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 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. Well, apart these, there are many more interesting features to note and let's see how they have fared in the real time.
Powered by the Mediatek Helio P22 processor, the Infinity N12 is a 3GB phone (3GB RAM) 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.
Running on Android 8.1 Oreo, N12 comes with 6.19-inch HD+ display with 18.9:9 aspect ratio and a 4000mAh 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.
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 when there is sufficient daylight. In most other conditions, they came out very grainy. Sound quality was also not to our satisfaction, we also found the face unlock feature full of glitches.
Though the smartphone packs a big battery, there is no fast-charging facility as it supports USB 2.0. Having plenty of useless pre-loaded apps seems to be a major downside of the smartphone.
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.
(Image Courtesy: Micromax)