Tecno L8

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The Tecno L8 is coming just a few day s after Tecno Mobile launched the Tecno W4 into the Nigerian mobile phone market. What does this say about Tecno? Nothing new that can’t be said about other OEMs. The strategy is simple, launch as many phone models as possible in a short space of time. The aim is clear. Make the brand stick in people’s consciousness with these new releases. And the result is that consumers get the impression Tecno have different kinds of quality phones to cater to different tastes.

Tecno L8

It is a fine strategy even if successive phones are only slightly different from previous ones. This is not an indictment on Tecno L8, or Tecno Mobile. It is just the way things are. So what are we to look forward to in the Tecno L8?

Firstly of all, lets start with the stand out feature: the battery. Any keen watcher of the evolution of Tecno phones would know the L series are mostly about huge batteries. And so it is with the Tecno L8 which bears a huge 5050mAh battery. Tecno Mobile is bragging that the phone can go days on a single charge. Fair enough. Conveniently, the phone comes with Quick Charge technology. It is the thing now that, as batteries get bigger, Quick Charge becomes an imperative.

Sadly though, Tecno Mobile refused to make the L8 their second Android 6, Marshmallow, smartphone. They rather reverted back to Android 5.1, Lollipop operating system based on Tecno’s HiOS UI. The operating system is joined by a MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Also part of the hardware is a RAM of 1GB, an internal storage of 16GB and a microSD slot to expand the storage by a maximum 64GB.The Tecno L8 sports a 5.5″ capacitive IPS display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. That is not a bad resolution to display images captured by the 8MP rear camera or the 2MP selfie images of the front camera.

Tecno L8Putting the L8 side by side with the W4, the obvious differences are centered around the operating systems and the battery capacity. If you really want to use your smartphone on a single charge for a long time, the L8 is your best bet. That is if you figure that a Marshmallow OS is not such a big deal. After all, it is always possible to upgrade a phone’s OS. Though Tecno is notorious for not pushing updates to their customers.

And of course, the price might be the decisive factor. As a mid-range budget phone, the cost should be fixed accordingly right? Do you think a price of about N34,000 on Konga or N40,000 on Jumia is a fair enough for a Tecno phone with these specs?

Full Specifications

General Information

  • 1.3GHz Quad-core Processor  
  • 1GB ram 
  • HSPDA 900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/100/1900
  • Android v5.1 LolliPop
  • Dual SIM support functionality
  • Up to 100kpbs downloads speeds on 2G networks
  • Up to 42.57mpbs downloads speeds on 3G networks
  • WIFI Hotspot
  • Bluetooth v3.0,

Body

  • Touch Screen Keyboard
  • Option of Black,Red and white
  • Plastic body cover
  • Weight 165g
  • Sense Skin

Display

  • 16M colours
  • 5.0 inch Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Dimension(mm) of 155.50 x 69.78 x 8.90
  • Resolution of 720×1280

Memory

  • 1GB RAM
  • MediaTek 6572
  • External memory card slot with support of 32GB
  • 16GB internal memory (ROM)

Audio

  • MP3 AMR, WAV AAC, MP3,MIDI,OGG… player, background playback, and album art cover
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio

Camera

  • Front-facing camera of 2MP 1600 x 1200-pixel picture quality also optimized for video calls
  • 8MP rear camera 2592 x 1944-pixel with LED flash

Other Amazing Features

  • GPS support
  • No NFC
  • No Infred
  • No WIFI direct
  • No HDMI
  • No MHL
  • No 4G network
  • Java Support
  • A-GPS Navigation
  • WIFI Hotspot
  • Calculator
  • calender
  • Video Call
  • GPRS/EDGE/3G/Wi-Fi/3.75G internet connectivity
  • MP4/3GP video player with support for more codecs through third-party applications
  • Alarm
  • FM
  • MicroUSB 3.0
  • Browser support Flash
  • Accelerometer
  • Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • No Gyroscope
  • No Barometer
  • Pre Installed Google applications like BBM, Facebook, Whatsapp, Gmail,YouTube, Calendar, Search etc
  • 3D games support like Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, Gta, Talking Tom…
  • Full access to Google Play Store with over 500,000 applications available for downloads

 Battery

  • Battery Capacity Li-ion 5050mAh
  • Talk Time 8hrs
  • Standby Time 250hrs

 

 

photo credits: tecno-mobile.com

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  1. For me, It’s w4 all the way. Not saying this ain’t nice specs, but I prefer w4 for reasons bet known to mua.

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