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Micromax In Note 1 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Micromax In Note 1 Unboxing and First Impressions

After all the wait, the Micromax IN Note 1 unboxing is here and there’s a lot of hype around this phone because the price to specs ratio seems pretty good. So let’s not waste any more time and let’s check out the In Note 1.

Micromax In Note 1 Unboxing

The Micromax In Note 1 comes in a blue box with a bold ‘In‘ logo on the top. The smartphone is made in India, which many people look for when buying smartphones these days.

Box contents: You’ll get the 18W charging adapter, USB-A to USB-C cable, sim ejector tool, some manuals and that’s it. There’s no case or anything else.

Design and Build Quality

Moving on to the phone itself, there are two things that caught my attention when I first unboxed this. First is obviously its flashy back with the X pattern. This is a plastic back and it’s fine for a phone at this price. I personally like the white variant of the phone.

Micromax In Note 1 Design and Build Quality
Micromax In Note 1 Design and Build Quality

The second is that this is quite a big phone, it looks pretty usual in the photos but in the hand it does feel kind of big. As for the weight it, weighs in 195 grams.

Coming to the design though it’s got all the functionality you can expect. It got a fingerprint scanner on the back, a dedicated google assistant key which is a nice touch, headphone jack, USB-C port and a single speaker at the bottom which is very loud and decent (quality wise).

There’s also triple slot for two sims and a microSD card, so everything is kind of covered.

Micromax In Note 1: Display

Micromax In Note 1 has a 6.6 inch IPS lcd 1080p display with the punch hole design. It’s a modern looking display and I like that Micromax went with Full-HD unlike some makers who put HD displays in this price range.

Micromax In Note 1 Display
Micromax In Note 1 Display

The display looks good so far, it seems bright enough and it’s vibrant also. As for any screen protection, there’s no gorilla glass here but Micromax says there’s some sort of hardened glass here.

Apart from this, another thing to note is that the phone does not have the wide wine L1 license (it is required for hd playback and apps like Netflix and Prime video). Youtube videos play fine at 720p or 1080p but there’s no HD support in Netflix. You can only play videos in SD so that’s kind of an issue.

Micromax In Note 1: Software

Another thing I was really interested to check out in the new Micromax In smartphones is the software experience because that’s going to be the big highlight of these phones.

Micromax In Note 1 has no bloatware
Micromax In Note 1 has no bloatware

The In Note 1 brings an almost stock android experience because there are a few changes and editions here and there, but it’s mostly stock android and it’s a very clean experience. There’s absolutely no ads and there’s no bloatware.

There are a few basic apps like Gallery, Micromax’s camera app, FM radio, sound recorder, sim toolkit and that’s it. There’s no third party apps here, not even facebook – the usual suspect. So this is actually impressive and I like it.

As for these apps, they are fine except for gallery. The gallery app is actually the same gallery app that we used to get in 2014 – 2015 or even older phones. This is honestly outdated a bit, but I think it’s not a big deal because a lot of people use Google Photos and that’s a pretty good Gallery app.

Micromax In Note 1 Software
Micromax In Note 1 quick settings page and gesture settings

Talking about the few additions to stock android, it’s Android 10 here although 11 would have been nicer. Some of the things look a little different like the quick settings page but it’s not a big deal. I also noticed this set of gestures here that you can use in the phone.

There’s also a Dura speed feature which is basically a booster feature from MediaTek and there’s also a user guide. Apart from that there’s also face unlock here which works fine.

These additions are OK and honestly, I like the software experience on the In Note 1 especially with Micromax promising 2 years of updates.

Micromax In Note 1: Hardware

As of the Hardware specs, I think you already know it comes with Helio G85 SoC and 4 GB RAM, 64 or 128 GB emmc storage. MediaTek Helio G85 is not a hardcore gaming chipset and at this price I think it’s good enough for most things. On Antutu, it scores around 1,96,000.

Micromax In Note 1: Camera

The camera specs are also pretty good for the price. It has 48MP main camera, 5MP ultra wide angle lens and a couple of mandatory 2MP lenses. The 2MP lenses are fine because it shows that Micromax wants to compete.

Micromax In Note 1 cameras
Micromax In Note 1 cameras

As for the features, you get portrait mode, night mode, HDR, AIC detection, Pro mode etc. As for the photos, here are some of the shots and it’s too early to judge but I feel like the main camera does a good job when there’s good lighting.

There’s some over processing at times in the trees but mostly, the photos so far have looked good. When the light goes down there’s some struggles similar to a lot of other phones in the budget segment but I think the photos from the main camera are overall decent to good enough.

As for the 5MP ultra wide angle lens, here are some shots from it and honestly it has me a little doubtful so far because the photos don’t seem that good. The details go away and the photos look a bit faded to me.

When it comes to videos, there’s 1080p video recording support and the output is kind of OK. There’s sudden exposure changes, the stability isn’t that good and the whole video has an over sharpened look.

As for the front camera it’s a 16MP sensor and I think it does a decent job so no problems here. Overall, i found the main camera to be fairly good but I’m not so sure about the other cameras.

Battery and Charging

On the battery front, you get a 5000 mAh battery and from my use so far, I think the battery performance should hold up very good.

Micromax In Note 1 Battery and Charging
Micromax In Note 1 comes with 18W fast charger the box

As for the charging, you get a 18W charger in the box which should be decently fast, so no problems here. This also supports wired reverse charging, so you can use this phone as a power bank.

When it comes to connectivity, there’s 2.4GHz and 5GHz wi-fi support, dual VoLTE and voice over wi-fi support, bluetooth 5.0 and it has the whole bunch of usual sensors as well.

Micromax In Note 1 First impressions

Talking to the pricing, the Micromax In Note 1 starts at a 10,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant and goes upto 12,499 for the 4GB + 128GB variant.

Also see: Micromax In 1B and In Note 1 specifications and price

Back Panel of Micromax In Note 1
Back Panel of Micromax In Note 1

This is not my review, these are kind of my first impressions on the Micromax In Note 1. I think the In Note 1 seems like a pretty good well-rounded phone for the price. The design is decent, the display looks good and the fact that it has a bloatware free ad free stock android experience is a big deal.

I think I’ll have a better idea of the camera performance once I’ve compared it to other phones from Xiaomi and Realme. Also, the long-term performance, the software optimization, these are things that I will get clarity on once I’ve used the phone for at least a week.

So I’m going to keep testing out the In Note 1 and I’d love to know your thoughts on this phone in the comments down below. So make sure to comment your thoughts. Also give this Micromax In Note 1 Unboxing a share.

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