“The ELYT Dual is the most affordable smartphone sporting a pair of selfie snappers”

While dual cameras have been a big trend this year, one brand conspicuously absent from the scene was Intex. But not anymore. The homegrown phone maker has just launched its first smartphone with a pair of snappers, and interestingly, it’s also the most affordable phone with dual front cameras. Priced at Rs 6,999, the Intex ELYT Dual was launched yesterday at a picturesque location in the Neemrana Fort, where we got a chance to play with it. Here’s how our initial experience went.

The retail packaging of the Intex ELYT Dual is fairly standard. There’s the phone’s image on the front of the box, while the key specs are mentioned on the back. When you pry open the cover, you are greeted by the handset itself. Beneath the tray you get a pair of earphones, a 1A wall charger, a micro-USB cable, a battery, a quick start guide and a leaflet to get the most out of the phone’s camera (which is good, considering that’s the USP). Intex has distinguished itself from other budget smartphone brands by also including a screen protector and transparent bumper cover in the box.

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As we come to the ELYT Dual itself, let’s start with its highlight feature. At the front, the handset sports an 8-megapixel camera coupled with a 2MP shooter that captures depth information. The device also gets an LED flash to assist in capturing selfies in dim settings. The pair of snappers at the fascia offer a bokeh effect, and while almost all dual camera-toting devices promise this capability, many fail to do so well or without making the end result seem artificial. Thankfully, the Intex ELYT Dual manages to pull off the effect nicely, with the focus on the subject and a blurred background – in our initial tests, at least. What’s even more interesting is that the phone also offers you the ability to replace the background or adjust the blur by changing the aperture between f/0.95 to f/16. The rear camera of the smartphone is an 8MP unit, which comes with an LED flash and a range of modes such as manual (not usually available in sub-Rs 8k phones), Night mode, QR code reader, etc.

One major reason for the well-executed front camera implementation on the ELYT Dual is that Intex has specifically partnered with chipset maker Spreadtrum for the 9805 quad-core SoC, which has an ISP to enable these features. The processor is clubbed with 2GB of RAM, and that should be sufficient to drive the day-to-day performance. The storage on board stands at 16GB, which can be extended further up to 128GB, thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot.

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The display on the ELYT Dual is a 5-inch affair, with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. The screen is sharp enough and isn’t completely illegible under the direct sunlight. Design-wise, the phone might not come clad in a solid metallic body, it does have nice ergonomics. That’s because of a 2.5D curved glass at the front and curved back panel along with rounded corners. Available in black and gold hues, the phone doesn’t look cheap, which is a plus. The positioning of ports and controls is nothing out of the ordinary.

Fuelling the Intex ELYT Dual is a 2,400mAh cell, which might not seem like much, but should be able to offer a decent battery backup by utilising Android 7.0 Nougat’s Doze mode. The device has a stock interface and comes with a few preloaded apps such as Amazon, Databack, Gaana and Newspoint, among others. 

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Available across online and offline stores, the Intex ELYT Dual seems like a good buy for selfie enthusiasts looking for a smartphone below Rs 8,000. That said, it’s a standard affair otherwise, and will face a tough competition from the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 4 (review) and Moto C Plus (review).

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