BY Fast Company 3 MINUTE READ

Finally there’s a mobile device in South Africa that takes away the economic hurdle from accessing great technology. The newly launched Techno Spark 7 Pro offers advanced technology at an affordable price.

Just to give you a sense of how great the tech is on this mobile device. In the R2000 price range you get to experience the power of Artificial intelligence in action. The Tecno Spark 7 Pro allows you to unlock your device with your face in a second.

This Tecno device has features that are tailored to the needs of the local market and at the same time it’s providing the latest technologies for the youth-generation consumers who are “young at heart”

Another great example of how Tecno has done this is through the storage space and superior camera quality, with a long-lasting battery life and powerful performance. On heavy use the battery has lasted for days without requiring to be charged. This innovation is perfectly suitable for South Africa’s power challenges.

One of the most impressive elements about this device is that it’s a very nice phone that has nothing missing from smartphones in the category, even the best sellers. The 6.6 inch display comes with medium sized bezels, having a bit bigger “chin”. Using this device gives you a sense that Tecno is working toward becoming one of the preferred mobile devices for Gen 7 who are big on selfies.

The smartphone is separated in parts there is a vertical part with almost glossy design (in green color) that takes some space on the left side. The rest is matte (in green color as well) and looks like sand-blast texture. In the center and almost in the top one can see the fingerprint reader. On the left there’s a huge but elegantly designed camera area. The big vertical setup is divided into the top part, where one can see 3 camera sensors and into the lower part where one can see the SPARK logo, an AI logo and a 48 MP triple camera logo. The almost matte part divides the camera island.

The main part is mirrorish with the thinner right side providing an almost clear reflection. On the thin right side, inside the camera area one can see an LED. Top down on the panel you can see the TECNO brand logo in a not so mat reflection finish. The division between matte and sand-blast texture and the very beautiful camera area makes a very elegant device. TECNO is focusing on the artistic / presentation of this device and have surely succeeded in it.

What is more important however is that this device has taken into local issues in it’s design and value. Providing people with great technology at an affordable price key to closing the digital divide. Tecno Spark 7 Pro shows that Tecno is serious about providing a technology tool that is ideal for local situations. It should be interesting to more products from brand as they seem to understand the needs of the continent.

Here are technicals details:


Dimensions: 164.9*76.2*8.8mm

Material: Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back.

Display: IPS LCD, 90Hz, 6.6 inches, 105.2 cm2 (~89.5% screen-to-body ratio),720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~266 ppi density).

CPU: Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm), Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz. Cortex-A55).

GPU: Mali-G52 MC2.

RAM+ROM: 64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM eMMC 5.1, microSDXC slot.

Battery: Li-Po 5000 mAh.

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, hotspot, HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100


Biometrics: Fingerprint (rear-mounted).

Main Camera: Triple Camera, Quad-LED flash


Secondary unknown camera

Third unknown camera

Selfie Camera: 8 MP, Dual-LED flash.

Video: 1080p@30fps.

Selfie Video: 1080p@30fps.

Βluetooth: 5.0.

GPS: dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS.

Ports: Micro USB, 3.5mm jack.

Sound: 24-bit/192kHz audio.

Sensors: FM radio,accelerometer, proximity.

Colors: Alps Blue, Spruce Green, Neon Dream, Magnet Black.

Software: Android 11, HIOS 7.5.