Tecno has released the mid-level Spark 5 in South Africa today. The model name refers to its five cameras, which are made up of four rear cameras and one selfie-cam. I received the phone and earphones yesterday to try out:

For a mid-level smartphone, the Spark 5 features a 6.6-inch display, 13MP AI quad-cam with quad flash and supports 4G. It comes in at a price point of R2999.

The Spark 5 runs on a MediaTek Helio A22 octa-core chipset; has 2GB of RAM; 32GB of storage; and has a large 5000mAh battery.

The 6.6-inch dot display (selfie-cam to the left) has a 90.2% screen to body ratio. It does not support NFC but has a back fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, is single SIM and has a SD card slot. It has a 3.5mm audio jack and the charging cable is a micro USB (not USB-C).

It runs on Android 10 and HiOS 6, with full access to Google Mobile Services including the Play Store.

The quad-camera setup includes: 13MP main cam with F1.8 aperture; 2MP macro lens; 2MP depth lens; and an artificial intelligent lens (I think this is QVGA). Tecno says, “the AI Camera 3.0 algorithm uses AI, the quad rear flash, and a big F/1.8 aperture to capture clear, more natural photos, and that’s at both at night and during the day.”

The 8MP selfie-cam has a dual front flash and supports HDR. It has Beauty Mode, AR selfies, wide angle selfies, and Portrait mode. Both cameras shoot in 1080p HD.

The Spark 5 will come bundled with a pair of HiPods H2 wireless earphones that are lightweight and rated IPX4 certified that is water resistant. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and has a transmission distance of 10m. Battery capacity is 45mAh, which gives you 6 hours of playback at 60% volume, and 4.5 hours of playback on 100% volume; standby time is 30 hours.

The phone’s 5000mAh battery sounds good; the company promises 16 hours of calling, 8 hours of camera usage or 14 hours of continuous video playback. It has 344 hours of standby time.

The Spark 5, bundled with the HiPods H2 wireless earphones cost R2999. It will be available Chatz Connect, Vodacom 4U, Cellucity, Game, Hi store, Foschini, Totalsports and TechX.

FYI, this was my previous experience with a Tecno device. It does come preloaded with ads:

Review: Tecno Camon 12