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Bharat-1 First Opinion: The Jio Phone Rival Needs?

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The Bharat 1 is Micromax’s answer to the much-hyped offering from Reliance. With his Jio Phone, a ‘smart’ feature phone boasting VoLTE and offering media streaming capabilities The Jio Phone may be a special device, but with the launch of the new Micromax Bharat 1 today, I’d say it has a very strong competition to contend with. Heres the first impression about Bharat 1.

Domestic smartphone brand Micromax joined the bandwagon on Tuesday with its Bharat 1 4G VoLTE feature phone. Priced at Rs 2,200, Bharat 1 comes bundled with a Rs 97 monthly-plan from BSNL under which users get unlimited voice calls and data.

A look at the interface on the Micromax Bharat 1. Source (HT Photo)
A look at the interface on the Micromax Bharat 1.Source (HT Photo)

Launched in partnership with the state-owned operator BSNL, the Bharat 1 comes packed in a small box, with the outer sleeve bearing an image of the phone on top and keys specs on the back. The phone’s features are identical to that of the JioPhone, except that the former comes bundled with a cheaper data/voice call plan.

The phone sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display, powered by Qualcomm 205 processor, with 512MB RAM and 4GB storage. We explored inside the device to see which software has Micromax, but all we got is a kernel firmware that seems to have been picked from the layers that run Android. Micromax also confirmed that the Bharat-1 will let you access Live TV, watch movies, listen to music, and even access YouTube, which has made its way to the phone in the form of an icon

In terms of other features, the Bharat-1 supports 22 regional languages, torch, and comes with a set of applications that are likely to get updated in the coming months. The phone also offers front and rear cameras, with VGA (or 0.3-megapixel) and 2-megapixel sensors respectively.

You get all this loaded with a 2000mAh removable battery, micro USB port for charging, and 3.5-mm audio jack for FM Radio. But we’d also like to point out that this phone can be used with BSNL’s data plan, or they can even opt for SIM from telcos other than BSNL or Jio.

Well, it really depends. If you already own a smartphone, you might not want to purchase one of these Bharat-1 handsets. You will find that it takes worse images, and its display is unlikely to please your eyes. The phone is also very tiny and the keypad might ruin your experience. But that’s alright. Micromax hasn’t necessarily built the phone for you.The 4G feature phone wars have just begun, so let’s see how things go from here.

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