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The manufacturer is bad who does not trysurprise your potential client and get their attention. Someone makes it scandalous advertising campaigns, someone - horse price tags, someone - advanced features in the top segment, and someone - an unusual generosity for their price category. One of these smartphones appeared in our editorial office a couple of weeks ago. When our colleague came and brought it with the words that it costs 9,000 rubles, but he has five cameras, at first we thought that he was mistaken. It turned out that we were wrong, and this is really possible. At the same time, the rest of the phone's functions were practically not affected by this. Yes, you shouldn't expect from him crazy performance for that kind of money, but at the same time he looks more profitable than his “classmates”. Probably enough superficial judgments. If it is interesting to discuss this in more detail and find out what five cameras are, click "read more".

The smartphone screen looks good even in bright light.


  • 1 TECNO SPARK 5 Review
  • 2 First impression of the TECNO SPARK 5 smartphone
    • 2.1 TECNO SPARK 5 kit
  • 3 Smartphone screen
  • 4 The performance of an inexpensive smartphone
  • 5 TECNO SPARK camera 5
  • 6 Review of TECNO SPARK 5


For the first time with smartphones of this seriesI ran into it last year when TECNO SPARK 4 came out. Then I was a little skeptical about it, but I used it for a while as a second phone and realized that everything was not so bad. Probably, the partnership with one of the most famous football clubs in the world is an indicator of the seriousness of the manufacturer. Maybe it's just a coincidence, but the manufacturer is really connected with the English club Manchester City and demonstrates everything, including the complete case.

The case has the Mancity logo.

On various resources, you can often findreviews and reviews regarding expensive smartphones. But now technologies have reached the point that functions that were previously the exclusive feature of flagship devices are now rapidly entering the budget segment. I'm not saying that a smartphone for 5,000 - 10,000 rubles will be better than a flagship. Sure, he will lose to him, but in terms of price-quality ratio, it will be almost a more winning option.

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In general, the smartphone in question is very simple in itself, but it still has a couple of features. It was they who drew our attention to him. Now I'll tell you about them.

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First impression of the TECNO SPARK 5 smartphone

When you first get to know the phone, you really get the feeling that it costs more than it actually is. I would give him a price about 30% higher than he really is. Yes, he has a plastic case and some flagship features are missing, but it hasa large bright screen and as many as five cameras on the body (four main and one front). There are some questions about the quality of photos, but I will tell you about this in detail below.

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The body shimmers in the sun and has a design withdiverging rays. All this shimmers in the light and looks interesting, but given that the case is plastic, I would recommend using a case. Moreover, the complete case looks very cool and does not look like a cheap accessory, which was put only in order to be - believe me.

The cover has plugs to keep the connectors from getting dirty.

I have always appreciated if producers are goodrelate to the packaging of your gadget. In this case it is. Let everything inside and shifted by thin partitions, but at least they are. Many low-cost smartphones are sold in “one volume”. The smartphone is in a cardboard tray, and the rest is heaped up. It's not like that.


  • Smartphone
  • Protective case
  • Headset
  • Power adapter
  • Charging cable
  • SIM card ejection clip
  • Screen protector

I only want to comment on the headphones,which put more in the kit just in case. In reality, you will not want to use them, as in 2020 it is time to switch to wireless headphones. Moreover, even the manufacturer of this smartphone has several excellent models for their money (from 790 to 2,990 rubles).

I have already said about the materials of the body, and from itfeatures I can note the Asahi Glass on the front panel and the fact that the body does not creak at all. I noticed this in SPARK 4. Many smartphones in this category often squeak when squeezed in the hand or slightly bent. Of course, this is not fatal, but unpleasant. No squeak indicates that the case is assembled very high quality and potentially it will be more durable if dropped or otherwise damaged.

The case looks interesting. Pay attention to the rays and texture of the back wall.

All buttons on the case are on the right side. I don’t really like it, but in defense I can say that the power button is right under the thumb. The SIM tray is on the left and this is the real king tray. It fits two SIM cards and one memory card. When you take it out of the case for the first time, it seems endless.

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Smartphone screen

There are several features in the TECNO SPARK 5 display that draw attention to themselves. The first will be the camera in the hole and the second will be what the screen covers more than 90 percent of the front panel... Such a small frame is really a good indicator. Only the "chin" draws attention. It is large, but usually covered with a hand, so it's not that scary.

The diagonal of the screen is 6.6 inchwhich makes the smartphone big. The aspect ratio of the screen 20: 9 compensates for this size and the body fits very comfortably in the hand.

The screen is slightly stretched.

I thought for a long time how to characterize a smartphone with onein a word, and came up with only "complete". It is really well tuned and the content is nice to watch. This is the case when you don't even know what to improve. If you find fault, we can say that the resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels is not enough for such a diagonal, but remember the price and everything falls into place.

If you don't like the hole in the screen, like me, you can turn on a false frame. In this case, there will be a black bar at the top of the screen, it will become the correct shape and the camera will not be visible.

There is an indicator light next to the camera.

Low-cost smartphone performance

Smartphone runs on Android 10 with proprietary shell HiOS 6... It all looks very nice, however, in the settings menu, some items are somehow out of place.

Computing power is based onquad-core processor MediaTek Helio A22 with a frequency of 2 GHz. RAM is 2 GB, and built-in 32 GB, but it can be expanded using microSD cards up to 128 GB. In general, these are just averages for the segment. You can, of course, play top games, but at minimum wages. Although the smartphone has a game mode, I would not call it a skate.

The smartphone is unlocked by both a fingerprint and a face scan. Both systems do not work very quickly, but they are quite tolerable. There is not much to add here - everything just works.

The maximum brightness of the screen drains the battery, but it is it that helps to use the smartphone outdoors.

But it is worth adding about the battery, the capacity of which is 5000 mAh. Interestingly, in last year's model, its capacity was 4000 mAh. There is no fast charging. The supplied power supply only provides 5 volts and 2 amperes... Charging via microUSB. By the end of the day, I had about 25-30 percent of the battery remaining, but we all understand that this is relative and everyone will have different battery consumption.

TECNO SPARK autonomy 5.

TECNO SPARK 5 camera

Five thousand "swings", five cameras ... This is the magic of numbers. It seems that since this is SPARK 5, it should have a total of five. So far, so it turns out.

This is what the TECNO SPARK 5 main camera looks like.

There are really five cameras in the smartphone - four main and a front camera. The main quad camera consists of modules with a resolution 13 megapixels (the main module), 2 megapixels (defining depth to blur the background), 2 megapixels (macromodule for shooting from a distance of 2 cm) and 0.08 Mp (AI module).

AI module recognizes up to 10 scenes, so that lateroptimize camera settings for them. In addition, he is responsible for HDR operation. This is very noticeable when you shoot something against the background of the sky and the contrast is terrible, but when you save the picture comes out much better.

Everything worked out well here.

Everything is juicy and balanced

The sky didn't turn out very well

So pulls out HDR. Before the shoot, the trees are just black.

Complex picture, but it worked well.

Pay attention to the blur.

Everything is clearly visible

There are some minor problems with details, but overall not bad.

The picture is balanced enough for these conditions

There are some problems with the sky.

In general, given the cost of a smartphone, claimsto the camera no. Of course, it does not stretch out some scenes, but sometimes it works very well and the details of the images are excellent. It seemed to me that sometimes the automation, while working off the pictures, takes them a little into warm shades, but this does not happen often. I noticed this only when shooting in cloudy weather, and even then not always.

Considering that pictures from a smartphone look inmostly on a smartphone or published on social media, the camera seems to be very good for such use cases. You can download the originals of the most illustrative photographs at this link to evaluate the result yourself.

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The front AI camera has a resolution of 8 MP andequipped with a double flash. It has a natural light effect and the ability to take colorful photos in the dark. To make selfies of higher quality, the smartphone has a large pixel technology (4 in 1). Subjectively, it seemed to me that the front camera is a little less likely than many to make mistakes with what should be blurred when shooting portraits, but perhaps this is just an error.

The maximum resolution with which the TECNO SPARK 5allows you to shoot video, is 1920 by 1080 pixels (FullHD). However, if you don't plan on sharing video or transferring it to your computer, go for 720p. This will match your screen resolution and won't waste precious memory.

Girls will definitely appreciate that a smartphoneequipped with AI beautification function in video mode. In addition, you can use the automatic make-up mode during a video call. And also of the communication features, we can note the support of calls via WhatsApp and VoLTE, the ability to record a conversation in WhatsApp and beautification during a call in one click.

Review of TECNO SPARK 5

Concluding the story of the phone, I want youcorrectly understood everything I said above. I have long understood that any device should be considered with reference to its price. Of course, premium smartphones will work many times faster, shoot much better and have expensive body materials, but they will also cost more. TECNO SPARK 5 costs only 8,999 rubles and this must be borne in mind when evaluating its characteristics.

The smartphone turned out to be very decent.

He won't have crazy performance orprohibitive quality of photos, but against the background of competitors, it looks decent and has the same features in the form of a camera in the screen, five cameras on the body and a large battery.

For its price, the smartphone turned out to be good, butif you want to spend 50,000+ rubles on a smartphone, naturally, I will not assure you that you need to take this device. We are adequate people and understand the realities of the electronics market.