Indian smartphone manufacturer Micromax has officially unveiled its latest smartphone, naming it the Canvas Selfie, which believe it or not boasts a surprising powerful front camera.
Unveiled at a dedicated event in India, the Canvas Selfie was shown off by some leading tennis stars, and packs a pretty powerful punch on the photography front, mainly thanks to its selfie lens, which tops a whopping 13 megapixels.
Also, with a front facing LED flash also plumped on the handset, you won’t find much better if you’re a selfie-centric smartphone user.
Its internal specs aren’t half bad either, with an octa-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB RAM and an expandable 16GB hard drive all making the cut behind the scenes.
Using its fairly standard 4.7” 720p Gorilla Glass 3 display, you won’t be wowed by the screen, but it also won’t prove a massive let down unless you compare it to some of the QHD smartphones we’ve seen of late.
Android 4.4 KitKat is the operating system available from the get-go, with a possible upgrade to Android Lollipop likely to be made available at some point, whilst its 2,300mAh battery gives it a fairly lengthy battery life to boot.
As you’d expect, Micromax has also included a number of great new camera software features to help compliment the super-powerful lens on the front side to allow for the best selfies possible, with the likes of eye enhancement and face slimming to name but a few.
The Micromax Canvas Selfie will be in direct competition with the HTC Desire Eye now, which itself sports a 13 megapixel front facing lens, making for an interesting battle of the selfies.
However, whilst the Desire Eye is being stocked in the UK, there’s still no word on whether the Micromax device will be hitting the British market anytime soon, with an Indian release scheduled for January.
Whilst we’re always happy to see smartphones find their way here, especially with features like the Micromax Canvas Selfie’s, we still can’t confirm whether we’ll be seeing it here in the future, mainly because of Micromax’s lack of notability here.
If the device performs well in Asia, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see it launched in Western markets in some capacity, but it’s also equally likely that the handset will stay put in India and play it safe.
For now there is no word on pricing details for the Canvas Selfie, but it isn’t expected to equal the likes of the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S5, meaning it may be available for quite a low price.
Written by Luke Hatfield