|Launch Date||April 14, 2017 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Build Material||Case: Metal|
|Screen Size||5.5 inches (13.97 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||401 ppi|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass v3|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976|
|Processor||Octa core (1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A72 + 1.2 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)|
|Internal Memory||128 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||13 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||3840x2160 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Back|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass|
The Micromax Dual 5 is a surprise package, priced at Rs. 24, 999, the device surely isn’t the cheapest and is also the costliest phone that Micromax has ever launched. But still, it brings a lot to the table with its great performance, lives up the company’s promise of great cameras and has a lot of security features included too. The company has even baked in their own O.S on top of Android 6.0 which is very well optimized to work along with the chipset and also has a lot of customization features that one can take advantage of. However, we would have loved if the company has launched with Nougat instead of Marshmallow. But then again there is still hope for updates in future so that we wouldn’t complain much.
Micromax has come a long way regarding after sale service and is also offering free one-time replacement warranty and mentioned that it has improved on their customer support. At Rs. 24,990, the Dual 5 is directly competing with top-selling phones like the OnePlus 3T, the Honor 8 and has a chance to stand tough against them in camera, security features. On the other hand, OnePlus 3T and Honor 8 are better as an overall package with the more powerful chipset. So, if the camera, security features, humongous 128GB storage, are your primary requirements, then the Micromax Dual 5 is a no-brainer, but if they aren’t you can blindly opt the OnePlus 5 or the Honor 8 are more promising.
Micromax: a brand that sustained despite the competition from tier one brands like Samsung, LG, HTC and many others. The company not just enjoyed a massive fan base, but also was considered one of the most trusted brands since they started launching more affordable smartphones that would carter every section of audience. That said, once the Chinese brands have entered India and slowly shifted the focus of the mass audience towards them, Micromax has gone awfully silent the entire last year. The company was patiently studying the change in market and spent good amount of time in their R&D to learn customer requirements. Finally, the Micromax Dual 5 is the result of their one-year silence. It boasts the Dual camera setup and also packs decent hardware that is good enough to compete. In our today’s review, we will take a closer look at the company’s latest offering and see if it is the blockbuster comeback for the Micromax or just a regular device that we keep seeing every day.
The Micromax Dual 5 sports a 5.5-inches Full HD AMOLED (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with 100% NTSC color gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and is powered by the Snapdragon 652 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 510 GPU. It packs 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 128GB internal storage and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box.
Talking about the camera, there is a 13-megapixel (monochrome) + 13MP (RGB) rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, Sony sensors and it can record 4K videos. On the front, there is the same 13-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size, soft selfie flash. It rocks a Fingerprint Sensor Infrared sensor for extra security. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type C. A 3200mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support is on board.
Being placed in the mid-range segment, the Micromax Dual 5 features a full metal unibody design with chamfered edges. The 2.5D curved glass at the front and the curved edges on the back makes the device fit perfectly in hands. The build quality is so good that it feels solid right away once you hold it and also looks premium, thanks to the material used to build. Design wise; the Dual 5 feels familiar, with the antenna bands running above the camera module and at the bottom. Though being a 5.5-inches in size, the device can be easily used with one hand thanks to the curved edges, but do note the back panel is quite slippery. The Micromax Dual 5 is easily the best looking smartphone that the company has ever launched in terms of design and build quality. We just can’t stop talking about how good it feels in hands while using.
On the front of the Dual is the 13-megapixel selfie shooter, ambient light and proximity sensors, primary ear piece, and the three capacitive buttons are placed down below the display. The capacitive buttons should be backlit for a phone at this price, but they aren’t and it is a problem to access in dark. The Volume rockers and the power button are present on the right, they are of metal and offer great feedback when pressed. The left houses a dedicated hardware “Smart Key” button that can perform any task you assign to it and hybrid dual SIM slot. The USB Type-C port and the speaker grills are present at the bottom.
Though there are two speaker vents, only one among is speaker, while the other houses primary microphone. The top has the 3.5mm audio jack and the secondary mic for noise cancellation. The rear side is where all the action takes place, there is the dual rear camera setup, dual tone dual LED flash, fingerprint sensor arranged symmetrically. Down below the fingerprint sensor you find the Micromax logo. The back panel isn’t removable, so is the battery. Overall, the design, build everything about the Micromax Dual 5 feels solid and premium in every which way.
The Dual 5 sports a 5.5-inches 2.5D curved glass AMOLED display that comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Being an AMOLED panel, the display produces bright and vivid colors which are very accurate. The color accuracy can be clearly noticed while watching videos, or while gaming. Text and images look sharp even after zooming a lot. It is quite bright, and the sunlight legibility is good. Though the display is reflective, sunlight mode from display settings when enabled adjusts the colors and brightness to make it accessible outdoor or under board daylight without any issues. A part from sunlight mode, the company has included a couple of other modes like the eye protection mode and black and white mode which is an excellent addition for those who read a lot on smartphones.
The viewing angles are good, and we didn’t notice any color shift during testing. It also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, so it should be able to prevent scratches and display from breaking to some extent. The 2.5D curved glass won’t hurts your hands while holding the device when watching movies for a long time. Overall, the display is great and will be perfect for multimedia and gaming as well.
It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 510 GPU. All these tech stuff aside, how does the Dual 5 fares in real time? Well, it fares great. In our time with the Micromax Dual 5, it never slowed down nor showed any signs of lag even with heavy usage. The Snapdragon 652 is a very powerful mid-range chipset, and the company has done a right thing using it on their comeback phone. I never noticed any sluggishness even while Web browsing, checking social media updates, navigation through Google Maps, or while switching between heavy applications. Thanks to perfect optimization of the U.I, apps open, close, and respond to taps instantly without any delay, and also the multitasking as said, is smooth with no stutters.
It also comes with a Fingerprint sensor which is accurate in recognizing fingers, and you can register up to 5 fingers. Moving to gaming, we played high-end titles like the Asphalt 8, GTA San Andreas, Nova 3, Gangster Vegas. All these games were playable even with highest graphic settings. We never noticed any frame drop issues while rendering graphics and there was no sluggishness either, except for slight heating. Yes, on continuous usage or while gaming, the device tends to get a little warm at the rear. Though it's not something that will make you restart the device or keep it aside for a while. Overall, both the gaming and the general performance of the Dual 5 is amazing, only if you can survive the slight heating issues.
If there’s one thing where Micromax has improved a lot in the past few year, it is the camera department. The Micromax Dual 5 just as its name suggests sports a dual camera setup with 13+13MP rear cameras. One is for RGB, and the other is the monochrome mode, a similar approach we been seeing on many smartphones these days. You can even click Bokeh depth of field images using the rear cameras. Moving along, in well-lit conditions, the images shot on the dual 5 have rich details, great colors and impressive sharpness. The close-up macro shots in particular turn out great with fantastic details and the focusing is quick too. The camera app by default is set to dual sensors, which can be changed manually and even with the single sensor, the device manages to click equally good pictures as it did with dual sensors.
Moving to low-light, the picture here turn out great depending upon the amount of light that is there in the surroundings. The images when clicked in low-light have a lot of noise them, although the details and colors are intact to some extent. The low-light pictures looked good when viewing on phone’s display, but the noise and grains were visible clearly when watching on a big screen. If there’s one thing that we hate about the Micromax Dual 5’s camera is its slower processing time of images after clicking them. Though this is not a big issue, but it could really get annoying when you want to capture the moment quickly.
Turning on the HDR results in images with great dynamic range and the landscape images have richer colors, and details. The camera app comes with Pro-mode which lets you tweak the white balance, ISO, and other settings. It can record 4K videos, and they look sharp and crisp.
Moving to the front, the 13-megapixel front camera does an excellent job in clicking selfies. With images clicked outdoors results in good details and accurate colors. While the low-light selfies have a fair amount of noise in them and they even look dull at times. The beauty mode is present here as well, and it enhances in removing blemishes and clicks perfect selfies. Overall, the camera of the Micromax Dual 5 is easily one its biggest plus point, and the company is bundling so many features for those photography enthusiasts.
It comes with a 3200mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. During our testing, the battery could give us one day’s life without sweating much. Our kind of usage includes browsing the internet, checking social media updates, gaming for an hour, catching up with movies and TV shows for a couple of hours and a bunch of calls. All this with either 4G or Wi-Fi turned on most of the time, and with this kind of usage, the battery could last until evening. However, we consider ourselves as heavy users, so if you are a light and moderate user, the device could easily last little over a day if you decide not to charge at the end of the day. With Quick Charge 3.0 support, the device was able to charge up to 40% in just about 20 minutes of time and it took around 1 hour 15-20 minutes to charge completely which is quite good. Though the company claims that it can easily last one single day, but on heavy and continuous use it will die around evening. Overall, the battery life is also impressive and it is easily capable of lasting an entire day.
The Micromax Canvas Dual 5 has its loudspeaker present on the bottom and the 3.5mm audio jack up top. The speaker output is very loud, and it can easily fill an entire room. The sound didn’t get distorted even when the volume is at highest. The default music player could play every audio format, and the equalizer lets to tinker around the audio profiles.
The company is bungling in-ear style earphones which are of good quality and they sound good too. The audio output via the headphones is fantastic and clear.
Moving to video department, the Dual 5 was able to play Full HD videos both from internal storage and while streaming. The native video player app has all the options that one should need, we anyway installed MX player for a better experience and more features. Though the device was heating up a little bit during heavy use and while gaming, it never got hot when watching movies or streaming content from YouTube with mobile data turned on all the time. And, thanks to the AMOLED display, watching videos was an amazing experience with deep colors. Overall, the audio-video department too should give you a good experience.
Though we are in times of Nougats and Oreos, the Micromax Dual 5 is still stuck with Marshmallows. It runs on Android 6.0.1 out of the box, and there is no word on software updates in future. The company has designed their own Custom OS and we might be very well seeing this in the upcoming Micromax phones. The new U.I doesn’t come with an app drawer and all the apps, widgets, and toggles are present on the home screen. There is also a themes app pre-installed where a total of six themes are available which will change the icon pack, font, wallpaper giving an entirely new look to the interface. Unfortunately, there are only six themes available at the moment and we hope Micromax would add more in the days to come. There is also wallpaper app that allows you to change wallpaper with just one tap. The speedup memory management app that comes pre-installed is a handy application to have. It clears inactive background apps and speeds up the phone.
Micromax bragged so much about the software level security features that come with the device. You can setup the Anti-Theft feature by linking your Gmail account using which you can track the device if it's lost. This feature also won’t let the person who stole your phone switch off the device if the SIM is taken off. The secure vault feature prevents the necessary files that you stored there in reaching hands of hackers or intruders. The SafeSwitch feature prevents anyone to shut down your phone without a password. The phone’s physical buttons get locked if one tries to pull out the SIM without unlocking the device and the only way to prevent this is to enter the password within 30 seconds. If the password isn’t entered in 60 minutes, the picture of the person is sent to the linked Gmail account and will also clean swipe the device.
The company also says that the Dual 5 comes with a dedicated security chip to store fingerprints and passwords. This chip works independently from the main chipset. Moving along, it comes with few pre-installed apps and most of them can be uninstalled though. There is 4GB of RAM out of which around 3.89GB is usable. For our general day-to-day usability and multitasking, we never noticed any lags or stutters with the device. The memory management too was good with all the apps staying in memory despite being idle for a long time. The U.I animations and transitions were very smooth, and Micromax has done a good job in optimizing the U.I to match the chipset. Overall, the security features, U.I optimization offer for great user experience, but it needs to be seen if Micromax would actively push Google O.S updates too.