Never for once did I think I would see a budget phone under N120,000 offering as much as 8 gigs of RAM and 256 gigs of storage, but with the Spark 10 Pro, Tecno has surprised everyone. This might just be the best value for money as far as budget phones are concerned.
Tecno is bringing the heat! The Tecno Spark 10 Pro is a device you look at its specs and price, and you go, “Now that’s not possible.” It comes at a price point even the competition will struggle to match and offers specs you really won’t expect to see at this price. We know specs don’t tell the whole story. User experience is where it matters the most.
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Tecno Spark 10 Pro Price In Nigeria
For about N105,000, you can buy the 128GB version of the Spark 10 Pro. If you want a 256GB version, it costs just around N118,000. Both come with eight gigs of RAM. You barely find any new smartphone with 8 gigs of RAM under 200k, but here we have Tecno dropping it on a low-budget phone.
Tecno Spark 10 Pro Review
Before we go any further, I know what’s in some of your minds: why does it look like an iPhone? Right? Just slap an Apple logo on the back, and someone can mistake it for an iPhone. The Spark 10 Pro comes in three nice colors; I think the white is the coolest, but my unit here is the starry black, which looks just great.
Just like most brands, Tecno continues to add all essential accessories in the box of their smartphones: charger, earphones, and protective casing included. So you buy it once and don’t need to spend on accessories. I’m looking at you, Samsung; you know what you did. Tecno has always thrived in this segment of budget phones.
Last year, the Spark 9 Pro was also one of the best recommended for its price, and it’s not much of a surprise that the successor will follow suit. Just that the RAM and storage capacity was unexpected, and even more interesting when you realize that you can expand the storage by SD card if you want to.
And if for any reason you think 8GB RAM is not crazy enough on a budget phone, you can engage Ram plus or Memory Fusion, as Tecno calls it, expanding it by up to 8 gigs more in Virtual Ram. That’s a total of 16 gig ram, but I think 8 gigs is more than enough, and you don’t really need to stress the system memory with Ram plus.
Design & Build
Design-wise, it does look familiar, especially when you look at those camera bumps. It also has a glass back, something you actually don’t see on a budget phone. I like that it has a frosted matte finish on the back. The only glossy part is around the cameras.
The Spark 10 Pro has a square design; you can find the screen guard print scanner on the power button just below the individually placed volume rocker keys. We still get to keep the headphone jack, and we only get a bottom-firing mono speaker, which is okay. That’s expected for this price point.
In the display department, we get a 1080p LCD display, which looks vibrant, with a center hole-point style for a selfie camera.
As an upgrade from last year’s Spark 9 Pro, we get a 90Hz screen refresh rate, which makes for a much smoother UI experience. However, you need to enable it as it sets to automatically switch by default. Personally, I prefer to have it set to 90Hz always.
The software on the Spark 10 Pro is HiOS, as expected, but this time with Android 13 and HiOS version 12.6. It’s still the typical HiOS experience with some visual changes and some more optimization, but as expected with Tecno software at this price point, you still get a ton of pre-installed apps and ads which come from some of these apps. Of course, with a few clicks here and there, you can disable or block these ads for a cleaner experience.
One thing I appreciate about Tecno software outside the bloat and ads are that it is quite stable and barely buggy or laggy, at least in my experience. And it is quite feature-packed if you like to tweak around.
We’ve already established that the Spark 10 Pro has the potential to be the best phone for its price, seeing the value it offers in specs, which the competition actually does not come close to for a similar price, at least not yet.
Processor, Gaming & Performance
It is powered by the Mediatek G88, which is a gaming-optimized processor, and you could say a slight upgrade from the G85 on its predecessor. With 8 gigs of RAM alongside that, you can expect a good multitasking experience here with barely any struggles.
If you decide to game with it, the Spark 10 Pro can handle it, though not at the higher settings, of course. That’s not expected for this price point, but you can handle long gaming sessions with no abnormal heating concerns. You can play the likes of Apex Legends at medium settings and get consistent frame rates.
Battery Capacity & Charging
Battery life on the Spark 10 Pro is solid at 5000mAh, and you can charge it at 18 Watts with the adapter that comes in the box.
One of the most marketed features of the Spark 10 Pro is its clear selfie camera, which is 32 megapixels, the same as we got with the Spark 9 Pro. Its rear camera is a dual setup; the third one is for its flash. It’s really just a 50-megapixel main camera sensor, that other sensor that is QVG.
The HDR processing and color representation from the rear cameras is good. Selfies also look good, with HDR on point, but I think it could do with a little improvement on skin tones. Summarily, you will get great results under the right lighting conditions.
It can shoot videos up to 2K at 30 FPS, with no stabilization. You get the option to enable HDR when shooting videos, but with that enabled, you can only shoot at 1080p 30 FPS. No HDR when recording at 2K.
What I find the most impressive about the Tecno Spark 10 Pro is the amount of RAM and storage Tecno is offering at the price this is going for. Tecno really went all out here, and it’s hard to not consider the Spark 10 Pro as the best value for money for budget phones under 120k. Now, I’d like to know what you think about this device in specs and price,