iTel s16 vs iTel s17 – Which is the best in Nigeria 2023

Some years back, a lot of people regarded Itel phones as  low quality and budget friendly phones. Itel can now be regarded as a robust product portfolio that focuses on innovations. After Samsung and Xiaomi, Itel is considered the third most trustworthy brand as at 10th of February, 2021.

Itel has released a lot of products year after year with a noticeable upgrade in subsequent releases. A noticeable and recent Itel S17. Some people think Itel S17 and Itel S16 are almost the same with little difference. Well, their curiosity will be satisfied.

S16 comes in as an upgrade to the Itel S15. It features the same RAM size and processor as the S15. However, Itel is offering users a better camera setup, bigger battery, and updated software, which pushes the S16 as a successor.

Design and Display

iTel s16 vs iTel s17 - Design and Display

The Itel S16 may not pack a substantial hardware upgrade, but it does feature a more refined design when compared to its predecessor. Some refinements have been made that really makes the S16 more appealing.

On the rear, we have got a camera module housing triple cameras and an LED flash. Also on the rear, you will find a capacitive fingerprint sensor and the Itel Mascott, which indicates it as an Itel smartphone. A 6.5 inch IPS LCD display with a drop notch housing its selfie camera can be visibly noticed at the front.

This display has a resolution of 1600 X 720 Pixels. The color options available include Ice crystal blue, Cosmic shine, and Dazzle black.

The Cameras

Itel made some effort in making the Itel S16 more robust. In comparison with its predecessor, we have more cameras on the rear and a higher resolution camera upfront.

The rear camera setup comprises an 8MP primary camera, a 2MP Macro camera, and a depth camera. For selfies, we now have a 16MP front shooter, as opposed to the 5MP camera on the S15.

Hardware and Software

Comparing the Itel S16 to the previously released Itel S15, you will be aware of an upgrade that is minimal. In a nutshell, enthusiasts will  deal with fairly the same performance hardware.

Onboard is a Quad-core Spreadtrum Unisoc SC7731E Processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, with the option for storage expansion via Micro-SD up to 32GB and a 4000mAh battery, which is bigger than the 3000mAh on the S15.

On the software side, the Itel S16 runs its interface on top of the Android 10 (Go Edition) operating system.


The Itel S16 features a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB port, and bluetooth connectivity.

Internet connectivity on the Itel S16 is capped at 3G, which means consumers won’t have the luxury of 4G and 5G internet speed.

Itel S16 Price and Availability

The Itel S16 price is around 35,490 to 40,000 Naira in Nigeria.

Itel S16 Specs

Platform: Android 10 (Go edition)

Processor: Quad-core Spreadtrum Unisoc SC7731E

GPU: Mali T820 MP1

Memory: 1GB RAM

Colours: Ice Crystal Blue, Cosmic Shine, Dazzle Black

Dimension: 166 x 75.9 x 8.3mm

Weight: 0.1 KG

SIM Type: Nano-SIM

SIM Count: Dual-SIM

Display: 6.5-inch IPS LCD Capacitive Touch Screen, 1600 X 720 Pixels.

Rear Camera: 8MP (Primary) + 2MP (Macro) + Depth

Front Camera: 8MP camera


Network: 4G

Battery: Non-Removable 4000mAh Battery

Itel S17 is the direct successor to the S16 smartphone which was launched back in 2020. Unlike the previous model which held a 6.5-inch display size, the new Itel S17 comes in the display size of 6.6 inches.

The Itel S17 comes with a large notch display, a triple camera setup, and a large 5,000mAh battery. it is a super styled phone for fun lovers and has a bigger battery compared to its predecessor.  Its price ranges from #50,000 t0 #60,000 in Nigeria. 

Storage/Memory: 64GB ROM + 3GB RAM

Release date: October 2021

Main Camera: 8MP Main Camera; 5MP Macro.

Battery Capacity: Li-Po 5000mAh, non-removable (6.9 Wh)

Display: 6.6” HD+Dot-notch FullScreen.

Main Camera: 8MP Main Camera and 5MP Macro Camera.

Selfie Camera: 5mp

SIM: 3g/4g Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

OS: Android 11

CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHZ Cortex-A7

RAM: 3gb 

Technology: GSM / HSPA

The S17 is powered by a 1.3GHz Quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731E along with ARM Mali T820 MP1. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB. Some of the noticeable differences are their batteries, camera resolutions and storages.  Obviously, the Itel S17 is better than the Itel S16 and there is no doubt about that even though it’s a bit higher in price.

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