Intex released an ultra affordable Android device called the Aqua 4X we had to tone down our expectation and test this device as candidly as possible. The 4X is retailing for Rs.2999 in Ebay and runs on the slightly dated Android 4.3 Jellybean. The test device we received came dressed in a dark grey and black color scheme. Lets see how the Intex Aqua 4X fares.
Build Quality and Design
The device has an extremely handy formfactor and it was pleasant to hold the Aqua 4x after fiddling with several 5inch screened devices. The front facade is dominated by the 4 inch display unit that blends into the Bezel in HTC style. The earphone and the speaker are enclosed in a large grill. The rear is given a dash of metallic finish and the camera lens is decorated with a thin ring that gives a pronounced effect. Intex logo is subtle and the device is neat without any loud and flashy bits.
Display and Audio
The 4 inch display is set at an resolution of 480×800 pixels. The display lacks rich colors and feels bland. Viewing angles are not that great and their are angles at which the display just goes blank. Screen gets scratched really fast and screen guard is a must. The bottomline is if we weigh the features against the price than the shortcomings can be overlooked.
Audio from the speakers is loud yet it maintains the clarity and unlike some other budget phone the sound doesn’t get shrill. The best part is that the sound is crisp and clear even when the phone is kept with the speaker facing downwards thanks to the curvature on the back panel.
The Aqua 4X is powered by a 1GHz Dual core processor paired with a 256MB RAM Performance wise the Intex Aqua doesn’t put on a good show and multitasking is something that it hates from the bottom of the heart. Internal memory stands at a meager 125MB (user memory) and this is one of the biggest drawbacks as it allows you to install only 4-5 applications simultaneously and if you install Google Play Services than it will gobble up almost half of the space.
The Aqua 4X employs a 2Megapixel primary camera along with a LED flash. Surprisingly the camera is equipped with a smile detection option that works really well! The camera is strictly average and the secondary camera is a VGA unit.
The 1300mAh battery will ensure that the Intex Aqua 4X will sail through the entire day without craving for the charging cradle. The battery doesn’t heat up and has a consistent backup.
Wrapping it up
If we desire than it is not a difficult task to go all bad about the Intex Aqua 4X but we have to be sensitive to the extremely low price point. It is a great device for consumers who dont even want to spend 4k on a cellphone yet want to relish on the latest smartphone features. Intex Aqua 4X is one of the best Android phone available if you are looking out for a smartphone below the Rs.3000 range and is definitely a notch better than its Firefox competitors.
- Good Build Quality
- Excellent Battery life
- Value for Money proposition
- Low Internal Memory
- Crippled RAM
- Bad Viewing Angles
Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. He is also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and non-edible silicon chips.