The quality of budget smartphones selling around Rs5,000 to Rs10,000 has improved a lot in the last few years. Indian phone makers which were once very strong in this segment are now struggling to compete with Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, Coolpad and Lenovo which offer powerful //specs? and come across as better value products. Intex’s new smartphone Cloud Q11, priced at Rs5,490 is fighting a tough battle.
Design: Big and glossy back
Intex Cloud Q11 4G is a typical budget smartphone with a plastic body and removable back panel. However, due to its smooth finish and solid build quality, it almost looks like metal. The back has been slightly curved to offer better grip over the phone. It is quite thick though (10.3mm) and at 175g, it weighs more than many 5.5-inch screen phones. The glossy finish on the back makes the phone a little slippery in the hand.
Intex has added a dedicated button for notification on the left side panel. This allows users to change notification alert settings, without unlocking the phone just like the Apple iPhone and OnePlus 3T smartphones.
Display: Big and good with colours
The 5.5-inch display is big enough for reading, typing and web browsing. However, it has a screen resolution of only 1280x720p, which is a bit low for this screen size. The display has nothing spectacular about it, but it doesn’t feel inferior or washed out either. This can be said for very few phones at this price point. Colours look good in photos and movies and even from odd angles legibility was good. The only issue with the screen is that it smudges a lot.
The display also allows a few customisations such as the option to switch between vivid and standard mode or changing colour temperature between warm and cool.
Software: Clean UI with some cool features
Most Indian phone makers do not have a custom UI of their own and use plain Android UI with slight modifications. This phone is no different. It runs Android Marshmallow (6.0) with a near stock version of Android UI, but with too many third-party apps such as 9 Apps, Chillx, Gaana, Game store, Oxigen Wallet, Vdioplay and auto call record.
Intex has added a hidden panel on the home screen. It is a content aggregator like HTC’s Blinkfeed, but only shows popular videos from YouTube, news articles, weather update, wallpapers, popular songs and trending apps and games on Play Store.
Performance: Strictly meant for basic use
Like most budget smartphones, Cloud Q11 4G runs on MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. This is a modest processor but we have seen it deliver better results when clubbed with more RAM. In this case, it fails to handle anything beyond basic tasks smoothly. The phone feels a bit sluggish from the start. Switching between apps and multi-tasking also felt sluggish.
The phone offers only 8GB of internal storage but allows up to 32GB more via microSD card.
It is powered by a 2,800mAh battery which is not much on paper, but lasted a whole day comfortably. One good thing is that the phone supports 4G networks and VoLTE calling.
Camera: Average picture quality
The 8-megapixel camera is slow and takes a little time to process images. It was able to handle colours well, but the level of detailing was poor in daylight shots. Compared to phones at this price, the camera is not bad. Low-light results look blurry and washed out. The camera comes with a built-in QR scanner.
Intex Cloud Q11 4G’s key attraction lies in its fairly good looking display, 4G support and clean Android UI. But due to its modest specs, sluggish performance and brick-like build quality, we can’t really recommend it over the likes of Coolpad Mega 2.5d, which offers a much superior performance, better design, more storage at a slightly higher price tag of Rs6,999.