The Intex iRist smartwatch, which was first shown-off during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai last month, has finally hit Indian shores. As mentioned at the time of launch, the smartwatch will initially be exclusively available online at eBay India and will later be made available via Intex's other retail partners as well.
Priced at Rs. 11,999, the iRist smartwatch can be purchased online in Black, Pink, and Orange colour variants. The shipping however, would start from Monday. The company is bundling a Bluetooth speaker for orders placed till Sunday.
The Intex iRist (Hands-On) runs Android 4.4 KitKat - not Android Wear - and can operate independently of your smartphone. It comes with a 3G Micro-SIM slot, which means you can make and receive calls with the device by simply pairing it with a Bluetooth headset (included in the retail box). Other connectivity options include built-in Wi-Fi (with Hotspot support), GPS, and Micro-USB. The iRist comes with a dock that is needed to charge the device. Intex has packed in a 600mAh battery with the iRist, which, the company claims, can delivery up to 4 hours of talk time or up to 200 hours of standby time.
The Intex iRist comes with a 1.56-inch display 240x240 display that can display up to 16 million colours and features sapphire glass protection on top. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572M chipset alongside 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage, 1.3GB of which is accessible for user applications and data. It also supports microSD cards up to 32GB.
The company has also packed in a 5-megapixel 720p shooter on the right edge of the watch. It also includes an ambient light sensor, which means the display's brightness can be automatically adjusted depending upon the lighting conditions. The Intex iRist also packs in a pedometer, accelerometer, compass, and a gyroscope. According to Intex, the iRist is water and dust resistant, which means it can survive minor splashes, but not prolonged exposures. You can double tap the watch to wake up its display, and Intex has developed a custom voice assistant that can be used to interact with the iRist. The watch also supports on-screen keyboard input.
The wearable comes with access to Google Play store, and Intex claims many popular apps like WhatsApp and Twitter are already optimised for the watch's display. Also features are an inbuilt dialler and apps for common functions like listening to music, watching videos, and sending/ receiving messages, tracking steps, and more.
The iRist includes 11 watch-in faces that users can choose from, and more can be added only via an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update.
The iRist can also be paired with a smartwatch with the help of the iConnect app, which syncs the smartphone's contacts, photos, bookmarks, and messages to the watch.