About the company :
itel was born in 2007 by understanding people's desire to connect. More and more people need to communicate via mobile devices, and thus there is an incredibly fast development of the demand. As the world's fastest growing mobile phone brand, itel has always been dedicated to providing variety of reliable and trendy communication device worldwide.
For more information find them at itel.
Overview of the device :
Processor : 1.3GHz quad-core
Screen : 5.0’’ LCD display at 480P 16M color resolution
Memory : RAM - 1GB
ROM - 8GB with upto 32GB via sd card
Camera : 5MP AF rear camera with flash
2MP front camera with flash
Battery : 2400 mAh removable battery
Launch date : 21 April 2017
Dimensions : 146.00 x 73.60 x 9.30
OS : Android 6.0 marshmallow with no skin on top of android
Radio and sim : Dual sim slot with support of 4G VoLTE and FM radio support
Nowadays with companies launching phones in and out from budget perspectives to high end flagships they forget to factor in budget with specs but itel plans to revolutionize this with their Wish A41 which fits in with decent specs for a reasonable price category phones of INR 5 at launch.
The phone is a perfect bang for buck device which satisfies the 5 pillars of a decent smartphone in 2017 with a good camera , decent speaker , bright display ,screen to body ratio and battery life.
Unboxing of the device
The box contains a power adaptor , USB cable ,silicon case the phone front and centre a quality pair of earphones and reading materials with 24/7 help center built into the device and of course the warranty card for the phone.
Hardware and Software
The phone comes in a gorgeous champagne gold finish with the speaker grills at the back of the device and a huge chin upfront just like the google pixel the display upfront is 480p. The cameras of the phone pack a decent punch for the price range which will be discussed in the camera segment of the review.
The phone comes with a special feature with ‘‘SMART KEY’’ where the button at the back of the device can be used for various uses such as shutter button in camera or toggling the flashlight in a pinch it also can be used as an unlock button / power button for the device.The only drawback of the button is that it's not customisable for other features or launching apps the user needs.
The software side of the phone is near stock android 6.0 with the latest security update.
Nougat 7.0 can be expected by the manufactures but I won't hold my breath for it. The bloat wear comes high with apps such as facebook ,whatsapp, viber and some random music player by default which can be uninstalled easily but nothing more than these bloats.
The camera on the device maybe a slump on the MP side but it proves time and again that MP does not matter as the flash and software of the phone help in taking decent pictures with the main shooter and same with the front facer as well.
For social media uploads or a quick suggestion taker , the pictures from the device is great. The smart key helps in taking quick capture shots and also hidden shoots from the lock screen with a long press the drawback is in low light pictures and videos else it's perfect for getting the job done.
Performance and Conclusion
On paper the device may sound like a slump but it sure does pack a punch. The battery is amazing with a standby time of over 1 week and with moderate use lasts for a couple of days.
The phone runs games like asphalt 8,asphalt 9 xtreme ,N.O.V.A and clash royal with nary a hiccup. Though this maybe the cause of a less prominent display with slightly bad viewing angles and a tinny speaker but still it does the job handed to it smooth as butter.
Given a choice if I had to buy a phone for less than 6K I sure would buy this device as a back up for a rainy day or actually gift it for people who want to start using the smartphone as it comes with 4G VoLTE support it sure is worth it with jio in the market the phone is also a good choice for the elderly at home.
The speaker and headphone performance is on par with devices such as moto g,moto g 2nd gen and moto x first gen.
The phone is available in India for INR 5840 from various outlets for more details visit itel
Pricing and availability
Non backlit capacitive keys
Smart key feature
Pure android experience with latest security
non customisable smart key option
Performance and battery life
My rating over the trial period is 8.3/10 overall and public user rating is 7.9/10.