Micromax In 2C Review: Another decent one on a budget
The budget smartphone segment in India is flooded with decent phones from popular brands like Xiaomi, Realme, Tecno, Samsung, Infinix and others. Though these phones are not made for power users or gamers, you can expect a decent look along with a decent battery and camera features. While the Indian market already has decent budget phones like Realme Narzo 50i, Xiaomi Redmi 9A and others in the sub 10K price segment, Micromax, the Indian homegrown brand has recently launched a budget smartphone in the form of the Micromax In 2C.
The smartphone company is known to cater to the masses with its inexpensive smartphones. However, the on-paper features and specifications of the In 2C looks more of a downgrade than its predecessor, the Micromax In 2B from last year. The Micromax In 2B was launched at Rs. 8,499 for the 4GB + 64GB model, while the In 2C comes at Rs. 8,499 but for the sole 3GB + 32GB model.
So, is it worth purchasing the In 2C over the In 2B and other entry-level phones? Is the newly launched Micromax In 2c a competent value-for-money product in the sub 10K price segment? Well! To know all these things, read the detailed review below. I have been using the phone for more than 10 days now and here’s a summary of my experience with the Micromax In 2C.
Micromax In 2C: Design
The In 2C from Micromax looks quite similar to its predecessor In 2B. The phone comes with a plastic back which looks very cheap. The device is available in two color variants - silver and brown. I got the brown variant which looks decent. The back of the phone has a camera bump that houses two lenses. The back also has the Micromax logo. The in-hand feel of the device is fine and it also feels light to hold. You can perform the task easily with one hand.
On the front, it has a 6.52-inch HD+display with dewdrop selfie camera cutout. Though it looks dated but at this price, we can give it a pass. The device gets the looks of a typical Micromax phone with a USB-C port and a headphone jack at the bottom. On the right side, the phone has a power button and the volume rocker which are quite tactile. However there’s no fingerprint sensor. Surprisingly, the In 2B has a fingerprint sensor at the back and the lack of it on the new model is a bummer.
One thing that is quite impressive is that the device ships with a charger as well as a transparent protective case and a screen guard in the box.
Micromax In 2C: Display
The Micromax In 2c’s display isn’t the one that we’d call a stunner. It is a pretty simple 6.52-inch HD+ LCD display with 60Hz refresh rate, 1600 x 720 pixels resolution, a 20:9 aspect ratio, 420 nits max brightness, and an 89 percent screen ratio.
The glass used on the display is of very cheap quality and lacks the assurance of a Gorilla Glass display. However, you do get WideVine L1 support to watch high-definition content on streaming platforms, but I couldn't play Netflix’s HD content on this phone for some reason. The viewing angles aren’t the best but brightness is barely on-par and offer enough readability under direct sunlight.
Micromax In 2C: Performance
The Micromax In 2C relies on the Unisoc T610 processor, the one which was used in the In 2B as well. The device comes in a single 3GB + 32GB variant while the In 2B also had 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. This is another downgrade that disappoints me. Talking about the performance, the device ships with the Android 11. In daily usage, I faced minor lags while opening apps and switching between them. Also, the apps take a little longer to open. RAM management was poor as well as it comes pre-installed with the November 2021 patch which is 6 months old. Having the latest security patch is necessary to secure your device from external threats and malicious activities.
The only impressive thing that I could notice is that there is no bloatware, however, security and performance are totally disappointing.
The device has face unlock support and it works fine for most of the time. There were no issues with mobile data and Wi-Fi connectivity either. The device supports dual-band Wi-Fi so it easily connects to a 5Ghz Wi-Fi.
Micromax In 2C: Cameras
Moving to the camera section, the Micromax In 2C packs a dual-camera setup with an 8MP primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the Micromax In 2C has a 5-megapixel camera. Since, the camera is an important factor for android phones, the In 2C’s camera could have been much better. The picture quality is decent outdoors but it's very disappointing when captured indoors. The HDR mode is a bit overdone, however, the detailing and sharpness in these photos looks good with vibrant colors. The 2MP depth sensor does give a decent edge detection. However, when indoors, photos clicked under artificial lighting look odd and blurry.
Under low lighting and during night, the photo quality gets worse as they become shaky and blurry. Selfie cameras are also very disappointing. Also, I did notice that there’s a good amount of shutter lag. Other rival phones like Xiaomi Redmi 9A and Realme Narzo 50i, Realme C20, Realme C11 comes with better camera quality at almost similar or lesser price.
Check the camera sample here
Micromax In 2C: Battery
The Micromax In 2C is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 10W charging support. It performs exceptionally well in terms of battery. It can easily last more than a day. You can even stretch it past 2 days if you do not use it for binge watching. The device takes 2 hours to charge from 0 to 100%. It also heats up if you use it for 3-4 hours. But keeping its price in view, i would say that the Micromax In 2C has a decent battery.
The Micromax In 2c is launched as an entry-level Android smartphone that doesn’t really have much to offer. It is mainly focused for non-power users who want to buy a smartphone for their daily usage like calling, watching videos and using social media. Priced at Rs. 8,499, the phone’s performance isn't that impressive when it comes to the camera, and binge watching. Even the charging performance is very slow. Even if you’re looking for a simple smartphone that performs well in basic, day-to-day tasks such as calling, texting, social media, and more, there are better options available in the market at this price segment.
- Decent day-to-day performance
- Good battery life
- Handy design
- Not for power-users and gamers
- Only HD+ screen
- No fingerprint sensor
Display6.52-inch HD+ LCD display
Camera8MP + 2MP
Storage3GB + 32GB