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    Tecno Spark 5

    Price in Kenya Ksh 12,800
    Display 6.6 inches
    Camera 13 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP + QVGA
    Selfie 8 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
    Storage 32 GB
    Chipset Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22
    O.S Android 10, HIOS 6.1
    Battery 5,000 mAh


    KSh12,800.00 KSh13,000.00


    The Spark series recently got another upgrade with the stylish new Spark 5 release. It has a new ergonomic design and updated internals. The specifications include a large display, a quad camera, and a large 5000 mAh battery. Making up a curious and interesting take on this entry-level design. Tecno Spark 5 goes for Ksh 12,800 in Kenya. Let’s dive into the review.

    Tecno Spark 5 price in Kenya and key features

    Price Approx KSh 12,800
    Display 6.6 inches
    Storage 32 GB
    Chipset Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22
    Back Camera 13 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP + QVGA
    Front Cameras 8 MP
    RAM 2 GB
    Battery 5000 mAh

    Design and display

    The Tecno Spark 5 comes with a 6.6 inch IPS LCD that comes with the left corner aligned punch-out camera, which is the optimal design that ensures less intrusion when it comes to media consumption. The bezels are narrow, except for a small chin at the bottom, bringing the screen to body ratio to 83.7%. the built-in plastic, both frame, and back, which is aesthetically pleasing with the shimmery finish. On the back is a quad-camera set up and a fingerprint sensor. At the bottom, we have the 3.5mm jack but unfortunately, micro-USB 2.0.

    Performance and storage

    The Tecno Spark 5 comes with the entry-level Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 chipset, shadowed by an octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex A53 CPU and a PowerVR 8320. The memory options are 2GB for RAM and 32 GB for internal storage, with an option for expandable microSDXC storage. This solid in the entry-level market and should deliver enough power to run average usage, without much else especially when it comes to more intensive tasks.

    Spark 5 Cameras

    Tecno Spark 5 is fitted with a quad-camera set up, starting with a 13mp primary wide camera, in addition to a 2mp macro lens, a 2mp depth sensor, and a QVGA shooter that they are calling a light sensor. The images are usable but not much detail is expected at these levels. Images are expected to deteriorate with poorer lighting conditions, despite the light sensor. It tends to smoothen out the images, delivering somewhat blurry images. It can shoot 1080p video in 30fps. The front-facing shooter is an 8 mp lens capable of 1080p video too. The selfies are decent but the light is still a very important consideration.


    The Tecno Spark 5 in-arguably has a very big battery, the 5000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery is easily a 2-day charge. That means hours on end of usage and content consumption without worrying about draining. The problem however is because it does not come with USB type C or fast charging, the standard 10W charging in use takes hours to fill up. An overnight charge is therefore more appropriate to juice it up.


    The Tecno Spark 5 is powered by the HIOS 6.1 custom ROM based Android 10. It is the best offering Tecno and is seemingly smooth and fluid. The problem of course is the ton of bloatware that comes with the system. Ranging from preinstalled apps, unnecessary app, and ad services that are system-wide, irrespective of the app in use. See also Tecno Spark 5 Air.

    This makes up for a rather irritating experience. The new update may give users the ability to delete some of these apps and toggles to turn off some of these unnecessary services. But not having them would have better. For a repeat user, however, it might not be significant considering this particular implementation is widely associated with Tecno’s other devices.


    The Spark 5 is a good offering, putting into consideration its price point, ergonomic design, and its lasting battery. Compromises however are to be expected, and such, you get what you pay for. It’s all a matter of what one prioritizes at this particular price segment.

    Buy Tecno phones in Kenya

    LAUNCHMay, 2020
    2GGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
    3GHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
    4GLTE band
    Dimensions164.7 x 76.3 x 8.8mm
    Body Material-
    SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM)
    Size6.6 inches, 83.7% screen-to-body ratio
    TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colors
    Resolution720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio, (266PPI)
    Operating SystemAndroid 10; HIOS 6.1
    ChipsetMediatek MT6761 Helio A22 (12nm)
    ProcessorOcta-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
    GPUPowerVR GE8320
    Internal Storage32GB
    Micro SD SlotYes, up to 128GB - dedicated slot
    BackQuad: 13MP, f/1.8, PDAF + 2MP, (macro)+ 2MP, (depth) + QVGA
    FeaturesQuad-LED flash, panorama, HDR, [email protected]
    FrontSingle: 8MP, f/2.0, (wide)
    FeaturesDual-LED flash, HDR, [email protected]
    3.5mm jackYes
    Alert typesVibration, ringtones
    WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
    BluetoothA2DP, LE
    GPSYes, with A-GPS
    USBmicroUSB 2.0
    FingerprintYes, (rear-mounted)
    Face IDNo
    TypeLi-Po, non-removable
    COLORSIce Jadeite, Spark Orange, Vacation Blue, Misty Grey

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