Exclusive: iTel to launch three new affordable phones with 18:9 display in March


iTel is gearing to launch three new budget phones in the Indian market on 20 March. Our source suggests that the new phones will have displays with 18:9 aspect ratio, thin bezels on the sides. The three phones are said to fall between Rs 5K-10K price range and have a fingerprint sensor. Meaning, we might see a Rs 5K phone with a fingerprint sensor and an 18:9 display.

The top-end smartphone — S42 (successor to the S41) is expected to sport a 5.65-inch HD+ (720 x 1440p) display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass. The dual-SIM phone would allow 4G LTE connectivity and is expected to run Android Oreo 8.0 out-of-the-box. 

Our source further reveals that the phone would feature a Snapdragon 425 paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB in-built storage expandable up to 128GB.

For optics, the S42 would feature a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and a 13MP front camera with an LED flash, which hints that it might be a selfie-centric phone. It is said to pack a 3000mAh battery. Aside from a fingerprint sensor, the phone is said to have all the basic sensor like proximity, gyroscope and light sensor. 

The S42 is said to be 8.2mm thin, which points towards a decently slim and handy form factor. The phone could be launched at Rs 10,000, where it will compete against the likes of Redmi Note 5, Canvas Infinity, LG Q6 and more. It is likely to arrive in Black and Champagne colours.

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