If you are an entry-level or occasional mobile gamer, you’d agree that finding a budget smartphone that can handle the rigors of gaming is almost like an impossible task. But there’s good news, now that the TECNO Spark 7P — a device specifically designed with mobile gamers in mind — is here to make life easier for the hobbyist gamers.

TECNO Spark 7P at a glance

As the name suggests (with the ‘P’), this device is a higher spec’d version of the regular Spark 7 model. And being an entry-level device doesn’t mean it came with low-end components and features. In fact, at a GHS895 price point, its specs can rival some of the costlier competing smartphones. Read on to find out what the TECNO Spark 7P has to offer.
Inside the Spark 7P is an Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55) processor. It runs on the Mediatek Helio G70 (12 nm) Chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The device is powered by a big 5000mAh battery and runs the Android 11 operating system with HIOS 7.5.
Tecno Spark 7P smartphone has an IPS LCD, 90Hz display. It measures 6.82 inches, 109.8 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio). The screen has a resolution of 720 x 1640 pixels (~263 ppi density). Talking about cameras; on the front is an 8MP Dual-LED flash camera. In the rear, there’s a 16MP + 2MP + 2MP camera with features like Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus. Connectivity features in the smartphone include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Volte, and more.
It comes in four colours: Alps Blue, Spruce Green, Magnet Black, Summer Mojito. The colour of my review unit is Alps Blue.

Design

Sporting a sleek look, it is hard to mistake the Spark 7P for any other device as it sports the ‘TECNO Spark’ identity in a large display on the plastic back of the device. In addition to a 3.5mm headphone jack, the TECNO Spark 7P comes with dual speakers — which is a welcome addition for a multimedia-tailored smartphone.
Tecno Spark 7P

In the box

The device comes with a 13-month warranty card. Aside that, you have a rubber phone case. Also provided for you is a USB charger head together with its accompanying micro USB cable and an in-ear headphone. Of course, the SIM ejection pin is provided, as well as a user manual.
Tecno Spark 7P

TECNO Spark 7P key specs

  • Display: IPS LCD, 90Hz
    Size: 6.82 inches, 109.8 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio)
    Resolution: 720 x 1640 pixels (~263 ppi density)
  • Storage and RAM: 64GB, 4GB and 128GB, 4GB
  • Front camera: 8MP Dual-LED flash
    Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Main camera: 16 MP, AF
    Secondary camera: 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
    Third camera: 2MP f/2.4 AI camera
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G70 (12 nm)
  • OS: Android 11, HIOS 7.5
  • Battery: Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
  • Colors: Alps Blue, Spruce Green, Magnet Black, Summer Mojito

Performance

The Mediatek Helio G70 processor gives a good account of itself as it performed well during gameplay. For an entry-level smartphone, my Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG Mobile gameplay went on smoothly without suffering frame drops or lag.
And of course, I can’t forget the massive role the 5000mAh battery played in all of this. In total, I got close to 6hrs gaming time on a full charge with high graphics settings.

Camera

Of course, if your favorite thing about a smartphone is its camera and photography capabilities then you won’t be left disappointed with the TECNO Spark 7P cameras.
The device comes with a triple camera setup. An 8MP selfie camera gives you soft photos in badly lit environments but where the lighting is good, you get strong-looking photos. You can shoot videos in 2k quality, and the accompanying audio quality is quite respectable.
For the rear cameras, a 16MP main camera gives you quite okay photos with some improved colors. For cleaner images in night-mode, make use of the flash LED light.
The rear camera also allows you to shoot videos in 2k @ 30fps. The audio quality is respectable as well and colors look vibrant.

Exciting Pros

Peek proof

You know how we all dim the brightness of our screens when texting in public? Well, with the Spark 7p, you can leave only a portion of your screen bright while dimming out the rest of it.

Anti-theft

It’s a common thing for phones to be stolen while on the charge. With this feature, once your Spark 7P is unplugged from charge, it lets out an alarm that can only be stopped after you key in your passcode or draw your pattern. So if someone steals the phone, the loud ringing sound will give them away. That’s so cool and convenient.

App twin

Lets you sign on to two accounts in the same app. Much like you can sign-in to multiple Gmail accounts on the same phone.

Notable Cons

Fingerprint scanner placement

It’s located at the back of the phone. And while this is not a bad thing in itself, the placement is too high up the back for the average human forefinger; as it takes a stretch to reach.

Thick bezels

Come on, Tecno. It’s 2021 and you should know that one thing gamers hate is when you reduce their screen space with thick bezels.

Bloatware

The TECNO Spark 7P comes with too many unwanted apps. While you can easily uninstall some, you’d be returning to ‘square 1’ the moment you update the operating system — bringing them back like “surprise, surprise!!” And they come with unnecessary notifications too.

Micro USB port

I get that this is a budget phone, but a micro USB port in 2021? Why design a smartphone with features that are being phased out? Why couldn’t you just go with the USB-C?

The price and where to buy?

The TECNO Spark 7P is selling at GHS895. To buy a device, you can walk into any of TECNO’s accredited shops nationwide. For a list of the shops, click here. You can also buy online via this link.

JBKlutse’s Verdict

This smartphone does its job of letting you enjoy your favorite live-action video games. Its battery can go on for hours without losing too much juice and if you’d only be using it in a regular ‘call and surf the internet’ manner, you can easily get through three days on a single charge.
 

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