Intex Aqua Octa vs Nokia Lumia 1320 showdown


If you’re in India and are just about to buy a new smartphone you will be spoilt for choice at the moment. The Intex Aqua Octa was recently launched and yesterday we heard that the Nokia Lumia 1320 is set for a release in India on January 14. As the prices are similar we thought we’d have an Intex Aqua Octa vs. Nokia Lumia 1320 showdown to find a winner.

Both of these smartphones have plenty to offer and one of the major differences between them is the choice of operating system. The Intex Aqua Octa is an Android handset whereas the Nokia Lumia 1320 is a Windows Phone device. We’ll detail the major specs of each so that you can see how they compare.

The Intex Aqua Octa has a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592T true octa-core processor and Mali 450-MP4 graphics. On the other hand the Nokia Lumia 1320 is powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and has Adreno 305 graphics.

There’s a large 6-inch IPS display with resolution of 1280 x 720 on the Aqua Octa. The Lumia 1320 also has a 6-inch IPS LCD display with exactly the same resolution.

RAM and Storage
The Aqua Octa has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD to 32GB. The Lumia 1320 has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD to 64GB.

Camera Set-up
You’ll find a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video recording capability on the Intex Aqua Octa, as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Meanwhile the Nokia Lumia 1320 has a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, and a VGA front-facing camera.

There’s a 2300 mAh battery for the Aqua Octa and a larger 3400 mAh battery for the Lumia 1320.


Both phones offer 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE and USB connectivity.

Operating System
The Aqua Octa runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean while the Lumia 1320 runs Windows Phone 8.

The Intex Aqua Octa measures 161.06mm x 80.86mm x 7mm and weighs 180g, and the Lumia 1320 measures 164.2mm x 85.9mm x 9.8mm and weighs rather more at 220g.

The Intex Aqua Octa price is around Rs. 19,999. The Lumia 1320 price for India was announced as Rs. 23,999 although we’ve already seen it listed for around Rs. 22,000.

By looking at the above you can see that these phones are available at almost the same price and have some very reasonable specs. Although some specs are similar, the Aqua Octa outdoes the Lumia 1320 in terms of processor power, RAM and camera capabilities.

The Aqua Octa also has a smaller form factor even though it has the same size display as the Lumia 1320, although the Lumia 1320 does pack a larger battery capacity. Overall, we’d say the Aqua Octa offers more for the money although this doesn’t take features and design preference into account.

Our winning choice is the Intex Aqua Octa but of course you may have a different opinion so do please send us your comments. Would you choose the Intex Aqua Octa or the Nokia Lumia 1320?


3 thoughts on “Intex Aqua Octa vs Nokia Lumia 1320 showdown”

  1. This is a very interesting comparison.

    But I have some remarks:

    1. Lumia 1320 is an 4G LTE capable phone, not 3G ! –> this is worth a lot.

    2. The author got seduced by a simple mathematical comparison of numbers:

    ” Although some specs are similar, the Aqua Octa outdoes the Lumia 1320 in terms of processor power, RAM and camera capabilities.”

    – Windows is more power hungry, which means a Lumia with weaker processor may be faster, than Intex with a stronger processor. Same with RAM;
    – the 5 mpix camera in the Lumia is of course better than the 13 mpix no name camera in the Intex. A high quality brand camera is expensive, that is why all cheap manufacturers like Intex use chips with low quality and a lot of mpix. These chips never succeed in any test, they offer an awful photo quality, expecially in low light. Nokia is notorious for its good camera, so I would easilly prefer the 5 mpix from Nokia.
    – also cheap smartphones with apparently high specs, like this one from Intex, are known for their weak battery. Lumia 1320 has 50% more juice and it has weaker and less hungry specs. This means you’ll use your Lumia 1320 fir three days, while you’ll have to charge your Intex during the day.
    I think this is very important.

    1. bbe says:

      Yes, the writer based his verdict on a pure comparison of specifications. He failed to consider the hardware requirements of the OS built into the phone.

      However, I beg to differ from xxd because Windows Phone 8 is actually less demanding on hardware. You do not need high-end hardware to get a good experience on the phone. The Lumia 1320 will probably be as fast and fluid as an Android phone with higher processor and more RAM. That is why the Lumia 520 does not feel that different in use versus higher models.

      Until we see real-life testing, it will be hard to determine battery life on the Lumia but the Intex probably won’t last more than a day in normal use.

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