I have reviewed a multitude of Android smartphones in my days, from flagships like the S23 Ultra to flipping devices like the OPPO Find N2 Flip and while all these are great, they come at a hefty price, so when itel reached out and asked me to showcase their new itel, A70 I jumped at the opportunity, furthermore, plenty of my readers ask me to do budget-friendly smartphone reviews.
In the crowded arena of budget smartphones, the itel A70 emerges as a contender, promising decent specs and modern features at an incredibly affordable price. But does it live up to the hype? I have been using the A70 and testing out its strengths and weaknesses, and I believe I can help you decide if it deserves a place in your pocket.
First Impressions: Design
The very first thing that stands out about the itel A70 (apart from the price), is the surprisingly premium look, I expected something pretty basic when I first got the device, but the matte plastic back feels surprisingly solid, and the flat edges lend a modern, sleek vibe. The device sports a 6.6-inch HD+ display, while not the sharpest, it boasts a 90% screen-to-body ratio, 500 nits of brightness, and a smooth 120Hz touch sampling rate enough for everyday use.
The itel A70’s design is sure to spark conversation, drawing undeniable inspiration from the iPhone’s signature aesthetic. The prominent camera bump on the back, housing two vertically aligned lenses, immediately evokes Apple’s flagship device. This “dynamic bar” design, extending from the camera bump towards the phone’s edge, further reinforces the iPhone’s resemblance.
The Dynamic Bar isn’t just a pretty face either – it’s a functional tool that lets you check your battery level, charging status, incoming calls, and face unlocking status with a glance. This handy feature adds a touch of convenience and personality to the A70’s user experience that feels ‘premium’.
Some users might find this inspiration charming, appreciating the premium look it lends to the A70 despite its budget price tag. Others, however, might feel it’s a blatant copycat move, lacking originality. Ultimately, you will either love the design or absolutely hate it, no in between.
Performance: A Budget Balancing Act
Now the performance is not the best I won’t lie to you, but the Unisoc T610 chipset, while not a powerhouse, handles daily tasks like browsing, social media, and light gaming with relative ease. Multitasking is simply impossible, and heavier applications can cause some slowdown. However, for basic use, the A70 performs admirably.
The itel A70 has comes with up to 128GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports expansion up to a whopping 2TB! Additionally, thanks to the phone’s innovative memory management technology, you can enjoy up to 8GB of extended RAM (3+5GB).
The A70 runs Android 13 Go Edition, a lighter version of Android designed for budget devices. This ensures a clean and bloatware-free experience, but it also means some features and customization options might be missing compared to the full version of Android. However, the familiar interface and basic Google apps are all present, making the learning curve minimal.
The included “XOS 13” skin adds some additional features and customizations, but it can feel a bit clunky and cluttered at times. Some minor bugs and occasional lag were observed during testing, which is expected at this price point.
Camera: Snapshots on a Budget
The A70’s camera setup is a dual 13MP AI camera and 8MP AI Portrait Selfie camera. While it won’t win any general best photography smartphone awards, it is among the best at that budget range, it captures very usable photos in good lighting conditions. Take a look for yourself.
Battery Life: A Marathon Runner
One area where the itel A70 shines is battery life. The 5000mAh battery easily lasts a full day, even with moderate use. You might even find yourself reaching for the charger every other day, a welcome departure from the anxiety-inducing battery drain of smartphones.
The phone uses a Type-C port for charging but just like the Neon Ultra, I couldn’t get the device to transfer files using the port… weird. providing you with long-lasting usage throughout the day.
Verdict: The Affordable All-Rounder
This is an easy-to-recommend smartphone, the itel A70 is a solid budget phone that delivers decent performance, a modern design (read iPhone design), and a surprisingly long battery life for its price tag. While it has its limitations, it shines in its core functionalities – helping you move from 3G to 4G, or even as your secondary device for making calls, browsing the web, and staying connected.
If you’re on a tight budget and prioritize basic smartphone functionality, the itel A70 is a strong contender. It’s a phone that won’t break the bank but delivers the essentials, making it a good choice for first-time smartphone users, budget-conscious individuals, or those looking for a reliable backup device.
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Final Thoughts and itel A70 Price in Kenya
The itel A70 isn’t a flagship killer, but it doesn’t need to be. It delivers excellent value for its price, offering dependable performance, a modern design, and all the essentials for everyday smartphone use. In the budget arena, the A70 is a champion, proving that good things don’t always have to come at a premium like the Smart Link+ technology which itel says reduces latency by 20% and improves signal stability, even in weak connection areas. What do you think about this budget device?
You can grab the itel a70 from as low as KShs 11,550 to about KShs 13,000 right now.