Micromax has finally been able to launch a new smartphone which comes with Dual rear Camera. It is there first attempt at the Dual Camera technology and the new smartphone is called as Dual 5.
The new Micromax smartphone comes with metallic build, no physical home button. There is a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device below the Dual cameras.
There are 2 Dual Rear camera’s at the back of the device which come with Sony 13 Mega pixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture lens. The lens has got larger pixels with size of 1.12u for improved low light performance.
There is one monochromatic camera and the other one captures colors and the image signal processor mix both the images to produce a final output, similar tech when compared to Huawei phones.
There is a Dual LED Flash below the rear camera’s and the rear camera is also capable of recording 4K videos.
The front selfie camera also looks generous with a 13 Mega Pixel camera and a dedicated flash for clicking selfies. The front camera is also capable of recording 1080P videos. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. The mobile comes with 4 GB of RAM.
There is also a secondary processor CC EAL 5 which works as a security chip and store all the details like fingerprint scanner and password to make the device have superior military grade security.
Alot of people don’t need military grade security but need a great smartphone at affordable price.
The Micromax Dual 5 comes with Super Amoled Display and a 5.5 Inch screen. The display panel has Full HD resolution(1920*1080) pixels with 401 PPI. There is also 2.5 D Curve glass cover and Corning Gorilla Glass 3.0 protective coating.
The Dual 5 has 128 GB of internal storage which can be further expanded with use of hybrid sim slot. The smartphone has Dual Sim Support and also has connectivity options like 4G LTE as well as 3G / 2G. The
Micromax Dual 5 runs on the dated Android Marshmallow 6.0 and the company is also promising an Android Nougat update within a month. Beware of such promises.
The Micromax Dual 5 comes with 3200 mAH capacity battery. There is USB TYPE C port at the bottom of the device for connectivity and fast charging. It supports Quick Charge 3.0 the gold standard for fast charging.
Pros Cons and Our Initial Thoughts
While we will have to wait our verdict till we test the device here are some initial thoughts. Let me first start with the positives – Dual Cameras + 13 MP front selfie camera looks good but will need testing to see if they perform as most phones in the 20K to 30K Price range.
Some more pros – 128 GB storage and Super Amoled Display , USB type C, Fast charging and of course the Military grade security.
Let’s talk of the Cons
25K Price – Micromax has never sold anything as expensive as that – it is not there target segment. People loved the affordable Micromax phones back when brands like Xiaomi and Lenovo were not there. But high end buyers want a lot reliability, Trust, Quality, after sales service and a premium title when they spend that kind of money on phones.
Micromax has not shown any of that in the past, At least not from my personal experience, especially with the after sales support.
Copy of Qiku 360 Q5 – Now this is a big deal . Keeping the same design and same specs as the Chinese Qiku 360 Q5, it look like Micromax is not even making an effort to modify the Chinese designs.
Some of the other Cons apart from a wrong segment include quite dated Android Marshmallow, could have used a Snapdragon 820 or 821 if they were pricing at 25K.
I will not say it is very expensive. Had the same specs phone would have come from a brand like Oppo or Samsung or Gionee it would not have been labeled as exorbitantly expensive.
Micromax could have priced it at 18K if they wanted to sell some volumes. At this price it is going to be difficult for a re-branded device.
Key Specs for Micromax Dual 5
- Screen – 5.5 Inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display (1920*1080) pixels, 401 PPi.
- 2.5 D Curve Glass and Gorilla Glass 3
- Processor –Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor
- Clock Speed – 1.8 GHz
- Security Chip – CC EAL 5
- RAM – 4 GB
- Storage – 128 GB , expandable upto 256 GB.
- Rear Camera – 13 MP Dual rear camera , f 1.8 , 4K Videos
- Front selfie camera – 13 MP Front Selfie camera, dedicated flash
- OS – Android Marshmallow 6.0 customized by MMX.
- Battery Capacity – 3200 mAh battery with fast charging.
- Connectivity – Dual Sim 4G with VOLTE
- Fingerprint Scanner – Yes at the back
- Price Rs. 24999
- Available – Offline and online.