Released alongside Tecno’s new flagship is a smartphone called Tecno F3. Tecno F3 which is alternatively called Tecno Pop 1, is an improvement to the second generation of the F series. The device is a mid-range smartphone and comes with a cool version of the Android operating system (OS).
Tecno F3 Review
As Tecno smartphones are known for, Tecno F3 comes with a very impressive design. The phone has a cool shape, while also appearing in nice colours. A build of this smart device can come in any of the following colours: red, black, blue and champagne gold. As usual, blue seems to be the nicest among the colours the device can come in. Although, the smartphone is a mid-range smart device, in appearance, it looks like a high-end smartphone.
Also known as Tecno Pop 1, F3 comes with average cameras, and this is the aspect where the smart device scores poorly. In the front of this smart device is a 5MP camera which acts as a selfie camera. Although this camera is just a 5MP camera, the camera is superior to 5MP cameras found in many other smartphones. The 5MP camera featured by this phone comes with a pool of enhancements.
Acting as a rear camera, is a 5MP camera and this rear camera is also well-enhanced. The camera takes better pictures, compared to 5MP cameras featured in some other phones. While featuring enhancements like geotagging, touch focus, and face/smile detection, the smartphone has the support of a bright LED flash which makes it possible for the smartphone to take pictures in dark places.
Tecno did a good job in the OS aspect of this smart device. Pop 1 comes with Android 8.0 Oreo as its primary software. The Android 8.0 Oreo OS it runs is not the standard Android 8.0 Oreo, it is rather the Go edition of the operating system. This indirectly means the RAM and storage space of the device will be made better use of.
Featured in Tecno Pop 1 is a flash storage with a storage capacity of 8GB. For a mid-range smartphone user, this storage space may not be enough, which is why the device supports storage space expansion. F3’s storage space can be expanded with the help of a micro SD card, and it is important this SD card does not exceed 32GB in capacity.
As Tecno Pop 1 scores 5 of 5 in the operating system aspect, the device also scores 5 of 5 in the display aspect. Tecno took the market by surprise, featuring a large 5.7 inches display in the smartphone. This display is furthermore an in-plane switching (IPS) liquid crystal display (LCD). The display has a resolution of 480 x 960 pixels, which is not too bad.
The Tecno F3 system of computing components is championed by a MediaTek good chipset. Giving details, the MediaTek chipset championing this system is the MediaTek MT6580A chipset. MediaTek MT6580A is a quad-core chipset which is featured in a wide array of mid-range devices. The chipset has the support of the Mali-400 MP2 graphics processing unit (GPU).
The active electronic components in the smartphone all draw power from a Li-Ion battery featured in the smartphone. This battery has a capacity of 2400 mAh; which is neither poor nor impressive. The battery is removable but does not have the support of a rapid-charge system, as a rapid-charge system is not needed.
Key Specs and Features
- 7-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 960 X 480 pixels
- Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition)
- Quad-Core MediaTek MT6580A CPU with 1GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, up to 32GB with a memory card
- 5MP rear camera and 5MP front camera
- 3G connectivity
- 2400 mAh removable Li-Po battery
Tecno F3 Detailed Analysis
Appearance and Display
Tecno F3 is a very nice-looking smart device which is also known as Tecno Pop 1. This smartphone has the look of a high-end smartphone, as a result of its shape and colour. The shape was given to the phone, by one of Tecno’s best design teams. Apart from having an impressive shape, the device is very sleek and alluring. The phone features a plastic casing.
A build can be bought in four colours which are namely champagne gold, ice blue, elegant black, and red. The four colours are all nice colours for the device, but elegant black and ice blue are preferred by buyers. The designers of the smartphone did not just select these colours randomly, they selected them with the help of their skills and years of experience in design.
F3 took a lot of people by surprise, by featuring a large 5.7 inches display. Before the smartphone was released, the market expected a 5.5 inches display, but this expectation was exceeded. With the help of a large display, the users of the phone will be opened to greater fun, when using the smartphone.
The display featured by Pop 1 is an in-plane switching (IPS) liquid crystal display (LCD). The display is quite power efficient and has an average resolution of 480 x 960 pixels. This average display of 480 x 960 pixels leaves the smartphone with an unimpressive pixel density. Although the pixel density of the smartphone is not very impressive, it doesn’t make the device poor, considering the large display featured by the phone.
Connectivity and OS
Pop 1 is not a 4G LTE smartphone, but it has support for both second generation (2G) and third-generation (3G) mobile network technologies. With the help of 3G networks, the device can use the internet at speeds up to 1.5 MB/s. However, to use 3G network of the mobile operators in Nigeria, a nano-SIM card or micro-SIM card is required.
Tecno Pop 1 has support for connection-related technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. With the help of the Wi-Fi technology, the smartphone can connect to computer networks that support wireless connections. The support of this technology also makes it possible for F3 to be used like a router.
Bluetooth technology makes it possible for the smartphone to connect with the device within close range. For instance, with the help of the Bluetooth technology, the smartphone can use an external keyboard as well as an external mouse.
Tecno F3 runs one of the best versions of the Android operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo. Android 8.0 Oreo is a very cool operating system, and the OS is run by many 2018 Android high-end smartphones. This OS has new features as well as improvements, compared to the version 7 of the Android OS.
Using an Android operating system opens way to a lot of apps and games. The platform has a lot of utility apps, free as well as paid. The platform furthermore has a lot of interests games, scattered across a lot of genres.
Chipset and RAM
The system of components featured in Pop 1, is championed by a chipset produced by China-based chipset maker, MediaTek. The chipset powering this system is the MediaTek MT6580A chipset. MediaTek MT6580A is a quad-core chipset: it has four processors that share tasks among themselves, to help accelerate operations of the smartphone. A quad-core chipset is okay for a mid-range device, and users of this smartphone will have no issues with it.
MediaTek MT6580A works with the support of a high-speed RAM and an impressive graphics processor. The graphics processing unit featured by MediaTek MT6580A is the Mali-400 MP2 GPU. With the help of this GPU, the chipset can focus on activities that are not graphics-related.
Acting as the primary memory of this chipset is a high-speed 1 GB RAM. For a mid-range device, this RAM is not bad, and a mid-range smartphone user will have very little or no issues with the RAM size. If a user needs a phone that can play very heavy games without issues, it is recommended they consider a high-end smart device.
Cameras and Sensors
Tecno Pop 1 comes with two cameras, one positioned in the front of this smart phone, and another on the reverse side of the phone. The front of the phone features a 5MP camera which has the support of a bright LED flash and a lot of enhancements. The 5MP camera produces great pictures many other 5MP cameras can not.
On the reverse side of this cool mid-range smartphone, is another 5MP camera which acts as the primary camera. The primary camera is also a great camera, and it produces great pictures, with the help of its power and enhancements attached with it. Some of its enhancements include: geotagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, and panorama.
Tecno F3 comes with all basic sensors expected from Android smartphones. With the help of these basic sensors, the capabilities of a smartphone gets expanded. Pop 1 has an accelerometer, a proximity sensor, and a GPS chip.
An accelerometer makes it possible for a device to know its acceleration and position in space, at any point in time. With the help of this sensor, the device can be used to play some games that require such capability. The proximity sensor helps the device know how close it is to a surface.
Storage and Power
Tecno Pop 1 comes with an 8GB flash storage. 2 years ago, this storage will be enough for high-end smartphone users, but in this present age of technology, it is very unlikely it will be enough for a mid-range Android user. Knowing this, the manufactures made the device support storage expansion up to 32GB, with the help of a micro SD card.
It is worthwhile noting that when a build of Tecno F3 is bought, the total free space will be a lot less than 8GB. The bulk of the space is occupied by the operating system, pre-installed apps, and files the device comes with.
Powering the whole Tecno F3 system is Li-Po battery, and this battery has a capacity of 2400 mAh. The battery can be removed, and this makes it easier to replace the battery, in case it gets damaged.
Tecno F3 Full Specs and Features
- Platform: Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition)
- Processor: Quad-core MediaTek MT6580A
- GPU: Mali-400 MP2
- Memory: 1GB
- Colours: champagne gold, ice blue, elegant black, red
- Dimension: 151.5 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm
- Weight: –
- SIM Type: Micro Sim
- SIM Count: Dual Sim
- Display: 5.7-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 960 pixels
- Screen Protection: –
- Rear Camera: 5MP camera, 720p [email protected]
- Rear Camera Features: -LED dual-tone, Geotagging, touch focus, face/smile detection,
- HDR, Panorama
- Front Camera: 5MP camera, 480p [email protected]
- Built-in Storage: Yes, 8GB
- Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 32GB
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: Yes
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: –
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: –
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
- NFC: –
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: MicroUSB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Video Player: MP4/H.265 player
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GPS
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: –
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner: –
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: –
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: –
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Wireless Charging: –
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: –
- Dust Resistant: –
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery: 2400 mAh removable Li-ion battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: –
Tecno F3 (Pop 1) Price in Nigeria
Tecno F3 price in Nigeria ranges from 24,000 Naira to 30,000 Naira and is available for purchase on Jumia, Konga and other reputable e-commerce stores in the country. It is also sold in Tecno authorized retail stores nationwide.