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Tecno Phones in Kenya: Prices, Reviews and Specifications

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Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno P5

Tecno P5 is a sequel of the popular Tecno D5 Smartphone. The P5 is part of a lineup of low cost handsets by Tecno Mobile that seeks to boost the market share of the Chinese Tech Company.

Tecno by default has Africa has its Target market and the device posted some decent sales figures in Kenya and Nigeria.

The Tecno P5 comes with an executive frame and is in the mid range Smartphone category.

Here is a full technical strip down of the Tecno P5 handset in Kenya.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno p5 : Display

The Tecno P5 comes with a 4.0-inch Capacitive TFT Display and has a maximum resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Additionally, the Tecno P5 has a solid 233-ppi resolution density.

This by the way exceeds the 219-ppi resolution density found on the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Nokia Lumia 720 handsets.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno p5: Body and Design

The Tecno P5 comes in a 124.3 x 65.5x 10.5 mm all-plastic frame.

The svelte design and the round vertexes make the phone feel good in your palms.

There is a chrome-like rim all-round the frame, this works well at giving the device a premium look.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno p5: Technical Specifications

  • A 1 GHz Dual-core CPU backed by 512MB of RAM powers the Tecno P5. These specs bear a close similarity to those found on the Tecno L3.
  • The only difference is that Tecno replaced the Single Core CPU with an efficient Dual Core CPU.
  • The 512 MB of RAM on the device seems out of place. It would have been in order for the Tecno P5 to have at least 1GB of RAM.
  • The 1 GHz CPU, however, performs extremely well, but there is an occasion lag, especially while on heavy system load.
  • The Tecno P5 comes with 4GB of internal memory and the card slot can support a max of 32GB MicroSD memory.
  • The Tecno P5 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Apart from that, expect the typical connectivity features i.e. Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot and Bluetooth.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno p5: Multimedia

Just like the Tecno S5, the Techo P5 has a 5MP rear snapper plus an LED flash. The Tecno P5 camera can capture images at a maximum resolution of 2560×1920.

Another interesting bit is that, the Tecno P5 has a 2MP Front facing camera. This flagship grade feature is rare in most mid-tier level handsets.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno p5: Battery Life

The Tecno P5 has an 1800 mAh Li-Ion battery. This is a couple of units below the

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Tecno L3 handset.

However, this should not hurt your feelings as Tecno includes a complimentary power bank for each Tecno P5 purchase.
The Tecno P5 ‘prettier’ surrogate of the Tecno L3 handset.
I say this inclined to the significant beautiful design and the slightly powerful CPU.

Nonetheless, to cut on the costs, the Tecno P5 has a less powerful battery.
If the aesthetics of a device rank high on your priority list, the Tecno P5 is a budget phone you should consider.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno p5: Competitors

Alternatives of the Tecno P5 include the Tecno S5, the Alcatel T’Pop and the Samsung Galaxy Pocket

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno p5: Pricing

Currently, the device has a suggested retail price of Ksh 8,999.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom A+ (Plus)

The Techno Phantom A was a great phone; it took over the emerging Smartphone markets of Kenya and Nigeria by storm.

The present is the Techno Phantom A+. Consumers asked for more, and Techno listened and decided to give the masses ‘an experience of a smart life’. The hype that came with the Techno Phantom A+ was amazing. Just a few month sales catapulted the device into the top selling list of a major online Smartphone retailer.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom A+: Display

The Tecno Phantom A+ still has the 5-Inch 16-million color capacitive touchscreen. This is exactly similar to the one found on the Techno Phantom A. The display still has a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and a 296-ppi resolution density.

The Techno Phantom A+ still lacks screen protection despite Techno marketing it under the banner of ‘an improved Techno Phantom A’. Screen protection is gradually becoming common in many mid-range devices and Techno should read from that script.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom A+: Body and Design

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Techno Mobile maintained the svelte design of the Techno Phantom A on the Phantom A+. The phone, therefore, still has a chassis measuring 143.5 x 70.8 x 9.1mm. To top it all, Techno bundled a leather flip cover for the Techno Phantom A+.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom A+:Technical Specifications

  • The line of distinction between the Techno Phantom A and the Techno Phantom A+ becomes thicker upon the technical strip down of the device. Whereas the Techno Phantom A comes with a 1.2GHz Dual-Core CPU, the Tecno Phantom A+ has a 1.2GHz Quad-Core CPU.
  • Therefore, there is a significant surge in the performance of the Techno Phantom A+. The Phantom A+ can now load up Intensive games and Apps with relative ease. The occasional lag that was characteristic of the Phantom A is non-existent in the Phantom A+.
  • With a Goliath of a CPU, the Techno Phantom is now at the same level with the popular Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone in terms of CPU power.
  • The Techno Phantom A+ still has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. The Tech specs therefore strike the elusive balance between price and features.In addition, another important dissimilarity between the two devices is the operating system.
  • Whilst the Phantom A comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, the Phantom A+ comes with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. The OS change in The Phantom A+ has brought in extra features that were notably absent on the Phantom A.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom A+: Multimedia

On the Multimedia aspects of the device, the Phantom A+ has an 8MP rear camera plus a 1.2 Front facing camera. The handset still has an LED flash and optical zoom. The snapper takes some decent images even though images sometime appear washed out in particular light settings.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom A+: Battery Life

The Techno Phantom A+ still has 2100mAh battery similar to that found in its surrogate. A 2100MAh battery is amazing and hard to find on mid-range devices. The battery packs in enough juice to take you through a day or two.

Additionally, Techno includes its famous Power Bank to keep your device all juiced up even when you are a distance apart from the mains.
My prediction about Techno Mobile was accurate to the letter. We should indeed expect more from the Chinese Manufacturer. From a personal perspective, the Techno Phantom A+ is a ‘pro’ version of the Phantom A.

Samsung fan boys took jabs at the inferior CPU of the Techno Phantom A.With that, most considered it second rate to the Samsung Galaxy S3. Some even equated it to the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini.

Techno orchestrated the perfect ‘revenge for the nerds’ move and gave the device just what it was missing.Considering cost, the Phantom A+ is an amazing phone and gives a feel of a premium handset that is elusive in most mid-range devices.

However, I am Kenyan, thus; I just have to complain. Hey Techno Mobile, it would have been nice if the phone came with at least 8GB of internal memory.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom A+: Competitors

Competitors of the Techno Phantom A+ include, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, the Samsung Galaxy Core and those willing to aboard the Windows 8 ship, the Nokia 720 (Awesome battery life)

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom A+: Pricing

Currently, The Techno Phantom has a suggested retail price of Ksh 19,000 price tag.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom A F7

The Kenyan Smartphone market is becoming competitive with each passing day. The big players in the market are gradually losing the firm grip they once held over the hearts of consumers. With the smartphone penetration level in the Kenya on an upward shift, the demand for quality budget phones has never been higher. However, the consumer is the ultimate winner in this battle.

Introducing the Tecno Phantom F7 smartphone, a handset dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S3 ‘nemesis’. Tecno Phantom A is clearly a campaign by Tecno to solidify its presence in the smartphone market with a deliberate focus on developing nations.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom AF7+: Display

Tecno Phantom A comes with a brilliant 5″ 16 million colors capacitive touchscreen. The screen is about 50mm larger than the 4.8 Inch Super Amoled display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 phone.

The display has a 720 x 1280 pixels (HD) dimension and packs in a 296 ppi resolution density, which is by the way is quite impressive considering that the S3 has 306 ppi resolution density.

However, it is worth mentioning that the screen lacks a Gorilla Glass layer protection layer, which has become more of a necessity for premium handsets.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom AF7+: Body and Design

The first impression of a product is critical at influencing most buying decisions.

Tecno Phantom A designers definitely capitalized on this.The handset comes in a slim body case measuring in at 143.5 x 70.8 x 9.1mm, which is just perfect for one handed operations.

The glossy plastic cover feels good in the hands but is a fingerprint and smudges magnet. The phone is bundled with a free leather flip cover in box.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom AF7+: Technical Specifications

Now to my favorite part, the ‘stats for the nerds’. A strip down of the Tecno Phantom handset will reaffirm the point that the phone may look like the Galaxy S3 but technically speaking there is a slight difference on the components powering the device.

  • CPU : The CPU provides the torque to power the smartphone operations. While as the Tecno Phantom A comes with a 1.0 GHz Dual-core CPU the Galaxy S3 comes is packed with a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU.The comparison between the two is clear as day and you should expect an occasional lag in operations for the Tecno Phantom while multi-tasking between ‘heavy’ apps.
  • RAM: The Tecno Phantom A comes shipped with 1 GB of RAM.
    Operating System: The Tecno F7 comes with Android Ice Cream sandwich in box just like the Galaxy S3 but so far, there is nothing on the rumor mill on whether the phone is upgradable to Jelly Bean.
    Memory: The Tecno F7 comes with 4GB internal memory plus a card slot that supports a 32GB of Micro SD. In contrast, the S3 comes with 16/32/64 internal storage with a card slot that supports up to 64 GB of Micro SD.
    Tecno was generous on this one though as the phone will come with a free 8GB micro SD card.
  • Connectivity: Tecno F7 comes with GPRS – 85.6 kbps; EDGE – 236.8 kbps plus 3G capabilities of up to 7.2 mbps uplink; Up to 5.76 mbps downlink. Additionally it packs in a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n chip plus Bluetooth version 3.0.
  • Multimedia: The Tecno F7 comes with an 8MP Auto focus camera equipped with a LED flash for low light shooting which is just similar to the Galaxy S3. Additionally, it will come with an 1.3 MP front facing camera for ‘selfies’ enthusiasts.
  • Battery Life: Tecno F7 comes with a 2100mAh battery that holds in enough juice to power the device through a day or two on normal usage.The phone also comes bundled with a power back that can provide a full recharge for your phone when far from the mains or during a blackout. This is specifically an essential for developing nations where daily periodic blackouts may be the norm.

The Tecno F7 has clearly created a fuss in the entry-level smartphone scene.
For such features and at such a competitive price it will definitely draw in a lot of interest from potential buyers. Tecno Mobile has succeeded to bridge the wide gap between cost and features that had existed for quite a while now.
Personally, I would say, at first I thought it was just an attempt to produce a cheap alternative to the S3 but I am certain with the Tecno Phantom A we should expect even more from Tecno Mobile.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom AF7+: Competitors

Tecno F7 could be a perfect cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S2 phone and a bit but not perfect alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S3 phone. This is among a range of many more handsets from an array of Manufacturers such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos or the popular Nokia Lumia  720 Windows 8 handset.

Tecno Phones in Kenya – Tecno Phantom AF7+: Price

Tecno Phantom A has a suggested retail price of Ksh 19500.