Tecno, a Chinese-based phone maker, recently announced three new budget smartphones in India. The Tecno Spark 7, Spark 7P, and Spark 7 Pro are the company’s most recent budget phones. Tecno had previously released the Tecno Camon 17, with a 90Hx display and quality camera. Tecno has done quite a bit of experimentation in terms of design and battery quality with the Spark 7 series as well, but with so many entry-level phones on the market, it will be important to see whether Tecno will make a difference with its new phones or not.
This is a review of the Tecno Spark 7, which was recently released in India for Rs 8499. The price of the Tecno Spark 7 in Nigeria is expected to be in the range of N. The specifications and design of the Spark 7 and the Spark 7P are almost identical, with the exception of the camera, battery, chipset, and display. To be honest, what sets the Spark 7P apart from the Spark 7 is the chipset. Let’s look at the Tecno Spark 7 in more detail.
Design of Tecno Spark 7
The design of Tecno phones is one place where the company does so well. The Spark 7 is next on the list. Before you even hold the phone when it is on display in the store, it appears to be attractive and well-designed. And this will make you want to pick it up and hold it more closely for better look.
The phone has a pleasant feel, thanks to the soft gloss on the back and the gem cut texture. The phone is glossy, but Tecno hasn’t overdone the glossiness, which is why it isn’t as susceptible to stains and fingerprints, although it is slippery in the hands. Within the packaging, the phone comes with a clear cover case, which is always a good bonus.
A micro USB port is located at the bottom of the device; however, it is past time for Tecno to switch to USB Type-C, as the competition is ahead in this aspect. Loudspeakers, a microphone, and a 3.5 mm audio jack are also located on the bottom.
The power button and volume keys are on the right side, while the left side has a triple-slot SIM tray with two slots for 4G SIM cards and the third slot for a microSD card.
The phone comes in three different colors: Magnet Black, Morpheus Blue, and Spruce Green. The colors on this phone aren’t as vibrant as those on previous Tecno phones. The colors have a touch of subtlety about them, which will appeal to a wide range of customers. The Magnet Black color is cool for me and is relatively simple to look at.
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Display of Tecno Spark 7
The Tecno Spark 7 has a 6.5-inch IPS HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. The screen has a dot-notch camera cutout, which is a common feature in most Android phones.
The screen is protected by 2.5D glass, which adds to its durability. Videos and pictures aren’t as sharp as they should be, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem when compared to other devices in the same category. The screen does get noticeably brighter, which is a positive thing when you are using it outdoor.
The Tecno Spark 7 has a 16MP dual camera on the back panel. The UI of the camera app is close to that of the previous Tecno phones.
In daylight, the primary sensor performs admirably for a low-cost phone. In general, the pictures are vibrant with a hint of saturation. Given the price, it’s understandable that focusing on the phone is slow.
This phone, like the rest of the Tecno phones, has an LED flash for the cameras. There’s a quad-LED flash for the dual cameras on the back, and a dual-LED flash concealed in the top bezel for the 8MP selfie camera.
There are only a few simple features in the camera app, such as AI Cam, Beauty, Bokeh, Video Bokeh, Panorama, Smile Snapshot, Macro, HDR, and video recording that is limited to 1080p video. To be honest, top contenders like Redmi with similar prices have better camera configurations than this, and the phone lacks a wide-angle camera. The camera has a standard resolution of 16MP, while the competition in this price range has 48 MP cameras.
Software & UI
The Tecno Spark 7 is powered by Android 10 with an HiOS 7.8 customized Android interface on board. Additional functionality and bloatware or unnecessary applications have been added to the UI.
Fast access to apps, gesture navigation, Dark theme, and some pre-installed apps, and more are included in the bloatware of which I personally don’t like.
You can uninstall the pre-installed apps if you don’t like them; however, certain apps cannot be uninstalled. When you do multitasking or add more software, the performance is decent at first, but not so much later. And one important thing, ads, ads, ads, more ads will annoy you if you are not used to it.
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Performance & Battery
The MediaTek Helio A25 (12 nm) octa-core in the Spark 7 is clocked at 1.8 GHz. It also has 3 GB of RAM and 32/64 GB of storage that can be expanded with a microSD card.
The Chipset is very old; the MediaTek Helio P65 offers slightly better performance. It may be adequate for light tasks, but don’t expect it to perform smoothly; you may find phones in this price range that perform better.
If you value gaming, you should ignore this phone because it delivers average performance. Games that demand more of the chipset (GPU specifically) will not run on high settings, but rather on low to moderate settings.
With simple functions, such as surfing the net, watching videos on youtube, social media, and casual gaming, the phone performs commendably. Because it is driven by a low-end chipset, don’t expect exceptional gaming results, particularly in high-end games like PUBG.
The phone is fuelled by a large 6,000 mAh battery, which is good for a day’s worth of backup. This includes watching videos, using Social media such as Facebook or Instagram, web browsing, phone calls, among other things. The phone, however, does not support fast charging. It comes with a 10W charger which takes about two hours to completely recharge. Another drawback is the lack of fast charging support.
Tecno Spark 7 Full Specs
|Announced Date||16th April 2020|
|Release Date||? May 2020|
|Dimensions||164.8 x 76.1 x 9.5 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.5 inches IPS LCD|
20:9 aspect ratio
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1600 pixels|
|Pixel Density||270 PPI|
|Software||Android 11, HiOS 7.6|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio A25 (12 nm)|
|16 MP |
Supports [email protected] video recording
Supports [email protected] video recording
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G|
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, WiFi 4 , BT 5.0,|
Ambient Light Sensor
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Ion 6000 mAh|
-Fast battery charging: No
-Wireless Charging: No
-Power Share: No
|Colors||Morpheus Blue, Spruce Green, Magnet Black|
|Price||About ~ N50,000 – N55,000|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Tecno Spark 7 price in Nigeria & availability
The Tecno Spark 7 is already available for sale in Tecno’s stores and retail shops across Nigeria. It is priced at N55,000.
The Tecno Spark 7 has all of the required features to serve as a basic daily driver while maintaining a shiny finish. Its tall HD+ display is ideal for watching 720p videos, and the 16MP camera produces decent pictures. What this device is missing is a powerful processor, Type-C USB port, and fast charging support. The MediaTek Helio A25 is an entry-level chipset, and the company should have powered it with a better processor. But when you look at the price, you will understand that it is not possible to achieve that, however, the market has some nice options in this price range that offers a good chipset, fast charging support, or both.
Should you buy it
The Tecno Spark 7 price in Nigeria is around N50,000 to N55,000, which gives users a compelling reason to purchase it. The price appears to be appealing. On paper, it has all of the features you’d expect from a budget phone, and it’s priced at less than N60K. However, unless you want a phone for very basic use, I recommend staying away from it. A Redmi phone or a Realme phone is better at the same price point.
To clarify, if you want to do simple things like WhatsApp, calls, and messages on a smartphone with a great display, Spark 7 might be the device for you. However, something more, especially in regards to the camera or performance, should prompt you to consider other options on the market like Redmi 8A Dual if you are after fast charging or Poco C3 if you want a slightly better performance.