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Micromax Evok Note

Colours:
Yellow
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 32 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybr...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • FM Radio

Specifications

General
Launch DateApril 11, 2017 (Official)
BrandMicromax
ModelEvok Note
Operating SystemAndroid v6.0 (Marshmallow)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Charging
Design
Height153 mm
Width75 mm
Thickness8.5 mm
Weight162 grams
Build MaterialCase: Metal
ColoursChampange
Display
Screen Size5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
Screen ResolutionFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Pixel Density401 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)72.5 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek MT6753
ProcessorOcta core (1.5 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53 + 1.3 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-T720 MP3
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
SensorCMOS image sensor
Autofocus
Physical ApertureF2.0
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flash
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity4000 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceable
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, 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 ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFront
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Micromax Evok Note is a good all-round smartphone with a lovely build quality, metal body and ergonomic design. The phone has a standard Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, fast fingerprint scanner and great battery life. However, it offers a mediocre set of cameras and there is no support for fast charging. It also offers stock Android like UI but it will be forever stuck with Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. We would certainly recommend this phone if you are not a mobile photography enthusiast. Although, if you're interested in checking out the competition in this same price segment, take a look at the Lenovo K6 Power, Yu Yureka Black and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Introduction:

Micromax Informatics, one of the most popular local smartphone brands in the Indian market, had launched the Evok Note back in April 2017. It is a good smartphone that is mainly focused on providing a premium experience. The Evok Note packs in a metal body along with a fingerprint scanner but the highlight point of the phone is its 4000mAh battery which promises more than two days of battery life. So lets take a look at the Micromax Evok Note review to find out if it's the best you can get in this price segment or you should look elsewhere. However, do check out the specifications of the mobile first.

The Evok Note from the house of Micromax is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor, coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 64GB). The phone sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. In the camera department, we get a 13 megapixel primary rear shooter and a 5 megapixel selfie camera. We get a fingerprint sensor embedded into its home button. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and 3G HSPA+. In the sensor department, we get an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensor. Under the hood, there is a 4000mAh non-removable battery.

Design & Display:

The Micromax Evok Note comprises of a metal body and it looks quite elegant. The phone has an ergonomic design and offers a premium feel. It is not compact as the Evok Power as it has a 5.5-inch display and weighs 162 grams. The weight is slightly on the higher side comparatively due to the large battery but you'll get used to it very quickly. The curved edges are subtle but they provide a comfortable grip. The phone is usable with one hand but if you may face problems if you have extremely tiny hands. The back panel has a stripped metal finish for extra grip. The 2.5D curved glass on top of the display looks sweet and makes the overall experience very premium.

On the front, we get a 5.5-inch display along with the selfie camera, earpiece, LED flash and couple of sensors. There are three on-screen buttons for navigation and hence there are no capacitive buttons. The fingerprint sensor sits underneath the display on top of the home button. The volume rocker and power/lock button are present on the right side while the hybrid slot for SIM and microSD card is on the left. The 3.5mm audio jack sit at the top while the microUSB port, primary microphone and speaker grille are found at the bottom.  

Turning towards the back side, we get the primary camera along with the dual-tone LED flash and secondary microphone at the top followed by a Micromax logo at the bottom. Under the hood, there is a 4000mAh non-removable battery but you cannot open the back panel. Overall, the Micromax Evok Note has a good build quality and the hardware is solid as well.

The Micromax Evok Note rocks a 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD). The display quality is quite good and the resolution is on the higher side as we also get HD displays in this price segment. The texts and images look crisp and clear. The viewing angles are quite good. The colors are accurate and vibrant. You can view images and watch videos with accurate colors and enjoy gaming on this display. There is an ambient light sensor and thus you do not have to manually adjust the brightness when you go outdoors under direct sunlight. The sunlight legibility is also good. We also get a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 covering on top of the display, which protects it from daily wear and tear. However, it cannot save the screen from getting cracked if it falls from your hands. So be careful and do not drop your smartphone.

The touch response of the Evok Note smartphone is very fluid and lag free. This is due to the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and smooth UI. Overall, the Micromax Evok Note offers a great display that is meant for consuming high-definition content.

Performance:

The Micromax Evok Note is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and it comes with 3GB RAM. It is a mid-ranged chipset from the house of MediaTek but it can take care of all the day-to-day tasks and run the most popular and widely used apps without any hiccups. There is no visible UI lag during normal usage. Apps load up fairly quickly and there was no heating issues as well. You can also multitask properly with the Evok Note without facing any lag or stuttering. Games such as Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2, Fifa 17 run very smoothly but not at the highest settings. However, the normal 3D games will run at the highest settings for sure. The fingerprint scanner located on top of the home button on the front works very accurately and quickly as well. We get 32GB of internal storage, out of which around 25GB of free space is available for the user after first boot. However, if you want more storage, you can get up to 64GB by inserting a microSD card.

Talking about connectivity, we get 4G VoLTE connectivity. There is Dual SIM support and both of them can be used for 4G. The Evok Note has a massive battery capacity of 4000mAh but it is non-removable. However, it does not support fast charging and hence it will take around three hours to completely charge it from 0-100%. In terms of battery life, you'll get around two days of usage with normal use case and around one and half days of usage with moderate to heavy use case.

Overall, the Micromax Evok Note is a good performer in most of the departments but fast charging would have made it even better.

Cameras:

In the camera department of the Micromax Evok Note, we get a 13 megapixel primary camera at the back. When it comes to still photography, it may not be the best in its price segment but it can click good pictures, specially in bright day light outdoor conditions. The pictures had a lot of details and looked quite sharp. The color saturation is on point as well. However, in low lighting situations, the photos had a lot of noise and details were missing. You should click images in ambient lighting conditions to get the best out of this camera. The focusing mechanism is also not the fastest in the business but it is accurate most of the times. HDR mode is probably the best for taking lively images and macro mode works well for close up shots. Talking about the selfie camera, there is a 5 megapixel selfie shooter onboard and it is quite average in terms of quality. You'll get beauty modes and various filters to enhance the selfies.

The camera app of the Evok Note has a simple interface and is very easy to use. Even a novice photographer will be able to use it easily. There are various modes and filters including a pro mode. The native app performs quite well but you can also still use any third-party camera app of your preference, if you have a set of favorite camera apps. The primary camera can record Full HD videos but the quality is average at best. Overall, the camera department of the Micromax Evok Note performs well in daylight but the low light performance is below par.

Battery:
Audio & Video:

The machine grilled speaker holes are located at the bottom of the device. You can see these holes on both sides and might consider it to be a stereo speaker but in reality the holes on the right work as loudspeaker while the ones on the left is the primary microphone. Nowadays, many brands including Apple design it this way to make it aesthetically pleasing. The speaker's quality is quite good and it is loud as well. The audio also does not break, even at the highest volume level. The native music app comes with a lot of features and thus you'll not need any other third-party music app.

The Micromax Evok Note can easily play HD or Full HD videos but you cannot play 4K or Ultra HD content without facing lag or stuttering since the processor is not powerful enough to handle it. The native video app has all the necessary features and hence there is no need to download any third-party app. However, to enjoy both audio and video on this phone, you should plug-in a good pair of earphones since the bundled earphones are not up to the mark. Overall, the audio and video quality of the Micromax Evok Note is good and you'll have a nice audio experience with it.

Software & Ui:

Out of the box, the Micromax Evok Note runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS but has not received any OS update ever since. Thus, we can safely conclude that the Evok Note will never get updated to Android 7.0 Nougat or 8.0 Oreo OS ever. However, the company has managed to keep the UI very stock Android like and has not added a lot of features on top of it like other brands. It surely offers some customization on top of stock Android but it is not significantly major. Thus, the interface feels very smooth and you'll not face any glitches during general day-to-day usage. There are a lot of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them if you plan to save up some space. In order to change the look and feel of the UI and give it a modern makeover to keep it in sync with Nougat or Oreo OS, you should definitely check out some of the third-party themes according to your preferences.

Overall, the user interface of the Micromax Evok Note looks clean but it is quite sad that it will never get updated in the future.

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