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When it comes to budget smartphones in Nigeria, it’s been an exciting period. There has been a significant influx of new phones, as well as new ranges from existing names in the market. This can only be beneficial to the customer since competition for the throne of the market means lower prices and more features at the same time. Tecno charting its own route in the budget segment. It seeks to encompass the local market with its Tecno Spark 8 Pro smartphone.
We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on the struggle for dominance among flagship smartphones throughout the years. However, there has been a significant drive for superiority in the Nigerian market, with an ever-increasing budget and mid-range devices now delivering virtually as much value in terms of features. For many years, Tecno has been one of the brands that have been releasing budget devices nonstop.
Since its inception a few years ago, the Tecno brand has progressed quite a distance. Just some weeks, the Tecno Spark 8 Pro smartphone was released in Bangladesh, and the smartphone is the premium model in the Spark 8 series, although it still fits the bill as a budget device. Tecno has improved the Spark series year after year, but will it be enough to suit the needs of customers in this category in 2021?
Tecno Spark 8 Pro: Design
The design of this device is the same as its sibling Spark 8P with only one difference –– punch hole that’s all. When we first get the Tecno Spark 8 Pro out of the box, it doesn’t feel all that premium from what we saw on Tecno’s official advert. When the screen is turned off, most smartphones have a similar appearance and it is very difficult to tell the model until you flip it over. Here, the most striking design is the large rectangle bump that houses the camera module. The design on the back panel is more appealing than the one we saw on Spark 8 because it is uniform and has no fingerprint sensor. The Fingerprint sensor this time around is integrated into the power button which we liked.
The remaining area on the back panel is dedicated to the strip lines that is somewhat strange but it is still beautiful. The only thing that spoilt the back panel is the huge Trademark text and this made the phone look too cheap and totally garbage if you ask me.
Also, the glossy finish gives it a distinct appearance and feel, despite the fact that it has a plastic built. This glossy finish is very eye-catching but is prone to fingerprint smudging.
The power button is located in the center of the right-hand side edge, with the volume rocker just above it. With the exception of the little hole to remove the SIM tray, the left-hand side is empty. On the top, there’s nothing at all. The lower end, on the other hand, contains the 3.5mm headphone hole, speaker grills, and port for Type-C USB. The Type C USB 2.0 is actually an upgrade considering its absence in the other Spark 8 series.
Overall, it’s very well designed. Despite its big battery, it is not heavy and has a very attractive back cover.
Tecno Spark 8 Pro: Display
The Tecno Spark 8 Pro is equipped with a 6.8-inch IPS LCD screen. While it doesn’t have a refresh rate higher than 60Hz, it does have a nice 400 nits typical brightness rating. It also features an 84.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, which is comparable to many other smartphones on the market.
The display has a resolution of 1080 x 2460 pixels and a pixel density of 395ppi. When compared to the competition, this has nearly double the pixel density.
As previously said, it offers a 400nit typical brightness level, making viewing inside and outside in the sun a breeze. One thing it lacks is a higher refresh rate, which is really a problem when compared to several phones that provide refresh rates between 90 and 120H at similar price ranges.
When compared side by side, the screen falls somewhere in the center of the pack. It falls short of the Galaxy A32‘s excellent Super AMOLED display, but it outperforms the Tecno Spark 7 Pro. When it comes to resolution and clarity, though, it outperforms both of these devices.
The dot-in cut-out at the top of the screen is one of the key features that differentiate it from the rest of its siblings in the spark series.
Tecno Spark 8 Pro: Camera
A triple-lens camera is included in the smartphone. A 48MP primary camera, as well as a 2MP portrait sensor and AI sensor, are included. Because of the configuration, there is no way to use a telephoto or ultra-wide lens. It may put you off right away if you’re trying to take a few photos of the surroundings and the like. It’s worth mentioning, though, that many budgets and midrange cameras lack an ultra-wide lens.
The main camera is in charge of a lot of the heavy lifting in this scene. With the 48MP camera, you may expect some amount of quality if the lighting conditions are ideal. The images were crisp, the colors were vibrant, and the contrast was outstanding. HDR support is also included for enhanced lighting.
The Tecno Spark 8 Pro takes use of Tecnos AI scene selector to make the most of its surroundings. This, too, varies based on the scene’s object.
When the camera of a smartphone is put to the test, it struggles in different lighting situations. This applies to both bright light and dim lighting areas. It washes away parts of the visuals in bright light. In low-light situations, the clarity suffers considerably. This indicates it’s pixelated and blurry, with a lot of noise. Given the budget category, this is to be expected.
The second lens doesn’t add much to the camera’s capabilities. The quality of the images is poor, and they are frequently blurry. This lens is almost useless since the photos it produces aren’t very useful.
The color reproduction on photographs shot in natural light is excellent. It’s lacking a little dynamic range and a few details, but it’s still really excellent. Images taken at night or in low light, on the other hand, are not as warmly regarded. It adds a lot of noise to the photo, but the night mode AI attempts to reduce it while also brightening the scene.
In addition to the AI scene detection, the software has a slew of other useful capabilities. Filters, bokeh, and other upgrades are included. Each of these contributes to a higher total image quality, which is adequate in the end.
Performance & Battery
The MediaTek SoC powers the Spark 8 Pro, as it does other Tecno devices. This is the MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm), to be precise. It has an Octo-core CPU with Two fast ARM Cortex-A75 cores with up to 2 GHz for performance tasks and six small ARM Cortex-A55 with up to 1.8 GHz for efficiency. In addition, an ARM Mali-G52 MC2 (MP2) GPU is included.
There are two RAM configurations available: 4GB and 6GB. The former is included in the review unit we received. There’s also 64/128GB of internal storage.
The phone is powered by Android OS 11 with the HiOS 7.6 skin on top. This aspect caught my attention because I’ve seen other Tecno devices with identical HiOS software running Android 11.
Finally, it features a Li-Po battery with a capacity of 5000mAh. This is lower than the 6,000-plus we’ve seen in recent budget smartphone reviews. Needless to add, how effectively the smartphone functions to get the most out of the battery capacity is still a factor. A 5,000mAh battery, on the other hand, will not detract from your performance.
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to performance. This is comparable to the Tecno Spark 7 Pro, however, it falls short of the Galaxy A32.
The HiOS 7.6 firmware, on the other hand, is rather light and capable of performing a smooth operation. Multitasking is a breeze, with the ability to switch between running programs without slowing down the system. Furthermore, browsing the phone’s menus, settings, and other features is lightning fast, with little to no lag.
As previously said, the operating system’s efficiency determines the battery’s lifespan. And, given what we’ve just said about HiOS’s efficiency, the battery results aren’t surprising. The goal, like with many budget smartphones these days, is to get as close to two-day battery life as possible. And with the Tecno Spark 8 Pro, that’s precisely how much you can get.
It easily reaches this charge interval with a few percentage points left over when the two days are up. If you’re not a heavy user, you should expect this to last at least a third day. In addition, if you’re using the device as a backup, you’ll be able to get almost a week’s worth of battery life in standby mode.
The time it takes to recharge the enormous battery is also a breeze. The SPARK 8 Pro supports 33W fast charging and comes with a Type C 33W Smart Flash Charger. So expect a full charge duration of roughly 60 minutes. This is good for those who are always on the move.
|Announced Date||13th October 2021|
|Release Date||23rd November 2021|
|Dimensions||164.5 x 76.1 x 8.9 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.6 inches IPS LCD|
20:9 aspect ratio
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2460 pixels|
|Pixel Density||395 PPI|
|Software||Android 11, HIOS 7.6|
|GPU||ARM Mali-G52 MC2 (MP2)|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)|
|48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF|
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
QVGA, f/2.0 (AI lens)
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 5000 mAh|
-Fast battery charging: Yes (33W)
-Wireless Charging: No
-Power Share: No
|Colors||Komodo Island, Turquoise Cyan, Winsor Violet, and Interstellar Black|
|Price||Around N85,000 for 4GB RAM / 64GB ROM.|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
The Tecno Spark 8 Pro is a sleek and inexpensive smartphone. You get a nice-looking device, a powerful processor, plenty of base storage, clean software, a large screen, long battery life, good camera performance, and a headphone port! A case, 33W charging brick, and even wired earbuds are included in the box!
It isn’t as powerful as high-end devices, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. However, it is still a good phone. The chipset is sufficiently competent for the most of tasks, the display is appealing and responsive, the cameras are decent as long as the lighting is adequate, and the battery will last you a whole day and then some even with daily use. What you get for the money is really darn appealing.
In conclusion, the Tecno Spark 8 Pro has an excellent price-to-performance ratio in the markets where it is available. The Tecno Spark 8 Pro is a good option for those on a tight budget looking for a competent smartphone.