The 4G smartphone market has been crowded by midrangers and expensive flagships and Itel wants to break this monotony through the budget Itel S32 LTE. The phone is actually an upgrade to the 3G Itel S32 they released earlier this year and it boasts of faster connectivity for internet browsing, downloads, uploads and upgraded RAM. You can read our unboxing and first impressions here. Before we get it into it here are its specifications in brief:
16 GB internal storage
8MP primary camera
Dual front-facing cameras: 8MP and 2MP
4G LTE Support
1280 x 720 (HD) screen resolution
3000mAh battery capacity
Android 7.0 Nougat
Now let’s dive in and see if it’s worth your money.
4G LTE CONNECTIVITY
This was a necessary move from Itel since the world is heading for LTE and the OEM doesn’t want to be left behind. The 4G cellular signal was pretty strong and it delivered reliable data speeds wherever I was, especially in areas where the coverage was not the best.
There are many reasons to upgrade to 4G but of the most important ones is to get a faster web connection when you’re not on office Wi-Fi. Also, now that most Kenyan Telcos have 4G networks in a good number of counties this phone wants you to take advantage of that without you breaking the bank.
However, the phone lacks band 28 that supports Faiba 4G. We tried using a Faiba sim card but it failed to even show the network signal.
The 3000mAh battery the phone packs had some impressive stamina as regular use made it last all day. This is after opening multiple chrome tabs, watching Youtube, streaming music, playing games, taking photos, emails and heavy social media. I had to plug it in by the time I was retiring to bed, thus two-day battery life is not achievable.
The Itel S32 LTE comes in a 16:9 ratio display making the phone look wider than the trending 18:9 ratio that everyone seems to be jumping on. Though people with small hands will struggle with one hand operations on the 5.5-inch display, you’ll be glad since you get to enjoy media such as videos very well.You get a screen with a resolution of 720p, which is acceptable for a phone at this price.
Audio is served by a single speaker at the bottom, the speaker produces good audio when you’re listening to music or watching a video and it doesn’t get distorted at loud volumes. The earphones provided have decent sound quality and will suit you well but if you’re an audiophile, I’d suggest getting premium earphones.
At the back is an 8MP shooter with an LED flash. I kept my expectations low considering it’s target market but I was surprised by the pictures it took. Its capabilities are worth the money as the phone takes good photos despite the pedestrian camera specs thanks to HDR and speedy image processing.