Most entry-level smartphones struggle with running Android smoothly, let alone playing games or even taking decent photos. Micromax’s In 2b might not sound like there’s much going on when you look through the spec sheet, and that the Unisoc processor isn’t too confidence-inspiring either, as smartphone makers in this segment have stuck with MediaTek and Qualcomm processors so far. . However, after using the In 2b for a week, I have to say I am impressed with what it can do, even if it isn’t perfect.
Micromax In 2b price and variants
The base version of the Micromax In 2b 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage costs Rs. 8,499. There is also a 6 GB RAM variant, which also includes 64 GB of internal storage and is priced at Rs. 9,499. These are slightly higher than the official launch prices. It is worth noting that the In 2b supports up to 256 GB of expandable memory.
This phone seems to compete directly with the Poco C3 which is based on the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC. The Poco C3 also supports microSD cards up to 512 GB. There is also the recently launched Realme C21Y which offers similar specs.
Micromax In 2b Design
I received the Micromax In 2b in green, but it is also available in black and blue. The design looks quite basic and reminds me of the Redmi 9 Power (Review). The In 2b is relatively heavy at 190 grams. The back panel is made of plastic and has fine wavy grooves, making it easier to grip. The textured design on the back also helps keep fingerprints and smudges free. The same can also be said about the flat Rainbow Glass display on the front, which is quite surprising for a smartphone in this segment.
The bezels around the 6.52-inch LCD display are noticeably thick, with the chin at the bottom being the thickest. The display has a waterdrop-style notch that houses the 5-megapixel selfie camera.
The fingerprint scanner is on the back. It is easy to access and unlocks the smartphone instantly. The smartphone also offers 2D facial recognition, which worked well provided there was enough light.
As with some other entry-level smartphones, the speaker grille is on the back. A small dimple next to it helps prevent the speaker from being muted when the phone is placed on a flat surface.
Micromax In 2b Specifications and Software
The Micromax In 2b uses a Unisoc T610 SoC, a relatively new processor. It has two powerful ARM Cortex-A75 cores and six energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores, all clocked at 1.8GHz. Unisoc is not a common name, but the company has been around for a while. Since most entry-level smartphone buyers are first-time users, the processor brand may not be high on their priority list.
Micromax has even worked with Unisoc silicon in the past. Other companies like Realme have also started experimenting in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment. As I found, the Unisoc T610 did not disappoint.
The In 2b offers up to 64GB of eMMC 5.1 storage and 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM. Communication options include dual-band Wi-Fi ac, FM radio, Bluetooth 5, USB-OTG via the Type-C USB port, and a three-slot card tray. The phone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery and supports 10W charging.
The Micromax In 2b runs a stock version of Android 11, with minor tweaks in the Camera and Settings apps. You can customize the colors of the screen and customize gestures such as Easy Answer (answer a call when the phone is held to the ear) and Easy Bell (decreases the ringer volume when the phone is picked up). There are no third-party apps pre-installed and there are no promotional notifications like on some competing smartphones.
Micromax In 2b performance and battery life
The 6.52-inch LCD screen has an HD+ resolution (1600×720) with a waterdrop-style notch at the top. It is sufficiently bright in direct sunlight and has good viewing angles. Text and images looked relatively sharp for an entry-level smartphone. I had my doubts about the placement of the speaker at the back, but it turned out to be sufficiently loud for calling and gaming.
In everyday use, the Micromax In 2b felt quite smooth. It was quick to open apps and good at multitasking too. The phone behaves and performs like a mid-level budget smartphone, and this may have to do with the clean Android software and proper optimization.
The Micromax In 2b also performed very well for its price segment in benchmarks, with scores of 1,55,434 in AnTuTu and 348 and 1,180 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests, respectively. These scores are more comparable to the Samsung Galaxy F22 (Review) and much better than the Nokia G20 (Review), both of which are priced from around Rs. 12,000.
Game performance didn’t disappoint either. The Micromax In 2b could play most 3D games and it did so without heating up. Call of Duty: Mobile ran smoothly with the default settings for low graphics and medium frame rate. There was no delay and touch sampling was no problem either. Asphalt 9: Legends also ran smoothly with the default graphics setting, with detailed textures. Raising the quality to High did result in a drop in framerate, but the game was still playable.
The Micromax In 2b has a 5,000 mAh battery, which lasted 12 hours and 14 minutes in our HD video loop battery life test. This is below average for an entry-level smartphone, but with regular use, the In 2b easily lasted a day and a half; and this included an hour of gaming, which is pretty good. The included 10W charger was quite slow, taking 3 hours and 9 minutes to go from a dead battery to a 100 percent charge.
Micromax In 2b Cameras
The Micromax In 2b has a dual camera setup on the rear, including a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Selfies are handled by a 5 megapixel front camera. The camera interface offers the usual shooting modes (including a night mode) and has most important controls at your fingertips. The switch for AI scene recognition, which is usually found in the viewfinder of most camera apps, is instead located deeper in the settings. This is important because the AI is left on, often ruining photos with exaggerated colors. There are also independent toggles in the normal photo mode settings and also in the selfie photo mode settings.
Photos taken in daylight were decent at best, with colors looking a bit dull. HDR wasn’t handled too well. While most of the photos I took showed good dynamic range, several had magnified highlights. Details were average, but with noticeable noise.
Focusing was a little slow even in daylight and the camera took a few seconds to shoot portraits. These came out with decent detail, but with strange artifacts in the out-of-focus backgrounds, essentially rendering them useless. Selfies looked clean but with clipped highlights when taken in brighter environments. Close-ups had decent detail but looked a bit soft.
Photos taken in low light had little detail and were full of noise. These were still a lot better than the ones I captured with the night mode, blurring most of the details. The In 2b can record video at 1080p 30fps, but it lacks stabilization. Videos shot during the day were of average quality. Videos shot at night showed a lot of noise. These were jittery and mostly useless.
While the Micromax In 2b launched at a starting price of Rs. 7,999 and Rs. 8,999 for the variant with more RAM, the brand has increased these figures by Rs. 500 each. Still, with prices starting at Rs. 8,499, the Micromax In 2b gives you the basics in terms of specs, but offers a software experience and performance far better than the competition at this price point, and even some slightly more expensive smartphones. The gaming performance isn’t bad and I could play most games smoothly with average quality graphics that most other entry-level smartphones have a hard time delivering.
The disappointments are mainly limited to slow charging and camera performance. Photos and videos were about average, and this is where the Poco C3 (Review) seems to do a little better. There’s also Realme’s recently launched C21Y, which offers similar hardware with an additional 2MP macro camera on the back. If you’re on a tight budget and looking for an entry-level smartphone with a smooth and clean software experience, and don’t care much about shooting photos and videos, there’s no doubt that the Micromax In 2b should be high on your list.