The itel S13 is a budget friendly selfie-focused Android Go smartphone

itel, a mobile phone brand under TRANSSION HOLDINGS has once again teamed up with the premier internet company Google to launch itel S13 across African markets. This is itel’s second smartphone with the latest AndroidTM Oreo (Go edition) after the A32F which was earlier reviewed here.

The itel S13 is powered by the Android Oreo (Go edition) operating system, which is optimized to deliver a smooth and fast experience on budget devices. Android Go smartphones are meant for the large market of people who buy budget devices with 1GB RAM or less. Google made Android Go lighter and also introduced Go Apps which offer good performance and experience to users. The project is meant to ensure even these devices that don’t have high power processors and incredible amounts of RAM get a smooth experience with Android.

13MP Selfie

As a selfie device, the front camera has a 13MP lens while the rear camera is a dual 5MP+5MP setup. There’s Face Beauty for those who love the feature and a front soft LED flash.

Speed and Security with Fingerprint Recognition

At the back there’s a conveniently placed and multi-functional fingerprint scanner that allows one to customise different fingers for different actions. And now one can use up to 8 different fingerprints for different actions including unlocking the device, answering calls, launching apps and much more.

itel S13 Launch Kenya

Design and Display

With its 5.5” display, itel says the S13 does not only provide you with a cinema-like immersive display with rich colour, but also a super compact body size with a metallic finish.


You also get Google Assistant, powered by Android Go. itel cites that this is indeed a very useful tool when quick help is needed. It can help in finding locations, commanding the phone to make calls, play videos etc.

The S13 is now available in all itel stores countrywide for the recommended retail price of Ksh 7500. Here are the full specs:

Display 5.5 inches IPS LCD 480×960 pixels,16:9 Aspect ratio
Cameras Dual 5MP+5MP at the back13MP at the front
Processor MediaTek MT6580 1.3GHz Quad Core
RAM and Storage 8GB storage, 1GB RAM
Battery 2400mAh battery
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
Network 3G Networks
Extra Fingerprint scanner,
Price Ksh. 7,500 Check Jumia

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