Intex Aqua 5.5 VR

price Rs. 5,099 onwards | launch Oct, 2016
magic score ?
average value for money
our verdict: avoid
of 498 phones in Rs. 5,000 - 10,000

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 5 expert reviews

What We Liked

  • Good looks, and good build quality - actually feels like a more expensive phone than it is
  • Very good, bright display - colours in HD movies and photos look rich and visibility from wide angles is flawless
  • Supports VR - Intex is bundling a card board-based virtual reality (VR) headset (similar to Google Cardboard) with the phone, and will work with the VR apps available on the Google Play Store, as well as with VR videos - on the whole the VR experience is fun
  • Features a hardware notification mode button to quickly silent the phone, or put it in priority mode (similar to iPhones, and OnePlus phones)
  • Also has an Emergency rescue feature which sends out text messages to numbers configured as emergency contacts
  • Clean, stock Android interface keeps things simple and familiar
  • Good loudspeaker, which is uncommon at this price point
  • Decent call quality
  • Good 2, 800mAh battery - lasts a whole day of modest use on single charge

What We Didn't

  • Large, somewhat bulky size, with significant bezels
  • Glossy back feels slippery
  • The volume rockers and the power button are too flush with the body, making them difficult to feel around
  • Struggles when stressed - despite the clean Android, the phone’s overall performance is not always smooth - while it can handle individual tasks well, the phone feels sluggish with 5-6 apps running in the background
  • Has a limited 8GB of internal storage, which will become a problem if you install a lot of apps/games on your phone
  • Average camera - struggles even in daytime - colours look washed out and the overall image looks blurry
  • Charging speed for the battery is on the slow side
  • The native VR app is not really well designed
  • On the whole, the Intex Aqua 5.5 VR is certainly not meant for a power user, but only for a basic user who needs a good-looking display for watching movies and the daily dose of news, e-books and Facebook posts, and maybe wants a taste of VR

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Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.5 inches
Screen Resolution720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • IPS
  • 2 Point Touch Support
  • G-sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
Processor1.2 GHz, Quad Core, MediaTek MT6737
Internal Memory8 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 32 GB
Battery Capacity2800 mAh
Battery Standby200 hrs
Battery Talktime5.00 hrs
Weight176 gm
Thickness9.9 mm
Camera5.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
Other Camera Features
  • Panorama Mode
  • Gesture Capture
  • Anti-Shake
  • Smile Shot
Secondary Camera5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • Flash
  • Face Beauty
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
FM RadioYes
  • Emergency Rescue
  • Smart Gesture
  • Matrabhasha
  • Dailypoint
  • Newspoint
  • Saavn
  • Opera mini Lefty
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