Price: Rs 3,499
Specifications: 4-inch (800 x 480 pixels), quad core 1.3Ghz Spreadtrum processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, microSD slot (up to 32GB supported), dual SIM, 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, FM radio, Android 6.0, 1,300mAh battery
4G and VoLTE has now become a household requirement thanks to Jio. However, for users on a tight budget, there are not many options available in the sub Rs 4,000 price segment. Micromax’s Bharat 2 is the latest smartphone in this price range with 4G and VoLTE connectivity.
The Bharat 2 feels sturdy for its size and features a removable back cover with a textured finish — this gives you a good grip on the phone. Under the cover is a removable battery, dual SIM slots (1 mini and 1 micro) and a dedicated microSD slot. It has the power and volume keys on the right side, 3.5mm jack on top and a microUSB port on the bottom. Overall, the phone feels good in the hand and even managed to survive a few accidental drops and bumps.
It has a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels — fairly common in a sub Rs 4,000 smartphone. The brightness is good but sunlight legibility is poor. There is no light sensor on the phone, so you have to manually set the brightness level.
Thankfully, the viewing angles are better than what we have seen on entry-level LYF devices. There are capacitive touch buttons under the screen for home, back and recent apps that work well, they are not backlit — we don’t expect backlit buttons in this price range, but it would have been a welcome addition.
This is one of the cheapest smartphones you can get today with 4G and VoLTE support. We used the phone with a Jio Sim and the phone had no issues connecting and using the 4G network. It is powered by a 1.3Ghz quad core Spreadtrum processor and comes with 512MB RAM. Micromax has cleverly chosen a near stock user interface on the Bharat 2. Since it has basic hardware, the phone manages to run smoothly thanks to the lack of embellishments. In our usage, the phone worked smoothly as long as there were not too many apps running in the background. It even managed to play Subway Surfer (albeit with some stuttering) and even managed to run a 720p HD video using MX player.
It has 4GB internal storage out of which only 2GB is available for the user — there is microSD slot for storage expansion and we suggest you get one along with the phone. Battery life is a mixed bag — with heavy usage of calls and 4G, the phone struggles to last from 9am to 3pm and you have to charge the phone again at night. However, if you work smartly and switch off 4G when not required, then the phone easily manages to last from 9am to 9pm.
You get a 2MP rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera. As with budget smartphones, the cameras are nothing much to write about. The rear camera struggled to capture details even in daylight — the images are good to view on the phone, but if you try to zoom-in you will see the lack of details. In low light, it is best not to use the phone’s camera at all. The front facing camera also suffers from similar issues.
One of the best things about the phone is its speakers — the loudspeaker as well as in-ear voice call speaker are loud and crisp. For its price, the Bharat 2 is meant for users who want to enjoy the latest 4G data connectivity but on a tight budget. For the same price, you should also consider the Swipe Konnect Star 4G that offers a larger 1,800mAh battery, 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.