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Intex Aqua Power first impressions: power to the masses

|December 3 2014 |Android Phones, Android, First impressions, Intex

“Priced at Rs 8,444, the Intex Aqua Power is a good value-for-money proposition with a few surprises thrown in”

The homegrown electronics brand Intex has a new and notable offering in the form of the Aqua Power. Despite being positioned in the budget Android smartphone segment, this device tries to offer an impressive set of hardware specifications for the asking price, and sweetens the deal with a massive 4,000mAh battery that should be capable of powering it for up to two day of continuous use. We got to experience this new device and here is what we have to say.

Taking cues from the  popular designs flaunted by several smartphones available in the Indian market today, the Aqua power comes in as a pretty-looking device compete with subtle yet intriguing details that make it a looker for sure. The device has been made available in variety of colours including black and white. The colour runs mostly on the sides as well as on the back, while the front bears a staid black finish throughout, which is only disturbed by the three capacitive buttons below the screen.

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On the sides, the handset features dua golden strips running in parallel, giving it a rich look as well as offering a nice grippy feel. Despite the massive battery, the brand has managed to keep the weight of the device in check and the designers are to be commended for reasonably slim 9.3mm waistline. Most similar devices are over 10mm in thickness.

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The phone houses a 5-inch, 480 x 854 pixel display, which is certainly not the best in terms of the overall pixel density but compensates for the low resolution by offerring ample brightness levels and colour variance. The contrast levels offered by the device are good and make it usable under brightly-lit conditions.

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For its construction, the Aqua Power gets an all-plastic body, but feels sturdy enough. Additionally, the company has also promised a free screen replacement as well. Therefore, if a user manages to damage the screen, the company will offer free screen replacement, limited to once per device for a period of one year.

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Under the hood, the Intex Aqua Power features reasonable hardware specifications that include a 1.4GHz octa-core processor from MediaTek complemented by 1GB of RAM, along with 8GB of onboard storage that can be increased to an additional 64GB using a microSD card.

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The imaging department is headed by an 8-megapixel camera at the back, which is capable of recording high-definition videos, but misses out on the LED flash. On the front, there is a 2-megapixel camera for video calling.

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Interestingly, the device ships with Android KitKat 4.4 and a custom user interface that Intex has designed for this device, with a promise of an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop as well.

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Overall, the Aqua Power feels like a powerful dual-SIM offering, especially with its massive battery that offers the additional functionality to charge other devices as well. However, this is not the only heavyweight contender in this price category, with the ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite looking like another strong option. If it's the octa-core processor that looks enticing, the Xiaomi Redmi Note (review) is also a very worthy choice in the same price range. Having said that, we would still reserve our final thoughts on the Aqua Power, as we are yet to test it out properly. Watch this space. 

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