Tecno PhonePad 3 with 7-inch display & fingerprint sensor launched: Full Specs & Price

Less than two weeks ago, information that Tecno Mobile was planning to launch a new phablet/tablet in its PhonePad series surfaced, and we relayed the message in anticipation of what was to come, as some of the specs of the device were leaked. Now, the company has officially launched the phablet called the Tecno PhonePad 3.

Some of the leaked specs of the Phonepad 3 like its camera lenses were confirmed during the launch, and some interesting features like the presence of a fingerprint sensor were introduced. Below, we review the specs of the first tablet offering from Tecno this year.

Tecno PhonePad 3 Specifications, Review and Highlights

Tecno PhonePad 3 Design

Design & Display

Like some other tablets in its series, the Tecno PhonePad 3 sports a 7-inch IPS display with an HD (1280 * 720) resolution and 169ppi pixel density. It is 7.89mm slim and sports a metal unibody design with a brushed metal back.

Storage & Processor

The PhonePad 3 was created to satisfy the average business needs of an individual, so it’s a pretty wise decision that Tecno packed the phablet with a modest Quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT8375W processor and 2GB of RAM.

The device also has a internal storage capacity of 16GB for you to store a large amount of files and documents. If that isn’t enough for you (perhaps you’re a multimedia file collector), you have the option of expanding the storage limit to up to 128GB using an external microSD card.

Camera

That it’s made for business doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be stylish and flashy; the Tecno PhonePad 3 comes with a 13MP camera and a dual-tone LED flash at the rear, adequately satisfying photo freaks.

Tecno PhonePad 3 Price

It also has a 5MP camera at the front to take care of selfies, and you don’t have to worry that they wouldn’t be clear in poorly-lit environments, as the front camera is accompanied by a LED flash.

Battery & Connectivity

A 4100mAh Lithium-ion battery is built into the PhonePad 3 to afford its users the opportunity to enjoy its features for a long time before having to plug it into a socket.

Unlike its predecessors, the Tecno PhonePad 3 is 4G LTE-enabled, meaning you can use either a standard SIM or a micro SIM to access the super-fast network connectivity provided by carriers on LTE bands 3, 4, 7, 8 & 20.

Software & Hardware

The PhonePad 3 takes the software bar a notch higher than what is obtainable in previous devices in the series, running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Tecno’s HiOS layered on top.

Tecno PhonePad 3 Specs

In terms of hardware, the Tecno PhonePad 3 sports a fingerprint sensor which is placed at its side, in contrast to the rear and physical button placements we’re used to.

Tecno PhonePad 3 Full Phablet Specifications

General

Device Brand Tecno
Model PhonePad 3
Announced March 17, 2017
Released March 17, 2017
Status Available

Network

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 MHz
3G Network WCDMA 900 / 2100 MHz
4G Network LTE band 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
SIM Type Standard SIM/Micro-SIM
SIM Count Dual SIM

Data

2G GPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3G Up to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4G Up to 300/50 Mbps
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Web Browser Yes, HTML5

Design

Type Phablet
Dimensions 188 * 98 * 7.85 mm
Weight
Build Metal Unibody Design | Brushed Metal back
Colors Champagne Gold & Space Grey

Display

Display Type IPS Capacitive touchscreen
Size 7.0 inches
Resolution 720 * 1280 pixels
Colors 16M colors
Pixel Density ~169 ppi pixel density
Touch Screen Yes
Protection No
Features
Secondary Display No

Camera


13MP
85 degree wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture
Yes
Yes
PDAF + CAF, Face Beauty, Face AE Screen
Yes, Dual True Tone LED Flash (Primary) | LED Flash (Secondary)
5MP
Face beauty

Software

Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
HiOS
No
Skype Yes
Whatsapp Yes
Facebook Yes
Youtube Yes

Hardware

64-bit MediaTek MT8375W
CPU Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
GPU
2GB
Internal Storage 16GB
Expandable up to 128 GB (microSD) [dedicated]
Accelerometer, Proximity, Light,Fingerprint, Hall, Gravity
Controls

Connectivity

Yes, Bluetooth v4.2
Bluetooth Profiles
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi Hotspot Yes
USB Type Yes; USB v2.0
USB On-the Go (OTG) Yes
GPS Yes, GPS + A-GPS
NFC n/a
HDMI No
Yes
No

Battery

Battery Type Li-Ion
Capacity 4100mAh
Placement Non-removable
Standby
Talk Time
Music Play

Messaging

SMS Yes (threaded view)
MMS Yes
Email Yes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IM Yes

Media

Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC
Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
n/a
Yes, FM radio 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 PhonePad 3 in Nigeria, Kenya & Ghana

The Tecno PhonePad 3 comes in Space Grey and Champagne Gold colours, and is available in Nigeria for around N75,00085 degree wide angle
• F2.0 Large aperture.


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