Itel S16, S16 Pro, and S16 Pro 4G specifications and pricing
Itel Mobile has unveiled a new smartphone model which are of three variants. The Itel S16, S16 Pro, and S16 Pro 4G are all low-budget devices which were on display during its official launch into the Nigerian market recently.
The Itel S16 variant packs a 1GB RAM memory while the Itel S16 Pro and its corresponding Pro 4G version is rather served with a 2GB of RAM.
The “S” series of the itel brand according to the phonemaker is made for better photographic command, and the latest models in the series expectedly make this even more apparent. For the regular model, the triple rear camera has an 8MP shooter as its main lens. The pro versions meanwhile pack an improved 13MP main lens at the rear.
Both devices supports facial recognition and are both powered by a 4000mAh non-removable battery. Detailed description of the three models are as follows:
All versions of the S16 are made of IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen rather than AMOLED, and this makes for the acute reduction in their prices.
The 6.5 Inch (for the S16) & the 6.6 inch (for the S16 pro) wide display is covered with a scratch-resistant glass all making for the device’s 81.2% screen to the body ratio.
Like most modern devices, the S16 comes with a waterdrop display, implying that there’s a water-drop engravement which sites the selfie camera. For the S16 pro versions, the water-drop display is replaced by a dot-notch full display.
In addition, according to the phonemaker, a slight curvature at the edge of the glass display makes the screen more exquisite.
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Display size||6.5 inches (for S16); 6.6 inches (for S16 or versions).|
|Screen protection||Scratch-resistant glass|
|Ratios||~ 81.2% screen ratio to the body|
Itel S16, S16 Pro, and S16 Pro 4G — Camera
A triple camera setup of 13 MP, 5 MP, and 3 MP graces the pro versions of the smartphone. The regular version meanwhile packs a triple rear camera setup of 8 MP, 2 MP, and 0.3 MP. These cameras interestingly have an AI Face Beauty 3.0, allowing for the identification of a user’s facial details, skin tone and lighting environment; a Smile Selfie Feature, which automatically capture a selfie when it senses user’s smile; an AI Dirty Lens Detection which notifies a user of dirt on the camera lens.
Although there’s a rear flash placed aside the rear camera, the front camera has no such feature.
|Main Camera||For S16|
For S16 pro versions
|Rear camera features||LED flash, HDR|
|Rear camera video|
|Selfie camera features||FaceID|
Memory, Software, and Processor
A Spreadtrum UniSoC SC7731E processor powers the S16 while its S16 pro variant is powered by a UniSoC Spreadtrum SC9832E processor. Their GPU are as well different from each other.
The RAM storage of the S16 is 1GB while its pro versions are made of 2GB RAM storages. Internal storage is 16GB and 32GB for the S16 and S16 pro versions consecutively. Both storages could be extended by an SD card of up to 64GB memory capacity.
|Memory Card slot||microSDXC (dedicated slot) — could be extended up to 64GB|
Battery, Sensors and connectivities
This device packs some of the basic connectivity features like the MicroUSB 2.0, FM radio, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 (the 5.0 version is the latest), and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The device although made of plastic has a radial smooth texture, making for a convenient feel by the palms.
As usual, itel provides its device with an efficient battery, and the recent itel S16 packs a 4000mAh battery capacity. This enables an effective and prolonged use of the device.
|Battery Type||Lithium Polymer|
|accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|Release date||5th October 2020|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps|
Price and availability in Nigeria
The following are the prices of the different variants of the smartphone.
|Itel S16 Pro||N34,500|
|Itel S16 Pro 4G||N36,000|
All variants of the smartphone are available in the country including major online shopping platforms like Jumia.
Itel S16, S16 Pro, and S16 Pro 4G — Verdict
The Itel smartphone models always come cheap, although they are usually of features much low-key. Nevertheless, these devices by virtue of the cheap pricing attract many in the Nigeria market. The reason for this couldn’t be distant from the people’s low purchasing power.
The specifications of the smartphones honestly couldn’t compare favourable with contemporaries, however, the devices are good buys for the price.
- Fair battery specifications — 4,000mAh
- It’s a pocket-friendly device
- There is no side-placed fingerprint sensor — Newer brands are resorting to side and optical fingerprint sensors.
- No USB type-c
- No reverse charging
- The camera specifications are also relatively poor.