Tecno has officially released the Tecno Spark Go 2021 which is the successor to the Spark Go 2020 that was launched last year. The latest Spark Go smartphone is no different from its predecessor except in the design aspect. It has a sleek design. The expected price of Tecno Spark Go 2021 in Nigeria will be around N45,000 – N50,000.
If you have been following the trend of budget phones like I do, the SPARK Go 2020 was welcomed with resounding success. SPARK Go 2020 is designed to meet the entertainment demands and the company hopes to repeat its success on this one.
It has amazing features that will please most Android users that are not after “high standard”. Some of these amazing features are a powerful battery and a huge screen. Yes, of course, it lacks some of the features that are now available on most budget phones (things like 3GB RAM and 64GB ROM), but when you look at the affordable price which starts from N45,000, it’s a fantastic phone to pick if you don’t want to spend a thousand dollars.
The handset’s glossy back left a lot of fingerprint smudge, which was a flaw in its overall appearance. There was also no protective case included, so good luck keeping your phone in tip-top shape. Aside from that, the device was easy to use, even single-handedly, thanks to its tallest.
The Tecno Spark Go, unlike many other budget smartphones on the market today, has a removable back cover. This is a throwback to older smartphones, and Tecno’s design decision was well-considered because it allows for easy SIM replacement. A hole for the speaker grille can be found at the bottom of the phone, along with a micro USB connector and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. On the side, there are volume and power buttons. The SIM card and memory card slots are located within, underneath the removable back cover, which also features a removable battery. It comes in three different colors: Maldives Blue, Horizon Orange, and Galaxy Blue
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The Tecno Spark Go 2021 boasts a solid design and a 6.52-inch HD+ screen. It also has a very simple body that is primarily made of plastic. With a dot notch display and a ~269-pixel density, content on its IPS LCD screen was often a bit inaccurate than we would have expected. It was also inconsistent in various lighting conditions and viewing angles. However, it served its purpose and, in the end, was a decent value for the money. In terms of display quality, the screen is fairly sharp and Tecno deserves credit for not cutting corners on quality materials given the target market.
It has a simple interface with bright colors, and it runs on Tecno’s HiOS interface, which offers a variety of themes, fonts, and other display aspects that we’ll get into subsequently when we discuss the software.
A larger screen 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. The two criticism to the display is the low pixel density and the screen could have been better if it is brighter. It’s nearly impossible to see clearly when you are using the phone under bright sunshine. Even at max brightness, it is difficult to read.
Button line is: If screen size is important to you, Tecno Spark Go 2021 has one of the largest screens in the budget market.
The phone sports a 13MP AI-Enhanced dual camera back camera with a 78-degree wide-angle lens. It offers modes for ‘bokeh mode,’ ‘pro,’ ‘panorama,’ ‘beauty,’ ‘AI Camera,’ and ‘AR mode with filters’ to enhance the camera. The images quality isn’t very good at 13MP, but with capabilities like modifying the ratio, adding color filters, and adjusting size and resolution, the Spark Go’s camera offers a lot for the money.
Further on the modes, the phone’s ‘Bokeh mode,’ which is similar to the portrait mode offered on other phones, is good for such a price.
The beauty option sharpened images and made facial details more clear, and if a user can bear somewhat more grain, then using this mode more often than the default ‘AI camera’ to take photos won’t be a bad idea.
In terms of the selfie camera, the phone features an 8MP sensor with fully developed facial algorithms and a flash LED. While charging, the flash also served as an LED notification light.
Apart from the plain and simple default mode, it features a range of presets such as ‘Portrait,’ ‘beauty,’ ‘AR Emoji,’ and a ‘Wide-selfie’ mode. As the name implies, the ‘wide selfie allows you to take broader selfies in portrait mode by tilting it to the left and right.
Performance & Battery
The phone boasts a 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. This is similar to many other budget phones, however, it provided us with a satisfactory experience. With the exception of demanding games like PUBG, which should not be expected for a phone at this price, most casual games run without worries. In addition, there was very little lag when switching between the applications.
The phone is powered by a 5000mAh Li-Po battery, which gives it enough fuel to last all day and even a bit longer. This was, though, when I periodically used it with the hotspot turned on. Otherwise, this battery might easily last two days with basic phone calls and messaging, as it claims. You may even keep its battery-saving mode on in the meantime if you want it to last more.
Meanwhile, charging the phone took some time. On its own charger, a standard charge from 0 to 100 percent took roughly 2 and half hours.
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Tecno Spark Go Full Specs
|Announced Date||1st July 2021|
|Release Date||7th July 2021|
|Dimensions||165.6 x 76.3 x 9.1 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.52 inches IPS LCD|
20:9 aspect ratio
269 nits brightness
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1600 pixels|
|Pixel Density||269 PPI|
|Software||Android 10 (Go edition), HiOS 6.2|
|13 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 5000 mAh|
-USB: MicroUSB 2.0, OTG
-Fast battery charging: No
-Wireless Charging: No
-Power Share: No
|Colors||Maldives Blue, Horizon Orange, Galaxy Blue|
|Price||About ~ N45,000 – N50,000|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
Tecno Spark Go 2021 price in Nigeria & availability
The Tecno Spark Go 2021 is already available for sale in Tecno’s stores and Amazon across India. it is yet to be released in Nigeria, however, we estimate its price to range from N45,000 to N50,000.
At N45,000, the Tecno Spark Go 2021 is essentially a phone worth purchasing. With all of its built-in features and huge screen for watching movies! However, the phone’s storage capacity made it feel a little awkward. Nowadays, 16GB storage in a budget phone seemed ridiculous.
TECNO’s motto is “Expect More” and the company has been working hard to provide its customers with a complete mobile experience at a reasonable price. The TECNO SPARK Go 2021 comes as a comprehensive ‘Value Package’ for only N45,000. The phone also comes with a one-month extended warranty (12+1 months) from the manufacturer.