Itel is a young Indian brand that primarily targets offline market and is steadily climbing up the ladder with its range of feature and budget smartphones. Itel recent launched itel PowerPro it1553 which packs a mammoth 5050mAh battery. We got the opportunity to spend some time with the phone and here are our answers to frequently asked questions related to itel PowerPro it1553.
Design and Display
Question: How is the itel PowerPro design?
Answer: Well, the itel PowerPro design is quite generic, but the handset maker does try to tick popular marketing boxes.
On the front, itel PowerPro includes three capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen. Just above the display, there is an earpiece grill positioned between the camera hardware and the proximity sensor.
On the rear side, it has a brushed metal texture removable back panel (that is rather oblique at the edges) with plastic bands running on top and bottom. The camera is placed close to the top left corner alongside the LED flash. Speaker grill is present at the bottom.
A dedicated button is also present to help switch to the power saving mode. Interestingly, this isn’t a slider button, but a normal button that’s more convenient to use.
The item PowerPro lacks flair but still looks good. We don’t have much reason to complain at these prices.
Question: What is Ultra-Lower Power Mode?
Answer: Apart from large captious battery, itel has enabled an ‘Ultra-lower Power Mode’ which kills unnecessary background activities and turns off wireless connections to save valuable battery juice to prolong the battery life.
Question: How’s the display on iTel1553?
Answer: The 5.5-inch (720×1280) display is at par with completion considering its budget constraints. The color tones of the display are a tad colder. The default UI features a ‘Miravision’ which allow the user to tweak settings such as color temperature, sharpness, saturation etc. as per own preferences. The sunlight legibility and viewing angles on the phone are decent.
Question: How is the build quality?
Answer: The phone looks and feel sturdy. It seems it can very well withstand small unintentional drops but a lack of any protection on the screen can become a cause of concern.
Question: does it have capacitive keys or on-screen navigation buttons?
Answer: Yes, It has three capacitive buttons.
Question: Are the capacitive keys backlit?
Answer: No, there is no backlit in the function keys.
Question: How is the outdoor visibility?
Answer: It is pretty decent. You don’t really have to put a strain on your eyes.
Question: Does it feature Gorilla Glass protection?
Answer: No, there is no Gorilla Glass protection above the display, but the phone comes with pre-installed scratches protector.
Performance and Storage
Question: How much free storage available on the phone? Does it support microSD card?
Answer: Out of 16GB onboard storage, a user can use 11.20GB to install apps and store media. For all those who literally love to carry their world on the phone, they can use a 32GB microSD to further expand the storage.
Question: Does iTel Power Pro support adaptable storage?
Answer: No, it doesn’t.
Question: Does it support USB On-The-Go?
Answer: Yes, it does support USB OTG. In fact, an OTG adaptor comes within the box.
Question: How’s the day-to-day performance of iTel Power Pro? Can I play games on it?
Answer: Taking it price into consideration, it would say it performs better than expectation. In day-to-day usage, I didn’t notice any sort of lag whatsoever. Apps opened and performed their function smoothly.
In terms of gaming performance, I will outright state that it’s not designed for gaming so expecting good gaming performance will be a foolish thing to do. While playing games there is clearly lag and frame drops too frequently.
Question: What are the benchmark scores?
|Geekbench 4.0||408, 1163|
|Vellamo (Browser, Metal, Multicore)||1904, 830, 1201|
|NenaMark 2||54.4 FPS|
Question: Does Itel PowerPro face heating issues?
Answer: No, we didn’t witness any serious heating issues with the phone.
Question: How much free RAM is available at the time of first boot?
Answer: Out of 1 GB RAM, about 800 MB of RAM is available at the time of first boot.
Question: Does Itel PowerPro support Google cardboard and other VR Apps?
Answer: No, it does not support VR Apps. The absence of a Gyro Sensor explains it.
Question: How’s the camera performance of iTel Power Pro 1553?
Answer: The Camera manages capture decent amount of details in excellent lighting condition but has its fair share of difficulty in capturing color tones and dynamic range with precision. As evident from the camera samples, it highlights are often blown more than necessity and colors look unreal in some areas. Overall, the camera is not one of the reasons why you should buy this phone.
Questions: How is Hios software in iTel PowerPro?
Answer: The PowerPro runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop which is skinned with Techno’s Hios. It comes with lots of bloatware apps and gesture tricks.
One of them is the Hi manager comes with a gimmicky ‘one touch mobile cleanup’ that hardly helps to boost the performance.
Software seems well optimized for the hardware having said that, when Android 7.0 Nougat is already out in the market, Android 5.1 does feel a little outdated (in case you are familiar with Google’s latest Android attributes).
Question: Does itel PowerPro support gestures?
Answer: Yes, there is a micro intelligence option in the setting in which it offers features like quick start, tapping wake, music gesture (swipe type), Flip mute, wave answer, screen shot with three finger functionality, and cover silence for incoming calls are supported.
Question: Does it have hybrid SIM slot?
Answer: No, it comes with two dedicated SIM slots and one microSD card slot which can be accessed by removing the back cover.
Question: How is the call Quality of itel PowerPro?
Answer: The call quality is excellent.
Question: Does iTel Power Pro it1553 supports Reliance Jio SIM?
Answer: No, It is a 3G smartphone. To activate a Reliance Jio SIM, one need to have a 4G VoLTE SIM card.
Question: How is the battery backup?
Answer: Battery backup is where iTel PowerPro it1553 shines. With it’s more than a 5000mAh battery, it can offer more than two days of stand-by time on moderate usage.
Question: Does itel PowerPro support fast charging?
Answer: Itel PowerPro comes bundled with a 2amp charger which manages to tank up 0-100% in approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Question: Is the battery removable?
Answer: No, it’s not removable.
Question: What are the sensors present in itel PowerPro?
Answer: It features Accelerometer, Proximity, and light sensors.
Question: How is the performance of itel PowerPro loudspeakers?
Answer: The rear mounted loudspeaker’s audio quality is average. The bundled headphone won’t please any audiophiles. Having said that, you can’t really expect much in this price range.
Question: Does itel PowerPro have a fingerprint Sensor?
Answer: No, it misses out on a fingerprint sensor.
iTel PowerPro isn’t a spec monster and is far from perfect, but if you are looking for a basic phone with magnificent battery backup, and would rather trust an offline store, you can consider it as an option.