Indian phone maker Micromax today, on December 18, launched the Infinity N12 in its Infinity N series lineup, targeting the large mass of budget phone buyers in India. The phone comes in only one variant and is priced at INR 9,999. While on paper it sounds like good value for money, the budget phone has to meet the challenge of a crowded segment.
The new ASUS Zenfone Max M2 will go on sale from December 20 for INR 9,999, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage, which is exactly the configuration of the Infinity N12. Then there is the already-popular Realme 2, costing even less at INR 9,499 for the same size of RAM and storage. Should you then still buy the Micromax Infinity N12?
Micromax Infinity N12 Against Competition: The Heart of The Matter
The Micromax Infinity N12 is powered by MediaTek Helio P22, which is made from 12nm FinFET process, giving it an edge over the 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets powering the Realme 2 and ASUS Zenfone Max M2. However, the P22 chipset does not provide 4K video recording support, while the Snapdragon 632 powering the Zenfone Max M2 does. The MediaTek chipset is speedier, yes, but both the Snapdragon 450 and Snapdragon 632 get Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 support, although, the phones don’t come with that adapter. The point is, fast charging will be limited with the new Micromax handset, while you can always buy a QuickCharge 3.0 adapter for the Realme 2 and the Zenfone Max 2.
All three of these chipsets are octa-core, but the Helio P22 is clocked at 2.0GHz as opposed to the 1.8GHz frequency achieved by the Snapdragon processors. Also, the P22 chipset is based on 12nm process and hence the Infinity N12 is about 15 percent more power efficient, at least as claimed by MediaTek. What you need to note, however, is that Snapdragon users have been much happier with the dependability of the heart of their handsets as compared to MediaTek chipset users.
Micromax Infinity N12 Has A Better Selfie Camera
Perhaps, what would matter to you more than the chipset is that the Micromax Infinity N12 offers a strong 16MP front camera, while the Realme 2 and ASUS Zenfone Max M2 both get 8MP selfie shooters. Also, while all three of these handsets have a 13MP primary rear camera, the depth sensor on the new Infinity N12 is larger at 5MP in comparison to the 2MP depth sensor you get on the other two devices.
45 Days For A Share Of The Pie
The Micromax Infinity N12 will go on sale from December 25, and Micromax has promised a firmware upgrade from Android 8.1 Oreo to Android 9 Pie in 45 days. The Zenfone Max M2 is slated to get its share of the pie in January 2019, and the Realme 2 will also get Android 9 Pie soon but it could be either in the first or the second quarter of 2019–there is no clarity about the exact timeline. If you prefer some additional features via ColorOS on top of Android, you can go for the Realme 2, but if stock Android is your thing, the Zenfone Max M2 and Infinity N12 are pretty much on the same page.
Should You, Should You Not?
All three of these phones pack in batteries that are 4000mAh or larger, sport 6.2-inch HD+ notch displays, offer dual-rear cameras with AI enhancements, and come equipped with new-age standards such as Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor. While the Infinity N12 offers a nice dual-tone finish on the back panel, neither this phone nor the new ASUS handset is any match to the superb-looking Realme 2 with its diamond finish back panel. The ASUS Zenfone Max M2 is likely to be the most reliable handset owing to its Snapdragon 632 processor, but the Realme 2 is a better looking phone and has the largest battery (4230mAh). For those of you looking for a nice selfie phone in this budget, the Infinity N12 with its 16MP front camera is a clear winner.