It is a three-horse competition between Tecno, Infinix, and Gionee. Companies like Samsung are not out, but they have a group they are targeting. These three, however, are looking to capture the mainstream and even go deeper.
Tecno was one of the first to start the race, and it doesn’t seem like it is about hanging its boots. Even as it is going forward to create powerful phones such as the Phantom phones for the high-end market, it is still taking some time to create stuff like the Tecno W4 for the mid-range market.
The phone was launched in 2016 as the first from the company to feature the Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Let’s delve into the complete review of the Tecno W4
Build quality and design
Many phones have already been developed and getting something new that would claim to be the best designed will be very hard. The W4 doesn’t claim to be. Still, it manages to be a well-built piece that assures of considerable durability.
There are some that will question the durability of the phone since it is a plastic built phone. That is understandable but what makes this different from most other plastic bodied phones is that it has a different and intelligent make.
You can open the back of the phone, but the battery is non-removable. If you want it changed, however, it can easily be done.
On the right-hand side of the phone are the volume and unlock buttons and when you open the back of the phone, that is where your sim and Micro SD card is fixed.
It has Tecno’s own User Interface which is known as the HiOs. The interface comes with beauty on one hand and good features on another. Some of the features include the Hi Manager (file manager), Boom Player for music, interesting themes and lively wallpapers.
There are no million things to write about the sound quality of the phone as it doesn’t give much outside the box. It neither gives too much in the volume nor does it give too little. However, the best experience for me was with the earphones.
If you do not use earphones, the next best should be indoors, as outside is not the best for playing music with this phone.
There are hardly many things that could be said about the camera that comes with the Tecno W4 as it is mostly like what most others give; 8.0MP back camera that gets up to 3264 x 2448-pixel pictures and 2.0MP front camera.
The pictures you will get with the back camera will be great and very pleasing, considering that the camera has a wide-angle beautification effect. For what you get with the front camera on the other hand, while it will be on the pass side, it will not meet what you get with the back.
Also, to get the best of the front camera you will do good by ensuring that there is generous light or that you do not stay indoors while snapping except of course if it is well lighted.
Memory and storage
The Tecno W4 is furnished with a 1GB RAM. Although I will say this is rather small for most of the high-end phones that feature as much as 3 GB RAM, it still works well with this and it doesn’t get you dragging. This is even though it has a storage of up to 16 GB internal memory.
Of the 16GB storage it comes with, 6 is already taken over by preinstalled apps and system files. If because of this the 10 GB remaining doesn’t serve you well, you can have it expanded with a 64GB Micro SD card.
Processor and Software
A quad-core MediaTek processor is what it brags of as the processor which runs at 1.3 Ghz. This gives you a good speed in the real world performance. Also, getting up against the 1 GB RAM it comes with, you get good multitasking, but you may not be able to enjoy very high applications.
At only 2500 mAh, the battery does not come with any plans to stop the world from moving. Nevertheless, because of the functionality of the phone, the battery happens to be very good for it in both charging time and battery lifetime.
Within 2hrs 30 mins, you should be able to have the battery fully charged even when the battery is completely exhausted. That should be able to last you more than 24 hours if you are not a heavy user. If you are, you should be able to get up to 10 hours of use before it runs out on you.
Getting the phone in power saving mode, you will achieve significantly more than the 24 hours it promises to non-heavy users.
- Screen Size: 5-inch with resolution of 1,280 x 720
- Colours: Black and gold
- Body: Plastic
- Memory: 1GB RAM
- Storage: 16 GB (can be expanded by up to 64 GB)
- Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Camera: 8 MP back camera and 2 MP front camera.
- Battery: 2500 mAh
- Connectivity: 4G LTE
- It is a very valuable phone.
- The back camera works quite nicely.
- Decent battery life
- Generous internal and expandable storage capabilities.
- Doesn’t come with the best front camera
- Only 1 GB RAM
Now that the starting point for most good android phones is at N50,000, the Tecno W4 is a good buy for someone looking to get a good one that doesn’t kill with price. The best things with the phone apart from the fact that that it comes to be durable are the fact it has a good battery life, supports 4G LTE, and does well with multimedia.
Price of the Tecno W4
In Nigeria, you will be able to get the phone on various online stores including Jumia. From our checks, the phone should fall between N30, 000 and N35, 000. I don’t think this is a bad bargain considering all that it has to offer.
Once you order for this phone, it comes along with a pair of well-built earphones, a charger, a USB cord, user manual, and a free flip case.