Micromax has been trying to reinvent itself for some time now. Last year, the company launched a major rebranding campaign and di 13 simultaneous smartphone launches, but later decided to invest its energy in other consumer electronics verticals and strengthening its core service base.
The company is once again active in the smartphone space and is trying hard to regain ground lost to Chinese intrusion. The reinvented Micromax is represented by Dual 5 – the first phone in the new dual series that promises best in class camera performance and assures of flawless security for your data. Let’s examine these claims in our review.
Micromax Dual 5 Specifications
- 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p SLCD display; 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass
- 1.75GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB Internal storage; expandable up to 128GB
- 13MP + 13MP dual rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash
- 13MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture
- Android Marshmallow
- Fingerprint sensor on the rear
- 3200 mAh battery, fast charging
- Hybrid dual SIM slot with VoLTE support
Design and Build
The Micromax Dual 5 is a neat phone with a full metal unibody. On the rear, you won’t find any plastic caps on top and bottom. The metallic continuity is broken only by the Antenna bands. For better grip, the back curves towards the edges. The dual camera sensors, dual LED flash, fingerprint sensor and the Micromax branding are all symmetrically placed along its axis.
On the front, there is 2.5D glass layered on top of its 5.5-inch full HD display. Along the edges, you will find USB Type-C port and speaker grill (bottom), 3.5mm audio jack and IR sensor (on top), hybrid dual SIM tray, easily accessible volume rocker and power key, and a special ‘Smart key’ that you can use to launch any app without unlocking your phone.
The Micromax Dual 5 is neither light nor heavy (164 grams) and is quite comfortable to wield. This is hands down the best Micromax phone that we have seen till date. The design and build feel perfectly adequate for the price.
Micromax is using a good quality and reasonably sharp (Full HD) AMOLED screen here. Colors are punchy and, as is the case with AMOLED panels, the contrast is excellent. The auto-brightness worked fine and we found the display usable under direct sunlight.
You will find a number of color temperature presets within display settings, including an eye protection mode.
Camera and Imaging
Micromax Dual 5 employs two 13MP sensors on the rear. One of these is an RGB color sensor and the other is a monochrome one that can gather more light. Both sensors have f/1.8 aperture lens and PDAF.
The Dual 5 can indeed capture exceptional shots in good lighting. Images show a great amount of detail and accurate colors. The camera particularly excels at macro shots. In low lighting, images are sometimes noisy, but the camera manages to hold its ground rather well for the most part.
The third 13MP camera is present on the front and that makes it capable of shooting some great selfies in decent lighting conditions. Overall, the camera performance of Micromax Dual 5 is not perfect, but it’s indeed pretty impressive.
Hardware, Software, and Performance
The Micromax Dual 5 is powered by 1.75GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage. In case that’s not enough either, you can always add another 128GB of secondary MicroSD storage.
The phone doesn’t stutter with day-to-day usage and there were no issues with the high-end games that we played on the device. The device does get warm with extensive gaming but runs cool with normal usage.
This is not the most powerful smartphone in this price segment but it can certainly handle most of the tasks without breaking a sweat.
The call quality in our area was excellent. The audio output from speakers and through headphones is pretty convincing too.
The software used is customized Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There are numerous customization options and there is no App drawer. A number of customization options and UI animations have been added. Users can also choose between few different pre-installed themes. A freezer app can be used to freeze apps you don’t frequently use and a SafeVault can be used to secure apps with sensitive data.
Anyone who tries to remove SIM card will have to enter a password with-in 30 seconds or else all hard buttons will be automatically disabled. If no password is entered within 60 minutes, the phone will be wiped clean.
Battery life, Price, and Verdict
The Micromax Dual 5 has a 3200mAh battery that can last for one full day of moderate to heavy usage and also supports rapid charging. The battery takes 1 hour to charge completely using a normal cable and QC 3.0 supported charger. Although it is not as fast as it was advertised i.e 45 minutes but still getting 100% charge in 1 hour is good.
In our opinion, the handset justifies the 24,999 INR price tag for the offline market. It offers a better experience than most of the other smartphones available in the offline segment. Even for online, it is a decent choice but you can get a smartphone with a better processor by paying 4-5K INR more.
The overall experience it offers is gratifying and Micromax further assures of fabulous support (1-day turnaround time in metros and 1-year replacement warranty). If you are looking for a decent phone with a great camera under 25,000 INR, the Dual 5 is certainly worth considering.