet :P
    by the wae gr8 wrk igyaan..

  • NipunGoel

    cant get my eyes off of the screen………….