Spark 5 which is meant to replace Spark 4 as the leader of the Tecno Spark series is not so different from it and i will tell you why using their specs and price in Nigeria.
There are of course improvements, but these improvements are not massive.
Which means there’s hardly a genuine reason to rush to get Spark 5, aside from its design.
For those who’d love to know what aspects saw improvements, that’s exactly what i intend discussing in this review.
But before delving into a full-blown discussion, I’d like to quickly state that the phone sees improvements in the aspect of physical design, display, camera, operating system, and battery.
I also feel it would be a good idea to give a summary of the Spark 5, before delving into its full discussion.
Specs and Features
- 164.7 x 76.3 x 8.8 mm [ 6.48 x 3.00 x 0.35 inch ]
- Ice Jadeite, Spark Orange, Vacation Blue, Misty Grey
- MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 [ 12 nm process ]
- Quad-core [ 4 x 2.00 GHz; Arm Cortex-A53 ]
- PowerVR GE8320 GPU
- 2 GB RAM
- IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen [ Up to 16M colours support ]
- 6.60 inches [105.2 cm2]; ~83.7 percent screen-to-body ratio
- 720 x 1,600 pixels [~266 ppi density]; 20:9 aspect ratio
- HiOS 6.1 [Based on the Android 10 OS]
- 32 GB internal storage space [ eMMC 5.1 storage ]
- Storage expansion support [ with Micro SD card; Up to 128 GB ]
- 13 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP rear cameras [ 1080p@30fps ]
- HDR and panorama
- Quad-LED flash
- 8 MP front camera [ 1080p@30fps ]
- HDR and panorama
- Fingerprint [ rear-mounted ]
- Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
- Rapid-charge support
- Dual SIM [ Nano-SIM, dual stand-by ]
- Micro USB 2.0
- USB On-The-Go
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Mobile hotspot
- Wi-Fi Direct
Tecno Spark 5 Price in Nigeria
The official price of Spark 5 during the time of its release by Tecno mobile is $132 which is N51,480 Naira @ N390 / dollar.
Spark 5 as stated is a replacement for the Spark 4 and there isn’t a significant difference.
However, when it comes to design, there’s a huge difference.
And if you are a very big fan of design, this might be a reason to upgrade.
First and foremost, Spark 5 comes with the punch-hole design, compared to the water drop design of the Spark 4.
Spark 5 also happens to be larger.
The phone is measured to be 164.7 x 76.3 x 8.8 mm [6.48 x 3.00 x 0.35 inch].
But when it comes to mass, there’s hardly a significant difference.
Both phones having roughly the mass.
While Spark 5 comes in four colours, I don’t think Tecno did a good job in the aspect of colours.
Quite right, many people love fancy colours, but what about those who prefer simple colours?
Why couldn’t we have had white, black, or grey? Tecno made this mistake of colour with the Spark 4 as well, and I think someone has to bring this to the company’s attention.
As regards the fingerprint placement, there’s nothing special about the phone.
Placing the fingerprint scanner by the side of the phone, or under the screen of the phone, would have been better.
However, a side or under-screen placement would have driven up the cost of the phone.
In other words, the rear-side placement is acceptable, even though it’s not the best placement for a fingerprint scanner.
When it comes to the hardware powering both phones, there hardly any difference.
Both devices come with the same 12 nm process chipset.
And this chipset in question, is the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22.
For those of you who have been paying attention to the chipsets used by Tecno, Infinix, and some other Chinese smartphone manufacturers, this chipset is a thing you should already know about.
However, for those who know little or nothing about it, the chipset is a quad-core chipset.
The four cores of the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 are rated at 2.00 GHz.
In other words, the performance of the phone should never be a problem. What might be a problem, is power consumption.
It’s not every time the phone would need a powerful set of cores, but since the phone doesn’t come with another set of four less powerful cores, this means power wouldn’t be saved, when possible.
However, aside from power consumption, there hardly any reason why the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 wouldn’t be a good idea for Spark 5.
Moving on to the phone’s GPU, the processor of the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 is not what handles the graphics processing of the phone.
The device comes with a graphics processor ideal for graphics processing.
And this graphics processor in question, is the PowerVR GE8320 GPU.
This same GPU is what’s featured in a good number of successful mid-range smartphones.
Some of you might have taken note of the 2 GB RAM stated in the specs and features summary of the phone.
I understand many of you would wonder if it’s a mistake. Spark 4 comes with 3 GB of RAM, so why would Spark 5 come with 2 GB of RAM?
Tecno’s reason for using a 2 GB RAM boils down to cost.
The company wants to make the Spark 5 only a little higher than the Spark 4, and I guess, they felt they could cut down the RAM size of the phone, to allow improvements in other aspects.
While no fan would be happy with this, you shouldn’t consider the phone a crap because you’d hardly notice any performance difference.
A 2 GB RAM is pretty okay for the kind of people this phone was designed for.
Spark 5 comes with a 6.60 inches display.
This is a bit larger than the 6.52 inches of the Spark 4.
And as you have already read, the display is an in-plane switching LCD with a pixel density of about 266 pixels per inch.
This resolution is quite okay for a phone like the Spark 5.
Most phones in its category come with pixel densities between 245 and 285 ppi.
There’s nothing to complain about, as regards the operating system of the phone.
What we could have complained about is the way the phone doesn’t come with a stock Android OS.
But since every Tecno lover already knows Tecno phones never come with stock Androids, I don’t think there’s any reason to complain about a custom OS powering by the phone.
However, one thing I know people would love to hear, is how cool the new HiOS 6.1 is.
Well, be assured the OS is very cool, in terms of design. Also, when it comes to the overall user experience of the phone, I’m quite sure you’d find the HiOS 6.1 much better than the HiOS operating system featured in the Spark 4.
And as stated, version 6.1 is based on the Android 10 operating system. So expect to enjoy everything the Android 10 OS has to offer.
When it comes to internal storage, there’s no improvement.
Spark 5 comes with the same 32 GB internal storage featured in the Tecno Spark 4. And there definitely would be people who would want more storage space.
For such people, you can make use of a micro SD card for storage expansion.
But whatever SD card you use shouldn’t be larger than 128 GB. There’s a dedicated micro SD card slot for storage expansion, so storage expansion shouldn’t disturb the usage of two SIM cards in the phone.
The Spark 5 comes with a little improvement in the aspect of the camera.
While the Spark 4 features just two rear cameras, Spark 5 packs a total of three rear cameras.
The 13 MP camera is, of course, the main rear camera, while the two other cameras are just meant to assist the 13 MP camera. One of these two 2 MP cameras assists with depth, while the other is a macro camera.
The Tecno Spark 5 is a very cool phone and i hope its price in Nigeria isn’t too much for you.
The design is far more impressive than that of the Spark 4.
However, when it comes to their internal components, there are also differences, but these differences aren’t much.
Meaning if you would be upgrading as soon as the phone becomes available, then the major benefit you’d be getting, is design.