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Micromax has been reworking strategies for quite some time, and after their launch of the Canvas Gold, the company has kept it low key. Meanwhile, Motorola with their Moto G and Moto E along with Xiaomi with their Mi3 and Redmi 1s have really made a dent in the market.

The Micromax Canvas Nitro A310 is the company’s answer to all that, but does it really fulfil that goal? Lets find out!

Overview

The Canvas Nitro A310 is well built phone with good specs, in the right price bracket. However with the competition looming it may not match up in terms of hardware capabilities. The strategy to launch it with online partner Snapdeal is also similar to what we have seen in the past, Motos and the MIs and their launch with Flipkart.

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Hardware

The Micromax Canvas Nitro A310 comes with a Mediatek Mt6592 Octa Core Chipset clocked at 1.7 GHz on all eight cores. The phone also has 2 GB of RAM and a Mali 450 MP2 GPU. The Nitro runs on a 2500mAh battery and has 8 GB of inbuilt storage, out of which roughly 5.2 GB is available to the user.

The front is laden with a vivid 5 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 px, for optics on the rear the phone gets a 13 MP camera with auto focus and 1080p video capture, the front remains a fixed focus with a 5 MP resolution. Cameras are capable of HDR and low light photography, video has electronic stabilisation, and you can initiate the camera with a gesture “V” sign to click pictures from a far.

Unboxing Video

Build Quality and Design

Unlike its predecessors, the Canvas Nitro A310 is built on a plastic chassis, giving it a much lighter and less sturdy feel compared to the likes of the Canvas Gold. However the phone is still well built and feels like it can take a fall or two (not that we’d recommend it). The front has a tiny lip that nicely protects the front LCD of the phone, but on from a flat table placement or a flat drop. There is no mention of Gorilla Glass, although some generic “strengthened” glass has been used.

Micromax Canvas Nitro A310 9The back panel has a leather look (read: exactly like the Note 3) however it has a much better defined design, overall appeal and touch. The back panel is also very sturdy and not flimsy at all, which one would expect. We are not too sure about this blue colour, as it may not appeal to every one, it’s how one would say “different”.

Camera

Micromax focused a lot with the camera on the new Micromax Canvas Nitro A310, they have added several new camera features as standard. Things mostly which can be had with an app, but its is always much better to have features integrated with the OS and UI. An inbuilt camera specific widget lets you take shots by focusing on what you want to do, selecting from 5 different modes.

Front Back ; lets you take one picture from the front facing camera and one from the rear facing camera and combine it as a single image.

Stable ; just like the name says, waits till your hands are stable before taking a picture.

Selfie ; A selfie mode lets you click better selfies, however this works best with “V shot gesture” mode.

Refocus; lets you add blur to all areas except the area you select, more like a software version of HTC’s dual camera setup.

Coming to the hardware, the camera is based on a BSI Sony sensor with an f2.2 aperture and has excellent focus capabilities. Images captured indoors, as well as outdoors are accurate in colour reproduction and contrast. HDR was particularly good, and can really reproduce required details in the images.

You get a good deal of details with the camera, especially up close to your subject.

Performance and Gaming

The Micromax Canvas Nitro handles day to day usage without any problem, and for once this phone does not heat up at all, mostly pertaining to the fact that the device is made entirely out of plastic. At any pint of time the total amount of free RAM is approximately 600+ MB, leaving you to wonder where the phone is utilising in excess of 1.3 GB of RAM. The included clean up app does open up about 120-140 MB of RAM, but that is still less considering that the device is running on KitKat.

Benchmarks and Gaming Video

We did see some hiccups in Gaming while gunning for high end games, and we also noticed quite a lot of frame loss, we plan to revisit gaming separately post the launch of the handset. Audio quality is excellent, however you might end up with your hand on the speaker ever so often, muffling up the sound.

Phone, Networks and Battery

Signal quality is excellent indoors as well as outdoors, audio is good on a call whether incoming or out going. As far as networks are concerned the plastic body definitely improves any WiFi connectivity issues faced by the previous generation of Canvas phones.

Battery life if good for one day’s use with the included 2500 mAh battery, which is removable and replaceable by the user. You will get an average talk time of 5-6 hours with both SIM cards placed in the phone.

If you are a light user you can easily run into the second day, however a charge a day would be recommended to keep you in a healthy battery position.

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Multimedia And Android

The display is really good on the Micromax Canvas Nitro A310, it has excellent levels of black which are deep and blend in with the accurate blacks of the bezel. Video playback was good after the initial hiccups we faced (old version of Youtube App) and viewing angles are fantastic. The phone’s display works well indoors and outdoors and you will totally appreciate media consumption on the display, despite the fact that it is a 720p screen.

Micromax Canvas Nitro A310 0The OS is mostly stock Android 4.4.2, with minor customisations and mostly preloaded applications by the company, the UI also looks clean and is responsive. The set of apps including Quick Look (aka Blinkfeed for non HTC devices)  and the new lock screen are excellent and work really well in providing notifications and quick update of news. Both of these can easily be turned off or replaced using custom launchers and lock screen replacements from the Play Store.

Screenshots

Conclusion

While most will argue the hardware powers of the Xiaomi Mi3, the Micromax Canvas Nitro is aimed to be more for those who want a less hectic approach to buying a phone. With an octa-core chipset and 2 GB of RAM, bundled with a 13 MP camera and expandable storage, the Micromax Canvas Nitro does have it positives. The biggest being the fact that the phone will be available to those who want to buy it, easily and how.

The Micromax Canvas Nitro is a step in the right direction for Indian manufacturers, especially considering they are taking huge flack from companies like Xiaomi and Motorola who are basically now playing in their space.

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GOOD THINGS

  • Good Build
  • Good Specs
  • Great Pricing
  • Excellent 720p Display
  • Good Battery Life

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BAD THINGS

  • Plastic Body
  • Gaming Shabby
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Bharat Nagpal
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26 comments
devkhohal143
devkhohal143

Not trusted as i faced problem with the micromax device. So, Please don' t buy the micro-max device.

Name:- Devender Kumar S/o Sh. Om Parkash, Jhajjar (HARYANA)
My job Sheet number for repairing:- N050135-0615-17179270 & N050135-0815-18414425.

devkhohal143
devkhohal143

Micro-max nitro A310 is a sink phone so, no any body buy the micro-max products because I changed the battery four times and repaired three times also by M/S NIKHIL ENTERPRISES, DESWAL COMPLEX, STREET NO. 3, JHAJJAR-124106 (HARYANA), TIN NO.:- 06871709441. But my problem remains same after all.

Name:- Devender Kumar S/o Sh. Om Parkash, Jhajjar (HARYANA)
My job Sheet number for repairing:- N050135-0615-17179270 & N050135-0815-18414425.
Battery numbers:-V39941407100014609, V039941417100076958, V039941417100015492, & V039941411100080947.

devkhohal143
devkhohal143

Micromax is a bad company for selling in the handsets. because their handsets are sink. So please no any body buy the micromax products. i already waste the money & time for buying the micro-max nitro A310 handset. which are sink phone. i repaired three times but problem remain same all times.

Name:- Devender Kumar S/o Sh. Om Parkash, Jhajjar (HARYANA)
My job Sheet number for repairing:- N050135-0615-17179270 & N050135-0815-18414425.
Battery numbers:-V39941407100014609, V039941417100076958, V039941417100015492, & V039941411100080947. 

devkhohal143
devkhohal143

Micromax Nitro A310 is a sink phone because this is sink after buying the few days. these phone repaired seven times at the service center of micro-max. But the problem remain same after repairing (four time battery changed & three time repaired). And Senior executive comment me for replacement but i got i sink phone after all. the sim slots are not working now. So, please on any body buy the micro-max products because these products are sink. 

Name:- Devender Kumar 

My job sheets:- N050135-0615-17179270 & N050135-0815-18414425.

devkhohal143
devkhohal143

I was using Micromax nitro A310 phone since Feb. And I will surely try that no one of my colleagues and their friends buy micro max junk boxes because micromax is a bad company for phone products. So, please i requested to all friends that on any one buy this product of micro max...............my money is waste by buying the micromax nitro A310 phone.

Name:- Devender Kumar 
My job sheets:- N050135-0615-17179270 & N050135-0815-18414425.

devkhohal143
devkhohal143

Micro-max nitro A310 is a worst phone. its better to buy different good brand phones like samasung, htc, motorola, nokia.......its also having handsfree problem also.......guys donot buy this phone.....the worst micromax and worst micromax service. you can Learn by me.

Name:- Devender Kumar S/o Sh. Om Parkash, Jhajjar (HARYANA)
My job Sheet number for repairing:- N050135-0615-17179270 & N050135-0815-18414425.
Battery numbers:-V39941407100014609, V039941417100076958, V039941417100015492, & V039941411100080947.

devkhohal143
devkhohal143

Micro-max is a bad and worst company because their handsets are defective completely. its better to buy different good brand phones like samasung, htc, motorola, nokia.......its also having handsfree problem also.......guys donot buy micro-max phones by mistake otherwise you made the fool by the micro-max company.....the worst micromax and worst micromax service. you can Learn by me.

Name:- Devender Kumar S/o Sh. Om Parkash, Jhajjar (HARYANA)
My job Sheet number for repairing:- N050135-0615-17179270 & N050135-0815-18414425.
Battery numbers:-V39941407100014609, V039941417100076958, V039941417100015492, & V039941411100080947.

devkhohal143
devkhohal143

Micro-max is a worst and bad company regarding the handsets. So, please no any body buy the any products of micro-max because you are waste your time and money by the buying of micro-max products. you can learn about the micro-max products by my experience

Name:- Devender Kumar S/o Sh. Om Parkash, Jhajjar (HARYANA)
My job Sheet number for repairing:- N050135-0615-17179270 & N050135-0815-18414425.

Neeraj Hans
Neeraj Hans

i am planning to buy a smartphone under 15k, nd i like canvas gold canvas nitro. Gold has bigger screen, faster processor but no external memory nd battery life is like adequate,on the other hand nitro has new blinkfeed nd new ui nd 2500 mah battery. Please recommend me which one should i buy, nd u any other models or upcoming models are there specify them. Thanks

ashish nair
ashish nair

Not trusted as i faced problem with the micromax device and stucked alot for after sales..so now i moved to Wammy Note 3 by Wickedleak ,satisfied with the product and after sales service as well Here is my review on site Awesome phone at steal it price.. specs are very good , delivers what it promises.. its superfast with no lags whatsoever.. also all the routine & heavy games(temple run, subway surfers ,asphalt 8,dead trigger 2,call of dead, etc) runs smoothly, no problems here.. the battery life is awesome, its definitely a 3800 mah battery, goes day & a half on full charge with heavy usage(3g/wifi on full time, 2 email accounts on sync, fb & fb messenger, whatsapp running 24*7).. I get onscreen time of around 3.5-4 hours minimum.. this im writing after 10 days of usage .. the best part about the software is that its pure android kitkat(upgradable to Android L) .. it is devoid of any bloatware(unnecessary OEM apps.. also its rooted straight out of the box.. Haven't had a chance to experience the water resistant thing, but I guess it should be fine .. The camera is great ,no shutter delay ,pictures are crisp, flash is good .. front cam is great too.. The screen is actually a FHD 1080p resolution..its crisp f clear.. HD videos can be player with no hassle.. Also a screengaurd is placed by default, & a magnetic window flip cover is provided free..!

Krishna Sharma Hari
Krishna Sharma Hari

Ordered this phone now via SnapDeal..... waiting to get my hands on !!! :)

bahir
bahir

Is igyaan ignoring xolo phones? feel like it :(

Parman Bains
Parman Bains

Sir, i want to know that how good CLEAR MOTION works on octa core mt6592 chipset? The option we have in DISPLAY of the setting menu. Does is really show videos with 30fps to 60fps??

Udit Jagtap
Udit Jagtap

jst need 2 know which one 2 buy moto g or nitro....plz reply soon..:)...

Davor
Davor

This is rebranded Coolpad F1 phone. The price is about 165 USD now. :) A very good phone, btw.

Arijit Saha
Arijit Saha

I'd rather buy Xolo Play 8x-1100, why don't you review it?

arvind kalhan
arvind kalhan

Battery backup is a big issue with 8x-1000. I think ots far better in nitro.

Miki Jain
Miki Jain

You played asphalt 8 on medium settings and "thought for sure" it could not handle high settings.....Even Micromax canvas 2 colors A120 can handle high settings of Asphalt 8...........while reviewing you test and check before "Thinking for sure". For the record nice effort ......keep trying you can do be better

Nikhil Bansal
Nikhil Bansal

OEM must be coolpad. The navigation buttons are same as those on my re-branded coolpad phone by Karbonn.

Chirag Joshi
Chirag Joshi

battery life 506 hours :P please correct the typo

Aditya Dayal
Aditya Dayal

That's exactly my point mate! Retarded pieces of shit who were dropped on their heads as a baby can't get offended! It's impossible for them! Now go play in traffic :D

Aditya Dayal
Aditya Dayal

There is a big difference between standby time and talk time. Read about it

Chirag Joshi
Chirag Joshi

Usually I don't reply to stuid people like you... but once in a while I try to enlighten people like you too...after it is our responsibility... had god given all same capabilities we normal one's wouldn't need to do this...but this world isn't just fair... so...here it is... The post originally said... 506 hours battery life... it was a typo... google it... I doubt you have the capability to understand what that means... I mean otherwise you wouldn't have felt the need to comment on my comment... anyways to what I was saying... It was a typo before and sometime after my comment the author edited the post...and hence my comment felt irrelevant to you...but that's not your fault...Intenet newbs do feel to comment like you did on a post they saw...for the first time....so it's not on you totally... feel good and grow up soon

Aditya Dayal
Aditya Dayal

ohhh snap it's going down now aint it boy? well...well.. YO MOMMA SO FAT, WHEN SHE mOVED IN FRONT OF THE TELLY I MISSED 3 SEASONS OF MY SHOW!! OHHHHHHH BURN!!!!111ONE!111!! and now that we're done being shitheads, I'm really sorry you were dropped on your head as a baby. :) too bad you'll never grow up you autistic dipshit

Chirag Joshi
Chirag Joshi

Looks like you don't have you're momma... Else she would've told you not to comment shit like that... Its ok... You can say whatever you want... I don't get offended when a mentally challenged person says offensive stuff to me... I get it... You're forced... May god bless you Nd you're momma... Afterall she gonna take care of an ass for a lifetime.... Peace 'em out...