Hands-on Micromax In 2b Review: First Impression | Smartprix

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Micromax has launched a new budget smartphone in the country named In 2b. It touts to be a “No Hang Phone” and this claim is attributed to the performance from Unisoc T610 chipset, up to 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and stock-ish Android 11 software. That UI is a unique proposal considering most of the budget alternatives come with one or the other skinned variations of Android. But, the processor is rather new and must be unfamiliar to most of you. So, we will be putting it through the wringer to see where it stands against the competition. But since we just had our hands on it, the tests and results would take some time. And right now, we are here with a sorta off-the-cuff impression of the device.

Here, we will be taking a look at the on-paper offerings of the phone and understand what all would be addressed in the final Smartprix review of the Micromax In 2b.

Micromax In 2b Unboxing

Micromax In 2b’s packaging is similar to the original and here’s everything you get within the box:

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  • The handset
  • USB-C Charger with Cable
  • Protect Case
  • SIM Card Tool
  • Screen Protect Film
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Guide

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Contents


Screen: 6.52” HD+ LCD, 60Hz refresh rate, Waterdrop notch
CPU: Unisoc T610
GPU: Mali G52
RAM: 4/6GB LPDDR4x
Storage: 64GB eMMC 5.1 (expandable up to 256GB via a dedicated slot)
Rear cameras: 13MP + 2MP
Front camera: 5MP
Battery: 5000 mAh with 10W charging
OS: Android 11
Misc: Dual-band WiFi, Rear fingerprint reader, GPS, Dual VoLTE SIM, VoWiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
SAR Value: 0.852 W/kg @1gm (Head) and 1.132 W/kg @1gm (Body)
Price: ₹7,999 for the 4+64GB model and ₹8,999 for the 6+64GB variant

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Time to take out the device for a spin:

Micromax In 2b: Design

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Micromax goes for a dual-tone and textured finish by the back which we have seen in some other phones. The phone has got a good grip and looks dapper in the dark grey color. You can pick it in Blue and Green hues too.

If you tilt it slightly, you’d see subtle rays coming out of the camera island. Besides that camera island, there is a fast fingerprint reader, the brand logo, and tiny twin speaker slits. The rear curves and then chamfers by the edges to the front.

On the right-hand side, you have the volume rockers and power key. The buttons are tactile. The left, meanwhile, has just the triple card slot. Beneath there’s a USB-C socket, a mic hole, and a 3.5mm jack. The head is bald.

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Flipping to the front —

Micromax In 2b: Audiovisual

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Micromax In 2b has got a 6.52 inch LCD panel with HD+ resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. Within the settings, you get options like the dark mode, night light, color profiles (custom, typical, vivid), a screen saver, and adaptive brightness. Speaking of which, outdoor legibility (at 400 nits) is serviceable.

The bottom and top bezels are thicker than the other sides. But, that should offer a place to rest your palm/thumb whilst holding the device in landscape orientation. And in day-to-day use, the borders are unlikely to obstruct the phone’s large screen size.

As for audio, there is a 3.5mm jack and that opening by the back. The output from speakers is just audible. But even that gets muffled if you seat the device base down on any surface.

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Now one thing that we left to mention is the front camera sitting within the phone’s waterdrop notch. Let’s take a look at it and the rear camera setup now.

Micromax In 2b: Camera

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The front camera is a 5MP sensor. And the back camera module consists of a 13MP primary (Samsung) snapper coupled with a 2MP shooter. On both sides, you get 1080P at 30FPS video recording option.

The camera app houses goodies like Google Lens integration, Auto HDR, Portrait, Night mode, Pro, Slow-motion, Panorama, Time-lapse, and a QR code scanner. It has got all the basic camera features. Now, all we need to do is see how they capture in varied situations and scenarios.

Anyway, let’s check the innards now —

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Micromax In 2b: Power and Performance

Micromax In 2b is running on a 12 nm-based octa-core Unisoc T610 chipset with two Cortex A75 performance cores (running at up to 1.82GHz speed) and six Cortex A55 low-powered cores (also clocked at up to 1.82GHz). This setup brings with it the benefits of ARM’s DynamIQ technology in multi-core performance and energy efficiency.

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The CPU is backed by a Mali G52 GPU, up to 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 64GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. On top of this hardware setup, there is an ad-free, bloat-free Android 11 software. From the little time I had used it, I of course appreciate the minimal UI, along with Three-pointer-take-screenshot, Google Discover page from the home screen, and Swipe fingerprint for notifications. Also since there are fewer unwanted processes eating up memory and battery, the experience should be clean and efficient.

In any case, the big 5000mAh battery size is reassuring. The company boasts figures like 160Hrs of music playback, 20Hrs of web browsing, 15Hrs of video streaming, and 50Hrs of talk-time. We’ll be sharing our own numbers in the review. If you’re wondering about the charger, it’s a generic 10W adapter though. I feel the quality of brick and the cable could have been better. The good thing is that it is USB-C.

And at last, it’s time for our hot take now —

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Micromax In 2b First Impression

In 2b has landed in a hotly-contested smartphone segment wherein every penny counts. At a starting price of ₹7,499, it competes against the likes of Redmi 9, Realme C20, Narzo 30A, etc. Well, for that price, we find the specs on offer encouraging, which includes the processor design and benchmark scores too. But since, we don’t want to solely take the brand for its word. So, we would be putting those claims to test. And will soon be back with our full-fledged Micromax In 2b review.

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