Micromax finally debuted its much-hyped In sub-brand with the launch of Micromax In Note 1 and In 1B smartphones. While the former is a budget offering, the latter comes in as an entry-level smartphone. The Micromax In Note 1B offers key features like stock Android, a beefy battery, USB Type-C, and MediaTek Helio G35 SoC.
The In 1B has been launched in two configurations with the prices starting at Rs 6,999 and it goes up against the likes of the Realme C11 (review) and Redmi 9 in India. Let’s find out if the smartphone lives up to the hype and has what it takes to compete with these two smartphones.
Micromax In 1B vs Realme C11 vs Redmi 9: price in India
The Micromax In 1B comes in 2GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB variants in India. The brand has priced these models at Rs 6,999 and Rs 7,999, respectively. The In 1B is being offered in purple, blue, and green colours. The smartphone will go on sale from November 26th through Micr0maxinfo.com and Flipkart.
The Realme C11 comes in a single configuration with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage with a price tag of Rs 7,499. Realme is offering the handset in Rich Green and Rich Grey colours. It can be picked up from Realme.com and Flipkart.
Lastly, the Redmi 9 is available in 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB configurations priced at Rs 8,999 and Rs 9,999, respectively. It can be purchased in Carbon Black, Sky Blue and Sporty Orange colours. The smartphone is available from Amazon, mi.com, Mi Studio and offline retail partners.
Winner: Micromax In 1B
Micromax In 1B vs Realme C11 vs Redmi 9: display
The Micromax In 1B comes with an IPS LCD screen featuring a waterdrop notch. The screen measures 6.5-inches and bears HD+ resolution. The Realme C11 and Redmi 9 also feature a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch. However, the Realme C11 is the only offering here with a layer of protective Gorilla Glass on the display.
Winner: Realme C11
Micromax In 1B vs Realme C11 vs Redmi 9: performance and software
All three smartphones in contention here are powered by the budget gaming-centric processor from MediaTek, the Helio G35. This is a 12nm octa-core unit with a 2.3GHz clock speed. This means that the matter comes down to the configurations being offered and software.
The Realme C11 is the only smartphone among the three which comes in a single configuration with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Micromax In 1B comes in 2GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB configurations. The Redmi 9 shines here with 4GB RAM across both variants with 64GB or 128GB storage.
In the software department, the Micromax In 1B features stock Android 10 with an assured two years of updates. The Realme C11 and Redmi 9 also boot Android 10 out of the box but with Realme UI and MIUI 12 on top, respectively.
Winner: Redmi 9
Micromax In 1B vs Realme C11 vs Redmi 9: cameras
The Micromax In 1B features a dual-camera setup on the back with a 13-megapixel primary lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. In the front, the waterdrop notch houses an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The Redmi 9 and Realme C11 also feature a dual 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel setups on the back, and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.
Winner: Micromax In 1B
Micromax In 1B vs Realme C11 vs Redmi 9: battery
Lastly, the Micromax In 1B features a 5,000mAh battery with USB Type-C and reverse charging. The Realme C11 and Redmi 9 also feature a 5,000mAh battery but comes with a micro-USB port.
Winner: Micromax In 1B
Micromax In 1B vs Realme C11 vs Redmi 9: bottomline
The Micromax In 1B is a good comeback device by the local brand and offers features like 8-megapixel selfie camera, stock Android and USB Type-C. It misses out on the protective layer in the display department and a higher 4GB + 128GB configuration in the performance section, but those are not deal-breakers. And the fact remains that the brand is offering a 4GB + 64GB variant for Rs 1,000 less compared to the Redmi 9. Therefore, if you are in the market for an affordable smartphone with good performance, decent cameras, stock Android 10 and good battery, Micromax In 1B checks all those boxes.
|Micromax In 1B||6.5-inch IPS LCD display, MediaTek Helio G35 chipset, up to 4GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, Android 10, 13MP dual rear cameras, 8MP selfie camera, 5,000mAh battery|
|Realme C11||6.5-inch IPS LCD display, MediaTek Helio G35 chipset, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, Android 10 based Realme UI, 13MP dual rear cameras, 5MP selfie camera, 5,000mAh battery|
|Redmi 9||6.53-inch display, MediaTek Helio G35 chipset, 4GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, Android 10 based MIUI 12, 13MP dual rear cameras, 5MP selfie camera, 5,000mAh battery|