Intex has just launched their latest mid-range smartphone the Aqua S7. While the phone comes with most features that are common in the sub Rs 10,000 range devices, but what is unique about the phone is that Intex utilises Asahi’s tough glass instead of Gorilla glass. Asahi has provided tough glass to Fifa for glass benches along the field lines, and also makes the windshield for Tesla cars. The phone launches today at Rs 9,499.
The phone is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz Mediatek 6735 processor paired with 3GB RAM. The 64-bit CPU is certified for all three VoLTE bands in India, and is compatible with the recently announced Reliance Jio SIM cards. The phone features a 5-inch 720p display and comes with 16GB of on-board storage that can be expanded to 64GB via a microSD card. It has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP camera in the front. Interestingly, the two cameras can be used in conjunction for a Picture-in-Picture effect.
Additionally, the phone comes with a fingerprint sensor that can be programmed to do more than just unlock the phone. The company’s own take on Android 6.0 that ships with the phone allows users to also take photos, launch the video player or the music player along with unlocking the phone when the fingerprint sensor is used.
Another noticeable feature of the phone’s OS is the emergency mode, which when enabled, can send SOS messages to designated contacts by holding down the volume up and down keys. The phone can further be setup to repeatedly send out the SOS message over a preset duration of time. This is a very crucial safety feature.
The Intex Aqua S7 is the flagship device by the company and on the front, resembles an iPhone, but the backside is reminiscent of a Motorola. It’s fairly light to hold despite the slightly thick form factor (8.7mm). The thickness can be attributed to the combination of a 3200mAh battery and a removable back cover (for accessing the dual SIM card slots and the MicroSD card slot).