Micromax has again expanded its Canvas range of Android smartphones with the introduction of Canvas Blaze. This GSM+CDMA dual SIM smartphone has been designed by Micromax for Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited which operates cellular services under the MTS brand. Since the smartphone is being backed up by a cellular network operator, we shall have a look at the bundled offers first and then venture into the spec sheet. For the first six months you own the Canvas Blaze you get 1000 free minutes of MTS to MTS calls and 120 minutes of STD and other local calls. Since a smartphone is almost useless without fast internet connectivity, MTS throws in 2GB of free 3G data. One of the most thoughtful things about the smartphone is its Dual SIM functionality. You can move to MTS without having to ditch your existing GSM connection. The MTS SIM goes in the CDMA slot and the GSM slot handles your previous connection.
Coming to the spec sheet, the Canvas Blaze has got a 5-inch (12.7 cm) TFT display with a FWVGA (480 x 854 pixels) resolution. Underneath the hood we find a 1 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual core processor on a MSM8625 chipset with 768 MB of RAM running Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Canvas Blaze has a flash equipped 8MP rear camera that is capable of recording videos at 480p. The front camera with a 0.3 MP will only suffice your video call needs. You get internal storage of 4GB out of which about a gigabyte of storage is left for the user. To carry your music and video collection you can invest for microSD cards of up to 32 GB. With the Canvas Blaze you get Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB connectivity along with GPS navigation. The phone has got pre-installed apps like MTS TV, Spuul, Opera, mAd, Hangama music, M! Live. In the box you get the handset, USB cable, charger, user guide, warranty card, hands-free headset and an 1850mAh battery.
If you wish to know more about the Canvas Blaze MT500 smartphone head over to the following links: Press Release [PDF] and Product Page
Micromax seems to be on a roll. Just two days ago its Canvas 2.2 A114 had surfaced online. In the past three months we have seen four new handsets from the Indian manufacturer. The company which is supposedly the 12th largest handset manufacturer in the world seems to be in a mad dash for a place in the top 10. Do you think with its huge range of smartphones and tablets it can make it soon? Let us know in the comment section below.