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Itel P31 Review, Specs & Price in Nigeria

Itel P31

Itel P31 is somewhat like iTel P12. The smartphone was released at the same time as P12 and has made a good number of successful sales. The two phones primarily differ in the aspect of display and the aspect of the front camera. In addition, they also differ in the aspect of the chipset. The phones are furthermore known as some of the most powerful iTel phones, in the battery aspect.

Itel P31 Review

iTel P31 and P12 were released on the same day. While P31 was targetted at regular low-end users, P12 was targetted at users who want and are willing to pay for the larger display. These smart devices were released in 2017, and belong to iTel’s family of powerful phones. By powerful, we mean having batteries with very high capacity. iTel P31 is still available in the market, so if a user likes it, they can always try it out.

The network support of iTel P31 is not bad. By not bad we do not mean it has support for all generations of mobile networks. By not bad, we mean this smartphone supports networks required to give its users a good user experience. The phone has support for 2G and 3G networks. It doesn’t have support for 4G network and this is not a problem. Lack of 4G support, is not a problem, because it is not needed by the kind of users it was designed for.

iTel P31 is not as large as P12. While P12 is as large as a high-end smartphone, P31 has the size of a low-end smartphone. To help establish a clearer image of how large this phone is, the phone has a dimension of 145.00 x 72.90 x 9.90 mm. Analysing this dimension, the length of the phone is 145.00 mm, the breadth of the phone is 72.90 mm. Lastly, the smartphone has a thickness of 9.90 mm. The phone is no doubt very thick.

As stated above, iTel P31 and P12 differ in terms of display. The former has a 5.00 inches (12.7 cm) display, while the latter has a 6.00 inches display. The display of this smart device is an in-plane switching display. IPS displays are well-known to be superior to TFT displays. The pixel density of iTel P31 is 244 pixels per inch (ppi). The resolution that leaves the display with this pixel density, is 480 x 854 pixels.

Aside from the display, iTel P31 and P12 differ in the chipset that champions them. In this case, A12 has the upper hand. While the cores of A12’s chipset can operate at a maximum of 1.30 GHz, those of P31 can operate at a maximum of 1.20 GHz. The chipset of both phones are quad-core chipsets. In terms of power consumption, there is hardly any difference between the chipset of both phones.

iTel A31 operates with a 1 GB RAM. This is the third aspect where both devices differ. A12 comes with a 512 MB memory which is one of the two aspects A31 has an edge over it. Had A12 feature at least a 1 GB RAM, it would have clearly had the upper hand. It is true that computer systems support RAM space expansion, but this is not possible with smartphones. The reason for this is that the smartphones are not designed to come with expansion slots.

The standard edition of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is what iTel P31 runs. This operating system was once a cool operating system. In this present age, it does not really have a place. iTel cannot be totally condemned for putting Marshmallow in the smartphone. The reason for saying this is that the phone was released into the market when Marshmallow was relevant.

There are two cameras working in iTel P31’s system. One of these cameras is a 5 MP camera, the other is another 5 MP camera. One of them acts as the front camera and the other acts as the rear camera. The front camera does not have the support of a LED flash. In other words, the smartphone can not take pictures in dark places.

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As expected of every standard low-end smartphone, iTel A31 comes with an 8 GB flash storage as its internal storage device. This 8 GB of storage space will serve the user for some time before the need for additional storage arises. With the help of a micro SD card, this smartphone can have as much as 40 GB of storage space.

Key Specs and Features

  • Display: 5.00 inches (12.7 cm); in-plane switching (IPS) LCD; 480 x 854 pixels
  • Storage: 8 GB, expandable up to 32 GB
  • RAM: 1 GB SD-RAM
  • OS: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Cameras: 5 MP front camera; 5 MP rear camera
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Chipset: MediaTek; quad-core; 1.20 GHz
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No

Discussion

APPEARANCE

iTel P31 is not a very large phone, but it is thick, as many iTel phones are known for. The smartphone is 145.00 mm long and 72.90 mm wide. The device furthermore has a thickness of 9.90 mm. The thickness of the phone is excessive, making it a catch of the device, and many buyers of the phone have complained about this. In addition, the low-end smartphone is quite heavy, even though its casing is not metallic

In terms of appearance, iTel P31 is a cool phone. It isn’t as cool as high-end smartphones, but the manufacturer invested a meaningful effort into the design of the phone. The smartphone comes in the following colours: gold, grey, and blue. Not just that, this smartphone features a plastic cover that helps present this phone as an elegant one.

CHIPSET

The chipset that powers iTel P31, is a chipset produced in China. The chipset is a good product of MediaTek. Unfortunately, the specific name of this chipset not known. However, it is well-known that the chipset belongs to the quad-core family. The processors in it, have a common processing speed of 1.20 GHz. Considering the overall processing speed of the chipset, the chipset processes at 4.80 GHz.

Very often smartphones stop working completely, after some years. In a lot of cases, the terminal breakdown is caused by the damaged chipset. The MediaTek chipset that champions P31 is a very durable one. The chipset can work for a long period without any breakdown. In other words, if you get a build of this smartphone, you can be assured that your phones wouldn’t stop working all of a sudden.

RAM

iTel P31 and P12 are very similar, but one of the differences between them lies in their RAM size. While P12 has a 1 GB RAM as its main memory, P31 uses a 512 MB RAM as its main memory. For a low-end smartphone user who does not use their phone for heavy tasks, the 1 GB RAM should be adequate. However, if a user is uncomfortable with a 1 GB RAM, they may have to consider a mid-range phone.

Although, a 1 GB RAM is adequate for the kind of users iTel P31 was designed for, there are however ways to make better use of the RAM of this phone. One of the ways to efficiently use the RAM of a phone is to use the Go editions of apps. In addition, light apps should be used wherever possible.

BATTERY

The use of Li-Po battery in smartphones is becoming popular every day. The name Li-Po is a shortened form of Li-Polymer, and batteries with this name make it possible for manufacturers to produce slimmer phones. iTel P31 comes with a Li-Po battery but it is not slim because the phone packs a very powerful battery. Had it been the capacity of the battery is not as much as it is, the phone would have been slimmer.

The Li-Po battery featured by iTel P31 is a 5000 mAh battery. This battery capacity is excellent for this kind of smartphone. However, the phone does not come with a rapid-charge system. In other words, charging the phone’s battery from 0 to 100 percent will take a little over 3 hours. However, if a user charges the phone with a fast charger, then the charging time will be reduced significantly.

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TECHNOLOGIES and SENSORS

iTel P31 is endowed with all technologies and sensors featured by standard Android smartphones. The phone has support for Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot), Bluetooth, USB, and GPS. These technologies open way for the smartphone to do very cool things that help solve problems of its user. The sensors of iTel P31 are an accelerometer, proximity sensor light sensor.

Wi-Fi makes it possible for iTel A31 to connect wirelessly to local area networks. This technology furthermore makes it possible for the device the create a computer network. However, it is important to note that the device can not connect to a computer network and also create its own network, at the same time. To do such a thing, the might have to be rooted and run some special apps.

STORAGE

A smartphone needs a storage device to store items. Items that are needed to be stored on a smart phone’s storage include its operating system and applications. A storage device is also needed by a smartphone to store media items like videos, audios and images. With this importance of storage devices, users of smartphones highly desire large storage space.

The internal storage device of iTel A31, is a flash storage. This internal storage device has a capacity of 8 GB. After taking away the space occupied by the operating system of the phone, and some pre-installed apps, the usable storage space of the phone is a lot less than 8 GB. It is, however, possible for this phone to have storage space up to 40 GB with the help of a micro SD card.

OS

iTel P31 run Android 6.0 Marshmallow as its operating system. The operating system is an outdated OS, but a person can use it, if they desire to. There are skilled phone technicians who can upgrade the OS of any phone. In other words, if a user is tired of Marshmallow, they can always ask for the service of these technicians.

CAMERAS

There are two cameras on P31’s body. One of the cameras is positioned in the front of the phone, and the other at the back. Both of these cameras come with a resolution of 5 megapixels. In addition, the rear camera of the smartphone has the support of a bright LED flash.

Itel P31 Full Specs and Features

STATUS

  • Announcement Status: Announced
  • Announcement: N/A
  • Release Status: Released
  • Release: N/A

NETWORK

  • 2G: Yes, GSM (850/900/1800/1900)
  • 3G: Yes, HSDPA (850/900/1700/1900/2100)
  • 4G: No

SIM

  • Count: Dual SIM
  • Type: Micro SIM

APPEARANCE

  • Dimension: 145 x 72.9 x 9.9 mm
  • Weight: N/A
  • Thickness: 9.90 mm
  • Colours: Gold, Grey, Blue
  • Case Type: Plastic

DISPLAY

  • Size: 5.00 inches
  • Type: in-plane switching (IPS) LCD
  • Resolution: 480 x 854 pixels
  • Pixel Density: 244 pixels per inch (ppi)

RAM

  • Size: 1 GB
  • Type: SD-RAM

CHIPSET

  • Manufacturer: MediaTek
  • Model: N/A
  • Cores: 4 cores (quad-core)
  • Speed: 1.20 GHz

OS

  • Type: Android
  • Version: 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Edition: Standard

STORAGE

  • Size: 8 GB
  • Expansion Support: Yes
  • Expansion Limit: 32 GB

CAMERAS

  • Total: 2 cameras
  • Front Camera: 5 MP
  • Rear Camera: 5 MP
  • Front LED Flash: No
  • Rear LED Flash: Yes

FINGERPRINT SCANNER

  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Position: N/A

GPU

  • GPU: Mali
  • Speed: N/A

TECHNOLOGIES

  • Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot)
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • GPS

SENSORS

  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Light Sensor

BATTERY

  • Type: Li-Po
  • Capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rapid-charge system: No

Itel P31 Price in Nigeria

Itel P31 price in Nigeria ranges from 25,000 Naira to 30,000 Naira and is available for purchase in Itel authorized retail stores nationwide. It is also available for purchase online on Jumia, Konga, Slot and other reputable e-commerce stores.

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