Micromax Canvas XL2 A109 was recently launched by the Micromax through Infibeam for Rs.10,999. The price is on a higher side considering the specifications. We’ll do a deep raid on the handset, and let’s find out if it is worth the price tag.
Processor, Ram and Battery
Micromax Canvas XL2 comes with an unspecified 1.2 GHz quad core (likely to be the MediaTek MT6589), which is common now in budget Androids with price below Rs.9000 such as the Xolo Q700s, Lava Iris X1, and many more. It is a very big turn off as they could have used the newer MT6582 which is 1.3Ghz quad core. It has 1 GB of Ram, which is also so common in the competing handsets of the price range.
Coming to battery, we have a 2500 mAh Li-ion battery on board. The phone should last more than a day on moderate usage, considering the low display resolution and less powered processor.
Camera and Storage
Camera department in the Micromax Canvas XL2 also brings more disappointment. It only comes with a 5MP shooter at primary and a VGA secondary camera (seriously?). It also comes with an LED flash. At this price, there is the Asus Zenfone 5 and Xolo 1010i, both of which has impressive camera performance. I’m still wondering who buys a phone with only 5MP primary camera (Unless the device’s name is Moto G).
XL2 comes with 4 GB internal storage with expandable storage upto 32 GB.
Screen and Other features
Micromax Canvas XL2 boasts a 5.5 inch screen with 540×960 resolution, which is mediocre for the price. You can even count the pixels on the screen now, that’s a new feature (:P). Viewing angles might be good as it is an IPS display.
It runs on Android Kitkat 4.4.2 and comes with all the usual set up of Dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.
|Model||Micromax Canvas XL2 A109|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6592M|
|Display||5.5 inch (540×960)|
|Camera||5MP Primary/VGA Secondary|
|OS||Android kitkat 4.4.2|
|Storage||4GB/Expandable up to 32 GB|
Price and Comparison
Micromax Canvas XL2 sells for Rs 10,999 on infibeam, which is pretty high asking price for the device. The price should have been kept below Rs 7000 for the specifications provided. Even Micromax’s own Doodle 3 which have better specs now sells for around Rs 6800 on Amazon (at the time of writing).
Competition is tough for Canvas XL2 A109, with the Asus Zenfone 5, Xolo 1010i and Moto G 8GB (Now unavailable) being priced at similar levels, it must be very hard for Micromax to sell the handset. The situation will be getting fierce at near future with the introduction of the Xiaomi Redmi Note (to be priced at Rs 9999).
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Micromax Canvas XL2 : Conclusion
I would recommend to just ignore the handset as you have plenty of other options available. The only pros I can now see in the handset is an above average battery and Android Kitkat (Most of the new phones now have it). It now comes to question that why Micromax produced this handset? Or is it a pricing error?