TECNO Spark 9 Pro Review by GadgetStripe: The best Spark device yet!


The TECNO Spark 9 Pro is the shiny new addition to TECNO’s Spark series. Finally we have a USB-C port that we asked for from TECNO. The phone has a stunning design and has to be one of the best designed phones of 2022. It is priced at 99,000 naira which puts it in a competitive position. It also has some standout features like a 50MP main camera and a 32MP selfie camera. There are two variants that include a 4/128GB version and a 6/128GB version. The phone has memory fusion that allows you to expand RAM. Today we are writing a detailed TECNO Spark 9 Pro review

It is the first TECNO smartphone running on Android 12 and HiOS 8. In this review we share everything you need to know about the TECNO Spark 9 Pro. The review is divided into sections to help you better understand the phone. Let’s take a deep dive and learn more about the Spark 9 Pro.

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Review – Should You Buy?

TECNO Spark 9 Pro unboxing

In a world where smartphone packaging is shrinking due to environmental concerns, the Spark 9 Pro is different. The Spark 9 Pro is wrapped in an orange and white box and when you open the box you will first see the Spark 9 Pro placed on top and the device is wrapped in a plastic material which has the main specifications of the Spark 9 Pro written on the material, covering the device. This box is completely different if you’ve seen the Spark 8’s packaging. But if you have the Tecno Spark 9T you can see the similarities in the packaging. Here are the contents of the box;

  • The Spark 9 Pro smartphone
  • 18 watt charger
  • earpiece
  • plastic container
  • Sim ejector tool
  • USB-C cable
  • Screen protector attached to the screen

TECNO Spark 9 Pro Review – Design and build quality

Tecno Spark 9 Pro in review

The TECNO Spark 9 Pro is well designed and built. It has a finish that looks unique, and it also sets it apart from other designs in its price range. The back of the phone is made of plastic. It has a sort of dual tone finish on the back, with the top portion having a glossy plastic finish. The bottom has a matte finish that makes it more comfortable to hold in hand. We have the frames made of plastic and on the right side we have the unlock key that also doubles as a fingerprint scanner. It’s fast, responsive, and easy to get to. For the first time we have a USB-C port on a TECNO Spark series phone, which is pleasing to look at. The phone also has a headphone jack, which is gradually disappearing from budget phones these days.

Also on the bottom is a speaker that is loud enough and a microphone for calls. The SIM card compartment is located on the left side of the frame. The Spark 9 Pro supports two 4G SIM cards and one 256GB SD card. There’s a speaker for calls just above the notch and also a notification LED light next to the speaker. The design will appeal to many GenZ out there. There are two camera rings on the back that house the three cameras. We’ll talk more about the cameras later. The camera cutout makes the phone stand out visually. We have the inscriptions “TECNO Spark” and “Stop at nothing” on the top and bottom right of the phone, respectively.

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The display is moderately large at 6.6 inches, the resolution is FullHD+ and it is very sharp in terms of brightness and contrast. I enjoyed watching content on YouTube with the display, I also enjoyed playing games. It was fast and responsive while also scrolling through various social media apps.

This TECNO Spark 9 Pro review makes no sense without paying attention to the display. The biggest deal breaker for some people might be the lack of a high refresh rate. Personally, I wouldn’t mind using the display without a high refresh rate. Smartphones within this price range all have high refresh rates and it would have been nice to have them here. The phone has an IPS LCD display, but it is very bright in direct sunlight. You’ll also see that the bezels and chin have shrunk a bit. We have a notched design, but it’s a little different from the regular notch we’re used to. Overall, the display is great and easy to use.

TECNO Spark 9 Review – Software & Performance

The Spark 9 Pro runs on Android 12 and is one of the first TECNO phones to run on Android 12. It’s also one of the first phones to ship with HiOs 8.6. It features memory fusion that allows you to expand your RAM with free space on the phone. There are unwanted apps and ads on the phone interface, but I think ads have been reduced compared to older operating systems.

Some of the apps can be removed and others can be disabled. This will reduce the number of ads on the notification screen. The phone has many customization features including dark mode and theme storage. There are fun features in the special features menu in the phone settings, which also allows users to clone apps. Android 12 also lets you know if a phone is using your camera or microphone, with a small green dot in the top-right corner of the phone. The software is stable and I hope there will be an Android update for the Spark 9 Pro.

In terms of performance, we have the Mediatek Helio G85 as the chipset powering the Spark 9 Pro. It’s the stock chipset we’re used to at this price point, so we’re comfortable with the performance. The chipset was made with a 12 nanometer processor, it also has 8 cores in total. We have the Mali-G52 handling the graphics performance. You can run demanding games on the phone, but not with the best graphics settings. Occasional use is very fine, as is multitasking. Performance is a key reason consumers buy a phone, so we needed to explain that aspect better in our TECNO Spark 9 Pro review.

TECNO Spark 9 Pro camera review

The Spark series isn’t known for camera power, but the Spark 9 Pro changes that narrative. We have three cameras on the rear consisting of a 50-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel depth lens and a QVGA. TECNO also added a 32MP selfie camera to make this the best in class for selfies. The camera will attract many young people because of its AI capabilities.

There are also Animoji and Emojis that you can use to spice up photos. Other camera app features include portrait lens, short video, beauty, google lens and AI camera. Super night mode makes pictures look great at night. I also love the portrait selfie, especially the depth and blur you get when you snap. If you enjoy taking and using images on social media, the cameras won’t disappoint, especially if you’re shooting in good lighting conditions. You can record videos with the front and rear cameras in 720p, 1080p and 2k.

Some pictures were taken with the Tecno Spark 9 Pro

TECNO Spark 9 Pro battery test

Inside the Spark 9 Pro is a non-removable 5000mAh battery that you as a casual user can easily use for two days. Screen time is around 9 hours, but it depends on your usage. TECNO also included an 18W fast charger in the Spark 9 Pro’s packaging, charging from zero to a hundred takes around two and a half hours. The battery is absolutely one of the best features of the Spark 9 Pro.

Final take on Spark 9 PRO

If you want a selfie phone on a budget then look no further. The Spark 9 Pro has a great design and a fantastic camera with lots of features. If you buy the device, its design will definitely make you stand out from your competitors. The chipset is efficient for gaming to an extent and we have a 5000mAh battery that lasts a full day. If you check if there are little things that pull the phone back, I think it’s also quite cheap. That’s all for the TECNO Spark 9 Pro review. If you have any questions, ask them below.

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Have you been waiting for the TECNO Camon 19 and the Spark 9? Here’s some good news. The long wait for the Spark 9 and Camon 19 is over. After months of waiting, TECNO has announced that the Spark 9 and Camon 19 are now available in authorized TECNO stores.

When you buy the TECNO Spark 9 or Camon 19 you get:

  • An instant gift (headphones).
  • 180-day defective screen warranty.
  • 13 months phone warranty.
  • Easybuy: Pay only N22,999 deposit and a daily payment of N399 for 6 months.
  • And many more incentives.

Hurry now to the authorized TECNO store near you and get your TECNO Spark 9 or Camon 19 devices today!

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