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Intex Cloud Q11 4G

Colours:
Yellow
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 8 GB + 32 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Micro + Micro
  • No Fingerprint sensor
  • FM Radio

Specifications

General
BrandIntex
ModelCloud Q11 4G
Operating SystemAndroid v6.0 (Marshmallow)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensor
Design
Height153 mm
Width77.5 mm
Thickness10.3 mm
Weight175.4 grams
ColoursChampagne
Display
Screen Size5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density267 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)70.17 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek MT6737
ProcessorQuad core, 1.2 GHz, Cortex A53
GraphicsMali-T720 MP2
RAM1 GB
Storage
Internal Memory8 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 3.62 GB
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.8
Flashyes
Image Resolution3264 x 2448 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Battery
Capacity2800 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceableyes
TalkTimeUp to 6 Hours(4G) / Up to 10 Hours(2G)
Standby timeUp to 500 Hours(2G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro, SIM2: Micro
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivityUSB charging, microUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensor
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000 segment is where our very own Indian smartphones brands used to dominate the foreign brands are now seriously facing tough competition from Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, and the others. Though being dominated, the Indian brands like Intex never backed down. Instead, the company started launching products more often than it usually does. The Rs. 6,000 price segment is where Intex often leads the pack is now back again with a yet another offering; the Intex Cloud Q11 4G which aims to bring 4G VoLTE connectivity into the budget price tag. Let’s take a closer look at this brand new Intex smartphone to know how well it fares for Intex.

Intex Cloud Q11 4G: The Intex Cloud Q11 sports a 5.5-inches HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display and is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with Mali-T720 GPU. There is 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory with a microSD card for memory expansion. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

In the camera department, there is an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual LED Flash and a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. A 2800mAh battery for all battery requirements.

Introduction:

The Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000 segment is where our very own Indian smartphones brands used to dominate the foreign brands are now seriously facing tough competition from Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, and the others. Though being dominated, the Indian brands like Intex never backed down. Instead, the company started launching products more often than it usually does. The Rs. 6,000 price segment is where Intex often leads the pack is now back again with a yet another offering; the Intex Cloud Q11 4G which aims to bring 4G VoLTE connectivity into the budget price tag. Let’s take a closer look at this brand new Intex smartphone to know how well it fares for Intex.

Intex Cloud Q11 4G: The Intex Cloud Q11 sports a 5.5-inches HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display and is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with Mali-T720 GPU. There is 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory with a microSD card for memory expansion. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

In the camera department, there is an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual LED Flash and a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. A 2800mAh battery for all battery requirements.

Design & Display:

Over the years we’ve seen the same old candy bar design for many budget smartphones, which makes it quite boring to look at after a while. Now with the Cloud Q11, Intex has followed the same pattern which is a huge letdown. The Intex Cloud Q11 packs the familiar design with the glossy plastic body, though the smooth finish, round corners, and solid build quality makes up for the dull, boring design, we still feel there is room for improvement design wise. The device certainly carries some heft, but can withstand a drop or two. The company is also bundling clear back case and a screen protection within the box. The smartphone comes in a box that double’s up as VR headset which allows you to experience virtual reality content right out of the box.

Above the display, there is a 5-megapixel shooter, LED flash, Main earpiece, and down below, you find the three capacitive buttons that are not a part of the screen. The right side has the volume rockers and power on/off button, while the lead packs a dedicated notifications button that let you put your device in silent without even turning it on. Whole on top, there is the 3.5 mm audio jack and MicroUSB port for charging and data sync. Flipping the device to rear, you find the primary camera module, Dual LED flash, Intex branding, speaker grills. Strip opening the rear camera module gives you access to the removable battery, SIM Slots, and microSD card slot. Overall, the design and hardware are on par with the price tag, although the glossy back panel makes it slippery, using the bundled clear case is suggested.

The Intex Cloud Q11 4G sports a large 5.5-inches HD display which is quite good to watch videos, play games as the color reproduction is decent enough. The display panel has a serious trouble viewing content under sunlight, making it a bit tough to use the smartphone outdoors. The brightness levels are pretty low for our liking, and this is the primary reason for the screen to struggle outdoors. The viewing angles are good but, the color shift is clearly seen from not so wide angles.; however, the screen fails to respond to the touches every once in a while. It takes more than a single tap to respond appropriately. Overall, the display seems like a hit or miss with below par brightness levels in outdoors, terrible viewing angles and non-responsive touch which clearly has an effect on the performance which we will be talking in a second.

Performance:

The Intex Cloud Q11 4G is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor with Mali T-720 GPU. First thing’s first, the device comes with just 8GB of storage of which only 4GB is available to the end user. Thanks to the Intex App aggregator which keeps promoting apps that are of no use to us, we had no choice other than installing them and then running out of space. Moving to the performance, apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Chrome ran fine for the most part, but they do take some time to open and also do take the time to close even after closing it. There is an observable lag in simple navigations, U.I transitions like opening tabs or closing them. This is mainly because of the age-old chipset coupled with just 1GB of RAM. Multitasking is never smooth despite having just 1-2 apps in the background; this sluggish behavior clearly takes a hit on the overall performance.

The user interface looks unpolished as it gets unresponsive more often than not and this issue can get annoying over the time. Simple games like Subway Surfers hung a couple of times and force closes even when it is the only app running in the background. Though the company has bundled VR feature, there isn’t much space to install VR games. However, you can still enjoy 360-degree videos via YouTube or from local storage. To put it simply, the Cloud Q11 fails to run anything beyond simple tasks like checking messages, taking calls, or listening to music.

Cameras:

The Intex Cloud Q11 4G packs an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash for selfies. The camera sensor takes a fair amount of time to focus, click image and process it. The images captured during daylight are mostly dull and lack the level of details we would expect. Though the dynamic range is decent, the color output is below par, like all the color in the images captured look washed out. While the low-light shots are outright terrible even to use them, the images appear hazy and are full of noise.

Moving to the front 5-megapixel shooter, it does an excellent job in clicking decent selfies when you are in good lighting conditions. The LED flash on the front helps you click bright selfies in low-light, but none of them are social shareable in our opinion. The camera app is good enough as it offers various modes, Filters to tinker around with the images clicked, QR scanner inbuilt for your convince. Overall, the camera of the Intex Cloud Q11 4G is below par even in outdoors and in low-light conditions.

Battery:

The Intex Cloud Q11 4G rocks a 2800mAh unit with no fast charging support. Using the Cloud Q11 4G as our primary device, it lasted for a day with our type of usage that includes a bunch of calls, browsing through social media and the internet, streaming videos for an hour or two and casual gaming for an hour. However, the device dropped around 15% of battery with just 30-45 mins of gaming which is a huge drop and was not expected. Also, the device seems to be having a software issue, during our testing, one time the device was having around 40% of battery life, but then it suddenly dropped to 21% and then again it went back to 40% within a minute. This is surely an issue with the software, which can be fixed with an OTA update, but for now, the issue persists.

The 2800mAh battery unit takes around 4-5 hours of time to charge completely from zero to 100% which is a lot and can be uncomfortable when you are traveling or in a rush. Overall, the battery performance is decent enough for casual usage but fails to maintain the same while gaming or while watching videos or movies.

Audio & Video:

The company is bundling earphones within the box which are quite good and offer decent audio experience. The loudspeaker is placed on the rear side down below the rear camera module. Though the speaker output is loud enough, the sound quality is not clear. The default music player is capable of playing a wide range of audio formats, and the equalizer helps you tweak around for better experience.

In the video department, the device is capable of playing 720p HD videos via the default video player. We didn’t notice any freezing or heating issues while playing video. The color reproduction is decent enough for media consumption. So, overall the media watching experience on the Cloud Q11 4G is decent enough, and the inbuilt VR helps you experience 360-degree videos which are a neat addition.

Conclusion: The Intex Cloud Q11 4G is one such device that can be easily ignored for many reasons. The display is decent, but the viewing angles, sunlight legibility are terrible. Despite the solid build, the design of the Cloud Q11 is boring and has nothing unique to offer except for the VR capabilities. The average performance of the camera and general day to day tasks combines with irritating user interface makes the Q11 4G a terrible buy even at this price point, we suggest you raise your budget and go for other alternatives like the Xiaomi Redmi 3s which is currently ruling this segment.

Software & Ui:

The Intex Cloud Q11 4G runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box. Though the interface is near stock with vanilla Android, it still doesn’t offer a smooth experience. There are a bunch of pre-installed apps that can’t be uninstalled, and the company’s aggregated apps keep throwing notifications which can’t be dismissed until you install the promoted app or open it. Swiping from the left gives you access to a home screen similar to HTC’s Blink Feed, where it displays trending video from YouTube, current news, and trending apps.

It comes with 1GB of RAM and thanks to near stock interface; there is a very minimal lag while opening or switching between apps even while multitasking. But then again, the device starts to slow down when you have too many apps running in the background which is expected from a budget device. Overall the interface and software experience is decent enough for the price tag, but the sponsored app notifications might get annoying.

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