It’s almost 2 months after the launch of the SPARK 7P. The budget-friendly device we all desired and praised for its build quality and outstanding features.
After more than a month of usage, this is what is called a long-term review. (I would discuss and give my honest opinion about its build quality and performance)
For a recap of both my unboxing and first impressions, kindly click on any of the links below!
Design and Build
The smartphone is undeniably sleek and attractive; borrowing its design from its best-selling predecessor the SPARK 4, although major upgrades can be noticed.
The front has a dewdrop IPS display, which gives the phone a nostalgic feeling relating to its predecessor. The back is designed with a textured polycarbonate finish and a polished frame which gives the phone a firm grip and is very forgiving when it comes to fingerprints. It also houses the volume rocker and power button on the right frame, with the SIM/MicroSD slot on the left. These buttons are easier to reach and provide a satisfying click when tapped.
The SPARK 7P has a 128GB or 64GB ROM variant and 4GB RAM with other hardware features such as a 3.5mm headphone jack, Dirac stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that is quick and accurate. The device comes in beautiful colors of Magnet Black, Alps Blue, Spruce Green, and Summer Mojito.
The SPARK 7P has a 6.8-inch HD screen, and a well-optimized 720*1640 resolution IPS display with a 90Hz smooth refresh rate. The image quality of the display is impressive, true to life, and sharp even for a phone of this price range.
The higher refresh rate also makes the user interface feel much more responsive, with smoother animations.
The smartphone is powered by a 5000mAh non-removable battery, that charges via a 10W micro-USB charger. Surprisingly, it charges a bit faster than its predecessor, and even with a 90hz refresh rate, the phone achieves a satisfactory run time up to a full day or two days depending on usage.
Software and Performance
The smartphone features TECNO's HiOS 7.6 based on Android™ 11 with MediaTek's Helio G70 Octa-core Processor.
As tested, these offer the best delightful experience for mainstream smartphone users and elite mobile gamers. Although it is an entry-level smartphone, it has prioritized speed, quicker animations, and transition with a smooth user interface.
The device also comes packing with useable features such as Theft Alert, Peek Mode, Ultra Power Saving, Bluetooth Audio Share, Video Assistance, Wireless FM Radio, Stereo Speakers, and many more outstanding features that are worth mentioning.
Although TECNO Mobile is yet to update the device to correct the few bugs I noticed, I believe TECNO Mobile might surprise users with an Android 12 upgrade - fingers crossed!
There are some annoyances though, the SPARK 7P has a lot of proprietary apps that can't be deleted or disabled and a few baked-in ads.
On Geekbench 5, the phone scores 365 for single-core and 1257 for multi-core. As always, these scores can’t tell us everything about how the phone may perform in the real world, but they can give us an impression.
The SPARK 7P has a 16MP AI triple camera setup with quad flash, that is beautifully crafted with an aerospace-level technique, that protects the camera bump. The camera consists of a 16MP main lens, 2MP depth lens, and an AI lens for scene recognition. Also, at the front, the SPARK 7P has a dewdrop screen consisting of an 8MP super clear selfie lens with an adjustable dual front flash.
The image quality of the main camera is perfectly adequate for a phone in its price range. In good lighting, the details, dynamic range, and color accuracy can be quite decent with good contrast and balance sharpening.
The cameras can be attributed with superb features such as Smile Shot, Eye Autofocus, 2K Video Quality, Super Night Mode, Night Portrait, Slow Motion, Video Bokeh, Time-lapse, and so much more.
The TECNO SPARK 7P is an excellent entry-level smartphone. For the price, you get a well-built and well-designed smartphone with a good display with excellent performance, good battery life, average cameras, and amazing features.
But the smartphone has some minor software issues: bugs as we call them. Although not noticeable, except to the technically inclined.
The TECNO SPARK 7P is certainly a phone that deserves and demands your attention even if you can't buy it.
Knowing that the TECNO SPARK 7P is a budget-friendly device, I recommend the following -
In terms of ergonomics, the phone feels too chunky to hold with its 6.8-inch display. A cut back would be advised.
The change in design has also brought some difficulties, that is, the speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack relocation, made it difficult to play games with wired headphones unless the smartphone was turned upside down, making it difficult to use the magic button for the avid user.
Without a doubt, I also believe that the cameras could be improved and micro USB dropped for the modern-day USB Type C.
And lastly, the stereo speakers aren't loud enough when it comes to gaming. Should this be addressed, it would be amazing.
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