Micromax launches Note 1 at Rs. 10,999,Will it turn into a good experience in real life? I check Micromax In Note 1 to find out.
Micromax In Note 1 design
The first thing that shocked me was the large 6.67-inch display with full-HD + resolution. While this size and resolution is around Rs. 10,000 price point, things changed after the increase in GST earlier this year and most companies now only offer HD + panels. The large display features a perforated front camera at the top center. There is no information about the type of glass used for the exhibition, so its scratch resistance is not known.
I have positioned the fingerprint scanner well and have naturally rested my finger on the device while holding it. There is a quad camera setup at the rear and the module is slightly outside. At the bottom, you will find a USB Type-C port, loudspeaker and basic microphone.
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Micromax In Note 1 specifications and software
One glance at the particular sheet is enough to see that some good specs have been displayed on Micromax In Note 1. The large display plays full HD + resolution games. It has viewable angles and is well located on the road. Yes, there is a camera hole in its upper center which can be a bit annoying. You also have the option to adjust the color output of the display.
In Note 1, Mic Micromax has chosen the MediaTek Helio G85 processor for power, and also has 4 GB of RAM. There are two variants of storage, 64 GB and 128 GB, priced at Rs. 10,999 and Rs. I had 12,499 respectively for this review. Contact options on Micromax In Note 1 include Bluetooth 5, dual band Wi-Fi and 4G VoLTE. The phone has a 5000mAh battery pack and Micromax has given an 18W charger in the box.
In terms of software, the Micromax Note 1 has moved closer to the stock 10 Android with only minor improvements. The UI includes some features and gestures that are not part of AOSP. However, the implementation requires a little polish in places. When I first started using the device, the UI animation felt a bit flat and the multi-touch was limited to only three fingers which was a problem during gaming, Micromax acknowledged in a tweet.
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I don’t like the apps already installed on the new smartphone, and I applaud Micromax’s move. There were no spam reports. The Note 1 felt a bit flat before the update, but they have shown some improvement since then.
Micromax In Note 1 display
Micromax In Note 1 is doing well, but there is room for improvement. It can load apps faster, and multitasking is not a problem. I found that the fingerprint scanner is fast, but it was not permanent and sometimes requires a second attempt. On the other hand, facial recognition was permanent in good light. The display is good looking and the speaker is loud.
I set a benchmark on Micromax In Note 1 to see where it stands in comparison to other smartphones in the market. In N-Tattoo, Note 1 had 197,960 points, and it scored 8,073 points in PC Markwork 2.0. It averaged 37fps and 13fps in the GFX Bench T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 tests.
I played Call of Duty Mobile on the Note 1, and it ran at a low graphics quality at moderate frame rates. I played the game without hitting pre-graphics and the performance went down significantly to medium (the most available option). It also recorded a drop of 8% battery level, which is slightly higher.
With my use, the Note 1 kept me going for almost a day and a half without any problems. Micromax offers a fast 18W charger which is fast enough to charge the phone. It increased from 1 to 35% in 30 minutes and 62% in an hour.
Micromax In Note 1 camera
The camera app sounds very basic, but it has Night Delay mode as well as Pro mode which lets you take full control. There is also HDR shooting mode, which is a bit strange as most phones automatically enable HDR in bright scenes. I rearranged the camera app to see if there was a 12-megapixel switch in resolution, but it didn’t.
Images taken in daylight appear muted, and the sensor has difficulty capturing the dynamic range. Details were lost in the shadows as a result of shooting outside during the day. Overall image quality looks average and switching to 12 megapixel mode does not make much difference to the output. When you watch a wide view, the quality is quite low. Color reproduction was also incorrect.
The close-up shots had decent details and Micromax In Note 1 could infer depth of field. You can take portrait shots by tapping on the aperture icon in the quick toggle bar. This allows you to determine the level of blur before taking a shot. Note 1 provides a decent edge detection mechanism in the output. The macro camera on the Note 1 is limited to 2 megapixels and lets you get closer to an article.
In low light, image quality sinks. The Note 1 phone seemed to control noise when checking the results on the screen, but the output seemed a bit grainy when zoomed. The ultra wide-angle camera is not able to absorb much light, so shots are washed out. Outside in night mode, the phone is still shooting at 48 megapixels if your settings are not disturbed.
This phone cannot compete with its share in terms of image quality. If you agree to wait for possible software updates, you can invest on Note 1. If not, you can take a look at the Moto G9 [review] which takes significantly better photos and also provides a cleaner Android experience.