The domestic smartphone maker Intex recently expanded its range of ultra-affordable entry-level Android phones with the launch of the Aqua 3G Star. The device is officially priced at Rs 3,490, but is available for as low as Rs 3,160 on the online retailers. The company is targeting the handset at the first time smartphone buyers in the country. The main highlight of the 3G Star is Android 4.4 KitKat’s software experience, and support for 3G connectivity at this price point. So if you are planning to purchase this budget Android KitKat phone with 3G, then let’s take a quick look on what it has up its sleeve to offer.
Display and Design
Being a budget device, the Intex Aqua 3G Star offers a small 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. However, a small screen offers better handling to the first time smartphone users. Design wise, the device looks stylish and is slightly curved on the sides to offer a better grip while holding it in hand.
Software & Apps
The Aqua 3G Star is one of the most affordable Android v4.4.2 KitKat running devices in this price range. User interface of the handset is almost close to the Google’s stock version of the KitKat OS, thus making it easy to operate for a first time smartphone user. For entertainment, the device comes pre-loaded with a few games like Angry Chicken, Farm Attack and Monster Truck. It also includes several apps like Auto Call Record, Intex Zone, Intex Play, OLX, Opera Mini, Quick Office and Flipkart.
Configuration and Storage
The Intex Aqua 3G Star is powered by a 1GHz single-core Spreadtrum SPD7715 processor, aided by a mere 256MB of RAM. So, don’t expect much from the phone in terms of performance, like playing games with high-end 3G graphics. The device comes with 2GB of internal memory, but out of which only 534MB is accessible to the users due to the storage used by the OS. However, for further memory expansion, the Aqua 3G Star has a microSD card slot, which can take cards up to 32GB in size. The smartphone is backed by a 1,400mAh battery, which according to Intex can deliver up to six hours of calling and up to 180 hours of standby time.
Camera & Connectivity
The Intex Aqua 3G Star has a 3.2MP primary camera with an LED flash and a VGA secondary shooter. It’s camera application has various photography tweaks to offer like Panorama Shot, HDR, and Face Beauty. Connectivity features on board are dual-SIM slots, 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. It joins the club of some of the most affordable Android phones available below Rs 3,500 with 3G connectivity.
Wrapping it up
The Intex Aqua 3G Star is one of the most affordable KitKat-running devices the company has launched this month. It is a value for money smartphone with latest OS experience and 3G connectivity. However, there are a handful of Android devices available in India with better specs than the 3G Star in the same segment. For an instance, priced around Rs 2,800, the Adcom A40 comes with a dual-core processor, a better 1.3MP front camera, and a beefier 1,650mAh battery. Celkon’s Campus Whizz Q42 is offered in the same range with a quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera. Overall, Intex will find it hard to compete against the budget offerings in this range. So make sure you check for alternatives before finalising your thoughts for the Aqua 3G Star.
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