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.

Itel S16

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.

Display specs

In addition, according to the phonemaker, a slight curvature at the edge of the glass display makes the screen more exquisite.

TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display size6.5 inches (for S16); 6.6 inches (for S16 or versions).
Display resolution
  • S16: 720 x 1600 Pixels, ratio 20:9, 282 Pixels per inch
  • S16 Pro versions: 480 x 854 Pixels, ratio 18:9 (~ 192 Pixels per inch)
Screen protectionScratch-resistant glass
Ratios~ 81.2% screen ratio to the body
ColorsBlack, Blue

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.

Itel S16 Camera

Although there’s a rear flash placed aside the rear camera, the front camera has no such feature.

Main CameraFor S16

  • 8 MP, (wide)
  • 2 MP (macro)
  • 0.3 MP (depth)

For S16 pro versions

  • 13 MP, (wide)
  • 5 MP (macro)
  • 3 MP (depth)
Rear camera featuresLED flash, HDR
Rear camera video
  • 720 Pixel 30 fps (S16)
  • 1080p@30fps (S16 pro versions)
Selfie CameraSingle:

  • 8 MP (for all variants)
Selfie camera featuresFaceID

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.

  • Spreadtrum UNISOC SC7731E (S16)
  • UniSoC Spreadtrum SC9832E – (32 nm)
  • Quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (S16)
  • Quad core 1.4 GHz Cortex-a53 (S16 pro)
  • Mali T820 MP1 (S16)
  • Mali T820 MP2 (S16 pro)
Memory Card slotmicroSDXC (dedicated slot) — could be extended up to 64GB
  • 1GB (S16)
  • 2GB (S16 pro)
Internal storage
  • 16GB (S16)
  • 32GB (S16 pro)
Operating system
  • Android 10 (Go Edition) (S16)
  • Android 10 (S16 pro)

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.

Packs 4000mAh battery

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.

Capacity4000mAh non-removable
Battery TypeLithium Polymer
Fast chargingNo
Fingerprint sensorRear-mounted

Other sensors
accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

3.5mm jackYes
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
GPSYes, with A-GPS
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Release date5th October 2020
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • 4G Bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300)
  • 3G Bands:
    UMTS 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • 2G Bands:
    GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
SpeedHSPA 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 S16N29,000
Itel S16 ProN34,500
Itel S16 Pro 4GN36,000

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.

Itel S16

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.

More of similar devices could be scowered through from our gadgets dedicated webpage. Checkout other trending Itel smartphones.


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