Mobile chipsets have become a lot more energy efficient as compared to last year, but affordable phone buyers, especially those upgrading from phones a couple of generation old, continue to value massive battery as their top priority. To cater to such buyers, Micromax recently launched the Bharat 5, an entry-grade smartphone with a massive 5000mAh battery.
With more than 1 Million phones sold in 3 months, the Bharat series has been instrumental for Micromax in its second innings when the domestic brand is trying to gain lost ground. Let’s explore Bharat 5 further in our review.
Key Specifications of Micromax Bharat 5:
|Model||Micromax Bharat 5|
|Display||5.2 inch HD display|
|Processor||1.3 GHz quad-core processor|
|Camera||5 MP rear and 5 MP front camera|
|Software||Android 7.1 Nougat OS|
Design and Build
Micromax Bharat 5 is a solid phone and even though it comes with a big battery it does not feel heavy. It has a plastic construction and comes with a glossy back which looks really good but does attract fingerprints. Also, the back does get scratched easily as compare to normal plastic or metal back.
The navigation bar is present on the chin below the display, the camera is on the rear and all the buttons are easily accessible. You will find the power key along with volume rocker on the right side and hybrid sim card tray on the left. Micro USB port along with speaker is present on the bottom and a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top.
The Micromax Bharat 5 is a pretty regular big battery phone in terms of design but the glossy back does give it a better look. The phone is 10mm thick and weighs 170 grams.
The 5.2-inch display on the phone has 720p HD resolution. For its price, the display quality is good and it is slightly bigger than most of the other smartphones (5 inch). The phone has good contrast and reasonable colors. The maximum brightness and dynamic range are decent.
The Micromax Bharat 5 has two 5MP cameras, one on front and one on the rear. The rear camera has a makeshift bokeh mode. What it does is blur everything that’s not within the focus circle. This is hardly ideal and hardly usable as a portrait mode in practice.
Other than that, the rear camera can capture useable shots in good lighting but don’t expect much in terms of lowlight performance. The front 5MP camera is a relatively better performer. Since we haven’t come across any phone in this budget that delivers much in terms of camera performance, we don’t have much reason to complain here.
Performance and Software
The Bharat 5 is powered by the basic 1.3GHz MT6737 processor paired with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The limited RAM restricts the performance. The phone is meant only for the most basic of users. We would have preferred at least 2GB RAM at this price point, as that’s quite standard for entry-grade phones in 2017. This isn’t a phone for users who need to use and switch between multiple apps frequently.
The Android Nougat based software comes with several apps pre-installed. UI transitions are mostly smooth but take their own time. The Bharat 5 doesn’t have much to offer in terms of performance and software.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 5000mAh battery on the phone is its biggest selling point. The phone can last for 1.5- 2 days on a full charge even with heavy usage. Using the bundled charger, you can top it from 0 to 100 percent in around 3 hours.
Priced at Rs. 5,555, Micromax Bharat 5 is meant for basic users who are switching from a feature phone and would like to have a few Smartphone features without compromising on the battery backup. For aggressive smartphone users who need better performance, you do have other options in the market which offer at least 2 GB RAM.