by May 5, 2014 0 comments

Micromax as a mobile company has come leap and bounds in the last 8 to 10 months and all this truly reflects in the evolution of devices that the company keeps churning out on regular basis. Canvas Turbo Mini is the so-called ‘mini’ aka streamlined version of the Canvas Turbo.

The mini version of Canvas
Compared to the Canvas Turbo, the Mini sports a 4.3 inch HD display, runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and packs quad-core chipset from Mediatek along with 1 GB RAM. You get an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 5 MP front snapper. It offers dual-SIM connectivity, microSD slot for storage expansion and loaded with 1800 mAh battery.

The Mini has premium looks
Unlike its previous Canvas devices in the affordable range that came with cheap glossy plastic body, this one gets covered up with brushed metallic finish over plastic that does berate cheapness at the back and sides. The front side comprises of display, physical buttons at the bottom and front camera at the top. The phone is easy to hold; feather-light is the best word to describe its weight. It looks more like the Galaxy series than Canvas, for which Micromax does warrant plaudits.

Smooth performer and able Moto G deputy but not yours
From real-time stand point, the Mini offers good quality color saturation on its HD display, however, if you’re outside the reflection does not help your case to see anything on the phone. The quad-core chipset and RAM enables the phone to perform admirably well which is definitely a good sign from long time use perspective. That said, we did find the phone heating up quite a lot for no reason which becomes apparent with the metallic body and also came across lagging issues while playing basic games like Angry Birds and more heavier games like Subway Surfer and Asphalt 8:Airborne.

The cameras are much better than what we expected but still the quality remains nowhere near to the said 8 MP resolution. But in comparison to Moto G’s camera, these are better. The phone offers 4 GB (1.6 GB usage) storage, expandable up to 32 GB only. The calling quality on both the network gave us no issues barring few drop in calls. Coming to the most crucial drawback of the phone is its battery life. The phone with its small form factor and less power hungry hardware is expected to run for more than a day but in reality, it turns out Mini can just manage to last for about 10-11 hours on normal usage. This became evident, as the phone lasted merely 3 and half hours during our battery test (HD movies on Wi-Fi at full brightness), whereas the Moto G can easily through one day.

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