Sunday, 10 December, 2017

Airtel now offers three Intex smartphones starting at Rs. 1649

Airtel, Intex launch Aqua Lions N1, Aqua A4, and Aqua S3 4G affordable smartphones Reliance Jio effect: Airtel partners Intex to launch cheaper 4G smartphones in India
Theresa Hayes | 07 December, 2017, 17:38

The recharge plans for the Intex Aqua A4 and Intex Aqua S3 remains the same, however, one has to make a down payment of ₹3,499 (retail price is ₹4,999) and ₹5,879 (market price is ₹6,649) to get these smartphones. OEMs are now focused on offering affordable smartphones and feature phones with 4G LTE support to take advantage of JioPhone's demand and carriers are partnering with manufacturers to do the same. Now, Airtel has partnered with Intex to offer a cashback of Rs. 1,500 on Intex smartphones. "We look forward to working with them towards empowering every Indian with a 4G smartphone", Ajai Puri, Chief Operating Officer (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel said.

Intex Aqua Lions N1 is a dual SIM 4G smartphone, powered by a MediaTek chipset.

To get it right off the bat, there's no way we can actually compare a feature phone and a smartphone.

"We are delighted to launch the all-new Aqua LIONS N1 exclusively under the "Mera Pehla Smartphone" initiative to drive the adoption of 4G smartphones". Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor. The 8 MP main camera and a 5 MP secondary camera is also an upgrade over other two models with a user replaceable 2450 mAh Li-ion battery. Intex Aqua Lions N1, Aqua A4, and Aqua S3 have been announced under Airtel's "Mera Pehla Smartphone" initiative.

The Intex Aqua A4 also has a full touch 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen of 800x480p display resolution. Its other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 5MP/2MP cameras, dual-SIM slots and VoLTE. The rear camera is of 2-megapixel and a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front.

The Intex Aqua A4 comes at an effective price of Rs 1,999, compared to the market price of Rs 4,999). The cashback of Rs 1,500 will bring the effective price of the phone to Rs 1,649. This translates to an effective price of Rs1,649.

The upfront payment for the Aqua Lions Ni is Rs 3149. Buyers will need to make recharges worth Rs. 3,000 in the first 18 months of purchasing the handset to get a cashback of Rs. 500 and continue it for another 18 months to get Rs. 1,000 cashback.

If the customer does not wish to opt for the bundled plan, and still wants the refund, recharges worth Rs 3,000 must be done within the first 18 months and another Rs3,000 over the next 18 months.

The ownership of the 4G smartphones is fully with the customer and there is no need to return the device to Airtel/Intex at any point to claim the cash benefit. It is noteworthy that JioPhone comes at an effective price of Rs 0.

"The all-new 4G smartphones come bundled with a monthly pack of Rs 169 from Airtel, offering generous data and calling benefits", the company said in a statement. After 18 months, the client will get Rs 500 cashback, trailed by a cashback of Rs 1000 following three years. The Aqua S3 requires you to pay Rs 5879.