Do you remember Tecno Spark K7?
That best selling smartphone that rocked the market in 2017?
Guess what? It has a successor!!
Meet the new Tecno Spark 2
Tecno Spark 2 has been launched as the successor to last year’s edition and going by the specs and new features , we can say it is a worthy successor. The spark 2 comes with improvement in key areas such as display and aesthetics , security and battery capacity.
Tecno Spark 2 Specs :
- Display: 6-inch HD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 720 pixels
- Software: Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition
- Processor: Quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580WP
- Memory: 1GB RAM , 16GB ROM
- Camera: 8MP Front – 13MP Back
- Battery: 3500mAh
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What’s New On The Spark 2? :
- Bigger display , More Pixels :
The new Spark 2 comes with a 6-inch display which is .5 inches bigger than last year’s edition (Spark K7 had 5.5 inches). As you would expect , the screen has a higher resolution @1440 x 720 pixels , which should display sharper images.
- Beautiful Aesthetics , Bezel less Display :
One of the biggest and most noticeable change is the full view , 18:9 aspect ratio display which gives a cleaner , more attractive look. Hands-on , it makes the phone feel slim and tall.
Another noticeable change is the camera placement at the back. It is cleaner and the LED flash is separate from the camera lens , unlike the K7 where the lens and led flash are housed together.
The body is made of plastic which is not a surprise considering the fact it costs just #36,200.
- Face Recognition Unlock (Face ID) :
Tired of using your fingerprint scanner all the time? The Face recognition software on the new Spark 2 will allow you unlock your smartphone using your face.
- Android Oreo GO Operating System :
The Tecno Spark 2 runs on a special edition of Android 8.1 Oreo called “Android Go”.
Android Go is an optimized version of Android operating system designed to work on low-entry smartphones , especially smartphones with 512MB and 1GB RAM. It is built to provide efficiency by optimizing the performance , apps and storage so even with 1GB RAM or less , you can still enjoy using the smartphone. You can learn more here.
- Improved Battery :
Power users will love the 3500mAh battery on the Spark 2 , which should last up to 12 hours on moderate consumption.
The Drawbacks Of Spark 2 :
- Low RAM and Internal Storage :
One area TECNO didn’t improve on is the RAM and Internal storage of Spark 2. It comes with 1GB RAM which , considering it is 2018 and how far smartphone tech has gone , is too small for a device ; albeit a budget phone.
For storage , the spark 2 has 16GB in-built storage which if you consider the OS and pre-installed apps , leaves the user with just 11GB left. This is however remedied by the availability of a dedicated external SD card slot.
- No 4G LTE :
As with its predecessor , the Spark 2 does not support 4G LTE Network. So if you’re looking for a smartphone with 4G capability , you might want to look elsewhere.
- It is a fingerprint magnet :
Remember i told you the Spark 2 has a plastic body , yeah?
Well , get ready to have your fingerprint all over your phone when you hold it , because the Tecno Spark 2 is a fingerprint magnet. Not that its a big deal but it will make you consider buying a phone case.
Not to worry though , the spark 2 ships with a free phone case. How nice!
Spark K7 Vs Spark 2
We compare the Spark K7 vs Spark 2
|Tecno Spark K7||Tecno Spark 2|
|Display||5.5-inch HD |
(1280 x 720px)
|6-inch HD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 720 pixels|
|Body||Plastic||Plastic , Full view 18:9 aspect ratio|
|Internal Storage :||16GB||16GB|
|RAM :||1GB / 2GB||1GB|
|Front Camera :||5MP with flash||5MP with flash|
|Back Camera||13MP with flash||13MP with flash|
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 8.0 Oreo (Go edition)|
Pricing & Availability
The Spark 2 will be available in online and offline retail stores across the country at an official price of #36,200. Note that price may vary with each store.
Full Specifications Of The SPARK 2
- Announced: June 2018
- Available: Yes
- SIM: Dual SIM
- Platform: Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
- Price : #36,200
- Security : Fingerprint (rear-mounted) , Face Recognition Unlock.
- Technology: GSM/ HSPA/ LTE
BODY AND DISPLAY
- Type: HD+ display
- Size: 6 inches
- Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels
- Dimensions: –
- Weight: 156 g
- Colours: –
- Chipset: Quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580
- Processor Speed: 1.3Ghz
- CPU: Quad-core
- GPU: –
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: Yes
- Bluetooth Profiles: –
- GPS: Yes
- USB: Yes
- USB-OTG : –
- Headphone jack : Yes
- FM Radio: Yes
- RAM: 1GB
- Internal Storage: 16GB
- External Storage: Yes ,microSD (dedicated slot)
- Rear Camera: 13 MP
- Rear Flash: Yes,
- Features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
- Front Camera: 5MP
- Front Flash: Yes, LED flash
- Capacity: 3500 mAh
- Type: Li-Ion
- Features: –
- Fast Charging: –
- Standby Time: N/A
- Talk Time: N/A
- Music Playback: N/A
- Light Sensor
- Proximity Sensor
What are your thoughts on the Tecno Spark 2 ? Leave your comments below.