Released in June 2016, Tecno L8 Lite is one of those reasonably priced smartphones built to offer long battery life with its 5050 mAh battery. It also features 1.3GHz quad-core processor, a decent camera, and a large HD IPS display among other entry-to-midrange features.
After the fair success of the Tecno L7, the company decided to come out with the Tecno L8 as the successor of the former. That was later replaced with the L8 plus and then the Tecno L8 Lite.
The L7, which all came to take over from wasn’t the worst of phones, but it just wasn’t a serious piece that Tecno could put in competition against phones from Infinix, Gionee, and other crazy companies.
The thing, though, is that although the Tecno L8 Lite took over from the L8 and L8 plus, it is a bit down from the others, considering that it came in as a lighter version. That being said, it also came in cheaper.
For a better perspective, let’s get down to the review:
Build quality and design
Memory and storage
Processor and Software
Build and quality
The Tecno L8 Lite doesn’t come as the most beautiful phone in the market. You won’t be wrong if you describe it as having a somewhat regular look. Still, when it comes to the build, there is nothing ordinary about its almost premium build.
In size, the Lite does not come as large as its previous brothers. While the smaller version in the line, the phone is very comfortable to hold, not heavy.
The phone’s body has a plastic cover that is unique with a removable battery and camera that comes at the top side of the phone.
Although a mid-entry phone, it has a 5.0 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display with up to 16 million colors and 720 X 1280 pixels resolution. This means that although you do not get the heaven and earth viewing angles, you still get good one.
The phone’s buttons are well placed and easily accessible on the sides.
The smartphone is made ready to handle two sims and has an internet connectivity that begins with GPRS/EDGE to 3.75 G.
Right now, most phones do not seek to give you the extremely loud volumes that used to comes with some 4 sim phones that were created by Chinese companies with phony names. All they are after is getting the audio at a decent volume and getting you the best sound quality it can give. That is the same thing with the Tecno L8.
But more than most others, the quality is probably stressed because of its unspoken generous multimedia functionality.
Whether you are using the phone speaker or an earpiece, the sound quality doesn’t disappoint.
What beats for me with this phone is the battery life. Even when you find phones such as the Tecno Phantom 5 and others that are more considerable, running at 3030 mAh, the Tecno L8 has a battery that has a generous 4000 mAh capacity.
This means that with this battery, you can have a run time of up to 8 hours of talk time and over 200 hours of standby time. For a heavy user, you may not record these times.
Although it is pretty good, it is much lower than what you get with its bigger and older L8 and L8 Plus brothers that have as much as 5500mAh.
No, the camera is not one of the things that the Tecno L8 can brag with since it is mostly like many others in the market. It comes with both front and back cameras.
While the back camera comes with 8MP, the front camera has 2MP. However, that is where it comes the same with others since it has an autofocus just as it has HDR capability. With the HDR, you can easily get pictures taken even when the light is too bright or too low and still have a great picture.
Still, with the camera, LED flash comes just as you get with most others. Also, it comes with AutoFocus for the best picture snapping.
In total, you can count on the picture quality better than you can count on most others whether you are having a selfie or not.
Storage and memory
16GB internal space is what this phone comes with for all your files. If you want to have it expanded, there is a MicroSD card that takes as large as 128GB.
This is one of the things that makes the phone much of a multimedia phone since it has enough space to have all your mobile videos, music, pictures, and other multimedia files.
For the memory, what you get with this massive phone is a 1GB RAM. I must confess that I expected something way better than what Tecno is giving here. In the least, I had my eyes set on seeing the phone with a minimum of 2GB RAM.
Nevertheless, I think unless you want to have the entire world on your phone, the memory should be able to get you decently going by.
Processor and Software
Tecno L8 Lite has an Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. On the other side, the processor you get with the phone is 1.3GHz Quad-Core. When you bring all these together, there is no reason that you shouldn’t get the best of a mid-range phone performance.
Quick Specifications of the Tecno L8 Lite
- Screen Size:5 inches 1280 X 720 resolution
- Colours: Gold, white, and Black
- Body: Plastic build
- Memory: 1GB
- Storage: 16GB Internal and MicroSD card of up to 128GB.
- OS: Android v 6.0
- Camera: 8MP (3264 x 2448-pixel pictures) and 2MP front cameras of 1600 x 1200-pixel pictures
- Battery: 4000mAh Li-Ion
- Good battery life
- Very cheap
- The picture quality is better than most other phones.
- It comes with a premium and durable materials.
- Large storage space.
- One of the best for multimedia.
- No LTE support.
- The RAM is not the best for the storage space it has.
If you find it very hard to drop your phone, this is what you should go for. In fact, if you are not a heavy phone user, you may not even need a power bank with this phone. The good news is that the battery life is not all that the phone has to offer since it is also cheap and it could just be the best you can get for multimedia.
Also, if you are looking to buy the L8 but because it is expensive or too large, this is an excellent alternative that comes cheaper and smaller.
In the mid-range line of phones, it will be tough for you to find a phone that beats this when you consider the features it comes with and the asking price.
In the pack, when you buy this phone, what you get includes a charger, cable, earphone, case, and a protective film.
Online, you will be able to get the Tecno L8 Lite in stores such as Jumia at prices between 30,000 Naira to 40,000 Naira. I feel it’s a good bargain.
Get the Tecno L8 Lite on Jumia now at the best price.