Tecno Mobile is set to release the second generation of its budget smartphone brand, Spark, soon.
There is not much that we know about what we expect to be the Tecno Spark 2 other than that it will have a massive battery and a bigger screen.
The camera is also expected to get a facelift with the front-facing camera sensor also coming in handy for another feature that the next generation of Spark phones is expected to have: face unlock. This will add on to the fingerprint scanner that K7, K8 (Pro) and K9 (Plus), variants from last year, packed. Throw in an 18:9 aspect ratio display for good measure since this is 2018.
A budget device from Tecno’s sibling Infinix, the Infinix Hot 6 Pro (look out for a review soon) is one of the cheapest in the market that features the current generation of facial recognition technology. At its Kshs 13,700 price, for the base model, the Hot 6 Pro is likely to be one of the devices whose market the new Spark phones will encroach, particularly the better-specced variant of the second generation Spark devices if last year’s pricing is anything to go by.
At this point in time, it is natural to expect any device that enters the market to arrive with Android 8.1, Oreo. Since it’s Tecno we are talking about, as can be seen in the image above, they will also have the latest version of its custom overlay, HiOS.
Maybe make the autofocus better this time round as well? And the performance?
The phone looks nice and all but that camera has the worst autofocus on any phone I've used this year. pic.twitter.com/GY6DS0n5lG
— The Unsullied (@echenze) November 8, 2017
My fingers are crossed.
So far this year, Tecno has already announced and released into the market 5 smartphones: the Tecno Camon X and Camon X Pro and the Android Go-powered Tecno F1, F2 and POP1. The latter trio is yet to start selling in the Kenyan market.
We’ll share more about the new Spark smartphones, assuming there will be several of them like last year, as we know it.