Intex has introduced a new way to take selfies in its Aqua Star series of smartphones. It allow users to take selfies with the rear camera by pressing the volume rocker keys. Users can also click selfies (with the rear camera) by pressing the volume rocker keys of the earphone or Bluetooth headset. So, should selfie lovers buy this smartphone? Lets check out.
Specs: 5-inch FWVGA IPS display, 1.3 GHz quad-core Mediatek (MT 6582M) processor, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, 8GB internal memory expandable up to 32GB, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2000 mAh battery
Price: Rs 6,990
Design: The Intex Aqua Star has a similar form factor like other smartphones in this price range and relies heavily on plastic. The back cover features a glossy stone like finish but the feel of plastic cannot be ignored at all. Overall, the device feels solid in the hand. The front face sports the 5-inch display screen and three regular Android navigation button. The build quality is decent. Overall, Intex has tried to deliver a good looking device but to me the design appeared pretty common.
Display: The device sports a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display at a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The display quality is decent. The colours are vivid and crisp. The viewing angles are good too. Outdoors the visibility is good at full brightness only. At medium brightness it is difficult to read texts. Overall, there is nothing outstanding about the display. The display quality is equivalent to what other Indian brands are offering at this price.
Performance: The 1.3 GHz quad-core Mediatek (MT 6582M) processor with 1GB RAM offers decent computing prowess. I did not witness any lags in doing regular things. However, the phone did took some time to start up. On the gaming front, I witnessed slight lags but then it is something you can live with. The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system with minor tweaks in its UI. Overall, the experience was smooth. Average users shouldn’t have any complains.
On the multimedia front, the experience was average nothing exceptional. Users will have to invest in a pair of good quality earphones (if they don’t have one already) as the free unit is really bad. The speakers were loud but not pleasant.
Camera: This is where Intex claims to be the first to innovate by allowing users to take selfies with the 8MP rear camera by using the volume rocker keys of any Bluetooth earphone. The picture quality is good under normal daylight. In low lighting conditions, the images were okay. Sometimes dark areas of the image appeared grainy. The colours were accurate and had a fair amount of detailing too. The device also sports a 2MP front camera but I happily took selfies with the rear camera by using my Jabra Clipper Bluetooth earphone.
Battery: The 2,000mAh battery is a turn off for me. If you are into a lot of gaming then it will not last long. On moderate usage with limited WiFi, 3G and medium brightness, the battery will be able to last a full working day.
Connectivity: The device supports USB OTG connectivity and Intex is also offering a cable for free through which you can connect your pen drives. Other connectivity options are Bluetooth, WiFi and dual SIM (2G + 3G). Overall, there are no issues with connectivity.
Verdict: At a price of Rs 6,990, Intex has delivered a decent device to its targeted audience which is mostly based in tier 2 and 3 cities. The new way to take selfies comes as an added bonus.