Will the Canvas Knight 2 be able to stand out from the crowd? Well that's what we are intending to find out from this review as well.
Build and Design - The Micromax Knight 2 is well built. With the metal frame and glass built a quick glance mistakes this device for an iPhone 4/4S. The device showcases a premium look with all those metal adorned frame. Both the rear and front is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. That makes the phone slippery at times. Being super slim and measuring only 6.3mm of thickness chances are high that it may slide off your palm.
The power keys and the volume rocker keys are placed on the left side of the device whereas the SIM card tray which abodes the micro-SIM is located on the right side. The front display shows on-screen soft keys which are featured by the device's user interface. The keys are quite responsive with good touch feedback.
The glass clad rear sports the Micromax Logo and the primary camera which is positioned at the top left corner on a metal plate, projecting out a little bit. The dual LED flash is also seen near to the camera. The bottom of the device bears the micro-USB port and the two speaker grills. The top houses the 3.5mm audio jack. The front display houses an earpiece, front snapper and LED notification sensor.
The Canvas Knight 2 is definitely a beauty when you compare it with the previously released smartphones by Micromax. The metal framed contours gives it a stylish look in your hands.
Display - The 5 inch display is just like its predecessor. The HD AMOLED display flaunts a screen resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The screen is layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from fall as well as being sturdy and resistant too. The colors on the screen looks more clear due to the right amount of saturation. The screen is exceptionally bright and shows reduced color distortions when viewed from different angles. In addition to that even under bright sunlight you still can enjoy your display screen owing to its super AMOLED display. But when it comes to the screen resolution the original Canvas Knight had a way sharper and better 1080p display. This might be a put of for at least a few users.
Performance - The Canvas Knight 2 is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, with Adreno 405 GPU which is bundled up with 2GB of RAM. When it comes to the software front the device runs on Android 5.0 lollipop out of the box. The performance of the device was found to be crisp and quick. The touch function was responsively good without any lag while switching between apps and actions. The OS comes pre-loaded with quite a few apps such as Clean Master, Trending Apps, Dr. safety, swift key, Chaatz, Newshunt, some of which can be uninstalled.
The audio quality sounds good as well. The phone intercepts good signal reception even in areas where the cell phone signal is weak. Almost all of the current video and audio formats can be played in the device. The sound output through the two grilled speakers were earsplitting and clear.
However on the bitter part the device seemed to be heating up during power performances such as high graphics gaming and even while using the GPS.When it comes to gaming, the Adreno 405 GPU has done an admirable job of maintaining consistent frame rates even on powerful graphic games.
Storage - The Micromax Canvas Knight 2 features 16 GB of internal storage of which 12.2 GB is available for the user. A further 32 GB can be availed via expandable micro SD cards. Since the phone comes with the hybrid SIM technology you will have to choose either between a dual SIM functionality or more storage. However you will lose the dual-SIM feature if you end up with the decision of more storage.
Camera - The Canvas Knight 2 flaunts a 13 MP auto-focus rear camera which employs Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor with Largan 5P Lens and is supplemented with a 5 MP front-facing one. The rear camera comes with a dozen of handy features as well which includes HDR and Panorama to name a few. The face Beauty app helps you in capturing much better and beautiful selfies.
The picturs taken in the device had accurate color details and good contrast. Pictures taken under direct sunlight seem sto be too good with the 13 MP rear camera. For macro or close up photographs, the Canvas Knight 2 does a seemly nice work and produces results with a defocussed background. Apart from the camera shots the device allows you to record 1080p video. The video quality is average but the audio captured in the background is muffled up and inaudible.
Battery - The smartphone bears a 2,260mAh non-removable battery. This on an average will allow you to make about 1-2 hours of phone calls, play a few simple games, browse the web and 1-3 hours of on screen activity with 3G data. This may nevertheless vary according to individual usage pattern.Micromax has also added a low-power battery saver mode, which helps to improve the battery life by another hour or so.
Display - 5.00-inch with 720x1280 pixels screen resolution
Processor - 1.5GHz with 2 GB RAM
Camera - 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera
OS - Android 5.0
Storage - 16GB and expandable up to 32 GB
Battery capacity - 2260mAh
Price - Rs. 16,200/-
Should you buy it??
The slippery body may pose a high disadvantage. The device could have been made of a slightly rougher texture at the rear. With the 5 inch super AMOLED HD display watching movies and viewing pictures will be greater fun.
Whenever the manufacturer tries to unravel a slim phone the battery is always been compromised so that is what has happened with the Canvas Knight 2 as well. The low-power battery saver mode along with the low-resolution AMOLED display has indeed aided the Knight 2 to manage the battery capacity in a better way.
The 13MP rear camera definitley is a good one with a handful of manual apps and features but the quality of the selfie camera is way backward when compared to phones like Xiaomi Mi 4 and even Micromax's own Canvas selfie. All through the year 2015 majority of the smartphones have used Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 process and likewise the Canvas Knight 2 has also followed the same path. one thing that is note worthy is that you get to experience the best in class audio quality with Micromax Canvas Knight 2 as it comes ladened with Cirrus Logic Wolfson Stereo DAC.
So in short the Canvas Knight 2 seems like a mixed device by Micromax. On one end you get formidable features and at the other hand the device takes a few steps backward in regard to certain features. Hope the knight in the dazzling armor has swept you off the floor!!