These days youngsters tend to take a lot of photos of themselves, friends and family members. A lot of these photos are selfies, usually taken with a smartphone, which are then posted by them on social networking sites. Naturally, this generation’s selfie obsession has motivated the mobile handset vendors to introduce devices with superior cameras. Recently China-based mobile phone brand itel Mobile introduced a mid-range Android-based smartphone, it1518, under Selfie Pro series. The device consists of a good camera, advanced high definition display and plenty of apps to keep you engrossed. It retails for R7,550 and is intended to fulfill our selfie needs. itel sent us a review unit and the device impressed us at every step. Let us check out some of its key features and overall performance.
The it1518 is good to look at on first impressions. It flaunts a premium look with its textured sleek body, 5-inch HD IPS on-cell display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is available in three colour variants —Black, White and Champagne. The device features the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and 4G VoLTE connectivity to offer pretty fast browsing in a package that combines an attractive design with solid build quality. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi, 3G/4G/2G, GPS and Bluetooth.
The it1518 is powered by the latest 1.3 GHz MediaTek quad-core processor. This facilitates high speed multitasking and smooth operating experience. There’s 2 GB of RAM and the built-in storage capacity of the phone is 8 GB, which can be further expanded up to 128 GB. The device is packed with a 2,500 mAh battery; this offers efficient power back up and a seamless entertainment experience on-the-go.
Holding the it1518, everything feels very tightly put together. There is no flex, no creaking, no snapping. The smooth aluminum edges make it quite pleasant to hold the phone. The volume and power buttons have a nice, clicky action. The phone’s display is very good in the mid-range segment that I have seen in recent months. Colour reproduction is pretty well balanced and the display also resists scratches and reduces glare, while offering incredible 1280 x 7204 resolution and rich, natural colours.
The it1518 houses a 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera, 5P lens and F2.0 aperture. It enables the users to experience decent quality photos and video with wide angle, autofocus, face detection and face beauty features. In real-time usage, the it1518’s camera is capable of capturing great photos. I managed to get some impressive shots using this phone.
The ease of use of the device’s camera also needs to be highlighted. You point, you tap, you shoot—and it gets it right. In other words, this latest offering from itel is a good way for the selfie-loving, tech-savvy consumer. The it1518 has decent speakers and like I mentioned earlier, a superior full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube clips they love.
This entire spec integration is intended for a rich, entertainment experience whether you’re listening to your favourite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game. In summary, the it1518 is sure to make a lasting impression on mobile phone users, looking for an easy-to-afford yet feature-rich device.