Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus is the upgrade to the company’s fastest selling android handset, the Canvas 2 A110. We have benchmarked the Canvas 2 Plus on a variety of available tools, including Quadrant, AnTuTu, Vellamo as well as NenaMark2. The benchmarking video is embedded after the hardware overview section, then we have the detailed scores of the various benchmark tests done on the Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus.
The ‘Q’ in A110Q stands for quad-core indicating that the Canvas 2 plus is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, which is based on the MediaTek MT6589 chipset. There’s 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal expandable storage onboard as well. The phone also features PowerVR SGX 544MP from Imagination Technologies, which powers the graphics of the Canvas 2 Plus. It is the same GPU that powers the Galaxy Grand Duos and several other recently launched mid-range smartphones.
Apart from the chipset, processor and RAM upgrades, the phone also has an 8MP primary camera with dual-led flash as well as a 2MP front-facing camera for video calls. The phone also has some sensors, namely:
- 3-axis Accelerometer – To detect change in motion from the initial configuration of the device i.e. laid flat on a surface.
- Light Sensor – Used to detect change in ambient light, helps to automatically adjust brightness.
- Proximity Sensor – As the name suggests, it checks how close objects are. The proximity sensor is calibrated in such a way that while you are in a call the screen goes off as the sensor detects that your face is close to the device.
- Orientation Sensor – As the name suggests, just detects the orientation of the device, so that the UI can be rotated accordingly.
- 3-axis Magnetic Field Sensor – It detects the magnetic field around the device and can be used by Compass apps.
Quadrant is a CPU, I/O and 3D benchmark app for Android, which provides total as well as separate scores of the tests it conducts. Based on the total score, a graph is generated to show where the phone lies wrt to other devices.
The Micromax A110Q got a total Quadrant score of 4059, which lands it just below the Asus Transformer Prime TF201. If we move into the bifurcation of scores, the Canvas 2 Plus got a CPU score of 9267, Memory 3395, I/O 4931 and 3D score of 2397. The Micromax Canvas HD A116 got a score of 4062 on Quadrant, which is comparable to the A110Q Canvas 2 Plus.
AnTuTu is a comprehensive benchmarking tool, which tests the complete hardware of the device including the CPU, GPU, RAM as well the storage attached to the device.
The Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus scored 13304 in the full AnTuTu benchmark, some categorized scores are given below:
- CPU: 5838
- GPU: 4354
- RAM: 2309
- I/O: 803
These scores are not only respectable but are great for a mid-range device like the Micromax Canvas 2 Plus that is available for Rs. 11,990. As you can see in the image above, the AnTuTu benchmark for the Micromax A110Q puts it between the Google Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 tablets, and we talk of just phones than it lands between the Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note. Therefore, there is no doubt that the quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and the PowerVR SGX544MP graphics chip makes the Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus a solid performer.
NemaMark is primarily a graphics benchmark which uses real rendered screens to check the performance of the GPU of the device.
The Canvas 2 Plus A110Q scored 54.8 FPS on the Nenemark2 benchmark, which puts it somewhere in line with the Galaxy S3 which too has similar NenaMark scores. Therefore you get the performance of last years’ flagship devices from the Micromax A110Q, although that is partly due to the lower resolution of the display which helps in increasing framerate.
The Micromax Canvas 2 Plus scored 1487 on the Vellamo HTML5 test and 450 on the Metal chapter of Vellamo, which puts in just below the Galaxy S3 and above the Sony Xperia S. Again which goes to show that in terms of raw horsepower, the Canvas 2 Plus is no slouch.
We tested the multitouch capabilities of the display in Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus using the AnTuTu tester, and found that the display supports five points of touch. Therefore it is able to detect 5 individual touch inputs at once, which again goes to show that for the price you get a much better performing device and is definitely a good buy for someone looking for a 5-inch smartphone.
Benchmark comparison with Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus with the Canvas 2 A110 and the Canvas HD A116
As you can see in the benchmarks below, the A110Q Canvas 2 Plus thrashes the Canvas 2 A110 in all benchmarks, but that’s expected. But you can also see that its head-to-head with the costlier Canvas HD A116 and in some cases beats it too.
In our observation as well as the benchmarks that were done on the Canvas 2 Plus, it seems it is a better buy than the Canvas HD A116 apart from the fact that the Canvas 2 Plus has a FWVGA display while the Canvas HD has a 720p display . Just like the Canvas 2, the Canvas 2 Plus may become one of the top-selling android smartphones from Micromax. Although, we’ll hold our final judgment on the Canvas 2 Plus A110Q till the full review. We’ll upload the gaming review, as well as the camera samples soon, followed by the full review.