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.
This is the 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:
- The handset
- USB-C Charger with Cable
- Protect Case
- SIM Card Tool
- Screen Protect Film
- Quick Start Guide
- User Guide
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Micromax In 2b Indian price and specs
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
Time to take out the device for a spin:
Micromax In 2b: Design
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 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 a triple card slot. Beneath there’s a USB-C socket, a mic hole, and a 3.5mm jack. The head is bald.
Flipping to the front —
Micromax In 2b: Audiovisual
Micromax In 2b has got a 6.52 inch LCD panel with HD+ resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. The screen has a cooler tint. 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 strictly serviceable. I felt it could’ve been a bit more sharper too.
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 audible but tiny. But even that gets muffled if you seat the device base down on any surface.
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
The front camera is a 5MP sensor which is a downgrade from the 8MP on the predecessor. As for the back cameras, there is a 13MP primary (Samsung) snapper coupled with a 2MP shooter. On both sides, you get 1080P at 30FPS video recording option w/o any optical image stabilization.
Anyway the camera app houses goodies like Google Lens integration, Auto HDR, Portrait mode, 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.
Whence provided with ample light (preferable daylight), you get good looking shots with pleasing colors. Once you press the shutter, it does take a few seconds to take the shot. I notice it goes for a warm tone, and that it struggles to meter the exposure. The poor dynamic range means you either get overexposed still (like the Hibiscus flower example above) or the shadows are just black without any details. Now, these things are expected out of phones of this price. So, not complaining, rather just pointing out.
Although I can give the rear cameras a pass for they produce more or less acceptable results. Not so the case with the front shooter. The 5MP sensor delivers softened facial details and blown-out highlights in the background. And when you turn on Portrait mode, the blur effect is passable but edge detection can be a little off in some areas.
As mentioned already, there’s a built-in night mode present within the camera app. It brings more brightness into the scene so that you can discern things in the frame better.
Anyway, let’s check the innards now —
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.
Here are the synthetic tests I ran on it —
|Micromax In 2b Benchmark||Scores|
|Geekbench 5 Single | Multi||348 | 1177|
|PCMark Work 2.0||7979|
|3DMark Sling Shot | Wild Life||1703 | 525|
|Androbench Sequential R/W (MB/s)||211.15 | 93.41|
|Androbench Random R/W (MB/s)||29.56 | 16.37|
|Conversion of 2:35min 1080p 60fps MP4 video to MKV using Video Transcoder app||10 mins|
The CPU and GPU scores are similar to what its MediaTek counterparts like Redmi 9 and Realme C20 were giving. Only Narzo 30a was the exception when it comes to Antutu value. And while comparing, I found the random read and write storage results on the In 2b are too low.
As for gaming, titles like BGMI run at Medium Graphics and High Frame Rates, Asphalt 9 (with Medium Graphics) was playable at 30 FPS. So, good enough for casual gaming.
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 Android 11 software without any pre-installed apps and ads. 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. I could get by a day’s smartphone use. 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.
Connectivity-wise too, the In 2b checks all the expected boxes. It has got Dual-band WiFi, Dual VoLTE SIM (no carrier aggregation), VoWiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS.
And at last, it’s time for —
Review Verdict: Should you buy Micromax In 2b?
In 2b has landed in a hotly-contested smartphone segment wherein every penny counts. At a starting price of ₹7,999, it competes well enough against the likes of Redmi 9, Realme C20, and Narzo 30A. Well, for that price, we find the specs on offer encouraging, which are validated by the benchmark scores too, for the most part, that is. The rear camera results are agreeable too if provided with ideal lighting. The front camera results need some work. But, what is going to make your smartphone tasks easy is the stock-ish Android. And it is going to be the real deciding factor to go for this phone. So, if you want an ad-free, bloat-free software experience with the rest of the things decent for the price, then you may check out the In 2b at micromaxinfo.com or Flipkart.