Itel, a Chinese phone manufacturer company that primarily offers budget phones, has unveiled its latest offering— “S23+”. The Itel S23+ looks very interesting on paper, which we will further discuss in this article including its specs, availability, price in Nepal, and so on.
Itel S23+ Overview:
Design and Display
Itel S23+ is a rounded rectangular phone with curved edges. Additionally, the design of the phone is very sleek, slim, and premium-looking. The entire dimensions of the phone are unavailable as of now. However, the phone has a mere 7.9 mm thickness and weighs 178 grams. The phone features a squircle camera island on the upper corner of its back.
The camera island features three camera cutouts along with a text reading “Ultra Matrix Lens”. The phone also has a random “Super” written on the lower half of the phone for some reason. It is available in two colour options: a vibrant “Lake Cyan” and a glittery “Elemental Blue”.
Up on the front, we get a sizeable 6.78-inch curved AMOLED screen, which is easily the main highlight of the Itel S23+. The phone has minimal bezels and features a centre-aligned hole-punch camera cutout. Talking of the screen, it is an FHD+ display capable of 1080 x 2400 resolution, 500 nits of peak brightness, 400,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 99% DCI-P3 colour gamut.
The Itel S23+ relies on the Unisoc Tiger T616 chipset, which is an octa-core SoC manufactured with a 12 nm process. This chipset should provide you with an okay performance. We are getting RAM of up to 8 GB and storage of up to 256 GB, coupled with the SoC. It also comes with “Dynamic RAM Expansion technology”, which allows the phone to virtually extend its RAM capabilities, equal to that of its physical RAM.
On the software end, the phone runs on itelOS13 based on Android 13. It also provides fragmented data detection and organization features with its “Atom Storage Technology”. This technology apparently, keeps the read and write speed of the phone from degrading rapidly. As a result, Itel claims that it helps the phone retain 97% of its speed, even after four years of use.
The phone features three cameras altogether, a dual-camera setup on the back and a single camera up front. On the rear, the three camera cutouts consist of a 50 MP primary sensor, a secondary unit, and an LED flash. Itel has opted to remain silent regarding the secondary camera unit but we assume it serves as a depth sensor.
However, the primary sensor offers a maximum aperture of f/1.6 along with features like 10X Zoom, super night mode, eye tracking mode, and Portrait Lite. Whereas on the front, we get a 32 MP sensor.
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Battery and other features
Powering the phone is a massive 5,000 mAh cell that takes 2 hours to fill up with 18W Type-C fast charging. It also has an AI Power Master for intelligent battery management. Likewise, this device also comes with a GPT AI Assistant that you can trigger by saying “Hi Aivana”.
Furthermore, the Itel S23+ offers a “Dynamic Bar” feature, which as the name suggests, is in fact, a knockoff of Apple’s Dynamic Island. This Dynamic Bar shows you notifications like battery status, incoming calls, reminders, phone unlock status, etc. Both the “GPT AI Assistant” and “Dynamic Bar” features will be made available through a software update. Lastly, the company is offering an extended 36-month warranty as well as 6-month screen replacement services along with the phone in certain regions.
Itel S23+ Specifications:
- Display: 6.78-inch curved AMOLED panel, 500 nits peak brightness, 99% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 400,000:1 contrast ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Resolution: FHD+ (1080 x 2400) resolution
- Chipset: Octa-core Unisoc Tiger T616 (12nm)
- RAM: 4GB / 8GB LPDDR4x + 4GB / 8GB extendable virtual RAM
- ROM: 128GB / 256GB UFS 2.0
- OS & UI: ItelOS 13 based on Android 13
- Rear Camera: Dual Camera (50 MP Primary + Depth Sensor)
- Front Camera: 32 MP Camera (Centre-aligned hole-punch cutout)
- Security: 240Hz in-display fingerprint sensor, Face Recognition
- Connectivity: Dual SIM Dual Standby, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
- Battery: 5,000 mAh 18W fast charging via USB Type-C
- Colour Options: Lake Cyan, and Elemental Blue
Itel S23+ Price in Nepal and Availability
This phone has been available to purchase in some African countries from 19 September 2023 at a starting price of around USD 120. The phone will reportedly launch in India at INR 15,000. After which, the phone will certainly make its way here. When it does, we expect the Itel S23+ price in Nepal to start at NPR 19,200.
Itel S23+ NPR 19,200
Price in Africa (Reported)
Price in Nepal (Expected)
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