Micromax is the market-leading mobile phone maker who has taken the Indian mobile phone market by storm with its affordable range of Micromax smartphones. Micromax understands the Indian consumer and works towards satisfying their needs as closely as it can. Micromax has now garnered enough experience to bring out some mature products in the market.
The Micromax Spark Vdeo is a smartphone which focuses on delivering video calling over 4G at an affordable price. Google Duo comes pre-loaded on the device. The phone also supports twelve regional languages with Indus OS. The Micromax Spark Vdeo is exclusively available on Snapdeal at a price of Rs. 4,399/-. Let us have a closer look at the device.
The Micromax Spark Video is made entirely out of plastic. The back panel is removable and gives access to the battery, the dual SIM cards, and the memory card slot. The removable back panel is painted with a glossy finish and features the Micromax logo in the center. The loudspeaker grill is located at the bottom in the form of a design which can only be described as a horizontal exclamation mark.
On the top, there is a big circular cut-out for the 5.0-megapixel autofocus camera which protrudes slightly from the back. Below that is the dual LED flash. Besides the camera is the hole for the primary microphone.
Over at the front, the fascia is all black and the display blends into the bezels when it is off. The 4.5” inch display dominates the front. The pill-shaped earpiece is located above the display flanked by the sensors and the 2.0-megapixel selfie camera. Below the display is the touch-capacitive Android navigation keys.
The Micromax Spark Vdeo features a 4.5” display which features a 4.5” display with a resolution of 450 x 854 pixels with a pixel density of 218 PPI. The display is clear and the colours are nicely saturated. Viewing angles are not great, but are acceptable. Outdoor legibility is not good and it’s a struggle to view the display in direct sunlight. All-in-all, this is decent display, but at this price, it could have been a little better.
The Micromax Spark Vdeo features a 5.0-megapixel autofocus camera which is supported by a single LED flash. The pictures clicked in daylight under ideal lighting conditions come out clear and well-lit. The 5.0-megapixel camera captures a decent amount of details. In low-light, the flash helps a little, but the range of the flash is limited. Subjects beyond the flash’s range appear dark and smudged.
The images also show a lot of noise. The selfie camera is 2.0-megapixel shooter which manages to capture sufficient amount of details in the images clicked. But the main selling point of this camera is video-calling; which takes place over Google’s Duo video-calling app. The quality of video calls is good and in this respect the front camera delivers.
The Micromax Spark Vdeo is powered by a quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832A processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It is supplemented by 1GB RAM and has 8GB built-in storage which can be increased up to 32GB via the microSD card slot. The dual SIMs, both run on 4G networks and support dual standby. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and supports 12 regional languages. The 1800mAH Li-Ion battery keeps the phone running for 5 hours of talk-time and 150 hours of standby time.
The 1GB RAM and 8GB storage are at par with phones in this price range. But the storage tends to fill up very fast and once that happens, the phone starts to lag and the 1GB RAM is not much of help here. The Micromax Spark Vdeo also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0, FM radio and A-GPS wireless connectivity.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Micromax Spark Vdeo Handset
· USB Cable
· Screen Guard
· User Manual and Warranty Card
ü Big 1800 mAh removable battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Bluetooth V4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with A-GPS support.
û Camera quality not up to the mark.
û 8GB built-in storage.
û 1GB RAM.
The Micromax Spark Vdeo is being marketed as a phone delivering video calling to the masses. On that promise, it delivers with Google Duo and a decent camera. The rest of the specifications are just about sufficient for it to qualify as a smartphone. The day-to-day tasks are accomplished with a minimum of fuss. The FM radio provides the entertainment and the expandable storage can hold large amounts of music and movies to keep the entertainment going on. The phone offers decent value for the money spent.
· Performance: 3 Stars.
· Value for Money: 3 Stars.