Techno i7 Review | TelecomDrive.com
The Tecno i7 has been priced at INR 14,990 and it is available via offline channels in select states where the brand is present
Based in China, Transsion Holdings, which has a presence in 58 countries, made its foray in the Indian market last year with its Itel smartphone brand. And now, the company is all set to initiate bigger push inside the Indian market.
Priced at an affordable range of INR 14,990, Tecno i7 packs in quite an impressive set of features and specs – including anti-oil fingerprint sensor, an octa-core processor, Android 7.0 Nougat, fast charging support, 4000 mAh battery and a 16-megapixel front camera.
All this is making this device a powerhouse of delivering great performance.
Tecno i7 Design
The Tecno i7, with its metallic body, gives a bold and solid first impression, it has curved sides and the front panel is dominated by the screen, with a fingerprint scanner embedded into the Home button just below it. All these features give this device a very premium look and feel.
Tecno i7, also comes with an ‘anti-oil fingerprint sensor’ which allows users to unlock smartphones even with an oily finger. There are capacitive Back and Overview buttons on either side of the Home button. The power and volume keys of this device are placed on the right, and have decent feel. The device has is a hybrid dual-SIM slot on the left side, and a Micro-USB port and two speaker grilles on the bottom of its body. Overall, the Tecno i7 carries a unique design element that is quite bold and solid in terms of look and feel.
Tecno i7 specifications and software
Tecno i7 comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) IPS display and is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor that is coupled with 4GB of RAM. This combination is making this device a powerhouse of performance.
The handset comes with 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded by up to 128GB using a microSD card. Additionally, this device has a big positive element in the form of its 16-megapixel front camera which is being marketed as a “night selfie camera.”
Quite interestingly, it has its own LED flash and can also use the screen as a flash. Tecno i7 also has a 13-megapixel rear camera with a quad-LED flash and PDAF. This camera system works really well and we reviewed this while in Mumbai and the results are quite marvelous.
Another big positive feature for this phone is its 4000mAh battery come with Rocket Charging that helps reduce the charging time by at least 20% as compared to traditional fast charge. Tecno i7 supports VoLTE, GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Tecno i7 runs on customised UI named HiOS on top of Android Nougat 7.0 which is giving a unique feel to the handset.
While reviewing the handset, we explored HiOS and realized that it has a separate search screen where users can type to search for apps, contacts, and messages, and see widgets with commonly used apps and the latest news. This is extremely handy when you are looking for something and have little time for the search.
The handset comes with a number of preloaded apps such as Music, Hi Manager, Hi Cloud, Feedback, User Guide, Hi Theme, Video Player, Micro Intelligence, and Fingerprint.
Tecno i7 performance and cameras
This smartphone does really well in terms of daily usage and shows no sign of performance lag in any way. We used the device to play games, surf the net, take photos and play music as well as utilizing google maps for navigation. We realized that Apps launched quickly and we were also able to switch between apps without any issue.
The 5.5-inch display on the Tecno i7 is bright and vivid, and delivers great viewing colors. Sunlight legibility is decent and overall this handset delivers a great display.
The Tecno i7 comes with a great camera system that is ideal for delivering great results in normal as well as low light conditions. In terms of camera quality, we have to start with the front-facing camera – and it performs really well while we used it under low to dim light conditions.
The LED flash at the front and screen flash do help to a great extent and deliver wonderful image results. Images clicked with this device have a balanced color combination and maintained detail.
And additionally, the 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF was accurate in most situations. It managed to capture some decent landscape shots with wonderful amounts of color sharpness and detail. The rear camera was quick with focusing, and macros were fine as well. I am quite impressed with its low light performance.
Priced at INR 14,990, the Tecno i7 offers a wonderful amalgamation of hardware and software capabilities. The front camera, battery life and good multimedia performance are big strong points for this device and are quite enough to make this stand out among the big competitive landscape in India.