|Launch Date||February 15, 2017 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Champagne Gold,Grey Black|
|Screen Size||4.5 inches (11.43 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 854 pixels|
|Pixel Density||218 ppi|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||63.93 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A7|
|Internal Memory||8 GB|
|Resolution||2 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom|
|Video Recording||1280x720 @ 30 fps|
|TalkTime||Up to 4.5 Hours(2G)|
|Standby time||Up to 120 Hours(2G)|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro, SIM2: Micro|
|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|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
The Micromax Vdeo 2 is a very basic, low-end smartphone. It is meant for first time smartphone users and the phone is targeted at tier II and tier III cities. It does provide a premium experience as it comes with a great build quality. The display is small and the resolution is on the lower side. The overall performance is moderate while the interface is very fluid. The camera performance is quite good but not the best in their class. The battery life is also quite good in spite of coming with a low capacity battery. We would certainly recommend the Micromax Vdeo 2 if you're looking for a basic smartphone which looks premium. However, you can also take a look at the competition that includes the iVooMi Me5 and Xolo Era 1X.
In December 2016, Micromax Informatics had launched two new smartphones in a new series called 'Vdeo' in association with Google. They were named as the Vdeo 1 and Vdeo 2. Both of them comes pre-loaded with the Google Duo video calling app. They offer a premium feel in the ultra affordable smartphone segment. Here, we will be reviewing the Micromax Vdeo 2 smartphone in order to find out if the entry-level device is worth your hard-earned money or not. However, take a closer look at the specifications of the mobile first.
The Micromax Vdeo 2 is powered by a Spreadtrum quad-core processor, that comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB). The phone sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box. In the camera department, we get a 5 megapixel rear camera along with a 2 megapixel selfie shooter. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. In the sensor section, we get an accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light and proximity sensor. Under the hood, there is a 1800mAh removable battery.
The Micromax Vdeo 2 is made out of plastic but has a good build quality. It has a very compact body and ergonomic design. The phone looks quite premium as it has a metallic look at the back. Micromax Informatics has done a good job in ensuring top-notch build quality of a low-end budget smartphone. The Vdeo 2 can be very easily used with one hand and as it is mostly targeted at entry-level and first time smartphone users, they will find it quite easy to use. The phone has slightly curved edges and thus it is very easy to grip. The matte finish at the back also helps in achieving a better grip.
Starting with the front side, there is a 4.5-inch display along with the selfie camera, earpiece, LED notification and couple of sensors. We do not have any capacitive buttons below the display as it comes with on-screen buttons for navigation. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are located on the right side, while the left side remains empty. The 3.5mm audio jack sits at the top while the microUSB port and primary microphone are located at the bottom. Moving on to the back, we get the primary camera with LED flash in the middle. The Micromax logo is seen near the bottom along with the speaker grille at the bottom right. Upon opening the back cover, there is a 1800mAh battery (removable) along with SIM card (micro) slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. Overall, the Micromax Vdeo 2 has an ergonomic design and good build quality.
The Micromax Vdeo 2 features a 4.5-inch IPS display that comes with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA). It is a very compact display and the resolution is on the lower side. However, the color saturation is on point and it looks quite good. The texts and videos may not look very crispy but they do not look pixellated as well. It is not an ideal device for content consumption as it has a tiny display but you can perform the basis day-to-day tasks without any issue. The viewing angles are decent, brightness levels are average and sunlight legibility is quite good. We get an ambient light sensor and hence you do not have to manually adjust the brightness depending upon the surroundings. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass but Micromax has not mentioned its version. It does its job of protecting the screen from daily wear and tear but do not expect it to protect your display from drops.
The touch response of the Vdeo 2 is fluid and we did not feel any lag or delay. It is mainly because of the Corning Gorilla Glass protection and great quality display panel. Overall, the Micromax Vdeo 2 has a basic display that is very compact in size.
The Micromax Vdeo 2 is powered by a Spreadtrum quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz along with 1GB RAM. It is the one of the most basic chipsets in this price segment but it is being used in a lot of smartphones. The Vdeo 2 is capable of handling most of the day-to-day tasks without showing much lag or stuttering but it does lag a bit here and there, specially while running heavy apps and games. Most of the popular apps and games open up fairly quickly. Intense multitasking cannot be performed on this phone but you can run a couple of apps in the background. The phone can also run a lot of 3D games but it definitely struggles with the high-end graphics intensive ones. So it is not a good phone for gaming but you can enjoy some games for sure. The Vdeo 2 has 8GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 4GB of free space.
However, you can use a 32GB microSD card to bump up your storage.
Talking about the department of networking and connectivity, there is Dual SIM (micro) support along with a dedicated microSD card slot. We also get 4G VoLTE support on both the SIM card slots but you cannot use them simultaneously. The battery capacity of the Vdeo 2 is 1800mAh and it is removable but there is no fast charging support as expected. It looks quite small on paper but you will get up to one day of battery life with moderate usage.
Overall, the performance of the Micromax Vdeo 2 is a moderate performer compared to its peers.
The Micromax Vdeo 2 features a 5 megapixel primary camera at the back. It is a good camera but certainly not the best in its class. In terms of picture quality, the color accuracy is quite good and we got a lot of details in the photos shot in daylight conditions. However, in low lighting environments, the images had a lot of noise and grain. We also did not get any detail in the images. The focusing mechanism is quite slow but it is accurate most of the times. HDR shots are quite good and offer some amount of dynamic range. Macro shots also give some decent depth of field effect. On the front, there is a 2 megapixel shooter for taking selfies. It is nothing special but can take moderately good selfies. We also get basic beautification options for enhancing them as well.
The camera app of the Vdeo 2 is very easy to use as it has a simple interface. We get a couple of shooting modes in the stock camera app but for optimal performance you might install a third-party app. The primary camera can record HD videos but the quality is just below average. Overall, the camera department of the Micromax Vdeo 2 is quite good but not the best in their class.
The speaker grille of the Micromax Vdeo 2 is located at the right bottom on the back side. The audio quality of the loudspeaker is quite good and it is very audible as well. The audio distorts a bit at the highest volume levels. The mono speaker is placed on the back side and hence if you the keep the phone on a flat surface, the sound will get muffled for sure like any other phone with a loudspeaker located on the back side. We get a default music player but for the best experience you can download a third-party app as the stock app does not come with a lot of features. Also, do use a nice pair of earphones while listening to music, watching videos or playing games for best audio experience.
The Vdeo 2 from the house of Micromax can easily play HD videos but it really cannot handle Full HD videos and lags a bit. This is mainly due to the low-end processor and average display. For best video watching experience, do download a third-party app like VLC Media Player. Overall, the audio and video quality of the Micromax Vdeo 2 is very satisfactory.
The Micromax Vdeo 2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box. The phone has not received any update yet and thus you will have to use Marshmallow forever if you purchase the Vdeo 2. However, it is not the worst thing as we are getting an almost stock Android experience, which is much better than most custom OS for sure. The UI looks quite modern and feels smooth. We faced occasional lags and stuttering but that is quite common for basic low-end smartphones. There are some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily delete them if you do not want to use them and save up on some space. In order to give the phone a modern look along with current app icons of Android Oreo, you can install third-party themes such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher.
Overall, the UI of the Micromax Vdeo 2 feels quite fluid and it runs on Marshmallow OS.