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Micromax Evok Power

Colours:
Yellow
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 16 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Micro + Nano (Hyb...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Good build
  • Good gaming performance
  • Snappy fingerprint sensor
Cons
  • Touchscreen issues
  • Poor camera quality

Specifications

General
Launch DateApril 11, 2017 (Official)
BrandMicromax
ModelEvok Power
Operating SystemAndroid v6.0 (Marshmallow)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Charging
Design
Height144.3 mm
Width72.4 mm
Thickness9.6 mm
ColoursChampagne
Display
Screen Size5.0 inches (12.7 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density294 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass v3
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)65.82 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek MT6737
ProcessorQuad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A53
GraphicsMali-T720 MP2
RAM2 GB
Storage
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.0
Flash
Image Resolution3264 x 2448 Pixels
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity3950 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
TalkTimeUp to 30 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 ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Micromax Evok Power by all means is a worthy option to consider at this price. It gets more right than wrong. The build quality is good and the rubberised finish is something that is refreshing, then there is a huge battery with incredible backup, decent cameras. However, the software from Micromax still doesn’t feel smooth, it needs a lot of polishing and the company should seriously consider on trimming down on bloatware and the occasional touch response lag are some drawbacks. The Micromax Evok Power is a worthy contender in under the 10,000 price segment, however, Xiaomi still continues to lead with more and better refinements.
Introduction:

Slowly yet steadily, Micromax is again launching their range of smartphones in the entry level, budget, and mid-range segment. While most recent phones of Micromax are aimed at offline market, the Evok series is meant to be an online exclusive series taking on the likes of Xiaomi, Moto in their own game. With the first batch of Evok series; the Evok note and Evok power, Micromax is targeting on the bigger battery and large display market. However though, today we take a look at the Evok Power which comes with a huge 4000mAh battery and moderate specs. Let’s see how well the device fares in our todays review.

The Micromax Evok Power sports a 5-inches HD (1280 x 720 pixels) HD 2.5D Curved Glass display with Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection. It is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor with Mali-T720 GPU. There is 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory that is expandable via a microSD card. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

In the camera department, there is an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calls. The device also has a Fingerprint sensor for better security. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. A 4000mAh battery is on board.

Design & Display:

The Micromax Evok Power gets a familiar boxy design that will surely attract users with its dual colour tone and metal back panel. The rubberized frame running around the corners offers good grip and also gives the much needed refreshing feel while holding in hands. The back panel is metal and is removable giving you access to sim slots and battery. The raised edges on the front is a welcome inclusion as it certainly comes in handy in case if you drop the phone. Yes, the phone is a little heavy, but then we had it coming when the phone packs such a massive battery unit. At 5-inches size, the Evok power is quite comfortable for one handed usage and the 2.5D glass certainly adds up for the good grip.

The front of the device houses a 5MP selfie camera, usual set of sensors, main earpiece, and down below, within the screen, you find the three capacitive keys. The volume and the power button is present on the right and the 3.5mm headphone jack along with the microUSB port are present on the top. At the bottom you have the main microphone. Flipping the device to the rear is where the 8MP camera, LED flash, Fingerprint scanner, Micromax logo, main speaker grills are present. Strip opening the back panel gives you access to the sim card and microSD card slot and 4000mAh battery. Overall, a decent offering from Micromax at this price point.

The Micromax Canvas Power sports a 5-inches HD (1280X720) 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. While a full HD panel would have made the text and images look sharp, we wouldn’t complain much considering the price of the device. Colours look a bit oversaturated at times and the display itself isn’t neutral. Having said that, the images and videos look punchy which might be good to look at if you like the colours deeper and vibrant. The brightness levels are good, viewing the display outdoors or under direct sunlight wasn’t an issue at all. The viewing angles are good, there was no colour shift at any angle. The company is bundling a screen protector within the box we suggest you install it.

Touch response is a bit slow, we had to tap the touchscreen two times to register an action on the display. While this isn’t a regular affair, but something that's worth mentioning. Overall, the display should be good enough if you like punchy and saturated colours.

Performance:

The Micromax Evok Power is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor coupled with Mali-T720 GPU and 2GB RAM. The specifications at this price are not meant to set any benchmark, but the Evok Power in day to day use cases performs with ease. Apps open almost instantly and respond well, if not for the poor touch response. There were some occasional frame drops and stutter with some heavy duty apps and with limited RAM, apps sometimes do run out of memory to allocate the available RAM for active apps. App opening and closing times are slow, but then this what you will be getting at this price from a chipset that is age.

With casual to slight moderate usage, there were no major complains, it's all good and responsive. However, the chipset fails to run slightly high end apps and heavy multitasking. Lag is noticeable, and the U.I too becomes unresponsive at times as well. The fingerprint sensor on the rear can register up to five fingers and is also very accurate in unlocking the phone as well.

Moving to the gaming, the device was able to handle casual to moderate games smoothly with proper rendering of graphics. Though it takes time to load the games, once they are loaded the gameplay is smooth and good enough to satisfy most users. Overall, the Evok Power is a decent performer in this budget with some limitations like the inability to handle heavy multitasking and high-end games.

Cameras:

The Micromax Evok Power packs an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The rear camera suffices the need to click photos when you don’t have anything better in hands. The pictures shot in well-lit and outdoor conditions are decent with good colours and fair amount of details as well. Zooming in a bit results in grains and viewing the images on bigger screen makes the noise more visible. Though the photos have decent colours, the noise makes them look dull and unattractive. It does have autofocus support, macro shots when focussed properly results in usable images.

There is a slight delay in shutter lag, though focusing is fast and accurate. But if you quickly move your hands after clicking, it results in blurry photos. The low-light performance is poor with completely washed out colours and dull images. Though the led flash helps in bringing in more light, the result still is unusable.

The front 5MP does a better job in clicking selfies, given that you are in outdoor conditions. Overall, the camera performance is pretty decent, though it doesn’t offer something extraordinary, it gets the job done.

Battery:

The device packs a 4000mAh battery which is the biggest reason to consider the Evok Power. During our testing, we observed the battery life to be amazing, even with heavy usage it was able to last a little over one day on a single charge. If you are a moderate to casual user, you shouldn’t be having much trouble to pull through two days straight. The low-end chipset helps you achieve a stellar battery life and the idle battery drain is also very less which is a good thing.

With our kinds of usage that includes web browsing, stream videos, play games, actively check social media updates, etc. the device was able to achieve a screen on time of around 9 hours which is simply great. The only real issue here is the lack of fast charge support, the device takes close to 3 hours time to charge the battery completely. Overall, the battery department is simply amazing.

Audio & Video:

The company has bundled a pair of earphones within the box and they are in-ear style. The audio quality via the earphones is good and there is no distortion even at maximum volume levels as well. The speaker grill is present on the rear and the loudspeaker is loud but we would have liked it better if it was a tad bit louder. The sound gets muffled when placed on a flat surface. The default music player can handle most audio formats, so you don't have to install a 3rd party music player.

In the video department, the device was able to play 1080p videos smoothly with no issues. There was no heating nor freezing issues while playing. We installed MX Player and the video playback was smooth. Overall, thanks to Micromax for bundling earphones, the multimedia experience is great.

Software & Ui:

The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Micromax own custom skin overlaid on top which is close to stock, but few additional changes. For one, the launcher isn't default Stock Android, it is the company's steroid launcher with app drawer, but the apps within are arranged in alphabetical order unlike the vertical or horizontal style. The notification shade also has shortcuts for quick toggles, there is an iOS style control centre with quick toggles that can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom. However, this works only from the main home screen.

Apart from Google’s apps, there are close to 14 bloatware apps of which most might be useful depending on the personal choice and there is also an option to uninstall them if you wish to. The Evok power like most other Micromax phones comes with Around service which basically is an app that aggregates data from services like hotels, tickets, cabs and more which can be accessed simply by swiping left from the home screen. Superb Cleaner is a spam app that once enabled pushes unwanted advertisements, it is disabled by default and we ask to keep it that way.

There is 2GB RAM, out of which around 1GB is free when just default apps are running in the background. Multitasking was smooth, app switching was fast, but there is a slight in response which is because of the display touch response. Multitasking up to 3-4 apps was smooth and beyond that you start noticing lag in the U.I and the system animations. Overall, like with most Micromax Phones, the software needs polishing and the company should really stop annoying with spammy advertising and pre-installed apps.

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