It’s no news that Tecno has been a major stakeholder in the smartphone market. Right from the history of smartphones in Nigeria, Tecno is one of the OEM that their first set of smartphones was known as the ‘affordables’. It’s even no doubt that these smartphones were one of the factors that made smartphones relatively cheap in Nigeria although that’s not the case in Nigeria anymore because smartphones are not on the cheap side anymore. This can be attributed to the depreciation of the naira’s worth in the exchange market.
Without further digression, another smartphone from the coffers of Tecno is the Tecno Spark K7. Tecno Spark K7 also has another name that can be used to call it. It’s other name is Tecno K7. Tecno Spark K7 is amidst the cheap smartphones released by Tecno. Tecno were very popular with making cheap smartphones from time memorial but the Phantom series from Tecno isn’t in that same league. Tecno Spark K7 has some features that are sure to make indelible marks in the market. I’ll quickly do a summary of the strong points and the shortcomings of the device.
One of its strong points is its storage space pegged at 16GB. It also has a rear camera of 13MP. Its design is also a classy one that makes you fall in love with it. There’s also the presence of a fingerprint sensor that every in-the-know person wants to make use of. The operating system is Android 7.0 Nougat. Also, its price affordability is another strong point.
The major shortcoming of the smartphone is its low RAM capacity of 1GB. Another shortcoming is the battery capacity of 3,000mAh.
The display of Tecno Spark K7 is a large one with its 5.5 inches size. This large size makes it among the smartphones that have their large size as a cutting edge in the smartphone market. The screen display resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels. This is a bit low for a smartphone of its quality. A 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution would have been just perfect. However, the 1280 x 720 resolution pixels is good enough for the clarity of texts and icons on the device. Its display type is the IPS type that makes the screen be on another level of brightness.
The design of this Tecno smartphone is one of its strong points, as I said earlier. The smartphone has a rectangular shape, as well as curved edges that makes it more gorgeous. The Tecno Spark K7 has a comfortable feel in hand. Its dimensions are 153 x 76.4 x 7.9mm (H X L X W). Its fingerprint sensor is located at the back of the smartphone towards the top region but under the camera region. The rear camera is placed in a very cool pattern with its LED flash accompaniment. The rear camera is located at the top left corner of the smartphone. The front-facing camera is located at the top bezel on the left hand side of the earpiece with the LED flash inches away from it. The proximity sensor is also located at the top bezel, on the right hand side of the earpiece. The volume button is located on the right hand side of the smartphone alongside the power button. The audio jack is located at the top of the smartphone, which is the norm of smartphones. The smartphone comes in different colour variants which are Champagne Gold, Phantom Black, Coral Blue and Metallic Red.
The camera department of Tecno Spark K7 is also another strong point of the smartphone. Smartphones’ rear cameras that are less than 8MP in this dispensation of smartphones are been shoved aside. All I’m implying is that smartphones above 8MP are the real deal. Well, 8MP cameras too are good to go for the rear region. Tecno Spark K7 has a camera quality of 13MP at its rear. The camera also has features such as HDR, panorama, face detection and auto focus detection. Do you think I’ll forget to add that the rear camera has a LED flash for brightening of images? No! I just told you that, so I ain’t repeating myself. The front-facing camera is also a classic as it bags a 5MP sensor as well as a LED flash to enable taking beautiful selfies in both light and dark conditions.
The processor of the smartphone has 8 cores, that is, Octa-Core processor. That is also a very impressive one from the smartphone OEM. The processor speed is 1.3GHz. This isn’t among the big boys of processor speed. A 2.0GHz would have just made the processor of this smartphone bae.
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OPERATING SYSTEM (OS)
The operating system of the Tecno Spark K7 is an Android OS, as most would have anticipated. The amazing thing about the smartphone is that it utilizes the latest OS from Android – Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s interesting to see most of these smartphones in the Nigerian market utilizing the latest Android OS in their smartphones. That is just to say that the OEMs are not sleeping on a bicycle.
Tecno Spark K7 has a battery capacity of 3,000mAh. This is what I called the shortcoming of the smartphone because an OEM like Tecno should know well that the power supply in Nigeria has a big question tag on it, so the battery should have been made to have a larger capacity. However, 3,000mAh is good enough for average smartphone users and light smartphone users alike. It’s not one that a heavy smartphone user will really love to make use. Personally, I’ll advise the use of a power bank to complement the battery inadequacies for the heavy smartphone users.
The storage of the device has a good side to it and also a bad side. Which do you prefer I say first, the good or the bad? Let me make the choice myself. I’ll start with the good side. The good side has to do with the internal memory. The internal memory has a storage capacity of 16GB. That’s a really impressive one from Tecno. The 16GB capacity is good enough for the storage of files such as music, videos, images as well as documents. The internal memory capacity can also be extended to 32GB with the aid of a micro SD card. The RAM category is the bad side. A 1GB RAM is not what I would have expected Tecno to implant in this masterpiece. Once the smartphone gets loaded with a lot of apps, the smartphone will tend to easily lag. Well, without much apps, the smartphone will definitely enjoy a smooth running of the apps.
TECNO Spark K7 has a dual SIM functionality. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot are also available. FM Radio is also present on the smartphone.
Other features of Tecno Spark K7 include: the fingerprint sensor (located at the top region of the rear of the smartphone), the proximity sensor (located at the top bezel of the smartphone), light sensor.
The price of Tecno Spark K7 in Nigeria ranges between NGN25,000 to NGN30,000. In US dollars, it costs $70.