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For a long time, Tecno has been known for making low-cost smartphones. They have always offered their customers a variety of feature-rich options in the entry-level category. This time, the debut of the Tecno Pop 5 LTE at N45,000 suggests their desire to push their luck in the budget-range segment and compete head-on with popular budget phones from manufacturers like Redmi, Realme, Nokia, and others.
The Tecno Pop 5 LTE has arrived, a few months after the Tecno Pop 5 was released. Clearly, the new line must replace some huge shoes, given that these phones are quite popular with Nigerians, who buy them because they are reasonable and offer some of the greatest specifications for the money, including an excellent battery.
The Tecno Pop 5 LTE is priced in a very competitive sector. Realme C series, Samsung Galaxy M01, and the recently announced Infinix Smart 5 Pro all compete fiercely in this space. Today, we’ll be looking at the Tecno Pop 5 LTE.
There are a number of doubts that potential buyers have, such as whether they should replace their Pop 5 3G if the Camon 15’s camera performance is better and whether the increased expenses are worth it. These are crucial questions, and I’ll do my best to address them as you read.
Does it have what it takes to be a true contender, with its gorgeous design and rich color composition? Let’s take a deeper look at the fundamental features to see if it’s a smartphone worth purchasing.
Tecno Pop 5 LTE: Design
The back panel of the Tecno Pop 5 LTE is made of polycarbonate plastic with a glossy finish and a line design, making it somewhat appealing. We received the Ice Blue color for review, and it is really stunning and feels luxurious in the palm. The phone is considered to be one of the company’s most distinctive-looking budget smartphones in the Pop series.
The display on the front has a tiny bezel, with a little chin at the bottom. On the back, there’s a design that looks like faux brushed plastic with a gradient coming out of the edges. There are also dual cameras, a camera flash, a capacitive fingerprint sensor, and Tecno branding on the back of this smartphone, signifying that it is a Tecno smartphone.
The smartphone includes three buttons on the right side, including volume rockers and a power button. It provides tactile feedback and is easily accessible. Only the dual SIM card + micro SD card tray remains on the left side.
A mono-speaker grille, micro-USB port, microphone, and 3.5mm headphone jack are located on the device’s bottom, while the top is left vacant.
Tecno Pop 5 LTE: Display
The 6.52-inch dew-display on the Tecno Pop 5 LTE has a screen resolution of 720×1560 pixels and a screen-to-body ratio of 80 percent. The phone has decent viewing angles in general. Because of the low brightness, it has poor outdoor visibility, as messages are not clearly legible in daylight.
The screen is a nice asset to look at for this price, and aside from its larger size, it shows the content well. Although the colors and contrast are not sufficiently accurate, you are limited to what it provides by default. Other than adjusting an eye care mode, which is excellent for reading on the screen in low light, there are no display options to change the contrast of colors.
The Tecno Pop 5 LTE screen brightness isn’t appealing, to be frank. It’s acceptable to maintain it at 70 percent indoors, but on a sunny day, 100 percent won’t even be enough to read clearly.
Tecno Pop 5 LTE: Camera
To be honest, there is nothing exciting here. This device’s dual-camera configuration has an 8MP primary camera and another 2MP primary camera.
A 5MP AI Selfie camera on the front for taking selfies. There are several modes on the front camera.
Performance & Battery
The device ships with the Android 10 Go edition. Under the hood is a Unisoc SC9863 chipset, which is geared for cheap phones. Although it is not a new CPU, it is a popular choice for low-end mobile devices due to its low cost. Our review device has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, as well as the ability to expand the internal capacity through a microSD card.
In terms of real-world performance, the device delivers a slow performance, which is expected at this price point. It is capable of doing day-to-day operations with ease. PUBG and Call of Duty played fine on this smartphone at lower graphics and framerates; however, expect lags while moving between heavy apps owing to the device’s entry-level processor.
When playing games like PUBG and Call of Duty, the device may use up to 20% of its battery life in an hour. Although the consumption appears to be ok. Furthermore, CoD takes a little longer to load, and a tiny frame drop is evident throughout gameplay. Battery usage during gaming sessions, on the other hand, is relatively low, which should come as a comfort to gamers. But remember this is not a phone for playing games! Just for phone calls and emails.
From 0 to 100%, the 5000 mAh battery takes 3 hours and 10 minutes to recharge. Tecno Pop 5 LTE totally depleted its battery in 14 hours and 30 minutes in our back-to-back video loop test, which is okay.
Apart from multiprocessing and battery life, the device performs admirably in its primary role (I.e making phones calls and using WhatsApp). The sound quality and call connectivity are also excellent. The media sound from the bottom speaker, on the other hand, is shrill and lacks bass.
|Announced Date||26th November 2021|
|Release Date||26th November 2021|
|Dimensions||164.00 x 76.09 x 8.75|
|Display Size & Type||6.5 inches IPS HD|
|Screen Resolution||720×1560 pixels|
|Pixel Density||282 PPI|
|Software||Android 10 Go|
|8 MP + 2 MB|
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G|
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, WiFi 4 , BT 5.0,|
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Po 5000 mAh|
-Fast battery charging: No
-Wireless Charging: No
|Colors||Deepsea Luster, Ice Blue|
|Price||About ~ N45,000|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
The Tecno Pop 5 LTE is a device with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. You will be charged for the price of a low-end phone which I think is very affordable. At N45,000, you get a decent performance for basic activities, mediocre camera, aesthetic design, and a slew of software-baked capabilities. To keep the pricing very low, you have to sacrifice a few features.
In terms of appearance and style, the Tecno Pop 5 LTE outshines its predecessor. The chipset performs admirably for basic activities like whatsapp, but due to its entry-level position, it is not designed for multitasking, gaming or photography. The battery consumption rate is fairly good, despite the fact that it takes a bit longer to completely charge.
Should you buy it?
Personal preference and your tight budget will determine whether or not you should purchase the Tecno Pop 5 LTE. If you need a stylish gadget at a reasonable price, this is a fantastic option. However, there are far superior phones in terms of sheer performance and speed, including charging speeds when you increase your budget by 20k.