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Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ smartphone review – Surprisingly good cameras for under €200

Hard to get. Tecno smartphones are still quite uncommon in Europe. But the Spark 20 Pro+ shows why this is actually a pity: a good camera with decent low-light capability, great performance and a bright display piqued our curiosity.
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ | Bild: Florian Schmitt
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Processor
Mediatek Helio G99 8 x 2 - 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
6.78 inch 20.3:9, 2436 x 1080 pixel 393 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 256 GB 
, 200 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration, compass, gyroscope
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.6 x 164.7 x 75 ( = 0.3 x 6.48 x 2.95 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 33-watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 108 MPix ƒ/1.8, 0.64 μm, 1/1.67", quad LED flash, video: 1440p@30fps (camera 1); 0.3 MP, support (camera 2); 2 MP, macro (camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix ƒ/2.2, dual LED flash
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, charger, USB cable, silicone bumper, headset, IP53 certified, fanless
Weight
179 g ( = 6.31 oz / 0.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison with possible competitors

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Storage
Dimensions
Resolution
Starting price
81.2 %
02/2024
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
179 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.78"2436x1080
81.9 %
12/2022
Motorola Moto G72
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
166 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2400x1080
78.9 %
11/2022
Xiaomi Poco M5
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
201 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.58"2408x1080
80.2 %
02/2024
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
SD 685, Adreno 610
188.5 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.67"2400x1080

Chassis and specifications – Slim and modern

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ is an extremely slim phone at just 7.6 mm (0.30 in) thick (not including the camera module). The rounded sides and slim frame make the phone look even svelter. Given the screen size, the device is also fairly lightweight at 179 g (0.39 lb). The Spark 20 Pro+ sits well in the hand and, other than a few rough edges, has nice build quality. The chassis is very sturdy and can be depressed slightly at most.

Provided courtesy of the manufacturer for review purposes, our green Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ has a pleather back with decorative embossed stitch detailing at the same height where the camera module is. In contrast, the black, white and gold variants don’t feature synthetic leather but instead sport a shiny or, in the case of the black model, matt finish.

The camera module is round on all colourways and offset significantly to the left. Though fans of symmetry probably aren't going to be pleased, it makes the device highly distinctive. The slim bezel around the display also gives the phone a modern look. 

For around €200 (US$216), you are getting a pretty generous 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM. There is NFC on board, but no dedicated audio jack. You’ll have to use the USB-C port for wired audio.

The Spark 20 Pro+ can take up to 2 SIM cards, but doesn’t have a microSD slot for storage expansion.

Size comparison

164 mm / 6.46 inch 76.1 mm / 3 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 201 g0.4431 lbs164.7 mm / 6.48 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs162.2 mm / 6.39 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 188.5 g0.4156 lbs160.5 mm / 6.32 inch 74.4 mm / 2.93 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 166 g0.366 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity, software and operation – With Android 14

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ comes with WiFi 5 and is thus on a par with other phones of its class. Wireless transfer speeds, which we evaluated with the help of our reference router (Asus ROG Rapture AXE 11000), are at the same level as what the competitors can do. The speeds are also fairly stable throughout our testing, apart from the slightly weaker receive rates at the start.

The Tecno phone is 4G-enabled and supports a wide range of essential frequencies. This means you can use the phone in Central Europe without any issues. However, if you wish to travel further, you should check whether the phone can connect to an LTE network in the destination country. Reception was good during our roughly two-week test period, but couldn’t match the signal strength of high-end phones.

The operating system is called HiOS 13.6 and is based Android 14. At the time of this review, the security patches were dated December 2023 and thus still reasonably up-to-date. You’ll also have to deal with third-party apps right out of the box, though they are easy enough to uninstall. Around the front camera is a feature similar to Apple’s Dynamic Island. It is only visible as needed and provides extra information, for example, when you are unlocking the phone by face recognition.

In Europe, there might be problems with warranty and repairs because Tecno Mobile still doesn’t have an official branch in the region. The retailer remain the only place to approach for help.

The 120Hz screen is able to register touch input 240 times per second. It is thus very responsive in addition to being accurate to use and sensitive down to its corners. If desired, you can even adjust scrolling and animations to suit your preferences.

The fingerprint scanner is invisible and hidden behind the display. Once a finger is registered, the scanner is able to detect it very quickly and reliably. Face recognition works dependably as well, but the method isn’t entirely secure because the solution doesn’t have a 3D sensor.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Xiaomi Poco M5
370 (332min - 381max) MBit/s +1%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
365 (347min - 374max) MBit/s
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
364 (336min - 382max) MBit/s 0%
Motorola Moto G72
359 (338min - 372max) MBit/s -2%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Xiaomi Poco M5
356 (333min - 363max) MBit/s +9%
Motorola Moto G72
333 (307min - 348max) MBit/s +2%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
326 (235min - 335max) MBit/s
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
317 (293min - 339max) MBit/s -3%

Legend

 
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Mediatek Helio G99, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Motorola Moto G72 Mediatek Helio G99, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Xiaomi Poco M5 Mediatek Helio G99, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 610, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
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Tecno Spark 20 Pro+; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø326 (235-335)
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø365 (347-374)

Cameras – Good image quality for the money

Photo taken with the front camera
Photo taken with the front camera

For the camera setup on the Spark 20 Pro+, Tecno has placed all their focus on the 108MP main shooter. Although the camera module appears to have four lens openings, you’ll notice one of them is completely sealed upon closer inspection. The other two cameras comprise a very low-res supporting camera for depth-of-field effects in portrait, and a macro camera that likewise only produces fairly low-res images.

Whilst there isn’t any ultrawide camera, the main shooter captures pretty decent photos for how much the phone costs. We like how sharp images look, and the detail level is slightly higher than on other phones in this price bracket. You shouldn’t expect to do high-end photography with the device; some parts on an image could also be more dynamic. But overall, photos look high-quality for a €200 phone.

Even though you can barely make out anything in very dark areas of a low-light photo, sharpness is good as a whole. The tests conducted in our lab under controlled lighting conditions also went delightfully well: there were only minor contrast issues under full studio lighting. Despite being much grainier and blurrier, the image captured at 1 lux still turned out fairly readable. 

The 32MP front camera produces good selfies that can be blown up with no problem. 

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.

Main camera: plantMain camera: surroundingsMain camera: low light
ColorChecker
5.8 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
3 ∆E
1.1 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Tecno Spark 20 Pro+: 4.18 ∆E min: 1.11 - max: 9.86 ∆E
ColorChecker
20.6 ∆E
28.9 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
26.3 ∆E
30.9 ∆E
29.5 ∆E
18.5 ∆E
19.7 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
35 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
26.8 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
27 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
24.1 ∆E
24.6 ∆E
28.9 ∆E
25 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Tecno Spark 20 Pro+: 23.87 ∆E min: 12.77 - max: 35.01 ∆E

Display – Bright, but not so well calibrated

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ boasts an AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a relatively large diagonal of 6.78 inches. It reached a high peak average brightness of 906 cd/m² in a bright environment and with the ambient light sensor enabled. This means you can enjoy HDR contents on the phone as well. 

For our measurements with a spectrophotometer, we used the “Original Color” setting, which shows muted colours on the AMOLED display. Even so, the CalMAN software reported slightly higher colour differences, especially when it comes to vivid shades. There is even a noticeable blue tint on light shades of grey.

Capable of running at up to 120Hz, the display can reproduce fast motions without stuttering and offers fast response times. PWM flicker is particularly visible at low brightness levels and can make it harder for sensitive individuals to use the screen.

901
cd/m²
895
cd/m²
924
cd/m²
911
cd/m²
942
cd/m²
903
cd/m²
879
cd/m²
899
cd/m²
903
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 942 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 906.3 cd/m² Minimum: 2.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 942 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.38 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 4.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
138.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.257
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
AMOLED, 2436x1080, 6.78
Motorola Moto G72
P-OLED, 2400x1080, 6.60
Xiaomi Poco M5
IPS, 2408x1080, 6.58
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Response Times
63%
-422%
116%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
5.7 ?(2.9, 2.8)
1.5 ?(0.8, 0.7)
74%
33 ?(18, 15)
-479%
2.2 ?(1.1, 1.1)
61%
Response Time Black / White *
4.3 ?(1.9, 2.4)
1.5 ?(0.8, 0.7)
65%
20 ?(11, 9)
-365%
1.6 ?(0.7, 0.9)
63%
PWM Frequency
119.9
180
50%
389.2
225%
Screen
5%
15%
36%
Brightness middle
942
992
5%
400
-58%
940
0%
Brightness
906
980
8%
396
-56%
922
2%
Brightness Distribution
93
92
-1%
96
3%
96
3%
Black Level *
0.27
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.38
4.56
-4%
1.26
71%
1.2
73%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.9
7.96
-15%
2.45
64%
2.28
67%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.7
3.1
34%
1.5
68%
1.4
70%
Gamma
2.257 97%
2.233 99%
2.298 96%
2.27 97%
CCT
7668 85%
7098 92%
6658 98%
6503 100%
Contrast
1481
Total Average (Program / Settings)
34% / 24%
-204% / -94%
76% / 63%

* ... 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
4.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.9 ms rise
↘ 2.4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
5.7 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.9 ms rise
↘ 2.8 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.8 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 detected 119.9 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 119.9 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 119.9 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17933 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum brightness
minimum brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness
CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN colour accuracy
CalMAN colour accuracy
CalMAN sRGB colour space
CalMAN sRGB colour space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life – Power typical of its class

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ features the Mediathek Helio G99 – a popular SoC in this price bracket that mostly offers enough performance for reasonably smooth system operation. It only starts chugging when taking on demanding apps.

Nowadays, most phones in this price range come equipped with UFS 2.2 storage. This is also the case with the Tecno Spark 20 Pro+. The built-in storage enables rather fast data transfer speeds and fairly short loading times in apps.

Under prolonged load, the phone’s surface became noticeably warm, reaching as high as 41.1°C (106°F). This nevertheless isn't a cause for concern. The 3DMark stress tests revealed that performance doesn’t suffer even under sustained load: the phone continued to achieve the same frame rates even after 20 runs.

The Spark 20 Pro+ comes with stereo speakers that only get moderately loud but sound quite balanced overall. They don’t experience clipping even at max volume and offer an absolutely full sound. Of course, you shouldn’t expect any real bass from them. If you want to hear bass, it’s necessary to connect external speakers or a pair of headphones via the USB-C port or Bluetooth. The phone supports a wide range of codecs for wireless audio transmission, including cutting-edge ones like LHDC V5 and Opus. This means it’s possible to transmit hi-res audio.

The built-in battery has a capacity of 5,000 mAh, which is a pretty standard size for most modern smartphones. The Spark 20 Pro+ lasted a solid 15h 46min in our Wi-Fi test, comparable with other phones of its class. The device can charge at up to 33 watts and thus takes less than two hours to become fully charged.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=215, last 2 years)
915 Points +65%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
553 Points
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
548 Points -1%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (490 - 576, n=13)
545 Points -1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
540 Points -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
437 Points -21%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=215, last 2 years)
2998 Points +65%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1924 Points +6%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (1670 - 1981, n=13)
1835 Points +1%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1822 Points
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1810 Points -1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1775 Points -3%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=100, last 2 years)
1411 Points +93%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
731 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (710 - 738, n=7)
729 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
478 Points -35%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=100, last 2 years)
3886 Points +93%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2011 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (1864 - 2065, n=7)
1995 Points -1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1544 Points -23%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=210, last 2 years)
11754 Points +7%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
11027 Points
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
10589 Points -4%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (8973 - 11027, n=13)
9734 Points -12%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
9587 Points -13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
7305 Points -34%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Average of class Smartphone
  (286 - 7890, n=102, last 2 years)
2751 Points +4%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2646 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2471 - 2791, n=12)
2604 Points -2%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2600 Points -2%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2535 Points -4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1577 Points -40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (240 - 9814, n=102, last 2 years)
2749 Points +11%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2483 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2326 - 2655, n=12)
2445 Points -2%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2433 Points -2%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2356 Points -5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1394 Points -44%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3450 Points 0%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3439 Points
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3425 Points 0%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (3101 - 3450, n=12)
3353 Points -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (858 - 4679, n=102, last 2 years)
3157 Points -8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
2915 Points -15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=178, last 2 years)
6727 Points +152%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2666 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2543 - 2843, n=12)
2651 Points -1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2648 Points -1%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2618 Points -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1597 Points -40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=177, last 2 years)
9706 Points +292%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2375 - 3908, n=12)
2594 Points +5%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2474 Points
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2459 Points -1%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2413 Points -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1427 Points -42%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (938 - 8480, n=177, last 2 years)
4213 Points +15%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3727 Points +2%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3658 Points
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3622 Points -1%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (3102 - 3798, n=12)
3571 Points -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
2739 Points -25%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 9839, n=132, last 2 years)
2577 Points +105%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1259 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (1165 - 1364, n=13)
1243 Points -1%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1205 Points -4%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1183 Points -6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
645 Points -49%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=199, last 2 years)
6284 Points +407%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1239 Points
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1232 Points -1%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (1056 - 1340, n=13)
1202 Points -3%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1155 Points -7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
634 Points -49%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 5226, n=204, last 2 years)
1686 Points +386%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
347 Points 0%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
347 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (330 - 378, n=13)
347 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
342 Points -1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
139 Points -60%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=199, last 2 years)
1695 Points +397%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
341 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (323 - 366, n=13)
338 Points -1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
337 Points -1%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
323 Points -5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
135 Points -60%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=222, last 2 years)
44 fps +214%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (12 - 44, n=13)
18.2 fps +30%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
14 fps 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
14 fps 0%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
14 fps
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
9.5 fps -32%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=222, last 2 years)
64.8 fps +305%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
16 fps 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
16 fps 0%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
16 fps
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (14 - 18, n=13)
15.6 fps -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
10 fps -37%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.8 - 105, n=222, last 2 years)
32.7 fps +259%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (8.3 - 28, n=13)
12 fps +32%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
9.1 fps
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
8.9 fps -2%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
8.8 fps -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
5.5 fps -40%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=222, last 2 years)
25.8 fps +330%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
6 fps
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
5.9 fps -2%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (5.4 - 6.5, n=13)
5.86 fps -2%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
5.8 fps -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
3.6 fps -40%
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.38 - 42, n=209, last 2 years)
12.5 fps +381%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2.6 fps
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2.5 fps -4%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2.5 fps -4%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2.2 - 2.8, n=13)
2.49 fps -4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1.5 fps -42%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (4633 - 89112, n=209, last 2 years)
33561 Points +34%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
25005 Points
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (17228 - 25005, n=13)
20364 Points -19%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
18237 Points -27%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
17228 Points -31%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
15900 Points -36%
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+Motorola Moto G72Xiaomi Poco M5Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4GAverage 256 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-12%
7%
-14%
-7%
30%
Sequential Read 256KB
999.6
868.5
-13%
976.4
-2%
909.8
-9%
Sequential Write 256KB
781.3
497.5
-36%
870.7
11%
606.3
-22%
690 ?(369 - 913, n=22)
-12%
Random Read 4KB
219.4
231.4
5%
247.6
13%
177.1
-19%
Random Write 4KB
242.6
230.2
-5%
257.8
6%
228
-6%
Max. Load
 40.2 °C
104 F
35.5 °C
96 F
32.8 °C
91 F
 
 40.7 °C
105 F
34.9 °C
95 F
33.1 °C
92 F
 
 41.1 °C
106 F
35.5 °C
96 F
33.2 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 41.1 °C = 106 F
Average: 36.3 °C = 97 F
32.1 °C
90 F
35.5 °C
96 F
36.3 °C
97 F
32.1 °C
90 F
36.2 °C
97 F
36 °C
97 F
32.4 °C
90 F
36 °C
97 F
39.5 °C
103 F
Maximum: 39.5 °C = 103 F
Average: 35.1 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.1 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.3 °C / 97 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 41.1 °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 39.5 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.7 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


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Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø2.11 (2.1-2.12)
Motorola Moto G72 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø2.08 (2.08-2.09)
Xiaomi Poco M5 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø2.05 (2.02-2.07)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø0.814 (0.81-0.82)
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.57 (7.55-7.59)
Motorola Moto G72 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø6.67 (6.59-6.79)
Xiaomi Poco M5 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.44 (7.37-7.47)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G Adreno 610, SD 685, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø3.91 (3.89-3.93)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.833.82540323130.328.24033.630.25036.631.3632727.98020.617.410016.819.812516.128.816014.938.620010.340.82507.241.53157.347.74007.853.35009.257.4630864.78009.469.1100015.268.612509.368.816008.966.920009.764.7250010.759.7315011.258.340001262500012.867.2630013.664.3800014.454.91000015.354125001656.61600016.950.6SPL24.277N0.537.4median 11.2median 57.4Delta3.19.737.238.530.332.924.123.831.429.137.334.625.928.519.520.116.52713.731.113.736.29.2368.337.16.742.4749.18.854.88.358.18.964.610.765.78.767.19.164.99.765.710.661.811.353.21260.212.961.313.768.614.467.615.360.31657.91757.423.976.20.535.7median 10.7median 58.12.711.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseTecno Spark 20 Pro+Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 45% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 64% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 30% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 42% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 61% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
5000 mAh
946 min
Motorola Moto G72
5000 mAh
929 min -2%
Xiaomi Poco M5
5000 mAh
916 min -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 2844, n=224, last 2 years)
912 min -4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G
5000 mAh
742 min -22%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 46min

Pros

+ good main camera
+ decent selfies
+ slim, modern chassis
+ full-sounding speaker
+ bright OLED screen

Cons

- no microSD slot
- no ultrawide camera
- PWM flicker
- questionable warranty process (EU/NA)

Verdict – High-quality phone for a small price

Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ review. The review unit is kindly provided by Tecno Mobile.
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ review. The review unit is kindly provided by Tecno Mobile.

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ positively surprised us. For less than €200 (US$216), you’re getting plenty of storage as well as a camera system capable of producing sharp images and great selfies. The camera is still able deliver acceptable photos even in situations with little light. The device boasts a bright OLED screen and decent speakers to boot.

The phone isn’t too heavy and has a modern appearance with its rounded sides and slim bezel. Build quality is solid, but you can tell by some rough edges that the Spark 20 Pro+ is, alas, not very expensive.

You might also be miffed about the lack of a microSD card slot and an ultrawide camera, which is practically a standard feature in this price range. That said, the phone still represents a good overall package when taken as a whole. Consumers in Europe and North America should nonetheless keep in mind the somewhat murky warranty situation.

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ is affordable without feeling cheap at all: the camera, bright display and modern design are compelling.

One potential alternative is the also recently released Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 4G, but it has slightly shorter battery life.

Price and availability

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ is difficult to find in Europe and North America right now. You can visit the official product page for more information.

Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ - 02/20/2024 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
45 / 70 → 65%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
88%
Games Performance
27 / 64 → 42%
Application Performance
73 / 86 → 85%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
65 / 90 → 73%
Camera
60%
Average
75%
81%
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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