Following the success of the Intex Aqua Power HD last year, the Indian manufacturer released its budget smartphone Intex Aqua Power HD 4G towards the end of July 2016.
Although the handset has already been listed on the company’s website, the launch is yet to take place. However, it is expected to take place very soon. As is evident from the name, this device comes with a HD screen and supports 4G connectivity. Although priced quite affordably, Intex has not done injustice to most of the specifications incorporated. Interestingly, even though Intex has its own Sailfish operating system in some of its smartphones, the Aqua Power HD 4G is an Android based handset.
Dimensions, Weight and Body Material
The Intex Aqua Power HD 4G has just the right size and weight to fit into both your hand and pocket. The device has a size of 144 x 72.8 x 9.6 and weighs 155g. What is worth noting is that unlike many other devices in this price range that have a plastic body, the Aqua Power HD 4G uses a metallic construction. This undoubtedly makes the device feel sturdy and look elegant. To add to the classy look, the back panel of the gadget has a patterned finish that looks like a painting.
Screen Size and Display, Pixel Resolution and Density
Intex uses a 5-inch screen with IPS LCD display technology for its gadget. The screen is also fully laminated to give it protection to a certain extent. The multi-touch screen comes with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 24 bit color depth. As for the screen clarity and contrasts, the Intex Aqua Power HD 4G has made efforts to yield satisfactory results with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution and 294ppi pixel density. Given the screen is of the standard size, these values are pretty okay.
Primary Back and Secondary Front Snappers
The back primary shooter in the Aqua Power HD 4G is at par with similarly priced smartphones, and is an 8MP snapper with a PureCel sensor and an LED flash. The camera offers resolutions of 3264 x 2448 for images and 1280 x 720 for videos that get recorded at 30fps. At the front, the secondary shooter is a 5MP camera with 2560 x 1920 image resolution for video calling and selfie shots capturing. Although there is no specific noteworthy feature in the cameras of the Aqua handset, you can be assured of being able to use all the normal functionalities found in any smartphone’s camera.
Under the Hood Hardware, Memory and Operating System
The Intex device makes use of 2GB RAM with 16GB ROM serving as internal storage. This can be extended further by another 32GB with the help of a memory card. The Intex Aqua Power HD 4G uses a 32 bit octa core ARM Cortex A7 central processor that ticks at 1.4GHz as its central processor, a MediaTek MT6592M chipset and a quad core ARM Mali-450 graphics processor. As a dual SIM gadget, there are two separate slots for inserting two SIM cards at a time.
The major downside is that while Android 6.0 Marshmallow is up and running on many of the recently launched smartphones and Android 7.0 Nougat is on the way, Intex has still held the Android 5.1 Lollipop version close to its heart. This deprives users of the various updates and new features made available for the first time in the Marshmallow version.
Based on inputs from the manufacturer’s website, the Aqua Power HD 4G is offered in blue and gray options for those who want their smartphones to portray a non-metallic look. Metallic lovers can opt for the champagne color.
Connectivity and Sensor Options
Apart from the 4G connectivity indicated in the name, the Intex handset offers selections such as 3G HSPA+, GPS/A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack connectivity (ideal for those who want to listen to music), micro-USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n) and Wi-Fi hotspot. However, it must be borne in mind that only one SIM card can be associated with 4G connectivity at a time.
As for the sensors, the Intex Aqua Power HD 4G houses the standard accelerometer, as well as proximity and ambient light sensors.
Battery and Battery Life
The Aqua Power HD 4G is loaded with a huge non-removable Li-polymer 3,900 mAh battery for its size. The battery is capable of delivering close to 7 hours of talk time and 390 hours of standby time. On full charge, it delivers one to two days of uninterrupted use based on the usage extensity before running out of juice.