|Launch Date||October 25, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|Custom UI||Android Go|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.0 inches (12.7 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 854 pixels|
|Pixel Density||196 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||65.14 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||8 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||2 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro, SIM2: Nano|
|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|
For the kind of pricing; Rs, 3,499, the Micromax Spark Go is a decent offering for a price sensitive market like India. It offers good build, decent performance, and an acceptable battery life. Though the display is FWVGA, considering the pricing, it is good enough and gets the job done. However, the cameras are a letdown and the performance is just average even for the price. So, if you are on the lookout for a budget smartphone under Rs 5,000, the Micromax Spark Go is a worthy option, but with Micromax being very inconsistent with launches, we’re not sure if it would provide software support in the future.
The story of Indian brands after the slow and steady rise of Chinese brands is slowly declining. The cutthroat competition has everything to do with it as the mass audience in India always prefers the best offering in the market. The inability to offer something inline with what the Chinese brands are offering is the key reason for the downfall. Micromax is the best example for the same as the company has almost lost its market share in India but is still trying to mark its presence felt by launching phones mostly in the affordable segment every now and then. Coming from the same pack is the Micromax Spark Go Android Oreo (Go Edition). Android Oreo (Go Edition) is the trim down version of Android that is designed to work well with budget segment phones with 1GB RAM. In our today’s review, we shall find out if the phone lives up to the name and price. Let’s get started.
The Micromax Spark Go Android Oreo (Go Edition) sports a 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) FWVGA display. It is powered by the Spreadtrum SC9832E clocked at 1.3GHz Quad-core with Mali-T720 GPU. It packs 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage that is expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Go Edition. The device packs a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP 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.
The Micromax Spark Go Android Oreo (Go Edition) is an affordable entry-level phone, hence the build quality is in line with the pricing. It packs an all-plastic build that looks very fragile and the back panel has smooth textured type finish which offers a comfortable grip when holding in hands. It doesn’t slip out that easy considering how compact it is at 5-inch. Since it is a plastic build, the phone is lightweight and easy to carry. The edges are rounded and curved, so it doesn’t hurt your hands even after extended usage. As it is not an 18:9 aspect ratio, there are very thick bezels on the top and bottom of the front panel which looks quite odd considering for today’s day and age. There is nothing much to talk beyond the fact that the build and design of the Spark Go are quite ordinary as it is mainly focused on first-time smartphone users.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 2-megapixel selfie camera, flash, usual sensors, main earpiece, and down below the 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. The 3.5mm audio jack and the microUSB port are placed on the top. There is nothing on the left and on the top. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, speaker grill, 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 Spark Go is decent enough for the said price.
The Micromax Spark Go Android Oreo (Go Edition) sports a 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) FWVGA display with no corning gorilla glass or 2.5D curved glass. Considering the price, what the company is offering is quite decent. The FWVGA panel offers decent colors and saturation levels. While they may not be very accurate, they are still good enough to get the job done. The viewing angles are acceptable, but there is a bluish hint at certain angles which is quite noticeable if you tilt it slightly. Since it doesn’t come with 2.5D glass, holding for longer might hurt your hands.
The brightness levels are moderate; we were able to access the content outdoors and under direct sunlight. Since it doesn’t come with any protected glass, it is for best if you applied a screen guard to prevent from scratches. The touch response is smooth, and we never noticed issues like slow response rate, etc. Overall, the display of the Micromax Spark Go Android Oreo (Go Edition) is for the price is decent but leaves with a lot to be desired.
The Micromax Spark Go is powered by the Quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832E clocked at 1.3GHz with Mali-T720 GPU. Since we are talking about a budget segment phone, the performance is quite limited to basic functions. Calling, texting, social media, and browsing which the phone handled pretty good. We didn’t notice any lag or stutter in the UI as things were smooth. There were no heating issues as well. However, if you push things by opening too many browsers, or too many apps in the background, the phone will become non-responsive which needs a restart to function normally again. Apps open up quite fine, and they don’t take much time in loading as well.
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 but there were hiccups here and there, but it was still in the acceptable range. We don’t get fingerprint sensor or face unlock, so you will have to rely on traditional pattern/pin for security. Overall, the performance of the Micromax Spark Go is satisfactory.
The Micromax Spark Go packs a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera with LED flash on both the sides. The interface is very straightforward, it has options for switching between front camera, turning on/off LED flash and more. Given the good lighting conditions, the rear camera was able to click moderate images that mostly look dull and washed out. Things get even worse if you move to semi-artificial to low-light conditions. While the details are preserved to some extent, zooming in little showcases the in noise in them. There is no HDR mode, so the pictures at times turn out dull and lifeless.
Moving to artificial and low-light conditions, as mentioned, things get worse as the images are entirely washed out with no spare for the details. The rear camera can record 720p videos and the quality is just average. The front camera is a 2MP shooter with LED flash and the selfies clicked are decent. The outdoor shots are social shareable if you really insist, but the quality is just average. So the camera performance of the Spark Go is ordinary but quite acceptable for the price.
The Micromax Spark Go Android Oreo (Go Edition) packs a 2000mAh battery and there is no support for fast charging. While this isn’t very generous in smartphone language, but considering the price, it is quite alright. 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. This means that you will have to charge your phone once or twice before you end the day. During our testing, we managed to get a screen on time of around 2-2 hours 30 minutes which way below our expectations. The battery dropped battery fairly quickly even when it is kept idle, and it is more than the acceptable range during heavy usage.
The battery performs drops to even below when the usage is on the heavier side. With slight gaming, watching/stream movies, listen to music, click photos, the phone couldn’t last more than 3 hours. The improper optimization of the battery is the key reason for such drastic drops. 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 Spark Go Android Oreo (Go Edition) is quite ordinary and left us disappointed.
The company did bundle a pair of earphones within the box and they are of basic quality ones. If you are an audiophile, you need to invest some more in a pair for a better experience. The speaker grills is present on the rear, so if you place the phone on a flat surface, the sound gets muffled. The sound quality and loudness are good enough but we did hear slight distortion when the volume is kept at a maximum. The default music player was able to handle most audio formats and it is a good thing.
In terms of video, the phone was able to play 480p SD quality and 720p videos, but the Full HD video playback was a little laggy with audio and video going out of sync. Thanks to the default video player which is feature rich, we didn’t have the need to install a third-party app. There were no heating or freezing issues. Overall, the audio and video department to faired well.
The Micromax Spark Go Android Oreo (Go Edition) runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with stock UI on top. Though the interface is vanilla Android, the icons are custom and it is a good thing. There are no options for theming or customization on top. As mentioned above, the Go Edition is a trim down version of Android so it can function smoothly on phones with 1GB RAM. Google is aggressively promoting the Go Edition as it released dedicated apps such as YouTube Go, Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard Go, and others.
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, Micromax browser, app center, cricket game, Micromax account, sound recorder, and video player apps built-in. Go edition of Android is a really smart move from Google as it keeps things smooth without stressing much. As mentioned, there are no customization options, so you will have to rely on Play Store for theming.
The phone comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB RAM. Out of the 1GB RAM, there is around 700MB available on the first boot. Thanks to clean stock Android and no heavy themes, the device runs smooth and was able to handle multitasking smoothly. It could manage about 3-4 apps without causing any lag or stutters. Overall, the software experience on the Micromax Spark Go is quite decent.