IN­DIAN SMART­PHONE MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS have been try­ing to give buy­ers the same fea­tures as top brands, but at a frac­tion of the price. The strat­egy has been pay­ing rich div­i­dends for them as the qual­ity of their prod­ucts started im­prov­ing in re­cent months. The

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THE I7 IS a sleek de­vice that is also light-weight de­spite its 5-inch screen. How­ever, the plas­tic back is a bit too smooth to be gripped safely in your hands. The Full HD touch screen is re­ally good and packed safe un­der a sheet of Go­rilla Corn­ing glass. Most of the In­tex brand­ing clearly seems to have been de­signed for a 720p en­vi­ron­ment, not a 1080p screen.


THE DE­VICE runs An­droid Jelly Bean 4.2 powered by a 1.5GHz quad core pro­ces­sor with 2GB RAM. So we did not feel the de­vice lag­ging at any point. How­ever, the phone does heat up a bit to­wards the top, where the an­tenna is placed, when it is search­ing for a net­work. The Atuntu bench­mark score of 15258 put it close to the HTC One X.


THE 13MP cam­era is good and does rea­son­ably well in low-light too. The gy­ro­scope and g-sensor work over time to re­duce shake when you are shoot­ing and that shows in the im­ages. The image qual­ity is good enough for you to take 6x4 prints. Any­thing more and you will see the noise. We did feel that the shots where a bit hazy at times.


THE PHONE'S 2000 mAh bat­tery seemed to last longer than most other smart­phones of this size. And that is a big plus these days. A drain for the bat­tery will be the speak­ers which are loud enough to vi­brate the thin hard­ware of the phone at higher vol­umes. You can also run this phone with­out an SD card as the 32 GB in­ter­nal stor­age is good.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Good value for


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