Tecno Spark 7p – Full Review
Tecno Spark 7p is the pro sibling of Tecno Spark 7, and the differences between the two devices are on the screen size, processor chips, memory options, battery capacity, and pricing. For example, whereas the Spark 7 features a 6.5 inch screen size of the same resolution as that on Spark 7p, the 7p has a 6.6 inch screen.
The processor on the 7p is a Mediatek Helio G80 divided into a duo-core of 2.2 GHz and a hexa-core of 1.8 GHz. The Spark 7 version has a MediaTek Helio A25 processor that is divided into two quad-core one with the 1.8 GHz processor as the other clocks only 1.5GHz. The memory difference is such that one get a 64 or a 128GB storage with 4GB of RAM for the pro version whereas the standard version offers only 32GB or 64GB variants with 3GB of RAM; has the battery difference runs in favor of the standard version that has a gigantic 6000mAh against the 5000mAh battery that has been fitted on the pro version.
The screen of Tecno Spark 7p
The screen on Tecno Spark 7p is an IPS LCD screen, a screen that’s generally considered lower than either the OLED screen in most high end phones or even the Samsung’s AMOLED screen. But TECNO has to use a low version of the available screen techs because their primary goal with the Spark series is to have the phones sell in entry markets particularly in countries like Kenya, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and several others countries where most people are yet to afford smartphones, let alone the high end ones. This low tech screen also come with a very low resolution of 720 by 1600 for a pixel density of 266ppi, a pixel density that’s half the 2021 standard – but again that’s because Tecno doesn’t want you to break a bank in order to have a decent smartphone in your pocket.
Despite the low tech and low resolution screen on the Tecno Spark 7p pro, viewing experience one gets while using the phone is pretty decent. That’s because the screen has enriched color rendering engine and also features sufficient brightness that enables for outdoor usability without constraint. The automatic display adjustment is smooth and helps adjust the brights as required, mostly because one needs to both preserve the battery and not to expose the eyes to too much screen light when not needed.
The biggest selling point of Tecno Spark 7p’s screen is the refresh rate, which is at 90Hz, an upgrade from the standard 60Hz that has been part of screen technology since the invention of smartphones – or at least a few years after the invention.
The high 90Hz refresh rate implies that when you’ll be watching videos on this screen, more information will be reaching your eyes in the same amount of time, leading to smoother-looking motion. The higher refresh rate doesn’t just help with video viewing, but also with gaming too. Gamers do not want to feel that the game is tearing. Tearing occurs when the frame rate of a video (or a game) does not match the screens refresh rate. Usually most frame rates are at the rate of 24/25, 29/30 or 50/60 frames per second. When the refresh rate is low, you are likely going to meet a situation where the refresh rate is not in sync with the frame rate, hence the likelihood of experiencing a jugged (teared) motion pictures. A higher refresh rate on the other hand ensures that the screen is refreshed a significantly higher amount of times per second, so that any unsynchronised frames are neutralised.
As already mentioned in the intro or even in this article, Tecno Spark 7p is powered by a Mediatek Helio G80 processor that boasts of a 12nm technology (by the way by 2020 the semiconductor market already had 5nm processor being manufactured) that allows the processor to clock 2.2 GHz. The 2.2GHz however has been made possible only on two cores – the duo-core Cortex-A75 chipsets – as 6 cores get a 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55 chipsets; and if you ask me I think this was a very wise decision.
Typically phones are designed such that it normally uses the low speed processors for ordinary tasks. And that’s because the low speed processors do not use as much battery power. Given that by and large average users use the smartphones for ordinary tasks like texting, phone calls and wasting time on social media, most of the times it is the low speed processors that will be at work – hence the need to have a lot of those low speed processors.
Once in a while the high speed processors are called upon to handle heavy tasks such as loading an app or a video to RAM; or even when playing graphic heavy games. Since such events happen instantaneously when they rarely happen, it is was wise to decide to provide only two cores for the high speed processors – although the tradeoff here is that those who’d like to game a lot on the budget Tecno Spark 7p might end up overwhelming the two cores. That’s why heavy gamers would be advised to go for devices that are meant for gaming.
Also powering the device is 4GB or RAM, RAM that’s sufficient to keep smooth multitasking and unsure the device never freezes (unless of course someone is just careless with the device). Files and applications are saved on the 64GB SSD but for those who prefer to use their phones as some kind of permanent storage device, the 128GB should be sufficient – particularly now that Google is shutting down the unlimited storage of compressed photos.
To get the device operational is Android 11 that’s the latest in the market. That’s a huge plus given that majority of devices launching today are launching with Android 10, as is usually the trend where device manufacturers have to use an Android that’s more than a year old – given that they normally take time to tweek the available Android to fit their design and security preferences. Accompanying Android 11 is HIOS 7.5 that tecno boasts of as efficient and provides more delight. Given that Tecno has already released HIOS 7.6, it is expected that once you connect your new Tecno Spark 7p to the Internet, the device will atomically request for the HIOS 7.5 to be updated to HIOS 7.6.
Spark 7P’s ingenious 16MP AI Triple Camera is an additional compelling feature that will enable the new breed of innovational youth, to capture every minute detail of their busy lives through acute technological advances ensuring no occasion goes a miss be that day or night. It has a newly added AI lens that enables users to take striking portraits even in the dimmest of surroundings. With its shallow depth of field, the super night mode helps capture exclusive moments most effortlessly with exemplified images, enabling the users to always see their world in the brightest of lights.
The 16MP AI Triple Camera is also accompanied by Smile Snapshot, powered by the AI Portrait which incorporates facial recognition intelligence allowing the users to capture that perfect smile or a glimpsing moment in an instant. Meanwhile, Video Bokeh, natural Video Beautify, and a Slow Motion shooting at 240fps provide the current, technologically savvy generation the chance to channel their inner photographer through these intelligently adapted and enjoyable features.
Tecno Spark 7p is not just a low budget phone but a low budget phone that provides the user with high quality high end experience particularly in gaming, video viewing, and photography. For only Kshs 15,000 (or less), one is able to enjoy a better refresh rate made possible by latest Android and HIOS.