Tecno is making itself quite the brand in most African countries. It is almost the affordable smartphone of choice in Nigeria. It’s a delicacy to many Kenyan smartphone owners shopping for specs rather than brand names. With most of their comparatively affordable phones featuring impressive screen sizes and tantalizing processors, you wouldn’t find it hard to understand why Tecno is such a juggernaut in Africa.
After spending a couple of months with Tecno Phantom A+, I have come to respect its reliability and sturdiness. It has taken tons of falls, an ample share of heavy graphics games and an accidental splash of water and it is still alive. I think Tecno smartphones are worth something.
Though I must admit that the failure to provide upgrades to latest Android OS is rather annoying, most of the high end Tecno smartphones pack more than enough power to carry you through your year – if not day. Here are some of the best Tecno smartphones you should have in mind next time you go shopping.
Tecno Phantom Z
2GB RAM, 2.0GHz octa-core processor, Android Kit-Kat and a Mali 450-MP4 GPU. That is quite the specs sheet behind this 5.2” super AMOLED screen. With a Gorilla Glass protection and a pixel density of 424ppi, the Phantom Z has what it takes to satisfy even the most exotic smartphone user in Kenya. You can capture all the fun moments with the 16MP rear or 8MP front camera both of which have flash capabilities and store them to the on-board 32GB space.
Price range: Ksh26500 to 29000
Tecno Phantom Z Mini
This is the budget reincarnate of Phantom Z. It has a slightly smaller 5.0” Super AMOLED screen that isn’t as refined as that of the real Phantom Z. At a resolution density of 294, the screen is still clear enough for most uses. Instead of a 2.0GHz octa-core, it gets a 1.3GHz octa-core and 16GB internal storage instead of 32. The only other difference is on the 13MP rear camera since the front camera and Android version specs match that of the Phantom Z. It could be a lesser monster but it sure will get the job done.
Price range: Ksh 19500 to 23000
The R7 comes with a 1.5GHz Mediatek hexacore processor coupled with 2GB of RAM to achieve some impressive performance levels. With a 5.5” IPS display, this phone will definitely be impressive to people who have a thing for size. This amazingly thin and light jewel doesn’t run on the latest Android version – this wouldn’t be a bother since the performance will overshadow your OS’s version. You will get 16GB of internal storage and 5MP camera to the front and a 13MP shooter at the back. The device runs on the new intuitive Tecno UI that is yet to get an official name.
Price range: Ksh 15,500 to 17,300
Its 1.3GHz quad core Cortex-A7 CPU is quite something. Coupling this with a Mali-400MP2 GPU means you can play a good number of games on the 4.7” screen that vies you a 720×1280 resolution at 313ppi. If you are not interested in games, you will find the catalogue more than enough. A presentable 8MP camera at the back and 5MP front camera will keep the photo lovers in check while the Android Kit-Kat it runs will ensure you get the very best out of the hardware. It is a perfect phone for someone who wants something menacing but easy to carry around.
Price range: Ksh 11,000 to 14,000
Tecno Boom J7
This is the latest in the line, specifically designed for music lovers. Does this mean it has an inferior screen resolution? No. Does it have a measly processor? No, not at all. It runs on Android Kit-Kat and packs a 1.3GHz quad core. With 16GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM, it might not be the action packing monster you would find in the Phantom Z but it is good enough for music enthusiasts (has an amazing music player and powerful on-board speakers).
Price: Ksh 13,500