|Launch Date||April 6, 2017 (Official)|
|Model||Aqua 4G Mini|
|Operating System||Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Mini|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||4.0 inches (10.16 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 800 pixels|
|Pixel Density||233 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||56.66 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A7|
|Internal Memory||4 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 2 GB|
|Resolution||0.3 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|TalkTime||Up to 6 Hours(2G)|
|Standby time||Up to 250 Hours(2G)|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Mini, SIM2: Micro|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
The Intex Aqua 4G Mini is a moderately good phone for first time smartphone users but it is limited when it comes to raw hardware. The overall performance is average and we blame it on low RAM and low-end chipset. Also, the internal storage is really low and the display resolution is also less compared to other devices. However, it supports 4G VoLTE, comes with an ergonomic design, compact body and Android Marshmallow OS. Thus, if you want a very basic smartphone with 4G VoLTE connectivity, then you can go for the Intex Aqua 4G Mini. However, if you want to check out other devices from this price segment, then have a look at the Intex Aqua A4, iVooMi Me4 and Sansui Horizon 1.
Intex Technologies had launched the Aqua 4G Mini smartphone in India back in March 2017. It is a very basic entry-level device meant for first time smartphone users. However, the main USP of the Aqua 4G Mini is its 4G VoLTE support since this feature is missing in many smartphones in this price segment. So let us find out in our Intex Aqua 4G Mini review if it is worth the money or you should invest elsewhere for your first smartphone. Before checking out the review, just have a quick glance at the specifications of the mobile first.
The Intex Aqua 4G Mini is powered by a Spreadtrum SC9832A quad-core processor, coupled with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB). The phone sports a 4-inch WVGA display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box. In the camera department, we get a 5 megapixel primary rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel selfie shooter. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. There are no notable sensors in this phone. Under the hood, there is a 1450mAh non-removable battery.
The Intex Aqua 4G Mini is made up of plastic but it looks quite premium for an entry-level smartphone. However, the built quality is superb and hence the finish of the phone feels very premium. It does have huge bezels on both top and bottom of the display and hence the phone ends up being quite tall despite of having a compact 4-inch display. Although, it is quite light and you can easily use it with one hand and for long duration without feeling any stress in your hands. The curved edges provide an extra grip. The back cover has a metallic finish and it feels very premium.
On the front, we get a 4-inch display along with the selfie camera, earpiece and couple of sensors. There are three capacitive buttons below the display for navigation. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are placed on the right side of the phone, while the left side remains empty. The microUSB port and the 3.5mm audio jack are located at the top while the primary microphone is placed at the bottom. Turning towards the back side, we get the primary camera along with the LED flash on the top left. The Intex branding is found below the camera in the middle while the loudspeaker is at the bottom. The back cover is removable and a 1450mAh non-removable battery is found underneath it along with the dual SIM and microSD card slots. Overall, the Intex Aqua 4G Mini has a great built along with decent hardware and design.
The Intex Aqua 4G Mini features a 4-inch TN display, which comes with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA). It is a very basic, compact display that is meant for general usage only and is not ideal for content consumption. The colors look decent, brightness levels is not very high and sunlight legibility is moderately decent. However, you have to adjust the brightness of the display manually according to light surroundings as it does not come with an ambient light sensor. The viewing angles are quite decent as well. We do not get any protection on top of the display but there is no wear and tear due to general usage.
The touch response of the phone is quite smooth because of the display quality and fluid OS. Overall, the Intex Aqua 4G Mini has a decent display but it is only meant for basic usage and is not ideal for content consumption.
The Aqua 4G Mini is powered by a quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832A processor clocked at 1.3GHz and 512MB RAM. It is a very low-end processor and thus the performance is also on the lower side but the phone can handle most of the basic day-to-day tasks without any issues. The 512MB RAM onboard is a major disappointment as the multitasking experience is very poor. It would have been a lot better with 1GB RAM. Nevertheless, this smartphone is meant for basic usage only. The UI is quite smooth but lags a lot if you run any heavy apps or games. When it comes to gaming, you should not expect much from this phone but you can play really basic and simple games. The Intex Aqua 4G Mini has 4GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 2GB of free space. You can increase the space up to 32GB by adding a microSD card.
Talking about connectivity, there is 4G VoLTE support along with Dual SIM and we also get a dedicated microSD card slot. The battery capacity of the 4G Mini is 1450mAh and it is just about enough for one day of usage. As expected, there is no support for fast charging.
Overall, the Intex Aqua 4G Mini is a moderate performer.
The Intex Aqua 4G Mini rocks a 5 megapixel primary rear camera. In terms of picture quality, the images clicked in bright outdoor conditions look good and have some amount of details. The colors are a bit over saturated. However, the low light performance is very average and we get a lot of grains and noise. The focusing mechanism is slow and inaccurate but it gets it right sometimes without any fuss. There is no HDR mode but you can click macro images and they have a little blur effect. Now coming to the selfie camera, we get a 1.3 megapixel shooter and it can click moderately good selfies for occasional use.
The camera app of the Aqua 4G Mini is very easy to use as it comes with a simple interface and even first time smartphone users can use it without facing any issues. There are a couple of shooting modes in the stock camera app but you should stick to Auto mode for getting the best shots. The primary shooter can record HD videos but the quality is just about average. Overall, the camera department of the Intex Aqua 4G Mini is a moderate performer.
The loudspeaker of the Intex Aqua 4G Mini is located at the bottom on the back side. The speaker is audible and sound quality is good. There is some audio distortion at the highest volume level. As the speaker is located on the back, the sound gets muffled when the phone is placed on a flat surface. There is a native music app but it does not have a lot of features and hence for the best audio experience, you can download a third-party app of your preference. A bundled earphone comes with the phone but it is very low in quality. So we would suggest you to invest in a decent pair of earphones.
The Intex Aqua 4G Mini can easily play HD videos but it is a bit of struggle to play Full HD videos as the processor is low-end and we get only 512MB RAM. For the best video watching experience, just download a third-party app like MX Player. Overall, the Intex Aqua 4G Mini offers a decent audio and video experience.
The Intex Aqua 4G Mini runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box. It is not the most recent Android OS from the house of Google but the interface is quite smooth and we did not notice any major lag or frame drops in normal day-to-day usage. However, since it is a low-end smartphone, there were slight lags here and there. Most popular apps and games started fairly quickly as well. We nearly get a stock Android experience as Intex has not added an extra layer of custom UI on top of Android Marshmallow OS. There are a couple of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them if you do not wish to use them. Although, if you do not like the look of this interface, then you can just download any third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher to give it a modern makeover.
Overall, the UI of the Intex Aqua 4G Mini feels quite smooth and fluid.