Based in China, Transsion Holdings, which has a presence in 58 countries entered in Indian market last year with its iTel smartphone brand. And now, the company introduced a slew of Tecno branded smartphones for young customers. Tecno mobiles have come up with five variants of three smartphones i3, i5, and i7. As the name suggests, i7 is the most powerful of the lot.
We got Tecno i7 for review and Our review is ready after weeks of using it. So let’s talk about Tecno i7 real-life experience and about why you should or should not buy this smartphone in our detailed review. But first, let’s get the specs out of our way.
Tecno i7 Specifications, Price, and Features
|Release date||April 2017|
|Dimensions (mm)||151.50 x 75.20 x 7.70|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4000|
|Colours||Champagne Gold, Sky Black, Space Grey|
|Screen size (inches)||5.50|
|Processor make||MediaTek MT6750T|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||128|
|Operating System||Android 7.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||NA|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
Tecno i7 Specifications at a glance-
Tecno i7 Review- Display
Tecno i7 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS Display with 1920×1080 pixel resolution ad 401 ppi pixel density. The display is covered with 2.5D curved glass which seems becoming a new trend in the smartphone industry. The display is vivid, sharp and bright enough to offer good colors and decent experience with good viewing angles. An outdoor mode is also present on the phone that can pump the brightness to maximum for 15-minutes and then automatically turns it down.
Tecno i7 Review- Design
The Tecno i7 has a metal unibody design, that is somewhat different from other metal unibody template in this budget. Tecno’s biggest win is the fact that it has managed to keep the thickness 7.6mm and weight 155 grams in check, in spite of the phone housing a 4000mAh battery.
The Tecnoi7 has curved sides and the front panel is covered by the screen, with a fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button just below it. All these features give the device a premium look. This smartphone also comes with an “Anti-Oil fingerprint sensor” which allows users to unlock the device even with an oily finger. There are capacitive back and Recent items buttons on either side of Home button. The metallic power and volume keys of the device are placed on the right and on the other left side it has a hybrid dual-SIM slot. At the bottom of the device, there is a Micro USB port and two speaker grills. At the top of the device, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Coming to the back side of the device, the matte finish metal feels good to hold and does not feel slippery in everyday usage. There is a 13MP camera placed at the left corner along with a quad flashlight module. Overall, Tecno i7 is ergonomic, feels sturdy in hands and is one of the most premium looking smartphone at its price-point.
Tecno i7 Review- Hardware & Performance
The Tecno i7 is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core MT6750T chipset paired with 4GB RAM. According to its pricing, It Could be better if there would be a Snapdragon processor. Still, We didn’t face any issue with our day to day usage but when we pushed the phone to its limits with high-end gaming we did notice lag and frame drops. There are some apps given to boost the RAM and clean the extra memory which come in handy.
The internal memory of the device is 32GB which can be extended up to 128GB by Micro SD card. Discussing the battery, there’s a 4,000 mAh battery which also supports quick charging. The company calls it ‘Rocket Charging’ and claims that it can decrease the charging time by up to 20 percent.
Tecno i7 Review- Software
Tecno i7 runs on Android Nougat 7.0 straight out-of-the-box and the companies own HiOS overlaid on it. HiOS includes loads of animations and features like Split-screen modes, a few power saving modes, theme store and more. You can long press the icons to unfurl a list of options and can also avail a WhatsApp mode that restricts data to all apps running in the background except WhatsApp.
HiOS has a number of apps pre-installed though. These include Hi Theme, Micro Intelligence, Hi Manager, Hi Cloud, PHX Browser, etc. There’s also an app for customer care services which shows you the list of service centers nearby or help you connect with one of the executives. While they may provide some utility, depending on your needs, none of them are uninstallable. In other words, bloatware.
Tecno i7 Review- Camera
Tecno i7 comes with a 16MP front camera with flash and a 13MP rear camera with the quad LED flash. The front selfie camera can shoot not too bad and detailed selfies. For Low light conditions, the device utilizes screen flash & led flash at the same for better pictures. The rear camera can capture a decent amount of details in good lighting. The image backdrop was often over or underexposed. The quad LED flash on the rear can help in clicking decent shots in pitch dark ambiance.
In some photos, we noticed that the colors of the image splashed a bit but other than this we loved the camera on Tecno i7.
There’s a Makeup mode as well which you can use after the image has been shot. This mode can be very useful for girls if they missed doing their makeup while taking a pic (which happens rarely). One can apply lipstick with different shades, set their eyebrows, skin tone, adjust the eyes and chin size and do a lot more stuff with this edit option.
Tecno i7 Review- Connectivity
The Tecno i7 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include the Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
Tecno i7 Review- Price & Verdict
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.