Itel’s 4G VOLTE phones; the Itel Wish A21, Wish A41 and Wish A41 Plus

I’d previously talked about Itel’s apparent move from Spreadtrum to Mediatek SoCs, citing models like the Itel S11 & Itel S31. They recently released some devices with 4G VOLTE support; the Itel Wish A41,  Itel Wish A41 PlusItel Wish A21 and some in the Selfiepro family.

What is 4G VOLTE?

VOLTE means Voice Over LTE and can be considered as a HD Voice Call. The regular phone calls you make on your phone are made over 2G or 3G networks. With 4G VOLTE, those same calls are made over a 4G network.

What benefit is Itel looking to gain by including 4G VOLTE support?

  • Superior call quality due to more data capable of being transfered
  • Improved battery life as there’s no need to switch between 3G / 2G and 4G during calls
  • Video calling using your mobile number and phone dialler

Itel Wish A21, Wish A41 and Wish A41 Plus comparison

Wish A41Wish A41 PlusWish A21
Network Type 4G 4G 4G
Android OS 6.0 (Marshmallow) 6.0 (Marshmallow) 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Dimension 146×73.6×9.3 mm 146×73.6×9.3 mm 136×67.3×10.4mm
Colors Calx, Champagne, Rose Gold Mocha,Champagne Grey, Champagne, coffee
Screen size 5.0″  5.0″ 4.5″
Resolution 480×854 pixels 480×854 pixels 480×854 pixels
Pixel Density 196 ppi 196 ppi 218 ppi
Display Technology TFT TFT TFT
Sensor G, Light & Proximity G, Light & Proximity
 G, Light & Proximity
Back Camera 5.0 MP (with flash) 5.0 MP (with flash) 5.0 MP (with flash)
Front Camera 2.0 MP (with flash) 5.0 MP (with flash) 2.0 MP
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad Core 1.3 GHz Quad Core 1.3 GHz Quad Core
SoC SpreadtrumSpreadtrumSpreadtrum
GPU Mali-400 MP2 Mali-400 MP2 Mali-400 MP2
ROM 8 GB 16GB 8 GB
External SD microSD upto 32GB microSD upto 32GB microSD upto 32GB
SIM Dual Micro Dual Micro Dual Micro
Earphone Jack 3.5mm 3.5mm 3.5mm
Battery 2400mAh (Removable) 2400mAh (Removable)  2000mAh (Removable)
4G VOLTE Yes Yes Yes
OTG Support Yes Yes NA
GSM 900/1800 MHz 900/1800 MHz 900/1800 MHz
EDGE DL only DL only DL only
WCDMA 900/2100 MHz  900/2100 MHz 900/2100 MHz
LTE TDD-2300MHz(B40), FDD-1800MHz(B3) & 850Mhz(B5) TDD-2300 MHz B40rn FDD-1800/850 MHz B3/B5 TDD-2300 MHz B40 FDD-1800/850 MHz B3/B5
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes
Smartkey Yes Yes No
Price See Itel A41 current price See Itel A41 Plus current priceSee Itel A21 Plus current price

Comparing the Itel Wish A41 to the Wish A41 Plus, the main differences are the increase in Front Camera (2.0 MP vs 5.0 MP), RAM (1 Gb vs 2 GB) and ROM (8GB vs 16 GB) , all in favor of the Itel A41 Plus. Both have a Smart Key which can be configured to be a shortcut to your applications. All three have 4G VOLTE support (for HD calls). Comparing the Wish A21 to both the Wish A41 & A41 Plus, you’ll spot some differences like Dimension (136×67.3×10.4mm vs 146×73.6×9.3 mm), Pixel Density (218 ppi vs 196 ppi) and Battery (2000 mAh vs 2400 mAh).

Other Itel 4G VOLTE models

There’s also the Itel Selfiepro it1518 and Itel selfiepro 1520, both with 4G VOLTE support.