The itel P40 has arrived in Africa, and it might be about to shake up the continent’s budget phone market. Despite costing less than $100 the P40 includes one of the biggest batteries in any phone, super fast charging for when it does run out, and bigger display than other affordable options.
That makes the P40 one of the most practical phones on the market right now at any price. Take the battery – with a huge 6000mAh capacity, the P40’s battery can last up to three days from a single charge with typical use. If you use your handset less often, it can run for over two weeks on standby mode, so you’re always ready to receive a call.
The 6000mAh battery here isn’t just bigger than on other affordable phones like the Samsung Galaxy A03 or Redmi 10A, both of which use smaller 5000mAh cells. It’s also a larger battery than you’ll find on flagship phones, meaning you could spend ten times the price of the P40 and still get worse battery life. You do the maths.
18W fast-charging means you can top it back up in a flash whenever you need to. Plugging the phone in for just 10 minutes is enough to give you hours of battery time back. Most other phones at this price use slower 10W charging, giving the itel P40 the clear upper-hand. Then there’s the phone’s big, beautiful display. This 6.6in screen is one of the largest you’ll find in a phone below $100, making it the perfect option whether you use your phone for work, to watch YouTube, or simply scroll through Instagram. A detailed HD+ resolution means it packs plenty of detail, while the 120Hz touch-sampling rate ensures it’s snappy and smooth to use.
The screen isn’t the only thing that’s smooth though. Thanks to Memory Fusion technology you can get the equivalent of up to 7GB of RAM for multi-tasking apps, and Android 12 Go Edition maximises every drop of the phone’s performance while keeping the phone simple and easy to use. There’s plenty of storage too, which you can expand by up to 512GB with the memory card slot.
Of course, no phone is complete without cameras, and the itel P40 delivers here too. The face unlock selfie camera is tucked into a tiny notch on the phone’s front, while the 13Mp dual rear camera should take great shots any time of day. It looks great too, with the camera stretching across the stylish, colourful rear design.
You can trust itel too. Last year the company was the #1 phone brand worldwide for handsets below $100, and with a decade of experience building mobile phones it’s clear that the company knows what it’s doing.
To take a look at the itel P40 in person, head to your closest electronics or mobile phone store to try it out for yourself and find out why the big battery, fast charging, and sub-$100 price point might make this one of the best value phones in Africa right now.