Intex Aqua Power Review: Affordable But Lacks Performance

Intex is an indigenous Indian brand which for long specialised in computer hardware and accessories. The company, of late, has started manufacturing affordable smartphones. The Intex Aqua Power gets its name from the big 4,000mAh battery, which is also the phone’s USP. But, can it stand out among global brands like Samsung, Lenovo, Xiaomi, Motorola and others? Let’s find out.

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Design and looks

Intex has tried to experiment with the regular smartphone look. The Aqua Power is a sleek bar phone with a rubberised metallic blue back panel with golden lining. Two chrome stripes run down the rim. The back camera is surrounded by a similar golden stripe. Except the power button on the right and volume rocker on the left, there are no hard buttons. The 3.5mm audio jack and the micro-USB port are on the top. The detachable back panel covers the battery. There is no micro-SD card or dual SIM slots.

Display and camera

The Intex Aqua Power has a 5-inch IPS touchscreen display. The resolution is pretty poor at only 480×854 pixels, at a time when HD displays are largely the norm. Brightness is good, while clarity and sharpness should have been better.

But the 8.1MP rear camera comes as a dampener. It failed to click crisp photos like other budget smartphones with various filters, modes and features. It works good outside and in daylight. The 2MP front camera is a big disappointment. Images are always burred and that makes the Intex Aqua Power a non-selfie phone.

Hardware and software

The Intex Aqua Power runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is mated to an Intex in-house UI. It uses a 1.4Ghz MediaTek octa-core processor. The phone comes loaded with 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM, which can be expanded to 32GB. The 4,000mAh battery keeps the phone ticking for hours.

The settings menu has many options that include preloaded apps to clean memory and save power. Other apps enhance the smartphone experience to a certain limit.

Performance and battery life

The octa-core processor and the 1GB RAM keeps the phone running with no freezes or jams. But it somewhat lags during screen swipes and toggling between apps. The 8GB internal memory appears less. Most of it is used up by the preloaded content, besides the OS, UI and others. There’s not much space left to download apps. The phone is not fit for graphics-heavy games.

The battery, of course, is the talking point. And it’s understandable that Intex had to compromise elsewhere. The 4,000mAh battery, according to company claims, lends 500 hours of standby and 11 hours of talk time.

The Intex Aqua Power scored 25,927 on AnTuTu, following competitors like Xiaomi Mi 3 and Redmi Note. It surprisingly scores better than the Asus ZenFone 5.

Final words

The Aqua Power is priced at around ₹6,499 and is a steal with its powerful battery, impressive looks and the octa-core processor. But it’ll face stiff competition with better speed budget smartphones from global players already hitting the market.

Picture courtesy – techgiri.com


by techtalks @TechTalks August 25, 2016 10:16 AM UTC

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