Micromax Bharat 5  +1 variation


launchDec, 2017

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  • Plastic rear panel - while budget phones typically do come with a plastic rear panel, makers try to give a faux metal finish for a more premium feel, much like the Redmi 5A - the Bharat 5, however, looks a bit cheap
  • You'll also start noticing scratches and wear on the back after a week or two
  • The glossy rear panel also gets quite smudgy and you'll find yourself wiping it off a few times during the day, if you can't stand the sight of a smudgy phone
  • Quite bulky and heavy at 10mm thickness and 170 grams - this makes the phone difficult to handle with one hand despite its small form factor - the bulky build may put people off who are looking for a more sleek and compact budget phone


  • Average display - you won't get sharp or vivid colours and the brightness levels are pretty low - it looks average indoors even at its maximum level, and struggles further outdoors and under bright sunlight - the colours are there but feel washed out and dull - compared to the Redmi 5A, which also comes with a 720p display, the Bharat 5 fares poorly, which is quite disappointing at this price point


  • Very ordinary performance - at this price point, keeping only a single gig of RAM is disappointing - the Redmi 5A offers 2GB of RAM for around the same price point, and so does the older Moto C - the Bharat 5 does not handle multitasking well and apps will run slow depending on how many are running in the background - lags and stutters abound while using the handset, especially when browsing heavy websites or quickly switching between apps - you'll also face drops in frame rate even while playing 8-bit games like Crossy Road - there will also be occasional app crashes


  • Decent front camera - with a reasonably good portrait mode - outdoors, the bokehs are bright and capture the subject decently - normal selfies captured look just fine indoors but the camera generally performs better under ideal outdoor lighting
  • The rear camera is quite disappointing too - it is slow, especially at night where you'll find it quite difficult to get a steady shot as it suffers from poor focus - while outdoor captures under bright sunlight lets in too much light and you'll find yourself adjusting the brightness for a bit before snapping the photo - the Bokeh Mode here is not what you would expect either - what you get is a circular patch in focus that can be expanded or contracted via the aperture slider, blurring everything else in the background - the problem is that the focused patch will not only capture the subject, but also everything behind it within that circle - for a little more, you'll get a 13-megapixel camera with the Redmi 5A, which is likely to be a better bet as far as cameras are concerned


  • The dual bottom speakers are pretty loud


  • Impressive battery life - you should get about a day and a half on intensive use before you find yourself reaching for the charger


  • On the whole, the design, hardware and rear camera are underwhelming should make you think twice before purchasing the Bharat 5 - buy it only for its big battery life - for everything else there are better phones in the market in this price segment today

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Micromax Bharat 5 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.1 NougatNo updates expected
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.2 inches
Screen Resolution720x1280 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • G-sensor
Processor1.3 GHz, Quad Core, Mediatek
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 64 GB
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Battery Standby500 hrs
Weight170 gmMedium
Thickness9.8 mmThick
Width73.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Primary Camera5.0MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
Other Camera Features
  • Panorama
  • Time Lapse
  • Watermark
  • Beauty Mode
  • Bokeh
Secondary Camera5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • LED Flash
  • Portrait Mode
  • Beauty Mode
  • Time Lapse
  • Watermark
Connecting PortUSB
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
FM RadioYes

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