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Micromax Vdeo 4

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Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 8 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Micro + Micro
  • No Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass
  • FM Radio

Specifications

General
Launch DateJanuary 27, 2017 (Official)
BrandMicromax
ModelVdeo 4
Operating SystemAndroid v6.0 (Marshmallow)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensor
Design
Height145.5 mm
Width71.5 mm
Thickness9.8 mm
Weight158 grams
Build MaterialCase: Metal
ColoursGrey, Champagne
Display
Screen Size5.0 inches (12.7 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density294 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)66.09 %
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
ProcessorQuad core, 1.1 GHz, Cortex A7
GraphicsAdreno 304
RAM1 GB
Storage
Internal Memory8 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
Camera
Resolution2 MP Front Camera
Autofocus
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 Recording1280x720 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity4000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
TalkTimeUp to 24 Hours(3G)
Standby timeUp to 350 Hours(3G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro, SIM2: Micro
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 Sensor
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Micromax Vdeo 4 is a good low-end budget smartphone. It comes with a standard HD display and has good build quality. The overall performance is pretty solid and we get near stock Android experience as well. However, the OS will not receive any update. The primary rear camera is quite good but the selfie camera is average. The battery life is one of the best in its class as well. Overall, we would recommend the Vdeo 4 if you want a solid phone with great battery life but would not mind 1GB RAM. If you want to check out other options in this segment, do have a look at the YU YUNIQUE 2, XOLO Era 2X, Swipe Elite 3 and Sansui Horizon 2.

Introduction:

Micromax Informatics, one of the biggest smartphone manufacturer in India, had launched the Vdeo 4 smartphone back in January 2017. It is a low-end budget smartphone that is being targeted at users looking for a premium smartphone experience. The main USP of this phone is its build quality, display and battery life. As the name suggests, the device is also aimed at promoting the video calling feature and make it as mainstream as normal calling. This is certainly possible in the next few years as the whole country is now getting good data connectivity. So let us check out the Micromax Vdeo 4 review in order to find out it is a good smartphone or not. However, do glance your way through the specifications of the phone before reading our full review.

The Micromax Vdeo 4 is powered by a Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor, that comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB). The phone sports a 5-inch HD display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box. In the camera department, we get a 8 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, ambient light and proximity sensor. Under the hood, there is a 4000mAh non-removable battery.

Design & Display:

The Micromax Vdeo 4 has a compact body, which is made out of plastic. However, the phone has a metallic look and hence it does look very premium for its pricing. The Vdeo 4 has a solid build quality and it does not feel plasticky or flimsy in hands. Micromax Informatics has done a good job in ensuring top-notch build quality of a low-end budget smartphone. The phone can be easily used with one hand and since it is mostly targeted at first time smartphone users, they will find it very easy to use. The Vdeo 4 has an ergonomic design and holding the phone for long durations won't cause any damage to your hands. The curved edges provide added grip.

Starting with the front side, we get a 5-inch display panel along with the selfie camera, earpiece, LED notification and couple of sensors. We do not have any capacitive buttons below the display since it comes with on-screen navigation buttons. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are located on the right side, while the left side remains clean. 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 at the  top left. The Micromax logo is seen below it and the speaker grille is found at the bottom. Upon opening the back cover, there is a 4000mAh battery (non-removable) along with SIM card (micro) slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. Overall, the Micromax Vdeo 4 looks quite premium and offers a good build quality.

The Micromax Vdeo 4 comes with a 5-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (HD). It is an ideal display for this price segment but many manufacturers still ship their smartphones with a FWVGA panel and hence this display looks very impressive. The colors are on point and thus the texts and videos look very crisp. You will love to consume a lot of high-definition content on this display and play a lot of games. The brightness levels are on the higher side, the viewing angles are good and sunlight legibility is decent as well. We get an ambient light sensor and hence you do not have to manually adjust the brightness depending upon the surroundings. The screen is also protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass but the company has not mentioned its version. It will certainly not save the phone from drops but you can expect some scratch protection from daily wear and tear.

The touch response of the Vdeo 4 is very good as we did not find any visible delay or lag. It is mainly because of the Corning Gorilla Glass protection and great quality display panel. Overall, the Micromax Vdeo 4 includes a very standard HD display that is ideal for one-handed usage.

Performance:

The Micromax Vdeo 4 is powered by a Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz along with 1GB RAM. It is the one of the most low-end chipsets from the house of Qualcomm but it is better than other processors for sure. Thus, the phone is quite smooth for most of the time and it can handle the day-to-day tasks pretty easily. You can run most of the popular apps and games with zero to minimal lag. Apps also open up fairly quickly. You cannot do intense multitasking on this phone but you can certainly run three four apps simultaneously because of the 1GB RAM onboard. The phone can also run a lot  of 3D games but it definitely struggles with the graphics intensive ones. The Vdeo 4 has 8GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 4GB of free space. Hence, a 32GB microSD card is definitely needed if you want to store some media files and apps.

Now coming to the department of connectivity, there is Dual SIM (micro) support along with a dedicated microSD card slot. On top of that we also get 4G VoLTE support. The battery capacity of the Vdeo 4 is 4000mAh and it is certainly one of the best in its segment. It will certainly last for couple of days with moderate usage and power saving modes. However, you need to charge the battery at night since it takes a long time as we do not have fast charging support.

Overall, the performance of the Micromax Vdeo 4 is very good and it is one of the best in its class.

Cameras:

In the camera department, the Micromax Vdeo 4 smartphone rocks a 8 megapixel primary rear camera. It is one of the best cameras in its price category and can click good images. In terms of image quality, the color accuracy is pretty good and we got a lot of details in the pictures shot in daylight outdoor conditions. Although, in low lighting environments, the photos had a lot of noise and lost out on details. The sensors take a bit of time to focus on objects but when it gets it spot on, the images come out very well. We get HDR mode and it is the best mode for outdoor shooting as it offers a lot of dynamic range. The macro shots were not the best but had a blur effect. The 2 megapixel selfie camera is above average but you can click occasional selfies using it.

The camera app of the Vdeo 4 has a simple and easy to use interface. Since this smartphone is targeted at first time smartphone users, they will be very comfortable in clicking pictures. There are a couple of shooting modes in the stock camera app but for optimal performance you can install a third-party app. The primary shooter can record HD videos but the quality is just about average. Overall, the camera department of the Micromax Vdeo 4 does a good job and is one of the best in its class.

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Audio & Video:

The tiny machine drilled speaker holes of the Micromax Vdeo 4 are located at the bottom of the back side. The audio quality of the loudspeaker is very audible and sounds good but it is not the loudest in its segment. The mono speaker is placed on the back side and thus if you the keep the phone on a flat surface, the sound will get muffled for sure like any other phone with a speaker on the back side. There is a default music player but for the best experience do download a third-party app since the stock app does not offer a lot of features.

The Vdeo 4 can play HD videos without any lag or stuttering but if you try to play Full HD content on the phone, it will cause frame drops and stuttering but you can play it. For best video watching experience, please download a third-party app like MX Player. Also, do use a good pair of headphones for the best audio experience while playing games or watching videos. Overall, the loudspeaker quality of the Micromax Vdeo 4 is pretty good.

Software & Ui:

Out of the box, the Micromax Vdeo 4 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Micromax has not updated its OS yet and you should not expect an update ever. So, if you purchase the Vdeo 4, you'll be stuck with Android Marshmallow OS until you use this phone. However, it is not the worst thing as well since you're getting an almost stock Android experience, which is much better than any custom OS for sure. The UI feels very fluid and smooth. There were occasional lags and frame drops but that is normal in low-end smartphones. We also get some pre-installed apps but if you do not use them, you can choose to delete those apps to free up some space. If you want to change the look of the device, then just download any third-party theme according to your preference and you're good to go.

Overall, the UI of the Micromax Vdeo 4 has a stock Android feel with Marshmallow onboard but it will not receive any update.

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