The Tecno Spark 5 is the latest from the company to launch in Kenya and With the phone available in retail stores and since I am still working on the full review, I thought it was a good idea to list some of the 5 things you should know about this phone.
The Tecno Spark 5 is the second major release from the company is the country this year after the launch of the Camon 15 series.
Below are some of the 5 things I believe you should know bout this phone.
You can get the Tecno Spark 5 in the country starting from Ksh 13,400 on Jumia. This is slightly more expensive that what the Spark 4 was launched at but Tecno promises better things with this new version.
The 5,000 Battery
No one likes the idea of charging their smartphone after a few hours of using it. This is why the 5,000 mAh battery is quite a nice addition. This is bigger than the battery on the Tecno Spark 4 from last year. The Spark 4 had a 4,000 mAh battery that was still good but the company is taking things a notch higher with the one on the Spark 5.
With this battery size, expect it to easily last you a day and even two even with heavy usage. In my usage, I have nothing to complain about this battery as most times I forget to recharge it and I still end up with enough of it to use an entire day.
You will need some patience to fully charge this phone but I guess that is the price to pay for getting such a massive battery.
The Tecno Spark 5 has a really good design, nothing out of the box but quite good compared with some other devices it is competing with. The design is slightly updated when compared to what we got with the Spark 4 and that is always a good thing. The phone does not look that unique but generally feels modern and ready to compete with the others on the markets.
The design borrows a lot from that of the Camon 15 but does feel different in its own way. Sticking with the trend, it does have a punch hole on the display to house the front facing cameras.
The phone also comes with new colours of misty grey, vacation blue, Ice Jadeite and Spark Orange.
The Five Cameras
The Tecno Spark 5 has a total of 5 cameras, 4 at the back and 1 for selfies. The 4 cameras at the back are made up of a 13MP main camera, 2MP macro lens, 2MP depth sensor and a QVGA lens. This is not a camera centric phone as that title is taken by the Tecno Camon series but the back cameras still do a good job. The shots you get with the back camera are quite good and you will not be embarrassed sharing them on your social media pages without any editing.
The back camera supports video recording at 1080 at 30 frames per second.
As for the 8MP front facing camera, it does a decent job but you see it struggle a bit. The shots are good with good lighting but the same cannot be said when the lighting is not so good.
All in all, the cameras on the Spark 5 are above average for its price. Most users will be ok with them for casual photography.
The Tecno Spark 5 comes with Android 10 out of the box. I have to mention this as Tecno is not usually quick to release devices with the latest OS especially its entry level devices. We are getting HiOS 6.1 on top of Android and as expected, all the good things that were introduced with Android 10 are here. From gesture navigation to Dark theme, you can get all those with Android 10.
The one thing I do not like with Tecno is the bloatware it pre-installs on its smartphones. There are some apps that I will never use and do not see the need of having them around. Most of them can be uninstalled or disabled but I do not want to take that extra step when I buy a new phone.
At this point, the Tecno Spark 5 feels like a slightly updated Spark 4. There are no major differences between the two devices and if you have the Spark 4, I do not see the need of upgrading just yet unless you really want to.