This year, Tecno is on a phone spree! Barely 2 weeks after launching the Tecno Pourvoir, they’ve announced the successor to the Spark, or should I say the K7. Meet the Spark 2.
Looking at the specs sheet briefly:
You might be inclined to think this way:
There are a few upgrades to this year’s Spark.
TECNO SPARK 2:
UNBOXING & IMPRESSIONS
The first thing that has been upgraded is the size, the Spark 2 has been bumped to 6-inch IPS LCD display, you are also getting an 18:9 aspect ratio.
This combination makes the phone feel really slim and tall.
It’s also quite light coming in at 156g.
Unfortunately, you might have a thing to say about the resolution, because the Spark 2 uses HD+ display
…And a plastic build that is quite a fingerprint magnet.
Thankfully, Tecno has also included a unique case:
HD+, 1GB RAM, AND ALL THE DRAWBACKS
Now, here is one reason why you might not have an issue with the HD+ especially on YouTube, and it has to do with the OS. So, the Spark 2 uses an Android 8.1, but not just any Android Oreo, the Go edition version of Android Oreo.
What this means is that you get access to all the Go apps like the YouTube Go, Google Go and other ‘Gos.’
Now, because the YouTube go app doesn’t allow you to switch between HD or FHD, you won’t notice the HD+ drawback when watching YouTube videos on the Spark 2.
Still on the OS, the Go edition has been fine-tuned and optimized for smartphones with 1GB of RAM, which is what the Spark 2 is shipping with.
No RAM or storage upgrade here:
Thankfully, Tecno has retained the dedicated MicroSD card slot and you are going to need it because you only have about 11GB of available storage on the Tecno Spark 2.
Now, here is one thing the Spark doesn’t have— access to software updates. Google is promising software updates to Go edition devices, which means that there is a big chance the Spark 2 might get an Android P update.
CAMERAS AND ALL OF THAT.
Tecno has increased the front camera specs to 8MP and as far as first impressions go, it’s okay
But trust me to test it further in my full review:
Beside the front camera is the dual flash and other sensors.
Now, I had initially thought the Spark 2 lacked a notification LED because it didn’t light up when I got notifications, but I realized it was only present when I charged the Spark 2. I would look into this in the full review, though.
Switching it to the back real quick reveals the 13MP camera which didn’t get an upgrade. What has been upgraded, though is the LED flash, or should I say the ring flash.
Other things like the MicroUSB port, the mono speaker grills, and the earphone jack are still present.
That is my first impression, guys. Yes, I am disappointed that the Spark 2’s RAM/Processor didn’t get an upgrade, but let’s see how the Go edition fares with this in the full review, but before then, what are your thoughts?
And yes! I’d be giving away one Spark 2 to 1 lucky winner, details would be up soon, so be on the lookout!