|Launch Date||October 30, 2018 (Official)|
|Model||Bharat 5 Infinity Edition|
|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|Custom UI||Android Go|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Rose Gold, Matte Red, Matte Blue|
|Screen Size||5.45 inches (13.84 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1440 pixels|
|Pixel Density||295 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.5 GHz|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
The Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition packs a 5000mAh battery and it doesn’t come with fast charging support. Battery department is where the Bharat 5 shines. The impeccable 5000mAh battery easily lasts over two days with casual to moderate usage. Our usage usually includes taking calls, texting, social media, gaming, watch videos/movies, stream music and more and it was able to last an entire day and still have some juice to push into day two. You can charge it back again or leave it as is and get away until the afternoon. This is something that is very satisfactory on daily basis. If you are a casual to moderate with basic tasks like calls, texts, GPS navigation, media consumption, browsing and more, the battery lasts two days straight without any issues. Another good thing is, we didn’t notice any drastic drop in battery even when we are pushing it to its horses.
We managed to get a screen on time of around 6-7 hours consistently which speaks volumes about the battery life. There was no idle battery drain when left unused at night as well. With continuous gaming, watch/stream movies, listen to music, click photos, the phone could last an entire day, considering it is heavy usage, it is very exceptional. Since the phone doesn’t come with any fast charge support, it took close to 3 hours 30 minutes to charge fully from 1-100%. Overall, the battery of the Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition is literally the best in the segment.
The Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition packs a 5MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera with LED flash on both the sides. Like with most budget phones, the interface is quite simple and it is a good thing considering the phone is mostly aimed at first-timers. Moving to performance, with good lighting conditions, the camera can click decent photos that preserve acceptable details. The colors are fine but look pale when clicked in slightly dim conditions. It comes with a single sensor on the back, so you will be missing out on options like portrait mode but at this pricing, it isn’t a big trade-off. You can click micro close-up shots with decent artificial blur. There is no HDR mode, so the pictures at times turn out dull and lifeless.
Moving to artificial and low-light conditions, considering the price segment, we wouldn’t complain much. Yes, the images are noisy and washed out, but we couldn’t expect more. The LED flash helps at times, but we didn’t find the output social shareable. The rear camera can record 720p videos and the quality is just average. The front camera is a 2MP shooter with LED flash and the selfies clicked are decent. The outdoor selfies are social shareable, but we didn’t push it much. Overall, the cameras of the Bharat 5 Infinity Edition is fine for the pricing.
The Micromax Bharat 5 is in no way a poor phone, it has its strengths and weakness. The build and design are perfect for the pricing, quality of the panel are impressive and at 720p, it was the best. The performance and Android Oreo (Go Edition) works best for the phone living up to the requirements of basic smartphone user. The whopping 5000mAh battery is the biggest and the most selling point of the phone. However, on the downside, the cameras are very unimpressive leaving a lot to be desired. So, if the camera isn’t your requirement, then the Micromax Bharat 5 should be your pick.
The Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition is powered by the 1.5GHz Quad-core. The company hasn’t disclosed the chipset details and since it is a Quad-Core CPU, we expect it to hold up pretty good. However, that wasn’t the case, we noticed slight hiccups every now and then and it becomes frustrating if you have 4-5 apps in the background. While basic apps like dialer, messages, browsing run pretty smooth and they open and load faster. Though we didn’t notice any major heating issue, it gets slightly warm if you keep using the phone continuously. The loses its cool if you run or keep more number of apps than it can handle. You will have to clean out the background apps to keep room for active apps and this gets annoying after a while.
Moving to the gaming department, we played a wide range of games including Asphalt 8 Nitro, Leo’s Fortune, Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2. For the most part, gaming was smooth but we did notice drops in frames, and slight sluggishness in gaming even with native graphics settings. It comes with a fingerprint sensor and it unlocks the phone almost instantly. You can set up to five fingers. There is also face unlock and it works when there is abundant light. Overall, the Bharat 5 performance is average at best with scope for more.
Micromax after a year’s brief break back in 2016 is back into the game with consecutive launches and it is mainly focusing on a budget to affordable segment phones which seems to be doing good for the brand. While Xiaomi, Intex, Lava are killing it in the sub Rs. 6,000 price segment, Micromax is finding its place in the segment. The company recently launched the Bharat 5 Infinity Edition which is a new variant of the already launched Bharat 5. It comes with upgraded specifications and new design. In our today’s review, we shall find out if the new variant lives up to the name or goes beyond. Let’s get started.
The Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition sports a 5.45-inch (720 x 1440 Pixels) 18:9 aspect ratio display. It is powered by the 1.5GHz Quad-core processor. It packs 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage that is expandable memory up to 64GB with microSD. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Go Edition. The device packs a 5MP rear cameras with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash. It comes with fingerprint sensor and face unlock. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. A 5000mAh battery is on board.
The company did bundle a pair of earphones within the box and they are of in-ear style. The sound quality via them is good enough, considering the price, it shouldn’t be a complaint. The speaker grill is present at the back and gets muffled when placed on a flat surface. The sound quality and loudness are good enough, we did not hear any distortion when the volume is kept at a maximum. The default music player was able to handle most audio formats.
In terms of video, the phone was able to play 720p, but couldn’t handle 1080p videos as the audio and video were laggy and out of sync. The default video player could play most video formats and was able to adjust to the new 18:9 aspect ratio. There was no heating or freezing issues even when playing through 4G. Overall, the audio and video department does the job perfectly.
The Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with stock UI on top. Budget phones running on Android Oreo (Go Edition) is a blessing in disguise, you won’t know the difference unless you’ve used it. The interface is straight up simple and clean. There are no bloatware apps apart from native Micromax apps. There are literally no customization apps or setting available by default so you will have to rely on PlayStore if you get bored of Google’s vanilla Android look. The app icons are custom tweaked and they are a perfect match. Go Edition of Android as we said many a time in the past is a perfect OS for phones with 1GB RAM or less. It brings all the goodness of Android but is optimized to run on low-end phones.
Apart from native apps, there are Around which is the company’s service that incubates all significant services like cab rides, food ordering, and other under one single roof, Micromax browser, app centre, cricket game, Micromax account, sound recorder, and video player apps built- in. It comes with Go suite of apps which include YouTube Go, Maps Go, and others. As mentioned above, there are no customization options.
The phone comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB RAM. Out of the 1GB RAM, there is around 700MB available when just the default apps and services are running in the background. The clean Stock Android helps in keeping things smooth and functional. We were able to handle multitasking smoothly as well, we were able to run 4-5 apps at a time without slowing down the phone even a bit. Overall, the software experience on the Micromax Bharat 5 is quite decent.
The Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition packs an all plastic build which is a perfect fit in hands. Thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio, it offers good grip despite the tall display. The back panel has glossy finish, hence it is slippery but doesn’t attract fingerprints quite easily. The phone is a bit bulky for the overall aesthetics, but with 5000mAh battery, it is a trade off for us. The device doesn’t slip out that easy considering how compact it is at 5.45-inches. The edges are rounded and curved, so it doesn’t hurt your hands even after extended usage. To put in simple, it is a smartphone that has a regular candy bar look and feels quite ordinary with nothing exceptional to offer.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 5-megapixel selfie camera, flash, usual sensors, main earpiece, and down below the 5.45-inch screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons which aren’t backlit. The power on/off button and volume rockers are placed on the right side. The 3.5mm audio jack is present on the top and the microUSB port is placed at the bottom along with a primary microphone. On the left, you have the SIM tray to insert SIM cards. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, speaker grill, and Micromax branding. You can’t remove the back panel. Overall, the build quality and design of the Bharat 5 Infinity Edition is decent enough for the asking price.
The Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition sports a 5.45-inch (720 x 1440 Pixels) HD+ display with no Corning Gorilla Glass or 2.5D curved glass. The 720p display offers good colors and close to a natural representation of the content on phone. We didn’t notice any pixelation issues when zooming in text and images even during browsing as well. The viewing angles are acceptable, and there is no color shift even when viewing from extreme angles and this is a good thing. It doesn’t come with a 2.5D curved glass, meaning the edges are narrow and might hurt your hands if you hold it for a longer time.
The brightness levels are good enough; we were able to access the content outdoors and under direct sunlight. It doesn’t come with any protected glass, so you will have to be careful or you might break the display as the panel feels quite fragile. The touch response is smooth, and we never noticed issues like slow response rate, or lag while scrolling. Thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio, there are slightly slim bezels on top and bottom giving you extra space for media consumption and gaming. Overall, the display of the Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition is acceptable and you can’t expect more at this pricing.