Micromax IN 2b is incredible value for money: Is this the best entry-level phone of 2021?

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Micromax IN 2b has just been announced in India, and it quickly caught my attention. I do not know of any other entry-level smartphone that is as attractive as this one right now on 2021. What makes the IN 2b so attractive? Let me walk you through.

First off, this is an entry-level Android smartphone. It costs $100 only. But this time, you get 4 GB of RAM. Usually, phones at this price offer you 2 GB. If you are extremely lucky, you will find one with 3 GB of RAM. But Micromax decided that chairman’s has to come early on 2021, and here you have a $100 smartphone with a whopping 4 GB RAM.

Is Micromax IN 2b the best entry-level Android phone of 2021?
Is Micromax IN 2b the best entry-level Android phone of 2021?

Even better, Micromax IN 2b has a variant with 6 GB RAM. Expect to pay around $120 for that. Again, that is insane value. 6 GB RAM is something you find in upper, mid-range smartphones. But generous RAM is not all that the IN 2b offers.

Entry-level smartphones usually come with smallish screens. Not this one. It has a fairly large 6.52-inch LCD panel. It has a water drop notch that houses the 5MP selfie camera.

At the back is a fingerprint scanner and a dual camera that is headlined by a 13MP snapper. The second lens is a 2MP depth sensor. Underneath the back panel is a large 5000mah, battery that is coupled with 10W charging. Not much faster than standard charging, but better it is still. And all of these in a cheap entry-level phone.

But the Micromax IN 2b isn’t done yet. The manufacturer says it runs bare Android. Stock Android: no pre-installed apps or bloat of any sort, so there is nothing to bog down your RAM and storage memory. Micromax says it offers a “seamless, lag-free experience”. It sounds believable. Plus, users will get 2 years of software updates. Colour me impressed.

Powering the phone is a basic Unisoc T610 chipset. Nothing special here. This is an entry-level chipset. The IN 2b is an entry-level phone after all, but combined with generous RAM and no bloat, the processor should be able to easily deliver that “no hang” experience that Micromax promises.

Internal storage is a generous 64 GB too. Whether you buy the 4G RAM option or the 6 GB RAM option, that is the only storage options available. And it is large already for its price point. If you want to add a memory card, there is a microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 256 GB. Again, the storage department has .me impressed. Here is a look at the specifications in summary.

Micromax IN 2b specs in summary

  • OS: Stock Android 11 + 2 years software updates
  • Network Type: 2G/3G/4G, dual-SIM, VoLTE
  • Display: 6.52-inch
  • Processor: Unisoc T610
  • Selfie Camera: 5 MP
  • Rear camera: 13 MP + 2 MP depth sensor
  • RAM: 4 GB. 6 GB
  • ROM: 64 GB
  • microSD Card: Up to 256 GB 
  • USB-C, 3.5 mm headphone jack, dual-band Wi-Fi, VoWiFi.
  • Battery: 5000 mAh + 10W charging
  • Colours: Black. Blue. Green. 

In summary, what we have in the Micromax IN 2b is a $100 phone with a 6.52″ display, 4G LTE, VoLTE, 4/6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, a 5000mAh battery, USB-C connectivity, 10W charging, stock Android, and a promise of two years software updates. It is tempting to say that Micromax IN 2b is the best entry-level Android phone of 2021.

it is available in India from August 8 at INR7,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant, and INR8,999 for the 6GB/64GB variant. You can buy it off Flipkart or from Micromax’s official website. The question now is, Why is Micromax not exporting this to South America, Africa, and the rest of Asia? I really would love to get my hands on one.

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