20th November 2013, Intex today showcased the firstly announced Mediatek 6592 True Octa Core phone which might be called Intex Aqua i7. In terms of hardware configuration as some of us already know, it has 1.7 Ghz True Octa Core processor.
Please Note: We tested the prototype device so we could not test benchmark utilities on it, but the final version of the new device which might be called Intex Aqua i7 will come to India in Jan 2014, so till then let us share some things we noticed in the prototype which will give you an idea about the capabilities and performance of this new chipset from MediaTek which is the SoC of this phone .
Firstly starting with the specifications, Intex Aqua i7 or the Octa Core MT6592 has 6 inch 1920 x 1080p display with in built 16/32 GB storage options, it also has 13 MP rear camera with auto focus and BSI sensor,
5 MP front Camera [fixed focus], 2 GB RAM, a 2600 mAh battery runs Android 4.2.2. It has 1.7GHz Octa core MT6592 with Mali 450 MP4 GPU clocked at 700MHz.
Design and Build
The design of the phone looks good, although it looks like a big tablet + phone with 6 Inch display with Full HD display, it is definitely not designed to use it with one hand as due to its large size the one handed usage of the device is limited. The build quality is really nice and impressive as it has metal back cover which surprisingly can be removed and the battery can come out of the device. This is one thing we really like about this device as being a 7mm thin phone it has a removable battery which is not usually seen in any of the other thin phones these days.
Please Note: We tried to remove the battery on the prototype but we could not, but the final version of the device will have removable battery as specified by Intex.
Camera and Internal Storage
It has 5mp Front camera fixed focus and rear camera is 13 MP rear camera with Auto Focus and LED flash as well, we did took some photos as well from the prototype and the camera performance was almost the same we have seen on MT6589, but again we cant comment about much as it was not the final unit of the device. It will be available in 16/32 Gb variant which helps you, we tested the 16 Gb variant and it has 13 Gb available to the user with around 1 Gb available for the apps on the phone storage. We cannot confirm as if now whether it will support Micro SD card, however we did not see any slot of MicroSD card on the prototype.
OS and Battery
It runs stock version of android with little customizations in terms of the icons look and feel but everything else on the phone looks stock android including the phone dialer, messaging, browser and settings etc. The battery on the device is 2600 mAh which we wrongly said as 2300 mAh in our hands on video below, but this battery should be able to give this device good backup and we will let you know more once we do the full review of this device.
Intex Aqua MT6592 Octa Core Prototype Photo Gallery
In some of the photo above the white color device is Gionee Elife E6, we have take some shots to compare the size and form factor of these two devices.
Update: This device may not be called Intex Aqua i17 as we had seen the prototype not the final device which is expected to get launched in Jan 2014 in India.
Initial Conclusion and Overview
This devices seemed to be pretty decent on build quality, form factor wise its dimensions match a phablet but it in terms of weight it is not only lighter in weight but thinner as well at 7 mm and on top it will have a removable battery. We would like to give this device a thumbs up, lets see how does this device change the scenario of the existing budget android smartphone as Intex plans to launch it below Rs. 20,000