August 6, 2022

GadgetStripe TECNO Spark 9 Pro review: Best Spark device yet!

The TECNO Spark 9 Pro is the shiny new addition to TECNO’s Spark series. Finally, we have a USB C port that we requested from TECNO. The phone has a stunning design and it has to be one of the best designed phones of 2022. It is priced at 99,000 Naira which puts it in a competitive position. It also comes with some notable features like a 50MP main camera and a 32MP selfie camera. There are two variants which include a 4/128 GB version and a 6/128 GB version. The phone has a memory fusion which allows you to expand the RAM. Today we are writing a detailed review of TECNO Spark 9 Pro

It is the first TECNO smartphone to run on Android 12 and HiOS 8. In this review, we are going to share all there is to know about the TECNO Spark 9 Pro. The review is divided into sections to give you a better understanding of the phone. Let’s dive deep and find out more about the Spark 9 Pro.

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Review – Should You Buy?

Unboxing TECNO Spark 9 Pro

In a world where smartphone cases are shrinking due to environmental concerns, the Spark 9 Pro begs to be different. The Spark 9 Pro is packed in an orange and white colored box and when you open the box, you see the Spark 9 Pro first placed on the top and the device is wrapped in a plastic material with the main specifications of the Spark 9 Pro written on the plastic material covering the device. This box is completely different if you have seen the box of the Spark 8. But if you have the Tecno Spark 9T, you can see the similarities in the packaging. Here are the contents of the box;

  • The Spark 9 Pro smartphone
  • 18 watt charger
  • earphone
  • Plastic box
  • Sim eject tool
  • USB-C cable
  • Screen protector applied to the screen

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Review – Design and Build Quality

The TECNO Spark 9 Pro is well designed and built. It has a finish that looks unique, and it also stands out from other models around its price range. The back cover of the phone is plastic. It has a sort of two-tone finish on the back, with the top having a glossy plastic finish. The bottom has a matte finish which makes it more comfortable to hold in the hand. We have the plastic frames and on the right side we have the unlock key which also serves as a fingerprint reader. He is quick, responsive and easy to reach. For the first time, we have a USB C port on a TECNO Spark Series phone, which is nice to see. The phone also comes with a headphone port which is starting to disappear on budget phones these days.

There is a fairly loud speaker also at the bottom and a microphone for calls. The left side of the frame contains the SIM card tray. The Spark 9 Pro supports two 4G SIM cards and a 256GB SD card. There is a speakerphone for calls just above the notch and also an LED notification light next to the speakerphone. . The design will appeal to many GenZs. There are two camera rings on the back housing the three cameras, we’ll talk more about the cameras later. The camera cutout makes the phone stand out in terms of design. We have the “TECNO Spark” and “Stop at Nothing” written on the top and bottom right of the phone respectively.

TECNO Spark 9 Pro – Display

The screen is moderately sized at 6.6 inches, the resolution is FullHD+, and it’s very crisp in terms of brightness and contrast. I enjoyed watching YouTube content with the screen, I also enjoyed playing games. It was also quick and responsive when scrolling through various social media apps.

This TECNO Spark 9 Pro review will be meaningless without paying attention to the display. The biggest deal breaker for some people might be the lack of a high refresh rate. Personally, I wouldn’t mind using the screen without a high refresh rate. Smartphones at this price all have a high refresh rate, and having it here would have been nice. The phone has an IPS LCD screen but it is very bright under direct sunlight. You will also see that the glasses and the chin have been shrunk a bit. We have a notched design but it is somewhat different from the regular notch we are used to seeing. Overall, the screen is great to use without any issues.

TECNO Spark 9 Review – Software and Performance

The Spark 9 Pro runs on Android 12, and it is one of the first TECNO phones to run on Android 12. It is also one of the first phones to come with HiOs 8.6. It comes with memory fusion which allows you to expand your RAM using the free storage space on the phone. There are unwanted apps and ads on the phone interface, but I think it has reduced ads compared to older OS.

Some applications can be deleted and others disabled. This will reduce the number of ads on the notification shade. The phone comes with lots of customization features including dark mode and theme store. There are some fun features in the special Function menu in phone settings which also allows users to clone apps. Android 12 also lets you know if a phone is using your camera or microphone with a small green dot in the top right corner of the phone. The software is stable and I hope there will be an Android update on the Spark 9 Pro.

In terms of performance, we have the Mediatek helio G85 as the chipset powering the Spark 9 Pro. It’s the common chipset we’re used to at this price point, so we know the performance. The chipset was made using a 12 nanometer processor, it also has 8 cores in total. We have the Mali-G52 which manages graphics performance. You will be able to run demanding games on the phone but not at the best graphics settings. Occasional use is very correct as well as multitasking. Performance is one of the main reasons consumers buy phones, so we had to explain this aspect better in our TECNO spark 9 Pro review.

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Camera Review

The Spark series isn’t known for camera power, but the Spark 9 Pro changes that narrative. We have three cameras on the back which consist of a 50MP main camera, a 2MP depth lens and a QVGA. TECNO has also added a 32MP selfie camera to make it best in class for selfies. The camera is going to attract a lot of young people because of its AI features.

There are also Animoji and Emojis that you can use to spice up your photos. Other camera app features include portrait lens, short video, beauty, google lens and AI camera. Super Night Mode makes nighttime images look great. I also love the selfie portrait, especially the depth and blur you get when taking a photo. If you love taking photos and using images on social media, cameras won’t disappoint, especially when you’re shooting in good lighting conditions. You can record videos with the front and rear cameras in 720p, 1080p and 2k.

Some images were taken with the Tecno Spark 9 Pro

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Battery Test

There is a 5000mAh non-removable battery inside the Spark 9 Pro, you can easily get a two-day battery if you are a casual user. Screen time is around 9 hours but it depends on your usage. TECNO also added an 18W fast charger inside the Spark 9 pro box, it takes about two and a half hours to charge from zero to hundred. The battery is absolutely one of the best features of the spark 9 pro.

Spark 9 PRO Final Release

If you want a budget selfie phone, look no further. The Spark 9 pro has an amazing design and a fantastic camera with lots of features. If you buy the device, you will definitely stand out from your peers because of its design. The chipset is efficient for gaming to some extent and we have a 5000mAh battery that lasts all day. If you check there are minor things that bring the phone back, its price is also reasonable in my opinion. That’s it for the TECNO Spark 9 Pro review, if you have any questions, ask them below.

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Were you expecting the TECNO Camon 19 and Spark 9? Here is some good news. The long wait for the Spark 9 and Camon 19 is over. After months of waiting, TECNO has announced that Spark 9 and Camon 19 are now available at authorized TECNO stores.

When you buy the TECNO Spark 9 or Camon 19, you get:

  • An instant gift (helmet).
  • 180 day broken screen warranty.
  • 13 month phone warranty.
  • Easybuy: Pay a deposit as low as N22,999 and a daily payment of N399 for 6 months.
  • And many other incentives.

Hurry to your nearest authorized TECNO store now and get your TECNO Spark 9 or Camon 19 devices today!