Tecno Spark 8p vs Samsung Galaxy A12

Tecno’s Spark 8p is the latest in a long line of affordable smartphone offerings from the Chinese device maker.

However, for what started out as an ultra-budget alternative to smartphone alternative to people in Kenya and beyond, at the Spark 8p’s asking price, the device appears to be going out of range, what’s up?

Well, as we soon learn, the proliferation of many sub USD 150 smartphones in Kenya has meant that users are now spoiled for choice and there’s almost everything for everyone. In the case of users or prospective buyers of the Tecno Spar 8p, benchmarking that device with others in a similar price category helps put things in their proper perspective. Are they getting value for their money? Are they getting a better deal sticking with Tecno’s device compared to others?

Have a look at the specifications sheet below and see for yourself:

Tecno Camon Spark 8pSamsung Galaxy A12
Dimensions and weight164.51 x 76.05 x 8.85 mm164.0 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm, 205g
Display6.6-inch Full HD+ Dot Notch (2408 x 1080 pixels) 6.5-inch Dot-in (1600 x 720 pixels) LCD
CameraSelfie camera: 8MP with dual flash
Main camera: 16MP triple lens setup with quad flash
Selfie camera: 8MP
Main camera: 48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G35MediaTek Helio P35
Memory4GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD)4GB RAM, 64 GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD - up to 1TB)
Operating SystemHiOS 7.6 based on Android 11Same
Network3G, 4G3G, 4G
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi, microUSBBluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
Colour optionsTahiti Gold and othersBlack, Blue, Red
OthersFingerprint sensor (on the side)Fingerprint sensor (on the side)
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As can be seen from the spec sheet above, the Spark 8p manages to go toe to toe with a smartphone that is similarly-priced from Samsung and manages to one-up it in some aspects while also having features we flagged in our unboxing, like the lack of USB Type-C, going against it.

Have something that you believe I need to have a look at? Hit me up: echenze [at] androidkenya.com

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