Micromax Canvas Tab review, unboxing – P650 with MT8389 quad core and free Snap Cover

The Micromax Canvas Tab P650 is here to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The P650 is loaded with 1.2GHz quad core processor running 4.2 Jelly Bean OS with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. This tablet is priced at under Rs. 16,500 is it worth it, find out.

Box Pack
The box looks attractive and is quite heavy. The Sar value is mentioned on the box – 1.00 W/Kg@1gm head and 1.49 W/kg@1gm body. Inside you will find the tablet attached with a good quality snap cover. Other accessories included are power adapter, data cable, earphone and warranty statement / user manual.

Design, Display and OS
The Micromax Canvas Tab P650 tablet weight is 448 grams without snap cover, the weight with snap cover is over 500 grams (585 grams). Tab is 9.55mm thick. The P650 has got curved edges and available in blue and white (sliver) colors. The one that I used for the review is shiny silver color with matte finish and the snap cover is white color.

The snap cover is something that you might have seen with the Apple iPad. You can fold it and use it as a stand, check the review video. The cover comes with a plastic case – the tablet is clipped in. Volume rockers are placed on the right side along with micro USB port and a single SIM slot that houses a normal SIM. This tablet supports 3G with phone functionality. The power button, 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port is placed on the top.

Micromax Canvas Tab P650 box pack

There is no dedicated buttons on the front panel, when you power on the tablet you will get the onscreen buttons. There is in call speaker and front camera of 2MP resolution. The Build quality and finishing is very good, though the tab feels a bit heavy.

The Micromax Canvas Tab P650 runs on Android 4.2.1 and sports an 8 inch screen with 1024×658 pixels with 16M colors, but because of the absence of dedicated navigation buttons the usable screen resolution is 976×768 pixels.

Canvas Tab with snap cover

There are accelerometer, orientation and magnetic sensors. The magnetic sensor is indeed present and may sound weird as most of the Micromax handsets never come with this particular sensor.

Memory, Storage and OS
RAM is 1GB of which 650 MB is available and of the 16GB storage 1.73 GB is allocated for apps  (1.59GB free) and 10.95GB as USB storage (it’s a tab and hence they used the word USB storage instead of phone storage). There is micro SD card slot that supports 32GB card. You can install / move apps on external storage. I tried connecting a pen drive using OTG cable, and it doesn’t work. OTG not supported.

Micromax Canvas Tab p650 review

Performance and Benchmark
The Canvas Tab P650 is powered by quad core cortex A7 MT8389 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz with PowerVR SGX 544 MP GPU. The performance is smooth without any lags.

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Benchmark: 4052.
  • Antutu Benchmark : 13274.
  • Vellamo Benchmark : HTML5 – 1497, Metal – 503.
  • Nenamark2 : 51.2fps.
  • Epic Citadel Benchmark: 59.1 in high performance and 27.0 in ultra high quality mode.
  • Multi Touch : 5 point.
  • OTG is not supported.

The scores are a little better than as seen on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

Camera and Entertainment
The rear auto focus camera is 5MP resolution without LED flash. Still image long shots are okay and close ups are good. The camera can record videos in 1080p resolution at 30fps the video quality is also good. There is a 2MP front camera, its fixed focus. Check out the samples and video at the end.

5MP Auto Focus camera on Micromax Canvas Tab p650

I tried Dead Trigger in high graphics mode and Asphalt 7, both these games worked smoothly without any issues. The games got installed on the external SD card. I then tried the MC4 (Modern combat 4) that unfortunately did not work.

There is built in 3G, you can use the handset as a phone, either via Bluetooth, earphone or simply place the in-call speaker near the  ear and talk (this might look odd cause of the size). 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth worked well. I did not get the time to check the GPS, but I think you should get a lock within 30 seconds easily. Speaker volume is much louder and clear.

The 4800 mAh Li-ion battery gives a talk-time of up to 10 hours and usage time of up to 5 hours. I played some games for about 16 minutes and battery level dropped to 6% and temp rose by 2 degrees, the max temp was 35 degrees.

Micromax Canvas Tab P650 review (verdict)
The MMX Canvas Tab competes with Samsung Galaxy tab. If you compare it with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (T211) (with 8GB and 3G), there is much more that the P650 is offering, the price is near about the same. It will be interesting to see what Xolo Tegra Note will be priced at.

Of course Canvas Tab P650 is a better option specs wise but brand wise Samsung still rules. Nevertheless Canvas Tab is a good option with snap cover.

P650 image gallery

Sample Images shot using Canvas Tab P650

Micromax Canvas Tab unboxing and review video

Games that can be played on Canvas Tab

1080p (full HD) videos recorded using P650 tablet

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{ 74 Responses }

  1. devashish says

    some are saying this tab not supported all high ending games??..
    like fifa 14(1.5gb something)
    sir please upload next video of fifa 14 on youtube..I’m waiting for your video…

    • Abhinav Sharma says

      hey man I Have This Tab It Runs Fifa 14 Like a Charm Here are a list of games i play and are compatible

      Gangstar Vegas
      NFS Most Wanted
      Real Steel World Boxing
      FIFA 14
      Subway Surfers
      Dead Space
      Angry Birds

  2. omprakash says

    I brought this Tab but i am not able to connect with hangout blue tooth device.
    Can you please suggest me on this….

  3. Avnish says

    I am very impressed with Camera and Battery life of Micromax Canvas Tab P650 and I am planning to buy it. Thanks.

  4. Rocky_Deep says

    Hello Gogi,

    Product looks good , one QQ does this tab has HDMI Port ? if not is there a work around for HDMI using this tab ?

  5. AM says

    Why to buy an android tab for 15plus thousand with just some 16 GB hard drive when you can get a netbook from Asus in that price with at least 320 GB hard drive space. What you say Mr. Gogi?

  6. siddharth chakraborty says

    i guess mmx canvas tab p650 has a better gpu..than mmx canvas a116 hd..then why can’t it play mc4..??whereas it can be played on a116 hd ! or it’s just that the game is not tab optimised?

  7. bobby says

    hi Gogi,
    i want to know this tab have
    (1) multi window functionality?
    (2) battery is non removable or removable?
    (3) it has reset button physically available or not?

  8. shyam says

    Gogi, at the present moment, the Nexus 7c(Wifi+3g+32 gb internal storage) is retailing for 16,999 from flipkart(only 500 rs more than this) It’s specifications(and performance) are much much better all round. It has a 7 inch, not an 8 inch screen and lacks voice-calling facility(but has internet data) and microsd support is not there but otherwise it scores over the present product in every detail. So, it is not just the galaxy tab 3 that can be compared with this product in price. Please alert people so that they can make an informed choice

    • Gogi Rana says

      Shyam, true but as you mentioned its without voice facility and we are talking about with built in 3G, users are aware about it.

      • shyam says

        Hi Gogi, thanks for your prompt response. No, I am talking about the built-in 3g version with internet data. Only the voice-calling facility has been blocked but internet data is available. Until just a week ago, it cost 21,000 rs but flipkart have VERY RECENTLY SLASHED PRICES for all versions of the Nexus. Now the Wifi only 16 gb costs 9999 rs, the Wifi only 32 gb version costs 13,450 and the 32 gb Wifi+3g version(with voice calling blocked but internet data available) costs 16,999 rs. Not everyone may be aware of that and ought to know if they’re considering buying this product.

        • Gogi Rana says

          Shyam, yes may be a new version of nexus coming up hence the price drop, we have commented on this on other post and if you notice the Hot offer section the lowest version is mentioned there.

          • neel says

            hi there for both of you …i like to inform you..Google launched a new NEXUS in past 1 month ago.. that is NEXUS 7 (2013) model..it has back 5mp camera…new snap dragon quad core processor and great GPU. with FHD resolution

    • sajid says

      pls help me,
      i wanna know if google nexux 7c 3g (2012) supports live streaming TV channels from different websites, such as starsports.com or extracover.net as this type of streaming comes with the help falshplayer…….i hav heard frm some1 that it does not support live tv streaming……..pls check it and tell me, as iam very much fond of cricket on the go.

  9. aakash singh says

    hey gogi, thanks for the review for both canvas tab & canvas ego I m waiting frm a long tym but my question is for canvas tab & i need help to choose btw “CANVAS TAB” & “ZYNC QUAD 8” can u do a camparision video btw both these tabs if possible & I knw nthing is impossible for u coz when u can get UMI frm china then an indian brand is not a big deal :p. & we have not got a detailed review of ZYNC’S tablets from u. thanks in advance

  10. CHINTAN KARIA says

    please help me to choose from samsung tab 3 7inch and micromax canvas tab.
    i want calling option.
    i want to gift it to my wife, shall i wait for xolo nvedia tab, will it have a calling facility.

    please please help me and reply fast.

    • shyam says

      There is also the nexus 7c retailing for 16,999 rs at flipkart. It lacks voice-calling(but has 3g data) and microsd support but has 32 gb internal storage(good enough for most) Unless an 8 inch screen is important to you, no need to consider Micromax. Unless voice-calling and very high total storage is important, the galaxy tab 3 is nowhere close to the Nexus in specs or performance or screen quality. Barring such special needs, the Nexus 7c is by a wide distance the best choice.

      • shyam says

        Just to continue, the Nvidia base model which will be priced around 17 k will not have sim facility. As for voice-calling, I don’t think your wife will appreciate having to make phone calls with a 7 inch tablet. That looks bad enough for gents, it’s terrible for ladies. On the other hand, India is not a Wifi country and 3g data is very useful for internet. For these reasons, the nexus is your best choice. Once the current stock runs out, there will be no new stock as the new nexus is coming. The inbuilt sim version of that(assuming it comes to India, doubtful because it’s 4g) will cost 28,000 rs and up. So, it is better to purchase the old nexus as early as possible before the stock runs out. A small cheap phone will be better and more practical for voice-calling.