Micromax Canvas Magnus A117


Mircomax is going all in, but this time into a higher valued range. They are now stepping up slowly to the proper mid ranged phones. Their recent release- Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 has marked another phone in mid-range with already many in it. It looks really decent, but looks won’t blow your mind. It is just a really average device overall, I can’t seem to figure out why is it out here.


As I said, the looks won’t wow you. The Micromax Magnus is a fairly decent in looks. The built quality is better than previous range of Canvas phones. They roll out phones faster than Cadbury can make candies, no kidding. It has a nice curved back to support your hands when you hold it. The speakers are behind on the back like most of the phones which still feels really stupid to me. They are certainly improving the quality of the speakers. Good show Micromax.


Like always, the new Micromax Magnus A117 also has a 5 inch display. It is a 720p display, i.e resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It is a very clean and clear display. Again I would want to say they are just getting better. The black levels still are not deep enough. The sharpness needs to improve. 720p HD video looks really good, great colours and nice everything. Man I could love a 5-inch display which is under my budget. Gaming graphics won’t disappoint so no need to worry. I love what they are doing here. Viewing angles are really great as well.


I have had a lot of complaints with the Micromax camera lenses on various smartphones but on this one like the few others, all that is about to disappear. This one has a 12MP sensor and we know how MP does not matter. This sensor is better, it takes much sharper images and it has a better saturation level though it is still a bit under done. Macro shots have improved but their detailing is still not spot on. All in all, it is there but not fully there. 5MP front facing camera is really amazing for video calls. No doubts.


Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 uses the Android v4.2 Jelly Bean OS. They incorporate this when JB is about to decline and KitKat is about to enter, well we don’t think Micromax would get the Android v4.4 anyway, in their newest devices then. The UI is fair but not that good just like on other Micromax smartphones and there is nothing more to say. Oh wait there is, they have incorporate then Pause while look away feature just like GS4 by Samsung but yeah it is not so accurate. Also you dont need to slide your hands to pick the call, just place it on your ear and its done. This can be really handy.


This is a powerhouse of a smartphone with 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB RAM. For the first time it looks, the processor might just stick on and not lag. They have certainly worked on the optimization this time around. You get expandable storage, no NFC and yes Bluetooth. Battery life is fairly ok with 10-12h of talktime on 3G connection. Overall, the touch response is not as quick as we would like but for this much and all of “this”, it certainly is enough.

Final Thoughts

Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 is a great introduction to mid price budget phones (that did not sound right). I like that for such a low amount I can get quality from Micromax and certainly better customer service. There is still a lot of improvement needed but this is a good stepping stone.

Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 comes for Rs. 14,999

n Sales PackageUSB Cable, Warranty Card, Charger, Handset, Headset, Battery, User Guide
Model IDCanvas Magnus A117
Touch ScreenYes, Capacitive
Call FeaturesLoudspeaker
Handset ColorBlue
Operating FreqGSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100
OSAndroid v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Processor1.5 GHz, Quad Core
Size5 Inches
ResolutionHD, 1280 x 720 Pixels
Color16.7 M
Other Display FeaturesIPS Display
Primary CameraYes, 12 Megapixel
Secondary CameraYes, 2 Megapixel
ZoomDigital Zoom – 4x
Other Camera FeaturesAuto Focus
Size74x144x9 mm
TypeLi-Ion, 2000 mAh
Internal1 GB
Expandable MemorymicroSD, upto 32 GB
Memory1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM
Internet FeaturesEmail
Preinstalled BrowserAndroid
3GYes, 42 Mbps HSDPA; 11 Mbps HSUPA
WifiYes, 802.11 b/g/n
USB ConnectivityYes
Navigation Technologywith Google Maps
BluetoothYes, v4
Music PlayerYes, Supports WAV, MP3, MIDI
Video PlayerYes, Supports 3GP, MP4, AVI (MJPEG)
Call MemoryYes
SMS MemoryYes
Phone Book MemoryYes
SensorsProximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Additional FeaturesMulti-tasking, Rich and Interactive Notification, New Screen Lock Action
Important AppsApps Tray, Resizable Widget


Author: Sinha

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