|Launch Date||January 5, 2018 (Official)|
|Model||Bharat 5 Plus|
|Operating System||Android v7.1 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.2 inches (13.21 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||HD (720 x 1280 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||282 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||67.68 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Image Resolution||3264 x 2448 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Wide Angle Selfie|
|Standby time||Up to 504 Hours(2G)|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)|
|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|
The Micromax Bharat 5 Plus is a pretty decent offering in the under Rs. 10,000 price segment. The display is good, build quality is solid, and the battery backup is terrific. However, on the downside, we didn’t like the fact that it comes with a custom skin on top, the performance is average, and the cameras are not very impressive. The biggest let-down for us is the lack of a fingerprint sensor which has become a norm these days. So, if the mentioned cons don’t affect you, then the Bharat 5 Plus is a perfect choice for you. If not, there are better alternatives like the Redmi Y1, Lenovo K8 Plus, Honor 9 Lite in the market that offer more value for your money.
Micromax Bharat series has undoubtedly caught the attention of the masses in tier two and three cities in India. The pricing and offline availability played a significant role in the success of the Bharat series. The company recently launched the Bharat 5 Plus phone which is the successor to the Bharat 5 that is a decent seller for Micromax. The phone comes with upgraded specs and improved build quality. However, today we will be reviewing it to see how well it fares in real life and does it offers value for your money. Let’s get started.
The Micromax Bharat 5 Plus sports a 5.2-inches HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display and is powered by the MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core processor. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage with a microSD card for memory expansion up to 64GB. It runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. In the camera department, there is an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and a 5MP front camera with 83.3-degree wide-angle lens. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. A 5000mAh battery.
Micromax is slowly upping their game in the budget and entry-level segment where it feels like it has an opportunity. The build quality of the Bharat 5 Plus is definitely a standout despite being plastic. However, thanks to the massive 5000mAh battery, the phone feels quite bulky in hands hurting your hands on extended usage. The edges and rounded making up for a good grip. The build quality certainly feels top notch, and it matches the levels of Xiaomi’s offering in the sub Rs. 8,000 price segment. It is a unibody design, meaning that you can’t remove the battery. At 5.2-inches size, one-handed usage is quite comfortable too.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 5-megapixel selfie camera, ambient & proximity sensor, main earpiece, and down below the 5.2-inches screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons which aren’t backlit. You have the SIM and microSD cards slot on the left, while the power on/off button and volume rockers are placed on the right side. There is the 3.5mm audio jack on the top, while the microUSB port and speaker grills are situated at the bottom. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and Micromax branding. Overall, the build quality and design of the Bharat 5 Plus is good enough for the said price.
The Bharat 5 Plus sports a 5-inches HD (1280X720) IPS display with no protected glass on top. The company, however, is offering a free screen guard within the box. Since it is an IPS panel, the viewing angles are good; we didn’t notice any off-colors even while tilting. The colors are decent, but we did see yellowish tint quite often. However, this doesn’t change the quality of the display, but it is worth mentioning. The brightness levels are great; we had no issues accessing the content outdoors or under direct sunlight as well.
We also get ample amount of screen real estate for media consumption and gaming. Touch response is smooth, and the device was able to play 1080p videos as well without any ghosting issues. The bundled screen protector can keep the fingerprints and smudges away to a certain extent. Overall, the display department of the Bharat 5 Plus could have scored much more had the color reproduction been a bit better.
The Micromax Bharat 5 Plus is powered by the MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. The performance in general day-to-day usage is good; we didn’t notice any lag or stutters in the U.I when the usage is under check. Apps open up quick, but they do take 3-4 seconds time to load completely. Multitasking as we mentioned above is also decent when the apps count is not more than 3-4. Since it is a MediaTek chipset, the processing speeds are a bit slow compared to Qualcomm. However, the good thing is that the phone doesn't heat up much. Like any other budget segment phones, the Bharat 5 Plus too struggles to keep up the performance on continuous and heavy usage. The interface becomes laggy and takes forever to respond appropriately.
Moving to gaming, we played a wide range of games ranging from Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Need for Speed No Limits, Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2, etc. For the most part, these games ran fine. Though there are occasional frame drops, the gameplay was still manageable. There is no support for Fingerprint sensor which is surprising since most phones in this budget have it. Overall, the performance of the Bharat 5 Plus is a mixed bag, while it can handle your daily tasks, it struggles if you’re a power user.
The Bharat 5 Plus packs an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera. The interface is like on any Micromax phone with toggles for video, flash, front camera right on the main screen. Digging into the camera settings gives you more options to tinker around. The rear camera given in good lighting conditions and outdoors can click decent images that are moderately rich in colors and details. There is autofocus, but it more often than not misses the subject that we wanted to focus. You need to patiently wait for it fix the focus lock before taking the picture. If you are not patient enough, the resulting image turned out blurry and faded out. On the other hand, the low-light shots are even worse. The photos are washed out and are full of noise. Though there is an LED flash, the resulting picture is overexposed making it look artificial.
On the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor, and since it is a wide-angle lens, group selfies turned out really great, again only in good lighting and outdoors. The low-light situation here is again quite similar to the rear camera. The device can record 1080p videos, and the quality of the video is fine but is shaky since it doesn’t have any stabilization. Overall, the camera performance of the Bharat 5 Plus is pretty average.
The biggest USP of the Bharat 5 Plus is its massive 5000mAh battery which can easily last more than two days straight even on heavy usage. With casual to moderate usage that includes calls, messaging, browsing, multimedia, the Bharat 5 Plus was able last more than three days. On heavy usage that includes gaming, multimedia, GPS, etc. The Bharat 5 plus did surprise us by lasting more than two days which is quite incredible. The battery performance is so good that it can easily outperform the Redmi 4, Lenovo K8 Plus which are considered the best in this segment.
On the other hand, it doesn’t come with any fast charge support, and so it takes more than 3 hours 20 minutes to charge the battery completely. Since the phone costs just Rs. 8,000 we wouldn’t complain about the fact that it lacks fast charge support. Overall, the battery performance of the Bharat 5 Plus is simply amazing.
Micromax usually bundles a pair of earphones in the box, but the company skipped this time for reasons unknown. However, the audio quality when tested with the earphones we have with us was good. There is no distortion in audio even when the volume is at the maximum. The loudspeaker is present on the bottom, and it gets quite loud and can cover an entire room easily.
On the other hand, the video department to fares well. It can play 1080p videos without any issues. We installed MX Player for better playback. There were no heating or freezing issues even while streaming via 4G. Overall, if you can invest some more in a good pair of earphones, the Bharat 5 Plus does offer decent multimedia experience.
The Micromax Bharat 5 Plus runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with a custom interface on top. We’re never a fan of the custom interface on top of Android, but the Micromax’s U.I makes it even worse. The U.I is very heavily themed, and the icon pack used here makes it confusing at least for the first-timers to recognize the app. Apart from Google apps, there are a bunch of pre-loaded application that can’t be uninstalled unless you are rooted. Micromax phones have severe issues of stuffing the interface with bloatware apps, unwanted advertisements, forcing users to install additional applications that are unnecessary; the same is repeated this time as well. There is no app drawer, all the icons and widgets are placed on the home screen.
There is 2GB of RAM out of which around 700MB is free on first boot. Despite the fact that it comes with a themed interface, the U.I is mostly lag free. Multitasking is also smooth; you can run 3-4 apps at a time without having to face any lag or stutters. Overall, the Bharat 5 Plus software experience is sub-par, the themed interface combined with the amount of bloatware is to be blamed here.