Tecno Spark 4 Review

Tecno Spark 4 (4GB RAM + 64GB)

The TECNO Spark 4 is an entry-level device after its predecessor, the Spark 3. The TECNO Spark 4 offers additional features; you get a bigger screen, a bigger battery, and a triple camera setup, all at a lower price.

Design.

The design of the TECNO Spark 4 is decent with a plastic frame and comes in four colour-gradient back that comes in various colours such as Vacation Blue, Royal Purple, Misty Grey, or Energetic Orange.

The Spark 4 design appears modern and fits into the latest design trend of smartphones. The back of this device is a fingerprint magnet, and to protect against scratches, TECNO offers a TPU clear case.

It has a triple camera at the back with dual-LED flash and a fingerprint scanner at the bottom TECNO brand logo.

At the front, you have a waterdrop notch Camera with an LED flash and a sensor used for face unlock.

On the right side of the Spark 4, you get the volume rocker and power button while on the left side, you get slots for dual nano-Sim cards and expandable storage.

At the bottom, you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack. Next to the headphone jack is a mic, a micro USB v2.0 port, and a mono-speaker grill.

Display

The Spark 4 has a 6.52 inch IPS LCD. The screen has a resolution of 720 x 1500 pixels and a 264 PPI density. It has a 20:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio.

  • Type    Color IPS LCD screen (16M)
  • Touch Yes, with Multitouch
  • Size     6.52 inches, 720 x 1500 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio 20:9
  • PPI      ~273 PPI
  • Screen to Body Ratio ~ 90%
  • Notch Yes, Water Drop Notch

Camera

The Spark 4 comes with four cameras, Triple Camera 13MP (Primary) with an aperture of F/1.8  + 2MP (Wide) + QVGA Tri-Cameras at the back with Low Light Sensor with autofocus, LED flash, and one front camera 8 MP for taking selfies.

Some of the camera features include Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus.

The camera at the back supports Full HD video recording 1080p @ 30 fps FHD while the front camera supports video calling.

Selfies taken on the front camera look good, but not perfect.

Face Unlock: Face Unlock 2.0 is part of the setup process when you get the Spark 4, much like the Fingerprint. Using your face, you can quickly unlock your phone. SPARK 4 will know when you light up your phone and unlock it and remember your face.

Memory

The TECNO Spark 4 comes with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and a memory card slot expandable up to 128 GB. Memory cards offer more storage capacity to your phone.

  • RAM                3 GB
  • Storage           32 GB
  • Card Slot         Yes, up to 128 GB

Performance

Tecno Spark 4 smartphone runs on Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system and is powered by Quad-core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53 processor. It runs on the MediaTek Helio A22 Chipset.

TECNO Spark 4 performs daily tasks without any problems.

For Gaming, it runs most of the high definition games smoothly. You won’t notice much lag while playing heavy graphics games and comes with few games pre-installed.

You’ll find a lot of bloatware on HiOS. The HiOS is a modified version of the mobile operating system developed by Tecno Mobile. It allows a wide range of app functionality without mobile device rooting. The HiOS makes the user experience frustrating, and you keep getting popup ads on the lock screen and home screen.

The best way to get rid of the ads is to uninstall or disable the bloatware then install a new custom launcher.

Battery Life

The Spark 4 comes with a non-removable 4000mAh Li-ion battery without fast charging. The battery talk time is 26 hours on 3G while the music playback time 110 hours.

For heavy users, the battery can take you throughout the day, while for light users, the TECNO Spark 4 can go till the next day in terms of battery life.

There’s no wireless charging.

  • Type    Non-Removable Battery
  • Size     4000 mAh, Li-ion Battery
  • Talk Time      26 hours
  • Music Playback Time          110 hours

Connectivity

Spark 4 has all of the connectivity options that a standard smartphone includes.

GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, VoLTE (Dual Stand-By), Wifi (with wifi-hotspot), Bluetooth, USB, microUSB v2.0, USB Features, & USB Charging.

Should You Buy The Tecno Spark 4?

Tecno Spark 4 is an affordable budget smartphone with the necessary features of a standard smartphone. Many cannot afford an expensive, advanced smartphone. However, the features installed in spark 4 rival some higher-priced smartphones.

In Nigeria, Tecno Spark 4 Price starts at about 34,500 Naira, which is about $92.

The cheapest phone in the TECNO series Camon 12 is the TECNO Camon 12 Air, which kills the TECNO Spark 4 based on its features.

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