Budget phones with UNISOC chipsets. The Plus version seems like a rebranded Tecno Spark 8
Early this month, Itel, a subsidiary of Transsion (parent of the brands Infinix and Tecno), launched two new budget phones. These are their flagship Vision 3 and 3 Plus. The two actually has some differences but they boast one thing that’s absent in most ultrabudget phones: fast charging!
The Vision 13 is a budget phone with a 6.6in. HD+ (1600x720px) IPS LCD screen. It is coupled with two cameras at the back, the bottom hole is absolutely there for aesthetic reasons. The main camera is 8mp along with a VGA camera. The front camera is 5mp on a waterdrop notch.
It uses the insecure UNISOC SC9863A chipset coupled with 2GB or 3GB RAM and either 32 or 64GB internal storage. The lower-end variant (2/32) runs Android 11 Go while the 3/64 variant runs regular Android 11.
The main feature of this series of ultrabudget phones is its battery. While typical at 5000mAh, it boasts 18W fast charging which is fairly unheard of in its class. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and charges via MicroUSB, a USB type that should have been removed from all smartphones at this stage. It has 4G services and dual SIM with expandable MicroSD storage of up to 128GB.
It is available now. It start at Php3,999 for the Android Go version and Php4,699 for the regular one. The price difference here feels like a large leap but don’t worry, it isn’t.
- 6.6in. HD+ (1600x720px) IPS LCD
- UNISOC SC9863A (28nm)
- 8mp (main)
- VGA camera
- FRONT: 5mp
- 5000mAh, 18W fast charging
- MicroUSB, Rear Fingerprint Scanner
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi ac
- itelOS 7.2 based on Android 11 Go Edition (2/32) or itelOS 7.2 based on Android 11 (3/64)
- Mint Green, Jewel Blue Ocean Black (2/32)
- Deep Black, Mint Green (3/64)
Vision 3 Plus
The Itel Vision 3 Plus has a different design and a much more powerful chipset as well as a faster 90Hz refresh rate. However, it is still a budget phone in many regards and is actually comparable to the Redmi 10A.
The screen is still pretty much the same, using an HD+ resolution. However, it is also slightly bigger so pixels might be more visible. It has a 90Hz refresh rate which is something rarely heard of in its segment.
The main cameras are clearly budget-oriented. The main camera is 13mp while the second camera is a QVGA camera. The third hole is deceptive and is there for aesthetic purposes.
The design reminds us a lot of the Tecno Spark 8 which we won’t be surprised if they have taken the design there since Itel is owned by Transsion. It has a rear fingerprint scanner and also supports face unlock.
Like the regular Vision 3, this higher-end version also has 18W fast charging and a larger 6000mAh battery. 18W already feels slow on 4500mAh so imagine it charging a 6000mAh battery. However, having fast charging is better than having none at all.
It uses a UNISOC T606 chipset which has a similar performance to the Helio G25. It is manufactured on a 12nm process and has an octa-core CPU. It uses the Mali-G57 MP1 GPU. This chipset is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Just like the 3/32 Vision 3, this one runs regular Android 11 with ItelOS 7.2 on top.
It is available now for Php 5,499 in Ocean Blue and Nile Black colours. Both the Vision 3 and Vision 3 Plus are available in Shopee.
- 6.8in. HD+ (1600x720px) IPS LCD, 90Hz refresh rate
- UNISOC Tiger T606 (12nm)
- 13mp (main)
- QVGA (secondary)
- FRONT: Unannounced
- 6000mAh, 18W fast charging
- Rear fingerprint scanner
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- ItelOS 7.2 based on Android 11
- Ocean Blue, Nile Black
- 4/64: Php 5,499