Indian smartphone outfit Micromax began selling its Canvas Doodle 2 (A240) phablet in the country, at a final price of 18,999 INR (US $276). Barely a week ago, it was expected to go for 15,999 INR, but the country's currency inflation is playing tricks, and companies like Micromax that merely middle-man Chinese OEMs, are hedging against uncertainty. The Doodle 2 features the same gimmicky user-interface as the company's recently launched Canvas 4 smartphone, in a slightly bigger form-factor.
Canvas Doodle 2 (A240) is a 5.7-inch phablet. Its IPS LCD screen offers HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. It is a dual-SIM device, with room for two standard-size GSM SIM slots, of which only one runs 3.5G networks. In the imaging department, you get a 12-megapixel primary camera, and interestingly, a 5-megapixel front-facing one.
Under its hood is no eight-core CPU, but a drab MediaTek MT6589 chip with a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, paired with 1 GB of RAM. There's 12 GB of internal storage, which is expandable by micro-SDHC. A 2,600 mAh battery keeps the device running, which is impressive, considering the MT6589 can run on fumes. On the software front, you get Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean," with a custom user-interface with such ridiculously gimmicky features as "blow air to unlock."