Intex Elyt Dual review: A tough battle against Xiaomi Redmi 5A
The dual front cameras give the Intex Elyt Dual a slight edge over rivals, but when it comes to overall value for money, it falls short
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Smartphones with advanced selfie cameras continue to be the major focus for phonemakers. The trend is now trickling down to more affordable Android smartphones, selling under Rs10,000. Xiaomi’s Redmi Y1 was one of the first selfie phones with more powerful front cameras than rear cameras. Now, Intex has joined the bandwagon with the Elyt Dual, priced at Rs6,999, which brings dual selfie cameras to the table. Here are the key highlights of the Intex Elyt Dual.
■The dual cameras on the front include an 8-megapixel camera for regular selfies, plus a 2-megapixel camera to capture selfies in bokeh mode. Picture quality is not as impressive as the 16-megapixel front camera on Redmi Y1 (Rs8,999), but in the bokeh mode you can get good looming portrait shots with blurred background. The camera supports touch to focus but is a bit laggy. The 8-megapixel rear camera is basic in terms of detailing and colours.
■ The Elyt Dual has retained the simplicity one associated with budget smartphones with its removable back cover design without feeling cheap. The back cover is made of good quality plastic and has matte finish on top. The phone has wide bezels but it is quite handy due to its small 5-inch screen and light (149g) form factor.
■The only smartphone that trumps it in terms of design and user comfort is the Redmi 5A (Rs6,999), which has a unibody metal finish and weighs just 137g. There is no fingerprint sensor on Intex Elyt Dual or Redmi 5A. If you are not ready to ignore that, you can go for the Redmi 5 (Rs6,999 onwards).
■The 5-inch screen has a resolution of 1,280x720p, which is impressive for the given screen size and price point too. We haven’t seen many budget phonemakers break that barrier yet. It is a crisp looking screen, but doesn’t feel bright as Redmi 5A’s 5-inch screen.
■The Intex smartphone is meant for users who are not much into custom UIs. It runs Android 7.0 with near stock UI which looks more familiar than the MIUI 9 used in Redmi 5A. Customisation options are limited compared to MIUI. Intex has added a few apps such as auto call recorder, QR camera and Intex service centre locater.
■The Elyt Dual is a typical budget smartphone with modest innards. It is driven by Spreadtrum’s SC9850 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, which makes it effective mostly with basic tasks. It feels sluggish with multi-tasking. Redmi 5A is better placed when it comes to handling load with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor with 3GB RAM. If you are looking for something more powerful, you can go for Redmi 5, which runs on an even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor with 2GB RAM.
■The good news is that the smartphone supports 4G and VOLTE calling which means you can take advantage of the 4G speeds. However, the feature is pretty common in budget smartphones these days and can be found on Redmi 5A as well.
■The 2,400mAh battery is a bit of letdown and had to be charged twice in the same day. Redmi 5 offers a much bigger 4,100mAh battery, which comfortably lasts more than a day.
■The Intex Elyt Dual has some interesting features such as the dual selfie camera, but if you are looking for something more wholesome, go for Redmi 5A for its compact form factor, more internal storage and better screen. Redmi 5A offers more power, better battery backup and a fingerprint sensor.
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