Multiple sites are reporting that Indian Phone manufacturer Intex announced an update to its budget conscious Aqua i4 line of phones earlier this week. The Aqua i4+ is expected to be sent out to retailers and made available at online outlets in the next few days. Reportedly, the “new” device has virtually identical specs as the original Aqua i4 with the only noticeable differences seeming to be that the price has been reduced and the logo now includes a plus symbol.
Both phones feature a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 5-inch 456×840 display, 3G connectivity, dual-SIM GSM, WCDMA support, a 2,000mAh battery, a pair of 8MP and 1.3MP cameras and 4GBs of expandable on-phone storage. But while the Aqua i4 launched for 9,990 INR the Aqua i4+ will reportedly launch for 7,600 INR (122USD, 89 EUR). Like its “predecessor” the Aqua i4+ will launch in both white and blue varieties.
If the Aqua i4+ is indeed supposed to be a new phone, and if the reported specs are indeed correct, it is enough to make you wonder why Intex didn’t just lower the price of their Aqua i4 rather than repackaging the same phone under a slightly modified name. Then again, repackaging a product under a new name is one way to bring attention to an older product.
While the so-called new phone has been reported on by a large host of news sites and official looking images of the device have appeared online, I was unable to independently find the original source or any official announcement by Intex themselves. While many other sites are taking the news as confirmed and include alleged quotes from Intex’s CEO, I would hold off for an official announcement from Intex before taking the “announcement” as confirmed.
We will have more information if and when it becomes available.