Itel S23: Good Smartphones Getting More Affordable?

Raw tea 7 taka, milk tea 15 taka and 25-30 taka for a special malai tea- market prices have skyrocketed and the value of Bangladeshi Taka is still steadily declining. In the local and global scenario, we are constantly hearing about smartphones to get more expensive, yet somehow amid it all, smartphone companies are managing to come up with some amazing deals in budget segment.

Itel S23 is a new addition to that list. 4/128 variant of Itel S23 is priced at BDT 10,490, and a 8/128 variant is available at BDT 12,490- which makes it the cheapest 8 GB RAM smartphone currently available in the market.

Alongside with large memory and storage, Itel S23 comes with a 90 Hz display, Unisoc T606 chipset, side mounted fingerprint sensor and a color changing display- which makes it a good value for the money, at least on pen and paper.

And here, please note that this article is based on available specifications and not from an actual hands-on experience. So, personal experience may not match completely.

Itel S23 comes in a premium looking design with 2 color variants- Mystery White and Starry Black. The white one has a color-changing feature, it changes it color from white to light pink under light irradiation, which adds a liveliness and attraction to it.

The 6.6″ HD+ display in the front has 90 Hz refresh rate, but it comes with a waterdrop notch display that feels a bit old-schooled now.

In the chipset section, Unisoc Tiger T606 has been very popular at this price segment in recent times. T606 has a 8 core CPU with 2x Cortex A75 @ 1.6 GHz and 6x Cortex A55 @ 1.6 GHz. The GPU is Mali G57 1core@650 MHz. Although not ideal for graphics intensive tasks, this offers a decent performance overall for this price.

I would consider the 4/128 variant for 10,490 to be the better deal. 8 GB RAM can offer some advantages in multitasking beneficial for some users, but the performance would be limited by the chipset whatsoever. Anyway, in case you want even more, for the sake of peace in mind or anything, Itel S23 got you covered with RAM expansion feature.

For the camera section, a decent performance can be expected, although much cannot be said without real-life experience, and megapixel count is now less relevant than ever. Anyway, Itel S23 comes with a 50 MP primary rear camera and a 8 MP front selfie camera. The rear camera gets up to 10x zoom.

S23 runs on Itel OS 8.6 based on Android 12.

And for the battery, yes, it comes with a 5000 mAh capacity, which is quite universal these days. It comes with a type-C port, and with 10 W charging support. Due to the lack of fast charging, it should take around 3 hours to charge to its full capacity.

Itel Bangladesh does not provide information on sensors available. Itel India mentions only G-sensor. So, compass sensor and gyro sensor may not be available here, I cannot confirm though.

Overall, Itel S23 is an aggressively priced smartphone with large memory and storage and some cool features. It has some lackings as well, for example notch display and absence of faster charging, which may be acceptable considering the rest for this budget segment.

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