Micromax Informatics launched the Canvas Sliver 5 on June 18 at a gala event in Delhi. Most of the media including us expected the company to announce a flagship device – the Canvas 5 but that was not the case. Instead, Micromax unveiled the “slimmest smartphone in the world” with not so happening specs on board. We spent sometime with the device at the event and hence bring you the Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 Hands on and first impressions.
Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 Hands on (Video)
Lets start with the most obvious question which comes to the consumers mind after watching the presentation or reading about the launch event, “Why is Micromax calling Sliver 5 the world’s slimmest smartphone when there are smartphones available with thickness below 5.1 mm?” Yes, the world’s slimmest smartphone has a 4.7 mm body but comes with a protruding camera which makes it thicker. Whereas, the Canvas Sliver 5 has a 5.1 mm thickness throughout its body with a flat camera which does not protrude out. That’s why Micromax is able to call it the slimmest smartphone in the world.
Now coming to the hardware on the Sliver 5, it looks like most other Micromax devices from the front where a 4.8-inch HD AMOLED display has been placed in the center with slim bezel all around. There is a front-facing camera at the top along with hearing grill and couple of sensors. We get to see the split volume rockers on the left side whereas the right side has the SIM card slot, which is followed by the aluminium power button. The entire frame is made up of aircraft grade aluminium with a frame running around the edge. The frame is covered with chamfer on both sides which looks good and also makes the phone seem even slimmer than it actually is.
A Micromax logo sits at the middle of the top half of the back of the phone while the 8 megapixel rear camera is seen at the top left corner along with a single LED flash by its side. Other than this we find a single block of Gorilla Glass covering the back side of the phone which is surprisingly more resistant to fingerprints than the front. But irony is, both of them are fingerprint magnets.
The Canvas Sliver 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor along with 2GB of RAM. It is not top of the line specifications but it does the job well. There was no lag or frame drops to be seen whatsoever in our hands on time with the smartphone. It runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box and Micromax has done a great job to not tinker with it much. The essence of Material Design is retained and the interface looks clean. Thus, you get to experience almost stock Android on this one.
The smartphone comes with 16GB of internal memory which cannot be expandable and out of which only about 11GB is available after first boot. There are a couple of pre-installed apps but we can get rid of those, if needed. The lack of microSD card is a worry for heavy users but it will support USB OTG, according to our guess. In the connectivity area, the phone lacks Dual SIM feature which might turn out to be a bummer for many consumers. However, it supports 4G LTE, which according to Micromax, is compatible throughout the country’s network. The slimmest smartphone tag means a smaller battery i.e. 2000mAh battery under the hood, which might not be able to power the device for a day. However, we need to test it out to see if it lasts a full day or not.
The 4.8-inch HD AMOLED display looks fairly bright and vivid in our limited hands on time. Coming to the 8 megapixel shooter at the back, it did an above average job and had issues with focusing at times. We will leave our judgement on these two areas till we get a review unit and test it out further.
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Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 Hands on: Conclusion
Priced at Rs 17,999, the Canvas Sliver 5 with its mediocre specifications will disappoint a lot of potential buyers. It is not a value for money device from a general perspective but VFM also depends on individual level. Thus, if someone values design, beautifully crafted slim smartphone, they will fancy the Canvas Sliver 5 and pick one up for sure. Micromax is testing waters with a premium well-built device for the first time in the Indian smartphone market and it remains to be seen how well they do in this particular segment. The company also promises Onsite Care service, which will pick up the phone for service and deliver it within 7 days. They have also roped in Hugh Jackman as the Brand Ambassador and plans to promote the device extensively.
The word on the web is that the Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 is a rebranded WIKO Highway Pure. Well, to be honest it does not matter if it is one because if consumers find the smartphone to be appealing, they will buy it anyway. The Canvas Sliver 5 is slotted to come out sometime in July and we hope Micromax rolls back somewhat with its pricing.
As soon as we get a review unit, we will bring our full review of Micromax Canvas Sliver 5. So stay tuned for that.