Tecno Spark 5 vs Spark 4: Should You Upgrade

Just a month after it released the much-anticipated TECNO Camon 15 into the market, TECNO has released yet another smartphone —TECNO Spark 5. And just as we mentioned in an earlier published article, the Spark 5 is an upgrade to the Spark 4 that was released last year in 2019.

In this post, we will highlight the upgrades (specs and features) of the Spark 5, compare them to Spark 4, and help you decide whether to upgrade or not.

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Tecno Spark 5 vs Spark 4
Tecno Spark 5 vs Spark 4

A Bigger Battery

Spark 5 is another big battery smartphone from TECNO. The device is backed by a massive 5000mAh non-removable battery —an upgrade from the 4000mAh battery on the Spark 4.

It is interesting to see that TECNO is paying more attention to improving the battery power of its latest phones. This is an important feature, especially for its customer base in regions with poor power supply.

Android 10 OS

The Spark 5 runs on the latest Android operating system (Android 10), an upgrade from the Android 9.0 (Pie) on its predecessor, the Spark 4.

This is no doubt the biggest upgrade on the device. The Android 10 operating system comes with unique features including Live Caption, Sound Amplifier, Smart reply, system-wide Dark theme, etc.

Penta-Camera Setup

Tecno Spark 5 vs Spark 4

Spark 5 comes with five cameras — four rear cameras and one punch-hole camera on the front. The rear cameras are powered by AI and are equipped with other specific capabilities.  They are pegged at 13MP, 2MP, and 2MP + AI on resolutions, and 2MP front camera.

Tecno Spark 5 vs Spark 4: Specs Comparison

 Spark 5Spark 4
Display 6.6-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1600 pixels (266 PPI)6.52-inches, IPS LCD, 1600 X 720 pixels (269 ppi)
OSAndroid 10; HIOS 6.1Android 9.0 (Pie), HiOS 5.0
ProcessorOcta-core MediaTek Helio A22 (12 nm)Quad-core MediaTek Helio A22
RAM2GB2GB
ROM32GB Built-in Storage, With Memory Card Support32GB Built-in Storage, Supports up to 128GB Memory Card
Rear Camera13MP + 2MP + 2MP + QVGA Quad13MP + 13MP + 13MP Tri Rear Camera
Front Camera8MP8MP
Finger Print Sensor (Rear)YesYes
Battery 5000mAh Non-Removable Li-ion4000mAh Non Removable Li-ion Battery

Should You Upgrade?

As you might have noticed, we didn’t talk about the RAM and internal storage features. This is because there was no upgrade in these departments, which is quite disappointing. RAM and internal storage size are key features we always look out for in an upgrade.

These Spark 5 specs don’t seem sufficient enough to ditch your Spark 4. Android 10 is the only feature upgrade that is worth considering, really.

However, since the device is a budget phone from TECNO — to be sold for at least N48,800 Nigerian Naira ($125) when launched— you might as well take the plunge. Perhaps, just for the sake of trying something new.