itel S42 was launched in India earlier this week, a budget friendly smartphone with midrange specs and an update to the S41 smartphone. This is itel’s first smartphone with 3GB RAM, Snapdragon chip and the trending bezel-less display.
The itel S42 is available on Shopping stores starting from $119 (N40,000) to $149 (N50,000)
The smartphone dishes out an 18:9 aspect ratio, making it very appealing for potential customers. itel is known for making affordable phones, so even with its quality features, it still retails for a giveaway price. Without further ado, meet the itel S42.
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itel sure loves their plastic covers and won’t be departing from it anytime soon. But this device looks more classy and sleek than their previous smartphones. The rear camera and LED flash are in a vertical position at the top left corner dishing out an iPhone X kinda vibe.
The rear fingerprint scanner is in its usual position as well, the device sports dual antenna lines which beautifies the rear. There’s a 3.5 mm jack on top, a usb port and loudspeakers at the bottom. It measures 8.25 mm in thickness and was launched in Black color, no words yet if other colors would be rolled out as well.
Finally, itel has followed the footsteps of its sister company, Tecno and Infinix. The S42 has major reduction in bezels, dishing out an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen might not be as impressive as the Camon CM and Hot S3, but we have to give it to the budget smartphone maker.
The top bezel houses the usual features including a front LED flash, while the bottom bezel is obviously vacant. The 5.65-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen is pretty standard. Boasting of 720 x 1440 pixels in resolution and 285 pixel per inch density for clear visuals.
Hardware and Software
Houses the Snapdragon 425 chip, making it the first itel smartphone to ship with Qualcomm’s chip. It has a quad-core processor alongside 64-bit CPU architecture. The 4-cores of processor clocks at 1.4GHz and has a 28nm process technology for a smooth ride. In the graphics department, the Qualcomm Adreno 504 is totally in charge.
There’s a bigger 3GB RAM space available here for smooth multitasking of heavy apps. The RAM has a memory speed of 667MHz, while for storage, 16GB is available as well. You can upgrade up to 128GB with a memory card, while the phone runs smoothly on Android 8.0 Oreo.
For photography, there’s a crystal clear 13MP rear shooter with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. There’s another 13MP selfie camera at the top bezel with f/2.2 aperture as well. The selfie camera comes with a dedicated LED flash for night selfies and video calls. According to itel, the 13MP selfie camera takes the best selfies even in low light environment.
Powering the itel S42 is a 3000mAh removable Li-Ion battery with no fast charging technology. Without the fast charging feature, it might take more than 2 hours to fully charge up the battery from 0% to 100%.
itel S42 Full Technical Specifications
Device Type Smartphone
Model itel S42
Announced March, 2018
Released March, 2018
Status Available on Shopping stores
2G Network Yes
3G Network Yes
4G Network Yes
Nano + Nano
SIM Count Dual SIM
Dimensions 153 x 73.55 x 8.25 mm
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Resolution 720 x 1440 Pixels
Colors 16M colors
Pixel Density 285ppi
Screen-To-Body Ratio –
Touch Screen Yes
Features Multi-touch, Scratch Resistant
Secondary Display No
White balance settings
Flash Yes, LED
Secondary 13MP with LED
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
User Interface (UI) Modified
Java Support Yes
Chipset (SoC) Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
CPU Quad-Core 1.4GHz
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 504
RAM (Memory) 3GB
Internal Storage 16GB
Card Slot Yes, up to 128GB
Controls Touchscreen, Lock Button, and Volume Key
Wi-fi Hotspot Yes
USB Type Yes, microUSB
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Facial Recognition No
Wireless Charging No
Battery Type Li-Ion Battery
Fast Charging No
Talk Time –
Music Play –
Audio Playback Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC
Video Playback Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
Video Out –
FM Radio –
Alert Types Vibration, Ringtones
Ring Tones MP3, WAV
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer