Design

1/5Design
Design
The biggest poster child of the Indian smartphone market has a lot to prove after a long hiatus from action. WIth the Dual 5, Micromax Mobiles has embarked on a premium and expensive adventure. It sports an inverted pyramid shaped back with gently rounded edges for better ergonomics.

The rear sports a metallic matte finish while the edges are lined with diamond-cut chamfer which kind of dig into the palms of the user.

Display

2/5Display
Display
With a 86 per cent screen-to-body ratio, the 5.5-inch Dual 5 is a monster to hold. Micromax has used a Super AMOLED panel that renders vivid and lush colours and is also battery efficient. It also provides decent sunlight legibility although brightness levels under sunlight could have been better. For protection, there is 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection on top of the display.

Hardware

3/5Hardware
Hardware
To power its flagship, Micromax is using the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. During our review, we found the hardware combination makes the phone run without a hitch in day to day performance. The phone comes with an Adreno 510 GPU which can handle graphics-intensive games without any drops in frame rates.

However, the phone did tend to get a bit too warm at times, however, Micromax has bundled a temperature monitoring app that comes with a ‘cool down’ button that might help matters.

Software

4/5Software
Software
The software on the Dual 5 somewhat mars the otherwise good package that the smartphone comes with. The phone runs on an outdated QiKU 360 OS with Android 6.0 Marshmallow underneath. Although it does sport some innovative features, it is quite clunky and memory-intensive.

There is no app-drawer and the settings page is quite cluttered. It does come with a programmable button on the left which can be customised to launch just about any service. It also w up as the camera shutter button.

On top of this, the Dual 5 sports military-grade CC EAL5+ security certification that offers secure vaults and dual profiles. It’s similar to the secure enclave in Apple’s A10 processor, but it is a separate chip that houses the fingerprint data and passwords under heavy encryption.

There is a dedicated safe switch which prevents anyone from shutting down the device without a password. Any attempt to dislodge the SIM card will make the phone take a photo of the perpetrator and lock down.

Battery

5/5Battery
Battery
The Dual 5 comes with a decently capacious 3,200mAh battery that in our review, lasted around 15 hours on a single charge with heavy usage. It comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 that can charge the phone to full capacity in about 45 minutes using a USB Type-C charger.