Micromax, just before the end of 2018, announced two new phones- the Infinity N12 and the N11 in India. The domestic smartphone maker for the first time adopted the notch display trend that has been quite common this year. Both the Infinity N11 and N12 come with a wide notch at the top of the display with an unusual 18.9:9 aspect ratio.
Both the phones are similar in terms of specs except for the memory and front camera. Their other highlights are dual rear cameras and a big 4,000mAh battery. We spent some time with the Infinity N12 and here are our first impressions about it.
Micromax‘s new phones come with a completely new design because of the notch on top of the display. Besides the notch, the glossy back finish makes the N12 quite attractive. The build quality looks good despite the chassis is built out of plastic. The phone comes in blue, black and red colors and the red color which we have for review looked too glossy. Also, this metallic finish is prone to smudges.
The phone fits well in one hand because of the rounded corners and curved edges. It is lightweight too, despite having the 4,000mAh battery.
The power buttons and volume rockers are well located on the right side. The Micro-USB port and headphone jack are at the bottom and SIM card tray is at the top. It used dedicated microSD and SIM card slots.
Overall, build quality and design wise Infinity N12 looks reasonable.
The Micromax Infinity N12 sports a 6.19-inch HD+ IPS display with an 18.9:9 aspect ratio. The Infinity N12 comes with a notch on top of the screen just like many other phones launched in 2018. The notch is wide and houses the front camera and the ear-piece. The bezels around the screen are thin but there is a noticeable chin at the bottom.
The screen is bright, shows vibrant colors and viewing angles are wide. Given the quality of the display, the Infinity N12 is definitely a great device under Rs. 10,000.
The Micromax Infinity N12 comes with dual cameras at the back. The 13+5MP setup used the in phone offers some good pictures in good lighting. The second camera is used for depth sensing and portrait mode shots show some effective results with depth in the background of pictures.
The default auto mode clicks good pictures, but, AI mode images do look better. The camera clicked some sharp images in indoor lighting condition. The images were clear in terms of details as well.
The camera UI is very simple but has small size text. There are several modes in the camera app like Beauty, Bokeh, Panorama, Time Lapse, and a new FaceCute mode which is Micromax’s AR sticker feature.
The Infinity N12 has a 16MP camera at the front for selfies. The front camera also comes with a flash and uses special AI features to click better selfies.
The selfies clicked with N12 showed some details but lack the good contrast level. The AI mode improves the exposure and lighting but photos still don’t have good details and contrast.
The Micromax Infinity N12 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor. The chipset is manufactured on a 12nm process and also has a dedicated AI co-processor. It is an entry-level processor that has eight Cortex-A53 cores with clock speeds of up to 2.0GHz. Still, it performs well while doing moderate gaming multitasking.
The phone runs on stock Android 8.1 Oreo and the company also claims to push Android 9 Pie update within 45 days of launch. The phone’s UI is simple with no extra apps and there is no lag while opening apps or switching between apps. The scrolling through the launcher is also quite smooth.
Micromax has always offered a big battery in their phones. The Infinity N12 is also not an exception. The phone has a massive 4,000mAh battery that the company claims to deliver up to 30 hours of talk-time.
With the Infinity N11 and Infinity N12, Micromax is trying to catch up with the fast-growing smartphone industry. The newly launched Micromax Infinity N12 is probably not the best smartphone in the segment right now, but it does have some cool features like a bright notch display, glossy back design, and stock Android experience. The cameras are also not that bad. So, this phone could be a great choice for those who are looking to spend less than Rs. 10,000 for a new phone.