itel S42 with 3GB RAM and Bezel-less Display: Review, Specs and Price


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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Design

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.

Display

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.

Camera
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.

Battery
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

    General
    Device Type Smartphone
    Model itel S42
    Announced March, 2018
    Released March, 2018
    Status Available on Shopping stores
    Network
    2G Network Yes
    3G Network Yes
    4G Network Yes
    SIM Type
    Nano + Nano

    SIM Count Dual SIM
    Design
    Type Plastic
    Dimensions 153 x 73.55 x 8.25 mm
    Weight –
    Protection Yes
    Colours Black
    Display
    Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
    Size 5.65-inch
    Resolution 720 x 1440 Pixels
    Colors 16M colors
    Pixel Density 285ppi
    Screen-To-Body Ratio –
    Touch Screen Yes
    Protection Yes
    Features Multi-touch, Scratch Resistant
    Secondary Display No
    Camera
    Primary 13MP
    Image Yes
    Video Yes
    Features Autofocus
    Continuous shooting
    Digital zoom
    Exposure compensation
    Face detection
    Geotagging
    HDR
    ISO settings
    Panorama
    Scene mode
    Self-timer
    Touch focus
    White balance settings
    Flash Yes, LED
    Secondary 13MP with LED
    Software
    Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
    User Interface (UI) Modified
    Java Support Yes
    Skype Yes
    Whatsapp Yes
    Facebook Yes
    Youtube Yes
    Hardware
    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
    Sensors
    Fingerprint (Rear)
    Proximity
    Accelerometer
    Ambient Light

    Controls Touchscreen, Lock Button, and Volume Key
    Connectivity
    Bluetooth Yes
    Infrared No
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Wi-fi Hotspot Yes
    USB Type Yes, microUSB
    GPS Yes, with A-GPS
    NFC –
    HDMI –
    Facial Recognition No
    Wireless Charging No
    Battery
    Battery Type Li-Ion Battery
    Capacity 3000mAh
    Placement Removable
    Fast Charging No
    Standby –
    Talk Time –
    Music Play –
    Media
    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
    Loudspeaker Yes
    Handsfree
    Yes

    Other Features
    – MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
    – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    – DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
    – Photo/video editor
    – Document viewer



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