Recently Micromax has launched its latest flagship Canvas Turbo A250, which is the first ever full HD display smartphone from the company under canvas series. We all know Micromax is among one of the key players in Indian market, but this time it’s trying to enter global market on a high note with Hollywood A-list actor Hugh Jackman as its spokesperson. Are you waiting for the latest flagship from Micromax, here comes it which is priced at ₹19990.
Micromax had disappoint a lot with its earlier phone Canvas 4, I am sure that will not happen here. Though design of Canvas Turbo is similar to Canvas Doodle but its improved a lot as compared to Canvas 4. The device has a metal back panel which is not removable, while the bezels and the main frame is of plastic. That’s why many consider it as a metal phone, but really its not.
The Canvas turbo comes with a 5” full HD display along with a dimension of 128.3 x 71 x 8.6 mm (5.05 x 2.80 x 0.34 in). The device got more compact design than any other Micromax phone, you can say its design is the best among all other Micromax phones. Unlike canvas doodle the battery is not removable, more over you can’t remove any other part. Despite of being the large screen the device sit comfortable on the palm, you can easily operate it on single hand.
In the bottom end of the front panel the device houses three capacitive touch button for navigation. Whereas the top end houses the earpiece, front camera, notification LED and sensor array. The power lock and volume rocker keys are present across the bezels on right side whereas on the left there are two micro SIM slots. A Micro USB port is there on the top and a 3.5 mm audio jacket on the bottom edge. A 13MP camera along with LED flash are located on the top strip of back side. Below that a Micromax logo is present as sign of branding. The speaker grill is present on the bottom strip. Moreover you can say Canvas Turbo is the best among all other Micromax phones there from design point of view.
The device features a 5 inch Full HD IPS display with a resolution 1920x1080p and a pixel density 440ppi. Now the resolution is very common in various high end phones, but this is the very first device from Micromax to offer such high resolution also first in this price range.
Despite the high resolution the color reproduction is not that great, this is quite disappointing for IPS display. The device is also lacking behind in viewing angles. The brightness is good enough for sunlight readability. Though it has a Full HD display, still missing a lot which could be improved to make it fabulous one.
It comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera. Capable of recording video at 30fps, it could have improved to 60fps like many high end phones there. Moreover the video quality is quite good mostly that depends upon the light condition.
The picture taken in day light is acceptable actually good. However like many other device out there the picture quality drops significantly in low light condition. The 5MP front facing camera can be used for video calling, the picture taken by this is just OK.
Micromax provides some of its own apps like Panorama, smile detection, HRD, Scene detection modes along with 3D Panorama, GIF Animation, Removed Object modes. It also allows you to adjust colour effect, exposure, ISO balance, white balance manually whenever you need. It features a burst mode which is capable of clicking 99 shots at once. Particularly considering the camera Canvas Turbo is neither very good nor bad just OK. Expecting more from camera will surely disappoint you.
Processor and storage:
The device runs on a Quad core CPU with Mediatek 6589T Chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz. The device is also packed with PowerVR SGXT GPU along with 2GB of RAM which is the most fascinating feature of it. Whereas it comes only in 16 GB of internal storage out of which 13 GB will be available for users. This is one of the biggest demerit.
You can enjoy the high end games without any noticeable lag. You can Lunch apps, play games, brows internet, switch between apps are very comfortably without any hitch. Performance wise it is a winner, I am sure you would agree. Quad core and the 2 GB RAM makes it so.
It is running on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS which is not the latest. Though Micromax’s UI doesn’t look much fascinating moreover it add some third party apps.
Most of the features are very mush similar to that of Canvas 4. Like others it got 5 customizable home screens. It also comes with some preloaded Themes. The device present you the lock screen widget also one Android 4.2 feature Daydream that display photo album or clock during charging. You can unlock the phone with the blow of air by the help of new lock screen mechanism.
The device is powered by a 2000mAh battery which will keep you going on for the entire day with moderate use. And more importantly the battery is not removable. With use of 1-1.5 h of call, checking mail with push notification, twitter and Facebook on stand bye, Whatsapp chats, casual internet browsing, playing videos about an hour the battery last almost 8-9 hours. It offers a talk time up to 10.5 h and stand bye time up to 7h, remember this is purely theoretical.
Network and Connectivity:
The call quality offered by the phone is quite good. It comes with two SMI slot one support 3G and other 2G out of which one is full sized and other is a microSIM. The 2G networks on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz whereas the 3G network works on HSDAP 2100 MHz band.
It features all the protocols for Wi-Fi connectivity. Support GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA at 42Mbps, HSUPA at 11Mbps (remember these numbers are theoretical). Among other features it includes a Bluetooth v4.0 and a microUSB v2.0.
Apart from compact and solid design there is nothing improved significantly than its predecessor Canvas 4.Though it features a full HD screen but doesn’t meet the expectation. However the performance is good. But you will not prefer to give this amount at which the phone is priced for such minor up gradation. It’s up to you where you want to put your money.
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