A new smartphone brand, Tecno, today presented its first set of smartphones targeting young smartphone buyers who prefer to buy from offline stores. The Tecno i7 leads the pack and is the one that claims to ‘own the night’ with its low light camera performance.

We have been using it for about a week now and are now in a position to share our findings. Let’s try and answer all Techno i7 related questions and user queries to help you decide if this should be your next phone.

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Tecno i7 Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD, 1,080 x 1,920 resolution (Full HD), 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection
  • 1.5GHz octa-core MT6750T MediaTek chipset, Mali-T860MP2
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB internal memory
  • Android 7.0 Nougat based HiOS
  • 13MP, 4X LED flash, 1080p videos
  • 16MP front camera, LED flash
  • Home button with fingerprint scanner
  • Dual SIM slots, LTE with VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, Ambient light
  • 4000mAh battery, Rocket Charging

Design and Display

Question: How is the Tecno i7 design?

Answer: The new Techno flagship is quite slim and well balanced metal-unibody phone in spite of a 4000mAh battery housed inside. The black fascia actually looks quite premium, thanks to the 2.5D glass layered on the 5.5-inch Full HD display and very narrow bezels surrounding it.

On its chin, you will find the home button integrated with a fast and accurate fingerprint sensor, flanked by capacitive back and recent apps keys.

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The rear confirms to the modern trends and is largely metal with narrow plastic trimmings on all side. The rear camera juts out a bit and for some reason is accompanied by a quadruple LED flash. So yes, this makes for a really powerful torch light. Moreover, using the 360-defree flash option you can also activate the front LED flash simultaneously.

On the design front, the Techo i7 embraces whatever is in vogue and largely emerges as a good-looking phone (More so from the front, than the rear)

Question: How is the build quality of Tecno i7?

Answer: No flexes or creaks here; it feels solid. Tecno also bundles a protective case in the box that has flaps to protect your USB port and Audio Jack from spillage. A nice touch, we must say.

Tecno is also offering 1 time screen replacement for the first year.

Question: Are the capacitive keys on Tecno i7 backlit?

Answer:  No.

Question: How is the display of Tecno i7?

Answer:  The display on Tecno i7 is crisp and sharp (1080p full HD). Viewing angles are wide, blacks are deep and colors are punchy. It can get awfully bright too and viewing angles are wide. Our only gripe is the excess of blue light that feels harsh on the eyes. Thankfully, this can be corrected using eye-protect filter buried deep within display settings (Display>>Miravision>>EyeProtect).

Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does the Tecno i7 have the option for automatic brightness?

Answer: Yes, auto brightness option is present and works well. The display is legible under direct sunlight. An outdoor mode can also be triggered from quick-settings that toggles brightness levels high for 15 minutes.

Question: Does the Tecno i7 display has gorilla glass protection?

Answer: Yes, it does.

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Performance and Storage

Question: How much internal storage space is free on Tecno i7?

Answer: Out of 32GB, about 22GB is available for users out of the box.

Question: How much RAM is free on Tecno i7?

Answer: About 2GB of RAM is free at first boot. We didn’t face any issue with multi-tasking or RAM management.

Question: Does Tecno i7 support microSD card?

Answer: Yes, the second SIM card slot can expect up to 128GB microSD storage. However, you can’t move apps to external storage but can check it as the default storage option.

Question: Does Tecno i7s support Adoptable storage?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

Question: Does Tecno i7 support USB OTG?

Answer: Yes, USB OTG is supported.

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Question: Does Tecno i7 have fingerprint sensor?

Answer: Yes. A 360-degree fingerprint sensor is integrated with the home button. It’s extremely fast and accurate. It has sapphire glass protection on top. And it works with oily fingers. It’s not always-on type and you will have to press the home button first before you scan your finger.

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Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Tecno i7?

Answer: The Tecno i7 is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor paired with 4GB RAM. The day-to-day usage is perfectly smooth and the high-end games that we have tried were also playable (though, there were some minor frame drops while playing Asphalt 8 at high graphics settings).

Question: Does Tecno i7 has heating issues?

Answer: No, it doesn’t. But like every other handset, it does get warm with gaming.

Question: Does Tecno i7 support Google cardboard and other VR Apps?

Answer: No, it doesn’t. The phone is missing gyroscope sensor which is mandatory for all VR purposes.

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Camera

Question: How is the Tecno i7 camera quality?

Answer: The Tecno i7 rear camera has a 13MP sensor. The camera performance is quite reasonable considering the price range and the phone does manage to capture abundant details in good lighting, but the low light camera performance won’t be giving it much of an edge over the competition. But in pitch dark, those powerful flashes lend it an advantage.

Question: How is the selfie camera on Tecno i7?

Answer: The selfie camera, on the other hand, manages to perform well and can capture sharp selfies even in indoor and low lighting.

Tecno i7 Camera Samples 

Question: Can the Tecno i7 shoot 4K videos?

Answer: No, you can record up to 1080p full HD videos.

Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Tecno i7?

Answer: Yes. You can record 480p Slow motion videos.

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Software

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Question: How is the software on Tecno i7?

Answer: The software on the handset, HiOS, is based on latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS. You will also find Google Assistant running on the phone out of the box.

The software skin on the Tecno i7 has many handy customization options and features. There is a Freezer app that you can use to freeze app you don’t frequently use, Split-scrren functionality is also there, several themes are present in the Hi Theme app, the default music player has a functional equalizer, there is a useful power widget that can be used to directly jump into Ultra power saving mode, and the quick settings has a peculiarly “Whatsapp mode” that can be used to restrict background data of all apps but WhatsApp.

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This feels like an interactive skin and feels a lot more mature than what we had initially anticipated. The software should bode well with young consumers who like to customize and toggle

Question: Does the Tecno i7 support Gestures?

Answer: Yes, it does. You can access gestures from the separate Micro Intelligence app or from the primary Settings menu.

Question: Does the handset support double tap to wake feature?

Answer- You can double tap to flash time and weather details on the phone. You can’t wake it with a double tap.

HiOS UI Gallery

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Miscellaneous

Question: What kind of SIM cards does Tecno i7 support?

Answer: The handset accepts two nano SIM cards. The second slot is hybrid.

Question: What comes inside the box?

Answer: Inside the box, you will find a 2A, 5V charger, a USB Cable and charger, SIM ejector tool, TPU back cover, standard headphones and paperwork.

Questions: How many sensors are present on Tecno i7?

Answer: The phone includes only three sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity and Ambient light.

Question: How is the call quality on Tecno i7?

Answer: Call quality is excellent in our area.

Question: Does Tecno i7 support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE?

Answer: Yes. The 4G VoLTE support is present and we had no connectivity issues with our Reliance Jio SIM card.

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Question: How is the Battery backup on Tecno i7?

Answer: The 4000mAh battery on the Tecno 7 gives a screen on time of about 6 hours and can comfortably stretch over one day of moderate to heavy usage. The battery backup is pretty good.

Question: Does Tecno i7 support fast charging?

Answer: Yes. The fast charging has been termed “Rocket Charging” which has also been branded on the rear. You can top it up from 0 to 100 percent in about one and a half hour.

Question: What are the sensors present on Tecno i7?

Answer: All major sensors are included.

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Tecno i7?

Answer: The mono speaker placed on the bottom is loud enough. Sound quality is about average.

Conclusion

The Tecno i7 qualifies as a very decent first attempt, especially considering that the phone will be selling in the offline market. It’s biggest strengths include its premium, slim design, handy Android Nougat based software, and decent selfie camera performance. We will be testing it further and will be sharing our final verdict in our full review soon.

Pros

  • Interactive software based on Android Nougat
  • Slim and lightweight design
  • excellent battery backup
  • Decent Selfie camera
  • Fast fingerprint reader with sapphire glass
  • 12 months screen replacement warranty
  • 50 percent buy back guarantee (1-Year), 100-day replacement

Cons

  • overpriced compared to online alternatives
  • Display excesses on blue light

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