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Micromax Bharat 5

Colours:
BlackBlueJet Black
Memory:
16GB
RAM:
1GB
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 16 GB + 64 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Micro + Nano (Hyb...
  • No Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Mega 5000 mAh Battery + Power bank
  • Dual SIM with 4G
  • LED flash for both Cameras
Cons
  • MediaTek Processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • No Fingerprint Sensor

Specifications

General
Launch DateDecember 1, 2017 (Official)
BrandMicromax
ModelBharat 5
Operating SystemAndroid v7.1.1 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensor
Quick Charging
Design
Height149.5 mm
Width73.5 mm
Thickness9.8 mm
Weight170 grams
ColoursBlack
Display
Screen Size5.2 inches (13.21 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density282 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)67.68 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek MT6737
ProcessorQuad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A53
GraphicsMali-T720 MP2
RAM1 GB
Storage
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 9.6 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.2
Flashyes
Image Resolution2592 x 1944 Pixels
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom
Battery
Capacity5000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
TalkTimeUp to 27 Hours(2G)
Standby timeUp to 500 Hours(2G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensor
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Micromax Bharat 5 is another addition to the existing pool of budget 4G smartphones. The highlights of the Micromax Bharat 5 are the 5000 mAh battery and LED flash for both the cameras. Having a flash for the front selfie camera is another plus point for the selfie lovers. The 4G connectivity makes it compatible with the current trend of high-speed connectivity requirement. The internal memory of 16 GB is also at par with most budget smartphones. The only drawback is the 1 GB RAM space which seems less for a smartphone with other relevant features. Another feature which may evoke mixed reviews from different people is the hybrid SIM slot which takes away the flexibility of a dedicated memory card slot. You are left with the option of using 2 SIMS without a memory card or a SIM + memory card.

So what other options do you have? There is the Xiaomi Redmi 5A which has better features than the Micromax Bharat 5. The Redmi 5A has the powerful Snapdragon processor clocking at 1.4 GHz, dual SIM support with a dedicated MicroSD card slot and 13 MP primary camera. Redmi 5A looks more premium, and handy with its lustreless metal body. The battery is 3000 mAh which is less than that of Micromax Bharat 5. Thus, you can consider these points before deciding to buy your next smartphone.

Introduction:

Micromax has heightened its focus on the entry-level budget smartphones with the introduction of Bharat Series. After the great success of Bharat 2 Ultra, which was launched with the intention to take on the Reliance Jio Phone, the Indian smartphone maker has now an excellent smartphone known as Bharat 5. It is a budget smartphone priced at Rs 5,555 and is Micromax’s sharp reply to its Chinese rival Xiaomi and its recently launched Redmi 5A.

Micromax recently launched their brand new smartphone - Micromax Bharat 5. This is another budget smartphone from Micromax in the Bharat series. You would expect a lot of features from it, but that is not the case here. The only outstanding feature of the Micromax Bharat 5 is its mega 5000 mAh battery. This is a big capacity battery for any smartphone, especially in this price range. So what about the other features? Well, the smartphone sports a 5.2-inch HD display, a 5 MP primary camera, 5 MP secondary camera, LED flash for both cameras, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, hybrid SIM slot, expandable memory up to 64 GB and MediaTek quad-core processor.

Let’s take a look at the detailed review of Micromax Bharat 5 features.

Design & Display:

The Micromax Bharat 5 is an average sized smartphone. You can comfortably hold the Micromax Bharat 5 in one hand. At first glance, the Micromax Bharat 5 looks sleek and compact. The display is 5.2-inches which is an average display size found amongst several smartphones. You are neither getting a small display where you would have to compromise on the screen space nor a considerable screen which makes it difficult to hold the device. This size is perfect to operate the device in one-handed operation mode. Despite the huge 5000 mAh battery the Micromax Bharat 5 doesn’t feel heavy. The display is very bright even when you keep the brightness level to a low setting. It is a positive point because dim displays don’t let you view the content clearly. Also, the big battery is sufficient to power the bright display of the Micromax Bharat 5. The display is HD, and this gives fantastic viewing angles to the Micromax Bharat 5. You can also view the contents of the screen quickly when outdoors. You can watch movies and play games easily on the HD screen of Micromax Bharat 5. Micromax has given a 2.5D glass to the Micromax Bharat 5.

The back is very glossy, and even though it looks good, it attracts dust and fingerprints. Seriously, if you use the device for a while and take a look at the back panel, you will find all fingerprints. You may want to wipe it frequently to make it look clean and nice. This is a negative point for the Micromax Bharat 5. However, you can also invest in a protective case which will mask the glossy surface and protect it from fingerprints and scratches.

The Micromax Bharat 5 is a dual-SIM smartphone which is 4G enabled. However, you get a hybrid SIM slot, which means that you can either a second SIM or use a MicroSD card. This is a drawback, and we will see why in the performance section. The SIM tray can be accessed using a SIM ejector tool which is provided in the box.

Performance:

The Micromax Bharat 5 is a budget smartphone which packs several essential features but skips few of the much-needed features. The Micromax Bharat 5 has only 1 GB RAM which is a little disappointing. What is strange is that the 1 GB RAM is accompanied by a 16 GB internal memory. Usually, we see that 2 GB RAM comes with a 16 GB internal memory and 1 GB RAM comes with an 8 GB internal memory. Micromax is playing around with the configuration to enhance performance. The MediaTek quad-core processor which clocks at 1.3 GHz handles all the multitasking. Out of the 1 GB RAM, a minimal amount is available to the user so there is not much that you can do here.

A 2 GB RAM would have better suited the Micromax Bharat 5. You will not be able to thoroughly enjoy some of the high-end games which require at least 2 GB RAM to function smoothly. As mentioned before, the Micromax Bharat 5 is a dual-SIM smartphone, and it supports 4G. Several budget smartphones offer dual SIM support with a dedicated MicroSD slot. The Micromax Bharat 5 has a hybrid SIM slot which means it robs you of flexibility. If you need to use a memory card, then you will only be able to use one SIM card on the Micromax Bharat 5. The MicroSD card can be up to 64 GB in capacity. The 16 GB internal memory may not enough for some of you so you might need a memory card. Micromax has chosen MediaTek processor instead of Snapdragon processor.

Cameras:

The cameras of the Micromax Bharat 5 are pretty average. Like the most budget smartphones, Camera of Bharat 5 is not one of the strong points. The primary camera is 5 MP which is okay but not that great. There is LED flash for the primary camera so you can click bright, well-lit images even in low-light surroundings. The selfie or front camera is also 5 MP which is another standard among similar smartphones. This selfie camera also comes with LED flash so the selfies can be bright and lovely. The front camera of the Micromax Bharat 5 captures several details well. The colors and contrast are neatly captured, but they are not incredibly crisp. It seems like the selfie camera performs better than the primary camera if lighting is good. Well, if you are planning to purchase a smartphone for photography needs, then you should invest in smartphones with a higher megapixel value. However, if you are not that much into photography, then the Micromax Bharat 5 should not be a problem. You can take advantage of different modes including Beauty Mode and Time Lapse Mode. When you capture great images and share them on social media, you want to make sure that everyone knows who clicked them. For this, you need a watermark which helps people know about the photographer. You Micromax Bharat 5 let you watermark your images. There is the autofocus feature which helps focus on the objects in the viewfinder. You also get the lovely Bokeh effect in your Micromax Bharat 5.

Battery:

The Micromax Bharat 5 has a massive battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh with the big and burly form factor. The device features a huge battery in this price range indeed. You can easily last for more than a day with a single charge. In fact, for light usage, you could go for days without the need to charge it again. This battery efficiently powers the 5.2-inch HD display and lets you use the smartphone without worrying about draining the charge. Moreover, the 4G network also consumes more battery compared to 2G and 3G speeds so the Micromax Bharat 5 will not run out of charge soon even on 4G.

So is the significant capacity the only plus point of the Micromax Bharat 5 ?No. What is exciting to note here is, the battery also doubles up as a power bank for other devices like smartphones and digicams. A portable power bank which is essentially a smartphone that fits in your pocket and that too at an affordable price! If the Micromax Bharat 5 is going to be a secondary smartphone, then you can use it a power bank to power up your primary smartphone. Now, with such configuration, the battery is not removable so you cannot remove the battery in case the Micromax Bharat 5 hangs. Several budget smartphones give you the flexibility of removing the back cover and removing the battery in such cases. There are zero complaints about the powerful battery of the Micromax Bharat 5.

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