TECNO demonstrates its ability to serve Gen Z by releasing the finest of modern technology in aesthetic designs, encouraging Gen Z to never stop chasing greatness. TECNO’s success in the global developing market has been credited to adapting its phones’ features to the demands of the local market, and the company is constantly dedicated to providing customers with the newest technology for the “young at heart” generation of consumers.
Just a few months ago, the company unveiled a selection of new smartphones in the hopes of growing its market share. One of these smartphones is Tecno Spark 7P. And now the successor, Spark 8P is available in the market.
Tecno is one of the forerunners in the Nigerian budget market. Some of the company’s earlier products have been quite popular in the budget and mid-range market. The Tecno Spark 8P is no exception. Just last week, the phone was released in Nigeria.
This brand new Spark 8P has decent specifications for an entry-level phone. A 50MP AI camera, elegant design, a 5000 mAh battery, and an Helio G80 CPU are all included. We utilized this phone for two weeks and have written about our experiences using it as our primary smartphone for all activities. Is this the next affordable flagship killer? Let’s have a look.
Tecno Spark 8P price in Nigeria and availability
The Tecno Spark 8P price in Nigeria is N77,000 for the 64GB variant and N86,500 for the 128GB variant. It is available for sale at Tecno retail stores across Nigeria. You can also get in other retail stores for the same price.
Tecno Spark 8P: Design
When we first get the Tecno Spark 8P 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 micro USB 2.0. The micro USB 2.0 has baffled me, which will be hard to come by in 2021. Although a charger is provided in the package.
Overall, it’s very well designed. Despite its big battery, it is not heavy and has a very attractive back cover.
Tecno Spark 8P: Display
A huge 6.6-inch display can be found on the front. The pixel density per inch is ~400 PPI, with a resolution of 1080 x 2408 pixels. The screen of the Tecno Spark 8P features a trendy 20:9 aspect ratio. Because of the somewhat bigger bottom chin, the screen-to-body ratio is roughly 83.8 percent. Other smartphones in the cheap smartphone category feature smaller displays and a lower screen-to-body ratio. So far, I’m pleased with what Tecno has to offer with Spark 8P.
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 in the sun.
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 extremely 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.
I was delighted at how nice the daytime photos are, especially considering the camera setup. The 48 MP sensor performs admirably. I’m not sure if the depth / AI lenses assist. In past times, this phone would have been supplied with a single camera, but given how multi-camera phones drive sales, all businesses include extra lenses. In low-light situations, night shots are good, and Night mode makes them much better. I don’t believe anyone will object to the camera considering the price of the phone.
Another aspect is video. Video resolutions are 720p and 1080p at 30 frames per second. While the photos are of comparable quality whether taken during the day or at night, there is no stabilization here. Only when the phone is in a steady position does the outcome seem nice. It becomes a mess if you shift it around. The sound isn’t captured properly.
Performance & Software
I wasn’t expecting anything much from the hardware but the performance blow me away because it’s a budget smartphone. It all boils down to overall performance and how efficiently things are handled. It does, however, feature a decent combination of hardware behind the hood.
The Mediatek Helio G70 chipset, which comprises an Octa-core CPU, is used in the Tecno Spark 8P. This features x2 Cortex-A75 CPUs running at 2.0GHz and x6 Cortex-A55 CPUs running at 1.7GHz. It also features a Mali-G52 MC2 GPU integrated inside the SoC. All eight cores can be used together thanks to Heterogeneous Multi-Processing support. It boasts a decent 4GB of RAM and a 64/128GB internal storage capacity. It also includes a 5,000mAh Li-Po battery that is quite substantial.
The device utilizes the HiOS 7.6 firmware and runs the Android 11 OS. The firmware is lightning fast and includes a number of useful shortcuts. To begin, there’s the Smart Panel, which can be accessed from either the left or right sides of the display. It will appear if you long swipe back from the edge of the screen using the gesture features. The second row of native shortcuts, as well as the apps you want to display, can then be customized. Power Boost, Scan, Lock Screen, Screenshot, and Screen Record are all included.
A few Tecno native applications come pre-installed on the smartphone, some of which are beneficial, while others are disturbing. When you initially use the device with default settings, the Phoenix browser, for example, has a lot of annoying notifications. Fortunately, you can turn these off by disabling the app from sending you notifications.
The Mediatek chipset isn’t all that good when it comes to overall performance. However, it performs admirably in terms of basic tasks, letting you swiftly move between a variety of apps. You can utilize the Power Boost function to offer a little extra boost, but it’s not going to increase your processing power by any means.
The split-screen capability is also available to users. However, Google-based applications are the bulk of those that support it, with social media and other apps not supporting it on HiOS 7.6.
Gaming is one of the areas where performance suffers the most. While it can run most games, many of the higher-end titles will require you to lower the settings. This includes games like Fortnite, Genshin Impact, PUBG, and Call Of Duty, among others.
The most amazing aspect of the performance is the battery life. A week’s worth of up-time can be obtained by using the device as a secondary driver for a few weeks. When you switch to a couple of days as the daily driver, the results aren’t quite as amazing, but as a power user, you should be able to get close to one full day of usage. You can expect roughly 10 hours of gaming if you put the gadget through its paces by streaming via WiFi and playing a game.
|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 2408 pixels|
|Pixel Density||400 PPI|
|Software||Android 11 (Go edition), HIOS 7.6|
|Chipset||Mediatek Helio G70 (12 nm)|
|50 MP, f/1.6, (wide), PDAF|
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
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|
-USB: micro USB 2.0
-Fast battery charging: No
-Wireless Charging: No
-Power Share: No
|Colors||Turquoise Cyan, Atlantic Blue, Iris Purple, Tahiti Gold|
|Price||N77,000 for 64GB ROM.|
N86,500 for 128GB ROM.
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
The Tecno Spark 8P is a low-cost smartphone with a lot of benefits and only a few drawbacks. With a resolution of 1080p, the display is outstanding, but the brightness is average. Although the SoC is energy efficient, reliable but 3D gaming and multitasking are a problem. The camera performs well, but the lack of electronic image stabilization and video recording sound detracts from the overall performance in the area.
The software is good, however, some of the bloatware has to be removed. There is a 5000mAh battery with excellent standby and usage durations, however, charging is a time-consuming task and best left for the night. The design is beautiful, and the inclusion of a case and earphones in the packaging is a nice touch. The price is reasonable, the phone received an OTA update, and it feels great in my hands. I recommend this phone to anyone who are looking for a decent deal.