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Micromax Unite 3 unboxing and first impressions: another budget segment soldier

|June 29 2015 |Android Phones, Micromax, First impressions

"With support for 10 Indian languages as its USP, the Micromax Unite 3 manages to grab some attention with its decent price to spec ratio"

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With a new smartphone being launched every other day, especially in the budget segment, we wonder if the manufacturers have lost track of the number of new models just like we have. Adding to the smartphone mob is the new Micromax Unite 3. The device's predecessor, the Micromax Unite 2 (review) emerged in the market as a strong contender in the budget segment. Is the younger sibling capable of following the footsteps? We can comment on that only after we review the device, but for now, here's a quick unboxing and our first impressions about the device.

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The Micromax Unite 2 comes in a regular white box with all the product information on the lid. Upon unveiling, you will find a rather simplistic smartphone resting on a flip-open tray. We got our demo model in white. Under the tray there was the usual compartment containing a battery, charger, earphones, a warranty card and user guides along with a screen protector.

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With a display that spans 4.7-inches and a rear panel which sports a matte finish, the Unite 3 fits snugly in the hands and doesn’t slip. The build quality of the device is decent and the back panel manages  to repel fingerprints to some extent. The display is flanked by wide bezels. The top houses a front camera, an ambient light sensor and the earpiece while three capacitive navigation keys are placed below the display. On the right spine you’ll find the power button and volume rocker. The micro-USB port is loacated on the bottom while the top is home to a 3.5mm audio socket.

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The back panel comprises the primary camera with an LED flash on the top left corner, speakers towards the bottom and Micromax branding in the centre. Since the device comes with a removable rear panel, we pried it open and found a cavity for the removable battery, a microSD card slot and two SIM slots - one that accepts a micro-SIM and the other that take a regular mini-SIM.

Under the hood is a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek (MTK6582M) SoC. The processor is mated to 1GB of RAM and a Mali-400MP2 GPU. There’s 8GB of on-board storage of about 4GB is available for use. The memory can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. Additionally, the device comes pre-loaded with apps like Snapdeal, Quikr, Paytm, ASKME, hotstar, MAd and Dr. Safety.

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The 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen comes with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. This translates to a pixel density of 199ppi. The primary shooter of the device is capable of capturing still images at 8MP and shooting videos at 720p and is assisted by features like autofocus and digital zoom. Apart from the option of capturing stills in HDR mode, the phone offers other modes like Panorama, Live Photo and Multi Angle View. The Micromax Unite 3 runs Android Lollipop out of the box and can support multiple languages. The device comes pre-loaded with 10 Indian languages. What backs up the device is a Li-ion battery rated at 2,120mAh promising to deliver up to 8 hours of talk time and 220 hours of standby time. The connectivity options on the device include 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth v4.0 along with GPS.

In our brief usage, the device didn’t disappoint. The performance was decent and there should be no significant lag in everyday usage. The screen was on par with the standards in the segment. At a price of Rs 5,694, the Micromax Unite 3 doesn’t seem like a bad deal. However, with its own siblings like Micromax Canvas Spark (review) and Micromax Canvas Fire 4, both of which rock a higher screen pixel density at lower prices, and better specced rivals such as the Xiaomi Redmi 2 (review) priced just marginally higher, it does face an uphill task ahead. 



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