Itel’s 4G VOLTE phones; the Itel Wish A21, Wish A41 and Wish A41 Plus

I’d previously talked about Itel’s apparent move from Spreadtrum to Mediatek SoCs, citing models like the Itel S11 & Itel S31. They recently released some devices with 4G VOLTE support; the Itel Wish A41,  Itel Wish A41 PlusItel Wish A21 and some in the Selfiepro family.

What is 4G VOLTE?

VOLTE means Voice Over LTE and can be considered as a HD Voice Call. The regular phone calls you make on your phone are made over 2G or 3G networks. With 4G VOLTE, those same calls are made over a 4G network.

What benefit is Itel looking to gain by including 4G VOLTE support?

  • Superior call quality due to more data capable of being transfered
  • Improved battery life as there’s no need to switch between 3G / 2G and 4G during calls
  • Video calling using your mobile number and phone dialler

Itel Wish A21, Wish A41 and Wish A41 Plus comparison

Wish A41 Wish A41 Plus Wish A21
Network Type  4G  4G  4G
Android OS  6.0 (Marshmallow)  6.0 (Marshmallow)  6.0 (Marshmallow)
Dimension  146×73.6×9.3 mm  146×73.6×9.3 mm  136×67.3×10.4mm
Colors  Calx, Champagne, Rose Gold  Mocha,Champagne  Grey, Champagne, coffee
Screen size  5.0″   5.0″  4.5″
Resolution  480×854 pixels  480×854 pixels  480×854 pixels
Resolution Type  FWVGA FWVGA FWVGA
Pixel Density  196 ppi  196 ppi  218 ppi
Display Technology  TFT  TFT  TFT
Sensor  G, Light & Proximity  G, Light & Proximity
 G, Light & Proximity
Back Camera  5.0 MP (with flash)  5.0 MP (with flash)  5.0 MP (with flash)
Front Camera  2.0 MP (with flash)  5.0 MP (with flash)  2.0 MP
Processor  1.3 GHz Quad Core  1.3 GHz Quad Core  1.3 GHz Quad Core
SoC  Spreadtrum Spreadtrum Spreadtrum
GPU  Mali-400 MP2  Mali-400 MP2  Mali-400 MP2
RAM  1 GB  2GB  1 GB
ROM  8 GB  16GB  8 GB
External SD  microSD upto 32GB  microSD upto 32GB  microSD upto 32GB
SIM  Dual Micro  Dual Micro  Dual Micro
Earphone Jack  3.5mm  3.5mm  3.5mm
Battery  2400mAh (Removable)  2400mAh (Removable)   2000mAh (Removable)
4G VOLTE  Yes  Yes  Yes
OTG Support  Yes  Yes  NA
GSM  900/1800 MHz  900/1800 MHz  900/1800 MHz
EDGE  DL only  DL only  DL only
WCDMA  900/2100 MHz   900/2100 MHz  900/2100 MHz
LTE  TDD-2300MHz(B40), FDD-1800MHz(B3) & 850Mhz(B5)  TDD-2300 MHz B40rn FDD-1800/850 MHz B3/B5  TDD-2300 MHz B40 FDD-1800/850 MHz B3/B5
Wi-Fi  Yes  Yes  Yes
Bluetooth  Yes  Yes  Yes
Smartkey  Yes  Yes  No
Price  See Itel A41 current price  See Itel A41 Plus current price See Itel A21 Plus current price

Comparing the Itel Wish A41 to the Wish A41 Plus, the main differences are the increase in Front Camera (2.0 MP vs 5.0 MP), RAM (1 Gb vs 2 GB) and ROM (8GB vs 16 GB) , all in favor of the Itel A41 Plus. Both have a Smart Key which can be configured to be a shortcut to your applications. All three have 4G VOLTE support (for HD calls). Comparing the Wish A21 to both the Wish A41 & A41 Plus, you’ll spot some differences like Dimension (136×67.3×10.4mm vs 146×73.6×9.3 mm), Pixel Density (218 ppi vs 196 ppi) and Battery (2000 mAh vs 2400 mAh).

Other Itel 4G VOLTE models

There’s also the Itel Selfiepro it1518 and Itel selfiepro 1520, both with 4G VOLTE support.

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