Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini A200 review – light weight 1.3GHz quad core

Micromax A200 also called the Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini is trimmed down version of the Micromax Canvas Turbo A250. The Micromax A200 is powered by 1.3GHz quad core processor running Android 4.2 over a 4.69 inch screen. The handset looks pretty good and is extremely light weight at 110 grams.

A200 Box pack
Inside the box you will find the handset, travel charger, data cable, earphone, SIM tray ejector, download goodies, warranty card and A200 user manual. SAR value : 0.18 W/kg @ 1g (head) and 0.23 W/kg @1g (body). On the box it’s mentioned that the handset can record HD (720p) videos, however it can record full HD videos.

Design, Display and OS
When I first saw the handset it was like WOW, the design looked good but as soon as you hold the handset the first thing that comes to your mind is ‘is this without the battery’. Well the A200 comes with a non-removable battery.

Micromax A200 box pack

Micromax A200 weight with battery is 110 grams and dimensions are 68.39 x 137.27 x 8.38 mm. Power button, volume rockers are on the right, 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port on the top and Micro SIM tray on the left side. This is a dual SIM handset the SIM 2 is placed on the left and to access the SIM 1 (normal SIM) and Micro SD card you need to open up the back cover (a small part – check video).

Build quality is very good. Micromax has not specifically mentioned if the handset is made of aluminum body but it does look like combination of plastic and aluminum.

Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini A200 unboxing

The IPS screen is 4.69 inches with 1280×720 pixels resolution. Viewing angles and color reproduction are good. Touch is smooth but make sure to clean the screen with a soft cloth after removing the factory fitted film, as the adhesive residue makes the screen sticky. There are accelerometer, light, proximity and magnetic sensors. There is LED notification too (red when charging and yellow when you get notification).

The MMX A200 runs on Android 4.2

Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini A200 review

Memory and Storage
There is 1GB RAM, 4GB storage and micro SD card slot. 0.98GB (884MB free) is assigned for apps and 1.61GB as phone storage. And of the 1GB RAM 687MB is available (free) on the first boot. OTG is supported and you can also save apps on the external storage.

Performance
The hardware is well known its 1.3GHz MediaTek ARM cortex A7 quad core with Mali 400 GPU. Chipset is MT6582 that works pretty well, fast and lag free.

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 5859.
  • AnTuTu – 17177.
  • Vellamo – HTML5 1922, Metal 501.
  • Nenamark 2 – 53.6 fps
  • Multi touch : 10 points.

Gaming and Entertainment
The MC4 and Asphalt games got installed on the external storage. Games are playable, MC4 does lag a bit at times and Asphalt 8 did well in medium visual quality mode.  The hardware can play full HD videos.

Camera
There is 8MP rear AF camera with flash and it can record full HD videos at 30fps. The front camera is of 5MP resolution. Rear camera video and still shots are very good. Front camera is average. Do check the sample images and videos. The camera also comes with GIF animation and object remove feature. The camera will shoot series of images when you use the object remove feature, it will then give you an option to remove things you don’t want. It is a good option if you are in a crowed place and want to shoot a statue for example and don’t want to include the people moving around it.

Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini A200 camera 8MP

Others
Sound is clear and loud. Key features are 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. The GPS lock is very fast on this MT6582 chipset.

Battery
There is built in non-removable battery of 1800 mAh capacity. I used the handset for about 43 minutes running benchmark apps and playing games the battery level dropped by 23%. I played the Asphalt game again for about 24 minutes the battery dropped by 19%.

If you are playing heavy games or using heavy apps continuously you can expect usage time of about 2 to 3 hours. As seen above the battery drains very fast. For normal usage the battery performance is good.

Verdict
The Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini A200 has got that premium look and is extremely light weight. Everything about this handset is good, expect for the battery that will hardly last for about 3 hours when all the cores are used – e.g. when playing games or using heavy applications.

If your usage is less, not much into gaming or don’t mind charging the handset often then it is a good option. The A200 with 1.3GHz on some online stores is available for Rs. 12,500 but on some it is available for approx Rs. 10,700.

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Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini A200 handset and gaming review

1080p video shot using the Micromax A200 handset


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Summary
Reviewer
Gogi Rana
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini A200
Author Rating
3

{ 89 Responses }

  1. Abhimanyu Gupta says

    I am using this device for about 3 months the aluminium got some scratches is there any way to remove those.

  2. vinay says

    Hello gogi sir,
    myself vinay,
    i am thinking to purchase MICROMAX CANVAS
    TURBO MINI, it has a non
    removable battery. So are there any disadvantages
    like the phone hangs or stucks? Is it a good smartphone to buy?
    plz guide me sir.
    Eagerly waiting for your reply.
    Thank you.

  3. Arghya says

    Hi gogiji.
    I have been using micromax canvas turbo mini since 1 month and i feel this is probably the best phone under 11k.
    I have a question. Does mmx provides software updates to its phones ? I have not recieved android 4.3 update even and waiting for 4.4.
    The phone heats up in the noon upto 42 degrees. Is it normal or i should go to the service center?

  4. Amar says

    Sir, in terms of battery backup, display, performance, hardware and gaming which is better Canvas 2.2 or Canvas Turbo Mini.

  5. vijay idiwal says

    Gogi Sir,
    can android 4.2 available in many canvas version be upgraded to 4.4 kitkat ?
    and whether the software updates are automatic available!

  6. Rajesh says

    Dear Gogi,
    Can you please guide me,
    can we replace the higher mah batter against 1800mah capacity @ service centre.
    Kindly tell me.

  7. Sahil says

    sir is this phone a gud buy for 10-11 k.
    also why is gaming performance of canvas 2.2 better though they have same processor and gpu??

  8. sumit says

    hi gogi sir, thanx for ur review. The handset is awesome but there is only one problem. the tag of imei no. on backside. it looks really bad. sir, is there any way to remove the tag??

  9. trishan says

    sir, i about always stay at home and charging frequently no matters to me so can i go for it blindly or try look at some options available at this price?

  10. Shalish says

    Hi, gogi gi and friends,

    Please tell, can we make use of USB devices like 3G dongle connect through OTG cable in OTG supported devices. Like in PCs, will it autorun and install app in 3G dongle and thereby get net connection ????

  11. Anoop George P says

    I want to buy a Smart phone around 10000/-. I am confused between MMX canvas turbo mini and canvas 2.2 A114. Could you please help me?

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