Bud­get mo­bile with a good selfie cam­era and full-size dis­play

The Sunday Guardian - - TECHNOLOGIC -

Mi­cro­max In­fin­ity N12 By Mi­cro­max

Price: Rs 9,999

In a list of top smart­phone play­ers in the In­dian mar­ket for the third quar­ter of 2018, Mi­cro­max made a sur­prise en­try after a long hia­tus, once again bring­ing back the do­mes­tic hand­set player into the spot­light. With a 9% share in the over­all ship­ments of smart­phones in India, Mi­cro­max sur­passed OPPO to oc­cupy the fourth po­si­tion in the list after Xiaomi (27%), Sam­sung (23 %) and Vivo (10%), ac­cord­ing to Coun­ter­point Re­search.

While much of that lead is at­trib­uted to a con­tract with the Ch­hat­tis­garh gov­ern­ment for the sup­ply of five mil­lion smart­phones, Mi­cro­max seems to be gear­ing up to give its Chi­nese ri­vals some com­pe­ti­tion, es­pe­cially in the sub-rs 10,000 mar­ket.

The launch of its first “notch” se­ries of smart­phones—the In­fin­ity N11 and In­fin­ity N12—for Rs 8,999 and Rs 9,999, re­spec­tively in De­cem­ber can be seen as a step in that direc­tion.

And the In­fin­ity N12 that we used for some time does sur­prise with a good front-shooter, big dis­play and a de­cent bat­tery. Let’s find out how it works. Pow­ered by the Me­di­atek He­lio P22 pro­ces­sor, the In­fin­ity N12 is 3GB phone with 32GB in­ter­nal stor­age. It sup­ports dual SIM and also has a ded­i­cated mi­crosd slot that al­lows one to ex­tend the mem­ory up to 128GB.

In terms of de­sign, it of­fers con­sumers a de­cent look within a bud­get. While the dual rear cam­era set-up and the LED flash are ver­ti­cally aligned in one cor­ner, the fin­ger­print sen­sor is cen­trally lo­cated.

From the front, the power but­ton stands alone on the right side­bar, while the vol­ume but­tons are placed on the left. The SIM tray is placed at the top of the de­vice.

The rounded cor­ners of the phone help pro­vide an easy grip and the thin bezels on the sides oc­cupy very lit­tle space of the screen, en­hanc­ing the video view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The bot­tom chin is, how­ever, big.

The 6.19-inch dis­play comes with HD+ res­o­lu­tion and 18.9:9 as­pect ra­tio. The phone runs An­droid 8.1 Oreo OS and houses a 4,000 mah bat­tery, which is good enough to last a day after mod­er­ate level of usage.

The large bat­tery, how­ever, is not the only high­light of the phone. The 16MP front cam­era that Mi­cro­max of­fers at subrs 10,000 cap­tured much bet­ter pic­tures than what we could with some costlier de­vices. The front cam­era picked up the de­tails well, even of the back­ground.

We found the fin­ger­print sen­sor work­ing very fast. In terms of user in­ter­face and over­all performance, our ex­pe­ri­ence was smooth.

What did not work?

As much as we liked the front shooter, the 13MP+5MP rear cam­era was equally dis­ap­point­ing. The cam­era cap­tured pho­tos well only in suf­fi­cient day­light. In most other con­di­tions, they came out very grainy.

While the sound qual­ity was also not to our sat­is­fac­tion, we also found the face un­lock fea­ture full of glitches.

And, even as the phone houses a big bat­tery, it does not of­fer any fast-charg­ing ca­pa­bil­ity as it sup­ports USB 2.0.

The phone also comes with a lot of pre-loaded apps which users may find use­less.

Con­clu­sion: Com­pared to many of its pop­u­lar com­peti­tors like the Xiaomi Redmi 6 and Honor 7A, Mi­cro­max In­fin­ity N12 of­fers bet­ter fea­tures in sev­eral seg­ments.

With a good selfie cam­era, am­ple bat­tery and a big dis­play, the phone has the po­ten­tial to strike the right chord with the youth of the coun­try. — Gokul Bhaga­bati, IANS

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