Micromax’s latest flagship Android smartphone is here. The Canvas Turbo A250 is the company’s first Full HD (1080p) smartphone and has a lot of drool-worthy specs, while still managing to keep the price below the magical figure of Rs.20000 (~$325). But it’s not all perfect with the phone. There is one component which made our heads turn away. More on that in a while.
Micromax, the fast growing Indian OEM has always been known for its affordable-yet-swanky smartphones. The Canvas 2 and the Canvas HD turned around the company’s fortunes in a big way while getting critical acclaim for their value for money offerings. Since then, Micromax has tried to cash in on the Canvas brand name, much like what Samsung did with their Galaxy brand. The company’s previous flagship, the Canvas 4 was launched amidst a lot of fanfare, but the phone failed to meet the high expectations set by the customers. The phone was expected to launch with a Full HD screen and better hardware overall. Instead, the company chose to improve upon their software, rather than stuffing it with better hardware.
Micromax Canvas Turbo Specs
Now, with the Canvas Turbo A250, Micromax is trying to please its customers with some beefy specs overall. The 5-inch sharp Full HD CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) display comes with full aluminum casing. Micromax has retained the 13 MegaPixel rear camera and 5 MegaPixel front snapper we saw on the Canvas 4. The Canvas Turbo is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MT6589T processor from Mediatek, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. Below are the complete Specs
- Display: 5-inch Sharp FHD IPS
- Processor: 1.5 GHz MediaTek Quad-Core MT6589T
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal Storage: 16GB
- microSD: Not available
- OS: Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
- Camera: 13MP with flash (Rear) and 5MP (front)
- Battery: 2000 mAh
- SIM: Dual-SIM support (SIM+Micro-SIM)
- Connectivity: BlueTooth 4.0
- Thickness: 8.6mm
As mentioned earlier, not everything look great with the specs-sheet of Micromax Canvas Turbo. The phone comes with a miniscule 2000mAh battery which isn’t just enough to power a Full HD 5-inch display. The company is promising 7 hours of talktime, but we don’t expect the phone to last a full working day without having to look for the power socket.
Also, there is no microSD slot, which should leave certain section of users unhappy. Even the OS isn’t the latest, but then, Micromax is adding all the bells & whistles like smart gestures, blow to unlock, popup video & popup browser, multi-video view, iFloat, 360-degree panorama, cinemagraph and many more.
The phone packs a lot of pre-installed apps like BBM & Hike for Instant Messaging, Spuul to watch free movies, Kingsoft Office to read, write and edit attachments On-the-Go, M!Security for antivirus & anti-theft, M!Live portal to download unlimited Games, Videos, Wallpapers & Music, Opera mini and Game hub.
Micromax has roped in Hugh Jackman (of Wolverine fame) as their brand ambassador, and the Canvas Turbo will be the first device he will be promoting. The Canvas Turbo will be available in two colors – Black and White, with a MOP of Rs.19990 across all leading retail outlets in India from October 26, 2013