The Indian smartphone market is currently dominated by foreign brands and particularly by Chinese Brands. Top players like Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Motorola are trying their level best to fulfil the demand of low cost smartphones in the country. Devices like Lenovo A6000, Moto E, and Redmi 2 are creating a lot of buzz and are selling like hot cakes.
Indian company Intex has dared to launch its phone to compete against these big names. Intex Aqua Speed HD is launched in the market at the most competitive price range of under INR 8000. So, will Intex Aqua Speed HD be able to survive the fight or will just become a yet another phone model? Let’s review the phone and find the answer to this important question.
Design and look
The first thing which you will notice about the device is the gold rim around the edges. The design of the smartphone is just like any other Android smartphone available in the market. At the front you have a 4.7 inch HD display along with physical touch buttons and a 5 megapixel front facing camera.
Both the micro USB port and 3.5 mm Audio jack are present at the top of the device. You don’t have any ports/buttons on the left side or on the bottom of the device. Power/lock key along with the volume rocker is present on the right side of the device.
Moving to the back, you have an 8 megapixel camera along with dual LED flash, loud speaker outlet and Intex Branding. The phone has a removable back panel and once you open it you will find two SIM card slots, micro SD card slot and a 1,700 mAh battery.
Overall, the build quality of the phone is decent for a device which is available in the market for Rs 7,000. But the design is not so impressive, the only good thing about the device in terms of design is the Gold metal like finish around the edges.
As the name suggests the screen is HD in nature. The phone features a 4.7” HD screen which is decent. The screen is good as compared with other phones in the same segment. The colour and images were sharp and clear. There was a bit of colour saturation but, you can’t complaint. Seeing the price of the phone, we can say that screen is worth using it.
Performance and Hardware
The device is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582M chip and is supported by four CPU cores. It features Mali-400MP2 GPU and is equipped with a 2GB of RAM. The phone offer 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32GB.
The phone delivers decent results in terms of performance. There was no issue in multitasking or gaming. Although, you will realise that phone gets little bit hot on the back side when subjected to heavy graphics gaming or heavy multitasking. But, that is manageable as you are getting the device at under INR 8000.
The phone comes with Android 4.4.2 out of the box and Intex has used its own UI which is not good. Although, the UI is functional but, it is not very attractive in terms of design and placements of widgets. Instead of having a recent apps key like other phones, Intex has come up with a menu key just like iOS.
The UI offers many customization features and there are many gesture controls too. The best part about gesture control is that you can wake up the phone by double tapping the screen, a feature found in high end phones. Apart from that, there are many others gesture controls for opening camera, Wats App etc. Overall UI is average and manageable.
The phone features an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera. However, the quality of the images doesn’t match with the megapixels. There were lot of noise in the images clicked by Intex Aqua Speed HD. The colour distribution was also not up to marks and even in day broad light, pics appeared over compressed.
There are many options in the market which delivers far better quality images at this price range. The phone is definitely not a good option for those who are looking to buy a phone for clicking photos.
Battery and Connectivity
The device is backed up by a 1700mAh of battery. The battery is not powerful and delivers around 14-16 hours of battery life at normal usage. The phone supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and FM Radio. The only good thing which we found in the phone is HotKnot. This technology helps in sharing of data using sensors without using any Bluetooth or third party app.
Intex Aqua Speed HD is priced at INR 7,000 which seems overpriced in the current market. There is no distinguishing feature present in the phone and there are many devices available in the market which are better value for money smartphones. The only good thing about the device is that there is no flash sale for the phone and it can easily be ordered online.