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Micromax Canvas Tab P650 hands-on and first impressions

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Micromax recently launched its first Canvas-branded tablet, the Canvas Tab P650, for Rs 16,500. With the 8-inch tablet with voice calling feature, Micromax is trying to compete against similarly priced Samsung tablets as well as the Apple iPad Mini among others. But will it really be able to live up to the expectations. We spent a few minutes to test the Canvas Tab P650 and here are our first impressions.

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The Micromax Canvas Tab P650 tablet is somewhat similar in looks to the company’s other tablets. The back too looks pretty similar but then that could be Micromax’s way of setting a design-based identity for the brand. Despite that the tablet does manage to look and feel good, but misses to touch the premium category image despite having faux metal trimmings. Also despite donning a plastic frame, it feels a little heavy and is not very comfortable to hold due to its size. Well, that could also be because of its wide frame and thick bezel running across the display, which could have been reduced to make it more comfortable to hold.

Talking of the display, the 8-inch IPS HD (1024×768 pixels) display offers crisp and sharp visuals. But we cannot vouch about its performance under direct sunlight just yet. The tablet comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, a micro-USB port, and the power key at the top while the volume rocker is placed alongside the SIM card and microSD card slot on the right side. The rear houses a 4,800mAh battery that is covered with an non-removable back cover. The top of the back panel has a 5-megapixel primary camera without flash while a 2-megapixel camera flanks the front.

The Canvas Tab P650 has a SIM card slot and one can even make voice calls from it. It also supports 3G connectivity. The tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, which has become the norm these days. It comes with 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by another 32GB using a microSD card slot.

The Micromax Canvas P650 comes with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean flavor, which can be upgraded via OTA updates if Micromax provides any in the future. The software is topped up with some preloaded apps like Spuul, Opera Mini, Music Hub, M! Security and other Micromax patented apps including its app store as well.