Itel attempts to reposition itself; introduces the Itel it1516 Plus and it1556

Itel remains one brand to try when you’re on a low budget. They aren’t exactly known for powerful specs but you can get a decent Itel phone at a good price. A while back, Itel phones were strictly for the brave; little was known about fixing them plus they hardly had a working recovery partition. This changed with their introduction of some Android 4.4 (Kitkat) models. I purchased the Itel 1452 (which I named Koku Baboni) and it served me quite well but is dead now with a hardware issue (I hope I find time to sit down and fix it). See, I’m a really heavy user and the only low end Android phone that has survived my exploits is my Tecno M3 which I named “Lazarus”. Thanks to detailed tutorials and videos at the Hovatek Forum, fixing Itel phones is now much easier. Team Hovatek’s Project Muse has also seen Clockworkmod & TWRP recovery ported for Itel phones with plans to release custom ROMs very soon.
Itel phones typically run on a System on Chip (SoC) called Spreadtrum. Spreadtrum phones (In my opinion) are generally cheaper than Mediatek phones which are in turn generally cheaper than Snapdragon phones. Here’s an overview of Spreadtrum chipsets:


Item No.


CPU Architecture





3G SC7731G Quad ARM Cortex-A7 1.3GHz Mali-400 8.0 M.P. 1920*1080
SC8815 Single ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz Mali-400 3.0 M.P. 800*480
SC7715 Single ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz Mali-400 3.0 M.P. 800*480
SC5735A Quad ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz Mali-400 aim at tablet
SC8735S Quad ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz Mali-400 13 M.P. 1280*800
SC7735S Quad ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz Mali-400 13 M.P. 1280*800
SC8830A Quad ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz Mali-400 13 M.P. 1280*800
SC7730A Quad ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz Mali-400 13 M.P. 1280*800
SC7730S Quad ARM Cortex-A7 1.3GHz Mali-400 MP4 8.0 M.P. 1280*800
SC8825 Dual ARM Cortex-A5 1.2GHz Mali-400 8.0 M.P. 1920*1080
SC8810 Single ARM Cortex-A5 1GHz Mali-400 5.0 M.P. 800*480
SC7710 Single ARM Cortex-A5 1GHz Mali-400 5.0 M.P. 800*480
SC7727S Dual ARM TM A7 1.2GHz Mali-400 5.0 M.P.
SC7713      Same as MedidTek  MT6580  MT6570
SC883XG Quad ARM Cortex-A7 1.4GHz Support TD-SCDMA Dual   Sim Dual Standby   Android4.4
SC9610 NT40 CMOS,Intergration Multi-ModeCommunication Standard,as TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, quadcore EDGE/GSM/GPRS
4G SC9620  Support TD-LTE/LTE-FDD/TD-SCDMA/HSPA+/GG. Same as MTK6732 and Qualicomm410
SC9830  Same as MediaTek MT6735/MT6753
4G SC9830A Quad-core 64Bit ARM Cortex-A7 1.5GHz Mali-400 MP nbsp; 13 M.P. 1080P


Over the last one year, Itel has made a few improvements for the low end community. Lets take a quick look at the specs of the Itel 1516 Plus versus it1556 .

Specs it1516 Plus it1556
3G Yes Yes
4G No No
Dimension 145.5*72.8*9.95 mm 156*79.3*9.9 mm
Resolution 480*854 480*854
Screen size 5″ 5″
OS Android 5.1 Android 5.1
Camera Back 5.0MP AF/Front 2.0MP Back 5.0MP/Front 2.0MP
Battery 5,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Other OTG reverse charge  OTG reverse charge
Price as at launch ~ NGN 29,000 ~ NGN 27,000
Place an order Click here to order the it1516 Plus Click here to order the it1556

The selling points of the it1516 Plus and it1556 are their 5,000 mAh battery bank and OTG (reverse charging) support. The 1556 falls a little short on RAM where the 1516 Plus has 1GB. This is however not the first 1GB RAM Itel phone we’ve seen. There’s been the it1702, it1505, it1406 and it1701.
At the time of this publication, the it1516 Plus goes for about NGN 29,000 while the it1556 goes for about NGN 27,000; prices of course vary with location and source.
Itel is so far yet to field a Marshmallow (Android 6) device. We also look forward to an SC9620 or SC9830x powered Itel phone for 4G LTE support. Speaking of Spreadtrum and LTE, Samsung seems to be testing the Spreadtrum waters more aggressively with the Samsung J2 (2016) and J3 (2016) powered by SC8830 and SC9830 respectively; both supporting 4G. It remains to be seen if Samsung will double-down on Spreadtrum (instead of Mediatek) powered phones to cover their low end markets (while Snapdragon remains for their mid to high end markets) in the face of rising competition, increased user preference for cheaper alternatives and of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. If Samsung does do this, I would like to know what brand Davids like Itel would do against brand Goliaths like Samsung.


  1. I need the custom rom tecno y2
    Build number is y2-H721A3-kk170915v17

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