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    Tecno Pop 3


    • RAM: 1 GB
    • Internal Storage: 16 GB
    • Battery:  3500mAh
    • Main camera: 5MP
    • Front camera: 8MP
    • Display: 5.7 inch
    • Processor: MediaTek
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi
    • Colors: Blue, Black, Gold, Purple
    • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo

    KSh8,200.00 KSh8,500.00

    Tecno Pop 3

    Tecno has for years carved a reputation of releasing multiple budget devices catering to different kinds of audiences at the same time. This rings true to the star of thins write up, the Tecno Pop 3. It is a successor to Pop 2 but it’s hard to discern who exactly is the target of this particular device, other than the fact that it is very basic and everything included is an absolute necessity, not an extra more. It is not the most basic phone from the company but doesn’t offer much either. Let’s tear it down.

    Design and display of the Tecno Pop 3

    The Tecno Pop 3 comes with the display design of yesteryears, with the big bezels and chins, with a 5.7 inch IPS LCD screen. The upper bezel houses the selfie camera while the bottom chin houses the microUSB connector and the 3.5mm jack. The phone is a plastic build, frame, and back. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner next to a single back camera module. The plastic feels understandably cheap, probably because at this price point, we lose the colorful gradients that every other phone segment gets.

    Performance and storage

    The Tecno Pop 3 runs the mediate MT6761 Helio A22 chipset, widely considered a reliable entry-level processor, tied up with a quadcore 1.8GHz Cortex A53 CPU and a PowerVR GE8300 GPU. The memory onboard is 1GB for RAM and 16GB internal mass storage, with a dedicated microSD slot for expandable memory. This particular SoC can only deliver basic computation. Expect multitasking to be very basic, apps to take longer to open and terrible graphics processing. That means, this is as basic as it gets in smartphones in 2020.

    Camera

    It is apparent, in design and execution, that the Tecno Pop 3 has no use per se of the cameras. But somehow it still ends up having one. On the back, we have a totally basic 5mp shooter, which largely, is just for optics as it honestly can’t shoot much, optimal lighting conditions notwithstanding. The quality is not usable at all. Even video is pretty much a vestigial feature on this phone. On the front, we have an 8mp camera for selfies, which maybe could take a selfie or two that are usable, but that’s pretty much it. Picture quality can’t be guaranteed at all.

    Battery

    The Tecno Pop 3 comes with a fairly capable 3500 mAh non-removable battery, which, with the phone features taken into consideration, is more than enough for such a basic device. It easily lasts the whole and no power use can easily drain in. we get standard 10W MicroUSB charging which fills up the unit in about 3 hours, which is not overly terrible for a phone at this price point.

    Software

    The Tecno Pop 3 runs the most basic Android version available, the Go edition which based on Android 8 Oreo. As expected from Tecno, there still is bloatware in one form or another so it’s not really well optimized. The graphics are poor and this particular OS does not stand a chance for an update, which is rather unfortunate. It works, however, though glitches, frames drop and screen freezes shouldn’t be too uncommon.

    The Tecno Pop 3 is a basic device, for simple communication and pretty much nothing else. The other features are of no particular use but add extra functionality or two nonetheless. After all, is said and done though, it’s great to see OEMs putting their best forward to service the lowest cadres of the smartphone market, a trend we would appreciate if more of them joined in.

     

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    Tecno Pop 3 Specifications

    LAUNCHDecember, 2019
    SUPPORTED NETWORKS
    2GGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    3GHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
    4GNo
    BODY
    Weight-
    Dimensions154.3mm x 75.4mm x 9.95mm
    Body Material-
    SIMDual SIM (Macro-SIM)
    DISPLAY
    Size5.7 inches
    TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colors
    Resolution480 pixels x 960 pixels, 18:9 ratio
    Protection-
    PLATFORM
    Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
    ChipsetMediatek
    ProcessorQuad-core 1.3Ghz
    GPUMali
    MEMORY
    RAM1GB
    Internal Storage16GB
    Micro SD SlotYes, up to 128GB - dedicated slot
    CAMERA
    BackSingle: 5MP
    FeaturesLED flash
    FrontSingle: 8MP, f/2.0
    FeaturesLED flash
    SOUND
    LoudspeakerYes
    3.5mm jackYes
    Alert typesVibration, ringtones
    CONNECTIVITY
    WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
    Bluetooth4.2, A2DP,LE
    GPSYes, with A-GPS
    USBmicroUSB 2.0
    NFCNo
    RadioYes
    SENSORS
    FingerprintYes, (rear-mounted)
    Face IDNo
    AccelerometerYes
    GyroscopeNo
    ProximityYes
    CompassNo
    BarometerNo
    BATTERY
    Capacity3500mAh
    TypeLi-Ion, non-removable
    COLORSBlue, Black, Gold, Purple

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