Lightest 4G smartphone: Micromax Canvas Sliver 5

The lightest 4G smartphone in the world, the Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, is about to go on sale in India and adding to its impressive attributes is the statement that it is the ‘thinnest phone’ at 5.1mm thick.


The statement doesn’t say how this is quantified as other phones have slimmer profiles at certain points. It seems that this most likely refers to the end to end thickness, which is consistent on this Micromax phone.


Canvas Sliver 5 design


The design looks modern and uses aviation grade aluminium to achieve strength with the minimal amount of weight. Corning Gorilla Glass also adds toughness and is lighter than other glass materials. The final piece of the puzzle is the battery which has a capacity of 2000mAh. This is on the low side for mid-range smartphones, so style has taken a precedence over functionality, to a small degree.


Canvas Sliver 5 design


The 4.8-inch HD AMOLED display makes the sizing of this phone quite compact in a world where smartphones have screens up to the region of around 5.5-inches. The screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels once again positions this phone for the mid-range market.


Canvas Sliver 5 features


The Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 is powered by Android Lollipop and a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, giving consumers the latest multitasking experience with premium gaming and content streaming.


A portfolio of pre-installed apps deliver out-of-the-box functionality and these include Swiftkey, NewsHunt, Chaatz, Hotstar and Quikr, among a few others.


Canvas Sliver 5 features


The Canvas Sliver 5 also performs well audibly with Dirac HD sound and a NXP Smart Power Amplifier. Together these deliver high volume, surround sound, deep bass and a sound correction algorithm, which actually improves the sound quality.


Canvas Sliver 5 camera


The 8-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera combination seem like a well balanced set up. The selfie camera has an advanced Face Beauty Mode that lets almost any facial feature to be tweaked. The filters include:


Skin softness
Skin brightness
Eye brightness
Skin sharpening
Eye enlargement
Skin smoothness


The main camera can record at a quality of 1080p and itself has several modes of operation. These include Horizontal Panorama Shot, Night Shot and Professional Mode. Going Pro gives back control over several key photographic settings such as White Balance, ISO, Banding and Exposure.


Canvas Sliver 5 camera


Canvas Sliver 5 verdict


We aren’t going to see the Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 in the UK but it does at least prove that phone manufacturers in the UK market have room to create even lighter and thinner smartphones.


It is also interesting to note that this smartphone isn’t a premium device. It does have plenty of premium elements to it, such as the aluminium body, which indicates that mid-range buyers will soon be enjoying these qualities, as standard, in the future.


Written by: Michael Brown

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