Tecno i3 Pro
Tecno i3 Pro

The Tecno i3 and i3 Pro were released alongside the Tecno i7, i5 & i5 Pro into the Indian market at the beginning of this week, and both smartphones are now available for purchase in certain Indian cities. Both are mid-range smartphones with a design totally different from that of other members of the Tecno i series.

Both smartphones have almost the same features and specifications and in fact the same design, with the only difference being the RAM capacity. They even share some specifications with the Tecno i5 and i5 Pro.

Tecno i3 & i3 Pro Specifications, Review and Highlights

Design & Display

The Tecno i3 and i3 Pro sport a metal unibody design with a 5-inch HD (1280 * 720) IPS display. Its bezels are black and a physical home button is present below the display at the front placed in-between two capacitive navigation buttons.

The smartphones weigh 145 grammes and are just 7.9 millimetres thick, and come in Champagne Gold, Sky Black and Space Grey colours, like other members of the series. They, however, lack fingerprint sensors which might be a dealbreaker for some.

Storage & Processor

The Tecno i3 and i3 Pro are powered by a MediaTek MT6737 processor with four processing cores (quad-core) and a clock speed of 1.3GHz. They come with 16GB of internal memory, but the i3 Pro has more RAM space (3GB) than the i3 (2GB).

Camera

Both smartphones sport 8MP cameras at the front and rear for photography and selfie purposes, and their rear cameras are accompanied by a quad-LED flash while the front cameras manage a single LED flash.

Battery & Connectivity

The Tecno i3 and i3 Pro pack 3050mAh non-removable batteries with no support for fast charging. They come with dual Nano SIM slots, both of which support 4G LTE network connectivity.

Software

Like the other members of the series, the Tecno i3 and i3 Pro run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with Tecno’s HiOS with customisable features layered on top.

Tecno i3 & i3 Pro Full Phone Specifications

Tecno i3 Pro

General

Device BrandTecno
ModelTecno i3 & i3 Pro
AnnouncedApril 16, 2017
ReleasedApril 18, 2017
StatusAvailable

Network

2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G NetworkLTE with VoLTE
SIM TypeNano SIM
SIM CountSingle SIM

Data

2GGPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3GUp to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4GUp to 300/50 Mbps
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Web BrowserYes, HTML5

Design

TypeSmartphone
Dimensions142.75 * 70.50 * 7.90 mm
Weight145g
BuildMetal Unibody Design.
ColorsChampagne Gold, Sky Black & Space Grey

Display

Display TypeIPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size5.0 inches
Resolution720 * 1280 pixels
Colors16M colors
Pixel Density
Touch ScreenYes
Protectionn/a
Featuresn/a
Secondary DisplayNo

Camera

8MP
Yes
Yes
Autofocus, Subject-Tracking
Yes, Quad-LED flash (Primary) | LED Flash (Secondary)
8MP

Software

Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
HiOS
No
SkypeYes
WhatsappYes
FacebookYes
YoutubeYes

Hardware

64-bit MediaTek MT6737
CPUQuad-Core 1.3 GHz
GPU
2GB/3GB
Internal Storage16GB
Expandable up to 128 GB (microSD) [dedicated]
Accelerometer, Proximity, Light

Connectivity

Yes, Bluetooth v4.2
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP, LE
InfraredNo
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi HotspotYes
USB TypeYes; USB v2.0
USB On-the Go (OTG)Yes
GPSYes, GPS + A-GPS + GLONASS + BDS
NFCn/a
No
No

Battery

Battery TypeLi-Ion
Capacity3050mAh
PlacementNon-removable
Standby
Talk Time

Messaging

SMSYes (threaded view)
MMSYes
EmailYes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IMYes

Media

Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC
Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
n/a
No
Vibration, Ringtones
MP3, WAV
Yes
Yes, 3.5mm Jack

Other Features

– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

Availability and Price of Tecno i3 & i3 Pro in India & Nigeria

The Tecno i3 and i3 Pro are already available in India for Rs. 7990 and Rs. 9990 respectively. If you’re planning to get them in Nigeria, we estimate that the i3 will cost N38,000 and the i3 Pro N48,000. Hmm…N10,000 for just 1GB of extra RAM?


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