Tecno Spark K8 is an improved version of Tecno Spark K7. The two devices feature the same display, internal memory, battery, RAM, and OS. However, they differ in front camera and 4G LTE support.
Tecno Spark K8 Review
Tecno Spark K8 has the same remarkable design seen in Tecno Spark K7. The smart device is sleek and elegant, from a mere look. The colours selected for this phone are black, champagne gold, red, and blue. While these colours all add to the beauty of the phone, sandstone black is generally agreed to be the most impressive.
Spark K8 does not only score well in design, it also scores excellently in other aspects. While some mid-range phones support only second generation and third generation mobile network technologies, this device takes a step further, to support the 4G LTE technology. This is one of those things that gives the phone a place in the current smartphone market.
The smart device features a 5.50 inches high definition (HD) display which is quite power-efficient. Having a display resolution 720 x 1280 pixels leaves the device’s display with a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch.
The astonishing Tecno Spark K8 runs the Android 7.0 operating system, which is also known as Android Nougat. However, the ever-accelerating technological progress has rendered this operating system quite obsolete. Android 7.0 Nougat might be quite obsolete, but this doesn’t render the smart device useless.
Tecno Spark K8 is championed by a MediaTek chipset. This chipset isn’t so impressive, considering the fact that its processors have a processing speed of 1.30 GHz. The chipset, which is the quite unpopular MediaTek MT6737, is composed of four processors. These processors can all work together on tasks being carried out on the phone.
The smartphone comes with a 16 GB internal storage space. A storage space as large as this will be satisfying for an average smartphone user. It will also give room for game lovers to have a number of heavy games on the device. However, for users who are storage-space-hungry, storage expansion is possible with the help of a micro SD card.
Supporting the MediaTek chipset which champions the Spark K8 system, is a 1 GB RAM. The 1 GB RAM serves as the primary memory of the smartphone, and this RAM is a high-speed random access memory. Apart from the support from this RAM, the chipset also has the support of a Mali graphics processing unit. Mali helps the chipset handle its graphics processing tasks.
The active electronic components in the Tecno Spark K8, all draw power from an inbuilt battery in the phone. An in-built battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh helps power the system of electronic components in the smartphone. The battery gets charged fully under 3 hours; this is possible because of the rapid-charge system featured by the smartphone.
- 5-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi)
- Android 7.0 (Nougat)
- Quad-core MediaTek MT6737 CPU with 1GB/2GB RAM
- 16GB built-in storage, up to 128GB with a memory card
- 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera
- 4G LTE
- Fingerprint sensor (rear)
- 3000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery
Tecno Spark K8 Detailed Analysis
Appearance and Display
Tecno Spark K8 comes in a very nice design. The device has an impressive sleekness accompanied by an elegant design. Mere looking at it from a user’s hands, the phone looks like a high-end smart device, although it is a mid-range smartphone. The device measures 153 x 76.4 x 7.9 mm, where 153 mm is the height, 76.4 mm is the breadth, and 7.9 mm is the thickness.
Tecno Spark K8 comes in black, champagne gold, red, and blue, but black and blue give the device an extra elegance. Red and champagne gold also add remarkable beauty to the phone, but not as much as black and blue.
This epic mid-range device features a very cool 5.50 inches display which is the same as that featured in Tecno Spark K7. The display of this device belongs to the IPS capacitive touchscreen family. Tecno did well here, considering the fact that in-plane switching displays are power-efficient.
The resolution of this dual SIM smart device is 720 x 1280 pixels. This resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels gives the phone a position among mid-range smart devices. The resolution furthermore helps the phone give high-quality graphics. Spark K8’s display is furthermore a liquid crystal display (LCD) and power-efficient.
Connectivity and OS
Spark K8 from Tecno, has support for a lot of connection-oriented technologies. Starting from mobile network technologies, the smartphone has support for 2G, 3G and 4G LTE mobile network technologies of all mobile network operators in the country. However, using any of these mobile network technologies requires a nano-SIM card.
This device furthermore has support for the Wi-Fi technology, giving its users the room to use the internet with a super-fast internet connection. It has support for Bluetooth 4.2 technology, in other words, allows support of external keyboard and the likes.
Android 7.0 Nougat is the operating system being run by this smartphone. A user of this device may not be able to upgrade to Android Oreo, as this device was released the previous year. Android Nougat is a lot better than its older versions. It is much better in terms of security, power efficiency, speed and many more.
Using the Android operating system (OS) is a very cool thing, as there are many things that can be done on the platform at no cost. The Android platform has a lot of free apps available to solve problems and help carry out all sorts of tasks. Aside from being a very useful operating system, this operating system can be highly customized.
Chipset and RAM
The system of components featured in Tecno Spark K8 is managed by a MediaTek chipset which is tagged MediaTek MT6737. MediaTek MT6737 is a cool quad-core chipset which is not popular among smartphones, but excellent. Users will find the chipset to be cool, considering the fact that it has a good processing speed of 1.30 GHz.
MediaTek MT6737 works with the support of a high-speed RAM and an impressive graphics processor (GPU). The graphics processing unit featured by MediaTek MT6737 is the Mali-T720 MP2 GPU. With the help of this GPU, the chipset can focus on activities that are not graphics-related.
The epic Tecno Spark K8 generally comes with a 1 GB random access memory, which is used by MediaTek MT6737 for its processing. For an average smartphone user, a RAM of 1 GB is very okay. Users who are also RAM-hungry may find this RAM size to be okay. However, if a user insists on using a RAM larger than 1 GB, they can get the 2 GB RAM variant of this smartphone.
Cameras and Sensors
Tecno Spark K8 comes with two cool cameras, one of them is nicely positioned in the front of the phone and acts as a selfie camera. Another is positioned on the rear side of the smartphone and acts as the primary camera. The selfie camera is an 8 MP camera and has the support of cool enhancements. These enhancements help expand the camera’s capabilities and the support of a LED flash enables the camera to take pictures in dark places.
The back of Tecno Spark K8 features a cool 13 MP camera which has been tested to produce very impressive pictures. The camera produces these impressive pictures with the help of its enhancements. Some enhancements of this smart device include a LED flash, geotagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama.
Not all mid-range smartphones feature a fingerprint scanner, but the epic Tecno Spark K8 has a fingerprint scanner and this approach is easier and not susceptible to brute force attack. This approach to phone unlocking, however, has its cons, which is why it does not completely replace existing phone unlocking systems.
A fingerprint scanner is not the only sensor featured by Tecno Spark K8. The smart device also comes with sensors like accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, and compass. With the help of an accelerometer, Spark K8 will be able to determine its acceleration and its relative position in space. The other sensors also give the smartphone nice capabilities.
Storage and Power
Tecno Spark K8 comes with a flash storage which has 16 GB as its storage capacity. 16GB is the recommended storage space for mid-range devices, and this phone meets up to that expectation. When a new build of this phone is bought, the total free space will be less than 16 GB, as the operating system and some pre-installed apps will take up some of this storage space.
A 16 GB storage space might be inadequate for an average phone user. In such cases, memory expansion is a way out. The storage space of the phone can be expanded with the help of a micro SD card. Any size of micro SD card can be used in this device, as long as it is not larger than 128 GB in size.
The active electronic components in Tecno Spark K8 are powered by a 3000 mAh battery which belongs to the Li-Ion family. This battery is in-built, but can be replaced if it gets damaged. The device features a rapid-charge system which makes it possible for the battery to be fully-charged under 3 hours.
Tecno Spark K8 Full Specs and Features
- Platform: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
- Processor: Quad-core MediaTek MT6737
- GPU: ARM Mali-T720 MP2
- Memory: 1GB / 2GB RAM
- Colours: Black, Champagne, Red, Blue
- Dimension: 153 x 76.4 x 7.9 mm
- Weight: –
- SIM Type: Nano SIM
- SIM Count: Dual SIM
- Display: 5.5-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1280 X 720 pixels
- Screen Protection: –
- Rear Camera: 13MP camera, 1080p Video@30fps
- Rear Camera Features: phase detection autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
- Front Camera: 8MP camera, 720p Video@30fps
- Built-in Storage: 16GB
- Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 128GB
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: Yes
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes, 42.7/5.76Mbps
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, with A2DP, LE
- NFC: –
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: Micro USB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: MP3/eAAC+/WAV player
- Video Player: MP4/H.264/FLAC player
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, A-GPS, GPS
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: –
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (rear)
- 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: 3000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: –
Tecno Spark K8 Price in Nigeria
Tecno Spark K8 price in Nigeria ranges from 38,000 Naira to 45,000 Naira and is available in Tecno licensed retail stores across the country and also online on Konga, Jumia and other e-commerce stores.