Airtel now offers three Intex smartphones starting at Rs. 1649

Airtel Intex 4G smartphone mobile Intex Aqua Lions N1 Intex Aqua A4 Intex Aqua S3

Bharti Airtel has partnered with Intex Technologies to unveil a clutch of affordable 4G smartphones, with some effectively under Rs 1,700 to combat Reliance Jio's 4G VoLTE feature phone that comes for a fully refundable deposit. Aqua A4 comes at an effective price of Rs. 1,999 (down payment of Rs. 3,499) while the Aqua S3 is available at an effective price of Rs. 4,379 (down payment of Rs. 5,879).

Customers can choose Airtel's Rs. 169 pack for 28 days, which offers unlimited calls and 0.5GB worth 4G data per day to be eligible for the cashbacks which will be credited to user's Airtel Payments Bank account.

Airtel has already launched a slew of smartphones including Karbonn A40 and Celkon Smart 4G under this initiative.

Running through the spec sheet of the phones, the Intex Aqua Lions N1 sports a 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. We are delighted to have Intex on board as a partner and their brand familiarity plus distribution reach will add to our affordable smartphone proposition and offer more choice to our customers. There's a 2MP primary camera and a VGA front shooter. It houses a 2450mAh battery and is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. "We look forward to working with them towards empowering every Indian with a 4G smartphone". This way, the user will get total cashback of Rs 1,500/-, bringing down the cost of the phone to Rs 1,649/-, which is the effective price of the handset.

"For Intex, consumers come first and we look at the benefits they get from our partnerships and offerings".

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The Intex Aqua Lions N1 is an Android 7.1 Nougat-powered smartphone. Airtel is offering the Aqua S3 and Aqua A4 at a MOP of Rs. 5,879 and Rs. 3,499, respectively.

In case, if a customer does not wish to opt for the Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements. Additionally, at GoogleForIndia event, the search giant said that JioPhone will get Google Assistant very soon - with that, JioPhone will become the first ever feature phone to come with Google Assistant. All the three smartphones run Android 7.0 Nougat and comes preloaded with apps such as MyAirtel App, Airtel TV, Wynk Music.

However, to claim the cash refund benefit, customers would need recharges worth Rs 3,000 within the first 18 months to claim the first refund (Rs 500) and another Rs 3,000 over the next 18 months for the second refund of Rs 1,000.