Indian brand Intex journey in the smartphone business has been upward particularly this year after initial failure and humiliating rejection by users and tech pundits. I can recall its start, which was at very poor note, in fact. Some of its first generation smartphone UI had English grammar error, lacking performance and built quality was very poor. Even I had advised user to stay away from the brand as its primary business is to import Chinese goods at cheaper rate for Indian market. However, in last two years, things have changed rapidly. Today, Intex ranks number four after Micromax, Karbonn, and Lava (With XOLO) and miles ahead than Spice and Celkon.
We have received few complain regarding our ignorance of Intex smartphones. I would like to clarify, we do not believe in such deliberate practice. When we decide a product for review, we look at every aspect including the brand reputation and post-sales service delivery. Certainly we consider if a brand offers poor reception at service centers. Since Intex has gradually improved product quality that resulted in less complain at service center thereby improving service quality for buyers.
We are here with four dynamic Intex smartphones blessed with ton notch specifications and mind blowing features. All four devices are available below 10000 rupees so making a decision is much easier for readers.
Intex Aqua Trend – Pick
We Indian are crazy about Gold. And, Indian smartphone brands are forefronts to woo customers by offering new products uniquely designed in white gold colour. After Micromax, Intex has adopted gold colour to its wide range of devices. Yes, we are talking gold because the new Intex smartphone comes in one colour option that is gold.
The Aqua Trend wins my heart in terms of grand design, built quality and premium offering. One colour option with sharp layered edges wherein a ring around the front panel has polished touch makes entire appearance look enticing.
It runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 backed by strong hardware for fluent performance. Buyer will get a quality flip cover made with synthetic polished leather has a cut out window for notification status. In terms of connectivity, it lists 4G, 3G and easiest way of data sharing feature HotKnot. Besides bad reputation of Intex, the paper specifications of this device at a price of 9444 rupees remarkably true in real life usages.
In Magic Box
Phone, Flip cover, Screen guard, Charger, Earphone, Warranty card and User manual
The Aqua Trend dons the latest CPU, which features the latest chipset of MediaTek released this year. 1.3GHz Quad core processor coupled with 2GB RAM and the latest Mali T720 MP2 graphic unit makes it a true champion for multitasking and gaming.
Slightly tweaked Android OS, which looks more colorful than stock Android does really well in processing of rich multimedia contents. 2GB RAM offers enough space for processor and graphic unit to queue up long list of tasks without irritation to end users. Yes, the phone runs all types of top line games in medium setting more correctly in low setting.
The market leader Micromax is notorious for installing lots of bloatware that affects multitasking. However, Intex should get extol for making the Aqua Trend almost free from unwanted applications.
Around 1.30GB from 2GB RAM and 11GB from 16GB internal storage remain free after the first boot. Once again, Intex does better and much better in terms of memory management in the Aqua Trend.
Intex seems getting better in every aspect of smartphone engineering. Due to Sony camera component in the rear shooter, HD images and FHD video recording is much better than previous launches of Intex.
The phone packs 13MP primary and 5MP front camera. It also has a double tone LED flash guiding the rear shooter for superb performance irrespective of lightning condition. Although I do not trust Intex but I certainly trust the Sony image sensor for better modulation in the grand camera section of the Aqua Trend.
In spite of brilliant hardware, photography and videography is not that impressive as expected from the presence of Sony hardware. I am not saying camera management is bad rather I consider the Aqua Trend a trend-setter from Intex account as it is the best camera phone from Intex in 2015. The camera user interface is mostly stock hence remains simplistic when offering presets and advance features.
The Selfie shooter 5MP camera is fixed focus has wide lens that is certainly good for group selfie. User will be able to click some cool selfie, which can be proudly posted online.
I would like to summarize the camera orientation from meaningless to meaningful in this Intex smartphone.
The front hosts IPS LCD display features HD resolution measured in 720 by 1280 pixels. Here, pixel density of 294 PPI is more into user side to balance the orientation whether using for reading a webpage or playing HD games. When basics of the display are right, it does not seem too capable of producing crisp and sharp icons. Nevertheless, this phone has a good display for daily usages.
The Intex device packs 3000 mAh battery quite perfect for a day usages against hard multitasking. Casual user with more priority in life beyond a smartphone will make to 36 to 48 hours easily.
Gesture support, flip to answer, auto call recording, HotKnot and Indian 4G LTE support are some trendy features pushing the phone in top line of smartphones below 10000 rupees.
- Latest Android Lollipop
- 16GB internal memory and 2GB RAM
- 13MP rear camera with Sony Lens
- 3000 mAh battery
- Indian 4G LTE and HotKnot for content sharing
- Free Flip-cover and screen guard
- Awesome Design and look
- Live Photo mode
- Poor Brand reputation
In my opinion, the Aqua Trend is the best smartphone ever launched from the brand Intex. I would suggest this phone only to those passionate about the brand Intex. Pay just 500 rupees more to get Huawei Honor 4X at 9999 offers better quality hardware and performance.
Intex Cloud Power Plus
Indian smartphone manufacturer Intex seems to have found their niche with big battery phones, as these seem to have been doing well for the company.
Intex has launched a new budget smartphone the ‘Intex Cloud Power +’. The phone is available exclusively via Snapdeal at a price of Rs. 8599. The USP of the phone, much like the Intex Aqua Power and Aqua Power Plus, is a huge 4000mAh battery that will give the user sufficient power backup with heavy usage.
The company is also providing a smart flip cover worth Rs. 599 inside the box of the phone, which is a nice and useful accessory. Now let’s jump into what this phone offers.
The Intex Cloud Power Plus is available in three color options ‘White Champaign’, ‘Black Champaign’& Champaign and weighs 156gms.The overall design of the phone looks like a standard bar design smartphone, but with bold looks. The body is Plastic with Champaign colored metal band running along the edges of the phone. The Back has matte finish too.
On the front you shall find three capacitive touch buttons along with the in-call speaker, front camera and various sensors. The rear houses the loud speakers, rear camera and the Intex monogram. The power button and volume rockers are housed on the right side while the left side is left bare.
The phone includes a 5 inch HD IPS LCD display with 1280×720 resolutions offering a pixel density of 291PPI. The screen is bright and sharp and colors are well reproduced and crisp.
The Intex Cloud Power Plus boosts a 13 MP Auto focus main camera with LED flash and a 5 MP fixed focus front facing camera. Intex has included a wide array of features into the camera app such as Panorama Shot, face Beauty, Live Photo Mode, Continuous Shots, Voice Capture, HDR, Smile Shot Face Detection, Zero Shutter Delay etc.
Along with these the company has tried to make taking photos easy by introducing an option of using the volume up & down keys for clicking pictures as well as via an earphone device. This will definitely make clicking image, including Selfies, via one hand usage easier on a big 5 inch display.
The Intex cloud power plus includes a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek (MT6582M) processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and Mali T760-MP2 GPU. MediaTek Processors have always been considered the inferior cousin of snapdragon processors when it comes to performance and price. So do not go on expecting to play HD games at full graphics without lag, but the processor along with the RAM, will be able to give you seamless multitasking and lag free usage.
The phone includes inbuilt storage of 16GB, which can be further expanded upto 32 GB via a micro SD card slot. This is a dual SIM phone with 3G support on both Sims, but no LTE connectivity option, which is a definite letdown as many other smartphones in this price bracket, are already providing 4G LTE connection support.
The phone comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, with very little tweaks to the OS, thus giving the user a close to stock android experience with negligible lags.
The star of this phone is its huge 4000 mAh battery which the company claims shall last you up to 17 hours of talk time and up to 1176 hours of standby time. Which in laymen terms means it shall last you around two days with moderate usage.This is a wonderful offering as most of the smartphones today deliver a battery backup of one day or less.
The Intex Cloud Power Plus is a well balance phone in the price bracket. The processor can get you through your days work with seamless multi-tasking and the display is bright and clear. The design of the phone might not be an eye catcher but does not look cheap or gimmicky either.
The star of the phone is its battery that shall provide sufficient juice even at the end of the day, which is something everyone craves for these days. But before zeroing in on the phone you might want to have a look into the phone competition such as, Lenovo P780, Lenovo A5000, Lava Iris Fuel 60, and Xolo Q3000.
Intex Aqua Power Plus
Intex seems desperate to gain top spot in Indian smartphone market. In fact, it has launched more devices than the leader Micromax and Karbonn in last six months. In terms of performance and multimedia experience, most of Intex devices are in dull quality that does not satisfy anyway. However, the Aqua Power Plus is different story. Here, user gets unique feel that are more inclined to fulfillment than irritation.
This is dual SIM smartphone runs on Android Lollipop 5.0.1 out of box. 4000mAh battery is big advantage offers minimum two days of backup on moderate use. Free flip cover makes the sales box more attractive at the current price of 8300 rupees.
In the Box
Smartphone, Flip cover, Screen Guard, Earphone, Travel adapter, User manual, Warranty card
I am attracted to this phone because of the premium design line, 2GB RAM, mammoth battery and USB OTG support. As we all aware high mAh value does not mean super battery life. A Nokia 1800 mAh battery is equivalent to 3000mAh battery in Indian brand phones. 4000mAh battery in the Aqua Power Plus offers a full working day use against hard multitasking and gaming. Music playback is upto 34 hours.
There are some user benefit applications those are bundled by tweaking the OS. Intex binds a power saving feature that limits apps and colour temperature in order to gain most of the battery fuel in critical situation.
Those want USB OTG phone should have a look at this device as it supports data hosting and multimedia playback right from the external OTG storage.
User gets more than one GB of free RAM space from the installation of total 2GB. Approx 12GB free internal storage in the phone saves at least 600 to 800 rupees required to buy an additional microSD card. 32GB SD card support with USB OTG makes this phone a top line choice.
Built and Design
As I have stated earlier, Intex is getting better and better with every new launches. Only 156 gram of weight and 8.6 mm of thickness makes it a compact yet robust built, which is easy to hold in one hand. Even though we complain for low quality material in use the design element particularly the rear sports sand stone paper finish making its hold grippy and solid in the hand.
The Mali 400 MP2 graphic unit and 2GB RAM supplement to MediaTek quad core processor ensures smooth and lag-free multitasking. In fact, we did not notice frame drop, application crash, delay switching between apps or touch freeze. User can play all kinds of games and HD multimedia contents.
AnTuTU gives a score of 18995, Metal gives 853, multicore gives 1048 and Quadrant rates it above Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with a decent score of 5848.
In spite of support to FHD recording at 30 frames per second, the phone does not cut much ice in terms of camera management. 13MP rear shooter alongside single tone LED flash is just paper specifications. User won’t be able to click something astonishing to secure as moment of life.
5MP primary camera does fair in lighted condition for taking selfie. Yes, you can dare posting them online and expect friends to like and share.
- Sand Stone Paper finishing at the back
- Flip cover with round window cut out, displays time and notifications
- A pair of free screen guard in the sales box
- Massive 4000 mAh battery for 24 hours of backup against hard usages
- USB OTG and 2GB RAM
- No lag or heating problem
- Almost stock Android or no bloatware
- Poor Camera
At the price of 8500 rupees, the Intex Aqua Power Plus is a good deal. You need to minus 500 rupees for flip cover and 100 rupees for screen guard. With stock Android, the device hosts 4000 mAh massive, 2GB RAM, OTG Support along with seamless performance and good entertainment feedback.
Intex Cloud 4G Star
Intex entered 4G world much late than other smartphone manufacturers, which is why the brand is in a hurry and has launched several 4G phones within last 3-4 months. The Indian electronic brand is also aware that LTE technology is becoming really popular among budget customers and keeping that in mind it unveiled the Cloud 4G Star smartphone last month. On the paper, this phone seems to offer some mouthwatering specs at just 7,299 rupees. But before you make your mind to buy this device, it is important that you read this full review.
In The Box
- Screen protector
- Back case
- USB cable
- Wall adapter
- User guide and warranty card
Build and Design
I must admit that Intex has really improved its design strategy over that last couple of months. We all remember how unpleasant its earlier smartphones looked like. The Intex Cloud 4G Star comes in two color variants i.e. Champagne and Black. Bezels are thin and the phone itself is much comfortable holding in the hand. The speaker is located at the bottom because of which the audio does not get muffled while holding the phone.
Taking inspiration from Motorola, Intex has put a non-removable battery on this phone that helps in keeping the thickness at only 9.45 mm. However, the top-right position of the power button is quite annoying during the use.
Thanks to the high pixel density of 294 ppi that makes images and videos look stunning on the 5 inch display of this smartphone. This IPS panel display offers wide viewing angles and high contrast ratio. You will have no problem in operating the Intex Cloud 4G Star with a single hand as it comes with a screen ratio of 80 percent. A layer of Dragon-trail glass saves the display from scratches resulting from every day usage.
The smartphone comes loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop. All the icons have been customized, but the interface is more or less stock. I did not find any frame drops or lags while browsing through the menu. However, out of 16 GB of on-board storage, the OS is taking more than 4GB.
Expecting a powerful processor at this price will be injustice, but I do think that the 2GB of RAM could have easily handled a 1.5 GHz processor. However, the quad core 1.3GHz processor that this phone houses offer snappy performance without any major issues. The Intex Cloud 4G Star gets a really high score of 28555 in AnTuTu benchmarking.
Even with low processing power, this smartphone handles most of the graphic intensive games pretty well. On moderate settings, you will be able to smoothly play the games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5 and NOVA 3. However, I did face frame drops while playing both these games with the highest graphic settings.
The most disappointing of all is the camera department of this phone. Although the 13 MP rear camera captures great level of details but it fails to produce true colors. Truly speaking, you will not be able to recognize the actual color of the subject by looking at the images taken from this phone. The front 5 camera is not much different and is only good for video conferencing.
Camera interface is simple to use and is not loaded with a lot of features that we normally see on the smartphones manufactured by brands like Honor and Xiaomi.
Connectivity and Sensors
4G connectivity is the most attractive feature of the Intex Cloud 4G Star. Users can enjoy speeds up to 150 Mbps in the regions where decent 4G networks are available. The phone is also loaded with the sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor and Light sensor.
The 2300 mAh non-removable battery will provide at least one day of power backup, but only on moderate use. Heavy users like me are advised to carry a charger or a power bank along.
- Great display quality
- Decent performance
- 2 GB of RAM
- 4G LTE
- Android Lollipop
- Attractive design
- Bad camera quality
The only one thing why you should not buy this smartphone is its bad camera quality. Even though it features a 13MP camera on the back the quality of the images that you will get will be worse than a 5MP camera.