Tecno Mobile is on a roll in South Africa! The smartphone brand has hit the ground running in the Republic and has been launching new smartphones left and right to cater to a wide range of budgets and lifestyles. One of the latest releases from the brand is one that is sure to appeal to content creators on a budget. Say hello to the Tecno Spark 7 Pro; a promising device boasting mid-range specs at an entry-level price.
Coming in at just under R3,500, the Spark 7 Pro is a great choice for users looking for many of the features you would find on a mid-level device from the bigger brands in the game, but with a much more affordable price tag. I took the Spark 7 Pro for a spin to see how it holds up for everyday use:
An mid-range powerhouse
If you’re interested in getting into the content creation space and need a device with a decent camera, then the Spark 7 Pro may be just what you’re after. There aren’t many devices in the sub-R4,000 price range boasting a camera this impressive. Add in desirable features, like a fingerprint sensor, and you’ve got a real contender for a mid-range powerhouse of note!
The Spark 7 Pro boasts a 48MP Clear Triple Camera and the new Helio G80 chipset, all showcased on a little-larger 6.6-inch edge-to-edge display running on Android 11 using Tecno’s HIOS 7.5 variation. The 7 Pro’s display features a 90Hz refresh rate, a 5,000mAh battery, and comes in 3 variants: 128+4GB / 64+6GB / 64+4GB.
I tested the 128GB version with 4GB of RAM, and putting the device through its paces, I didn’t notice any issues with lagging or performance. It can take on multiple daily computing tasks without a hitch, and I was very impressed with the performance of this device considering its price. If you need something that runs even more smoothly and that can keep up with high-demand use, then you may want to spring for the meatier 6GB RAM version but the 4GB version should suit most users just fine.
Keen mobile gamers will want to spring for the 6GB RAM version for sure, as the less powerful model may require you to adjust graphics settings to the minimum to avoid lag on more demanding apps while playing.
As for the battery, I managed to get a full day of heavy use out of a single charge, but casual users should be able to get away with 2 days of battery life on a single charge. In terms of charging speed, the Spark 7 Pro takes about 3 hours to reach full charge, with no flash charge option available.
Speaking of performance, a feature I really appreciate on the Spark 7 Pro is App Twin, which allows you to split the screen and run two apps at the same time. This is sure to be a game-changer for power users who intend to use the device for remote learning, content creation and sharing, or even work-from-home tasks. Connectivity is also good with the Spark 7 Pro. I had no issues with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity using the device, and it connected to my Bluetooth-enabled smartwatch and wireless headphones with ease and without interruption.
Point and shoot
The camera on the Tecno Spark 7 Pro is a triumph for its price point. The device lets you capture moments with a triple camera module at the back, including a 48-megapixel main shooter, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a dedicated AI camera. Overall, the device takes decent-quality images, especially when you’re shooting under good lighting conditions.
Colours look natural, and the images appear bright and detailed. While there’s no dedicated macro mode, the device’s AI camera mode is able to detect the subject and adjust the camera settings accordingly for extreme close-up photography, giving you a good natural foreground-background separation.
For low-light shooting, there’s Super Night mode. This mode improves the camera’s ability to capture images in low light conditions, giving you results that are bright and detailed. The 8-megapixel front shooter is also perfectly adequate and allows you to take great selfies, while Beauty mode applies natural-looking touch-ups to photos under good lighting.
Both the front and rear cameras are capable of capturing up to Full HD videos at 30fps. Video footage shot on the device is bright, vibrant, and detailed under good lighting, but you will struggle a bit under low-lit conditions. The camera does also struggle with stabilisation when shooting video footage on the move, so if you’re a content creator focusing mostly on video where the camera isn’t static, then you may want to invest in a separate gimbal stabiliser.
The camera’s app offers some exciting features and shooting modes including Google Lens, Beauty, Video, AI cam and Short Video. The latter is ideal for shooting quick videos for social media with a lot of fun visual effects. I spent hours playing with the different visual effects available, and they’re sure to appeal to a younger audience with a love of filters.
Is the Tecno Spark 7 Pro for you?
The Tecno Spark 7 Pro is an impressive device for sure. It gives other mid-range phones in the sub-R4,000 category a real run for their money. For its price, this device offers above-average specs and features along with great looks, brilliant functionality, and an overall good user experience.
The Spark 7 Pro will be available from various stockists in South Africa in October, including Takealot. For more information on the Spark 7 Pro, visit the Tecno South Africa website.
Psst! Even better news, Tecno is running a competition that gives locals a chance to win a Spark 7 smartphone. For the giveaway, South Africans have been challenged to spell out “Spark 7” using any objects found at home or work. To enter to stand a chance to win they must then share a picture of their creation on Facebook, tag @TECNOMobileSouthAfrica, and include the hashtags #AllYouNeedIsSPARK and #TECNOMobileZA.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.