The Tecno Spark 3 Pro is the successor to 2018’s Tecno Spark 2, one of the best-performing devices targeted at the budget market. The Spark 3 Pro features a lovely 6.2-inch LCD, a battery to last an entire day, and a quad-core processor that is more than sufficient for the average user’s daily tasks. For its price point, the phone offers a compelling combination of features that will make potential buyers consider it over rival devices.
Is Tecno Spark 3 Pro out? The device is currently available in local retail and online stores. The Tecno Spark 3 Pro price starts at ₦ 37,999 on Jumia, which is reasonable for a phone that is not so heavy on features or mind-blowing specs. The Tecno Spark 3 release date was in April 2019, the same month it was announced.
Here is a brief look into the pros and cons of the Spark 3 Pro.
- A decent 6.2-inch IPS LCD
- Solid and light build
- A decent 3500 mAh battery
- Dedicated microSD slot for storage expansion
- Poor performance due to inadequate RAM
- Poor camera performance
- 32GB internal memory is barely enough
Tecno Spark 3 Pro specs
- Announced: April 2019
- Released: April 2019
- Dimensions: 154.3 x 75.5 x 7.9 mm (length, width and thickness)
- SIM card: Dual nano-SIM
- Display: IPS LCD touchscreen
- Size: 6.2 inches
- Resolution: 720 x 1500 pixels
- Operating system: Android Pie (9.0) overlaid with HiOS 5.O
- Internal memory: 32GB ROM & 2GB RAM
- Expandable memory: MicroSD slot
- Rear camera: 13MP main camera and 2MP depth sensor
- Selfie camera: 8 megapixels
- USB: MicroUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
- Bluetooth: Version 5.0 with A2DP & LE
- Sensors: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, proximity, accelerometer
- Battery: 3500 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery
- Colours: Nebula Black, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold
What are the features of Tecno Spark 3 Pro? Here is a look at the device's hardware.
The Spark 3 Pro’s design borrows heavily from the popular Tecno Camon 11. The unibody frame design provides an excellent grip, and when put at an angle, the black variant of the device sparkles under light. While the Spark 3 Pro is undoubtedly a looker, the shiny back is a fingerprint magnet. You might, therefore, find yourself continually cleaning off smudges from the surface.
The front side features a 6.2-inch display with an Apple-inspired cutout at the top. The notch houses an earpiece and proximity sensor. On the back, you will find a fingerprint scanner, dual cameras, and a vertically-printed brand logo. The bottom houses a micro-USB port, speaker, audio jack and microphone. The volume and power buttons are on the right side while the left houses the microSD slot and SIM tray.
Tecno Spark 3 Pro colors include Nebula Black, Midnight Black and Champagne Gold.
The device features a 6.2-inch HD screen with a resolution of 720 by 1500 pixels. The display is by no means terrible, but in this era of full HD and QHD panels, it is not great. The LCD has good outdoor usability since it is reasonably bright under direct sunlight. The large screen size, coupled with low resolution, leads to text and images looking less sharp than on displays with a higher pixel density.
Processor, performance, and storage
The Spark 3 Pro is powered by a quad-core Mediatek processor that can handle basic tasks with minimal lag. The phone barely refreshes when juggling between multiple apps, a nice feature for a device in the Spark 3 Pro’s price range. Occasional light games will work just fine but do not expect to play graphics-intensive games on this device. Memory management on the device is excellent. It is possible to have nine apps running simultaneously without the memory overloading.
In terms of storage, buyers will get 32GB internal memory coupled with 2GB RAM. These are barely headline-making specs in the modern day where phones have as much as 8GB RAM and 256GB internal memory. However, the available microSD slot will allow memory expansion in case the inbuilt storage is inadequate.
Tecno Spark 3 Pro battery capacity
The Spark 3 Pro truly excels in its battery performance. The 3500 mAh battery will last an entire day under moderate to heavy usage. The phone’s battery charges from zero to a hundred percent in about ninety minutes, which is quite impressive. The lack of a higher-resolution panel is an advantage to the device's battery life since the display pushes fewer pixels.
Speaker and call quality
The device’s single bottom-firing speaker is reasonably loud. However, its clarity and audio richness is nowhere near that of phones with stereo speakers. Call quality, on the other hand, is excellent on the earpiece and mouthpiece. Users will have no problems using the Spark 3 Pro for calls in noisy environments.
Here is a quick look into this smartphone’s software features.
Operating system and features
Tecno Spark 2, Spark 3’s predecessor, features a stock version of Android with barely any customizations. However, this time, Tecno has ditched that strategy and overlaid the device’s Android Pie (9.0) with its own HiOS skin. Users get two navigation options with the device. One is the regular customizable Android navigation while the second is an Apple-inspired swipe gesture system. The company has not talked about possible upgrades to the newest Android version (10).
Tecno Spark 3 Pro camera features, video, and image quality
The phone has a dual-camera set up on the back, a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The user interface is relatively simple with options such as HDR, AI Cam and bokeh mode conveniently placed within the layout. The Spark 3 Pro, like most modern budget phones, takes decent daytime pictures. The images have adequate clarity, brightness and colours look great.
The camera’s general performance is okay but not the best. For the phone’s price tag, though, it is hard to expect more. In terms of video, the Spark 3 Pro can record 1080P video at thirty frames per second. Video output is less impressive as compared to the still images. However, the clips are still decent for a budget phone.
Here is a look into some of the social media comments related to the Spark 3 Pro.
The Spark 3 Pro has its upsides and downsides. The main pros include fantastic battery life, beautiful design and decent images from the primary camera. The user interface needs more polishing, and the RAM and ROM options are barely sufficient. Despite the phone’s shortcomings, however, buyers will be hard-pressed to find a better alternative to the Tecno Spark 3 Pro at Jumia.
The Tecno Spark 3 Pro is undoubtedly a compelling choice for people upgrading from entry-level feature phones but who are not ready to spend huge sums on mid-range devices. Gamers and other heavy users might want to check out other alternatives since this Tecno’s RAM and GPU will barely be up to scratch for power and graphics-intensive tasks. What do you think about the Spark 3 Pro?