Intex Aqua Lions N1 

price₹ 2,889 onwards

launchDec, 2017

13.9

excellence score

67.1

value for money score

 This phone is available at an "effective price" of Rs. 1, 649 from Airtel, as long as you do regular Airtel recharges. Read more here

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Design

  • Light-weight
  • The back is textured, so you get decent grip
  • Ordinary build quality and finish - will constantly remind you that this is strictly a budget device
  • There are thick borders on each side of the display and the navigation buttons below it aren’t backlit

Display

  • The 4-inch display has a low 480x800-pixel resolution, which makes text appear a bit jagged - viewing angles aren’t good either - the display isn’t laminated to the tempered glass, so the gap between them is visible, and it's also a big magnet for fingerprints. Sunlight legibility isn't great even at the maximum brightness

Software

  • The main highlight of the phone is the Hike Total which is custom fork of Android, much like Indus OS - it has been designed specifically for the Indian market, with support for eight Indian languages and the ability to use some information services without an Internet connection - Hike hasn’t messed around with the Android Nougat UI too much, and it looks very close to stock - the most important addition is the left-most home screen dedicated to a curated list of ‘offline’ apps along with some utility apps such as Bus Tickets, which lets you purchase bus tickets for travel within the country - to start using the apps offline, you’ll need to create a Total account and verify your Airtel SIM
  • There isn't a notification LED or an ambient light sensor

Performance

  • The onboard SoC is capable of decoding 1080p video, but the screen's narrow viewing angles and poor contrast made it really hard to enjoy anything
  • Performance is sluggish throughout - Android phones rarely play nice with just 1GB of RAM - you will also find yourself hitting the wrong characters on the on-screen keyboard due to lag or sluggish touch response (there’s a fair bit of latency between the time you press a key and when the character actually appears on the screen)

Camera

  • Rear and front cameras are sub-par - details are lacking and colours often miss the mark

Audio

  • Decent call quality, and 4G VoLTE support
  • The speaker isn’t very loud either - it does an okay job with alerts but is fairly weak for most media files

Battery

  • Mediocre battery life - struggles to last a full day even with light usage
  • Charging with the bundled charger takes a while - roughly three hours to get it up to 80 percent

More

  • On the whole, given the overall ordinary quality of the phone, many people may still find more sense in going for strong feature phones (like JioPhone) in this price bracket

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Intex Aqua Lions N1 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.0 Nougat
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size4 inches
Screen Resolution480x800 pixels (~ 233 pixels per inch)
Sensors
  • G-sensor
Processor/RAM
Processor1.1 GHz, Quad Core, MediaTek
GPUMali
RAM1 GB
Memory
Internal Memory8 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity1400 mAh
Camera
Camera2.0 MP
Camera FlashYes
Secondary Camera0.3 MP
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
FM RadioYes

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