After the success of TECNO Mobile’s range of smartphones with popular names such as Phantom, Spark, Camon, and Pova to name a few. The company has unveiled its latest mid-range device with the brand new TECNO Spark 8 Pro.
For a long time, rumors have been around that the Pro version of the Spark 8 will be coming to the market with a powerful processor and other breathtaking features. Gladly, TECNO did not disappoint dropping a more powerful Spark 8 Pro powered by a Mediatek Helio G85 octa-core processor and it’s capable of ultrafast 33W charging which claimed 0 to 92-percent in an hour. This is way ahead of the 18W charging of the similarly-priced alternatives, now don’t get too excited as we’ve got more details about this new device.
TECNO has been truly generous enough to send us a few samples for us to closely review on hand —-all the specifications, features, and what will be its selling point in the crowded mid-range smartphone market.
Check out the full specifications and read our comprehensive review below.
TECNO Spark 8 Pro Specs Overview
- Body: 169.00 x 76.80 x 8.77 (Dimension), front Gorilla glass protection, back plastic, plastic frame.
- Display: 6.80” (1080×2460) resolution, touchscreen, 20.5:9 ratio, IPS LCD, 60Hz refresh rate.
- Chipset: Mediatek Helio G85, Octa-core (6×1.8 Ghz Cortex-A55 & 2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75), Mali-G57 MC2.
- Memory: 6 GB RAM, 128 GB Internal Storage, dedicated micro SD slot (upto 512 GB).
- OS/Software: Android 11, HiOS v7.6.
- Rear Camera: 48MP Ultra Clear AI Triple Camera (f/1.79), 6P, PDAF + Portrait 2-megapixel (f/2.4) AI lens, Depth 2.0-micron, f/AI sensor, Dual LED flash and Super Night Mode 2.0 support.
- Front Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0. Dual LED.
- Video Capture: 1080p/30fps.
- Battery: 5000 mAh, 33W fast charging, Li-Po non-removable.
- Sensor: G-sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, side fingerprint sensor.
TECNO Spark 8 Pro Unboxing
The TECNO unboxing experience will be here before we anticipated. This is one of the flagship devices offered by TECNO with improved and notable new features which you will normally see on higher-end devices.
TECNO Spark 8 Pro has just been announced last December 29th and released in January 2022 with three different color options like Interstellar Black, Komodo Island, and Winsor Violet. You can check the color of the device outside the box packaging.
The device will be packed well inside the box and some accessories.
- A 33-w fast charger.
- A back cover.
- User manual.
- Sim ejector tool.
- Warranty receipt.
- A Headphone.
- A USB cable.
Design, Build Quality, And Handling
Just like all the other devices of the Spark series, Spark 8 Pro also comes with a very attractive design and overall sleek profile. As the device is named “Pro,” you can expect top-of-the-line feels or undeniable improvements from all the other siblings.
- The device is slim and good-looking and comes with Gorilla glass protection. The backside of this mobile is unique as there are two different sections. A shiny finish ontop side of the camera and ridges at the other half bottom which seemed to be intended for better handling and grip.
- The cameras are mounted on a shiny part, and the rest of the body is a two-color spray gradient. In the upper part, you can find a logo of “TECNO Spark.”
- In the bottom part, there is a TECNO brand slogan in large characters, “Stop At Nothing” The dot notch design of this device, along with the glossy finish, makes it look crisper.
- The device is easy to operate and handle in one hand. The grip of this phone is also very good, thanks to the plastic back panel. Among all the other things, the most impressive part of this mobile is the back.
The design and build quality are better than all the other Spark series devices that came before. The camera setup is perfect, along with dual-LED flashes. The fingerprint scanner is not available in the back; it is side-mounted. The device weighs around 212 grams due to its large battery, but it is easy to carry around.
The plastic back panel might not protect the cameras during a fall. But, there is no chance of getting fingerprints on the back of the device, which is mostly seen on glass back panels.
Overall, the device’s build quality and design are good. As a mid-range device, you will get a premium and attractive finish with a sturdy build quality.
Display, Battery Life, Charging Speed, And Speakers
TECNO has made some changes in the display of this device from TECNO Spark 8, like the display quality, battery life, charging speed, and speakers.
TECNO Spark 8 Pro comes with a 6.8-inch screen that gives you an immense display experience. In addition, a higher resolution of 1080×2460 helps you to catch every detail of the movies and videos on its large screen. This is one of the best display specifications offered by TECNO in this price range.
As the device is built for gaming, the high resolution and big display help you stand one step ahead and have a wonderful experience. The refresh rate could have been better than 60hz, but other specifications are good.
With a big screen, there won’t be any issue with the battery life of this device. TECNO Spark 8 Pro comes with a whopping 5000 mAh battery for a long time use without any issues. And we did a regression test which let us do video playback(YouTube streaming) for around 21 hours straight from a full-charge up to zero. If you’ll equate it to regular phone usage, you can easily get through a day in a single charge.
Apart from that, thanks to a 12nm G85 processor, the battery consumption and optimization have improved significantly. Along with a high mAh battery, the device needs to have a good optimization to prevent the first drainage.
Most of the users are going to use this device for gaming, which is known to consume a lot of battery. Therefore, TECNO has introduced the Super Boost optimization system to make the battery last longer.
There are three different stages of optimization available such as Sliding Operation, Launching Operation, Switching Operation, which makes battery management easier.
Even though the device comes with a big 5000 mAh battery, it takes a certain time to get drained. For the first time, TECNO has introduced fast charging technology supported by a C-type port. It comes with 25W fast charge technology and a 33W ultra-fast charger.
So we took a totally drained Spark 8 Pro, and timed its charging speed to prove it claims of 92% in an hour charging. Here are the numbers we got in actual:
- 5mins – 9%
- 10mins – 18%
- 20mins – 33%
- 30mins – 47%
- 60mins – 86%
- 94mins – 100%
If we will consider a 5% variance, it’s well within its claim and, if you’re in hurry a 5-minute charge will get you a considerable battery juice, that’s totally a plus.
The speaker of this device helps you to enjoy every little sound in more of mid-highs with a normal bass. You can find the speaker at the bottom of TECNO Spark 8 Pro. However, you won’t get two speakers like all the other devices in this range. Instead, the dedicated mic with active noise cancellation helps you stay connected without any interference.
Performance And User-Interface
The all-new TECNO Spark 8 Pro keeps all the other devices behind with the powerful MediaTek Helio G85 chipset. Thanks to this gaming chipset, the performance of this device is outstanding and will cement a bang-for-buck feat in the mid-range market.
We did a hands-on gaming with this device and it’s smoothly optimized in terms of CPU, GPU, with both network and memory accelerated. Playing mobile games such as Mobile Legends, PUBG and Call of Duty all at ease. The wide-screen and slim profile makes this phone comfortably fits in your hand for game controls.
There are no frame drops or lags seen in the device, thanks to the powerful octa-core processor. Apart from that, HiOS v7.6 is also very simple and easy to use.
There are many unique features available in this OS. Apart from that, this device’s SUPER BOOST system optimization makes it very powerful and efficient.
The brand new update of HiOS, Rhythm Master, is focused on improving competitiveness, communication, and other sections.
Camera Features And Video Quality
The TECNO Spark 8 pro comes with 3 cameras in the rear and 1 camera in the front.
- 48-megapixel (f/1.79).
- 2-megapixel (f/2.4).
- 2.0-micron (f/AI) sensor.
The wide-angle camera comes with a 48MP Samsung sensor that helps to get a high-quality image, specially in outdoor and well-lighted scenario.
The super-resolution algorithm helps to get a clear output of video and photos. Even after zooming in the pictures, the pixels do not come out. Thanks to the Super Night Mode 2.0, the camera takes crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions.
TECNO offers the video night mode for the first time on their devices. Users will get the chance to capture moments even at night. Video recording is available at 1080p/30fps, which lets you record all the moments. The front camera comes with 8 MP, f/2.0, to get impressive selfies.
Some of the modes you can get in TECNO Spark 8 Pro are AI CAM, Beauty, Portrait Mode, and Super Night Mode. Overall, the camera of this device is pretty impressive and provides high-quality pictures.
Looking at all the features and specifications of TECNO Spark 8 Pro, this is a pretty good mid-range device. But, no doubt, plenty of competitors are available in the market that provides similar features in this price range.
TECNO offers some unique features that make it an excellent pick. Some of the sections where this device exceeded expectations are the MediaTek G85 processor, fast charge technology, 1080P full HD display, 33W smart fast charger, handy side fingerprint unlock, and the Super Boost system optimization.
However, this device has some room for improvements that could have made it better, like the AMOLED display, more internal storage, water-dust resistance –can be notables in the upcoming iteration. But overall, the aforementioned features of the Spark 8 Pro is enough for your consideration, a great value for your hard-earned bucks.
So, if you are looking for a device to play casual mobile games and capture great photos, TECNO Spark 8 Pro is a great choice at around the $130~$150 price range.