Tecno Spark 5 Pro smartphone

Tecno Spark 5 Pro Review, Big Specs & Cheap

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The Tecno Spark 5 Pro is a big specification Tecno Spark 5 that has big specifications and is also cheap at the same time. The upgraded specifications include a 2.0GHz Octa-Core processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage and a 16MP quad rear camera setup. For better comparison, here is a table detailing the differences between The Spark 5 and Spark 5 Pro.

Item/PhoneSpark 5Spark 5 Pro
Processor speed2.0GHz Quad-Core2.0GHz Octa-Core
RAM2GB4GB
ROM32GB128GB
Rear Camera13MP16MP
SPark 5 vs. Spark 5 Pro

However, the following specifications remain the same on both smartphones.

  • 6.6 Inch HD screen
  • 720 X 1600 resolution
  • 8MP dot in display front camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Quad rear flash
  • Dual front flash

As for the accessories, they are exactly the same but some lucky customers in Kenya did receive the Tecno Hipods H2 for free after they pre-ordered the Spark 5 pro.

Price

Tecno Spark 5 Pro price in Kenya
64GB+4GB Price in Kenya

The cost of the Tecno Spark 5 Pro in Kenya is Ksh13,999 which is exactly the cost of the original Tecno Spark 5. So for the same amount of money you will get more RAM, Storage, a bigger camera and slow motion recording too.

According to the current exchange rates, the cost of the Spark 5 smartphone is USD129.

Camera

Quad camera setup

Like I said earlier in the article, the main camera is a 16MP lens, the Macro camera comes in second with a 2MP lens. At the back there is also the quad flash setup.

Here is a sample photo taken using the AICAM at 1X zoom.

Tecno Spark 5 Pro photo sample

Wide angle and night mode properties are however absent from the Spark 5 Pro. Even without those features the macro mode works very well. The photo below was taken using the AICAM 1X zoom lens.

Tecno Spark 5 Pro 1X Zoom AICAM photo
1X Zoom AICAM photo

And the following was taken using the macro lens. Can you guess which portion I zoomed in on?

Tecno Spark 5 Pro macro photo
Macro photo

Another bonus feature is Macro video recording.

 

As for normal video recording, the Spark 5 can record 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. I shot the last 3 minutes or so of this Infinix Hot 10 video using the Spark 5 Pro. I never had any difficulty with the auto focus. It was a simple point and shoot moment for me.

Slow Motion

The Spark 5 pro also has slow motion recording among its camera features. Just like the video recording, the frame rate is also 30 frames per second. The outcome is different from a normal video however. For example the video size has a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of the normal 16:9.

 

The frame width and height is 640X480 which is not a HD video. This is perfect for social media like Instagram and twitter where the viewer will be watching the video from a mobile device.

Ads

Straight out of the box, the Spark 5 pro comes with pre installed bloatware just like any other Tecno smartphone. These apps like Scooper and Phoenix browser do serve advertisements disguised as notifications.

What’s interesting and weird is that there are now Ads in the middle of the app list. The gallery below clearly shows this.

I guess this s a method for Tecno to reclaim their money after increasing the specifications but not the price. If you find such gimmicks as annoying then I have a tutorial on how to disable Tecno HiOS ads in my video here.

Basically there are 4 steps to doing this

  1. Uninstall Bloatware
  2. Disable notifications from apps
  3. Installing a third party launcher like Nova
  4. How to uninstall system apps

Concluson

The Spar series was introduced as a low cost middle tier performance smartphone. This series has gown to give us devices like the The Spark 5 Pro which as you’ve already seen is better than the original Spark 5.

The Spark 5 Pro brings the high performance into the mix without increasing the price. This is why I say that the Tecno Spark 5 Pro is cheap and definitely a good bargain.

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