Tecno Mobile and Infinix Mobility are tech firms that dominated most part of Africa and Asia markets with their cheap mobile phones.
These firms compete against each other in the market although they are both owned and operated by the same parent company known as Transsion Holdings. They offered much more compared to other competitors out there when it comes to price, but can we say the same thing about their value?
Yes, price is the main determinant for most people when purchasing a new smartphone and Tecno and Infinix have won that part, but the standard and the authenticity of their products are being questioned by many phone buyers.
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Are their products good? Do they use good hardware? Are their software optimized? These and many other questions are raised by drawn shoppers that are interested in their smartphone products.
The truth is, to win the market in these part of the world (Africa and Asia), your product must be cheap. As long as it is cheap most buyer do not mind. But there are still some of us that will question the quality standard of these products.
Smartphones market has become highly competitive – to stay afloat, most of these firms reduced their price. Even Samsung is trying to compete in the low-segment because Xiaomi and OPPO have become real hard-kick contenders.
The main determinant of price when it comes to smartphone fall into four categories – the display, processor, camera, and battery. The specs of these parts mostly determines what a smartphone will cost in retail or wholesale.
Tecno and Infinix smartphones have these checked and somehow manipulated to make their price cheaper. For instance, the display used in most of their smartphones is LCD, and the pixel resolution of these display is mostly HD (720p).
Irrespective of the screen size, whether it be 5.5-inch, 6-inch, or 6.9-inch, Tecno and Infinix smartphones display mostly have HD resolution. For instance, the Tecno Camon 12, Camon 15, and Infinix S5, touted as mid-flagships, only have HD resolution – an area where Full HD (1080p) would have been better (although some of their “Pro” models have Full HD).
These firms chose to use HD LCD display panel in most of their mid-end and lower-end smartphones as standard, something Samsung, Huawei, and even Xiaomi wouldn’t do.
Furthermore, the processor used in these firms phones were not up to good quality standard. What you will find in their phones are MediaTek chipsets, mainly quad-core. In some cases old octa-core MediaTek chipsets like Helio P22.
Although these chipsets can run some applications smoothly, when it comes to certain applications that demand high-performance CPU and GPU, they will begin to stutter. The prices that these phones are sold justify this of course, but they can do better.
Furthermore, most tech firms nowadays use UFS storage for their phones, unlike Tecno and Infinix smartphones that are still stuck on eMMC storage. UFS storage offer thrice the speed of data transfer to and fro in a device compared to eMMC storage. This have significant impact on boot time, app load time, and more.
In addition, DRR3 and LPDDR3 RAMs are the most commonly used RAMs, which offer a significant lesser performance compared to the newer DDR4, LPDDR4x, DDR5, and LPDDR5x RAMs that other companies use in their mid-range and flagship phones today. Of course, the average buyer does not know these.
It’s also worth mentioning that, although their phones are equipped with triple or quad rear cameras, these cameras mostly have poor lenses and small apertures, which does not equate to high quality picture.
Tecno and Infinix does not operate in the premium segment, and their phones are incomparable to other flagships, even mid-flagships out there. So the next time you want to buy a Tecno or Infinix smartphone, know that you get what you pay for.