Micromax In 1B First Impressions
Micromax has returned to the Indian smartphone market with two devices, the In Note 1 and the In 1B. I’ve already spent some time with the In Note 1, which includes good hardware at a competitive price, and it seems that the In 1B is following the same strategy. This more affordable model features a MediaTek Helio G35 processor and comes in two variants with prices starting at Rs. 6,999 in India. So does Micromax In 1B have the potential to be a leader in the budget segment? I have the Micromax In 1B in my hands and here are my first impressions.
As in Note 1, the Micromax in 1B it also comes in a bright blue box. It ships together with a 10W charger, USB Type-C cable, and a screen protector in the box. The Micromax In 1B has a large 6.52-inch screen with HD + resolution and a 20: 9 aspect ratio. The chin under the screen is relatively thick, but this is acceptable given the price of the smartphone. I found the In 1B comfortable to hold, but getting to the top of the screen takes a quick movement in your hand.
Micromax The 1B has a plastic body with the power and volume buttons on the right, while the SIM tray and a dedicated Google Assistant button are on the left. You get two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion. I found the power button to be conveniently located, but the volume button requires a stretch to reach it. You get a USB Type-C port at the bottom of the In 1B, which is a nice move considering some of the competition has reverted to the old Micro-USB standard due to cost. The Type-C port is future proof and more convenient.
The Micromax In 1B will be available in three colors: purple, blue and green. I have a Purple review unit, which has a weathered finish on the back. The back design reminds me of Realme C11 (review). You get a dual camera module that doesn’t stick out much and is almost flush with the back of the smartphone. There is also a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, but I found it to be positioned a bit too high for my liking. You will find the speaker on the bottom rear of the Micromax In 1B.
Micromax has opted for the MediaTek Helio G35 processor to power the In 1B. The basic variant offers 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for Rs. 6,999, while the highest has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 7,999 respectively. I have the latter with me.
You get a 5,000 mAh battery in the Micromax In 1B. The supplied 10W charger will take a while to charge the large battery, but this is acceptable given the aggressive pricing of the smartphone. I’ll test battery life and charging speeds in the full review.
When you get to the software, you get almost stock Android with insignificant customizations, as in the Micromax Note 1. There are no bloatware apps pre-installed on the device, which is a huge plus. The Micromax In 1B runs Android 10 and my unit was running the October Android security patch. I found pre-installed Google apps and Micromax has added their own Radio and Sound Recorder apps.
Micromax has opted for a dual-camera setup on the back, consisting of a 13-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the In 1B has an 8-megapixel camera in the dewdrop notch. It will be interesting to see how the MediaTek Helio G35 and cameras work, and we will test them thoroughly. If you have your eyes on the Micromax In 1B, stay tuned for the full review, coming soon.