Remember there was a time, about a good three or so years ago, where unless you were rocking a flagship device, Android devices were an absolute pain to use. You had inconsistencies and hardware limitations that severely hampered the performance of Android on phones that were not rocking the absolute latest technology. This changed when brands like Motorola and Xiaomi entered the lower budget space and showed, that it is indeed possible to build good phones even with a lot of cost cutting done. Due credits to Google too, who pushed very hard to optimise Android for lower end specifications and that has made life easier for devices that are looking to target those who do not want to spend a lot on their phones.
The Intex String V2.0 is one such budget Android phone that really tries to punch above its weight and bring you a lot more than it is supposed to at the price of Rs 5,999. Could you have imagined a few years ago, that a phone at this price would ship with an HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage and most importantly, a fingerprint scanner? That is exactly what the Intex String V2.0 brings to the table. While not being one of the big fancy names of the mobile space, Intex has been going about their business quietly and alongside Samsung and Micromax were one of the biggest players in the Q1 of 2016.
We picked up the Cloud String V2.0 recently to check out what makes Intex a serious contender in the sub Rs 6,000 category. At just under Rs 6,000, the phone really does pack a powerful punch. Other than the goodness of hardware specifications mentioned above, the phone also has some really neat software tricks up the sleeve. When you boot the phone up for the first time, the device asks for the applications you want to install, rather than pushing them all on you. If you want a distraction-free experience, you can choose not to have any of these about 50 odd applications on your phone. You still have some pre-installed applications on the phone, of which you can go ahead and uninstall a few. The phone has about 20 Indian languages in it, including separate keyboards for them, so it would be a fine pick up for someone who wants to use the phone in regional languages.
Talking about the build quality of the phone, it would not match the subtle exterior of the likes of say the Lenovo K5 or even the older Moto E as the design is a lot louder. There is a 2.5D curve on the screen on the front of the phone and three capacitive buttons at the bottom. These buttons do not light up and have the old Android style on them. It does make the phone look a little 2012, despite it being launched in July, 2016. The back panel of the phone is removable alongside the battery. The silver gray panel itself is unique, but in not such a nice way. You have concentric circles on the plastic back reflecting light and it looks an eye sour. The panel has QC issues and does not sit correctly on the top around the headphone jack as you can see hairline gaps. Being a plastic device, the phone is fairly light weight for its size and sits well in the hand.
The bottom of the phone features the Micro USB port for charging and syncing, while on the right, you have the volume rocker and power button. One noticeable feature on the front of the phone is a rubber-like material that engulfs the screen. It makes sure that there is no loose movement around the display and makes the entire structure feel rigid. Turn the phone backwards and just below the 8MP camera, you have a mirror glass fingerprint scanner. As cool as it looks, the glass picks up your fingerprint every time you unlock the phone and gives it an overall shoddy look. The scanner itself is not bad and takes about a second to turn the phone on from standby, which is good at this price point. The speakers at the bottom on the back are really loud and crisp. While it would be too soon to comment on the performance of the phone, we were really curious to see how the Quad-Core, Spreadtrum SC9832A chipset would perform. This is why we were quick to fire the benchmark scores on the same, just to get a snapshot at the performance.
The phone scored 5600 on the Quadrant benchmark, which is very much what you would have got from a phone running Snapdragon 200. Considering that is what Moto E packed, good couple of years or so ago, you would say that you would have expected a little more from the String V2.0. In the same price range today, devices like Xolo Era 4K, comes with MediaTek MT6735P, which is a superior chipset. The camera in our few shots looked below average with it taking a lot of time to process the image post pressing the shutter and in general, the sensor being really slow which resulted in a few blurred shots when we clicked them for a quick test on our desk.
We will definitely be looking at the phone in a more detailed way soon, but so far, despite a bad camera and a rather ugly back panel, the Sting V2.0, looks a good value for money and a device you may want to keep an eye on and wait for our fell review for more details on it. Till then, enjoy this image gallery that we have put together for you of the phone at the bottom.