To usher in the new quarter, Tecno launched the new Boom J8 last week at an event in Lagos. From the name, it is clear the phone is the successor to the Boom J7. One reason I like Tecno is, when a phone is launched, you know it becomes immediately available for purchase in Nigeria. And so it is with the Boom J8.
What better way to launch a music-centric phone than to spice the occasion with some of the countries household names in the entertainment industry. Though I felt Tecno should have done better by inviting trending artists instead of Rugged Man and Weird MC amongst others. Anyhow, This is the sort of smartphone launch some people would attend to hopefully, listen to live music from the invited artists.
So what does the Boom J8 offer to the public to make it stand out from others? We know Boom J8 is not a flagship device. That is restricted to the Phantom series. In which case, the Boom J8 would be a mid-range budget phone, unlikely to have the burden of a huge price tag around it.
Lets take a quick look at the specifications.
Though the Android 6, Marshmallow, is the rave now for all new phones, Tecno decided to go with Android 5.1, Lollipop, operating system. However, the user experience should be different because the interface is Tecno’s own unique HiOS. But tech nerds won’t be impressed if the phone cannot be upgraded to the latest Android OS.
Under the hood, the Boom J8 has a MediaTek 6753 chipset ably supporting a 64 bit CPU clocked at a decent 1.3 GHz. A Mali-T720 GPU is also mounted on the chipset to handle the Graphics. Another upgrade from the J7 is the 2GB RAM on the Boom J8. And with an internal storage storage of 16GB, expandable to 128GB, the J8 promises to give users a wonderful mobile experience.
The display and dimensions are all part of the wonderful experience the Boom J8 promises. Though disappointingly plastic, the ultra slim, sleek smartphone comes with an impressive IPS HD display. Still talking impressive, the display size is a whooping 5.5 inch with a display resolution of 720×1280 pixels. I guess some might be a bit disappointed that the Boom J8 is not a 1080p smartphone. I won’t worry though. There is no noticeable difference between 720p resolution and a 1080p.
The camera of the Boom J8 also got an upgrade from the J7. While the J7 came with an 8MP primary shooter, the Boom J8 has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera with geo-tagging features and LED flash.
With the Boom J8, Tecno decided on a plastic unibody design. That would pose a problem for people who like swapping batteries. It means the 3000mAh battery is sealed inside the plastic body of the phone.
As initially stated, the Boom J8 is a phone designed for music lovers. I guess in the way the Camon C8 was designed people who love taking photos. To help buyers out on their way to an awesome sound experience, a Boom Headset is included as an accessory when you buy the phone.
The handset is available both on online stores and offline retail shops for between 41,000 and 45,000 depending on your location in the country.
- 1.3GHz Quad-core Processor
- 2GB ram
- HSPDA 900/2100
- GSM 850/900/100/1900
- Android v5.1 lolliPop with Hios user interface
- Dual SIM support functionality
- Up to 100kpbs downloads speeds on 2G networks
- Up to 42.57mpbs downloads speeds on 3G networks
- Up to 142.57mpbs downloads speeds on 4G networks
- WIFI Hotspot
- Bluetooth v3.0,
- Touch Screen Keyboard
- Option of Black,Red and white
- Plastic body cover
- Weight 155g
- Sense Skin
- 16M colours
- 5.5 inch Capacitive Touch Screen
- Dimension(mm) of 125.50 x 64.78 x 10.90
- Resolution of 480×800
- 2GB RAM
- MediaTek 6572
- External memory card slot with support of 128GB
- 16GB internal memory (ROM)
- MP3 AMR, WAV AAC, MP3,MIDI,OGG… player, background playback, and album art cover
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Stereo FM radio
- 5MP Front-facing camera of 1600 x 1200-pixel picture quality also optimized for video calls
- 13MP rear camera 2592 x 1944-pixel with LED flash
Other Amazing Features
- GPS support
- No NFC
- No Infred
- No WIFI direct
- No HDMI
- No MHL
- 4G network
- Java Support
- A-GPS Navigation
- WIFI Hotspot
- Video Call
- GPRS/EDGE/3G/Wi-Fi/3.75G internet connectivity
- MP4/3GP video player with support for more codecs through third-party applications
- MicroUSB 3.0
- Browser support Flash
- Light Sensor
- Proximity Sensor
- No Gyroscope
- No Barometer
- Pre Installed Google applications like BBM, Facebook, Whatsapp, Gmail,YouTube, Calendar, Search etc
- 3D games support like Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, Gta, Talking Tom…
- Full access to Google Play Store with over 500,000 applications available for downloads
- Battery Capacity Li-ion 3000mAh
- Talk Time 8hrs
- Standby Time 250hrs
photo credits: tecno-mobile.com