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A look at some recently fielded Itel Android 6 (Marshmallow) devices; the it1511, it1512, it1518 and it1520

In my previous post on recently launched Itel Marshmallow devices, I highlighted the technical specifications of the Itel S11 and 1513 . I also dropped a hands-on review of the Itel it1513 . Itel has some other entries in the Marshmallow family (I believe it’ll take a while before we see a Nougat); the it1511, it1512, it1518 and it1520 which we’ll be taking a look at.

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Itel it1511 Itel it1512 Itel it1518 Itel it1520
Network Type  4G  4G  4G (VOLTE)  4G (VOLTE)
Android Version  Android 6.0  Android 6.0  Android 6.0  Android 6.0
Dimension  138.5×69.5×9.8 mm  143x72x8.65mm  143.5×71.3×8.5mm  142.1x71x9.4mm
Colors  Black, Champagne Gold  Gun Metal, Champagne Gold  Black, White & Champagne Gold  Sandstone Black, Champagne
Physical Size  12.7cm(5)  12.7 cm(5.0)  12.7cm(5.0)  12.7cm(5.0)
Resolution  720×1280 pixels  480×854 pixels  720×1280 pixels  720×1280 pixels
Resolution Type  HD  FWVGA  HD  HD
Pixel Density  294 ppi  196 ppi  294 ppi  294 ppi
Display Technology  TFT, IPS, Oncell  G+F, TN  TFT, IPS, Oncell  TFT, IPS, Oncell
Sensor  G, Light & Proximity  G, Proximity & Light  G, Proximity & Light  G, Proximity, Light, Temperature & Hall sensor
Camera Back 8.0MP (Dual Flash);
Front 2.0MP (Single Flash)
 Back 5.0MP (Dual Flash); Front 2.0MP (Single Flash)  Back 8.0 MP (Single Flash); Front 5.0 MP (Single Flash)  Back  13.0MP (Dual Flash); Front 13.0MP (Single Flash)
Processor  64 bit, Quad core, 1.0 GHz  64 bit, Quad core, 1.0 GHz  Quad core, 1.3 GHz  64bit, Quad core, 1.3 GHz
GPU  Mali T720  Mali T720  Mali T720  Mali T720
RAM  1 GB  1 GB  2 GB  2 GB
ROM  8 GB  8 GB  8 GB  16 GB
External Storage Support  MicroSD upto 64GB  MicroSD upto 32GB  MicroSD upto 128GB  MicroSD upto 64GB
SIM  Dual (1 standard, 1 micro)  Dual (both micro)  Dual (Both Micro)  Dual (1 standard, 1 micro)
Earphone Jack  3.5mm  3.5mm  3.5mm  3.5mm
Battery  2500mAh, Li-Polymer (Removable)  2500mAh, Li-Polymer (Removable)  2500mAh, Li-Polymer (Removable) 2500mAh, Li-Polymer (Removable)
OTG Support  Yes  No  Yes  Yes
Bluetooth  Yes (BT 4.0)  Yes (BT 4.0)  Yes  Yes (BT 4.1)
Wi-Fi  Yes (802.11a/b/g/n)  Yes (802.11b/g/n)  Yes  Yes (802.11b/g/n)
4G LTE Support  Yes [TDD-2300MHz(B40) & FDD-1800Mhz(B3)/850MHz(B5)]  Yes [TDD-2300MHz(B40) & FDD-1800Mhz(B3)/850MHz(B5)]  Yes [TDD-LTE 2300 MHz B40
FDD-LTE 1800/850 MHz B3/B5]
 Yes [TDD-LTE 2300 MHz B40
FDD-LTE 1800/850 MHz B3/B5]
WCDMA Support  Yes (900/2100 MHz)  Yes (900/2100 MHz)  Yes (900/2100 MHz)  Yes (900/2100 MHz)
EDGE Support  Yes (DL only)  Yes (DL only)  Yes (DL only)  Yes (DL only)
GSM  Yes (900/1800/1900 MHz)  Yes (900/1800 MHz)  Yes (900/1800 MHz)  Yes (900/1800/1900 MHz)
Iris Scanner Support  No  No  No  Yes
System On Chip (SoC)  MT6735M  MT6735M  NA  MT6735

Verdict

There’s been a noticeable change / improvement in these releases compared to the tradition specs. The Itel it1520 is one to look out for (camera-wise). Itel seems to be heading in the right direction and I’m glad. I’m however somewhat disappointed in the 2,500mAh battery which Itel has stubbornly stuck to. I doubt that power efficiency has improved much so battery life might still be a sour point.
I’ve not been able to verify the Chipsets all these phones are powered by but I won’t be surprised if all are Mediatek powered as Itel seems to be paddling hard in that direction .

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