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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).