Literally every day, new models of smartphones appear on the market – among them there are both expensive and very budget options. For example, the latter include the Spark 7 gadget, released a few weeks ago, designed and manufactured by Tecno. This is the first model from this enterprise, which is equipped with an NFC module, with which you can pay with a bank card directly through the device itself.
Appearance and equipment
The smartphone is made in four colors – black, blue, green and mint. The latter is the same green color, but it is excessively bright, it can even be classified as acidic. The rest of the options will be to the liking of people who prefer calmer colors.
The body received slightly beveled sides, the structural surface is made in the form of divergent rays. It does not leave fingerprints, but despite this, the manufacturer has equipped its products with a transparent bumper. It bears the logo of the famous English football club Manchester City. The fact is that the smartphone manufacturer has been a sponsor of this club for several years. The bumper is not made of the usual silicone, but rather hard plastic.
In addition, on the rear panel you can find an oval fingerprint scanner, there is the name of the line and the brand name, the camera unit with a flash is located in the upper left corner of the case. From the ends, the smartphone is perfectly smooth, the color is the same as that of the back panel. On the right side there is a rocker that controls the volume of the speaker and microphone, it is divided into two parts, and in the immediate vicinity of it there is a ribbed power button. They are pressed with little effort, they work clearly. There is a pull out slot on the left side. It is designed for two SIM cards and one microSD memory card.
Users praise the smartphone for the fact that the slot is not combined. Otherwise, you would have to choose between installing a second SIM card and increasing the device’s memory. Each of the SIM cards is capable of operating in the 4G LTE band, while covering about 95% of the network ranges. When we tested this unit, the communication signal was very stable regardless of the selected slot. If we talk about the support of memory cards, then with their help you can increase the storage capacity by a maximum of 256 GB.
Smartphone TECNO Spark 7 4/128GB
It is worth noting that in certain cases this will not be superfluous. There are several options for combinations of RAM and physical memory: 128 GB and 4 GB, 64 GB and 4 GB (came to us), 32 GB and 2 GB, respectively. A memory card will be especially useful for devices with a small amount of their own memory. There are no interfaces on the top side, but on the bottom you can find inputs for headphones, a charger, a hole for a microphone. There is no speaker grill here, which surprised us a little at first.
The smartphone has only one speaker, which is used for both talking and listening to music. Such a solution has recently been found not too often even among smartphones in the budget price segment. The speaker itself is very mediocre in quality – it does not sound very loud, low frequencies are heard quite weakly. If we talk about how good the sound quality is in the headphones, then everything here, first of all, depends on the headphones themselves. A wired headset is not provided in the kit, although the manufacturer usually supplies it with their smartphones.
A very high-speed Bluetooth 5.0 module is responsible for wireless pairing with other devices. All sensors available in the device are reliable and durable, they work within fractions of a second. In particular, the fingerprint scanner can, if desired, be programmed immediately for five fingers. The sensor here is very sensitive, there are no errors when working with it.
Smartphone TECNO Spark 7 4/64GB
Among the interfaces there is a face recognition system. The NFC module works quickly at any checkout. Wireless Internet connection Wi-Fi works with dual band support, supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards. It will be possible to navigate the terrain using GLONASS, GPS and A-GPS modules.
In principle, a smartphone can be attributed to a fairly compact device. Its screen has a diagonal of 6.52 inches, its resolution is 720×1600 pixels, the density of which is 269 ppi. It may seem that these are far from the highest numbers, but there are smartphones on sale from a higher price segment that have the same resolution.
The display is quite bright, differs in saturation of colors and naturalness of their transmission. The viewing angle is almost 176 degrees, multi-touch can support up to five simultaneous touches. At the top of the display is a cutout for the camera, made in the form of a drop. The bezels on three sides of the screen are quite narrow, but slightly wider on the bottom. The screen is reliably protected from possible physical influences using Japanese Asahi Glass.
Performance and speed
This smartphone is based on the eight-core Mediatek Helio A25 processor, which is capable of supporting up to 4 GB of RAM. This chipset appeared last year, 12 nm technology is involved in its manufacture. The first of the four Cortex-A53 cores operate at a clock speed of 1.8 GHz, the remaining ones at 1.5 GHz. Graphics acceleration is supported by the PowerVR GE8320 microchip, which runs at 650 MHz.
This allows you to install even fairly demanding games on your phone, but you can only play them at medium graphics settings. FPS in such applications, as a rule, does not exceed 30 frames per second. The smartphone operates on the basis of the manufacturer’s proprietary shell HiOS 7.5, which is based on the eleventh version of the Android operating system. This shell has a significant number of various chips, with the help of which it is convenient to both maintain the smartphone itself and personalize it exclusively for yourself.
During testing, we found the function of automatic cleaning of RAM to be very convenient, the presence of an alternative application store, a program with which you can download a large number of various free themes for free. Cooling the processor when it is too heavily loaded can also be started in manual mode.
Smartphone TECNO Spark 7 4/64GB
The proprietary shell allows you to configure a variety of gestures for control, activate a pop-up sidebar, on which frequently used applications will be pinned. All programs are fixed on desktops in strict alphabetical order, but if desired, they can be moved. All domestic applications that are required to be installed on their devices by all foreign manufacturers of mobile equipment in order to pass device certification are installed completely, and not, as in many other devices, only in the form of labels. Users also appreciated the pp Twin feature, which allows you to run two social media accounts at the same time.
Overview of camera features
The main camera of this smartphone is a double block – one module has a resolution of 16 megapixels, the second – 8 megapixels. At a glance, it may seem that the camera is triple here, however, if you look closely, the third circle is just a picture, indicating that the camera unit works with the help of artificial intelligence. In order to take pictures in conditions of insufficient natural light or even in the dark, a fairly bright LED quad flash is installed here.
The camera has a large number of settings and features, although there are only two lenses. The shots are good both in clarity and in terms of color reproduction. Video recording is done in FullHD format. You can shoot videos even with the bokeh effect, but this feature is only available on devices that have 4 GB of RAM.
The front camera is also made in a very interesting solution. First of all, it has a fairly decent resolution – 8 megapixels. In close proximity to it are two LED flashes, and one of them also serves as a charging indicator. The smartphone is one of the few in its price segment, whose front camera boasts auto focus. Portraits look relatively good, the face is practically not deformed, besides, the camera can be triggered by a smile.
The device is equipped with a completely traditional lithium-ion battery, the capacity of which is 5000 mAh. The smartphone has many options for saving charge, its hardware does not need a lot of energy, so the device is able to work on a single charge up to one and a half days, even with considerable intensity. There is no fast charging function here, so it is advisable to charge it at night.
My own test impressions
If we talk about the appearance, then the smartphone looks pretty nice, especially since the model that came to us for testing was not in black. It fits snugly in the hand, with your finger you can reach almost anywhere on the display. If you immediately put a bumper on it, then it will not slip out of your hands, moreover, this detail does not affect the thickness of the device too much.
In terms of speed, there were no complaints either. For its price, the model proved to be very good in absolutely all respects – it works perfectly with both light and heavy and demanding applications. Of course, we did not edit photos or edit videos, but even very heavy games on a smartphone run with ease. However, you still have to dig into the settings in order to adjust the applications to the capabilities of the device.
Smartphone TECNO Spark 7 4/64GB
The number of pre-installed applications is off scale – there are really too many of them, and it is far from always clear what some of them are for. By default, pop-up notifications from these programs are activated – you have to turn them off immediately in the settings. At first, we also bought into the fact that the main camera block is triple, but after a while we managed to figure it out. The camera shoots quite well in all respects, although it is somewhat worse compared to devices from a different price category.
Pros, cons and conclusions
This smartphone, like any other gadget, has its positive and negative sides. I would like to say about the advantages of this device, especially since there are a lot of them:
- Affordable cost – for a smartphone with such capabilities, it is very inexpensive;
- In the slot for SIM cards and memory cards there is a separate slot for an external drive up to 256 GB;
- A contactless payment module is provided;
- Wi-Fi operates in two bands with decent speed;
- Long operating time on a single battery charge;
- Stylish appearance;
- Does not slip out of hands;
- A decent-sized display with fairly good detail, a margin of brightness, natural colors and large viewing angles;
- The design provides an infrared port through which you can control various equipment;
- Very convenient and functional interface;
- Supports demanding applications, albeit on a low graphics.
Unfortunately, it was also not possible to do without shortcomings, however, in our opinion, they turned out quite a bit:
- A capacious battery does not support the fast charging function, so it takes a very long time to charge;
- There is only one speaker and not very good quality;
- Video often loses focus;
- The bottom bezel is quite large.
In our opinion, the manufacturer turned out a decent device at an affordable price.
Smartphone TECNO Spark 7 4/64GB