Micromax is making a comeback to the Indian smartphone market with its new In smartphone series. These new models are aimed at the budget segment and, unlike older Micromax devices, they sport some interesting hardware. The Micromax In Note 1 is the more powerful of the first two Micromax In mobiles, and starts at Rs. 11,000 in India. Did Micromax prepare well for its second round? I got my hands on the Micromax In Note 1, and here are my first impressions.
The Micromax In Note 1 comes in a distinctive blue box with a bold “In” logo on the top. The smartphone is made (or at least assembled) in India, which is what a lot of people are looking for when buying smartphones these days.
The In Note 1 is a big phone and its screen measures 6.67 inches, which is larger than what you would get with most other models available at around this price point. It has a hole punch in the top center that houses the 16-megapixel selfie shooter. You get Full HD + resolution on the Micromax In Note 1, which is also not very common for budget phones these days.
The large screen has an aspect ratio of 20: 9, which makes the Micromax In Note 1 tall but relatively easy to hold. However, reaching the top of the screen during one-handed use is not possible without shuffling the device in hand.
Micromax has opted for a plastic body, which has a glossy finish. The power and volume buttons are on the right and all three are easy to reach. On the left, you’ll find a dedicated button to invoke the Google Assistant and the SIM tray. You get two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion. You’ll find a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type-C port, a primary microphone, and a speaker at the bottom. The top of the In Note 1 only has the secondary microphone.
The back panel is glossy and has an “X” pattern that shifts depending on how light bounces off it. Micromax also put an “In” logo at the bottom. I found the shiny back to be a fingerprint magnet and had to wipe it off every now and then to keep it shiny. The In Note 1 gets a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and I noticed my finger was resting naturally on it while holding the device. You also get a quad camera setup on the Micromax In Note 1, in a slightly raised rectangular camera module.
You get the MediaTek Helio G85, which is a capable processor, and we’ve already seen its performance in the Realme Narzo 20 (Review). This processor is paired with 4 GB of RAM and you can choose between two storage variants. The base variant offers 64GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 10,999 while the top variant has 128GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 12,499 in India.
The Micromax In Note 1 is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery. You get an 18W Type-C charger in the box, which should be fast, but we’ll get more on battery life and charging speed in our full review.
As for the software, there are some major changes here, compared to what we’ve seen on Micromax phones in the past. You get Android almost in stock with almost negligible customization. If you’re an Android purist and don’t like the addition of bloat makers, this will be appealing.
The Micromax In Note 1 runs Android 10 out of the box and my device had the September security patch which is acceptable. There was no preinstalled bloatware on the review unit. You get the usual Google apps preinstalled, and Micromax has also added its own Gallery, FM Radio, and Sound Recorder apps. Micromax promises guaranteed upgrades for two years, but does not say if these also include major updates for the Android version.
The camera module on the back houses a 48-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The hardware looks good, but it will be interesting to see how the Micromax In Note 1 performs in our full review. If you’re as curious as we are, stay tuned to Gadget 360 for a full review.