The Tecno Spark 8P made its way to Kenya quietly and is available in stores for Ksh 17,000. This is the successor to the Spark 7P that I reviewed earlier this year. I loved the Spark 7p as it offered good value for money and now that the Tecno Spark 8P is out, I am excited to see what it has to offer.
The Tecno Spark 8P is quite an upgrade when compared to the Spark 7P. It does have what it takes to compete with most of the other smartphones within its price range. This is exactly what Tecno had in mind when working on this phone. I will be working on a full review of this phone but before we get to that, let us first unbox it and see what you should expect in the box when you buy yours.
Before we get to the unboxing, let us first look at some of its key specifications.
Display: 6.6-inch; 1080 x 2408 pixels
Chipset: MediaTek Helio G70
RAM: 4GB RAM
Rear cameras: 50MP Triple Camera Setup
Front camera: 8MP
Unboxing the Tecno Spark 8P
This IS What you should get in the box if you buy the Tecno Spark 8P.
- The Tecno Spark 8P
- A Pair of Earphones
- USB Cable
- Wall Adapter for charging
- Silicone Case
- User guide and information
When you take the Tecno Spark 8P from the box for the first time, the first thing you will notice is the back. This design can be polarizing as there are those who will like it and others will not. To me, this design does not look premium and does feel cheap to be honest. It is different but nothing about the back cover design is inspiring. On photos it may look good but in real life it just does not look good.
Still on the back cover, the top section has a glossy finish with the bottom section having a slightly textured matte finish. I got the variant with a colour Tecno is calling Tahiti Gold. Tecno’s new slogan of ‘Stop at Nothing’ is plastered at the back with the Spark branding taking a small portion at the top right section.
The Triple camera setup with a 50MP main sensor sits at the top left section. I have managed to snap a few photos and they look good, this is not something I am used to seeing with the Tecno Spark series.
For the display, the Tecno Spark 8P comes with a 6.6-inch display with a Full HD resolution. This is an upgrade from the Spark 7P that had a 720p resolution. The display is so far the thing I like the most with the Tecno Spark 8P. It feels good to touch and is very bright and variant. The display is also very responsive.
The power and volume buttons are on the right of the phone. The fingerprint scanner is embedded on the power button. The Micro USB port is on the bottom section next to the headphone jack and the speaker grille.
Powering the Tecno Spark 8P is the MediaTek Helio G70 processor that has been paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64 or 128GB of storage space. The phone comes with Android 11 with HiOS 7.6 custom UI. Performance has been good so far but that is expected for a new phone. I will be using it extensively for the next 1 week and sharing my experiences on that.
The Tecno Spark 8P looks like a promising device. I particularly love the display as it is a major upgrade compared to the Spark 7P. The phone should also perform quite well and I will be running a few games just to see how it handles that. I am not a big fan of the back but I will have to see if it grows on me. The camera is also quite good and quite a big improvement compared to the Spark 7 series.
I will be using the Spark 8P for the next 1 weeks and will share my thoughts on it then.