Bharti Airtel, Intex tie up for new smartphones


Airtel, which has been actively challenging Reliance Jio in every way, has a new OEM partner to offer customers a budget-friendly means to connect to high speed 4G internet without settling for a feature phone. It is third such phone by Airtel which has already launched two phones partnering with Karbonn and Celkon, with intex becoming the third company to partner with the telecom giant.

Intex Aqua LIONS N1 comes with a 4-inch WVGA screen. Airtel has launched the new devices under its "Mera Pehla Smartphone" initiative. The newly launched Intex Lions N1 comes at an effective price of Rs 1,649, while the Intex Aqua A4 and Aqua S3 are now available at an effective price of Rs 1,999 and Rs 4,379 respectively. But there's a catch. A Customers need to make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169 pack from Airtel.

All three phones come bundled with a monthly pack of Rs 169 from Airtel. Intex Aqua Lions N1, Aqua A4, and Aqua S3 have been announced under Airtel's "Mera Pehla Smartphone" initiative. Aqua S3 has a market cost of Rs 6649, and highlights 5-inch display, 2GB RAM, 1.3GHz quad-processor, 8MP back and 5MP front camera, 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 64GB), and 2,450 mAh battery.

The Intex Aqua Lions N1 comes with an MRP of Rs 3,799 but will be made available at an MOP of Rs 3,149.

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As for the specs of these new phones, here's everything the Intex phones have to offer. The phone comes with an 8GB of internal storage that can further be expanded up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card. The consumers will get a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1,000 after 36 months. It is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and an 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB. Running on Android 7.0 Nougat, the smartphone is powered by a slightly more powerful 1.3GHz MTK processor along with 1GB of RAM. The Aqua A4 features a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel selfie shooter. It is effectively priced at Rs 4,379, compared to the market price of Rs 6,649. On the connectivity front, it supports 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM, Bluetooth, WiFi, FM Radio, 3.5mm jack, GPS/AGPS and micro USB port.

"Their (Intex's) brand familiarity plus distribution reach will add to our affordable smartphone proposition,"Ajai Puri, chief operating officer (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel, said".

All devices are Android powered and offer full access to all apps on Google Play Store, including YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. In addition, both smartphones come preloaded with MyAirtel App, Airtel TV, and Wynk Music as well.