Intex Cloud Jewel is another example of India’s local ingenuity in smartphones arena. The phone is manufactured by Intex Technologies – a growing brand for manufacturing consumer durables and IT Accessories for almost two decades now. Headquartered in New Delhi, the company is quite known in the affordable mobile phone segment. Intex Cloud Jewel is yet another offering in the category.
The model is a Dual SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone. It accepts two micro-SIM cards supporting 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. The 4G is also supported with Band 40 available with select operators in India. As many affordable smartphones in the market today, Intex too has tried to offer similar look and feel to the device to stay in the competition. At the first look, the device looks reasonably big with a 5 inch touch screen display. The WTH dimension measures 143.5mm x 71.4mm x 8.95mm and the carrying weight is comfortable 140 grams, although it may feel a bit wide to hold in hand. Intex Cloud Jewel is launched at a very affordable price of Rs. 5999/-.
- Design and Display:
Intex has not only maintained a sleek look but also tried to render a bit classy feel with the curved top and bottom panel. It almost reminds you of LG Flex 2 or even Intex’s very own Gem+. The 5 inch Oncell HD display screen powered with IPS capacitive touchscreen is quite good too. The screen has a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution which works out to a decent pixel density of 294 PPI. The display carries a 24 Bit colour depth which is decent to look at. Although the display is left exposed as a result of absence of any kind of protection, but the full lamination claims to be scratch resistant. The model is available in Grey (which almost looks like dull black) and muted Champagne Gold colours. The back cover is covered with texture pattern design. The back is curved at the edges and a relatively manageable screen size lets you have a firm grip. Although the colours are great, the plastic body does nothing to extend any premium feeling.
The screen borders do take up a quite a space yet leaves you with 12.7 cm display size at 80% screen-to-body ratio. The usual controls lie at usual places. Both power and volume rockers are on right. Intex Cloud Jewel comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, Micro-USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. It also bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor and a proximity sensor.
Comparatively, Lenovo A6000 Plus and Canvas Xpress 4G which fall in a similar category, also bears a similar screen size, IPS HD display and resolution. The difference however is the actual phone dimensions, look and feel of the phone. Both the phones bear a candy bar look with certain variations. Canvas Xpress 4G lacks the rounded edges on four sides almost giving it a Cadbury-bar appearance, whereas Lenovo A6000 Plus bears the round edges which aren’t as pronounced as Intex Cloud Jewel. Hence appearance-wise Jewel steals the show, though one may argue that Xpress 4G looks a bit premium. Canvas Xpress 4G only comes in glossy Blue whereas A6000 plus offers a range of colour options including Black, White, Red and Yellow. Of all the three, A6000 Plus is the lightest to hold and carry with only 128 grams in weight whereas Xpress 4G weighs about 134 grams.
- Software and Performance
Intex Cloud Jewel is powered by 1GHz quad-core 64 Bit processor that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop using a MediaTek MT6735P chipset. The model comes with 2GB DDR3 RAM for multi-tasking and packs 16GB of internal storage capacity that can be expanded to 32GB through a microSD card. The phone uses the standard Mali-T720 Graphics card. Intex Cloud Jewel promises a good performance with a Quad-core processor, but it can show a certain lag if the phone is strained with multi-tasking, especially while playing high-end or fast-paced games that needs faster processing.
Canvas Xpress 4G uses a similar processor, Graphics card and OS, whereas A6000 Plus is powered with 64 bit (MSM8916) 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 410 quad-core with a similar clock speed of 400MHz and an Adreno 306 Graphic card. A6000 Plus runs an Android 4.4.4 Kitkat with Lenovo’s user interface. Both rival smartphones come with 16GB internal storage capacity.
Intex has tried to up the battery life by putting in a removable 2520mAH Lithium ion battery in Jewel. Although the battery power is much lower compared to Intex’s Power+ model which had a 4000mAH battery, but the battery in Cloud Jewel stores enough power that can last for a while before you go look out for a charger. It is a decent phone for youngsters and first-buyers who would want to stay in touch without having to charge frequently through the day. On the paper, the phone promises upto 220 hours of stand-by time or 5-8 hours of talk time. But intense gaming for long hours or watching movie marathons can be completely ruled out.
In terms of battery life, Intex Cloud Jewel well-succeeds both the rivals as Xpress 4G has a far-lower non-removable 2000mAH battery that doesn’t even last a whole day with normal use and A6000 Plus houses a Lithium 2300mAH battery.
The phone doesn’t really crack a sweet deal for selfie or photography lovers. With just 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, the phone fails to excite much in this department. Infact it sort of disappoints when find better configuration in phones in affordable segment with just slightly higher price. The rear camera is backed by single flash 4P Lens with f/2.2 aperture and S5K4H5YC Sensor. The auto-focus on rear camera is decent. The camera works well in daylight although you may experience over or under exposure on few clicks. It disappoints during low-light conditions or night-shots where it fails to capture much of the light. The front 2MP camera gives out grainy pictures in low lights as well, but should be manageable for close-up selfies.
Both Xpress 4G and A6000 Plus packs similar configuration for both rear and front cameras.
What’s working for the phone is the Intex’s USP – Affordability. Intex adds another one to its crown of ‘Affordable Smartphones’ with Cloud Jewel. The phone features work well offering decent functionality to the user along with its smooth look. Having said that, Intex could have worked a bit extra on packing more desirable features to make the phone more alluring. For instance even Intex’s own models – Cloud Force and 4G Smart has a 1.3 and 1.5GHz Quad-core processor respectively. Besides, there are many models available in the market today which has better captured the pulse of selfie-loving always-on-the-move generation. While Cloud Jewel is a decent attempt, given the price point, whether it’s a best foot forward is something quite debatable.
- Very affordable price
- Sleek curvy look
- Decent battery
- Big phone at relatively less price
- Camera configuration
- Lag in processing
- Plastic body