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Tecno Spark 10 5G Smartphone Review: Dazzling mid-ranger without PWM flickering

A new challenger. Tecno Mobile is still largely unknown as a manufacturer in the West. The Chinese are just releasing the first devices in Central Europe. Among them is the Spark 10 5G with an interesting design and 5G for just under €200. We take a closer look at the newcomer in our review.
Tecno Spark 10 5G
Tecno Spark 10 5G
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 6020 8 x 2 - 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 1612 x 720 pixel 267 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 64 GB 
, 50 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD (dedicated), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 8), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 164.4 x 75.5 ( = 0.33 x 6.47 x 2.97 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 18 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.6, phase comparison-AF, dual LED-flash, Videos @1440p/​30fps (Camera 1); 0.1MP, depth of field (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix Dual-LED-Flash
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, charger, USB cable, headset, silicone bumper, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, FM radio, fanless
Weight
194 g ( = 6.84 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
78.7 %
09/2023
Tecno Spark 10 5G
Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2
194 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"1612x720
79.4 %
05/2023
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2
202 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
81.7 %
06/2023
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
SD 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619
189 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.67"2400x1080
74.6 %
07/2023
Honor X7a
Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320
196 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.74"1600x720

Case and equipment: Plastic with a special design

Tecno Mobile? While someone from Germany may not have heard of this smartphone OEM, things are likely different with people in Asia, and especially in Africa. The Chinese company is one of the largest manufacturers there at all. With inexpensive phones and adaptations to local scripts and languages, Tecno has built up a name for itself and a very large customer base. Now the devices are also available in the global West for the first time, which is reason enough for us to take them for a test drive.

The first such Tecno smartphone in our test labs is the Tecno Spark 10 5G, a phone for around €200 with fast mobile communications and a fairly light plastic casing. It is particularly noticeable for its somewhat angular design with rounded corners and the three-dimensional surfaces on the back, which shimmer differently depending on the incidence of light. The camera module is also cleverly fitted here. The case is not quite as pressure-resistant, but it is neatly manufactured. Weight and dimensions are roughly on par with other devices in the price range.

Besides the USB Type-C port, which transfers data according to the USB 2.0 standard, a 3.5 mm audio port is also installed. Our test device is equipped with 4 GB of working memory and 64 GB of mass storage, but models with 128 and 256 GB of data storage are also available internationally.

Tecno Mobile always states the RAM size including virtual working memory for its models. Thus, the actual RAM is smaller, but it is expanded via a swap file in the data storage. This is quite helpful from time to time to get apps with a lot of RAM consumption running, but the mass storage works much slower and is thus not a full-fledged replacement for dedicated working memory.

Unfortunately, the device does not come with NFC, so you cannot use mobile payment services.

A microSD can be inserted in the SIM tray at the front, while two SIM cards can be inserted at the back. We tested the reader with our microSD Angelbird V60 and achieved decent speeds, so you do not have to wait too long for data transfers.

Tecno Spark 10 5G
Tecno Spark 10 5G
Tecno Spark 10 5G
Tecno Spark 10 5G
Tecno Spark 10 5G

Size comparison

167.7 mm / 6.6 in 78 mm / 3.07 in 9.1 mm / 0.3583 in 202 g0.4453 lbs167.5 mm / 6.59 in 76.9 mm / 3.03 in 8.3 mm / 0.3268 in 196 g0.4321 lbs165.9 mm / 6.53 in 76.2 mm / 3 in 8 mm / 0.315 in 189 g0.4167 lbs164.4 mm / 6.47 in 75.5 mm / 2.97 in 8.4 mm / 0.3307 in 194 g0.4277 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
50.48 MB/s +84%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7.7 - 77, n=88, last 2 years)
28.5 MB/s +4%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
  (Angelbird V60)
27.5 MB/s
Honor X7a
  (Angelbird V60)
26.1 MB/s -5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
23.14 MB/s -16%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Tecno Spark 10 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6020, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø72.7 (25.1-79.7)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø37.2 (22.3-48.4)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø36.3 (4.86-48.5)
Honor X7a PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø33.7 (24.7-48.3)
Tecno Spark 10 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6020, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø36.3 (22.7-48)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø75.7 (20.1-83.4)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø61.2 (29.9-79.8)
Honor X7a PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø71.2 (27.4-77.4)

Communication, software and operation: Comprehensive software

The 5G modem works with enough frequencies that you can often access the mobile Internet even abroad. However, the Tecno smartphone is not a real world phone that can be used everywhere. The reception is quite good during our approximately 2-week test phase due to the pure plastic casing, but it doesn't quite reach the level of high-end phones.

With its Wi-Fi module, the Tecno Spark 10 achieves Wi-Fi speeds, which are typical for Wi-Fi 5 — this is actually the fastest standard that the phone can handle. The transmission speeds are also relatively constant in our test with the reference Asus ROG Rapture AXE 11000 router. Overall, however, they are slightly below what other phones in this price range achieve.

Android 13 is preinstalled on the phone, and the manufacturer's own software interface HiOS is on top. It adapts the operating system in many areas and also offers extensions: For example, a voice distorter for messaging services, a blackout function for private areas or a multi-window mode. Aphorisms are displayed on the standby screen. The security patches are from June 2023, which is older at the time of testing. Updates are delivered once every 3 months at the moment.

The touchscreen is very sensitive and can still be used precisely even in corners. Thanks to the 90 Hz technology, it feels even more responsive. The fingerprint sensor is found on the right in the standby button. It recognizes a learned impression very accurately and unlocks the phone quickly. Face recognition can also be used, but it is based on the recognition of two-dimensional images and is thus susceptible to manipulation.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Honor X7a
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
370 (341min - 386max) MBit/s +3%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
369 (337min - 380max) MBit/s +3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
363 (349min - 374max) MBit/s +1%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
358 (350min - 366max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
369 (361min - 371max) MBit/s +21%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (336min - 351max) MBit/s +13%
Honor X7a
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
308 (302min - 314max) MBit/s +1%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
306 (273min - 326max) MBit/s
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Tecno Spark 10 5G; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø306 (273-326)
Tecno Spark 10 5G; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø358 (350-366)

Cameras: Good dynamic range with residual light

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

A 50 MP sensor from Hynix is used as the main camera on the back. Although a second lens is also visible there, it is only a low-resolution support camera for blur effects that cannot take its own pictures.

In our photo test, the main camera takes quite decent pictures of close objects and can also convince with good dynamics in darker areas. However, there are clear sharpness problems in the ambient shot. Only few details are displayed, and bright areas are outshined. We like the dynamics in low light and high contrasts — details are still visible in bright and dark areas. However, the image sharpness is also rather mediocre.

Videos can be recorded in 2K resolution at most, so they offer a bit more pixels than a Full HD camera. However, 60 fps is only possible at 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. The brightness adjustment responds quite quickly and the autofocus also does its job well.

The front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 MP and comes with an LED flash as a bonus, which is hidden in the casing's bezel. In good light, the camera takes decent selfies that can also be enlarged a bit. However, details are often not visible in dark areas.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Hauptkamera BlumeHauptkamera UmgebungHauptkamera Low Light
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ColorChecker
26.7 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
16 ∆E
17 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
20.8 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Tecno Spark 10 5G: 14.77 ∆E min: 4.67 - max: 26.71 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.4 ∆E
48.3 ∆E
38.1 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
44.5 ∆E
59.7 ∆E
46.5 ∆E
33.2 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
29 ∆E
60.5 ∆E
61.2 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
31.6 ∆E
68.3 ∆E
40.8 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
66.7 ∆E
66 ∆E
49.1 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Tecno Spark 10 5G: 42.91 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 68.25 ∆E

Display: Low resolution with no PWM

Subpixel matrix
Subpixel matrix

Unfortunately, the Tecno Spark 10 5G only has a 720p screen. That is not entirely unusual in this class, but there are already many phones with Full HD screens around €200 and here you can see the finer-resolution fonts and pictures at first glance. At least Tecno has done a Widevine certification, so you can enjoy streaming videos on the phone in high quality.

The screen is also unfortunately not as bright as many of the Spark 10's rivals. With a 425 cd/m² luminance on average, outdoor use might be difficult on sunny days. On the other hand, the black value is low and thus the contrast is quite good, which leads to slightly brighter colors.

In our tests with the spectrophotometer and the Calman Ultimate software from Portrait Displays, we noticed a slight blue cast. In particular, strong red and brown tones are also rendered distorted.

You do not have to worry about PWM flickering on the screen.

426
cd/m²
410
cd/m²
426
cd/m²
449
cd/m²
460
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 460 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 435.3 cd/m² Minimum: 2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 460 cd/m²
Contrast: 1533:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.04 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.97
ΔE Greyscale 5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
95.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.239
Tecno Spark 10 5G
IPS, 1612x720, 6.6"
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
PLS LCD, 2408x1080, 6.6"
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.7"
Honor X7a
IPS, 1600x720, 6.7"
Response Times
-36%
96%
0%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
21.6 ?(10.1, 11.5)
46.48 ?(20.16, 26.32)
-115%
1.35 ?(0.691, 0.658)
94%
33.8 ?(22.4, 11.4)
-56%
Response Time Black / White *
36.4 ?(19.6, 16.8)
20.21 ?(5.638, 14.57)
44%
1 ?(0.523, 0.475)
97%
16 ?(11.2, 4.8)
56%
PWM Frequency
343
Screen
-40%
50%
11%
Brightness middle
460
579
26%
658
43%
586
27%
Brightness
435
543
25%
663
52%
562
29%
Brightness Distribution
89
87
-2%
98
10%
91
2%
Black Level *
0.3
0.57
-90%
0.26
13%
Contrast
1533
1016
-34%
2254
47%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.04
7.6
-88%
1.4
65%
4.24
-5%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.84
12.7
-86%
2.7
61%
8.44
-23%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5
8.7
-74%
1.7
66%
5.3
-6%
Gamma
2.239 98%
2.23 99%
2.23 99%
2.226 99%
CCT
7896 82%
9344 70%
6504 100%
6955 93%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-38% / -39%
73% / 61%
6% / 8%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
36.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.6 ms rise
↘ 16.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 94 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
21.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10.1 ms rise
↘ 11.5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 29 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17490 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Calman Grayscale
Calman Grayscale
Calman ColorChecker
Calman ColorChecker
Calman 2D color gamut
Calman 2D color gamut
Calman Saturation Sweeps
Calman Saturation Sweeps

Performance, emissions, and battery life: Power for everyday use

Tecno relies on a fairly new but an already well-known SoC for the Spark 10 5G. The MediaTek Dimensity 6020 is actually a Dimensity 700 in a new packaging. Our review sample achieves quite respectable performance rates for its price range and is usually ahead in the benchmarks compared to the comparison devices.

There are small latencies in everyday use from time to time, but the system runs quite smoothly overall and does not have any problems with more complex apps. Of course, you should not expect high-end functionality at this price, but the phone is sufficiently equipped for basic tasks. The fast UFS 2.2 storage, which is not yet standard in all devices, also helps here.

With a maximum of 42.7 °C at the back, the smartphone heats up noticeably under longer load, but it does not reach critical values. The processor's performance is also not or only very slightly limited after longer work, as the 3DMark stress tests show.

The mono speaker in the phone sounds a bit treble-heavy and presents voices clearly but quickly becomes shrill in high tones. Listening to music is more fun when headphones or speakers are connected. This works via the 3.5 mm audio port or via Bluetooth. SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, and LHDC V3 and V5 are available as wireless codecs.

The 5,000 mAh battery can be charged with a maximum of 18 W, so it takes up to 2:30 hours until the battery shows 100% again. You can then surf for up to 16 hours on the WLAN, which should easily get you through the day, and 2 days of battery life seems realistic with moderate use.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (126 - 2138, n=195, last 2 years)
939 Points +74%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
642 Points +19%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
539 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
539 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
525 Points -3%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
162 Points -70%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=195, last 2 years)
3122 Points +72%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
1954 Points +8%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1813 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
1813 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1700 Points -6%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
756 Points -58%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=126, last 2 years)
1372 Points +94%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
709 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
709 Points 0%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
193 Points -73%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=126, last 2 years)
3801 Points +113%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1781 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
1781 Points 0%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
845 Points -53%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=194, last 2 years)
12167 Points +24%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
9850 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
9850 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
8038 Points -18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
7953 Points -19%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5742 Points -42%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Smartphone
  (286 - 17553, n=92, last 2 years)
2944 Points +14%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2589 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
2589 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
2505 Points -3%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2438 Points -6%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
435 Points -83%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (240 - 29890, n=92, last 2 years)
3071 Points +27%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2418 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
2418 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
2382 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2282 Points -6%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
370 Points -85%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3441 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
3441 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (858 - 7180, n=92, last 2 years)
3233 Points -6%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3208 Points -7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
3057 Points -11%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1129 Points -67%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=167, last 2 years)
7188 Points +182%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
2709 Points +6%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2549 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
2549 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2546 Points 0%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
532 Points -79%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=166, last 2 years)
10408 Points +343%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
2590 Points +10%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2347 Points 0%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2347 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
2347 Points 0%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
459 Points -80%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (877 - 8480, n=166, last 2 years)
4412 Points +21%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3647 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
3647 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3618 Points -1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
3231 Points -11%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1211 Points -67%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=120, last 2 years)
2771 Points +133%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1191 Points 0%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1191 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
1191 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
Points -100%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=185, last 2 years)
6778 Points +491%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1147 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
1147 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1139 Points -1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
Points -100%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=189, last 2 years)
1824 Points +466%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
324 Points +1%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
322 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
322 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
Points -100%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=186, last 2 years)
1824 Points +483%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
313 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
313 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
310 Points -1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
Points -100%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=207, last 2 years)
45.9 fps +58%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
29 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
29 fps 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
17 fps -41%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
12 fps -59%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7.7 fps -73%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=207, last 2 years)
68.9 fps +331%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
20 fps +25%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
16 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
16 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
14 fps -12%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.2 fps -74%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=207, last 2 years)
34.2 fps +90%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
18 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
18 fps 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
11 fps -39%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
7.9 fps -56%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.9 fps -73%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=207, last 2 years)
27.7 fps +386%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
7.1 fps +25%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
5.7 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
5.7 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
5.3 fps -7%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1.5 fps -74%
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.38 - 42, n=205, last 2 years)
13.1 fps +446%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
3.1 fps +29%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2.4 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
2.4 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2.3 fps -4%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
0.6 fps -75%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (0 - 89112, n=205, last 2 years)
34153 Points +104%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
19867 Points +19%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6020, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
16765 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6020
  ()
16765 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
15352 Points -8%
Honor X7a
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
6352 Points -62%
Tecno Spark 10 5GSamsung Galaxy A14 5GXiaomi Redmi Note 12 5GHonor X7aAverage 64 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-7%
-22%
-73%
-20%
68%
Sequential Read 256KB
940.4
849.3
-10%
520.09
-45%
280
-70%
770 ?(485 - 979, n=18)
-18%
Sequential Write 256KB
490
469.83
-4%
505.55
3%
223
-54%
Random Read 4KB
219.8
193.63
-12%
170.61
-22%
59.1
-73%
156.6 ?(88.5 - 220, n=18)
-29%
Random Write 4KB
208.2
204
-2%
161.26
-23%
14.7
-93%
177.7 ?(95.4 - 216, n=18)
-15%

Temperature

Max. Load
Max. Load
 41.3 °C
106 F
36.2 °C
97 F
34 °C
93 F
 
 41.3 °C
106 F
35.8 °C
96 F
34.7 °C
94 F
 
 41.2 °C
106 F
36.4 °C
98 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 41.3 °C = 106 F
Average: 37.3 °C = 99 F
33.3 °C
92 F
36.5 °C
98 F
41 °C
106 F
34.6 °C
94 F
37.8 °C
100 F
42.7 °C
109 F
35.2 °C
95 F
37.8 °C
100 F
41.6 °C
107 F
Maximum: 42.7 °C = 109 F
Average: 37.8 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.1 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.3 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.3 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.7 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 26.8 °C / 80 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 26.9 °C / 80 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 27.3 °C / 81 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F


Heatmap: Front
Heatmap: Front
Heatmap: Back side
Heatmap: Back side
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
98.4 (1.957min - 1.988max) % +1%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
97.3 (1.932min - 1.986max) %
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
% -100%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
99.5 (7.18min - 7.21max) % 0%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
99.3 (7.15min - 7.2max) %
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
% -100%

Legend

 
Tecno Spark 10 5G MediaTek Dimensity 6020, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G MediaTek Dimensity 700, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 619, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Honor X7a Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 128 GB eMMC Flash

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.239.12532.232.73132.227.74040.225.25039.530.8632721.78018.417.310017.418.912521.115.116016.1152001421.725011.734.931510.643.640011.349.850010.949.363010.957.580012.363100012.664.8125012.568.2160011.268.1200010.968.1250011.469.6315011.967.8400012.770.9500013.271630013.967.8800014.666.81000015.469.71250016.169.71600016.964.5SPL2580.2N0.643.7median 12.6median 64.8Delta1.813.14343.135.436.732.531.13533.23836.828.524.221.121.62122.420.922.119.722.114.730.313.636.811.942.812.655.114.460.114.560.815.660.412.569.512.872.611.171.511.971.311.968.613.166.914.463.715.961.215.956.516.357.917571759.517.649.126.579.60.839.4median 14.5median 59.52.212.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseTecno Spark 10 5GHonor X7a
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Tecno Spark 10 5G audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 39.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.2% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 68% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 82% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Honor X7a audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 69% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
5000 mAh
1029 min +7%
Honor X7a
5330 mAh
1014 min +5%
Tecno Spark 10 5G
5000 mAh
962 min
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=209, last 2 years)
934 min -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
5000 mAh
645 min -33%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
16h 02min

Pros

+ chic case
+ dedicated microSD slot
+ many mobile frequencies
+ extensive software
+ Camera with good dynamics
+ no PWM
+ fast memory

Cons

- not so bright screen...
- ... with quite a low resolution
- no NFC
- not very flexible camera system

Verdict: No high-flyer, but good nevertheless

In review: Tecno Spark 10 5G.
In review: Tecno Spark 10 5G.

The Tecno Spark 10 5G is an inexpensive mid-range phone with 5G and a chic casing design that can convince us overall: The software offers many options, the SoC delivers quite a lot of power for the price range, and the battery lasts for a long time. You can also get models with a lot of storage on request. We also like the camera's high dynamic range with strong contrasts in the picture.

However, it lags behind the competition in some aspects: The screen is darker and has a lower resolution, there is no NFC, and no wide-angle camera at the back. However, this limited configuration might also offer room for larger price reductions, so that the Tecno Spark 10 5G could still be a great 5G bargain.

Tecno's first European launch looks spectacular but is technically rather average despite some highlights. In any case, it is exciting to welcome a new challenger in the West, which still has a lot in store, at least in terms of design, according to the manufacturer's website.

The Tecno Spark 10 5G is one of the manufacturer's first smartphones to make it to the West. The first impression is convincing, but the phone could offer a bit more technically.

The long-established manufacturers in Europe offer an alternative: Samsung promises more with its Galaxy A14 5G including a long update supply. You can also save a few Euros here, for example, as the device is available for €179 at notebooksbilliger.de at the time of testing. If you would rather have an AMOLED panel, you should also check out the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G.

Price and availability

The Tecno Spark 10 5G is available for just under €200 Euros at amazon.de and cyberport.de at the time of testing. Some retailers, such as saturn.de can get you even cheaper prices.

Tecno Spark 10 5G - 08/29/2023 v7 (old)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
45 / 70 → 65%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
30 / 64 → 47%
Application Performance
71 / 86 → 83%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
64 / 90 → 71%
Camera
55%
Average
73%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > Reviews > Tecno Spark 10 5G Smartphone Review: Dazzling mid-ranger without PWM flickering
Florian Schmitt, 2023-09- 6 (Update: 2023-09- 6)