Intex Octacore Phone Review: How It Stands Up To Competition

Home-grown tech company Intex has recently announced the impending launch of its new smartphone, which wears the crown of being the first octacore smartphone in India. Intex, in partnership with Mediatek, has come up with an octacore processor that promises to stand a class-apart from the rest of the processors in the market. This octacore smartphone, named the Intex i17, is scheduled to be released in January, 2014.

Mediatek Octacore chipset


At a launch event in Delhi, the company announced its intention of fixing the 16 GB Intex mobile price at approximately INR 20,000. The unique feature of this smartphone is the MediaTek MT6592 processor. No other device that is currently available in India, can boast of having an octacore processor.

The Intex i17: Here’s What It Has In Store

Given the popularity of quad-core MT6589 processors in smartphones these days, the MT6592 octacore processor must be strikingly different in order to stand out in the processor crowd. Intex and Mediatek have combined forces to come up with the Intex i17 smartphone, which intends to start a revolution of octacore smartphones in the near future.

Unveiling of Intex i17

Will this device succeed in the market, given the fact that it comes from a company that isn’t well-known like Apple and Samsung? Let’s take a closer look at what this new smartphone has to offer.

Display And Features

The Intex i17 smartphone has a 6-inch display, which is quite good for those who use their phones for watching movies and for long periods of online browsing. The i17 has an HD display of 1280×720, which works out to a rather average pixel-density of 244 pixels per inch.

Most of the earlier quad-core smartphones haven’t been able to do a decent job while processing those graphics-intensive gaming apps. Sadly, even the Intex i17 failed at being impressive in this respect, primarily because it lacks Full-HD resolution.

The i17 is powered by Android version 4.2 Jelly Bean and has two 1.2W Yamaha 1420 speakers on its rear side. The phone is also rumoured to be a dual-SIM smartphone.

Connectivity And Appearance

Intex i17 Octacore

The [tp lang=”en” only=”y”]Intex mobile price[/tp][tp not_in=”en”]Intex mobile price[/tp] being approximately INR 20,000 (~US$322), according to, its future users are being given quite a sleek device – just 7 mm in thickness. The phone will be available in two colour-variants, black and white. The white variant has a silver back cover, which makes it look rather elegant.

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth, and A-GPS are the other connectivity features on offer, with this smartphone. And hey, there’s also a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Processor And Battery Life

Taiwanese tech company Mediatek has come up with the octacore processor that runs the Intex i17. This octacore processor is capable of using all eight of its cores simultaneously, making it quite a unique device in comparison with quad-core and dual-core devices that Samsung and other tech giants have to offer.

It comes with 2 GB RAM and an internal storage of 16 GB or 32GB, depending on the preference of the consumer. According to the details made available, it seems that no provision has been made to extend the storage on this device, as it lacks a slot for a microSD card. The processor is a 1.7 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MY6592 SoC with 700 MHz Mali 450-MP4 GPU, setting it apart from rival smartphones.

Mediatek Intex Alliance


The phone comes with a 2300 mAh battery, which should last you about a day without charging if you use it moderately. It’s important to note that the battery of the i17 can be removed, if the need arises.

The Camera

Like the Intex Aqua i7, the Intex i17 also has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, which makes for a good combination. It also has Auto Focus and an LED flash, which is useful when capturing sights in dim areas. The device is also capable of 1080p video recording in full HD.

So Then, How Does The Intex Octacore Phone Stand Out?

Mediatek chipset

The primary distinguishing feature of the Intex i17 is the fact that it comes with an octacore processor, which is the first of its kind in India. Many of the other features on this phone can be found in other smartphones from rival tech giants such as Apple, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson.

The Intex mobile price being about INR 20,000, as per reports, it is sure to face severe competition from tried-and-tested smartphones in the same price range, from rival companies.

The Verdict

If you’re looking for a budgeted smartphone with an excellent processor speed, the Intex i17 seems to be an apt choice. Gamers can avail of several benefits that the phone offers in terms of screen resolution. Since the device has been priced below INR 20,000, many people are sure to find the idea of purchasing this handset very tempting.

Given the fact that the i17 is the only phone in India to have an octacore processor, as of now, it is likely to have a considerable advantage over the others. This is sure to be of help while marketing the device, when it launches in January next year.


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