Most entry-level smartphones have trouble with running Android smoothly, not to mention playing games or even shooting good photos. Micromax’s In 2b may not sound like it has a lot going for it when you look through its spec linen, and that Unisoc processor is not too confidence-inspiring either, given that smartphone manufacturers have tied to MediaTek and Qualcomm processors in this segment so far. However , after using the In 2b for a week, I must say that I am impressed by what it’s capable of, even though it’s not perfect.

Micromax In 2b price and variations

The Micromax In 2b’s base 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 8, 499. There’s a 6GB RAM variant as well, which usually also packs in 32GB of internal storage, and is priced at Rs. 9, 499. These are slightly higher than the official launch prices .   It could worth noting that the In 2b supports up to 256GB of expandable memory.

This phone seems to compete directly with the Poco C3 , which is based on the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC. The Pequeno C3 also supports microSD cards of up to 512GB. There are also the recently launched Realme C21Y , which offers similar specifications.

Micromax In 2b design

I actually received the Micromax Within 2b in green, but it’s also available in black plus blue. The design looks quite basic, and reminds me of the Redmi 9 Power ( Review ). The In 2b is relatively heavy at 190g. Its back panel is constructed of plastic and has fine wavy grooves, which make it simpler to grip. The textured design on the back also helps this stay free of fingerprints and smudges. The same can also be stated about the flat Rainbow Glass screen on the front, which is quite surprising for a smartphone in this segment.

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The Micromax Within 2b’s HD+ resolution display is sufficiently bright in direct sunlight

The bezels around the 6. 52-inch LCD display are noticeably thicker with the chin at the bottom being the thickest. The display features a water drop-style notch which houses the 5-megapixel selfie camera.

The fingerprint scanner sits on the back. It’s easy to achieve and unlocks the mobile phone instantly. The smartphone also offers 2D face recognition, which usually worked well provided there is enough light.

Like some other entry-level smartphones, the speaker grille is on the back. A tiny dimple next to it helps prevent the loudspeaker from getting muffled when the phone is placed on a flat work surface.

Micromax In 2b specifications and software

The Micromax In 2b uses an Unisoc T610 SoC, which is a relatively new processor. It has two high-performance ARM Cortex-A75 cores and six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores, all clocked on 1 . 8Ghz. Unisoc isn’t a very common name, but the organization has been around for a while. Given that most entry-level smartphone buyers are first-time users, the make of processor might not be high up on their priority list.

In fact , Micromax has worked with Unisoc silicon in the past. Others such as Realme have also started experimenting in the sub-Rs. ten, 000 segment. As I found out, the Unisoc T610 did not disappoint.

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The Micromax In 2b has back panel that is made of plastic

The In 2b offers up to 64GB of eMMC 5. 1 storage plus 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM. Communication options include dual band Wi-Fi ac, FM radio, Bluetooth 5, USB-OTG via its Type-C USB port, as well as a triple-slot card tray. The telephone is powered by a five, 000mAh battery and supports 10W charging.

The Micromax In 2b runs a stock version of Android 11, with minimal customisations in the Camera plus Settings apps. You can fine-tune the display’s colours and customise gestures such as Simple Answer (answers a contact when phone is raised to the ear), and Easy Bell (lowers the ringtone quantity once the phone is selected up). There are no third-party apps preinstalled, and no promotional notifications, like on some competing smartphones.

Micromax In 2b overall performance and battery life

The 6. 52-inch FLAT SCREEN panel sports an HD+ resolution (1600×720) with a waterdrop-style notch at the top. It’s adequately bright in direct sunlight, and it has good viewing angles. Text and images looked fairly sharp for an entry-level smart phone. I had my doubts in regards to the placement of the speaker on the back, but it turned out to be adequately loud when making calls plus playing games.

Within everyday use, the Micromax In 2b felt quite smooth. It was quick to spread out apps and good at multitasking as well. The phone behaves plus performs like a mid-level spending budget smartphone, and this could be right down to its clean Android software program and proper optimisation.

The Micromax In 2b also performed very well for its price segment in benchmarks, with scores of 1, 55, 434 in AnTuTu, and 348 and 1, 180 in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests respectively. These scores are more on par with those of the Samsung Galaxy F22 ( Review ) and much better than the Nokia G20 ( Evaluation ), both of which are priced starting at around Rs. 12, 1000.

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The Micromax In 2b includes a 5, 000mAh battery plus comes with a 10W charger in the box

Video gaming performance did not disappoint possibly. The Micromax In 2b was able to play most 3D games and it did so without heating up. Call associated with Duty: Mobile ran easily at the default Low images and Medium frame rate settings. There was no lag, and touch sampling was not a problem either. Asphalt nine: Legends also ran smoothly at the Default graphics environment, showing detailed textures. Cranking up the quality to High did result in a drop within the frame rate, but the game was still playable.

The Micromax In 2b has a 5, 000mAh battery, which lasted twelve hours and 14 minutes within our HD video loop battery life test. This is below average for an basic smartphone, but in regular use, the In 2b quickly lasted me a day . 5; and this included an hour of gaming, which is quite great. The bundled 10W charger was quite slow, plus it took 3 hours plus 9 minutes to go from a dead battery to a 100 % charge.

Micromax In 2b cameras

The Micromax Within 2b has a dual back camera setup, which includes a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Selfies are handled by a 5-megapixel front digital camera. The camera interface offers the usual shooting modes (including a Night mode) and it has most of the important controls within reach. The AI scene reputation toggle, which is usually present in the viewfinder of most digital camera apps, is instead much deeper in the settings. This is important, as keeping the AI switched on often ruined photos with exaggerated colours. Also, you can find independent toggles in the regular Photo mode’s settings and also in the selfie Photo mode’s settings.

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The Micromax In 2b has a very basic camera setup

Photos taken in daylight came out decent best case scenario, with colours looking a bit dull. HDR wasn’t handled too well. While most from the photos I took demonstrated good dynamic range, there were several with blown-out highlights. Details were average, using noticeable noise.

Micromax In 2b close-up camera samples. Top: AI switched on, bottom part: AI switched off (tap to find out full size)

Focussing was a bit gradual even in daylight and the camera took a few seconds to shoot Portrait photos. These turned out with decent detail, but with strange artifacts in the blurry backgrounds, which basically made them unusable. Selfies was released looking clean, but with trimmed highlights when shot in brighter environments. Close-ups experienced decent detail but looked a bit soft.

Micromax In 2b selfie camera sample (tap to see complete size)

Micromax In 2b daylight camera trial (tap to see full size)

Photos captured in low light had been quite low on fine detail and were loaded with noise. These were still a lot better than types I captured using the Night time mode, which ended up cloudy most of the details. The In 2b can shoot movie at 1080p 30fps but it lacks stabilisation. Videos photo during the day were average within quality. Videos shot at night showed a lot of noise. They were jittery and mostly unusable.

Verdict

While the Micromax In 2b was launched at a starting price of Rs. 7, 999 and Rs. 8, 999 for the variant with more RAM, the brand has hiked these figures by Rs. 500 each. Still, with prices starting at Rs. 8, 499, the Micromax In 2b gets you the basics in terms of specifications yet offers a software experience plus performance that are far superior to the competition at this price level, and even some slightly higher-priced smartphones. Gaming performance is not really bad, and I could play most games smoothly with medium quality graphics, which usually most other entry-level smartphones find it difficult to deliver.

The particular disappointments are mainly limited to slow charging and digital camera performance. Photos and videos were just about average, and this is where the particular Poco C3 ( Review ) seems to fare slightly better. There are also Realme’s recently launched C21Y , which offers similar hardware with an additional 2MP macro camera at the back. If you are on a tight budget and they are looking for an entry-level smart phone with a smooth and thoroughly clean software experience, and you avoid care much about taking photos and videos, then there’s no doubt that the Micromax In 2b should be high up on your checklist.


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Micromax In 2b Review: Increasing the Bar for Basic Smartphones