Micromax Canvas Magnus (Quick Review) was launched by Micromax a few days back and was received as a value for money device. Also the pricing has been kept admirable in case of the latest flagship device Micromax Canvas Turbo (Quick Review) at 19,990 INR. Both of these devices come with an MT6589T chipset and will give better performance. Let’s consider them head to head to know by how much Micromax Canvas Turbo is ahead of the Magnus and if it matters.


Display and Processor

The Micromax Canvas Magnus and Micromax Canvas Turbo each has a 5 Inch display size and support color depth of 16.7 Million(True color) instead of 16 M which we have seen in canvas series phones like Micromax Canvas 4 so far. The difference will be better and vibrant color but this might lead to slight expected increase in response time of LCD (not your touch) though it is too soon to say . This will enhance your multimedia experience.

The Micromax Canvas Turbo comes with higher resolution of 1920 x1080 pixels with 441 pixels per inches which promises crisp text and sharper display. The Magnus comes with 720 p HD resolution and 295 ppi which is pretty good in its price range.

More pixels also makes your processor work harder while watching videos and playing games which makes it consumes more battery and if the battery capacity is not up to the mark in daily use you will enjoy the HD display more with medium brightness than when you are forced to put your Full HD display on lowest brightness.

The processor in both of these smartphones is the same and is also the best that we have seen in budget android segment so far. Both of these phones are powered by MT6589 processor with 4 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and assisted with PowerVR SGX 544 MP GPU clocked at 357 MHz. Micromax Canvas Turbo coupled with 2 GB of RAM will be more efficient at multitasking as compared to Canvas Magnus with 1 GB of RAM.

Camera and Memory

The Camera specs are also almost similar where it matters. The Primary camera of Micromax Canvas Magus is of 12 MP and is supported by LED flash similar to 13 MP camera in Micromax Canvas Turbo. The front camera of Magnus is of 2 MP and that of Turbo is of 5 MP and since it is mostly used for Video calling the Pixel count does not matter as much, Micromax has not mentioned the video recording capability of the front camera.

The Camera of Micromax Canvas Turbo has the added advantage of software features like 360 degree panorama, Cinemagraph and object erase. You can see these features in action on our Micromax Canvas Turbo Quick Review article.

On the memory front, Micromax Canvas Magnus comes with the advantage of expandable storage up to 32 GB using the microSD card. The onboard storage is 4 GB (2.6 GB available to users) since most Canvas series phones let you install Apps on external SD card; this won’t be much of a problem. The Micromax Canvas Turbo comes with 16 GB of non extendable storage out of which 13 GB will be available at the users end.

Battery and Features

Both of these phones are powered by 2000 mAh battery which will give you 7 hours of talk time on both of these phones. You will get Standby time of around 180 hours on Micromax Canvas Magnus and around 105 hours on Micromax Canvas Turbo. The battery backup will last longer in Magnus while gaming and while watching videos.

Canvas Turbo comes with loads of gesture features which work on proximity sensor and won’t be as useful and accurate. Most users will turn most of them off after experimenting with them. The camera features do look interesting and we will have to wait to see how they actually perform. It also adds features like iFloat and Multi Video views for efficient multitasking. Many of these gesture features are also present in Magnus.

Both of these phones run on Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system and support dual SIM functionality. Canvas Turbo accepts one micro SIM and one Normal sized SIM.

Key Specs

Model Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 Micromax Canvas Magnus A117
Display 5 inches 1080p Full HD 5 inches 720p
Processor 1.5 GHz quad core 1.5 GHz quad core
Internal Storage 16GB 4 GB ROM, MicroSD support
OS Android v4.2 Android v4.2
Cameras 13 MP rear, 5 MP front 12MP rear, 2MP front
Battery 2000 mAh 2000mAh
Price Rs. 19,999 Rs. 14,999


Micromax Magnus is a good device and it cost less. The Canvas turbo offers the added advantage of full aluminium body which looks quite attractive in pictures whereas Micromax Canvas Magnus is closer to plastic design language we have seen in earlier canvas series phones. Micromax Canvas Turbo sports everything right on the spec sheet and Canvas Magnus will give you almost similar performance in a less glittery package.