In March 2023, Tecno Indonesia launched the Tecno Spark 10 NFC, which was present at the same time as the Tecno Spark 10 Pro. The Tecno Spark 10 NFC offers various advantages considering the price offered is around IDR 1.6 million, one of which is in the camera sector. But, of course, no product is perfect, and there are some drawbacks that exist in the Tecno Spark 10 NFC. What are some things you need to consider before deciding to buy this phone? The advantages of the Tecno Spark 10 NFC There are six main points that make the Tecno Spark 10 NFC an attractive choice in the entry-level mobile segment, especially for the younger generation. Here is an explanation. Elegant Design with Boba Camera Module As mentioned earlier, the Tecno Spark 10 NFC is designed to compete in the entry-level mobile market targeting young people. Therefore, manufacturers present elegant designs in order to compete in the market. One of the elements that attracts attention to this Tecno cellphone is the rear body design, especially the camera module and lens. This camera module displays a luxurious appearance for a cellphone with a price of around 1 million. On this phone, there is a large square module that contains a camera lens with a larger circle, similar to the iPhone’s boba camera. The three circles consist of two cameras and a dual LED flash. The rear body design of the Tecno Spark 10 NFC combines two concepts, namely glossy and matte. The camera module area has a glossy finish, while the rest of the body, including the frame, has a matte finish. With a matte rear body design, this phone will be more comfortable to hold. Moreover, the rear body cover and frame are made flat. This phone feels more premium because the manufacturer guarantees that the polycarbonate back body is not easily scratched. Meanwhile, on the front, the Tecno Spark 10 NFC has a fairly classic design with a waterdrop front camera located in the middle of the screen. The Tecno Spark 10 NFC has dimensions of 163.89 x 75.39 x 8.4 mm and is available in three color choices, namely Blue, Black and White. Tecno’s 90 Hz IPS screen complements the Spark 10 NFC with a 6.6-inch screen, making it the right choice for everyday needs. This wide screen allows you to enjoy clearer images and videos, and provides comfort when playing games. HD + screen resolution with a density of 266 ppi is standard in the entry-level mobile segment, so that it displays detailed and clear pictures and videos. This resolution also ensures a better visual experience when watching videos, surfing the internet or playing games. What’s more interesting, the screen of this cellphone is equipped with a 90 Hz refresh rate, which is quite special for a cellphone with a price of around 1 million. This refresh rate ensures smoother movement on the screen. This screen also has an ideal brightness level of around 400 nits and is able to display more stunning colors. The IPS screen panel used allows for a brighter display and a variety of colors. IPS panels are also known to be more energy efficient and this high refresh rate ensures smooth images. Responsive Security Sensor The Tecno Spark 10 NFC is equipped with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button on the side of the phone body, making it easy to use. This sensor adds to the user’s sense of security when operating the cell phone. This fingerprint sensor can unlock and lock the screen quickly and easily. In addition, these sensors are more accurate and reliable in various situations. If you want another alternative, the manufacturer also provides a responsive Face Unlock feature. Thanks to the high-resolution front camera, you can quickly unlock your phone by simply looking at the front camera. Adequate 50 MP AI camera in its class Tecno Spark 10 is equipped with two quality rear cameras. The main camera is 50 MP with an aperture of f/1.6 and the second camera is an AI camera or a 0.3 MP depth camera. Both of these cameras are supported by dual LED Flash to help with lighting when taking photos or recording videos at night. The AI technology that is presented is claimed to be able to produce clearer photos in various lighting conditions. On the front, the Tecno Spark 10 NFC uses an 8 MP “Glowing Selfie” camera with an f/2.0 aperture, equipped with dual LED flash and a 3-level Adjustable Brightness feature to adjust the brightness of the lights as needed. The front and rear cameras are capable of recording videos with Full HD quality at 30 fps. Complete Sensors, Gyro Hardware Included Tecno Mobile includes a full suite of sensors and connectivity in this series for a better communication and gaming experience. Connectivity on the Tecno Spark 10 NFC includes 4G networks, Bluetooth 5.0, Wifi 5, NFC, and USB Type C. NFC can help users make cashless payments, transfer data to other devices more easily and quickly, and various other functions. To support a more optimal gaming experience, this phone is also equipped with various sensors, such as a fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, compass, proximity, and Gyro. The Gyroscope sensor is useful for motion detection, especially in games like PUBG Mobile, where without this sensor, you cannot control the shot by moving the phone. Disadvantages of the Tecno Spark 10 NFC Apart from the six advantages above, there are four other aspects that you need to consider regarding the HP Spark 10 series. These four aspects could be considered a drawback, depending on how you rate this phone. Enough Chipset for Everyday Use, But Less for Gaming At an affordable price, Tecno Mobile strives to provide a fairly reliable kitchen runway. Therefore, the manufacturer chose the MediaTek Helio G37 chipset. This chipset is designed as an efficient chip, suitable for everyday use that is not too heavy. This 12 nm chipset is powered by an octa-core processor consisting of four high-speed Cortex A53 cores (2.2 GHz) and four Cortex A55 cores (1.8 GHz) for power efficiency. For graphics processing, this phone uses GPU PowerVRGE8320. The phone is equipped with 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of storage. The capacity of RAM and internal storage is quite large in its class, especially with the Extended RAM which allows adding up to 4 GB of RAM, bringing the total RAM to 8 GB. The existence of 128 GB of internal storage is an advantage over other entry-level phones which generally have 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. If storage is lacking, you can use a microSD card, because the Tecno Spark 10 NFC is equipped with a microSD slot that is integrated with two SIM card slots. Based on AnTuTu testing, the Helio G37 obtained a score of 114,461 in Nanoreview, while the Tecno Spark 10 NFC received an AnTuTu 9 score of 129,434 and a GPU Benchmark score of 342,000. Benchmark 5 shows a single core score of 163 and a multicore score of 858. When used to play PUBG, this phone only supports smooth graphics settings and low frame rates, but it’s pretty smooth. Meanwhile for Mobile Legends, this phone runs smoothly with high settings and an average of 37 fps. Overall, the Tecno Spark 10 NFC has sufficient performance for daily activities, but is inadequate for playing heavy games. The Presence of the Missing Ultrawide Camera The Tecno Spark 10 NFC offers pretty good camera quality in its class. However, there are several weaknesses in the camera sector which are quite disturbing. One of them is the absence of an ultrawide camera on this 1 million-priced cellphone. It is possible that the absence of ultrawide cameras is caused by manufacturers wanting to reduce production costs. However, this deficiency means that you cannot take pictures with a wider viewing angle. In fact, this camera is still quite important for some users in their daily activities. In addition, this phone is not equipped with adequate stabilization features. As a result, you find it difficult to produce more detailed photos and videos. The available microphone is also less effective at capturing loud sounds. Only Supports 18W Fast Charging Despite being a budget smartphone, the Tecno Spark 10 NFC has a fairly standard 5000 mAh capacity battery. Thanks to the efficient MediaTek chipset, this battery is claimed to last longer for daily activities and playing light games. Based on tests conducted by Youtube Dhiarcom, when accessing TikTok for 30 minutes, the battery only decreases by 3 minutes. This proves that this phone is energy efficient. Unfortunately, this Tecno phone only supports the 18W fast charging feature, so you have to wait about 2 hours to fully charge the battery. Uncertainty Regarding OS Updates This smartphone is equipped with the Android 13 operating system and the HiOS 12.6 interface which is quite sophisticated. However, the interface still displays lots of ads and bloatware. In addition, information regarding system updates for Tecno phones is also unclear. Insufficient Protection Even though this Tecno cellphone is equipped with various features, unfortunately the protection offered on this class of cheap Android phones is very limited. For example, in the purchase package, Tecno Mobile does not include a screen protector. In fact, the screen of this cellphone is wide enough so that it is easily scratched or even cracked and broken. Also, manufacturers don’t provide quality screen protection like Corning’s Gorilla Glass. In addition, this Android phone is not equipped with water-resistant or dust-resistant features. This is a bit disappointing considering that several smartphones in the same price class have at least adopted a water protection feature, even if at the lowest level. Conclusion The Tecno Spark 10 NFC appears to be designed to meet the needs of the fledgling market looking for a basic phone. This can be seen from the affordable price offered, wide screen, large enough storage, and a pretty good camera in its class. Especially for the camera sector, Tecno deliberately improves lighting by increasing the quality of the LED flash. It is hoped that this increase in LED Flash can improve the quality of photos and videos, especially with camera resolutions that have reached 50 MP. Coupled with an efficient MediaTek chipset and a 5000 mAh battery, the Tecno Spark 10 NFC is even more durable to use for a longer period of time. However, drawbacks such as long battery charging and lack of clarity about system updates are taken into consideration before deciding to buy this phone. However, this cellphone, which is sold at a price of around 1.6 million, is sufficient to meet the basic needs of today’s smartphone users. Do you think this phone is interesting enough to own?