5 Best Tecno Smartphones Released in 2021

Phantom X

We’re slowly inching towards the end of the year. With December a few days into it, we have decided to detail a full list of Tecno smartphones launched in 2021 across the continent of Africa detailing prices, models, core specs, and where to buy them.

Let’s dig into it, shall we?

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1. Tecno Camon Series

Tecno Camon 17 Series

Tecno Camon 17 Nigeria

With the tagline #Timetostandout in May, Tecno mobile launched 3 new entrants to the Tecno Camon 17 dockets inform of Tecno Camon 17, Tecno Camon 17p and the Tecno Camon 17 Pro.

In terms of specs, the base model Camon 17 sees marginal improvements from the predecessor Camon 16. The new specs addition includes the 90Hz refresh rate, new chipset, 18W charge support, and a new Andriod version. The base models house the same camera capabilities, battery levels, storage, and a smaller screen display compared to last year’s Camon 16.

Tecno Camon 17 Core Specifications

  • Front Cameras: 8MP punch-hole camera.
  • Back Cameras: 48-megapixel main sensor, a QVGA depth shooter, and a dedicated AI lens
  • Display : 6.6 Inches IPS LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rates
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 18W Flash Charge
  • Storage: 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM/128GB ROM + 4GB RAM
  • Chipset: Helio G85 Extreme Performance
  • OS: HiOS based on Android™ 11

READ ABOUT: Tecno Camon 17 vs Camon 17p vs Camon 17 Pro; Features and Specs Comparison


Tecno 17 Prices and Availability

Tecno Camon 17 cost N74,000, Camon 17p for N97,000, and the Camon 17pro for N125,000 in Nigeria during its launch back in May.

In Uganda, the Camon 17 was cost at UGX619,000 on Jumia, and the Camon 17 Pro cost between UGX1,030,000 and UGX1,090,000 at Tecno branded shops across the country.

Tecno Camon 17 series starts at Kshs 17,500 for the 4+128GB base model while the 6GB RAM model of the Camon 17 is going for Kshs 20,000 in Kenya.

Tecno Camon 18 Lineup

Tecno Camon 18

For the second year in a row, Tecno has decided to release more than one device in the Camon series. Transsion launched 3 new smartphones in the form of Tecno Camon 18, Camon 18p, and Camon 18 Premier as predecessors to the Camon 17 the same year.

As one would expect, the Camon 18 is slightly bigger in size, and offer stellar specs compared to Camon 17. It features a larger 120Hz FHD display, an extra gimbal stabilization camera feature, and maintaining the larger 5,000mAh battery.

Tecno Camon 18 Core Specifications

  • Front Cameras: 32MP front camera with dual selfie flash
  • Back Cameras: Triple rear camera with a 64MP + 12MP + 8MP combo with a quad LED flash
  • Display : 6.7 Inches Dot-in AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh rates
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 18W Flash Charge
  • Storage: 128GB ROM + 4GB RAM
  • Chipset: Helio G96 Extreme Performance
  • OS: HiOS based on Android™ 11

Tecno 18 Prices and Availability

In Uganda, Tecno Camon 18 128GB/4GB RAM cost UGX738,000, Tecno Camon 18p 128/8GB RAM cost UGX900,000, and Camon 18 Premier 256GB/8GB RAM goes for UGX1,260,000 at Tecno branded shops across the country. Prices on online shopping platforms like Jumia might be slightly different due to many factors.

In Kenya, the recommended retail price for Camon 8 is KSh20,539, Camon 18p at KSh26,699, and Camon Premier at KSh38,899 on Jumia Kenya and they come with a bunch of goodies as part of the package.

Tecno Camon 18 Price in Nigeria is N102,000, and that of the Camon 18P is N128,000 .

2. Tecno Phantom Lineup

Tecno Phantom X

Transsion is getting it right with the Tecno Phantom series. Unlike other series or smartphones where new iterations are released every year, the Phantom lineup gets one release after 2 years which gives them time to revamp the design and incorporates new features, cameras, and accessories.

The predecessor Phantom 9 was launched in 2019, and this year’s top-end Phantom X from Tecno has some killer features. The big emphasis is the camera, though. On the back, you’ll find three lenses: a 50 pixel main, an ultra-wide, and a portrait lens with a laser focus sensor and flashlights. The introduction of 90Hz refresh rates, bigger screen size, and USB type C are icing on the cake.

Tecno Phantom X Core Specifications

  • Front Cameras: 48MP front camera with 8MP ultra wide angle camera
  • Back Cameras: Triple rear camera with a 50MP + 13MP + 8MP combo with a laser focus and flash
  • Display : 6.7 Inches AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rates
  • Battery: 4700mAh with 33W Flash Charge. 70% battery in 30 minutes
  • Storage: 256GB ROM + 8GB RAM
  • Chipset: Helio G96 Extreme Performance
  • OS: HiOS based on Android™ 11

Tecno Phantom X Prices and Availability

The Tecno Phantom X will be sold in Nigeria for N228,000 and available both online and branded stores across the country.

In Kenya, Phantom X cost KSh 49,999 on Jumia Kenya

In Uganda, the Phantom X cost UGX1,620,000 online at Jumia.

3. Tecno Spark Series

Tecno Spark 7

tecno spark 7p

If all you do with your smartphone is browse the web, answer email, check Twitter, and send a few texts. The Tecno Spark series is for you. This year’s Spark 7 even takes a step further and adds for you more battery life, new features, and improved specs overall.

It is worth mentioning there are versions of Spark 7 and that is Spark 7p and the base model Tecno Spark 7.

Tecno Spark 7 Core Specifications

  • Front Cameras: 8MP Front Camera with Dual Flash
  • Back Cameras: 16MP Dual Rear Camera with Quad Flash
  • Display : 6.5″ Dot Notch Screen
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Storage: 64GB ROM + 3GB RAM /32GB ROM + 2GB RAM
  • Chipset: Helio A25
  • OS: HiOS based on Android™ 11

Tecno Spark 7 Prices and Availability

In Nigeria, you can purchase Tecno Spark 7 from Jumia for N60,900 (64GB variant).

In Uganda, the Spark 7 cost UGX 376,200 for a 32GB version on Jumia.

In Kenya, Tecno Spark 7 retails at KSh 11,498 on Jumia.

Tecno Spark 8

Tecno Spark 8 feature image

Four months after the launch of Spark 7, Tecno released Spark 8 and Spark 8i as an improvement to the lineup. In our review of the devices, we highlighted how it can be a perfect phone in it’s category.

Tecno Spark 8 Core Specifications

  • Front Cameras: 8MP Front Camera with Dual Flash
  • Back Cameras: 16MP AI-Enhanced Dual Rear Camera
  • Display : 6.52″ Dot Notch Screen
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Storage: 64GB ROM + 2GB RAM
  • Chipset: Octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor
  • OS: Android 11 Go Edition

Tecno Spark 8 Prices and Availability

The Spark 8 is already on sale in Niegeria at the starting price tag of  N55, 000 and goes for ₦64,050 at Jumia Nigeria. The phone hasn’t been officially in markets like Uganda and Kenya but will update the columen once they are released and prices available.

5. Tecno Pova

tecno pova 2

Tecno Pova 2

Tecno Pova 2 from it’s build and marketing are targeted towards mobile gamers and Transsion contines to deversify their product line and the Pova category is a new entrant from the company.

Interms of specs, Pova houses a gigantic 7000mAh battery with 180 Hz sampling rate for faster screen response when gaming.

Tecno Pova 2 Core Specifications

  • Front Cameras: 8MP Front Camera with Dual Flash
  • Back Cameras: 48MP Quad Rear Camera with Quad Flash
  • Display : 6.9″ FHD+ Dot-in Display
  • Battery: 7000mAh
  • Storage: 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM
  • Chipset: Helio G85, Octa-Core
  • OS: HiOS based on Android™ 11

Tecno Pova 2 Prices and Availability

Pova 2 starts a price of N83,300 in Nigeria. Jumia Nigeria prices starts at ₦127,074.

In Kenya, the gameing centric Pova 2 retails at KSh 21,799 on Jumia.

And that’s a wrap for our top 5 Tecno smartphones of 2021. Let us know in the comment section you biggest highlights of Tecno this year and the phone you bought.

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