Intex at the beginning of the January came out with it’s true Octa Core phone by the name Intex Aqua Octa and became first Indian manufaturer to launch an Octa core phone. Later on Micromax followed the suit by launching Octa core Micromax Canvas Knight A350 in Russia. Of late mobile manufacturers are launching more powerful devices with more number of cores. Infact these days a decent Android device is expected to be atleast having a dual core processor and more the better for processor hungry mobile operating system like Android. Late last year Mediatek promised to launch “true octa core processor” and Intex quickly followed by promising to launch an octa core phone either by year end 2013 or early 2014 and they have certaily kept their words.
So finally the octa core war has started in India with Intex and Micromax leading from the front. So after seeing all this octa core hype I decided to put up a review about this phone. Whether this phone from Intex lives upto expectations or not we will see to it.
So let us start reviewing this phone and first up let’s talk about the design:
Intex Aqua Octa Design:
With massive 6 inch display size this phablet is very much similar to Samsung Mega launched early last year. Aqua Octa boasts of metallic back panel which gives it a rich look and sets it apart from industrial look of other devices. At 7 mm thickness and 6 inch display size I would call this phone sleek but if you use the flip cover than it may bulk up the phone a bit. The power button is on the top whereas the volume rocker is on the right side as has been convention with most of the handsets. Back panel is slightly difficult to remove and therefore you will find it problematic to swap your SIM cards frequently.
The 6 inch screen is huge and is particularly helpful for those playing games and watching video’s. Intex Aqua Octa sports a massive 6-inch OGS HD display. That’s a 720p display and not full HD and is not really great but will be sufficient if games and youtube videos are all what you consume on your smartphone.
This is what a true octa core processor brings to you naturally i.e. speed and ease of operations. Various benchmark test puts this device around the best in business. You will not face any hiccup while playing even the heaviest of games or loading the heaviest of apps. Thanks to true octa core processor Aqua Octa always rises upto expectations. Even if you load many apps simultaneously and try to test it to the limits this phone will not disappoint you as all the 8 cores clocked at 1.7 Ghz. Moreover this phone will be a gamers delight. Wait for some more time when newer games are designed for octa core phones. A 2 GB RAM that comes along also helps in smooth functioning of this phone. This is what official Intex press release has to say:
“With all 8 cores running simultaneously the smartphone has the unique ability to allocate individual browser tabs to CPU cores and is geared up to provide you a tad better music, visual, multimedia, gaming, web browsing and multitasking experience.”
This phone has an on board storage of 16 GB out of which 12 GB is finally available to the end user. Intex has made a provision for memory card slot in case you exhaust the on board storage. In addition to that Intex is also offering free 5 GB cloud storage to it’s esteemed customers.
Although this phone comes with an up to date processor but it still lags in case of operating system. Aqua Octa runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and a Kitkat update may be well on track for it. Apart from that Intex has tweaked in the Android interface with it’s own skin and apps which may seem to be irritating to some.
The phone comes fitted with a 13 megapixel auto focus primary camera at back and a 5 megapixel snapper at the front for video calling purposes. The camera is very good in the bright day light but it does not perform well in dim light conditions. Auto focus may some times become jittery and slow. But overall if you don’t use you camera much then this will do.
It comes loaded with a 2,300 mAh battery which as per Intex’s claim would deliver a talk time of 6 hours and a stand by time of 180 hours. However we feel for a huge screen of 6 inch coupled with a octa core processor 2,300 mAh battery is miniscule and it will barely last 12 hours of heavy use. So you should carry your charger and better if you purchase some good power bank along with the phone.
Intex Aqua Octa Key Specifications:
- 6” Capacitive Touch OGS HD Display (720p)
- 1.7 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage + microSD slot
- 13MP rear camera
- 5MP front
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2300mAh battery
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Accelerometer, Proximity sensor.
Intex Aqua Octa Price:
For a debut octa core phone with a 6 inch display size Intex has resonably prices this smartphone for Rs. 19,999. However, you may check out with your local dealer or some online retailer who knows you may get it cheaper.
The crux of all the matter is that you have an octa core phone which will deliver when you need to play that heavy game or want to instantly load any app. But if you are looking for some crisp display than this phone is not for you. We rate Intex Aqua Octa 6/10.