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Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera and Verdict

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Micromax Canvas Turbo is the latest flagship phone which seems to be the best as per the hardware Micromax can offer at this price point. It is powered with 1.5 Ghz Quad core processor and 2 Gb of RAM and a sharp Full HD display which is really good to see any entertainment content on this device. Micromax is trying their best this time to win the customers and in this review we tell you whether it is going to be the value for money device for you.


Canvas Turbo A250 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 1920 x 1080 HD resolution
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad Core MediaTek Mt6589
  • RAM: 2 Gb
  • Software Version: Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • Camera: 13 MP AF camera.
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
  • Internal Storage: 16 Gb with 12 GB approx user available memory
  • External Storage: No Micro SD card slot.
  • Battery: 2000 mAh battery Lithium Ion
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Yes
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Box Contents

Handset, In ear headphones with tangle free cable, micro USB to USB cable tangle free flat cable, user guide, iFloat tray guide, screen guard comes preinstalled on the device, Universal USB Charger.

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

The build quality of the canvas turbo is the best we have seen till date on any other canvas series phone we have seen before, it does look the smaller sized version of the Canvas Doodle 2. It feels solid in hands with matte finish non removable metal like back cover does make it feels just right in your hands. The design seems similar to the one we have seen on Canvas Doodle 2 but it is much lighter and portable to carry fits the palm just right. The form factor of this device is really good, as per dimensions 128.3 x 71 x 8.6 mm makes it really thin at 8.6 mm and weight of the device is well under 130 grams which also add a plus to it portability.

Camera Performance


The rear camera is 13 MP with auto focus supported and it can also record 1080p video from rear camera at 30 fps, you can also use the front facing 5 MP camera which his fixed focus to take decent self portrait shots and you can do HD video chat. The day light performance of the rear camera is great and low light performance is also quite decent, more you can get to know through the camera samples below.

Camera Samples


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Display, Memory and Battery Backup

The display is 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 1920 x 1080 HD resolution gives you pixel density of the 441 pixels per inch and all this makes the display quite crisp and clear as far text is concerned. It has pretty good viewing angles as well. The in built memory of the device is around 16 Gb out of which around 12 GB approx is available to the user, you cannot use Micro SD card to expand the storage as there is no slot. The battery on the device is around 2000 mAh which is not very sufficient but you can get a day of backup with moderate usage which means limited use of the phone for entertainment but you good level of usage on the application level.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

The software UI on the device is almost stock android which makes it snappy and fast enough in UI transitions but you might see slight amount of minute lag while switching in between home screens, but overall performance of the device is good. Gaming performance of this device is not too good as it can play casual games fine with graphics without any issues but graphic intensive games like Frontline commando D Day, MC4 and Asphalt 7 show slight graphic lag and frame drops at times during game play but still you can play these games. This is mainly not because of the bad hardware or GPU but because the device have Power VR SGX 544 MP GPU which cannot render graphic as smooth on 1080p display as compared to the 720p display where it performs real good. The benchmarks figures are given below.

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Standard Edition: 4697
  • Antutu Benchmark: 12408
  • Nenamark2: 33.8 fps
  • Multi Touch:  10 point

Sound, Video and Navigation

The sound volume from the loud speaker is good not too loud but it should work fine for most of user expectations, but the placement of the loud speaker is at the back side so, this design make the loudspeaker to get blocked accidentally when you place the device on a table or flat surface, the sound will get muffled in those cases. The sound quality from the earpiece was clear during voice calls. It can play HD videos at 720p without any issues but some 1080p videos might have audio and video sync issues. It can also be used for GPS navigation with the help of assisted GPS and it does have magnetic sensor for precise navigation, the GPS locking took around 5 minutes to get locked at outdoors and in indoors we could not get GPS coordinates locked to start the navigation. You will need internet connectivity to use navigation on the device as it requires some data download to lock the GPS.

Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 Photo Gallery


What We Liked

  • Great Build Quality
  • Light Weight
  • Full HD Display

What We Did Not Liked

  • Average Gaming Performance
  • Non Removable Battery
  • No Micro SD card slot.

Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Conclusion and Price

Micromax Canvas Turbo is a great device at the price of around Rs. 17,999 considering the performance in day to day usage, display and build quality but on the other hand it does lack in giving some freedom like no memory expansion and non removable battery. In all it’s a good performer if you forgot the heavy gaming on this device, if gaming is something that matters for you the most then this may not be the best device for you but apart from that everything is great on this device at this price point.

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  1. External Storage: Expandable up to 64GB

    you cannot use Micro SD card to expand the storage as there is no slot –

    what is this pls explain?

  2. RAM: 1 Gb?? Its actually 2 GB of RAM.

  3. Just 16gb and no external slot? seriously ,what was micromax thinking 😀
    gionee e6 is worth the extra money,its only con is no usg otg. :(

  4. can you please do a review of micromax canvas magnus a117

  5. Where did u get the price of Rs17999/- ? I could manage a best price of Rs19600/- only, in Gurgaon.

  6. Can the non removable battery be disadvantageous? what if the phone hangs in between any operation?

    • The phones with non removable has the following advantages and disadvantages.

      Thinner – normally as per the design constraints the the phone with a non removable battery are usually thinner then the ones with removable battery.
      Lighter – This is again with related to the first point as thinner phones are also lighter in weight.

      Hanged Phone – if the phone with non removable battery gets hanged then it might be a problem as even the power button in that may not work – but still there are ways to reboot the phone which are normally not known to average consumer.

      Battery Degrade – Most of the smartphones these days are powered with Lithium polymer ion batteries which may not last longer for years as they have limited recharge cycles and improper charging can also degrade the battery life over time. so for long term usage a phone with non removable battery means that you have to take to service center to get the replacement done of the battery, but in the other case you can easily go and buy a new battery and replace it any time you want.

      • How do you reboot it….because I just got my fone hung

        • You need to press the power/sleep key and at the same time press the volume up and down key as well, till you get a vibration feedback and startup logo on the device display.

      • Can we replace the Phone’s Non-Removeable battery if it’s Capacity is Not enough in our usage ?
        I mean can we place a Higher Capacity Battery in Other Mobile-Service than Micromax. With any Higher capacity battery from good company like Zero Lemon or ERD ?

        • No you cant, unless you know how to open it and seal it back which is not going to be easy as its a uni-body kind of the phone.

  7. how worth will it be buying this phone?

    • its a great phone for daily usage, the only issue is the that gaming performance for heavy games in not good, so not good for gamers – rest all is fine with the device.

  8. Does it has both SIM active at the same time or one active and one standby ? And one more doubt. Are both the SIM are micro SIM or one micro and one standard ?

    • Both the SIM’s on this device will work dual standby mode, which means that only one will be active at a time. Both are micro SIM’s.

  9. Does it support OTG ?
    If it is then how far it can go interms of GB’s of flash drive it support.
    I am planning to buy Canvas 4(Does it support OTG too ? ) or Turbo.
    I am not a intense gamer.
    Does RAM is a concern ?
    I am very much concerned about the battery of both phones . In one video review of this phone he said battery had drained 13% in 25 min usage. Is this right ?
    Which phone should I buy ?
    Doodle 2, Canvas 4 , Turbo. (main concern is OTG support and battery )
    Please reply

  10. it Would be great if provide Expandable memory.

    • but looks like micromax has thought about other things while getting this phone designed, anyways if you want a micromax phone with expanded memory option you can opt for canvas 4.

  11. I bought this phone and I must tell you that it is a great phone overall however the aluminium back actually make my hand sweaty due to the heat … And I thought this page could help me.. I am facing a problem! The phone when unlocked gets rebooted automatically when I enter into some kind of an app or just browse through the menu! Its happening a lot lately and the reboots are completely random…

    • As per your inputs, it looks like you have a hardware or software problem with the device please get it checked as we did not faced the same issues with the device we tested and reviewed.

    • buddy, remove gmail widget from your lock screen and your problem will be solved..I was facing the same issue on my lava iris 504Q

  12. Confused in Sony Xperia C, Xperia SP and canvas Turbo. Kindly Suggest. My budget is 20k to 22 K

  13. battery is 2000mAh only. how much time it will take to charge? and how long it will be work in 2G networks full day surfing? can u explain me about its battery problem as i am really thinking to buy it soon. thnx in advance

    • It takes around 3-4 hours for full charging and sometimes more. With 2G connectivity, it will easily give you around one day of usage. Battery backup is less if you play a lot of games, watch videos etc on the phone.

  14. Hi,

    It says 0.99GB for apps. Does it mean we cant install heavy games like fifa, asphalt, nfs etc.
    Plzz reply asap

  15. If the games are more than 0.99gb size then can they b install????

  16. My mutual friend has recently bought this handset. I liked the design very much, storage is ok for me, and i am not a high end gamer, so for those factors i’m okay with the device.
    But, when we were recording videos, i noticed that even for 1080p video, it records it in 3gp format, i couldn’t find any settings to change the format.
    Btw how does 3gp differs from mp4 and avi formats when pixels are the same i.e. 1080p??
    I couldn’t make a conclusion of the camera. But in some other websites i have read comments like ”The clarity will automatically increase when you ”update” the device from the microsoft updates”. I didn’t understand this term. Help me understand. And how is the camera quality??
    And how is the overall battery backup?? I do sometimes surf the web a lot.
    And what is NFC???
    I was getting confused between nexus 4 and canvas turbo. And now i have heard of a new device ”Lenovo Vibe X S960”,, i read about the specifications and they are almost the same except the storage is higher ’32gb’. And the expected price is given Rs.21000.
    So should i wait for it to be launched or am i good to go with Canvas Turbo???

    • sorry for writing ‘microsoft’ updates instead of ‘micromax’ updates..

    • camera quality is decent in low light and in day light its good, the format 3GP is good and there is no issues while playing it. You wont be able to change the format in which it records the video. The overall battery backup is around one day and it does not have NFC. lenovo vibe x looks good on paper, we will let you know more once we get the device.

  17. Dear Abhishek,
    I am planning to buy a dual sim smartphone.
    My main usage is for checking emails, chatting, browsing and some times taking photos.
    I need a good performance on above things plus while searching the contacts for making calls.
    Games, I won’t use much.
    In mind I have shortlisted is mircomax canvas turbo A250 , as its 1.5 ghz quad core and 2GB ram and also its with in 20k.

    What is your opinion ?, Do you have suggestion for other phones ?


    • canvas turbo is a good device and you can also consider gionee elife e6 – both of these devices suits your requirements. let us know if you have any more doubts.

  18. please reply as soon as possible.

  19. I am residing in Manipur. My name is Prabhakar….on 1 nov 2013 i purchased cavas turbo via their official site….purchase no 31701….they promised date of dilevery to be 11 nov……the pakage was dispatched on 7 nov…..since 11 nov i m running behind their head office and customer care,who are clueless about the pakage….their e store gives me another ticket number 27497j2…..no one knows where the pakage is….i think i have made a wrong decision by choosing micromax…..worst after sales service….i have no options left but to knock the door of consumer court…..SHAME MICROMAX…

  20. I purchased my phone today jst 2 hours back! My phone got hanged! Help me! Power button is nt workng! and itz getting heated up!! Help me

  21. Bro I’m a true gamer I just want this phone for gaming should I go for this phone or for another one

  22. Bro then which phone shld I go I want phone for gaming shld I go canvas magnus or any for other mobile

  23. Dear Abhishek,
    I am planning to buy a dual sim smartphone.
    My main usage is for checking emails, chatting, browsing and some times taking photos.
    I need a good performance on above things plus while searching the contacts for making calls.
    Games, I won’t use much.
    In mind I have shortlisted is mircomax canvas turbo A250 , as its 1.5 ghz quad core and 2GB ram and also its with in 20k.

    What is your opinion ?, Do you have any other phone to suggest?


    • You can opt for Gionee Elife E5 or canvas magnus A117 both of these phones are good choice for your requirements and hardware config you need.

    • There are better options with the similar hardware config – you can either opt for canvas magnus a117 or gionee elife e5 as well.

  24. i bought this Phone on 6th of Nov , but i can’t understand why its get automatically restarted and become more HEAT when call disconnected while talking . .??? any one have any solution on this . . ?????

  25. Hi dude

    Recently i buyed mircomax canavs turbo when am using this phone for more than 10mins it becoming heat please help on this

  26. Please replay ASAP

  27. Sakthi is ur issue resolved r not. If it is resolved means what u did for that.plzzzzzzzz frds help us

  28. Abhishek, i purchased Micromax turbo today and it got hanged.. please help

  29. Hey bro will the Micromax gonna launch new smart phone. In near December or jan 2014. Something like intex i7 or elife e7

  30. Dear Abhishek,

    Whats your suggestion in the best dual sim high end android phone now in the market?

  31. dude i thinking to buy canvas turbo …but i’m thinking that as it is said it has non removable battery ..what i’ll do when the phone will get hang in between any operation.in that case we can remove the battery as well in ohter phones, but what i’ll do in canvas turbo..?pls answer me soon dude..

  32. hey..
    we are given 1gb to install apps and once if the internal storage of 1gb is full.. can we transfer some apps to internal storage

  33. thanks for the detailed review,
    You’are perfect writter.
    Keep it up!



  36. sir.please tell me how to reboot hung up micromax turbo….i tried pressing power key but its not working.

  37. Hi Abhishek,
    I am confused between “canvas turbo” and “canvas magnus”.
    I have read your reviews above. Also, I have checked the market and I am not able to get the demo of these phones. It would be helpful, if you could please suggest which one to select based on the following parameters:-

    1) Looks
    2) Camera quality
    3) Better for Games/Apps
    4) Resolution

    3-4 thousand wont make any difference if Turbo is much better than Magnus based on above parameters. Please suggest

    • magnus will be a better device for gaming but build quality is not that great, but turbo has Full HD display but poor gaming performance. rest all including the camera actual performance will remain the same.

  38. If the games are more than 2gb size then can they b install???? –

  39. how to bettery backup and hanging problem not in micormax turbo?

  40. Hi there,
    Thank God finally can see some blog talking about Canvas turbo. I bought this fone a minth ago. Everything is seamlessly working. Battery drainage controlled by Battery saver.
    But, camera stops working all of a sudden when you open it. Sometimes its working. Even aftet doing several soft resets (power+vol button) it still sometimes works and sometimes not even after many resets. I am just bugged with such a behaviour of this tool. Micromax sucks…please help!

  41. Helllooooooooo guys..

    i confuse this cell micromax turbo.. this phone suitable for gamer… Can i play for 2 or 4 GB game??
    which phone is best for game play????????

    • Yes you can play these games, but the overall performance may not that great for graphic intensive games and it does not depend on the size.

  42. If the games are more than 1gb size then can they play easily.???

  43. Which phn is best for playing the hd 2gb up game.
    1.micormax turbo
    2.samsung grand 2

  44. ya which phn is best and no hanging prob.and easily can paly.
    samsung grand 2
    micormax turbo….????

  45. Which phone is best in samsung mobile for playing the HD 2gb & 4gb up game?

  46. race of the champions 2012
    street fight
    real racing 3
    nfs underground
    real steel
    nfs mostwanted
    This games support or not in micromax canvas turbo.??
    can support howz the result…….???

  47. my phone got hung.. but thanks to u i could reboot it based on 3 key thing.. thanks

  48. Hi Abhishek,

    I bought the micro max turbo mobile a week back. When I browse internet , the mobile gets heated up very much from the first day itself! Sites refer to aluminium metal back side lid causes the heating feel! Is this common in all of this model? or Is there anything I have to rethink about the problem?

  49. I have got Micromax 25 days back, it was working perfectly fine. last night, i had put the mobile for charging, when i removed from charging, my screen didn’t turn up, but the RED led was glowing continuously, i did a long press on the power button, RED led stopped, after than i am not able to restart mobile now.
    i tried doing a long press for power button alone, with volume keys, i am not getting any response, its Dead.
    do you have a solution?

    i am in a remote place, so taking me the handset to support center might be difficult., please help

  50. Today my display was working bt my phone hanged n i could not touch and touch ws nt wrkng bt after 10 min it started working its happening in every 2 day wt to do plz rply

  51. nice phone and now available at 14399.00

  52. my phone is hang no one button is working
    just only screne light is on continusly
    back button, home button, power button and all others are not working at that time what should i do now

  53. my phone’s lock and volume button get hanged several time in a day

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