Micromax Selfie 2 Price In India: Buy Micromax Selfie 2 Mobile worth Rs. 11999 at Rs. 6290. Micromax Selfie 2 In India is Rs. 6290 for 32 GB 32 GB RAM variant. Tech Specs includes 13.21 cm (5.2 inch) HD Display, 13MP Rear Camera | 8MP Front Camera, 3000 mAh Polymer Battery, MT6737 Processor.
Earlier smartphones were all about specifications and performance, but the craze of the selfie has forced many smartphone vendors to focus more on the camera part. Chinese manufacturers like Oppo and Vivo have their major development in the camera segment of the smartphone, which indeed has helped them grab a huge market share, affecting many Indian vendors especially Micromax.
Micromax, who used to be India’s largest smartphone manufacturer has come up with a new smartphone called the Micromax Selfie 2. The Micromax Selfie 2 packs in mid-range specifications and as the name suggests is a selfie-centric smartphone targeting the youth who need a phone with a camera as its major priority. The Micromax Selfie 2 has been priced at Rs. 9,999 and comes in two different color options Black and Champagne. I got hold of the black color variant of the Selfie 2, and here’s my in-depth review of the same.
Micromax has designed the Selfie 2 like every other mid-range smartphone with nothing exceptional. Weighing just 156 grams, the Selfie 2 has a metal chassis. On the front is a curved glass which blends very well with the sides. The back is made up of plastic with brushed metal-like finish which is removable and has a dual-tone finish.
The build quality of the Selfie 2 is appreciable. The device feels sturdy in hand and has a firm grip too. The Selfie 2 is 8.6mm thick, which is fair enough for a sub 10000-rupee smartphone. Like every other Micromax series smartphones, the Selfie 2 also comes with dual-SIM slots. Pairing up with it is a dedicated microSD card slot.
You can find all the slots beneath the back cover. Do note that the battery is non-removable. The back panel being removable house a fingerprint scanner just below the camera. The LED flash sits in-between the two. Micromax branding is on the bottom back followed by speaker grills. The speaker quality is above average. The curved glass on the front of the Selfie 2 holds a display with sensors, front LED flash, earpiece and a camera on top of it. There’s nothing useful below the display, as the Selfie 2 comes with on-screen navigation buttons.
The volume rockers and the power/lock button sit on the right side of the device, and the buttons are of good quality. Though I personally don’t like both the buttons on one side of the smartphone. The left side is all empty as the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top and the charging port along with primary microphone is placed on the bottom.
The curved glass does provide a premium feel to the device. Overall, I’m impressed with the build quality of the Selfie 2. I will rate the Design of the Micromax Selfie 2 4 out of 5.
Micromax Selfie 2 comes with an HD 1280 x 720-pixel resolution display. Measuring 5.2-inches, the display on the Selfie 2 is of On-cell IPS LCD type with a 2.5D curved glass on top. Micromax has not revealed the type of glass used on top of the display, so I recommend using a screen protector to keep your device display safe from scratches. You get a free screen guard included inside the box.
The 5.2-inch HD display has 282 pixels per inch density, which misses out on sharpness because of fewer pixels. It would have been great if Micromax included a Full HD display on the Selfie 2 at this price like its competitors rather than an HD one.
The performance of the display is good. Color reproduction is decent with no major shift while viewing from various angles. The brightness level is also good enough for using the device under direct sunlight. The only issue with the display on the Selfie 2 is its sharpness, pixels are visible when looked at the display closely and watching HD videos does not provide a good experience.
I will rate the Display of the Micromax Selfie 2 3 out of 5.
With competitor smartphones running on Snapdragon processors, Micromax had included a MediaTek SoC on the Selfie 2. The Micromax Selfie 2 comes with a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor which is of 64-bit type and is clocked at 1.3GHz. Accompanying the processor is Mali-T720 graphics processing unit. In reality, the performance of the Selfie 2 isn’t great. Heating is a common issue on MediaTek powered smartphones and Selfie 2 is no exception. The device heats up quickly, even in low usage like email app or using WiFi continuously for just 15-20 minutes.
When it comes to app usage, the device was doing well while using basic applications but as soon as you switch to any heavy app like Snapchat, Facebook, the lag was clearly noticeable. App launch delay existed. The Selfie 2 is clearly not for a heavy user. Nominal use is what Selfie 2 is all about. Gaming isn’t impressive at all. Apps like Subway Surfer ran smoothly at first but as the game proceeded it started to hang and frame drops were visible.
Out of 3GB RAM, about 2GB RAM was available after first boot. RAM management was decent. The Selfie 2 was able to keep a couple of apps running in the background. Multi-window feature was smooth with system apps but showed a delay in processing while using any third-party app. The performance of the Selfie 2 was justified when I noticed a second delay while unlocking using the fingerprint scanner.
I will rate the Performance of the Micromax Selfie 2 2.5 out of 5.
The Micromax Selfie 2 has its major focus on the camera. The device comes with a 13MP rear camera paired with an 8MP front-facing camera. Talking individually about each side, the rear 13MP camera comes with an LED Flash and has Sony IMX135 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 5 pcs lens, and Blur Glass IR filter. The front 8MP camera on the other hand also comes with an LED flash, which Micromax calls it as Soft Selfie light, which acts similar to Vivo’s Moonlight Glow. The front camera has an OV8856 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and 84-degree wide-angle lens.
Talking of the image quality, the rear camera of the Selfie 2 was a decent performer. The images clicked using the same were sharp with minimal noise when clicked in daylight condition. Dynamic range was average and color reproduction was acceptable. The same in low-light acted weird with bad focus and a huge amount of noise. Moving on to the selfie camera, the images turned out very good. The selfies were sharp and were perfectly focused. At times the selfies were overexposed, but that isn’t an issue. The front LED flash included does a decent job in lighting up the face in low-light conditions. The selfies clicked using soft selfie light were above average with minimal grain and noise.
Micromax has included an array of modes inside the camera app of the Selfie 2. The UI of the camera app was very much similar to what you see on the iOS. Swiping left/right gives access to different modes like Time Lapse, Video, Photo, Face Beauty, Panorama, Night, Scene Frame, Super Pixel and QR Code. Micromax has also included a real-time bokeh effect on the Selfie 2 smartphone which acts as advertised but is not perfect as it tries to add the bokeh using the software. HDR and filters are also available.
I will rate the Camera of the Micromax Selfie 2 3.5 out of 5.
Micromax has stuffed the Selfie 2 with 3000 mAh battery. The battery is non-removable like every other smartphone nowadays. 3000mAh might sound huge but the actual performance of the battery on the Selfie 2 was a mere disappointment.
The device used to consume too much of power which resulted in very fast battery drain. Also, the charger provided inside the box was not a fast charger, so the Selfie 2 took more than 2 hours to fully charge from 10 to 100 percent.
I will rate the Battery of the Micromax Selfie 2 2.5 out of 5.
Micromax did a great job on the Selfie 2 software by including Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Though the Selfie 2 comes with Nougat, you will find Micromax’s customized skin on top of it, which during my usage was visible on the homescreen and the app drawer. Other areas of the UI like settings, notification shade, quick settings panel, and multi-tasking remained stock.
It’s good to see that Micromax has forked the stock Android in a minimalistic way as possible. As mentioned above, Micromax has opted for on-screen buttons on the Selfie 2 rather than including capacitive keys below the display.
Micromax has included some third-party features inside the Selfie 2 software like swipe top from the bottom of the display to launch quick toggles which is similar to the iOS control center. Honestly, this feature was unnecessary as Android provides a quick settings panel by default. To differ it from quick settings, Micromax included the ability to access wallpapers, and widgets and also access music, calendar, recording and alarm app in one-touch.
There’s something new called Around World, which can be accessed by swiping rightmost to the homescreen which helps in day to day activities by providing news, travel, hotel, train, leisure, rides, and recharge facilities on the go. You can turn it off by going to Around app.
Talking of bloatware, Micromax has stuffed the Selfie 2 with a bunch of apps like Amazon, Around, Asphalt Nitro, Eros Now, Monster Truck, Truecaller, Uber, and VuLiv Player. Fortunately, all of these can be uninstalled. By default, out of 32GB, around 24GB is available for users.
You also get Smart Action and Smart Gesture settings which include the ability to wake up/sleep the device by double tapping, mute the device by flipping it over, open apps/call someone/send SMS to someone by drawing gesture and more. Along with some Micromax added features, you also get all Nougat exclusive experience like multi-window support, reply in the notification panel, enhanced doze mode, and bundled notifications.
The user interface experience on the Selfie 2 was good, but the device lacked in multi-tasking capabilities. Also, the UI did lag at times while using heavy apps. I will rate the User Interface of the Micromax Selfie 2 3 out of 5.
Once, Micromax used to be on top of the market share chart in India, but recently this Indian smartphone manufacturer has been dominated by companies like Xiaomi, Coolpad, Honor, Oppo, and Vivo.
The Micromax Selfie 2 is a device just for those who are looking for a camera-centric smartphone at half the price of Vivo and Oppo selfie smartphones. The only USP of the Selfie 2 is its build quality and the front-facing camera. The device lacks in rest every key area.
I will better recommend buying Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4, which not only has great performance but also comes with an amazing camera. If you are looking forward to buying the Selfie 2, then do rethink and have a look at the Redmi Note 4, as it is a run for one’s money.
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