If you were one of the many Micromax fans on the waitlist for the A116 Canvas HD, then here’s some good news to start the day. The company has now started shipping the handset to those who ordered it right after the first batch sold out. The shipping has been delayed so far due to a “procedural issue”, according to the company.

Snapdeal, which has exclusive rights to sell the phone, said it has received fresh stock of the device and users can expect to get it by the end of the month. However, people looking to book the Canvas HD will have to wait a tad longer to get their handsets as there is no indication when new stock will be made available to retailers.

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Now shipping after a long delay

Snapdeal told Daily Bhaskar that it received more units of Canvas HD on March 15 and shipments have now started. Customers who booked the Canvas HD between February 16 and 18 have reportedly been notified via email about their orders. There is no information about the number of units Snapdeal has received from Micromax.

Earlier, Micromax and Snapdeal had apologised to their customers through emails and their Facebook pages. Besides letting us know that the shipments would be delayed, the email also highlighted the hike in the smartphone's price due to 2013 Budget. The excise duty on mobile phones priced more than Rs 2,000 has been increased and consequently, the price of the A116 has been revised from Rs 13,990 to Rs 14,499.

However, those who ordered the device after the first batch will not be affected by the hike. At the same time, to make up for the delay, Micromax will be throwing in a carry case for the Canvas HD worth Rs 700. If you cancelled your order in the time it took for shipping to start, then Micromax will refund the amount.

The Canvas HD is one of the most popular smartphones to have been launched in India this year. The phone is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. All that power coupled with 1GB of RAM translates into good real-world performance. The UI is smooth most of the time, and the performance is helped by the fact that it runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Other features of the phone include:

  • 5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels
  • dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • GPS with GLONASS and A-GPS
  • Bluetooth with A2DP
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash with night mode and 4X zoom, and VGA front camera
  • 4GB of internal storage and supports microSD card up to 32GB

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