While players like Samsung and Sony have failed to bring out affordable smartphones in the market, their absence in the low-end segment could benefit domestic vendors to a certain extent.
After Lava and Micromax, another smart phone player Intex has managed to bring out an Android-powered phone at a low-end price. Dubbed the Intex Aqua i3, the new handset is currently listed on the company's official website; though the actual release date has been kept under tight wraps. The good news is that you can grab the dual-SIM phone at Rs. 6,570.
As far as the specifications of the Intex Aqua i3 are anything to go by, the budget phone sports a 5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854-pixels. It is powered by a 1GHz single-core processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board memory, which can be later expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The makers have added an 1800mAh battery fitted inside.
On the imaging front, there's an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with a single LED Flash; also add a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The handset comes pre-loaded with tons of apps, notably, Intex Zone, Matrabhasha, Opera Mini, Intex Games Club, NQ SECURITY, NQ Vault, ZAPAK, Bigflix, OLX, Getit, GreetZap, Intex Care, Saavn, Hungama, Sony Liv, Newshunt, Clik it, Mobogenie and WeChat.
Connectivity options on the phone are as follows: 3G, Wi-Fi, Dual-SIM, GPS, FM Radio, amongst others.
In the meantime, here are the top 5 smartphones that are way better than the Intex Aqua i3 in respect to the price and features. Take a closer look!
Spice Stellar Mettle Icon Mi-506
The phone comes with a 5-inch capacitive touch screen display offering FWVGA resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and Mali 400 GPU coupled with a mediocre 512MB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.
There's an 8MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash and in the front face of the phone you will see a 1.3 MP front-facing unit for making video calls and taking selfies. The phone offers a 4GB native storage capacity which is further expandable up to 32GB with microSD card slot. It also comes with a regular array of connectivity options like 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and aGPS.
Also it gives users an option of using a Dual SIM (3G + 3G) feature with dual standby mode. The 1800mAh battery is used by the company to power the phone and Spice claims that the batttery will offer a talk-time of more than 11 hours (2G) and 5 and a half hours (3G) hours and up to 227 hours standby ensuring a strong battery backup. The phone is priced at Rs. 6,999.
Lava Iris 503e
The device sports a 5-inch capacitive touch screen display offering a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The handset comes powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Processor coupled with 512MB RAM, which makes it an entry level handset.
It runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. You can shoot pictures using a 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash incorporated in the device while at the front a 1.3 MP front-facing snapper will surely make it easy to take selfies and make video calls. Internal storage capacity is limited to 4GB and it is expandable up to 32GB via microSD.
The connectivity options remain regular with 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS support. Also you will find a Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) slot in the handset. The handset which measures 10.45 mm thick draws its energy from a 2000 mAh battery. You can grab the phone for Rs. 6,749.
Swipe Konnect 5.0
The handset comes with a 5-inch (960 ×540 pixels) qHD capacitive touch screen IPS display and it is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.It runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS.
The smartphone is quite impressive in terms of camera and the pricing, as it comes with an 8MP rear camera with OmniVision sensor and LED flash and a 3.2 megapixel front-facing shooter as well. Internal memory is seated at 8GB, however, you will also get an option to expand it up to 32GB via microSD card. Connectivity option includes 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS and obviously it is a Dual SIM handset.Swipe Konnect 5.0 measures 148x74x8.9mm and weight 135 grams and it is powered by a1950mAh battery. Asking price - Rs. 8,999
Huawei Ascend Y600
The Huawei Ascend Y600 comes with a 5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) FWVGA display, while the device itself is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek (MT6572) processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of n-board memory. Running on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS with Huawei's own Emotion UI slapped on top of it, the Huawei Ascend Y600 also offers a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. The makers have added a 2100mAh battery. The connectivity options are similar to any other handset in the same league. The device is priced at Rs.8,999.
The smart phone comes with a 4-inch capacitive touch screen display offering a WVGA resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by 1.3 GHz dual-core processor with Mali 400 GPU coupled with 512 MB RAM and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera.
The device features 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS connectivity options. Moreover, you will also get a Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby support integrated in the device. Gionee has used a 4GB native storage unit in the device. It can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The device which measures 9.3mm thick and weighs 124 grams draws its energy from a 1600 mAh battery. It is priced at Rs. 6499