It feels like we’ve said it a hundred times by now: there’s never been a better moment in Nigeria for budget phones. Every month, a few new devices are released, all of which offer amazing specifications and performance at a reasonable price.
Some even come close to rivaling midrange phones in terms of performance, making them excellent value for money. Tecno has been one of the companies driving this effort, and while lower-end budget phones have garnered the most attention, the Tecno Pop range has proven to be the most amazing for us over the last two years.
This brings us to the Tecno Pop 5 Pro, their most recent device.
The Tecno Pop 5 Pro is on the lower end of the budget bracket, priced at 100euros ~N48,000, and is supposed to be one of the devices that can compete with an upper-end budget phone.
Is that true? To find out, we spent sometimw using the Tecno Pop 5 Pro.
Phones that cost less than N50,000 have never been particularly popular. Sure, some phones have made an impact, but few have pushed the boundaries of what a user can obtain on the cheap end of the price bracket. With the Tecno Pop 5 Pro, though, Tecno hopes to offer something decent.
On paper, the Tecno Pop 5 Pro is a very appealing device that also offers some decent features for non-heavy users. But how does the Tecno Pop 5 Pro’s impressive feature sheet hold up in practice? So, we got our hands on a device and put it through rigorous testing to see how it functions.
Tecno Pop 5 Pro: Camera
The Tecno Pop 5 Pro has an 8MP main camera and unknown secondary lens, as well as a 5MP for the front camera.
In any regard, this camera system is still adaptive enough for many shooting situations, and the quality is somewhat impressive, especially given Tecno did not reveal the primary camera’s precise sensor. The photos have a lot of detail and have good quality and exposure. The depth of field effect appears to be precise and impressive.
The main 8MP camera handles most of the hard lifting here, and it does so admirably. It takes fantastic pictures without the over-saturation that non-flagship smartphones are known for. The color reproduction is decent, and the balance and brightness are also outstanding. The photographs seem okay when viewed in regular mode. When you zoom in on the detail, you’ll find that the more detailed features, such as grass, hair, and threads, are blurred or smudged. When viewed regularly, though, it is barely noticeable.
The majority of this, on the other hand, takes place in a well-lit environment. You’ll notice a loss in quality when switching to low-light photography, but it’s still manageable after all this is not a photography phone. It’s not as grainy as other similar budget smartphones, at least.
Selfies are taken quite okay with the front-facing 5MP camera. I’m not a fan, but based on the photos I’ve taken, they appear to be quite detailed and amazing.
Overall, especially on a non-flagship camera, it’s not a bad configuration to have. It won’t be able to compete with the upper-end budget phones, but it is still usable.
Tecno Pop 5 Pro: Design
The back panel of the Tecno Pop 5 Pro 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 Pro: Display
A huge 6.5-inch display can be found on the front. The pixel density per inch is ~269 PPI, with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. The screen of the Tecno Pop 5 Pro features a trendy 20:9 aspect ratio. Because of the somewhat bigger bottom chin, the screen-to-body ratio is roughly 81.7 percent. Other smartphones in the cheap smartphone category feature smaller displays and a lower screen-to-body ratio. So far, I’m not pleased with what Tecno has to offer here.
Because it is a budget smartphone, the display panel is not as bright or colorful as its competitors. Even though the contrast levels are weak and the viewing angles aren’t particularly wide, the display is nonetheless usable outdoors.
The Operating system has a lot of display customization options, which is unusual for a cheap smartphone. To fine-tune the display, you may use adaptive brightness and Dark mode. Overall, the display is decent, especially given the device’s price.
A larger display for Netflix means a larger view, as well as the option to share it with others. Also when it comes to reading, a bigger display allows you to read and work more than on a smaller display.
Performance & Battery
Tecno has not tried for selecting the Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm) chipset to meet the performance requirements. I guess it’s because it is the budget device. Nevertheless, the device performed well in ordinary situations like Whatsapp, however, multitasking and heavy gaming should be avoided unless you really want to deal with frequent frame drops. The device has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Tecno’s HiOS 7.6 skin, which is based on Android 11 Go edition, provides an average user experience. The app drawer’s alphabetical format makes it easier to navigate, but the amount of bloatware in the Tecno Pop 5 Pro is hard to overlook.
The OS has various unique features, such as a voice changer that can be used during conversations or even while playing games. There’s also a peak mode in the OS that protects your privacy, as well as a kids mode that restricts access to only certain applications.
The battery on the Tecno Pop 5 Pro is perhaps the most important feature. With a capacity of 6,000mAh, it is huge and excellent. Tecno claimed to offer up 15 hours of web browsing, and 24 hours of music listening on a single charge.
|Announced Date||19th January 2022|
|Release Date||19th January 2022|
|Display Size & Type||6.4 inches IPS HD|
|Screen Resolution||720×1600 pixels|
|Pixel Density||269 PPI|
|Software||Android 11 Go|
|Chipset||Mediatek Helio A22 (12 nm)|
|8 MP + 2 MP|
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G|
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, WiFi 4 , BT 5.0,|
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Po 6000 mAh|
-Fast battery charging: No
-Wireless Charging: No
|Colors||Ice Blue, Deepsea Luster, Sky Cyan|
|Price||About ~ N45,000 – N50,000|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
The Tecno Pop 5 Pro, at least is a breath of new air with its design. With a 720p resolution and a less competent SoC, it’s not really an upgrade from its junior sibling. In fact, it is exactly similar to the Tecno Pop 5 LTE (Except the chipset) and it isn’t the best-performing phone in this price range.
Apparently, my eyes aren’t as keen when it comes to display and cameras, but I don’t think it’s much of an upgrade. However, the selfie quality is noticeably better than its junior sibling. I like the new filters since they give your images a unique feel.
The software is essentially the same — sleek and speedy, with plenty of room for customization – but the experience may be marred by irritating adverts and notifications, not to mention a large number of pre-installed apps.
To me, the lack of type-c USB and the fact that it does not support fast charging are the two main drawbacks of this phone.
If you’re okay with it, Tecno Pop 5 Pro is a fantastic all-around package for the money and should be on your shopping list.