I was in search of a smartphone for a friend he gave me his specification and brand which was Tecno Mobile. I wanted to get him something new and trendy so I had to go to different stores offline to look for the latest and possibly the best Tecno smartphone that fits his budget.
later on I settled for the Tecno Spark 10 smartphone. After getting the smartphone I needed to run some checks and functionality of the smartphone in other to guild others who are also looking for a good smartphone to buy.
Well in this article we say it as it is, we will be reviewing the Tecno Spark 10 (Tecno KI5q) model that was released on April 2023. We should also have it in mind that the Tecno Spark 10 are of different variants, we have the Tecno Spark 10, Tecno Spark 10c, and the Tecno Spark 10 Pro. Each of them also varies in price, the Tecno Spark 10 Pro is more expensive than the Tecno Spark 10 and 10c. The device configurations or specifications vary too.
But this review is basically for the Tecno KI5q model which is the Spark 10 itself. By the end of this article, you would be able to decide if the Spark 10 is worth its price.
Tecno Spark 10 key features
- 5000mah inbuilt battery
- 128GB ROM and 8GB RAM
- 6.6 inches screen size
- Android 13 operating system based on HIOS version 12.6.0
- MediaTek MT6765 Helio G37 processor
- 50MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
- Fingerprint sensor side mounted
Tecno Spark 10 review
Design and display
The Tecno Spark 10 comes with an appealing design, it has a neatly plastic-designed body. On the front of the smartphone is it large 6.6 (720×1612 resolution) large screen, on the top middle side of the screen is it clear wide 8MP selfie camera. The Tecno Spark 10 back looks more like an iPhone device it has two rear cameras (50MP wide, 0.08mp depth) and a single flashlight for taking night pictures.
It also has allocated spaces for a headphone, a loudspeaker, and a Type C USB charging port.
The Tecno Spark 10 fingerprint sensor is installed on the power button, so you don’t need to stretch your hands too far to unlock the smartphone.
Initially, I thought the fingerprint sensor is mounted on the screen because it looks different from other smartphones that come with a fingerprint sensor installed on the power button. The power button is not flat as usual but rather like a normal smartphone that doesn’t come with a fingerprint installed on the power button.
The Spark 10 comes with an 8MP wide front-facing camera that can take beautiful pictures. The 8mp camera supports bokeh mode and also, some filters. I took some pictures with the 8mp camera and they look so nice in the eyes.
On the other hand, the Spark 10 comes with a 50MP wide back camera assisted with a 0.08mp depth sensor. The 50mp camera takes clearer pictures than that of the 8mp front camera, it could also detect elements in the environment using its AI-powered technology.
I took a picture of a plant, I fell in love with the camera it was just perfect and what I needed. The vivid colors and the display were mind-blowing. Take a look at a picture I snapped below.
Hardware and software
Talking about software, the Tecno Spark 10 comes with (GAPPS) Google applications, but not all the Google applications. Applications that are preinstalled include; Playstore, boom player, custom photo gallery, and so on. As usual, the Spark 10 runs on HIOS version 12.6.0 and Android 13-based operating version.
Over to the hardware aspect, the Spark 10 smartphone comes with an MTK Helio G37 chipset processor 64bit. The processor supports a maximum of 50mp camera 8GB ram and a 4G network, it also powers the smartphone and helps to keep things running smoothly.
The Spark 10 comes with a huge 128GB ROM and 8GB RAM. The RAM can further be increased up to 8GB giving you a total of 16GB RAM. The Spark 10 uses virtual RAM in other to increase the RAM space, this is done by creating a SWAP file in the ROM in other for the phone to use it as a secondary RAM, in other words, the part of the ROM storage is set aside for the extra RAM storage.
If you don’t multitask much or don’t make use of much background application it will be better if you leave the virtual RAM turned off.
Spark 10 comes with the latest 5.0 Bluetooth version, it also supports 2G,3G, and 4G networks
There’s also room for WIFI and Hotspot connectivity. The full network specification can be found below.
Tecno Spark 10 comes with a large 5000mah non removable battery. The battery can last close to two days on minimum usage but will need to be charged later on that day if you are a heavy user.
What is inside the box
- Tecno Spark 10 smartphones
- Charger and type C USB cord
- Rubber back cover casing
Tecno Spark 10 full specification
- Height: 163.89mm
- 6.6″ HD+90Hz Refresh Rate
- 720*1612 Resolution
- 128GB ROM
- 8GB RAM
- Android 13
Network & Connectivity
- WIFI 2.4+5GHz
Camera & Interface
· 50MP Ultra Clear Rear Camera
· 8MP Glowing Selfie with Dual Flash
- Ambient Light Sensor
- Proximity Sensor
- Fingerprint Sensor
What I love about the Tecno Spark 10
I think one of the best features of the Spark 10 smartphone is the 50MP camera. Some sample pictures I took can be found above. You can also attest to the fact that the front and rear cameras did a good job. The picture quality is beautiful. If you’ve been searching online for a smartphone with great camera quality, look no more the Spark 10 will do the work perfectly.
Large memory space
Spark 10 comes with a huge 128GB ROM size which Is enough for an average user, the storage can handle a lot of apps and multimedia easily. There’s also a dedicated space for memory cards in case you feel like the 128GB storage is too small for you. You can easily expand it by getting an SD card.
I have always loved smartphones with huge RAM storage. The Spark 10 comes with 8GB RAM storage, the good part about this is you could expand this storage up to 16GB using a feature called MemFusion, which is crazy! The Memfusion can set a virtual RAM using the ROM storage.
This virtual RAM acts as a support to the existing 8GB RAM. Again, as I said, if you don’t plan to keep many apps running or you don’t plan to install many apps you don’t need to bother activating this feature. The 8GB RAM can handle most tasks.
The back plastic colors
The Spark 10 back color looks amazing and flashy, no matter the color you are getting it will always look appealing to the eyes
What I dislike about the Tecno Spark 10
The camera design
The Tecno Spark 10 rear camera design is beautiful no doubt, but I hate the fact that it looks like that of an iPhone. During my few days of usage, a lot of people were asking me if I bought an iPhone, and it made me sick. I think Tecno smartphone design teams need to up their game and get a good concept of how to design or place the rear cameras.
I also pray we don’t see this same concept in the next model because they like making use of a particular concept until it becomes useless to the eyes.
Poor quality accessories
The Spark 10 comes with wired headphones and a type C charger, but they look more like poor quality and they can also damage anytime soon.
Is Tecno Spark 10 a waste of money?
Before we conclude if the Tecno Spark 10 is a waste of money, we must know the price of the smartphone and also weigh it with its specification or configuration and with other smartphones within that range.
I bought the Spark 10 smartphone for 98,0000 Nigerian Naira in one of the stores in Nigeria, truth be told you can rarely get a smartphone of that configuration for a cheaper amount. The selling part of this smartphone is not just the 8GB RAM nor the 128GB storage, but its huge 50MP wide back camera.
Checking out its specification, its price and also comparing it with other smartphones of similar specification like the ( Tecno pova 4 178,000 Naira, Xiaomi Note 10 Pro 240,000 Naira) I feel that the price is okay and I can boldly tell you that the Tecno Spark 10 is worth your money.
Where to download Tecno Spark 10 Firmware
Incase you need the Tecno spark 10 K15q firmware you can download it here
Where to buy the Tecno Spark 10
The Tecno Spark 10 is a beautiful craft smartphone with great specifications, like 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM, and also a feature that is capable of expanding the RAM storage up to 16GB. Imagine having a machine of that power, you would probably be able to complete tasks easily and faster.
The spark 10 also supports 18W fast charge capability. Less I forget, the Spark 10 smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G37 which gives room for entry gaming smartphones the benefits of faster displays.
I bet you we would have been able to get more RAM storage from Tecno Mobile on the Tecno Spark 10 smartphone.
But due to the fact that the processor (MTK Helio G37) which was installed on the Spark 10 smartphone only supports a maximum size of 8GB RAM. Tecno Mobile decided to give more using the Memfusion feature to increase the RAM to a maximum of 16GB.