In addition to unveiling the global-first Android 14 Go Edition smartphone, the itel P55T, itel has further fortified its Power series with the introduction of the itel P55 in India. Serving as a 4G variant of the previously reviewed itel P55 5G, this smartphone incorporates a few modifications from its debut just a few weeks ago.
Boasting a 90Hz display, a formidable 50MP AI camera, expansive 128GB internal storage, and a massive 24GB Dynamic RAM, all available at an affordable price of ₹8,999, this device makes a bold statement in the entry-level smartphone market in India. Having had the opportunity to use this phone over the past few days, continue reading for my comprehensive review.
itel P55 Highlights
- Display: 6.6-inch HD+, 90Hz Refresh Rate, 720×1612 Pixels, 267 PPI
- Processor: Unisoc T606 Octa-core with i-boost, ARM Mali-G57
- Memory: 4GB/8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, Dedicated microSD Slot
- Rear Camera: 50MP Main, AI Cam, Ring LED Flash
- Front Camera: 8MP, LED Flash
- Battery: 5,000mAh, 18W Fast Charging
- OS: itel OS 13 with Android 13
- Security: Side Fingerprint Reader, Face Unlock
- Connectivity: Dual SIM, 5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C Port, 3.5mm Audio Jack
In the Box
- itel P55
- 18W power adapter
- USB-C cable
- SIM tray ejector
- Transparent plastic case
- Screen protector (Pre-applied)
itel P55 Design
The redesigned Power series introduces a fresh look across all its phones. Following the tradition of previous Power series devices, the P55 is crafted from high-quality plastic and features a matte finish on the rear. The back panel, resembling glass, imparts a sleek and shiny effect when viewed from different angles. Notably, fingerprints are not easily noticeable on the rear panel, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal.
The camera module, situated in the top-left corner, mirrors the design seen in the P55 5G and P55T. The camera setup includes concentric rings: the first two house the 50MP camera and AI lens in a row, while the third accommodates the LED light. Available in three vibrant colors – Moonlit Black, Aurora Blue, and Brilliant Gold – the itel P55, in the captivating Aurora Blue variant that I reviewed, boasts an eye-catching design, particularly accentuated by its cool, shiny effect.
Located on the left side of the device is a triple-slot tray capable of accommodating two Nano SIM cards and a microSD card. Despite the device’s ample 128GB internal storage, the inclusion of a microSD card slot allows for expanding the device storage by an additional 1TB.
On the device’s right side, itel has incorporated a versatile power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader. Adjacent to the power button is a volume rocker, facilitating convenient volume control. Designed with ergonomics in mind, both the volume rocker and fingerprint reader are strategically positioned for easy access, eliminating the need for extensive finger stretching.
The itel P55 showcases a stylish design, being approximately 0.65 mm thinner and 10 grams lighter than the P55T, which is attributed to its marginally smaller 5000mAh battery. The device is light, and you won’t feel its weight even during extended use. The buttons have a good-quality fit and finish, and I haven’t noticed any rattling noise.
At the device’s bottom, you’ll find a 3.5mm audio jack, a microphone, a USB-C port, and a speaker grill. The top frame remains unoccupied, as itel has strategically positioned all essential components in the bottom frame.
The itel P55’s frame is covered in a matte-finished blue, providing a pleasant feel when held. The speaker is loud, and I didn’t notice any distortion, even at higher volumes. The loudspeaker output is clear and sufficient for everyday music playback or speakerphone calls. The device features a single-speaker and single-microphone setup. Despite having just one microphone, voice calls remain clear without any noticeable distortion or excessive noise.
itel P55 Display
The itel P55 boasts a 6.6-inch HD+ IPS display, identical to the one found in the itel P55T. With a resolution of 720×1612 pixels and a pixel density of 267PPI, the device supports a 90Hz refresh rate, enhancing the smoothness of the user interface. Users can choose between two refresh rate options, 60Hz and 90Hz, on the screen. Additionally, the screen incorporates an Auto-switch Refresh Rate feature. When activated, this feature automatically adjusts the screen refresh rate based on usage, contributing to a slight improvement in the overall battery life.
The bezels on the top left, and right sides are consistent, though the chin is slightly larger, a typical feature in many entry-level smartphones. The front camera sits within a punch-hole, and a speaker is centrally placed at the top frame.
Additionally, there’s an LED light on the right side of the phone. It’s not very noticeable unless you turn on the flash. You can use this light for selfies by switching to the front camera in the Camera app or by holding down the Torch button in the quick shortcuts bar. The screen lacks protection, making it susceptible to scratches.
One notable enhancement in the Display feature involves the inclusion of Adaptive Brightness, also referred to as an auto-brightness sensor, a feature absent in both P55 5G and P55T. The light sensor intuitively detects the ambient lighting conditions and adjusts the device brightness automatically, eliminating the need for manual intervention.
Moreover, itel has included a shortcut to easily turn on or off Adaptive brightness. This allows you to control it directly from the Home screen without the need to navigate to display settings. In general, the display is well-calibrated and produces vibrant colors. I tested it both indoors and outdoors. The light sensor functions effectively.
When used under direct sunlight, the content on the display remains easily readable, and you don’t have to worry about adjusting the brightness manually outdoors, as the Adaptive brightness feature takes care of it. Despite maintaining the same display size, resolution, and refresh rate, the addition of a brightness sensor is a welcome improvement that makes a difference in day-to-day use. I did not notice any issues with color reproduction when viewing the screen from various angles. The itel P55 display supports the following features:
- Light & dark theme with custom schedule.
- Brightness control slider.
- Adaptive brightness.
- Keep the screen On: Enable/disable.
- Screen timeout: Set a certain time interval.
- Change screen refresh rate: 60Hz, 90Hz, and Auto-switch Refresh Rate.
- Eye Care mode: Customize screen intensity and custom schedule.
- Changeable font sizes: Small, Medium, and Large.
- Auto-rotate screen On/Off.
- Lift to check phone: Pick the phone to check time, notifications, and other info.
- Add text on the lock screen.
- Show/hide Internet speed, Battery percentage, and Notification icon.
Similar to other devices in the new Power series, the P55 also features Dynamic Bar support. Itel has implemented the Dynamic Bar tastefully, giving it a stylish appearance. Currently, only a few notifications, such as Face unlock, background call, charging animation, charge completion reminder, and low battery reminder, are supported. Itel might introduce a couple more features through software updates in the coming days.
It’s important to note that these notifications are not interactive like Dynamic Island on the iPhones. Instead, you’ll only receive notifications for specific actions, and interaction is not possible. While it may not significantly impact the user experience, the presentation of certain notifications in the pill-shaped object adds a cool aesthetic touch.
itel P55 Software
The Itel P55 runs on the heavily customized itel OS 13, built on Android 13 right out of the box. Itel has made noteworthy enhancements to the features, aiming to elevate the overall user experience. Although the device doesn’t showcase the typical Stock Android look and feel, the user interface remains smooth. You’ll find a standard home screen setup where you can add widgets and app shortcuts. Swiping up provides access to the app drawer, where all your installed apps are located.
The drawer also includes a separate Recent Apps section, displaying all recently opened apps for quick access without scrolling through the entire app drawer. While some users, including myself, may not prefer this, itel has not offered a direct method to remove the Recent Apps section. Instead, you have to remove apps one by one from this section by long-pressing on each app, which can be time-consuming.
A right swipe on the homescreen reveals a quick access panel housing frequently used apps, a one-touch RAM boost, step counter, Sharp News feed, tips, and important dates. Itel offers a couple of customization options for this panel, including the ability to disable the Sharp News feed.
At the top of the panel, you’ll find the date, current temperature, and your current location. Unlike many smartphones where quick access is often replaced by Google Discover, itel has introduced its own customized panel with additional features. The device comes with mandatory Googe Apps and also a couple of 3rd apps such as Facebook, Messenger, Spotify, AHA Games, Palm Store etc. You have the option to delete certain apps, while others can be disabled if you choose not to use them.
Much like most itel Power series phones, itel has replaced the Google Phone app and Dialer app with its proprietary applications. The Contacts app allows you to back up all contacts to a Google account, similar to Google’s Contacts app. The itel Dialer app includes various useful features, with many not found in Google’s official dialer app. Some of the itel Dialer features include:
- Flash for calls.
- Automatic call recording.
- My video show – Set a video background of incoming calls with Downloadable templates.
- Identification of unknown numbers with Auto-update data from the cloud.
- Two different caller ID display types – Pop-up window and Fullscreen.
- Answer and record calls using the fingerprint reader.
- Call time reminders – Phone vibrates at the last 15 seconds per minute during a call.
- Answer calls with a gesture.
Another addition in the software department is Game Space, a dedicated app from itel aimed at boosting the gaming performance of the device. The game mode allows you to manually add games, activating the mode when a game is opened. You have the option to enable/disable Game mode and the Game Assistant Panel. Game Space also supports a Game Anti-addiction feature, enabling you to set a daily game duration. Additionally, it includes a Health reminder feature, providing reminders after 2 hours of non-stop gameplay or 4 hours of accumulated gameplay.
itel P55 Features
- Downloadable themes and wallpaper from the itel store.
- Gesture controls: Slide Up/Down, Slide Up with 2 Fingers, Pinch In with 2 Fingers, etc.
- Face Unlock
- Mobile anti-theft: Phone will ring when charging is disconnected or Earphones unplugged
- Privacy dashboard with suggestions to improve device privacy
- Power Boost: Extend battery life by fine-tuning a few settings
- Ultra Power Saving, Sleep Standby, and Short Video Optimization
- Dynamic Bar: Face unlock, Background Call, Charging Animation, etc.
- AI Smart Charge: Learns from your charging routine and adjusts the charging habits to reduce battery aging.
- Charging safety protection
- Dual Apps: Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.
- Smart Panel: Get access to a customized quick-access panel from any screen
- Social Turbo, Video Assistant, Kids Mode
- i-Smart: Quick start, Double tap to wake up, Music gesture, Answer calls with gesture, Full/partial screenshot, Scrolling screenshot
- Harassment Filter: Block unknown numbers, Blacklist and Whitelist
- Built-in FM Radio (Wow FM).
I am quite satisfied with the overall software experience on the itel P55. Despite incorporating numerous features, the device doesn’t lag or stutter. The user interface remains smooth and functions well, even when there are more than seven apps running in the background. Itel has not provided any details regarding the software update schedule. Similar to most other itel Power series smartphones, it is anticipated that the device will receive security updates quarterly for the next two years.
itel P55 Performance
The itel P55 comes with the Unisoc T606 octa-core chipset, enhanced by i-boost gaming technology, and is paired with a Mali-G57 GPU. The item P55 is available in two configurations – 4GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB. The 4GB RAM variant supports up to 8GB MemFusion, while the 8GB RAM variant supports up to 16GB RAM MemFusion. The variant I reviewed is the 8GB RAM model, so the review specifically pertains to this particular variant. Other than the RAM, all features remain the same for both configurations.
The standout feature of the itel P55 8GB RAM variant is its substantial 24GB dynamic RAM. Yes, you heard right. This massive 24GB RAM capacity is designed to enhance multitasking and facilitate faster app loading. The device is equipped with 8GB of onboard 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Through MemFusion technology, the initial 8GB RAM is further expanded, allowing for a total of up to 24 GB.
I experimented with all three MemFusion modes on the device – 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB. There won’t be any noticeable difference for general activities such as browsing using Chrome or checking Facebook and Instagram, as the 8GB RAM is sufficient for handling these tasks. However, when playing resource-intensive games like COD or Battleground Mobile India, you can observe a noticeable performance improvement, especially during multitasking. You can change the MemFusion settings by navigating to Settings -> Special Function -> MemFusion.
Regarding overall performance, the P55 functions smoothly without encountering any issues. I haven’t experienced any freezing or hanging problems during my day-to-day activities, such as using Facebook and Instagram, checking emails, streaming music, attending Google Meet meetings, or watching videos on YouTube. Additionally, I tested a few low-resource games like Candy Crush, Chess, and Clash of Clans, and a couple of resource-intensive games like COD and Battleground Mobile India, and the device performed well without any hitches.
The device maintains a normal temperature during day-to-day regular activities. However, it tends to warm up with extended gaming. It’s important to note that the device isn’t specifically designed for heavy gaming, so one shouldn’t expect high performance during resource-intensive games. Regarding security, the itel P55 comes with a side-mounted fingerprint reader integrated into the power button. This reader is swift and responsive. Setting up the fingerprint reader is a quick process, taking approximately 10 to 15 seconds. Furthermore, the itel P55T is equipped with Face Unlock, and it operates as intended.
The itel P55 holds Widevine L3 certification. You can stream 1080p videos on YouTube, but the absence of L1 certification means that streaming HD content on OTT apps like Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc., is not supported.
itel P55 Battery
The itel P55 comes with a downgraded 5,000mAh lithium-polymer battery compared to the 6000mAh battery on the P55T. The device supports 18W fast charging. During my testing, the itel P55 took 2 hours and 43 minutes to charge from 0 to 100 percent. Notably, it achieved a 50% charge in 62 minutes, 70% in approximately 88 minutes, and reached a full 100% charge in 163 minutes.
During my test, the battery held up for the entire day. At the end of the day, there was still about 18% battery left. I did regular tasks like checking emails, browsing through Chrome, chatting on WhatsApp, taking a few photos, browsing over Chrome, listening to music, a couple of YouTube videos, using Instagram, X, and Facebook regularly, and making a few voice and video calls over Airtel 4G.
The phone was set to automatically adjust the screen refresh rate, and only one SIM card (Airtel 4G) was in use. Most of the time, the phone was connected to my home Wi-Fi. Overall, I’m satisfied with the battery life, and the 5000mAh battery provides enough power to use the phone throughout the day. The phone also has a feature called AI Smart Charge that adjusts the charging speed based on your habits to keep the battery healthy. When charging overnight, the phone reaches a certain level by night and then finishes charging before you wake up. All in all, the battery life of the itel P55 is very good.
itel P55 Connectivity
The itel P55 is compatible with Dual SIM/Dual standby and features Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, Dual VoLTE, VoWiFi, and GPS capabilities. Throughout my usage of the Airtel 4G network, I did not encounter any network-related problems. Voice calls, including Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi), were clear without any connectivity interruptions.
itel P55 Camera
The itel P55 features a dual-camera arrangement at the back, comprising a 50MP primary camera and an AI camera – the same setup found in the itel P55 5G and itel P55T. At the front, there’s an 8MP camera positioned within a punch-hole, similar to the setup in the P55T. Both the front and rear cameras offer support for various AI features, enhancing the overall photography experience.
In comparison to the P55T, itel has eliminated the ring-LED flash and replaced it with a regular flash on the P55. Similar to the P55T, the P55 continues to support the 360° lighting feature. Long-pressing the Torch Shortcut in the Shortcut panel provides three options: Back Flashlight, Front Flashlight, and 360° Flashlight. The last option activates both the front and rear flashes simultaneously, which can be quite handy in specific situations.
I tested both the P55 and the P55T side by side, and there are noticeable differences in the camera performance. Since both phones share the same processor, the cameras are also identical in both devices. Therefore, the overall quality of the rear camera on the P55 is also satisfactory, similar to the P55T. Both the front and rear cameras support AI modes where the software automatically corrects images by applying various AI effects. Sometimes AI produces good results, while at other times, it may excessively soften the image, leading to a less favorable photo output.
The camera quality, considering the price it is offered at, is decent overall. It captures good pictures with ample details in daylight. I also experimented with various indoor shots under different lighting conditions, and the results were satisfactory. However, in low-light conditions, the camera tends to struggle, introducing noise into the picture. The rear camera flashlight is sufficiently bright to capture recognizable photos when the subject is nearby.
I conducted tests on AI image detection in various scenarios, and surprisingly, it worked most of the time. The camera successfully identified objects like Sunset, Greenery, and Flowers without any difficulty. Whenever I pointed the camera, it promptly recognized the objects. The AI effect is applied in real time, allowing you to toggle AI to see how the output looks with or without AI.
itel P55 Front and Rear Camera Features
- Photo mode with 2X digital zoom.
- Built-in shortcut to access Google Lens right from the camera viewfinder.
- LED light on both front and rear cameras.
- Short Video mode with 12 built-in filters.
- 1080p/720p at 30fps video capture, Time-lapse.
- Face retouching in video recording and intensity control.
- Regular photo mode with smart scene detection and photo filters.
- Beauty mode: AI smart beauty, Skin color, Slim face, Enlarge eye, etc.
- Portrait mode (No depth control).
- Other camera modes: Super night, Ultra HD (Rear only), AR Shot, Pro (Rear only), Panorama, HDR.
- Capture photos by touching the screen and fingerprint reader.
- AI portrait enhancer, AI Focus.
- Smile shot.
The itel P55 features an 8MP front camera positioned within a punch-hole cutout, complemented by an LED flash. The portrait mode enhances the background by creating a pleasant blur while maintaining excellent details. The 8MP camera delivers excellent selfies with a fair amount of detail. The camera does face challenges in edge detection, a common occurrence in budget smartphones. However, despite this limitation, I’m pleasantly surprised by the overall performance of the front camera, exceeding my initial expectations for capturing selfies.
Take a look at some pictures captured with the itel P55 showcased below. Please note that all images have undergone resizing and compression to enhance user experience and expedite loading times. Consequently, the quality may appear slightly diminished due to compression. The default camera app was used to capture all these images.
itel P55 Camera Samples
itel P55 1080P Video Sample
What I Like
- 24GB dynamic RAM
- 128GB internal storage
- Eye-catching design
- 90Hz display with punch hole
- Decent cameras
- Good battery life
- Front & rear flash
What I Didn’t Like
- No slow-motion video recording
- No Dual microphone
- Average AI features in the camera
itel P55 Opinion
From the debut of India’s most affordable 5G smartphone, the itel P55 5G, to the introduction of the most affordable curved AMOLED display smartphone, itel S23+, itel is making a significant impact in the Indian smartphone market. Their approach is marked by both aggressive pricing and the launch of each smartphone with a distinctive set of features tailored to meet the diverse needs of users in India.
Recently, itel introduced the itel A70 with 256GB storage at ₹7,999. Now, they have launched three new smartphones under its revamped Power series, namely P55, P55T (Review), and P55+. Similar to their other devices, the itel P55 is equipped with a set of specifications that justify its pricing. The newly introduced P55 features industry-first 24GB dynamic RAM, a 90Hz display, 128GB storage, an all-day 5000mAh battery, a 50MP AI camera, along with a few notable software enhancements aimed at enhancing the overall user experience.
The combination of these specifications at a highly competitive price makes the itel P55 one of the top choices under ₹8,500. itel is introducing an introductory discount of ₹500 on the P55, reducing the price to ₹6,999 for the 4GB/128GB variant and ₹8,499 for the 8GB/128GB variant.
If you’re in search of a smartphone equipped with generous storage, ample RAM, a 90Hz display, all-day battery and decent cameras, the P55 8GB RAM variant is sure to meet your expectations. While the 8GB RAM variant faces competition in the Sub-9K segment, the P55’s 4GB/128GB variant, priced at ₹6,999 with offers, stands out as the best budget smartphone currently available in India with 128GB storage.
itel P55 Case
Itel is including a free case and a pre-applied screen protector in the package. The transparent case is good enough for protection against scratches, but it is recommended to purchase a third-party case for better drop protection. The same applies to the screen protector. While it is enough to protect the device from scratches during regular use, it may not be sufficient to safeguard the screen from drops. It is advisable to use a 3rd-party tempered glass for additional protection.
itel P55 Pricing, Colors, and Availability
The itel P5 is available in three colors: Moonlit Black, Aurora Blue, and Brilliant Gold. There are two variants to choose from: the 4GB/128 model priced at ₹7,499 and the 8GB/128GB model at ₹8,999. Additionally, itel is also offering a ₹500 discount with select bank cards for both devices. Please note that the 4GB/128GB variant is exclusively available online and can be purchased through Amazon India, while the 8GB/128GB variant is offline-exclusive and can be bought from itel partner stores across India starting from February 8, 2024.
Both variants come with a 1-year limited warranty, including a one-time screen replacement within the initial 100 days from the purchase date. The itel P55 is also manufactured in India as part of the Make-in-India initiative.
itel P55 Full Specifications
|6.6-inch HD+ IPS
720 x 1612 Pixels
90Hz Screen-refresh Rate
180Hz Touch-sampling Rate
|itel OS 13 with Android 13 with
|4GB (+12GB MemFusion)
8GB (+16GB MemFusion)
microSD Up to 1TB (Dedicated)
AI Cam (Secondary)
720/1080p @ 30fps Recording
|Dual SIM (2+1 Slot)
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
USB-C Port, USB OTG
3.5mm Audio Jack
GPS, FM Radio
|Side Fingerprint Reader
|2G: B2, B3, B5, B8
3G: B1, B5, B8
4G: B1, B3, B5, B8, B28, B38, B40, B41(160M)
|Input:100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 0.6A
Output: 5V ~ 2.4A, 7.5V ~ 2.4A, 18W Max
|163.54 x 76.04 x 8.55 mm
Weight: 190 grams
Disclosure: itel India provided me with the itel P55 unit for review. This review is entirely based on my personal experience and research, without any incentives received for its publication. Please note that the review contains affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission if you click on them and make a purchase of the itel P55.