itel S16 Quick Specs
  • OS: Android 10
  • Release date: September 2020
  • Network Type: 2G/3G
  • Display: 6.5-inch, 720×1600 pixels resolution, waterdrop
  • Processor: Unisoc SC7731E quad-core
  • Selfie Camera: 8 MP
  • Rear camera: 8 MP triple
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 16 GB
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Related: itel S17.
itel S16 Pro Quick Specs
  • OS: Android 10
  • Release date: September 2020
  • Network Type: 2G/3G
  • Display: 6.6-inch, 720 x 1600 pixels resolution, punch hole
  • Processor: Unisoc SC7731E quad-core
  • Selfie Camera: 8 MP
  • Rear camera: 8 MP triple
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • ROM: 32 GB
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
itel S16 Pro 4G Quick Specs
  • OS: Android 10
  • Release date: September 2020
  • Network Type: 2G/3G/4G
  • Display: 6.6-inch, 720 x 1600 pixels resolution, punch hole
  • Processor: Spreadtrum UniSoC SC9863A Octa-core
  • Selfie Camera: 8 MP
  • Rear camera: 13 MP triple
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • ROM: 32 GB
  • Battery: 4000 mAh

itel S16 Specifications

Mobile Wireless Network and Software

  • 2G mobile network bands: GSM, GPRS, EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz.
  • 3G mobile network bands: UMTS, WCDMA, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 MHz
  • 4G mobile network bands: Pro 4G LTE variant only 1(2100) / 3(1800) / 5(850) / 8(900) / 38(2600) / 40(2300) / 41(2500)
  • 5G mobile network bands: No.
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM, Dual SIM
  • Software / OS: Android 10 (Go Edition)

Design, Form Factor, Appearance

  • Dimensions: 166 x 75.9 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: g
  • Display: 6.5 inches, 720 x 1600 pixels, IPS LCD, waterdrop screen. S16 Pro and S16 Pro 4G have 6.6-inch, punch hole screens.
  • Colours: Ice Crystal Blue. Cosmic Shine. Dazzle Black. Gradient Green (Pro models only). Gradient Purple (Pro models only).
  • Physical Build: Plastic
itel S16 - Ice Crystal Blue
itel S16 has a waterdrop screen, which distinguishes it visually from the Pro models, which have punch hole displays.

Internal Hardware Specs

  • Processor Type: 32-bit, 1.3 GHz Quad-core, Cortex-A7. S16 Pro 4G uses Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A55.
  • Processor Name: Spreadtrum UniSoC SC7731E. S16 Pro uses UNISOC SC7731E too. S16 Pro 4G uses Spreadtrum UniSoC SC9863A – 4G LTE model.
  • Graphics Processor: Mali T820 MP1 (used by S16 Pro too). S16 Pro 4G uses IMG PowerVR GE8322.
  • RAM: 1 GB. S16 Pro and S16 Pro 4G have 2 GB RAM.
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB. S16 Pro and Pro 4G have 32 GB storage.
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 128 GB (dedicated slot)

Photography, Video Recording

  • Rear Triple Camera: 8 MP main lens + 2MP macro lens + depth sensor, LED flash, 1080p@30fps video recording. S16 Pro 4G has 13 MP main lens.
  • Front-facing Camera: 8 MP, Face Recognition, 1080p@30fps video capture

itel s16 Pro 4G cameras mobilityarena

Audio, Video Playback

  • Music Support: PCM, AAC / AAC + / eAAC + / MP3 / AMR – NB / WB / APE
  • Audio: 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Loudspeaker: Mono speaker
  • Video Support: H.264/MP4/MPEG4 player
  • FM Radio: Yes.

Phone Sensors

  • Digital Compass: No.
  • Accelerometer: Yes.
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes.
  • Ambient Light Sensor: No.
  • Barometer: No.
  • Pedometer: No.
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No.
  • Gyroscope (G-Sensor): No.
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes; rear-mounted.
  • Face Unlock: Yes.
  • Iris Scanner: No.
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No.
  • Voice Control: No.
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes; Google Assistant.
  • Infra-red Sensor: No.

Connectivity Options

  • Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
  • GPS: Yes, A-GPS
  • USB: microUSB v2.0.
  • NFC: No.

Miscellaneous Specs and Features

  • Battery Type and Capacity: Non-Removable Lithium-Ion 4000 mAh
  • Battery Charging: 5W standard charging
  • Wireless Charging: No.
  • Reverse Charging: No.
  • Model Version/Number: W6503 (S16 Pro).

itel s16 Pro 4G 4000 mAh mobilityarena

Price and Launch Date

  • Announced: September 2020
  • Release Date: September 2020
  • Country Availability: Nigeria. Ghana. Kenya. South Africa. Senegal. Tanzania. Cote D’Ivoire.
  • itel S16 Price in Kenya: Ksh. 7,799.
  • itel S16 Price in Nigeria: ₦30,700.
  • itel S16 Pro Price in Nigeria: ₦35,000.
  • itel S16 Pro 4G Price in Nigeria: ₦50,000.
itel S16 Pro has a punch hole display
itel S16 Pro has a punch hole display

Questions and Answers about itel S16 series

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about itel S16 series.

Which phones make up the itel S16 series?

The itel S16 Series is made up of three (3) phones, as follows, with the following key differences:

  1. S16: the cheapest, supports 3G network, has 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, waterdrop screen
  2. S16 Pro: supports 3G network, has 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, HD+ punch hole screen
  3. S16 Pro 4G: the most expensive, supports 4G networks, has 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, HD+ punch hole display, higher spec’d main camera.

Is the S16 a 4G phone?

No; the S16  is not a 4G LTE phone, but the S16 Pro 4G variant is.

Does itel S16 have a fingerprint scanner?

Yes; all phones in the itel S16 series have a fingerprint reader.

Does itel S16 have Gorilla Glass?

No; the S16 does not have Gorilla Glass protection on its screen. None of the S16 series devices has Gorilla Glass protection.

Does the S16 have quick charging?

No; the S16 does not have quick charging technology. None of the S16 series devices has fast charging.

Will itel S16 work in the USA?

itel S16 series will work on GSM US carriers, like AT&T and T-Mobile, or their resellers (MetroPCS etc.) or MVNOs (Virgin Mobile, LycaMobile etc.). It is incompatible with CDMA carriers like Verizon, US Cellular, etc.

As always, we recommend that you make enquiries from your carrier to know what bands/frequencies are supported on them.

MobilityArena Buyer’s Guide Verdict

The specifications of the itel S16 series suggest that these are smartphone that are good value for money. If you can stretch yourself, we heartily recommend that you buy at least the S16 Pro, because of the 2 GB RAM, which makes for much better performance.

The S16 Pro 4G is also sold in Asia as itel Vision 2.

Our Buyer’s Guide Verdict is a recommendation that we make based on our evaluation the specs of the device. It is a general guide designed to help you understand how much value a smartphone offers for its price. It is not a stamp of quality assessment or an endorsement of the device or of the manufacturers. Be sure to ask questions and use your judgement when buying any device, as MobilityArena may not be held responsible for your buying decisions.

itel S16 Pro Hands-on Video

Mister Mobility gives us a close look at the S16 Pro in this hands-on video:

itel S16 Pro Phone Review Rating

Our first impressions of the S16 Pro are quite positive. It performs as is expected of an entry-level device with its specifications. Thanks to 2GB RAM, app launching and switching are not painful experiences. And 32GB internal storage is adequate.

General performance, including fingerprint unlocking, is good. Battery life is good too. We wish it had 4G though, but that is available on the S16 Pro 4G variant, if you really want that.

MobilityArena Rating: 4/5

Enjoy our itel S16 Pro hands-on and first impressions article.

itel S16 Pro Comparisons

If you are wondering what to expect from the S16 Pro compared to some other smartphones in the market, here are some comparison reviews pitting it against Infinix Hot 8, Hot 9, TECNO Spark 4, and itel P33 Plus:

itel S16 Alternatives

If you want an alternative from another mobile brand, take a look at Samsung Galaxy A3 Core. It offers a smaller display, same RAM, same internal storage, plus 4G LTE.

Disclaimer: While we take the pains to ensure accuracy, we can not guarantee that the specs and  information on this page about the itel S16 series are 100% correct. If you think that any information for the current phone is wrong or missing, please contact us.

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19 thought on “Itel S16 Series”
  1. Guy note that the megapixal in a cameral does not mean anything so the fact that itel s15 series came with 16mp does not mean that is good than the 8megapixal on the itel s16 series.
    So also note that The s15 came with 2.0 with 16mp but the s16 seriescame with 3.0 with 8mp.
    So the s16 series selfie came is better.

  2. I like the s16 pro, the price too is nice… I need it by the end of this month on 01 november 2020. Thank you!

  3. I am a photographer so I deal mostly with camera and rom and ram including battery, the rest is non of my business. So therefore, increase the ram, rom, cameras for both the back and front and the battery to 500 or probably 600 if possible and I will gladly order for as many as possible. Thank you

  4. There’s no point talking down on this product. For all I know, itel has revved up the series in its brand and it is worth checking out from what I read on this beautiful review.

  5. Some of the products in these series still leaves much to be desired. itel should look into it if they really intend to get ahead of other competitors in the market.

  6. Hey guys, this product is actually good. You just don’t hold new products to the same standards you’ve gotten used to while using different brand of phones. This is a chance to explore the offers by these tech markets, and I for one have found itel s16 to be satisfactory.

  7. Itel phones naw a very good and easy to purchase, buh d part that does not suit is dey have no increase in ram and ROM imagine hw can dey bring out S16 and still cums wit 2Gb ram and 32Gb ROM plz itel u guys shud try and increase ur ROM and ram, if not we go leave una phones buy tecno and d rest. Thank u.

  8. Itel s16pro pls is not yet out in kwara and we need it in kwara pls ,pls itel product pls increase ur ram and rom and help us decrease d amount so that we can afford it pls itel producer we need it In kwara

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