Micromax is ready to release its first MT6589T chipset family Smartphone in the android market with the name of Micromax Canvas Magnus A117. This thin and sexy look smartphone introduces several good features and specifications, which is quite good and different from other Smartphone. Micromax Canvas Magnus A117, which is available at 14,999 in the market, proves that it is fit in that range when reviewing its features and specifications. Hope this review will help you understand the features of Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 and analyze whether it is worth the price.

Contents in the box

The box pack of Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 contains the beautiful handset, 2000 mAh battery, ear phones, data cable, user manual, warranty statement.

Design and Styling

Micromax canvas Magnus A117

Micromax Canvas Magnus A117, which has curves and is slimmer towards the edges, almost looks like the Micromax a110, even though it is made of aluminium. This dual SIM handset is available in white and blue colours. The handset that weighs about 141 grams with battery has a length of 144.42mm, breadth of 74.06mm and thickness of 9.05mm.

Plenty of buttons and ports can be seen on all sides of the phone. The top portion is occupied with a micro USB ports and 3.5mm audio jack. While the lock/power button is placed on the right, the volume rockers are positioned on the left. You can see a 12MP AF camera with LED flash and speaker out on the rear side. Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 also possesses micro SD card that support 32GB cards and dual SIM slots (SIM1/SIM2).


Micromax canvas Magnus A117 provides a 5 inch capacitive touch IPS screen, which is the most popular display size in most Canvas series phones. The handset has 1280×720 pixels (HD) resolution with 16.7million colours, while other phones possess 16 million. Besides the smooth and responsive touch as well as good viewing angles, the screen also possesses LED indicator for notifications. As it is not sure whether the screen comes with certain protection, it is always safer to use a screen guard. There are accelerator, light and proximity sensors, but magnetic sensors are absent like many other Micromax handsets.

Multimedia features

Micromax canvas Magnus A117 has 12mp camera


Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 has a 12 MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash that appears like a dual LED flash in pictures. As the still camera is very good, you can expect really good output even in low light conditions. Take a snap in street light to check the quality of the image. Its secondary camera is of 2 MP and can be used for video calling. Even though the company claims that the handset can record in 720p resolution, it actually can record in full HD resolution at 30 fps. The use of MX player in S/W or H/W mode makes you able to play full HD videos with ease.


There is no doubt that apps and games can be installed on external storage of this powerful handset. You may experience a little lag depending on the micro SD card class, game play is usually smooth in Micromax Canvas Magnus A117.



You can experience a high quality music player and audio recording system in Micromax Canvas Magnus A117. Besides, the 3.5 mm audio jack and loudspeaker provides better output to the users. Various types of ringtones like 64 polyphonic, mp3, mid and acc, audio playback and FM radio are the other multimedia options available in Micromax Canvas Magnus A117.


Even though A117 is upgraded same stuff, it has high MP camera and 1.5GHz MT6589T processor with PowerVR SGX 544 MP GPU. The A117 has more powerful GPU than what we have seen on the A116 handset. It provides pretty good overall performance and impressive benchmark results.

Benchmark scores

Canvas Magnus A117 Benchmark Scores

  • Quandrant Standard- 4754
  • Vellamo- HTML5 1612, metal 494
  • AnTuTu- 15925
  • Nenamark 2- 52.8 fps
  • Multitouch: 10 points


Micromax canvas Magnus A117 provides the internal storage of 4 GB, even though how much of it will be available at the customers end is not yet exactly specified. Among the 4GB storage, 0.98GB is assigned as storage for apps and 1.61 is assigned as internal storage. But, the users can extend the storage to 32 GB using microSD card. It helps you store all your favourite videos, images, music and files and carry your entertainment with you.


Micromax Canvas Magnus A117, which is powered by MT6589T quad core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and provides Power VR SGx544 MP GPU clocked at 357 MHz, accelerates your multitasking performance that makes you able to work seamlessly across applications. The processor provides a huge marketing boost to this handset.


As the handset possesses 1 GB RAM, it can power all your action-packed games, entertainment and more. With this 1GB RAM, you can run several applications simultaneously.

Operating system

Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 provides you an advanced user interface, enhanced applications, a faster and more intuitive text input and spell check and improved power management with its rich multimedia technology of the Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system. It helps you communicate at various levels, experience remarkable speed and enjoy long lasting entertainment with Micromax Canvas Magnus A117. Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system makes the messaging options such as SMS, MMS and Email more perfect.


Micromax Canvas A117 provides you countless connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, 2G network, 3G network and GPS support and browser. The USB connectivity option makes you able to transfer files with ease and the Bluetooth connectivity helps you share files with friends. You can browse the web faster with Wi-Fi and seed it up with 3G connectivity.


Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 possesses the 2000mAh battery that should last for a day with moderate usage. During the test the battery is dropped by 7% when the benchmarks apps etc. runs on the handset for 30 minutes and the battery is dropped by 6% when games are played for 19 minutes.

Advantages and disadvantages

Battery of Micromax A117

The interesting thing is that the Micromax Canvas A117 is silently launched along with Micromax Canvas Turbo A250, which got too much attention. But, it is sure that A117 will do better than the A250 in the long run. A117 has the following advantages.

  • It has 5 inch display size2
  • It provides HD display
  • It possesses Good camera quality
  • It offers good battery backup
  • It claims good processing speed
  • It has dual SIM
  • It presents dashing look
  • It ensures value for money

Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 gets heated up soon, especially when it is being used outdoor. The handset will heat up much sooner and temperature could reach up to 47 degrees under the sun. Users expect Micromax to offer gesture features such as blow air to unlock, easy answer, video pinning etc. in this handset too. In addition to this Micromax canvas Magnus A117 has internal storage of t4 GB, which is not exciting. If Micromax had provided with 8 GB, the handset would have been more attractive. However, thanks to microSD card, which can extend the storage to 32 GB.

Micromax introduce Canvas A117 as a better alternative to A116 and as a good option for under Rs, 15,000. Its aluminium body and premium looks together makes this handset a hot selling smartphone in the market.