If we talk about budget segment smartphones, Micromax, inevitably crosses our mind. The company has been able to produce some hit budget segment smartphones. Adding to its list of budget segment smartphones, Micromax launched its “Micromax Vdeo 3” in January 2017. The thing that makes this phone rather unique is the fact that it is a budget segment smartphone with 4G VoLTE capabilities coupled with video-calling via the Google Duo app. The company has heavily advertised this smartphone, as one that offers 4G capabilities that too at a budget price tag. So, let’s see a little bit of detail as to what does the phone offers and how it turns out to be in real life. Let’s see, if this phone can turn out to be the next big hit for the Micromax.
The phone has a rather trendy look and doesn’t feature with a physical home button, which is good, as a lot of budget segment smartphone follow the same old design. The rectangular look of the phone coupled with smooth exteriors give the phone a rather optimistic look. Overall, for a budget segment smartphone, the design turns out to be rather impressive. The phone comes with a 5.0-inches IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen that would provide screen resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels and roughly corresponding to 294 ppi rich screen. The display is also has a Corning Gorilla Glass Protection that protects the screen from scratches. The display is decent for a budget segment smartphone, as the screen gets bright enough and looks lively. The sunlight legibility and viewing angles are decent too for a budget segment smartphone.
The phone features a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon A53 processor, which is backed by 1GB of RAM. With a Qualcomm processor used on the phone works decent enough. The processor is able to play light games on the phone. However, one cannot expect the phone to play heavy games and heavily encoded videos, as phone doesn’t have the juice to handle that kind of requirement. One might observed occasional lags or stutter when the phone’s memory is encumbered by a lot of apps. The phone runs on Android ecosystem, version 5.0.1 i.e. Lollipop. The phone comes with 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. The best part about this phone is the fact that it is a 4G VoLTE enabled dual-SIM smartphone with support for 850/900/1800/1900MHz bands.
Micromax smartphones have always struggled in terms of camera quality. The Micromax Vdeo 3 features a 5-MP camera that is backed by autofocus and LED flash. Also, a 2-MP front camera has been provided in the phone, which again is not that bad for a budget segment smartphone. The primary camera supports basic functions like Touch to focus and offers shooting modes such as Continuous Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR). The camera setting would also include Exposure compensation and ISO control. Video recording is also done by the camera at frames like 720p. The camera provided in the phone is basic, and one may not find it useful at times. Images captured by the camera lack a lot of details and look faded. Low light performance is not at all gn/ood, as the images attract a lot of noise. The front shooter is only good enough for video calling. The phone features a loudspeaker which gets loud enough. The phone also backs a 3.5 mm audio jack.
A 2000mAh Li-Polymer battery is provided in the smartphone that promises a standby time of 550 hours. In real life conditions, the battery can run up for a complete day with moderate usage. Talking about the connectivity options, the phone offers basic connectivity options, such as, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth, GPS, USB OTG and microUSB 2.0. The phone features with three kinds of sensors i.e. ambient light sensor, accelerometer and proximity, which again is a standard in budget segment smartphone.