|Launch Date||May 31, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.0 (Oreo)|
|Custom UI||Android Go|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||4.5 inches (11.43 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 854 pixels|
|Pixel Density||218 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||60.9 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.1 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||8 GB|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro, SIM2: Micro|
|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 Go is in no way a bad phone, for the price tag, it is offering a decent value for money targeting the entry-level smartphone users who are making a switch from a feature phone. The build quality is acceptable; software is extremely fascinating to use, the performance for the price it sits in is good enough. However, the screen resolution and quality is not up to the mark, and the camera is also very average. So, if the mentioned cons are your requirements, you are better off investing some more and checking out the Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A which is on sale for Rs. 5,999 in India.
Micromax is in the tough spot post the Chinese take over of the smartphone segment. The company almost dropped its market in India even in the sub Rs. 5,000 segment where users are looking at Intex, Xiaomi and other local players who are actively launching phones catering to the need of the masses. With that in mind, Micromax recently launched the BHARAT GO Android Oreo Go Edition smartphone. For those who are unaware, the Android Oreo Go Edition is Google’s prestigious project for smartphones with low-end hardware like 512MB-1GB RAM. It is trim down version of the Android OS to boost the latest software in the sub Rs. 5,000 segment smartphones.
In our today’s review, we shall be taking closer to see how good of a phone is the BHARAT GO Android Oreo Go Edition. Let’s get started.
The device packs a 5MP rear cameras with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. A 2000mAh battery is on board.
Since we are talking about a low-cost entry-level phone and that too coming from Micromax, the build is very ordinary. It packs a plastic build and a glossy back which attracts fingerprints quite easily. Since it is a plastic build, the phone is light-weight and easy to carry. The edges are rounded and curved, so it doesn’t hurt your hands even after extended usage. There are very thick bezels on the top and bottom of the front panel which looks quite odd considering we now are seeing the trend of 18:9 aspect ratios. Either way, for the price, we find the build and design of the Micromax Bharat Go edition are quite decent, if not a little old.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 5-megapixel selfie camera, flash, usual sensors, main earpiece, and down below the 4.5-inches 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. 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 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and Micromax branding. Removing the back panel gives you access to SIM cards, microSD card, and removable battery. Overall, the build quality and design of the Bharat 5 Plus is good enough for the said price.
The Micromax Bharat Go edition sports a 4.5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) FWVGA display with no corning gorilla glass or 2.5D curved glass. It would have been nice had Micromax included a 720p HD panel at least instead of the very poor and dated FWVGA resolution panel. The colors are not very accurate they are a little over saturated to our liking which makes games, and other visual experiences look entirely artificial. The viewing angles are subtle, but while viewing from extreme angles, we did notice the bluish tint. Since it comes with 2.5D glass, holding for longer didn’t have any impact on your hand.
The brightness levels are impressive; thankfully, we were able to view the content under direct sunlight and outdoors without any issues. Since it doesn’t come with any Corning Gorilla Glass, it is for best if you didn’t drop the phone as there is a risk of breaking it. The touch response is smooth, and we never noticed issues like slow response rate, etc. Overall, the display of the Micromax Bharat Go edition is very average and had nothing exceptional.
The Micromax Bharat Go edition is powered by the MediaTek MT6737M clocked at 1.1GHz Quad-core with Mali-T720 GPU. Since the OS is specially designed to keep things smooth while using the device, it does the job of being responsive very well. Apps open up quite fine, and they don’t take much time in loading as well. MediaTek has optimized the chipset specially to work well with the Android Oreo Go Edition, and this worked out very well. We didn’t notice major lag in the performance as long as you use it the way it is meant to be. Multitasking with not more than 3-4 was smooth, and the switch between them is also instantaneous. However, if you push the device to its extents by running high-end applications and games, it will undoubtedly start lagging no matter what.
Moving to the gaming department, we played a wide range of games including Asphalt 8 Nitro, Leos Fortune, Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2. For the most part, gaming was smooth with little hiccups here and there, but it was still in the acceptable range. There was no heating issue like with other MediaTek chipsets, and it is a good thing. Overall, the performance of the Micromax Bharat Go is satisfactory.
The Micromax Bharat Go packs a 5MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera with LED flash on both the sides. The camera interface is straightforward with not many options. The rear camera gave the optimal lighting, and bright conditions can click decent images that are acceptable. The photos have good details and colors to it. There is no HDR mode, so the pictures at times turn out dull and lifeless. However, moving to artificial and low-light conditions, things get worse as the images are entirely washed out with no spare for the details. The video quality recorded from the rear camera is average.
The front camera is also a 5MP shooter with LED flash and the selfies clicked are decent. The outdoor shots are social sharable as well. So the camera performance of the Bharat Go is ordinary but quite acceptable for the price.
The Micromax Bharat Go edition packs a 2000mAh battery with no support for fast charging. Considering the price, this is not what we expect considering there are phones with bigger capacities in the same range. With our kinds of usage that usually includes calls, texts, GPS navigation, media consumption, browsing and more, the battery lasted a little over till the afternoon with a screen-on-time of just 3 hours; this is seriously not in the acceptable range. It even dropped battery fairly quickly even when it is kept idle, and more than the acceptable range during heavy usage.
As for during the heavy usage, the Micromax Bharat Go edition was only able to last a couple of hours, but on witnessing its performance with moderate usage, this comes as no surprise. Since the phone doesn’t come with any fast charge support, it took close to 2 hours 30 minutes to charge fully from 1-100%. Overall, the battery of the Micromax Bharat Go edition is very ordinary much like other departments we covered so far.
The company didn’t include a pair of earphones within the box, so you will have to shell out some more bucks on a decent pair to better the audio experience. The speaker grill is present on the bottom, so you don’t have to worry about sound being muffled. The speaker was loud enough, and it was able to cover an entire room easily without sweating much. We never missed a call even when we are in noisy environments.
In terms of video, the phone was able to play 480p SD quality and 720p videos, but the HD video playback was a little laggy with audio and video going out of sync. There were no heating or freezing issues. Overall, the audio and video department to faired well.
The Micromax Bharat Go edition runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with stock U.I on top. The good thing about the OS is that it is pure stock with no theming or customization on top. Google launched Go edition of apps with trim down functionality and more optimized to run smoothly on low-end hardware. The company released the YouTube Go, Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard Go, and other significant apps lite version are also available including Facebook, Messenger, Twitter. Apart from these native apps, there are other applications like Around which is the company’s service that incubates all significant services like cab rides, food ordering, and other under one single roof. The Android Oreo Go Edition is a perfect operating system for phones with low-hardware without compromising too much on major features.
The phone comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB RAM. Out of the 1GB RAM, there is around 700MB available on the first boot. The interface is quite smooth and was able to handle multitasking and U.I animations quite smooth without any lag or stutters. Thanks to the stock OS, we did have a decent experience while using the phone.