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General News Intex Aqua Costa 3G smartphone with Android 6.0 Marshmallow launch, priced at Rs 5499
Intex has launched a new smartphone in its Aqua series, called the Aqua Costa. The smartphone is listed on company’s official website and is priced at Rs 5,499. The smartphone will be available in champagne, grey and white color options. The Aqua Costa is one of the most affordable smartphones to offer Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. But it doesn’t support 4G or VoLTE feature which is now increasingly becoming popular, and is available on much lesser priced smartphones.

Intex has launched a slew of 3G smartphones in the past. Some of the recent 3G smartphones are the Intex Aqua Q7N Pro, Intex Aqua Sense 5.1, Intex Cloud Tread, Intex Aqua Pride and Aqua Q7N among others. These smartphones are priced between Rs 3,999 and Rs 4,999. The Intex Aqua Costa is perhaps the most expensive 3G smartphone Intex has launched in recent weeks.

Intex Aqua Costa specifications

The Intex Aqua Costa smartphone features a 5-inch FWVGA display size with 854 x 480 pixels resolution. The smartphone offers two finger touch, 196 PPI of pixel density and 16.7M display colors. Under the hood runs MediaTek MT6580M Quad-core Cortex A7 processor, clocked at 1.3GHz paired with Mali 400 graphics. The Aqua Costa is paired with 2GB of RAM and also on offer is 8GB of internal storage which can be further be expanded via microSD card slot up to 32GB.

The Intex Aqua Costa smartphone sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera LED flash and a 2-megapixel front camera for selfie lovers. The rear camera can record 720p videos. Some of the other features of the camera include Face Beauty Mode, Gesture Capture, HDR, Self Timer and Zero Shutter Delay.The sensors on the device includes Proximity Sensor and Light Sensor.

The smartphone comes with a 2,200mAh battery that the company claims is good enough to last up to 11 hours of talktime and 200 hours of standby time. On the connectivity front, the smartphone comes with dusl-SIM and offers 3G-only network, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS / A-GPS, FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB 2.0 port. The Aqua Costa is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box with pre-installed applications such as Saavn, Opera Mini, News Point, Online Software Update and Matrabhasha.

The smartphone will face tough competition in the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 3s and Reliance Digital LYF Wind 1 which are priced at Rs 6,999 and Rs 6,899. While both the smartphones are priced at Rs 1,000 extra they offer much better specifications than the Intex Aqua Costa. One of the main highlights of the competitions is that both the smartphones support 4G with VoLTE.

In comparison, the Reliance Digital LYF Wind 1 has a 5-inch HD display, 64-bit Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz along with Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage that can be further expanded. It comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel camera with beauty mode. The smartphone also comes with a 2,300mAh battery, and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

On the other hand the Redmi 3s features a 5-inch HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor along with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone also comes with onboard storage of 16GB which is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It runs Android based MIUI 7. It comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera. The smartphone offers connectivity options like dual-SIM (hybrid SIM slot), 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi. It is powered by a 4,100mAh battery. The Redmi 3s also has a metal body which is missing from the Intex Aqua Costa.
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