Micromax Evoke Dual Note Review: Flagship Features with Compromises

The entry-level market segment is flooded by the number of smartphone brands in India. The domestic OEM Micromax launched its low-cost handset Micromax Evoke Dual Note way back in August this year. The smartphone comes with a unibody metal built and claims to offers great looks and performance at a decent price. So, let’s take a look at the detailed review of the phone.

Unboxing

The Micromax Evoke Dual Note comes in a premium cardboard packaging. All the accessories are placed neatly arranged and placed intact in the box. The box includes the handset, 5V charging adaptor, earphone, User guide, screen protector, and a transparent back cover. The overall packaging is top notch considering its price point.

Specification

  • 5.5 inches Full HD IPS display comes with 2.5D curved glass protection.
  • 1.5GHz Octa-Core SoC.
  • 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM.
  • Android Nougat.
  • Dual 13MP + 5MP rear optics with Dual Tone Flash.
  • 5MP selfie camera.
  • Fingerprint sensor.
  • 3000mAh battery.

Design and Display

The Micromax Evoke Dual Note comes with a beautiful unibody metal design. The front of the phone adheres 5.5-inch display with a proximity sensor, earpiece, selfie camera, and flash on the top. While at the bottom, there is a home button which comes with a fingerprint sensor embedded in it. Coming to the back panel, the smartphone is packed a vertically alligned dual camera lens on the top center with Micromax logo at the bottom.

The left side of the phone contains volume rockers and power button. Whereas, on the right side there is a hybrid Dual SIM tray. The bottom of the smartphone featured a speaker grill with primary mic and USB Type-C port at the center. Nonetheless, the top of the phone is equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a secondary mic. The overall design of the phone is sleek and its offer decent form factor.

Regarding display, the Evoke Dual Note is packed with 5.5 inches Full HD IPS display which offers nice color saturation and contrast. The display provides decent sunlight legibility and good viewing angle. The brightness level is reasonable but it still lacks the punch in overall color gamut.

Camera

Micromax Evoke Dual Note is packed with a dual rear camera set up, i.e., 13MP and 5MP. The image quality in daylight is decent and its offers nice detailed shot every time. The overall sharpness is good with optimum contrast level. The portrait output/ Bokeh effect from the camera seems to be flimsy most of the time. It seems that Micromax tried hard to fine tune their camera software but the final images feel more artificial.

The camera interface is sluggish as we noticed some lag in switching between different camera mode. Moreover, the shutter speed is way too lower than expected, it takes about 4second to process the image entirely. In low light, the camera disappoints us, the images quality was below average and it didn’t offer good color saturation and details.

Nonetheless, the 5MP front camera image output is below average. The overall color saturation is washed out and its way to low on sharpness. Even in daylight, the detail in images is low and undersaturated. While in low light its just fall apart with fewer details and sharpness.

Performance

The Micromax Evoke Dual Note is powered by an Octa-core chipset paired with 4GB RAM. The device performs reasonably well across all functional aspects. The hardware of the phone offers good performance in multitasking and low graphics gameplay. The browsing experience was nice and its provide seamless switching between the apps. The smartphone is equipped with 32GB ROM and it runs on Android Nougat OS out of the box which offers nice overall experience. Moreover, in some cases, apps get crashed automatically which seems to be very annoying and ruins our overall experience.

In terms of battery, the Evoke Dual Note is backed by 3000mAh Non-removable Li-ion battery. The overall battery life is pathetic, it runs out of the juice on heavy usages on prolonged usage most of the time. Even in standby mode its back up degrades very fast and it seems that battery is not well synchronized with phone hardware. Regarding call quality, the smartphone offers nice network connectivity and we didn’t notice and any call drops or voice distortion during calls.

Pros

  • Good built quality.
  • Vivid Full HD display.
  • 4GB RAM.

Cons

  • Low battery backup.
  • Sub-par camera performance.
  • Low speaker volume.

Verdict

Micromax have a hard time in last the few years; their consumers base has been decreasing to a significant level. The reason is quite simple; their offerings are not sound enough to justify their price point. The Evoke Dual Note is an excellent handset in terms of design and hardware configuration but still, lack punch in camera and sound department. Moreover, the rivals like Redmi Note 4 and Nokia 3 are more suitable contenders in this price tag. All in all, this current offering from the Micromax is not good enough to sustain in this price domain.

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