There is a separate race out there among the Indian smartphone makers to capture the entry level and low mid-segment markets in the country. The buyers could typically be from tier-2 and tier-3 cities and towns and the cost of the phone would be one major factor in achieving sales.
The latest to jump into the fray is Intex, with two phones, the Intex Cloud 1 and the Intex Aqua S1 at below Rs 4,000.
The second one mentioned above is the larger phone with a 5inch FWVGA display, the screen resolution being 854x480pixels. The processor running the Intex Aqua S1 is a quad-core MediaTek MT 6737V SoC and it can offer a clocking speed of 1.25GHz. The GPU is the Mali-T720. The phone has just 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage memory, which might make it difficult to accommodate the Android OS Nougat version 7.0. The OS and its accompanying apps will themselves occupy a large part of the ROM. The user might have to repeatedly move apps to the microSD card to vacate room for smooth functioning of the phone.
The camera section on the Intex Aqua S1 is also quite modestly equipped with a 5MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera is fitted for selfies. The device can take two SIMs and the battery is 2300mAh. The company claims the phone can provide four hours of talk time and 270hours of standby. All connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even 4G VoLTE are provided.
The Intex Cloud 1 sports a 4inch WVGA display that has a screen resolution of 480x800pixels. The RAM and ROM specifications are the same as in the case of the Intex Aqua S1, 1GB and 8GB respectively and the microSD card provision can help expand the storage to 64GB. The processor on the Intex Cloud 1 is the Spreadtrum SC9832 quad-core chipset that has a clock speed of 1.3GHz and the GPU Mali 400.
In the camera section, while the rear camera is the same 5MP, the front camera is much smaller 2MP. The battery is also much smaller at 1750mAh. The connectivity options and the sensors on board, are all similar on both the phones.
There is a minor variation in the colours in which the two phones are being sold. Black is common for both the devices plus the Intex Aqua S1 comes in Champagne Gold also. The phones are Amazon exclusives and the prices are Rs. 3,499 for the Intex Cloud 1 and Rs. 3,999 for the Intex Aqua S1.