Intex, the Indian smartphone company, has been in the country for a while now. The company is not into the high-end market. However, they are pretty much against the competition in the entry-level segment.
The Intex Cloud S9 has launched a couple of months ago and is priced at Rs. 6,499. Here's our full review of the Intex Cloud S9 after using it extensively for more than a week.
Talking about the design, the Cloud S9 comes with a unique design of textured back panel, which adds some decent look to the smartphone. On the front side, we have the 5.5-inch display covering the major part of the device and the smartphone has a large chin, same as the Google Pixel phones.
Above the screen, there is a front-facing camera along with a dedicated flash, which is the highlight of the smartphone and the primary microphone.
Regarding dimensions, this smartphone measures 153.55 x 76.7 x 8.7mm and weighs around 162grams, but it does light and sleek in hands. The Intex Cloud S9 comes with a plastic back with a texture on it, which gives a premium look to the phone.
On the sides, there's metal rim with the volume rockers and power button on the right side. On the top, we have the 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB port and the button being left to two loudspeakers.
Overall, the smartphone doesn't have a great design, but the textured back is something unique, and it makes the smartphone look premium as well.
The Intex Cloud S9 rocks a 5.5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels translating into a standard 267 PPI. Even though the Cloud S9 comes with HD display, it is not bad as we thought. The color reproduction was excellent as well.
Viewing angles are pretty decent as well, but the phone struggles to exhibit good brightness under direct sunlight, due to the reflective panel. Overall, the display is not the best in the market, but one can't ask much for the price tag.
Considering it as a budget smartphone, the company has cut down the hardware by a huge margin. The Intex Cloud S9 is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 Quad-core Cortex A53 processor with all the four cores clocked at 1.3GHz. Having said that, there is Mali T720MP1 GPU to take care of the graphics in the smartphone.
Due to a low clock speed on both CPU and GPU, performance-wise the Cloud S9 leaves us with a mediocre, if not worse. With the help of 2GB RAM, the phone performs smoothly on multitasking without any lag or slowing down issues. While playing games, we do notice some heat, but it's not disturbing either.
The major issue starts when the graphic intensive games are played on the smartphone. The phone overheats while playing the games such as Asphalt 8 and Nova 3 and for that, we have to reboot the smartphone to function properly. This was expected with the low-end hardware on board.
The Intex Cloud S9 also comes with a fingerprint sensor located at the rear of the smartphone, within reach of your index finger. The fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate all the time, and it is an active scanner as well, which means that you need to press the lock button to unlock the phone.
If you are a casual user, the Intex Cloud S9 might perform well, but if you want strong performance, then this is not made for you!
The Intex Cloud S9 comes with an 8MP camera on the rear, which doesn't inspire confidence in both low light and bright light conditions. Images captured under the bright light are usually exposed, and the low light shots are just not acceptable to post them on social networks.
There is a 5MP front-facing camera, which also has support for LED flash, but it failed to impress as well. There was continuous noise over all the images captured in indoors and outdoors. And, the flash does help in low-light conditions.
The camera app is pretty clean and reminds the old stock Android camera app. Do note that this phone takes a while or nearly 2 seconds to capture an image, which is a letdown.
The Intex Cloud S9 comes with a large 3650mAh battery. Incidentally, this is also the USP of the phone. In our review period, the smartphone lasted for around one and half days with common usage involving two hours of WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram and nearly five hours of voice calls with Reliance Jio. Yes, the phone has support for Reliance Jio and VoLTE as well.
The software also played a significant role over here as it is pretty clean and almost similar to stock Android with a couple of additions in the Settings app such as 'Turbo Download', etc. All said and done; the smartphone excels in the battery life department, but it doesn't match the Xiaomi Redmi 3s.
When you compare the smartphone with other phones in the similar price range such as Xiaomi Redmi 3s, it's a major letdown, especially in the camera department. However, it matches the competition regarding battery life and good display. So, the Intex Cloud S9 is for people looking for a good looking phone in a tight budget.