Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 review
Thinnest and lightest 4G smartphone
While this Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 review has little practical application in the UK, with the device intended for Indian and Russian markets, it is extremely interesting to see just how far the world’s 10th largest mobile phone manufacturer will go, when firsts in weight, size and style are the driving force.
The Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 is unquestionably good to look at and is claimed to be the thinnest phone ever with a tiny 5.1mm thickness from end-to-end. To make a comparison, the Canvas Sliver 5 has the same thickness as 13 stacked playing cards or six credit cards.
This razor sharp look is refined further with a visual perspective of 2.7mm, which is created through the use of a slim silver band centralised around the edges. At 97 grams this is the first 4G smartphone that weighs under 100 grams.
Just how slim is the Micromax Canvas Sliver 5?
These design achievements have come about through a clever use of materials and technology. Aircraft grade aluminium, which has been polished for a superior finish, creates a strong yet light body and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is used to add additional strength.
The 4.8” HD AMOLED display uses in-cell screen technology to combine two layers into one, bringing the images closer to the surface with increased touch responsiveness. The display is energy efficient, more on this later on, and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Under the hood there is a 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 2GB RAM, offering a decent level of performance for multitasking, streaming and gaming. The internal memory is 16GB and of this, just over 11GB is available to the user for storing files, apps and photos.
Phone Set Up
The Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 runs Google’s Android Lollipop 5 operating system so the set up process will include moving apps into folders to organise them and adding live widgets onto the various home screens.
Watch Hugh Jackman using the Canvas Sliver 5 in this hostage video.
The Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 delivers the internet over 4G or Wi-Fi and a handy selection of pre-installed apps encourage exploration of the home screens. These apps include Housing, Hotstar, App Centre, Quikr, Scandid, Clean Master, Snapdeal, NewsHunt, Chaatz and Swiftkey.
The audio performance is well worth a mention and combines a NXP Smart Power Amplifier with Dirac HD sound algorithms. Combined these produce high output volume without damaging the speakers.
A deep bass range is to be enjoyed along with Surround Sound and the sound algorithm actually improves the quality of sound by correcting imperfections.
Camera & Video
The 8MP camera on the Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 has a wide angle lens that captures a 75.6 degree field of view. A Blue Glass Filter has been applied to the 4P Largan Lens to increases clarity and the Sony IMX219 camera sensor has low power consumption, which is extremely advantageous as the smartphone camera function usually drains the battery pretty quickly.
1080p video recording is possible and camera features include Night Shot, Horizontal Panorama Shot and Professional Mode with individual control over ISO, White Balance, Exposure and Banding.
The 5MP selfie camera is also not short on features. The Face Beauty Mode controls skin smoothing, eye enlargement, skin sharpening, eye brightness, skin brightness and skin softness. Blemishes can be removed using the De-Blemish tool and bags under the eyes can be removed with the De-pouch tool, so portrait perfection is possible!
The 2,000mAh high density Lithium Polymer battery is by no means high capacity when compared to those used in other smartphones. This is the cost of producing the thinnest and lightest phone possible.
However the energy efficient display helps out significantly and the Android Lollipop OS is well know to be far less power hungry, compared to KitKat. So where does this leave us? Well, it leaves us with 8 hours of theoretical talk time or 344 hours of theoretical standby time. Whether this converts to anything close in the real world is anyone’s guess!
Written by: Michael Brown