Intex Aqua GenX #ExpressReview: Good camera, but that’s about it

Intex Aqua Gen X comes with a metal unibody design, and a 5.5-inch FHD display. We put the smartphone to test. Here is our review.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Written by Hansa Verma | New Delhi | Published:March 30, 2016 11:25 am
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Smartphone makers in India are constantly trying to position themselves in the affordable segment and Intex is one of the original ones from the Indian stable. Be it China’s LeEco’s Le 1s, Huawei Honor 5X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 or Lenovo K4 Note; the devices promise some really good specs in under Rs 13,000.

With Intex Aqua GenX, the company is offering a good-looking smartphone with a crisp display.

Intex Aqua Genx

Intex Aqua Gen X comes with a metal unibody design, and a 5.5-inch FHD display. The smartphone features a Q-Key, which is supposed to come in handy for using the camera, taking screenshots, and more without unlocking the device. We put Intex Aqua GenX to test. Here is our review.

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Specs: 5.5-inch full HD Display with Dragon Trail Glass | 1.3GHz Octa-Core processor | 2GB RAM | 16GB storage (expandable via microSD to 128 GB) | 13 MP rear camera| 8 MP front camera | 2,850 mAh battery| Android 5.1 Lollipop

Price: 13,299

What is good?

Intex has got both design and display right with this one. The Aqua Gen X features a metal unibody design, a non-removable back and has round corners. The display in Intex Aqua Gen X is vibrant, sharp and easy on eyes, and works well in bright sunlight as well.

I do feel that Intex could have done away with the bezel at the bottom since the phone comes with on-screen navigation buttons. The overly protruding volume and power keys on the right; and the Q-key on the left rim of Aqua Gen X are not so flattering, however.

Intex Aqua Gen X has a pretty good camera for its price-point. The camera captures details in pictures well, and colour reproduction is accurate. It works well even in low-light and I was able to click nice, detailed shots.

Intex Aqua Gen X has a pretty good camera for its price-point. The camera captures details in pictures well, and colour reproduction is accurate. Intex, Intex Aqua GenX, Aqua gen X review, Aqua GenX price, Aqua GenX specs, Aqua Gen X features, Intex smartphones, cheap smartphones, technology, technology news The Intex Aqua GenX camera works well even in low-light and I was able to click nice, detailed shots.

The next good thing about the phone is the addition of Q-key. Q-key definitely comes in handy, especially to launch the camera with just one-click, and to mute the smartphone with two.

What is not good?

Intex Aqua Gen X heats up quite a lot; just five minutes of playing any kind of game will cause the phone to get warm. In fact, at a certain point, you want to just keep it down thinking there’s something really wrong with the device.

The battery won’t last a full day, even with moderate use. The smartphone needs to be charged every day in order to keep it going. Also, if you use your device for a lot multi-tasking or plan to watch videos, well then be ready to charge it more than just once in a day.

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Intex Aqua GenX’s performance is not up to the mark; it just cannot handle multiple tabs. The screen froze a lot of times during our review period, and we could only use it after restarting the smartphone.

Verdict

Intex Aqua GenX sure has a lot of competition out there, especially in this price-bracket. Almost all newly launched smartphones come with a fingerprint scanner, and high-end specs. While Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 offers a 4,050 mAh battery, 5.5-inch full HD display at Rs 9,999; Lenovo is giving away VR headset with Vibe K4 Note at Rs 12,499.

While the camera is a big plus point for the Intex Aqua GenX, I feel that the overall performance doesn’t justify the price-tag.