The budget smartphone that delivers.
Tecno’s presence in the region is more low-key compared to other players in the segment. Still, the company has been known to offer budget-friendly Android devices that actually perform better than expected. This continues on the Tecno Spark 5 Pro, another budget device that offers decent performance and great battery life.
From the outside, the Spark 5 Pro resembles much like other smartphones (in fact it might resemble other flagships as well) from the glossy polycarbonate back and the all-screen display with a punch-hole camera. It comes in four colors: Ice Jadeite, Seabed Blue, Cloud White, and Spark Orange which is being tested here.
The front of the Spark 5 Pro is a 6.6-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720-by-1600 pixels. It’s bright and clear – text is easily readable and colors are great despite the lower resolution. The back, where you will find a fingerprint sensor, is made from a polycarbonate material that mimics the looks of the more expensive glass back of some flagships, and while I would have preferred glass, the decision to make this design is likely to keep the price down.
As for the hardware, the Spark 5 Pro is powered by a Mediatek Helio A22 octa-core CPU with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s a microSDXC card slot for expanding the storage, which has its own dedicated slot – meaning that it is not shared with any SIM slot.
Performance is mostly good – the smartphone didn’t any problems running of my most used apps like Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit. It also managed to run games like Super Mario Run without any hiccups. It does struggle with graphics-intensive apps, but overall the hardware is perfectly capable to run the latest apps.
The Spark 5 Pro runs on Android 10, with an overlay skin from Tecno called HiOS 6.1. I’m personally not a fan of the customizations and prefer a more stock experience – but that can easily be changed with a third-party launcher. It also has a couple of bloatware pre-installed, so you might try removing them first (if you can) when you first use the smartphone.
Now let us look at the camera. The Spark 5 Pro houses a quad-camera setup, that includes the main 13-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture along with a 2-megapixel macro sensor, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and an extra QVGA sensor. There’s also an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
Most of the images taken on the Spark 5 Pro look great especially the ones shot during the daytime. The camera utilizes AI to effectively optimize the image if it’s too bright or too dark. There’s also scene detection where the camera can detect 10 different scenes and apply the best settings so you’re getting great shots every time.
The extra lens on the Spark 5 Pro enables bokeh effects for Portrait shots, which were also surprisingly good. The image can be soft at times, but overall the blur effect on the background is similar to what more expensive smartphones can offer.
The Spark 5 Pro also houses a huge 5,000 mAh battery which gave me more than a day’s worth of usage. It’s a feat that even more expensive flagships can’t do.
Overall the Tecno Spark 5 Pro offers a complete smartphone experience for just 569 AED. It’s a perfect price for someone looking for an all-around capable device without burning a hole in their wallet.
+ Decent camera
+ Good hardware for its price
+ Long battery life
We Didn’t Like:
– HiOS still has lots to iron out
– Bloatware galore
Final Rating: 4/5