Micromax announced the launch of Dual 5 on 29 March 2017. This was the first smartphone launch by the company in about 6-7 months that aimed to move towards the mid-tier to premium-tier smartphones instead of the usual entry level or budget smartphones for the company. Earlier launches by the company include Micromax Canvas Mega 2 Plus, Micromax Vdeo, Micromax Canvas Spark 4G, and Micromax Canvas Amaze 2.
The Dual 5, however, is the most expensive smartphone that Micromax has ever launched in the market. The smartphone aims to elevate Micromax into the premium segment and compete with Chinese players in the market like Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo. The major reason for this is the financial loss and loss in market share that the company had to weather after the decision of demonetisation.
The Micromax Dual 5 is also the first smartphone by the company with a dual camera setup designed to improve camera performance. Can this new, premium and expensive smartphone help Micromax gain the ground it lost to competition? Let’s find out in this comprehensive review of the Micromax Dual 5.
Build and Design: 7/10
The first thing that you will notice as soon as you pick up this smartphone is the fact that it looks and feels solid and premium. The phone feels great in hand and the 2.5D glass along with the curved back make the device pleasant to hold and use for extended periods of time.
The smartphone sports a unibody metal design.
The front and back fuse almost seamlessly on the sides. One thing to note here is that the smartphone does not come with backlit navigation keys on the front despite Micromax opting for physical navigation keys. The top side on the front of the smartphone houses the speaker grill along with proximity sensor and front facing camera.
The back side of the Dual 5 sports the dual camera array at the top-center area of the smartphone, along with an LED flash immediately below both of the camera modules. Micromax has placed the fingerprint sensor immediately below the LED flash module on the back. The design comes with antenna bands running on the top and bottom sides of the smartphone along with a Micromax logo on the lower-middle portion of the back, where IMEI codes are inscribed.
The smartphone comes with the volume rocker and the power button on the right side of the device. The left side sports a ‘Smart Key’ along with the SIM tray. The ‘Smart Key’ can be configured to perform different functions in the ‘SmartKey’ app. The bottom of the smartphone packs in the USB Type-C port for charging along with a speaker grill on both sides of the USB port.
Last but not least, the top of the smartphone houses a 3.5 mm headphone jack along with an Infrared sensor to control electronics around your house or office.
The Micromax Dual 5 comes equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD Amoled display with an effective resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and about 401 ppi pixel density. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and the smartphone is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm MSM 8976 Snapdragon 652 processor with Adreno 510 GPU. Micromax decided to throw in 4 GB RAM and a massive 128 GB internal storage along with an expandable storage slot that supports cards up to 128 GB in capacity.
The smartphone packs a dual-camera unit at the back. Each camera has a 13 MP resolution. You also get phase detection autofocus, and a dual tone dual-LED flash on the back of the device. Like Huawei’s Leica-branded camera system, one camera module captures monochrome imaging data while the second captures RGB data. It comes with an f/1.8 aperture which is impressive. There are also other camera features like the slow shutter, night mode, HDR and a manual mode, which completes the camera-centric package for Micromax Dual 5. The smartphone is equipped with a 13 MP camera module with an f/1.8 aperture on the front as well, for selfies.
The Dual 5 comes with dual 4G-enabled micro SIM slots where the second SIM slot is a hybrid slot working both as a SIM tray as well as microSD card tray. You can only use either one of the two at any given time. The company has incorporated fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity and compass sensors in the smartphone. Wi-Fi, hotspot, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Infrared sensor, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, and radio are the available connectivity options.
One thing to note here is that the Dual 5 comes preloaded with a skinned version of Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box which looks eerily similar to Qiku’s software and also comes with a 360 Security software. Micromax has said that the Qiku is the ODM for the Dual 5, hence the similarities. The company has added a USB Type-C port at the bottom that supports Quick Charge 3.0 for the 3,200 mAh battery inside.
Publish date: April 21, 2017 6:33 pm| Modified date: April 22, 2017 7:49 pm
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