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Micromax Canvas Win W121 first impressions: premium WP experience on a budget

|June 16 2014 |Micromax, Microsoft, Dual-SIM, Windows Phone 8

"Micromax looks serious about its WP-toting portfolio, and the Canvas Win W121 is a good example"

It's been ages since we saw Windows Phone running on a non-Nokia device, so the experience seemed a tad surreal, for the lack of a better word. For the uninitiated, Micromax launched its first devices running Microsoft's mobile platform earlier today, and both the budget Canvas Win W092 and the slightly pricier Win W121 look like compelling options under Rs 10,000. After the Nokia Lumia 630, these are the first set of devices that run the latest version of Windows Phone, which is v8.1. While this software update, which is yet to land on existing WP devices, brings tons of new features, one of the most important is dual-SIM support, and Micromax has done well to incorporate this into both its offerings.

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Here's how how first experience playing with the Canvas Win W121 played out.

Svelte and lightweight. These were the two words that first came to mind when we picked up the Win W121. Encased in plastic, a metal-finished band running around the sides imparts a premium look, while the faux-leather rear does its bit as well.

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The top of the phone is home to both the audio socket as well as the micro-USB port, while the bottom has been left barren. The volume rocker is on the left, and power key on the right.

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The usual mix of screen, sensors, and front camera adorn the fascia, along with three backlit capacitive keys below the screen – a deviation from the Lumia 630 that uses software overlaid keys. 

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The faux-leather rear comes off to reveal the two SIM slots (regular-sized SIM cards), a microSD card slot for memory expansion and the 2,000mAh removable battery. 3G is only supported on one SIM slot.

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The 720p display looks fairly crisp, and with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 chip clocked at 1.2GHz mated to a gig of RAM, things look breezy enough. The 8-megapixel primary snapper supports autofocus, and while we couldn't try it out properly, we expect some good things from it. The demo device we played around with was running stock WP 8.1, with no software additions from Micromax. There's still a bit of time before the devices land in retail though, so we'll wait and watch what the company does on the software side of things.




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