Intex launched a new smartphone in the market that challenges the ultra-affordable smartphone market with new standards. Intex welcomed the successor to its Cloud String HD – the Cloud String V2.0 – in India on Friday and said the handset would be available exclusively on Flipkart at an attractive price of Rs. 6,499.
While the pricing of the handset seems pretty standard for an affordable smartphone, Intex has made sure consumers get more reasons to buy the device for its abundant features. The biggest highlight of the budget-friendly Cloud String V2.0 is that it features a fingerprint scanner and comes with an inbuilt SOS feature for emergencies.
It is safe to say that the Cloud String V2.0 is among the cheapest smartphones with fingerprint scanning features. Coolpad offers the biometric scanner in its Note 3 Lite, which is priced at Rs. 6,999. Considering the specifications of the Cloud String V2.0 smartphone, it easily throws a stiff competition to the likes of Lenovo Vibe K5, Swipe Elite Plus, Meizu M2 and others.
In terms of design, Intex Cloud String V2.0 has a unique appeal with its brushed metal finish at the back and a 2.5D curved glass in the front. The handset comes in gold and silver colours and features a 5-inch HD IPS display. The Cloud String V2.0 sports an 8MP primary camera, which supports Slow Motion video, Panorama and HDR, and has a 5MP snapper in the front for selfies.
Under the hood, the Cloud String V2.0 packs a 2,200mAh battery, which the company claims to provide up to 7 hours of talk time. The handset is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and supports 3G at max. There is no 4G LTE supported band in the device.
The competition in the budget smartphone space has gotten extremely intense in India and there are a lot of companies aiming for consumer attention by offering premium features at a ridiculously low price. Reliance LYF smartphone series is also a strong contender in the budget smartphone space, but there are also other companies such as Karbonn, Lenovo, Xiaomi and Motorola trying to get on top of the game.