Intex unveiled the Aqua i7 and the Aqua HD a few days back. The devices are being thought of as Intex’s best ones till date, and the specifications that come along testify for the same. The launch was done by Bollywood superstar Farhan Akhtar, which again is bound to generate a lot of interest with the phones. Intex would hope to grab a market share in the ‘high-end budget’ segment, currently ruled by the likes of Micromax and XOLO.

The Intex Aqua i7 comes with a full HD screen among other impressive specifications that include a 13MP camera and a powerful quad core processor. Lets us get under the hood of this new device and talk about what’s present.

Camera and Internal Storage

The device comes with a 13MP camera, keeping up with international flagship phones like the mighty Samsung Galaxy S4. However it must be understood that although the pixel count is the same, the quality may or may not be the same, since a lot depends on other factors such as sensor aperture, optics quality, etc.

The 13MP shooter can shoot videos in 1080p and comes with expected assisting features that include LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, etc. The Intex Aqua i7 packs a 5MP front facing camera which promises great quality during video calls, and moreover the pixel count suggests it will be liked by users who like doing self-portraits.

As far as the internal storage is concerned, Intex, in an attempt to leave no stone unturned, have included the entirety of 32GB ROM out of which about 25GB would be available for user files. We really like the concept of 32GB ROM on phones, in a way it is the perfect balance between low memory and high price.

Processor and Battery

The Intex Aqua adopts the MT6589T which is getting increasingly popular by the day. The MT6589T is the updated sibling of the initial MT6589 chipset from MediaTek, and comes with a faster clock rate of 1.5 GHz as opposed to 1.2 GHz on the original. Not only that, it also comes with a faster and more powerful GPU which makes gaming and other graphic intensive content a more enjoyable experience.

The phone will be fast and snappy thanks to the fast processor. Also to be noted is the fact that the phone comes with 2GB of RAM which means the device will be as efficient at multitasking as any other device in the market. Not only that, app loading times will be reduced greatly a well.

The device will be powered by a 2000mAh battery which does sound a little short of expectations. You would most likely need to hit the charger after a work day, and getting a full day of battery backup would be difficult.

Display and Features

As mentioned previously, this new feature packed device comes with top of the line features that include a 5 inch full HD display, in line with any other flagship. This means that the device will return a pixel density of 441 PPI which will make multimedia and gaming an enjoyable experience on the device. However, it might also take a toll on the hardware which might result in a poor battery life. As it is, the device comes with an average battery of only 2000mAh. A 2500mAh unit would’ve found better acceptance.

Other features of the device include Android v4.2 as the pre-installed OS and comes with 5GB of cloud storage which really is a bonus.

Looks and Connectivity

The device actually has a very generic look, while retaining the trademark Intex design. However, if you compare the device to other ones like the Lava Iris 504q, you will conclude that this device isn’t the best looker.

On the connectivity front, the device comes with the regular set of features that include WiFi, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, 3G, etc.

Comparison

The Intex Aqua i7 is among the most powerful budget devices in the market. However, there are a few other ones which can compete with this beast. These devices include JiaYu G4 Advanced, Sony Xperia C, iOcean X7 Turbo, etc. Most devices from Indian as well as Chinese manufacturers now come with the MT6589T processor, and many upcoming devices will pack 2GB of RAM.

Key Specs

Model Intex Aqua i7
Display 5 inches full HD
Processor 1.5 GHz quad core MT6589T
RAM, ROM 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM expandable by up to 32GB
OS Android v4.2
Cameras 13MP rear, 5MP  front
Battery 2000mAh
Price 21,900 INR

Conclusion

The Intex Aqua i7 is truly a device with high-end specifications. The device not only comes with a very powerful tried and tested quad core processor, but it also packs 2GB of RAM which is very desirable in a smartphone of today. The device doesn’t have as many competitors as other budget quad core devices in the market today, which might play in the favour of Intex.

However, the amount of almost 22,000 INR might make some think twice, since devices from international manufacturers aren’t very far in terms of pricing. Nonetheless, the device does pack a punch when it comes to specifications, and how well it does in the market would depend on the acceptance by the public.