Itel features Android 8.0 Oreo; launches the Itel S42, A44 & A44 Pro


Itel A44, Itel A44 Pro and Itel S42

Towards the end of February, Itel announced that they will be adding Android Oreo 8.0 (Go Edition) powered phones to their line up later this year. Yesterday, they launched three smartphones which not only marked the beginning of Android Oreo on Itel phones but a new direction for this brand. All three feature 4G VoLTE, IPS full screen 18:9 , full lamination technology and ultra-thin bezel design.

Another interesting addition to the Itel S42, A44 and A44 Pro is the Multinational Fingerprint Sensor which (aside from unlocking) supports other tasks like; take a photo, accept calls, call recording, stop alarm and app shortcut.

Itel S42

Itel S42

Itel somewhat surprised me on this one because they moved away from Itel as we know it. The most surprising feature -for me- is that this smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, making it Itel’s first Qualcomm phone (also Itel’s first Android Oreo phone). This is coming at a time when I was of the opinion that Itel is fast ditching Spreadtrum chipsets for Mediatek chipsets. Could Itel now be eyeing Qualcomm chips for future releases?

Itel S42 key specs

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 3GB RAM
  • Powered by Qualcomm snapdragon 425
  • 1.4 GHz 64 bit Quad core processor
  • 13 MP Rear Camera (Dual Flash)
  • 13 MP front camera with 120 degrees focus
  • 16 GB ROM
  • External SD card slot (expandable up to 128GB)
  • 14.34cm (5.65″) HD+ FullScreen Display
  • Face unlock
  • Fingerprint sensor (0.1s unlock time)
  • 3000 mAh Li-Polymer battery
  • Super 4X zoom
  • Micro USB + OTG
  • 4G VoLTE
  • Dual SIM Nano
  • 5P Lens
  • f2.0 Aperture

Itel A44 & A44 Pro

Itel A44 and A44 Pro

The Itel A44 and A44 Pro share most specs. One interesting addition to both is a Bike Mode Smart Key safety feature. This activates do not disturb (DND) for incoming calls; sending automatic SMS to the caller while you’re driving. To activate Bike Mode, you long press the Smart Key.

Itel A44 key specs

  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB ROM
  • 5MP Rear camera with flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • f2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G VoLTE
  • 13.84cm (5.45″) FWVGA+ IPS FullScreen display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 2400 mAh Li-Polymer
  • OTG support

Itel A44 Pro key specs

  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • 8 MP Rear camera with flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • f2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G VoLTE
  • 13.84cm (5.45″) FWVGA+ IPS FullScreen display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 2400 mAh Li-Polymer
  • OTG support

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