Micromax has been struggling in the smartphone segment because of the onslaught of Chinese entrants. The Indian smartphone manufacturer, which was in the number 2 slot for ages, now finds itself without a slot in the top five.

Micromax has been trying to recapture some of the budget, mid-range budget smartphone space. We’ve seen it launch its first premium phone as well in the form of Dual 5. The Evok series plays in the mid-range segment. We got the Evok Note for review, and here’s what we thought.

Specifications: 5.5-inch Full HD (1080p) | 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor | 3GB RAM + 32GB storage (expandable) | 13MP rear camera + 5MP front camera | 4,000mAh | Android 6.0 | Full specifications of Micromax Evok Note here.

Price: Rs 9,499

Evok Note

One look at the Micromax Evok Note, and you can’t help wonder if this phone has come a year too late for the company. The metal unibody design, the speakers at the bottom, the 2.5D glass on the front and a design all too familiar. All of this looks stylish, but is nothing drastically new. It did remind us of phones like Redmi Note 3, which isn’t a bad thing.

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Overall though, Evok Note is a sturdy phone to use, and I wouldn’t say this is slippery. But getting a case and a tempered glass on the front is not a bad idea, and you’d should probably stick with this for all budget smartphones.