The mobile phone landscape is an ever-changing scene. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current Indian mobile phone market. Releasing Smart Feature Phones is the new trend and competitive pricing is the name of the game. The mobile market was shaken to the core when Reliance Jio announced their Jio Phone, which is effectively a feature phone with 4G and VoLTE capability. The phone is being offered at an effectively zero price. Since then, mobile manufacturers are racing to get their own smart feature phones into the market before everybody else.
Intex has just announced its Navratna series of feature phones which will be available in the price range of Rs. 700/- to Rs. 1500/-. The Intex Turbo Plus 4G is a part of this series and the only model which is smart. The rest of the phones are just the regular feature phones which offer good value with different value propositions. But the Intex Turbo Plus 4G is the ‘Flagship’ of this series with its smart capabilities. It will cost around Rs. 1500/- when it will be available in the market. Let us take a closer look at this phone through this pre-review.
This phone is not yet available in the market and this design review is based on the renders released by the company. The Intex Turbo Plus 4G is as simple as a phone can get. It sports the classic feature phone design which we have all come to recognize over the years. The phone has rounded corners. The back panel, which is removable, houses the battery, along with dual SIMs and the memory card slot.
The back panel is bare of any design elements except for the cutout for the 2.0-megapixel primary camera along with an LED flash and the loudspeaker grill. Over at the front, there’s a 2.4” QVGA display. The earpiece grill is located at the top of the display and is flanked by the VGA selfie camera.
The two action buttons lie below the display, along with the call-end and call-receive buttons, the 4-way navigation Key and the OK button. The 4-way navigation button rings the OK button and looks quite chunky. The square OK button also doubles up as the flashlight switch. The buttons of the alphanumeric keypad are spaced apart and look to be quite easy to click. Typing should be a good experience on this mobile phone.
The Intex Turbo Plus 4G sports a 2.4” QVGA LCD display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The pixel-density of this display will be 167 PPI. The display looks to be bright and colour saturated. It would not do to comment more on the display without having the handset in hand.
The main camera on the Intex Turbo Plus 4G is touted to be a 1.3-megapixel camera with an LED flash. The camera should capture images at a 1280 x 1024 pixels resolution. The selfie camera is a VGA camera which will be able to shoot images at 640 x 480. The quality of the camera cannot be commented on as we do not yet have the phone in hand.
The Intex Turbo Plus 4G is a feature phone with smart features which will give access to 4G network speeds and VoLTE capability. Unlike the Jio Phone, this phone will not be locked to any network and will be able to run any compatible 4G SIM card. The phone will be powered by KaiOS.
It will sport a dual-core processor supported by 512MB RAM. It will pack in a big 200mAh battery with 4GB built-in storage. The storage can be further expanded to 32 GB via a dedicated micro SD card slot. Rest of the features are forthcoming and will be updated here once the phone is released into the market.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Will be ascertained once the actual phone is released into the market.
ü Big 2.4” pixel-dense screen.
ü 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Dual-SIM support.
ü Support for 4G and VoLTE.
ü 4GB built-in storage.
û 512MB RAM.
û The Inclusion of FM radio not yet confirmed.
The Intex Turbo Plus 4G is clearly a response to the Jio Phone which has been announced but won’t be available until around the end of August. The Intex Turbo Plus 4G itself is not yet available but should make it to the market before the Jio Phone. It is also better than the Jio Phone in at least one way It is not locked to any one network. You can put in any compatible 4G SIM and the phone will support 4G speeds and VoLTE if supported by the network. This has been a brief pre-review of the Intex Turbo Plus 4G, which is set to become India’s first available Smart Feature Phone.
Reserved until after the phone is released.