Mister Mobility explores how far the 4000 mAh battery and AI power master go in this entry-level Android phone. Enjoy his itel P33 review.
itel P33 Review: Quick Specs
- Display: 5.5-inch, 18:9 ratio, FullView display
- Selfie camera: 5 MP
- Rear camera: 8 MP + 5 MP dual camera with LED flash
- Software: Android 8.1 Go Edition
- Processor: Spreadtrum SC7731e
- RAM: 1 GB of RAM
- Memory: 16 GB storage; dedicated microSD slot up 32GB
- Battery: 4000 mAh, regular charging
itel P33 Review: Quick Pros And Cons
Before we dive into the review proper, starting with the major pros and cons of this device.
- 8 MP + 5 MP dual camera with LED flash
- Android Oreo Go Edition, which is optimised for entry-level devices
- 16 GB internal storage
- FullView Display
- 8MP + 5 MP dual camera
- Fingerprint scanner
itel P33 Review: What’s In the box
- the phone itself
- transparent plastic case
- power socket adapter
- USB cable
- 3.5 mm audio headset
itel P33 Review: Hardware And Design
I loved the polycarbonate-style material used in the P33’s predecessor, and I was looking forward to seeing it again this year. But itel Mobile went with a faux-metal plastic material this time. It doesn’t look or feel as good as last year’s material, and I feel a little let down.
But this is a subjective matter and there are peobably many others who prefer the P33’s build. It isn’t bad. It just does not wow me as much as its predecessor’s.
We still have a FulView display though. There is a fingerprint scanner at the back too, and we all know how rare that is on an entry-level smartphone.
itel P33 Review: Software
The P33 runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition), which is optimized for low-end hardware. It is customized though so that the homescreen has no app drawer – you swipe horizontally to access your apps.
Pre-installed apps include lite apps from Google – Google Go, YouTube Go, Gmail Go, Assistant Go, and Maps Go, as well as other apps like Facebook Lite, Opera Mini, Opera News, Palmstore, WhatsApp, Galleria, App Freezer, and Power Master, FM Radio, among others.
That is quite a bit of bloatware, though this time, the P33 has 16 GB storage, twice what its predecessor has, and so you still have lots of space to store your videos, music, photos, and other files.
itel P33 Review: Network And Telephony
This is a 3G smartphone with support for two SIM cards. Both SIM slots support 3G connectivity. Telephone calls are standard fare. All that you need are in there.
itel P33 Review: Display And Multimedia
As with entry-level smartphones, the display is not exceptional. It looks slightly washed out and does not have great viewing angles, but it is not reasonable to expect a brilliant display at this price point. It works mostly well, and that is all that matters.
You will enjoy music and video on the phone, even if you do not get outstanding performances. If you really want to enjoy music on the P33, get a solid Bluetooth speaker or a solid 3.5 mm audio headset.
itel P33 Review: Photography
The P33 has a dual camera at the back, with bumped up specs from last year’s P32. We took it out for a stroll in the park and retrurned with these shots just for you:
And here is an indoor shot:
We think that the itel P33’s camera handles daylight photos fairly well for its price.
itel P33 Review: Multitasking And Performance
Despite the Spreadtrum SC7731E processor and1 GB RAM, the phone runs fairly smoothly. As long as you do not try to run many apps at the same time, you are good. itel must have chosen to go with Spreadtrum, instead of Mediatek, this time around for cost reasons.
In any case, the performance is okay. We do not perceive any significant difference in performance. Just to be sure, we fired up geekbench and ran some benchmark tests. The P33 returned the following scores:
- Single-Core Score: 452
- Multi-Core Score: 1255
itel P33 Review: Battery life
This is a straight one: the itel P33 has solid battery life, and our unit easilly went on for close to 3 days on a full charge, and our usage pattern is hectic.
By hectic usage pattern, we mean the phone is constantly connected to a 3G network and syncing emails and other services. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are active, and WhatsApp and the web browser are in use regularly. The telephone and SMS are used sparsely.
In standby mode, we couldn’t empty the battery in a week. Which is not something you can say for many smartphones.
The combination of 4000 mAh battery and Power Master, which helped squeeze as much as 5 extra hours from the device when we enabled Smart power saving.
In the Power Master app, there is also a Sleep mode, which when enabled, automatically turns off all connections at night when you are likely in bed and do not need them. This squeezes more time out of the battery.
itel P33 Review: Final Words
itel P33 delivers on its promise and provides users with extended battery life. In addition, for the small price of N24,000, you get a fingerprint scanner, dual camera, face unlock, and 16 GB storage. If you need extra space, there is a dedicated microSD card slot. It is a sweet package that follows in the steps that itel Mobile walked last year.
It offers more than the P32 in terms of capabilities, yet costs less. If you need a basic smartphone with some mid-tier features and dislike carrying a power bank around, the itel P33 is what you want to buy.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.