Intex Aqua Power Plus showcase

“The Aqua Power Plus is for those who don’t want to hunt for a charger often. Here’s a look at the device and its capabilities”

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While smartphones are getting more and more powerful, most sacrifice on one important aspect – the battery life. All that power won’t help if the device can’t even last an entire working day. Tackling this problem head on is homegrown manufacturer Intex’s latest offering, the Aqua Power Plus. Not only does the smartphone feature loaded internals, it also promises superb battery life. Let’s take a closer look at the phone and its capabilities.

Its 5-inch IPS display makes the Aqua Power Plus compact enough to be held in a single hand comfortably. The screen bears HD resolution that offers crisp visuals and sharp text.

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Even though it’s an affordable device, the build quality feels quite robust and features some premium design elements. The rear panel sports a sandstone-like finish offering good grip. Our demo unit comes in black, and has golden accents on both its left and right edges, which lends it a classy appeal. It can also be purchased in other colour combinations that include white and gold, black and silver, and one that sports a full gold finish. The handset is quite slim too, with its waistline measuring just 9mm.

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The phone comes powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, which is supplemented by 2GB RAM. The combination ensures smooth performance, and we didn’t encounter any lags while navigating the screens or switching between multiple apps.

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To ensure that you don’t have to worry about running out of space, the Aqua Power Plus offers 16GB of flash memory. You can also increase it further by adding a microSD card of up to 32GB capacity.

Camera-wise, the Intex Aqua Power Plus comes equipped with a 13-megapixel sensor at the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear shooter is supplemented by an LED flash to help in low-light conditions.

Handling the software affairs on the mobile is sweet Android 5.0 Lollipop. The device offers almost a pure experience of Google’s Material Design language, but there are a few customisations in the form of icons and preloaded apps. Some of the preinstalled apps include Askme, Clean Master, Newshunt, and Truecaller. There’s a useful Auto Call Record feature hidden in the Intex Zone app. The feature allows the device to automatically record all voice calls and save them in the internal memory or external storage.

In the connectivity department, the dual-SIM smartphone comes with support for 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

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While these specs make the Intex Aqua Power Plus powerful enough to take on similarly-priced rivals, what gives it an edge is its gargantuan 4,000mAh removable lithium polymer battery. This promises to deliver an impressive talk time of 20 hours and a music playback time of around 34 hours. To extend the battery life further, you can enable the Super Power mode, which offers a grayscale interface and access to a limited number of apps. This can be extremely useful option in emergency situations to use the phone, even when the battery is as low as 5 percent.

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Along with the powerful combination of performance and battery life, Intex has also bundled a special window flip cover and a pair of screen guards in the retail box. The flip cover has a faux-leather texture at the back and not only acts as a protective coating for the device, but is also quite useful thanks to the circular window at the front. It lets you take a peek at the time and displays missed notifications, along with the option to quickly access call logs, messages, camera and music. Overall, the Intex Aqua Power Plus is a compelling offering at the price point of Rs 8,990.

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