Tecno Launched the Tecno Spark 7p as a new variant of the Tecno Spark 7 series on 13 April 2021. This a new move from Tecno as there has never been a ‘p’ variant in all the previous Spark series. The Spark 7 series succeeds the Spark 6 series that was launched in 2020 with the devices like the Spark 6 and the Spark 6 Go. The Spark 7 series is a major improvement from the previous series as it brings in a higher screen refresh rate display and a faster Helio G80 processor. In terms of specs, the Tecno Spark 7p lies between the base model (spark 7) and the pro model (Spark 7 Pro). All the specs on the Spark 7p are similar to those of the Spark 7 Pro except that the Pro model has a faster processor.
Tecno Spark 7p Price
The phone is valued at a price of between $125-$155 as prices may vary depending on the location and mobile store. The Tecno Spark 7p is more expensive compared to the Tecno Spark 7 as it has a faster processor and a higher screen refresh rate at 90Hz. It also has more amount of RAM.
Tecno Spark 7p Review
Design, Colors and Build
First of all, the Tecno Spark 7p is a 4G phone. It is 9.2 mm thick but is not at all heavy when held by hand. It comes in Alps Blue, Spruce Green, Magnet Black, and Summer Mojito colors but the Spruce Green color options are the most beautiful of them all. As for the build, the Spark 7p is made of a glass front, a plastic frame, and plastic back. The rear camera module is rectangular which gives it a similar look to the Tecno Spark 6 Go also launched in 2020.
The display on the Tecno Spark 7p maintains the same display size as the Tecno Spark 6. It has a 6.82 inches IPS LCD display with a 720 x 1640 screen resolution and a total pixel density of 263ppi. However, the display on the Spark 7p has received a major bump in terms of the screen resolution from 60 Hz to 90 Hz. This gives it a faster and smoother scrolling experience which is better than any other Spark series phone. However, the phone still maintains a sizeable chin at the bottom which looks ugly even on such a huge display.
When using the phone outside in direct sunlight, the phone’s IPS LCD is very poor. You can hardly see anything even at peak brightness and you have to constantly place your hand on top of it to create a shade in order for you to use the phone without straining. However, in the shade or indoors, the display is the exact opposite. The colors look vibrant and well saturated for a 720p display. At 90 Hz, the scrolling feels very smooth and when used side-by-side with the Spark 5 which has a 60 Hz refresh rate, you can definitely feel the difference in the display response. There is also an option to reduce the refresh back to 60 Hz in the phone’s settings in case you don’t like the 90 Hz refresh rate.
Chipset, Memory and Perfomance
The Spark 7p runs on HIOS 7.5 based on Android 11 out of the box. It is powered by a Mediatek Helio G70 chipset with an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.0 Ghz and a Mali-G52 graphics processing unit, which is the same chipset on the Camon 16 and Camon 16 Pro. The processor is paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. There is also a 128 GB storage variant and if this is still not enough, the Spark 7p has a dedicated memory card slot for expanding your storage.
The Android 11 on the Spark 7p has almost the same features as the Spark 5 Pro with the addition of AppTwin which acts like Appcloner as it allows you to have things like 2 Facebooks and 2 WhatsApps. Although the OS feels and looks great, it is full of bloatware and annoying ads that come preinstalled with the phone and especially in the menu section. You can turn off some of the ads but they come back with every OTA security update.
In terms of performance, the processor doesn’t lag at all and handles normal tasks very easily. Since the Helio G70 is a mid-range gaming chipset it handles games quite well in low-medium graphics settings. When playing PUBG Mobile in HD graphics and 90 Hz refresh rate, the game is very playable but the touch sampling rate is still low. It can’t handle games at ultra graphics settings at all as there is lag every now and then, especially when playing PUBG.
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In the camera section, the Tecno Spark 7p hasn’t received any upgrade. The phone has a 16 MP main camera, a secondary camera, and a third sensor. The camera interface is very simple and direct. However, Tecno removed the slow-motion feature which is the Spark 7 Pro and replaced it with a portrait video mode. Outdoors, the main camera suffers from washed-out colors, overexposure and the portrait mode is oversaturated. However, there is an improvement especially in the skin tone when compared to the Spark 5 Pro.
The selfie camera is an 8 MP sensor in a water-drop notch. The color accuracy is good and the photos are sharp. However, it fails when it comes to skin tone. The front LED flash doesn’t help much especially at night although you can still see yourself in the photo. I guess that’s what matters. In other words, the camera on the Tecno Spark 7p is crappy but can handle day-to-day images.
Battery life and Charging
A 5000 mAh non-removable battery powers the Spark 7p. Even at a 90 Hz refresh rate setting, the phone still manages to last a full day on one charge. However, due to lack of proper fast charging the phone takes over 3 hours to get a full charge. It also doesn’t come with a USB-C port but uses the MicroUSB 2.0 port instead.
The phone has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which proves a bit hard to reach since it placed high on the back cover. This is probably because the phone is taller. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio, GPS, accelerometer, proximity sensor, loudspeaker, and a 3.5 m headphone jack. It also comes with some cheap earphones in the box.
Considering the price, the Tecno Spark 7p is a good day-to-day phone if you’re willing to overlook the crappy camera performance. It’s not that the camera is not usable but don’t expect anything decent. In terms of performance, the mid-range gaming chipset offers good performance in gaming and normal tasks. The display also looks good and feels very fluid thanks to the 90 Hz refresh rate. The battery section is the only section where the Spark 7p excels massively but you have to bear over 3 hours of charging for a full battery. All in all, the Spark 7p is a worthy upgrade from the Spark 6 and Spark 5 Pro.