Micromax is no stranger to the Indian smartphone market. About a decade ago, it democratized smartphones when feature phones were in talks.
By offering Android and other competitive specifications at affordable prices, it quickly became one of the biggest players in the smartphone space. However, years later, it failed to keep up with the competition and gave up its share in the market.
Micromax In 1 Review: Everything you should know!
In late 2020, in a surprising turn of events, Micromax announced that it would return to India with a new ‘in’ series of locally made smartphones. Today, it added a third tool to its portfolio in the form of Micromax Portfolio 1, which occupies a sub-Rs 12,000 segment.
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This time, it is eyeing the competition of Xiaomi, Realme, and Samsung, and claims to beat them when it comes to the overall experience. We only had the equipment for a bit, but it looks quite promising.
The claims of the display are traceable, as the larger 6.67-inch screen is significantly brighter and sharper for most usage scenarios. The bezels are thick enough to make the phone go bad, but if you love the big screen yourself, you’ll love what Micromax has to offer.
The Micromax IN1 has a plastic back that is patterned ‘X’ for added grip and fingerprint resistance. Although it does not feel very premium, it is easy to hold and looks great. The camera is accompanied by a rear-mounted physical fingerprint scanner and a bottom-mounted IN ‘branding.
Speaking of cameras, three of them are on the back, but only one is useful: 48MP f / 1.79 primary lens. The other two frontiers are redundant for most uses. The selfie is controlled by an 8MP shooter, which is placed in a punch-hole notch.
The Micromax In1 is also one of the cheapest devices to offer a MediaTek Helio G80 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The company claims that it is the best performing device in this budget segment.
Combined with perfectly clean stock Android, it seems very sensitive for now. Coupled with a large 5,000 mAh battery and 18W charging, it ticks all the boxes an average consumer would be looking for in this segment.
Launched in India on 19 March, the Micromax In1 starts at Rs 10,499 for the base variant with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage and goes up to Rs 11,999 for the 6 GB + 128 GB variant.
However, for the first sale on Flipkart on 26 March, the variant will be available for Rs 500 less – Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,499 respectively from the final sale price.
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The design of Micromax In 1
The Micromax In1 will feel like a budget device when you pick it up. This is largely due to the plastic back and frame that holds the phone together, making it feel somewhat hollow and light.
The back panel has a matte finish with a looks X ‘pattern that looks cool throughout. The phone is available in two finishes, purple (pink to purple gradient) and blue (silver to blue gradient). The material does a good job at not attracting fingerprints or spots.
The power button and volume rocker are located on the right, while on the left is a dedicated Google Assistant key and SIM tray. It can accommodate two 4G SIM cards and a micro SD card. The bottom features a loudspeaker grill, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C charging port.
Display of the Phone
The Micromax IN1 is a much larger phone, thanks to the larger 6.67-inch display and thicker bezels around it. It is an LCD screen with full HD + resolution in the ratio of 20: 9. The great thing is how bright it can be at 440 nits. We were able to use it outside easily.
Other features of the display include 25ms response time, WideWine L1 support for HD streaming on OTT platforms, and Rainbow Glass protection (considered equivalent to Gorilla Glass 3).
It is one of the only panels in this segment sporting a punch-hole notch for a selfie camera. While the refresh rate tops out at 60Hz, the display is still quite customizable in terms of system-wide themes, display scaling, font size, gestures, color profiles, ambient display, and more.
There is a single bottom-down loudspeaker, but it gets much louder. The phone is good for content consumption.
Micromax keeps its new phone running as a gaming device. 1. It is powered by a gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G80 chipset with Mali G52 GPU. The company made lengthy claims about how it is the most powerful tool in this category.
In our limited time, the phone is fast and responsive with decent memory management. We will keep our comments safe until we test the phone for heavy tasks such as gaming, multi-tasking, and photography.
There is also support for dual VoLTE, dual-channel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and more.
Softwares in Micromax In 1
Keeping everything together, the Micromax In1 runs on a very slim build of Android 10 out-of-the-box. The interface contains no bloatware, unnecessary apps, or system advertisements. In fact, the only apps on the phone are Google’s stock apps.
The phone was also quick to set up due to the relatively few additional services that had to be added. Only Motorola and Nokia offer the same stock Android experience in the budget segment.
Another aspect where Micromax In1 keeps up with the competition is the battery. The phone has a large 5,000mAh battery. 18W fast charging is also supported with the included adapter. Combined with clean software and frugal chipsets, battery life should be good.
For cameras, the Micromax In1 has three at the back. A closer look at the housing may suggest otherwise, but the fourth sensor at the top is just for branding. There is a 48MP f / 1.9 primary camera (Samsung ISOCELL GM1), followed by a 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth sensor.
An ultra-wide lens would have been nice. There is a ton of shooting modes like pro mode, night mode for front and rear, HDR, GIF, scene recognition, and more.
Quick decision If You are Thinking to Buy Micromax In 1
Micromax In1 offers all the necessary and few bells and whistles with a no-nonsense approach against other budget smartphones such as Poco M3, Redmi 9 Power, Realme Narjo, and others.
It is one of the only devices with stock Android in this segment. With a powerful processor, large display, and large battery, this phone will not have much. Stay tuned for our full review to find out if this is good.