The competition in budget-end smartphones seems to be getting intense as after Samsung's launch of the Tizen-powered Z2 smartphone, Intex has launched a smartphone with a hexa-core processor and 2GB of RAM at under Rs. 5,000 - Rs. 4,999 to be precise. Called the Cloud Tread, it will be available exclusively via Snapdeal, with its first flash sale at 12pm IST on August 30,
The dual-SIM Intex Cloud Tread smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box . It packs a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display with Dragontrail Glass protection and is powered by a 1.5GHz hexa-core MediaTek MT6591 processor coupled with a Mali 450 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It sports a 5-megapixel real camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Intex Cloud Tread comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that's expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). It offers 3G, Wi-Fi, FM radio, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm audio jack in terms of connectivity. It houses a 2200mAh battery, and will be available in Champagne and Grey colour variants.
Although Intex's smartphone trumps Samsung Z2, which was launched on Tuesday, in most hardware specifications on paper, it does not offer 4G connectivity, which is the unique selling point for Samsung's offering. It will be interesting to see whether consumers prefer hardware specifications over 4G-connectivity or vice-versa.