itel S42, Review Specs, Price, India launch (Part 1)

Itel has launched a new budget smartphone in India today called itel S42. The mobile is available to purchase online as well as offline for Rs. 8,499.

About itel – It is part of the Transsion Holdings Group (A Chinese Manufacturer) that also owns Infinix Brand, Tecno mobile, and recently acquired the Indian company Spice mobile.

The company already has launched two phones in the S series the S21 and S41 and the S42 is the latest addition to the portfolio. Also, as per CyberMedia Research, the brand is doing great in the raucous Indian mobile market. In fact, the brand has grown by more than 200% in the 2016-2017.


Itel S42 Unboxing

The phone comes in a larger rectangular box which is red in color and with internals colored black. Overall the packaging is good and does not feel cheap or done in a hurry.

Inside the Box
  1. Itel S42 Mobile
  2. A Sim Ejector Tool
  3. Charger and Cable (Micro-USB)
  4. A silicon Back Cover Case.
  5. Earphones.

Itel S42

The phone comes with a normal charger with 1A and 5 Volt rating so it essentially means that it will not have fast charging support. Most brands don’t provide a silicon case or earphones these days, but gladly ITEL has thought about adding additional accessories.

The quality of the Silicon Transparent case looks good and most people will use it for the reason, I have mentioned below. But first, let’s have a quick look at the Specifications.

Specs-smartphonesSpecs At A Glance – ITEL S42

  • Display – 5.65-inch, IPS LCD With 18:9 Aspect Ratio, HD+ (1280*720 pixels), 2.5D curved Glass.
  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad Core processor Clocked at 1.4 GHz
  • GPU – Adreno 308
  • RAM – 3 GB of RAM
  • OS -Android Oreo 8.0 With a Custom Skin
  • Storage – 16 GB of internal storage with microSD card support upto 128 GB.
  • Rear Camera – 13-megapixel with PDAF and Led Flash.
  • Front Camera – 13-megapixel selfie camera with dual LED Selfie Light
  • Battery Capacity – 3,000 mAH.
  • Colors – black
  • Thickness – 8.25 mm
  • Price – Rs. 8499
  • Availability – March 2018

Design and Display

The Itel S42 comes with a metallic design which looks robust and strong. Seems it can take few falls without chipping the color of the metallic surface but the rear metallic penal is a finger magnet. So better to use the nice Silicon case with it. I keep cleaning the rear cover as it attracts fingerprints very easily and looks smudgy.

The top and the bottom portion of the panel are made from plastic to improve the signal reception. Also, the rear camera and flash are vertically aligned and present at the left corner, similar to the iPhone X or the new Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The highlight of the device is its 5.65 Inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. As most phones are coming with the voguish infinite display, ITEL is also not leaving any stone unturned to match the rivals. Recently, Infocus launched the affordable Vision 3 with the Infinite display at an affordable price of Rs. 6,999.

Itel S42

The display comes with 5.65 Inch HD+ panel that offers 1440*720 pixels resolution and 285 PPI. Moreover, the display comes with 2.5D Curved glass to offer better touch experience.

The display on the first impression looks sufficiently bright and is also visible outdoors. Also, there is a blue light filter to reduce the glare at night, you can customize the timings in the display settings.

The full vision display is becoming more common and we advise even the budget phone buyers to have this feature in their next phone.

Camera Details and Overview

The key highlight of the phone is it’s 13 Megapixel front selfie camera that comes with a unique Dual LED Flash.

As several brands are launching affordable selfie phones like Infinix Hot S3, Xiami Y1, and Kult Beyond, ITEL does not want to stay behind. Apart from the selfie camera, it comes with a 13 Megapixel Rear camera.

Unlike most rival phones that come with Dual rear cameras, it offers a single camera at the back. I am yet working on the camera review and will upload more images in part 2 of the review.

Front Camera Sample
Rear Camera Image

Based on the initial testing the front camera seems good and able to capture detailed images. The rear camera images are looking more yellowish in comparison to the natural lighting conditions.

You can observe that in the above image.

Software and Experience

One of the major highlights of the upcoming S42 is that it runs on the latest Google OS (Android Oreo 8.0), out of the box and has a custom skin on top.

Also, there are some customizations done by ITEL but still it feels fluid and easy to use. For starters, it comes with new Keyboard (Kika Keyboard) in place of the regular Android keyboard. Also, there is an App store called palm store other than the Google Play store. Not sure why we need it but you can download Apps using it.



Furthermore, it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad-Core Processor along with 3 GB RAM. Additionally, there is 3 GB Ram and 16 GB internal storage. Notably, the storage is expandable up to 128 GB.

The 16 GB internal storage is low as there is only 7 GB free space and lot of space is taken by the ITEL customizations and bloatware. So it is a must to use a micro-sd card with this phone.

The good thing is, it comes with a dedicated slot for the micro-sd card. So you can easily use 2 sim cards + 1 micro-sd card simultaneously.

The performance looks lag-free and the SD 425 runs most of the Apps like Facebook and Googe chrome smoothly.

Connectivity, Battery, and Features

Lastly, the phone comes with a 3000 mAH capacity battery, 4G VOLTE, GPS and OTG support. I am yet to do the testing for call quality and battery life, charging time, kindly wait for the full review.

Another, highlight feature that the brand is promising is the Face-Unlock using the front camera. This feature is yet not present on the review unit but will come as a software update, as shared with us by ITEL.

The phone supports Dual Sim and 4G Volte, I am using the Reliance JIO sim in the slot 1, you can also use a second sim-card and the micro-sd card at the same time.

Initial Impression

Based on the initial impressions the phone ticks some of the right boxes in the parameters like the Bezel-less display, a good selfie camera, and the latest Oreo OS. For the price tag of Rs. 8499 it competes with several other options like the recently launched Redmi 5, Redmi Note 4, 10.OR E and the Infocus Vision3 as well.

A bit more testing and in-depth analysis will follow and maybe I will create a video for viewers, do let me know should we post it in Hindi or English.

The Full review will get updated before 23rd March, do let me know if you want me to test anything specific in the full review.

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