Micromax Informatics

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Company typePrivate
Founded29 March 2000; 23 years ago (2000-03-29)[1]
FounderRahul Sharma
Area served
Key people
Rahul Sharma
(Co-founder & CEO)
RevenueIncrease 22,368.79 crore (US$2.8 billion) (2020)
Number of employees
  • YU Televentures
  • Bhagwati Products Limited
  • Mobi Serve
  • Micromax Informatics FZE
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Micromax Informatics is an Indian multinational manufacturer of consumer electronics and home appliances, headquartered in Gurugram.[2] It was established in March 2000 as an IT software company operating in embedded systems. It entered the mobile phone business in 2008 and, by 2010, became one of the largest companies making low-cost feature phones in India.

In 2014, Micromax was the tenth largest smartphone vendor in the world.[3] In the subsequent years, the company faced stiff competition from Chinese companies that began penetrating the Indian market.[4] The company also owns YU Televentures, which sells the products under the brand name YU.[5]


Micromax was incorporated as Micromax Informatics Ltd. in the year 2000 by Rahul Sharma and Rohit Patel.[6] It began selling mobile phones in 2008,[7] focusing on democratising technology for masses to compete with international players.[8]

The company also introduced handsets (budget and flagship) with innovative features. For instance, Micromax's co-founder Rahul Sharma once saw a public call office being powered by a truck battery because of frequent power cuts in its locale. This prompted him to launch a feature mobile phone with a long battery life.[9] This was the X1i phone, Micromax's first mobile phone with a month-long battery back-up.[10]

In 2014, Micromax's sales in India exceeded those of Samsung. It became the mobile telephone reseller to ship the most telephones in one quarter in India.[11] On 24 January 2014, Micromax became the first Indian mobile company to sell in Russia.[12] In 2020, Micromax made a comeback in the Indian mobile industry with a new sub-brand "IN".[13]


Mobile handsets[edit]

Consumer electronics[edit]

Known for mobile handsets and LED TV panels, Micromax is also expanding its portfolio in the consumer electronics segment, targeting the "premium economy class" consumers.[14]


Funbook series[edit]

Micromax entered the tablet computer market with the debut of the Funbook series.[15]

Funbook Pro (HD display, finger print sensor) with Snapdragon processor & 1GB RAM, runs Android One

Canvas Knight A350 and Canvas A1[edit]

Micromax launched its first eight-core flagship smartphone, Canvas Knight A350, in March 2014 for the Russian market. In the same year on September, Micromax launched the Android One smartphone, Canvas A1.

Canvas Silver 5, Canvas Win W092 and Canvas Win W121[edit]

Micromax launched Micromax Canvas Silver 5, which it claimed was the slimmest telephone in the world on 17 June 2015.[16] The company is an official Windows Phone 8.1 hardware partner.[17] In June 2014, it launched two Windows smartphones, the Micromax Canvas Win W092 and the Micromax Canvas Win W121.[18]

Canvas Amaze 2[edit]

On 8 June 2015, Micromax announced the launch of Micromax Amaze 2.[19] The device has a 5-inch IPS display with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The smartphone is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

Canvas Unite 4 and Canvas Unite 4 Pro[edit]

A year later, Micromax announced the launch of Micromax Canvas Unite 4 and Canvas Unite 4 Pro.[20] Both these smartphones run on Indus OS 2.0. The Canvas Unite 4 is powered by a 1.0 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB RAM. The Micromax Canvas Unite 4 Pro had more powerful specifications, featuring a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB RAM.

Canvas Mega 2[edit]

In 2016, Micromax Canvas Mega 2 was launched and shipped.

Bharat series[edit]

Micromax has rolled out basic smartphones with 4G capabilities under the Bharat series. So far, the company has already launched Bharat 2 - which is considered one of India's cheapest 4G mobile phones.[21]

Dual 4 & Dual 5[edit]

Micromax has announced the entry of Micromax Dual 5 and Micromax Dual 4 in India.

Canvas Infinity[edit]

Later in August 2017, Micromax launched its first bezel-less smartphone with an aspect ratio of 18:9. This device called Canvas Infinity still fell within the budget category.

Infinity N11[edit]

Micromax Infinity N11 smartphone was launched in December 2018.

YU ACE TV[edit]

Following the latest 18:9 trend, the smartphone features a 5.4-inch HD+ Full View display with the screen resolution of 720 pixels. Powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6739 processor, the device runs on the latest Android Oreo operating system. Furthermore, backed up by 2 GB RAM + 16 GB internal storage, the handset will later be launched in 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage variants as well.[22]

Canvas 3 TV[edit]

Running Android Nougat OS, Micromax Canvas 3 allows media sharing and wireless smartphone control. The TV comes in different screen sizes: 32-inch, 40-inch and 50-inch.[23]

IN Series[edit]

Micromax launched its IN Series on 2020 with the introduction of two models IN 1B and IN Note 1. They promised two years of Android Security Updates and assured to always use Clean Stock Android in this Series.

Name SOC CPU cores GPU RAM Storage Cameras Display OS(Launch)
IN 1B Mediatek Helio G35 8x ARM Cortex A53 @ 2.3 GHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 @ 680 MHz 2GB/4GB LPDDR4X 32GB/64GB eMMC5.1 Rear:13+2Mp


6.52 inch IPS LCD HD+ 720x1600 Stock Android 10(Q) for the 4GB RAM variant ( Upgradeable to Android 11 )

Stock Android 10(Q) Go Edition for the 2GB RAM variant ( Upgradeable to Android 11 )

IN Note 1 Mediatek Helio G85 Total: 8

2x ARM Cortex A75 @ 2.0 GHz

6x ARM Cortex A55 @ 1.8 GHz

ARM Mali-G52 MC2 @ 1 GHz 4GB LPDDR4X 64GB/128GB eMMC5.1 Rear:48+5+2+2Mp


6.67 inch IPS LCD FHD+ 1080x2400 Stock Android 10(Q)
IN 1 Mediatek Helio G80 Total: 8

2x ARM Cortex A75 @ 2.0 GHz

6x ARM Cortex A55 @ 1.8 GHz

ARM Mali-G52 MC2 @ 950 MHz 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X 64GB/128GB eMMC5.1 Rear:48+2+2Mp


6.67 inch IPS LCD FHD+ 1080x2400 Stock Android 10(Q)
IN 2B UNISOC Tiger T610 Total: 8

2x ARM Cortex A75 @ 1.8 GHz

6x ARM Cortex A55 @ 1.8 GHz

ARM Mali-G52 3EE (2-cores) @ 614.4 MHz 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X 64GB eMMC5.1 Rear:13+2Mp Samsung Sensor


6.52 inch IPS LCD HD+ 720x1600 Stock Android 11(R)
IN Note 2

Mediatek Helio G95

Total: 8

2x ARM Cortex A76 @ 2.05 GHz

6x ARM Cortex A55 @ 2.0 GHz

ARM Mali G76 MC4 (2-Cores) @ 900 MHz 4GB LPDDR4X 64GB UFS2.1 Rear:48+5+2+2MP
6.43 inch AMOLED FHD+ 1080x2400 Stock Android 11

Manufacturing in India[edit]

Products manufactured[edit]

Mobile phones, LED TVs, LED Lamp and Tablets. The Government would be providing land to Micromax for setting up the centre, which has a capacity to produce 10 lakh devices a month, which include mobile phones, LED TVs, LED lights and Tablets. It presently employs 700 people. The firm's first facility in Uttarakhand has a capacity to produce 16 lakh devices.[24]

Manufacturing hubs[edit]

Micromax have three factories - Bhiwadi (Rajasthan), Rudrapur (Uttarakhand) and Telangana. In Bhiwadi, the surface Mount Technology (SMT) line is already operational and trials are running in Rudrapur. For Telangana, the machinery is under import. Altogether, Micromax will have a capacity of about 30 lakh a month for mobile phones.[25]


Micromax started manufacturing LED televisions and tablets at its factory in Rudrapur (SIDCUL), Uttarakhand, in April 2014.[26] As of August 2015, Micromax was set to start a 500 crore (US$63 million) manufacturing plant in Rajasthan's Alwar district after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Rajasthan and Bhagwati Products Ltd.[27]

YU Televentures[edit]

The first product, to be launched under a newly floated wholly owned unit, YU Televentures, is a smartphone with operating system from US-based Cyanogen Inc. through which Micromax aims to move beyond the business of mobile phone hardware that has become more or less standardised.[28]

Projects and Partnerships[edit]

In November 2014, Micromax partnered with Cyanogen Inc. to provide Cyanogen-based smartphones in India, under the brand name YU.[29][30][31]

As of 10 April 2016, Micromax announced a strategic partnership with digital payments company TranServ and major global payments technology company Visa to offer the next generation of payment solutions[buzzword] in India.[32]


Actors Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna were the first celebrities to endorse Micromax Mobiles.[33] Hugh Jackman was the brand ambassador of Micromax and appeared in a commercial in 2013 for its first flagship smartphone, the Canvas Turbo A250,[34] and for the Canvas 4 and Canvas Sliver 5 thereafter. In July 2013, actress Chitrangada Singh posed for the Canvas 4 smartphone in New Delhi.[35] Vighnesh Pande endorsed Micromax Canvas Unite 4 line of smartphones in 2017.

Key awards and achievements[edit]

Micromax was recognized as an Emerging Company of the Year by V&D 100 Awards.[36]

In 2017, Rahul Sharma was conferred the Transformational Business Leader of the Year.[37]


Patent litigation[edit]

In March 2013, Ericsson sued Micromax for infringement of Ericsson's eight patents registered in India that were essential to the 2G and 3G standards. The Delhi High Court ordered Micromax to pay royalty amounts to Ericsson based on the percentages of the net selling prices of the devices incorporating 2G and 3G standards. Around the time that Ericsson filed its patent infringement suit, Micromax filed a concurrent complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI), alleging that Ericsson had abused its allegedly dominant position by imposing exorbitant royalties for the use of its SEPs, thus violating The Competition Act of 2002.[38] As of February 2016, the CCI had yet to issue a final determinative ruling on the basis of Micromax's allegations.

In late 2014, Delhi High Court ruled that sales of the OnePlus One smartphone are blocked in India because Cyanogen OS signed an exclusive deal to sell Micromax mobile telephones only in India, although OnePlus One had a worldwide licensing deal. This move was seen as a monopoly to stem the sales of OnePlus One and other smartphone brands.[39] However, the High Court lifted the ban, allowing OnePlus One to be sold in India as the licensing deals with Cyanogen are different for both parties.[40]

Stealthy installation of adware[edit]

In early 2015, a Reddit user found adware installing itself stealthily on their Micromax Canvas Fire A093 telephone without permission. The adware was also using excess telephone resources such as data, memory storage, and battery life. Further investigations by the XDA community found the advertisements were created by Adups, an AdPush company based in China.[41][42]

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