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Apple Shareholders Demand Study on iPhone Addiction Among Children

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Apple has been told by two of its shareholders to take immediate action to tackle children’s smartphone addiction, amid fears that technology could be damaging the young generation.

The shareholders, New York-based Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or CalSTRS, said in an open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices. The two investors collectively control $2 billion worth of Apple shares.

“There is a developing consensus around the world including Silicon Valley that the potential long-term consequences of new technologies need to be factored in at the outset, and no company can outsource that responsibility,” the letter said. “Apple can play a defining role in signalling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do.”

Some of the ideas they proposed include: establishing an expert committee including child development specialists; offering Apple’s vast information to researchers; and enhancing mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children’s health.

Phone addiction is steadily rising as many children now have access to smartphones including iPhone and spend hours surfing them. Hence, it will be a welcome development if Apple yields to this call.

Kenyans to buy iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus through an affordable installment scheme

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Elite Digital, Apple Premium Reseller in Kenya has said it will launch an EMI scheme for the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus from as low as KSHs 9,950 per month for orders made in the first week after launch.

During the first week Elite Digital says it will also provide FREE starter kit (Belkin wireless charger + iPhone compatible case +tempered glass said Ms. Aazra Kurii, Corporate Sales & Marketing, Elite Digital Solutions.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus run on iOS 11, come with a new glass and aluminum design in three beautiful colors, Retina HD displays with True Tone technology.

With single and dual cameras featuring Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus, the phones also have wireless charging.

“Due to high demand in innovation and intelligence in smartphone technology, iPhones 8 and 8 Plus come in new colors, featuring new Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip, and is designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience that are precision-engineered to resist water and dust” said Mr. Sajan Thomas, Reginal Business Head EAST Africa Redington

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus introduce a sleek glass back design in three new finishes: space grey, silver and gold. The glass finish is made using a seven-layer color process for precise hue and opacity, delivering a rich depth of color with a color-matched aerospace-grade aluminum bezel.

“Free 10GB data bundle will be offered to those who purchase the iPhone 8 or 8 plus for a week while stocks last. Both phones will be available in stores starting on Friday 10th of November 2017 and will range from $1300 and $1450 respectively.” Added Mr. Sajan.

The payment plan is countrywide.

 

 

TECNO Mobile teases the next Phantom flagship phone. See pictures and launch details

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TECNO Mobile is that smartphone brand that is gradually growing from being a local brand to the global scene. How’s the brand doing this? By churning out top-level smartphones with top quality specifications (we saw what the brand did with the Manchester City Tecno Camon CX Limited Edition, yeah?) and by also following the industry’s latest trend.

The Dual rear camera innovation is a trend that took the smartphone scene by storm and hasn’t shown any sign of fading out anytime soon.

Keeping up with the league of smartphone brands with dual cameras on the rear (with Huawei being the King of the league) is TECNO Mobile with its second implementation after last year’s Phantom 6 .

Coincidentally, TECNO Mobile just added another year and like Apple, it will also be celebrating her anniversary with the launch of a device. Though TECNO hasn’t specifically stated the name or codename of the upcoming device, all the teasers and hints the brand has been giving so far points towards a TECNO Phantom 8… and probably a Phantom 8 Plus too.

Via all of its social media platforms, TECNO have been releasing teasers of the upcoming Dual rear camera flagship. And from information gathered so far, the device will be launched come October 22, 2017 in Dubai (like its other predecessors; the Tecno Phantom 6 and Phantom 7 which were launched at the Armani Hotel located in the Burj Khalifa, Dubai).

The venue of launch of the Phantom 8 however haven’t been disclosed.

Before the October 22nd launching of the TECNO Phantom 8, the official specifications and pictures of the device should have been available. We will definitely keep you posted as new information and details arrives.

Now I’ve got to ask, aside the dual rear camera (which many TECNO users have been clamouring for its update quite a while now), what other features do you expect or would you love to see on the upcoming Tecno Phantom 8?

Tecno Spark Plus K9 now officially available for purchase in Nigeria

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After waiting in patience for more than a month now, Tecno fans and lovers in Nigeria can now finally have a feel of the Tecno Spark Plus K9 as the smartphone company finally rolls out the devices across various online and offline stores Nationwide.

While announcing the release and availability of the device via its official Nigeria Twitter handle (@TECNOMobileNG), the smartphone brand also revealed the official retail price of the Tecno Spark Plus K9.

As seen in the above embedded tweet, the device will cost, 42,500 Naira. This price may however vary depending on the region of purchase or the store (be it offline or online) of purchase.

The Tecno Spark Plus K9 comes with a 6.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage capacity, an Octa-core processor with a 1.3 GHz speed, and runs the Android v7.0 Nougat operating system (based on Tecno’s native HiOS). The Spark Plus also comes with a fingerprint sensor mounted on the rear and is kept up and running by a non-removable 3,400 mAh battery.

The device was announced as far back as August 2017 alongside the Tecno Spark K7. The Spark K7 is the toned down version of the Spark Plus K9 and sells at a more affordable price of 32,000 Naira. The Spark K7 is like a “Lite” version and it comes with low-level specs like 1 GB of RAM, a smaller 5.5 inch display and 3,000 mAh battery. The Spark K7 however rocks the same camera specifications as the recently released Spark Plus K9; 13 MP on the rear and 5 MP up front.

The Tecno Spark K7 and Spark Plus K9 are amazing smartphones and are the pioneering devices of the Tecno “Spark” series.

Where Google got it wrong with the Pixel 2 smartphone

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Google Pixel 2

The Pixel 2 is the latest flagship smartphone from search engine giant, Google. The device was announced alongside the Pixel 2 XL, which is the tuned up version of the Pixel 2 in that it sports better and better specifications than the Pixel 2. We have made a specs table to highlight the major differences between the two smartphones. You can check it out HERE.

The Pixel 2 smartphone is quite amazing in its own space but to be quite honest, my idea of a flagship smartphone is that it should have features that would make it a headache to other flagships from rival brands and also irresistible to buyers. Sadly, the Google Pixel 2 doesn’t quite revolve around my idea of a flagship and here are the reasons;

Google Pixel 2

1. No Full View Display

The smartphone world is like a merry-go-round. And as it rotates, we are presented with new features and trends that are unprecedented and amazing. Apple showed us what unprecedented looks like with the iPhone X. Samsung did the same with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. Likewise, LG followed suit with the LG G6 and LG V30. You know what all these devices had in common, a full view display.

Seeing bezels all around the Pixel 2, make me disappointed.

2. No Dedicated SD card slot

The Pixel 2 smartphone comes in 2 different built-in memory variant; one with 64 GB and the other, 128 GB. The storage capacity seem quite decent, and the fact that there are options even makes it more spicy. However, the lack of a dedicated SD card slot kind of takes half of the spice away. Google gave no room for storage expansion on the Pixel 2 and it is, like the above point, also disappointing. What if I need to copy some files to my phone on an external SD card and I don’t have a laptop? What to do, Google?

3. No 3.5mm headphone jack

We understand that brands may sometimes remove the 3.5mm headphone jack to give the device a more slim feel. The Pixel 2 (7.8 mm) has no headphone jack, yet it isn’t as slim as (or slimmer than) the iPhone 7 (7.1 mm) or iPhone 8 (7.3 mm) which also lacked the 3.5mm jack. And to think other flagships like the LG V30 (7.4 mm) and LG G6 (7.9 mm) come with an earphone jack and are only about the same thickness and less than the Pixel 2, it further proves that Google just got it all wrong.

Leaves me wondering what Google’s motive was for removing the headphone jack. Perhaps for monetary reason as they stand to gain from sales of their newly introduced ear buds. Who knows? **shrugs

4. Meagre battery capacity

Compared to the battery capacity of other Android flagships like the LG V30 (3,300 mAh), Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (3,300 mAh), Samsung Galaxy S8 (3,000 mAh), and LG G6 (3,300 mAh), did Google think a embedding a 2,700 mAh battery in the Pixel 2 will give it an edge over rival flagships with bigger (and perhaps, better) batteries?

3 smartphones aside the iPhone X with Face ID recognition technology

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When the iPhone X was launched, one of the major highlight features that wowed everyone and stole everyone’s attention was the inherent infrared camera which is used for facial recognition. Short-termed “Face ID”, the feature has completely taken the smartness of phones to another level. That is why we saw it worthy of listing the Face ID feature in one of our article where we mentioned some features that changed the way we use smartphones.

However, as lovely as trying out the Face ID technology on the iPhone X smartphone may be, the cost is a major restraining factor. This is why this piece was concocted to bring to the attention of those eager to try the Face ID technology on the iPhone X but can’t afford it that there are more affordable devices sporting the same feature. Let’s have a brief look at them below.

Doogee Mix 2

Doogee Mix 2

Announced in September 2017, the Doogee Mix comes with the Face ID recognition technology. Aside the highlight Face ID feature, the Doogee Mix 2 comes with a 6.0 inch IPS capacitive HD touchscreen, 6 GB RAM, dual 16 MP + 13 MP cameras on the rear, dual 8 MP + 8 MP shooters on the front, 4,060 mAh non-removable battery and costs between $300 to $500.

Vivo X20

Vivo X20

The Vivo is yet another smartphone from a Chinese gadget manufacturer to sport the Face ID recognition technology. The device is also accompanied by a big 6.01 Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of built-in storage, dual rear camera (12MP + 5 MP), 12 MP selfie camera, 3,250 mAh battery and runs on the Android v7.1.1 Nougat operating system.

The Vivo X20 costs between $400 – $450

Vivo X20 Plus

Vivo X20 Plus

The Vivo X20 Plus though an upgrade of the above-mentioned Vivo X20, also comes with the Face ID recognition technology. The Face ID on the Vivo X20 Plus is said to be capable of unlocking the device in a record time of 0.1 seconds after scanning about 128 features of the face before granting access to the user or not.

The Vivo X20 Plus also comes with other attractive features like a 6.43 inch Super AMOLED display, 4 GB of RAM, dual primary and secondary camera and 3,900 mAh long-lasting non-removable battery.

The Vivo X20 Plus comes with a price tag between $500 to $600.

HMD launches its 4G LTE Android Nougat-powered Nokia 8 in Kenya & Nigeria

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced the availability of Nokia 8 in Kenya at Ksh 59,999.

Nokia 8 is available in Tempered Blue and Steel and comes has Qualcomm® Quick ChargeTM 3.0 for quick charging.  The phone has a Snapdragon 835 processor and is secured with biometric fingerprint authentication.

The 4G LTE phone is available in Single SIM and Dual SIM and runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1.  The phone is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile chipset and has a 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory with external MicroSD card slot (support up to 256 GB). The phone has a 3090 mAh battery and weighs just 160g.

Nokia 8 has ZEISS optics and has a world-first in enabling Dual-Sight video to be livestreamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. Dual-Sight simultaneously harnesses both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos. The  Nokia OZO Audio brings a fully immersive audio experience to your 4K video.

4.6mm thin at the edge and just 7.3mm slim on average, Nokia 8’s seamless unibody is precision milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium and its pure design has been refined through a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing. Select models feature a high-gloss mirror finish that has taken over 20 hours to complete to achieve a flawless look.

Featuring OZO Audio, Nokia 8 combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound. Share your 4K videos with OZO Audio anywhere – binaural codecs enable high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio.

Powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, Nokia 8 doesn’t compromise on performance. The Nokia 8 have been co-developed with ZEISS optics for an optimum all round experience.

 

Key specs for Nokia 8

  • Networks:

 

  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • Network speed: LTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
  • Available in Single SIM and Dual SIM
  • OS: Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform
    • MSM8998 (4* 2.45GHz Qualcomm® Kryo™ + 4* 1.8GHz Kryo)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB internal memory with external MicroSD card slot (support up to 256 GB)
  • Form factor: Splashproof IP54 touch monoblock with capacitive system keys
  • Display: 5.3” IPS LCD QHD 2560 x 1440, 700nts screen brightness, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, 2.5D Glass
  • Camera with ZEISS optics:
    • Primary camera: 13MP (Colour + OIS) + 13MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, 76.9˚, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
    • Front facing camera: 13MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2.0, 78.4˚, display flash
  • Battery: Integrated 3090 mAh battery with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 compatible (18W, 5V/2.5A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
  • Dimensions: 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm (camera bump 0.4mm)
  • Weight: 160g

 

 

MTN, TD Mobile Unveil New Smartphone in Nigeria

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Telecommunications giant, MTN, has partnered TD Mobile, a mobile device distributor, to unveil an ICE 2 smartphone designed for the Nigerian market.

According to the companies, the ICE 2 smartphone was one of many devices produced by Freetel, Japan’s biggest smartphone brand, and powered by Google’s latest Android operating system, Android 7.0.

According to a statement by MTN, the revolutionary ICE 2 comes fully equipped with the latest software and security updates including Google Play Protect, newly-developed software, which continuously works to keep one’s device, data and apps safe.

It added that the smartphone was pre-loaded with MTN’s latest apps including MTN Music Plus.

The telco company said, “Massive incentives await the first 200 subscribers to get Freetel ICE 2 devices. In addition, all customers who buy the device will enjoy double data bonus on every data bundle they buy for three months, courtesy of MTN.

The Chief Marketing Officer, MTN, Rahul De, “We are excited by this partnership because our focus over the years has been on connecting millions of Nigerians to each other and the world, thus expanding access to information, entertainment and endless opportunities. The affordable and innovative ICE 2 takes us further along this journey, allowing more Nigerians to make the transition to smartphones.”

See The 5 Phones That Can Give iPhone X A Run For Its Money

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iPhone X is an amazing gadget almost everyone will love to have in their hands. It is sleek, stylish and it cost $1,000. Truth be told, there are other phones that can function and perform as well as the iPhone X which you probably do not know about. Importantly, it does not cost as much as the iPhone X. Here are some of the phones.

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Samsung Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8/S8+ cost between $600 and $700. You can save a lot of money without sacrificing much on specs. The S8 has both iris and facial recognition tech for unlocking your phone with a mere glance. The S8 also has a glass back just like the iPhone X, you can get wireless charging, on top of handy things like a headphone jack and a USB-C port.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi beat larger manufacturers to the full-screen game with the 2016 Mi Mix, and this year’s sequel, the Mi Mix 2, packs upgraded specs at a lower price of $503. The only shortcoming here is that it lacks any sort of rated water resistance; it has a standard, single-lens camera instead of a dual-camera set-up; and it doesn’t have a headphone jack or wireless charging. Beyond these flaws, it is a perfect phone.

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OnePlus 5

This phone looks like the iPhone. So,  if you’re someone considering moving away from Apple, the OnePlus 5 is highly recommended. Like the iPhone X, the OnePlus 5 has a gorgeous OLED screen and dual rear cameras. The major features you won’t get are wireless charging and IP-68 water resistance. It has a starting price of just $479.

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iPhone 7

iPhone 7, starts at $549 which is nearly half the price of an iPhone X. You won’t get the iPhone X’s  bezel-less screen, but you will get a home button with TouchID instead of Apple’s facial recognition tech. And if you move up to the $669 iPhone 7 Plus, you even get 12-MP dual rear cameras that are similar to iPhone 8, and not far from the setup on the iPhone X.

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Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G5 Plus is the best budget phone of the year. Starting at $230, the 5.2-inch G5 Plus costs one-fifth of an iPhone X and it features a front-mounted fingerprint reader, and headphone jack.

 

Tecno BOOM J Series: the loudness to muteness metamorphosis

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The music seem to have been muted in Tecno’s Boom J series. What’s happening?

2015 saw Tecno Mobile pull a fast one on us all. The company gave the world a taste of something natural and different from what we had seen from her and other players in the African smartphone scene. It was something we didn’t quite forsee and BOOM! Like a club that hit the golf ball off the tee, the BOOM J series was volleyed into the clouds of welcoming Tecno fans, fanatics and loyalists.

With the BOOM series, Tecno had its beam on music lovers by providing a smartphone that not only does regular phone stuff, but also produce music the way song lovers want it. This, it achieved by basically improving the music and sound components of devices in this series through software and hardware integration.

For example, the Tecno Boom J7 smartphone, the pioneering member of the BOOM series shipped with a Full metal Hi-Fi headset with noise cancellation technology. This headset totally locks out the world and interfering sound from the environs. That’s right. Just you alone with in your world, with your thoughts… and your music.

Tecno Boom J7

The Boom J7 also birthed Tecno’s native music player, Boom player which comes pre-installed with over 2,000 songs users of the Boom J7 can choose from. That’s not all. The J7’s loudspeaker is a double power amplifier that blares out sound with super crispness and at loud volumes.

Tecno Boom J8

The sophomore member, the Tecno Boom J8 equally had amazing features that caught the attention of music lovers. The Boom J8 had the Maxx Audio technology incorporated into the device software for optimum sound quality. And yes, the headphones that shipped with the Boom J8 was to kill for. Great aesthetic, super comfortable on the ear when worn, and the sound quality it produced – heavenly!

So basically, doesn’t matter if you are the earphone type, or you opt to listen to your favourite playlist directly from your phone’s output, good quality sound is assured on the Boom J8. The pre-installed Boom Player, like on the J7, also gives a wide array of quality songs to select from.

The above details clearly positions Tecno’s BOOM series as one with promise. At least if not to anybody, music lovers or gadget owners who have handled and operated any of the two smartphones in the series would agree with me.

The Tecno Boom J7 was launched sometime in April 2015 and the Boom J8, March 2016. But then, this is the 8th month of the year 2017 and no new addition to BOOM group. Neither has any information or  leak or a rumour has emerged about an upcoming device bearing the BOOM prefix.

Is the loudness of the BOOM J series transitioning into muteness?

Infinix Hot 5 launches in Kenya today… and here’s what we know so far

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Infinix Mobility is set to officially take the veil off the long-awaited Infinix Hot 5 smartphone today, August 28 in Kenya. The mobile company and her PR team have given the people of Kenya no space to breathe as they have choked with teasers, few cryptic details and enticing peeks as to what the Infinix Hot 5 will look like. Leaving us more eager and hungrier than we were for the device to come.

The soon-to-be launched Infinix Hot 5 is the successor to the Infinix Hot 4 smartphone which had a successful market spell. So far, so good, here are the things we know for sure about the Infinix Hot 5:

1. Enough on-board storage

A 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage combination is what the Infinix Hot 5 will offer users or potential buyers. The RAM will allow for heavy smartphone users toggle smoothly between applications without lag or loss of vital app data during usage.

The Hot 5 will definitely come with SD card support, but to what max level? We really do not know. Up to 32 GB? 64 GB? 128? Guess we’ll have to wait to find out.

2. There will be a smaller version – the Hot 5 Lite

Apparently, not just one but two (actually, three – the Note 4 Pro) smartphones will be launched together today by Infinix Mobility.

The Lite version of the Hot 5 is expected to have a little less RAM than the Hot 5 and will not feature a fingerprint scanner.

3. Big HD Screen

Since the Hot 5 is a cinema-themed smartphone, the device will come with a High Definition display sized at 5.5 inch to provide the best of entertainment experience to users.

4. Big and Durable battery

Just like its predecessor, the Infinix Hot 4, the Hot 5 will also come with 4,00mAh battery with Quick charge technology. Infinix also revealed that the Hot 5 and Hot 5 Lite were enhanced with low battery consumption design. Little charge time, More usage period.

5. Dual Loudspeaker

Just like what we saw on the Infinix Smart, the Infinix Hot 5 will also feature a dual frontal speaker set-up. The speakers are designed to produce top-notch sound quality, bass stabilization and the placement of the speakers (one up the screen and the other right below the screen) simply adds to the beauty of the device.

6. Fingerprint scanner

The Infinix Hot 5 will launch with a fingerprint scanner embedded on the rear of the device. The Infinix Hot 5 Lite however won’t be having the fingerprint scanner on the rear. Just a plain, roughly textured back cover.

The Infinix Hot 5 and Hot 5 Lite will be launched exclusively on Kilimall and hurry! You never know if there’s a gift for the early birds (just like there was for he recently launched Tecno Spark K7)

And that’s it! It’s a wrap. Is there anything else or any additional feature(s) you think Infinix would unveil about the Infinix Hot 5 or Hot 5 Lite today?

Full Specifications of the Tecno Spark Android smartphone

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Tecno Spark

The Tecno Spark was released a couple of hours ago in Kenya. The device currently sells exclusively on Kilimall and at a giveaway price. When you buy the Tecno Spark on Kilimall, you pay only Ksh 9,999 and you also stand a chance to win a selfie stick and a finger holder as a gift.

Tecno Spark

The Tecno Spark (otherwise known as the Tecno K7 or Tecno Spark K7) is the second device off the Spark series recently launched by Tecno Mobile. With the Spark series, Tecno aims to provide high quality devices at a budget price an average individual can afford.

And though, people have speculated that the specs of the Tecno Spark smartphone will be as minimalistic as possible, that didn’t seem to be the case in the end as the Tecno Spark/ Tecno K7 came out beautiful with equally beautiful specs.

Lastly, it is also worth mentioning that the Tecno K7 (Spark) seems to be Tecno’s response to Infinix’s newly launched “Smart series”. Like Tecno, the Smart series was so launched by Infinix to provide quality and affordable smartphones to the people of Africa. I’m going to stop here. The Tecno-Infinix battle is for another day.

Let’s have a full look at the features of the newly released Tecno Spark (Tecno K7) smartphone released in Kenya.

TECNO SPARK FULL SPECIFICATIONS

Device / Specifications Tecno Spark
Device type Android Smartphone
Release date August 26, 2017
Screen size 5.5 inch
Screen type IPS High Definition (HD) capacitive touchscreen
Screen protection None
Display resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 267 ppi
Length 153 mm
Width 76.4 mm
Thickness 7.9 mm
Weight N/A
Available colours Phantom Black

Metallic Red

Champagne Gold

Coral Blue

RAM 1 GB
4G connectivity Not supported
USB type Micro USB v2.0
Bluetooth Supported (v4.0)
Internal storage (ROM) 16 GB
Primary/ Rear camera 13 megapixels with LED flash
Secondary/ Front facing camera 5 megapixels with soft flash
Processor (CPU) 1.3 GHz Octa-core processor
Chipset MediaTek chipset
SD card support Yes, up to 32 GB
SIM support Dual SIM
SIM type Micro and Nano SIM
Operating system (OS) Android v7.0 Nougat with HiOS 2.0
Battery type Lithium- ion non-removable battery
Battery capacity 3,000 mAh
Fast/ Quick charge N/A
Sensors Fingerprint (rear facing)

Accelerometer

Proximity

Light

Compass

That’s all. The Tecno Spark specifications and features. So what are your thoughts about the device? Is it a worthy buy at Ksh 9,999? Is the Tecno Spark a worthy competition to the Infinix Smart? Let’s hear you out.

 

Tecno Spark now exclusively up for sale on Kilimall in Kenya. Get it for Ksh. 9,999 now

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Tecno Mobile finally launches the Tecno Spark series with the Tecno Spark now available for purchase in Kenya.

Earlier this month (August 2017), Tecno Mobile unveiled the Spark series with two smartphones as members – the Tecno Spark K7 and Tecno K9 (also called the Spark Plus). The device was scheduled to launch on the 21st of August but due to reasons best known to the parties in charge of releasing the device, the release was moved up to the 26th of August – today.

The Tecno Spark (Tecno K7) is now live on Kenya’s top e-commerce mall, Kilimall and is presently selling at a very affordable price – Ksh. 9,999. That’s not all. To apologize to the people for the change in release date of the device, Kilimall will be gifting buyers of the Tecno Spark a free selfie stick and a finger holder.

However, the gift is on a first come, first serve basis. Only the first 100 buyers will get the Selfie stick and finger holder as a bonus. So hurry! Time is no man’s friend.

The Tecno Spark comes with a 5.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a decent (or should I say standard 720 x 1280 pixels resolution). The device has 1 GB of RAM and is accompanied by a built-in storage of 16 GB. On the rear is a fingerprint scanner and above, a 13 megapixels camera and a LED flash.

Buyers have the Phantom Black, Metallic Red, Champagne Gold, and Coral Blue colour varieties to choose. All colour variants come with the same specifications and cost the same amount.

Other features of the Tecno Spark include the Android v7.0 Nougat OS, Quad core processor, 5 megapixels selfie camera and a non-removable 3,000 mAh Lithium Ion battery.

You can buy the Tecno Spark on Kilimall for Ksh 9,999 HERE

Expect the full specifications and review of the Tecno Spark soon.

The Galaxy S9 could be the first daul camera device in Samsung’s S-series

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The upcoming successor of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will most likely come with a dual camera set-up, a report by KGI states.

Just so you know, the Galaxy S9 is not coming anytime soon. And if it is, it’s definitely not this year. This is so because as history has had it, Samsung releases only one model off the Galaxy S series annually and 2017 has gifted us the Galaxy S8 and its older sibling, the Galaxy S8 Plus already.

Back to the Galaxy S9 talks, the device has been speculated to be the first smartphone off the Galaxy S-series that will feature a dual rear camera and in another feat, the second Samsung smart phone to have the feature.

In some other news that have surfaced earlier, the S9 have also been confirmed by droidholic to feature a rear facing fingerprint scanner that will be about the same size as that on the S8 and located beside the dual primary camera. It would be recalled that some users of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus expressed their displeasure concerning the positioning of the fingerprint scanner.

The close proximity of the Galaxy S8 camera and fingerprint scanner

According to them, whenever they try to unlock their S8 and S8 Plus, their hands touches the lens of the primary camera due to its proximity to the rear camera. This in turn scratches and blurs out the lens of the S8 and subsequently results into poor image quality.

Segueing on, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 was initially identified as the first candidate device from Samsung that will feature the first-of-its-kind in-screen fingerprint scanner. However, KGI was quick to debunked the reports and announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as the recipient of that honour.

Before we begin to bask in the reports and rumours of the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9, it would be more healthy of we pay more attention to the ones we have at hand and enjoy them to the fullest. I’m talking about the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus as well as the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was launched about 48 hours ago as a successor to the failed Galaxy Note 7 that was globally recalked (though it was relaunched as the Galaxy Note FE). The Note 8 launched with juicy specs like a large 6.7 inch AMOLED display, Dual 12MP primary camera, 8MP selfie camera, Android v7.1.1 Nougat, 3,300mAh battery and 6GB of RAM (though a cheaper 4GB RAM version may be announced by September).