Micromax in Note 1 review : Big leap but not to the mark

Micromax is back to the Indian Smartphone market with its new budget smartphones called Micromax in Note 1 and Micromax in 1b. I really don’t know whether Micromax actually planned to get back into the market in 2020 or the clash between India and China which raised anti-Chinese sentiment made Micromax to took advantage. But anyhow here are my thoughts on the new Micromax in Note 1.

Specifications of Micromax in Note 1

  • 6.67-inch (2400 x 1080 pixels) 20:9 Full HD+ display with 450 nits brightness
  • MediaTek Helio G85 12nm processor
  • 4GB LPPDDR4x RAM with 64GB / 128GB (eMMC 5.1) storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
  • Android 10 ( Stock android with little tweaks )
  • 48MP rear camera with Samsung GM1 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.79 aperture, LED flash, 5MP 115° ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
  • 16MP front camera with OV16A1Q sensor with f/2.0 aperture
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, Google Assistant button
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
  • 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging

Specifications and pricing of this new smartphone seems to be promising.

Micromax in Note 1 hardware

Micromax in Note 1 review

Micromax new in note 1 is built around 6.67-inch huge display,  full HD+ screen resolution with center punch hole camera on the front. On the rear, it has a square bump camera module with a polycarbonate body with an X design. It feels solid and really big in hands while holding. It’s a big smartphone.

It also comes with a dedicated Google announces Google T.V, helps you easily browse and discover what to watch

  • Google chrome cast with Google T.V announced
  • Google button on the side. Overall the design of the smartphone seems to be good enough to compete against other Chinese smartphones in the market right now. It all up to you, design is a personal preference.

    The performance

    Micromax in Note 1 review

    Let’s talk about the performance, in one word it’s smooth. The smartphone is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek Helio G85 12nm processor (Dual 2GHz Cortex-A75 + Hexa 2GHz 6x Cortex-A55 CPUs) with up to 1000MHz ARM Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU along with 4GB LPPDDR4x RAM. Daily usage is great, games run smooth, ram management is ok and everything runs as expected on the new Helio G85 processor.

    Big battery – slow charging

    Micromax in Note 1 review

    Micromax in Note has a big 5000 Mah battery that lasts a full day long. The screen on time is about 7 – 8 hours which is expected considering the size of the smartphone. In the box, Micromax provides an 18-watt charge which isn’t a fast number considering the other Chinese smartphones in the market but you can toss it up and pick it up in the morning.

    The Camera : The rest

    Micromax in Note 1 review

    Talking about the camera, it ok. Keep in mind that I am not telling it’s poor it’s fair. And most of the issues with the camera can be solved with an OTA update but don’t ask me when. Like other smartphone brands, Micromax also follows the number game. It has four cameras on the rear – 48MP rear camera with Samsung GM1 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.79 aperture, LED flash, 5MP 115° ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 16MP front camera with OV16A1Q sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

    The main sensor is really good, especially in good light it performs great and in low light, it struggles a bit. And I don’t want to talk about the other three cameras – They don’t even deserve to talk.

    Taking about the video quality – its terrible . You can record videos up to 1080 p and no 4k recording which is fair for its price.

    It comes with a 16 mp front camera which is good in Good light and fair in low light. Video quality on the front camera is good but don’t expect anything more. Overall the cameras are a bit on the low side which is expected because every small company struggles when it comes to camera performance.

    The clean software

    Micromax has done another great job in software experience. It comes with pure stock android with little changes. No bloatware no extra apps overall smooth but not as good as OnePlus oxygen OS or something. It’s pure and It’s Good.

    Micromax vs The rest

    Micromax vs the rest of chinese smartphones – should you buy Micromax over other chinese smartphones?

    Yes, but let me tell you something. When you recommend something for someone we compare it with another offering on the market. That’s where Micromax falls behind when we compare it with other Chinese smartphones in that price segment. Look I am not telling it’s a terrible pick, I am just saying when I did compare with others it falls behind. You can pick this smartphone if you wanted to but keep in mind that you can get better.

    The Micromax IN Note 1 comes in Green and White colours, is priced at Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and the 4GB RAM with 128GB storage version costs Rs. 12,499. 

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