We have a lot of things to thank TECNO for, but the primary one is that the Chinese manufacturer has done an exemplary job in offering low-cost smartphones to millions of people in Africa. This is a market that is interesting to a lot of phone makers, but only TECNO, among other members of Transsion Holdings, has understood the space.
To this end, TECNO has announced the Spark Go Plus to cater for groups that are even on a tighter budget. According to the company, the Spark Go Plus is one of the cheapest devices a user can get with a large and notched 6.52” screen, which is mostly true because the majority of phones that go for under KES 10,000 have a six-inch display or smaller.
Should TECNO bring the device in Kenya, we expect it to sell for under KES 9000. The approximate price tag is backed by a device with an HD+ screen with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. TECNO further claims a 89.5% screen to body ratio, which is quite impressive and surpasses the likes of the Spark 4 series that have prominent chins.
Of course, the price point hints the OS running the device: it is Android 9 Go Edition, which is not the latest around, and kind of disappointing because the Spark 4 has already received Android 10.
Other specs include an MTK Helio A22 chip, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The battery is capped at 4000 mAh.
Optics are handled by a single 8 MP primary camera, and another 8 MP snapper tucked under the screen cut-out for your selfies.
We are reasonably certain the device will hit our shores quite soon.