After launching the Unite 2 nearly a year back, Micromax launched the Unite 3 in India last week. The affordable smartphone not only runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box, but also boasts a unique keyboard that helps users translate or transliterate text in Indian languages easily. We spent some time with Micromax’s newest launch, and here are our first impressions.
The Unite 3 features a polycarbonate body with curved edges and Micromax has done a good job with the build quality. There doesn’t seem to be any cost cutting and while it may not have a premium feel to it, it doesn’t feel cheap either.
The front is dominated by the 4.7-inch display with generous amount of bezels surrounding the screen and capacitive buttons at the bottom. At the back there is 8-megapixel snapper on the top-left corner along with LED flash, the Micromax logo at the center and the speaker grille at the bottom.
Speaking of the display, on paper the WVGA screen lags behind some of Unite 3’s closest rivals like the Yu Yuphoria and the Xiaomi Redmi 2 (both flaunt HD displays). In the little time we have used the smartphone, the display has done a good enough job. It is bright and color reproduction is quite satisfactory as well.
Under the hood is a 1.3GHz MediaTek (MTK6582M) quad-core processor paired with a 1GB RAM. This is enough power to ensure a smooth performance, and we didn’t experience any major lags or stutters.
The talking point on the smartphone however is the unique ‘Swipe feature’ that lets users translate or transliterate text in Indian languages easily. Once you have selected a language, swiping any word translates it to the chosen language. The feature is integrated with the smartphone’s default keyboard, so if you type a word in English, and swipe, it is translated into any one of the regional languages of your choosing. Micromax offers a selection of 10 regional languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Bengali and Marathi.
In our experience, the feature’s translation capabilities were fairly accurate. We could also translate a SMS in English to Hindi with just a swipe. It is an interesting feature and is something that will be welcomed by people all over the country, and especially in places where English isn’t very common.
Moving on, in the photography department, the Unite 3 features an 8-megapixel auto focus snapper at the back coupled with a 2-megapixel snapper up front. Camera performance is decent at best and nothing worth writing home about. Outdoors the camera is capable of capturing quite a decent amount of details, but it suffers indoors. When the lighting conditions are not ideal, the results are not that sharp and there is quite a bit of noise to contend with.
On the software front, the smartphone runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. Micromax has also bundled an optional UI called ‘Firstouch’. As seen in the above screenshots, the icons are much bigger and more easily accessible. App drawer can be opened with a swipe, and even then the essential icons like Call, Messages, Camera and Contacts are big and easily visible. Micromax has also included the Firstouch App Bazaar, which boasts more than 10,000 regional apps.
While its specifications won’t set any comparison tables on fire, the translation feature is something that sets it apart from its closest rivals. We have a more detailed look at the smartphone, and especially the translation feature in our forthcoming review. Stay tuned!
With inputs from Mukesh Singh.
Photos: Rajat Agrawal