Tecno is a smartphone manufacturer based in Hong Kong China. The company was established in 2006 and is very popular in the African and Indian smartphone market. The company hs also been trying to penetrate the Pakistan smartphone market with a good amount of success. Tecno was at first known for flooding the African smartphone market with $9 phones but it has now been producing some of the best smartphones which have attracted attention worldwide.
Is tecno a good smartphone?
Due to the popularity of the Tecno smartphones across the African, Indian and Pakistan smartphone market, it’s obvious the consumers would wonder if Tecno smartphones are really worth it. Considering the smartphone ship at a particularly low price, it’s only normal to ask yourself this question.
People rank a smartphone as good or bad depending on if the phone can meet their requirements and sometimes taste is added to the mix. Just to set a basic idea of a good smartphone, let’s give it a few properties. A good smartphone should have;
- A good display
- A good amount of Memory(internal storage and RAM)
- A good camera
- A good battery life.
Referring to the factors above the properties of a good smartphone, let’s check some of the Tecno devices for such properties.
1. Tecno Spark 4
The Tecno Spark 4 is a smartphone that has a 6.52 inches display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1560. The phone comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. At the rear, it has a dual-camera setup, 13 MP + 2MP, and a single 8 MP camera at the front. It draws power from a 4000 mAh battery. The phones goes for around $110
Comparing the specifications on the Spark 4 with the properties that we had set above of a good smartphone, we can see that it passes at least half of them. The spark 4 has he display, a good amount of memory, and a huge battery. However, the display is a 720p panel which to me are no good. The cameras are also a bit below average. According to reviews on the phone which are easily available on the web, the phone kind of slows down in terms of performance as you continue using it.
According to the assessment above, I wouldn’t consider the Tecno Spark 4 as a good smartphone. Performance is very important and it just can’t hold on to that. The poor cameras are also a huge deal-breaker for most unless you don’t really take a lot of pictures.
2. Tecno Camon 12 Pro
The Camon series is a very popular series among smartphone fans and users in Africa. The Tecno Camon 12 Pro sports a 6.35 inches AMOLED display with a 720 x 1600 screen resolution. The phone has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. It has a triple camera setup at the back; 16 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP and a single 32 MP camera at the front. The phone is powered by a 3500 mAh battery.
The Camon 12 Pro meets pretty much all the properties of a good smartphone except for the battery capacity. An AMOLED display is a pretty good display and the memory on the Camon 12 Pro os more than enough. The triple camera setup is however not that much but a 16 MP will meet your daily photography needs. The Camon 12 Pro also has the on-screen fingerprint sensor which is pretty cool.
So, is the Camon 12 Pro a good phone. I’d say yes it is.
3. Tecno Phantom 9
The Tecno Phantom 9 sports a 6.39 inches AMOLED display with a 1080 x 2340 screen resolution. It ships with 128 GB of internal storage and 6 GB of RAM. It has a triple camera setup at the rear with 16 MP + 8 MP 2 MP and a single 32 MP front camera. It draws power for a 3500 mAh battery. The phone goes for around $240.
Comparing the Phantom 9 specifications with the properties of a good smartphone, I’d say it’s a perfect smartphone. The phone has an AMOLED display and a 1080p panel. The memory is a lot and the cameras on this phone are also really good. The battery size might be only 3500 mAh but it lasts a decent amount of hours.
4. Tecno Camon 15 Premier
The Tecno Camon 15 Premier is was released in April 2020 so it’s not an old smartphone. The phone is kind of a huge upgrade from the usual Tecno designs we’ve seen from the past. The Camon 15 series is the first Tecno smartphone to sports a pop-up selfie camera.
The Camon 15 Premier has a huge 6.6 inches IPS LCD display with a 1080 x 2340 screen resolution. It comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. It sports a quad-camera setup at the rear with a 64 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP and QVGA low light sensor. For the selfie camera, the phone uses a single 32 MP pop-up camera. The phone draws its power from a 4000 mAh battery. The glossy look on the back cover also looks really styling and premium.
From the look of the Camon 15 Premier, it is the perfect smartphone anyone would want to own. The huge 64 MP rear camera is the feature that really stands out on the Tecno Camon 15 Premier. However, the phone goes for a total of $300.
Suggestion – Comparison Between the Tecno Camon 15 Premier and Tecno Camon 15 Pro with specifications
Referring to the comparison we just did above, I think we can agree that you get a good smartphone depending on the amount of money you’re really willing to spend. For as low as $100 you’re able to acquire a Tecno smartphone with just basic specifications. This won’t be anywhere near a good smartphone, it will either have a crappy camera or poor performance like the Tecno Spark 4.
On the other hand, if you’re willing to spend a bit more on your smartphone and probably get the Phantom 9 or the Camon 15 Premier, you get more than a good smartphone. You get a perfect budget smartphone.
So, is Tecno a good smartphone? Yes, it is, only if you’re willing to spend a bit more. However, don’t expect a Samsung or an iPhone performance just because I said it’s a good smartphone. They’re budget smartphones, not high-end smartphones. It would be unfair to compare them.
Let us know what you think about Tecno smartphones and what’s your experience with them.
Suggestion – Tecno Smartphones with the best cameras.
NOTE: PRICES IN THIS POST ARE AS OF JUNE 2020. THEY WILL VARY WILL LOCATION AND SELLER.