A look at some recently fielded Itel Android 6 (Marshmallow) devices; the it1511, it1512, it1518 and it1520

In my previous post on recently launched Itel Marshmallow devices, I highlighted the technical specifications of the Itel S11 and 1513 . I also dropped a hands-on review of the Itel it1513 . Itel has some other entries in the Marshmallow family (I believe it’ll take a while before we see a Nougat); the it1511, it1512, it1518 and it1520 which we’ll be taking a look at.

Itel it1511Itel it1512Itel it1518Itel it1520
Network Type 4G 4G 4G (VOLTE) 4G (VOLTE)
Android Version Android 6.0 Android 6.0 Android 6.0 Android 6.0
Dimension 138.5×69.5×9.8 mm 143x72x8.65mm 143.5×71.3×8.5mm 142.1x71x9.4mm
Colors Black, Champagne Gold Gun Metal, Champagne Gold Black, White & Champagne Gold Sandstone Black, Champagne
Physical Size 12.7cm(5) 12.7 cm(5.0) 12.7cm(5.0) 12.7cm(5.0)
Resolution 720×1280 pixels 480×854 pixels 720×1280 pixels 720×1280 pixels
Resolution Type HD FWVGA HD HD
Pixel Density 294 ppi 196 ppi 294 ppi 294 ppi
Display Technology TFT, IPS, Oncell G+F, TN TFT, IPS, Oncell TFT, IPS, Oncell
Sensor G, Light & Proximity G, Proximity & Light G, Proximity & Light G, Proximity, Light, Temperature & Hall sensor
CameraBack 8.0MP (Dual Flash);
Front 2.0MP (Single Flash)
 Back 5.0MP (Dual Flash); Front 2.0MP (Single Flash) Back 8.0 MP (Single Flash); Front 5.0 MP (Single Flash) Back  13.0MP (Dual Flash); Front 13.0MP (Single Flash)
Processor 64 bit, Quad core, 1.0 GHz 64 bit, Quad core, 1.0 GHz Quad core, 1.3 GHz 64bit, Quad core, 1.3 GHz
GPU Mali T720 Mali T720 Mali T720 Mali T720
RAM 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB 2 GB
ROM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 16 GB
External Storage Support MicroSD upto 64GB MicroSD upto 32GB MicroSD upto 128GB MicroSD upto 64GB
SIM Dual (1 standard, 1 micro) Dual (both micro) Dual (Both Micro) Dual (1 standard, 1 micro)
Earphone Jack 3.5mm 3.5mm 3.5mm 3.5mm
Battery 2500mAh, Li-Polymer (Removable) 2500mAh, Li-Polymer (Removable) 2500mAh, Li-Polymer (Removable)2500mAh, Li-Polymer (Removable)
OTG Support Yes No Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes (BT 4.0) Yes (BT 4.0) Yes Yes (BT 4.1)
Wi-Fi Yes (802.11a/b/g/n) Yes (802.11b/g/n) Yes Yes (802.11b/g/n)
4G LTE Support Yes [TDD-2300MHz(B40) & FDD-1800Mhz(B3)/850MHz(B5)] Yes [TDD-2300MHz(B40) & FDD-1800Mhz(B3)/850MHz(B5)] Yes [TDD-LTE 2300 MHz B40
FDD-LTE 1800/850 MHz B3/B5]
 Yes [TDD-LTE 2300 MHz B40
FDD-LTE 1800/850 MHz B3/B5]
WCDMA Support Yes (900/2100 MHz) Yes (900/2100 MHz) Yes (900/2100 MHz) Yes (900/2100 MHz)
EDGE Support Yes (DL only) Yes (DL only) Yes (DL only) Yes (DL only)
GSM Yes (900/1800/1900 MHz) Yes (900/1800 MHz) Yes (900/1800 MHz) Yes (900/1800/1900 MHz)
Iris Scanner Support No No No Yes
System On Chip (SoC) MT6735M MT6735M NA MT6735


There’s been a noticeable change / improvement in these releases compared to the tradition specs. The Itel it1520 is one to look out for (camera-wise). Itel seems to be heading in the right direction and I’m glad. I’m however somewhat disappointed in the 2,500mAh battery which Itel has stubbornly stuck to. I doubt that power efficiency has improved much so battery life might still be a sour point.
I’ve not been able to verify the Chipsets all these phones are powered by but I won’t be surprised if all are Mediatek powered as Itel seems to be paddling hard in that direction .

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