By recognising the importance of keeping costs down with its latest devices and by understanding the need of Africa’s youth population to have access to affordable phones that offer the same features as higher-end flagship models, TRANSSION has seen its brand itel lauded. Itel was ranked at position number 21 amongst the 2021 TOP 100 MOST ADMIRED BRANDS IN AFRICA released by the well-known pan-African business magazine, African Business.

TRANSSION has not only recognised the importance of keeping its latest devices affordable for easy-access purposes but understands that Africa’s youth population requires phones able to offer the same features as higher-end flagship models do.

TRANSSION brand itel Mobile has launched its Vision1 Pro entry-level smartphone in South Africa.

The Vision1 Pro is a new smartphone from itel in the Vision-series price segment of R1,699.00 – far cheaper than its competitors in this sector of the smartphone market. The phone harnesses a HD+ 6.5-inches Waterdrop Fullscreen display and is powered by a quad-core UNISOC CPU that supports 4G LTE network.

Coming in with a 32GB storage memory and 2GB RAM, and a 6.5 inch HD + Drop display, the Vision1 is also equipped with an 8MP + QVGA rear camera and 5MP front camera. Face unlock and fingerprint sensors feature as well.

Made with 2.5D Glass Cover technology, that offers a broader view with an incredible 6.5’’ HD+ Waterdrop FullScreen. This delivers bigger, brighter, and more vivid color on the itel Vision1 Pro.

Thanks to its 2GB RAM and 1.4GHz Quad-core processor, the Vision1 Pro can run multiple apps with ease. With 32GB ROM, users have enough storage for their favourite apps, videos, pictures and music.

itel encourages South Africans to use their new Vision1 Pro to start getting digitally fluent.


Vision1 Pro Specifications

Design and Display: 6.5’’ HD+ Waterdrop FullScreen. Made with 2.5D Glass Cover technology, you will have a broader view with an incredible 6.5’’ HD+ Waterdrop FullScreen. See bigger, brighter, and more vivid color on your itel Vision1 Pro today.

The Vision1 Pro offers a smooth curved design that provides the slimmest (8.5 mm) smartphones from itel so far. The ultra-efficiency unibody design ensures a seamless one-hand operation for everyone.  It is available in Aurora Blue and Ocean Blue.

Memory & Processor: 32GB ROM & 2GB RAM. Bigger memory with a powerful performance. The phone can support micro SD up to 64GB. Thanks to its 2GB RAM and 1.4GHz Quad-core processor, the Vision1 Pro can run multiple apps with ease. With 32GB ROM, you’ll have enough storage for all your favourite apps, videos, pictures and music.

Triple AI Camera: 8MP(Triple AI camera) AF Camera with Flash, video recording @ 30FPS rear camera. 5MP FF camera, video recording @ 30FPS Selfie Camera.

Connectivity: 4G LTE Connectivity provides exceptional speed.  Enjoy a faster experience with 4G LTE. Whether you’re downloading, streaming or web browsing, 4G LTE and VoLTE makes everything MUCH faster. You will experience improved voice call quality and reduced connectivity times. Perfect for anyone on the go.

Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery. More battery life, more freedom. The updated AI Power Master of Vision1 Pro makes your battery 10% more effective than before. With an intelligent power management that optimizes your battery life, you can watch your favorite movie and enjoy apps throughout the day.

Sensors: Face Unlock and Fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone.  Light sensor, Proximity sensor and 3-Axis Accelerometer.

Sim Slots and Size: Dual SIM (Nano), GSM+GSM. SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano.

Features: Built-in + Downloadable games, Torch, 3.5mm audio Jack, online update.


I am currently an iPhone 7 Plus user and have not used an Android smartphone for many years. I have been using the itel Vision1 Pro now for the past few weeks and I must say I am pleasantly surprised. What I love about the Vision1 Pro is the 6.52″ Water drop display, which is 1.02″ bigger than the iPhone 7 Plus. Now thus might not sound like a lot, but when you are binge watching TV series on your phone, it definitely makes a difference.

I also love the Face Unlock which comes in very handy when wearing a mask! The Finger Unlock is situated at the back of the phone which I found more initiative to use. Another bonus for me is the Dual SIM, which allowed me to test the Vision1 Pro using a spare SIM Card, while still be able to receive calls etc. on my current number.

I did, however, find the phone lagging a bit while playing games and posting to my Social Media platforms, but this could be due to the entry-level processor that can only handle basic applications. A way around this would be to load the light version of applications to ensure the Apps are not resource hungry.

I did enjoy the luxury of having a Triple AI Camera with all the filters and settings that it comes with. As for the Selfie Camera, the selfies weren’t too bad, compared to what I am used to.

One of the best features for me is the battery life! The itel Vision1 Pro is backed by a 4 000mAh battery, compared with the 2900mAh I am used to. It was so refreshing to be able to work on my phone for most of the day without my battery going flat! A big thumbs up from me!!

For its price, the itel Vision1 Pro is truly an affordable entry-level smartphone with moderate operational features which is perfect for first time Android users.

About itel Mobile:

Established over 10 years, itel is a reliable, durable, budget-friendly mobile phone brand for everyone. Adopting “Enjoy Better Life” as its brand philosophy, itel’s mission is to provide budget-friendly mobile communications technology to everyone. It democratises technology by giving entry to technology and connectedness to consumers without prior access to it, allowing them to get closer and benefit from their social connections. After more than 10 years’ development, itel has expanded its presence in more than 50 emerging markets globally.


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