Tecno S1 budget Android smartphone with 1GB RAM & 4-inch display introduced

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Almost every smartphone OEM in Nigeria has its own budget series of smartphones, but not many go below the 1GB RAM & 2000mAh battery level, resulting in super-25k smartphones. Some, like the iTel with its A series, still go beyond that level, and Tecno Mobile has joined the gang with a new smartphone called the Tecno S1.

The Tecno S1, which marks the debut of the new Tecno S series, was recently introduced in the Nigerian market, and though it’s not yet available for purchase, its specifications are already known, and oh boy… what could be low-end than this!

Tecno S1 Key Specifications

  • 4-inch display.
  • 512MB / 1GB RAM.
  • 8GB ROM.
  • 2MP rear camera.
  • VGA front camera
  • 1500mAh battery.
  • 3G & 2G network connectivity.
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Tecno S1 Review

Tecno S1 Jumia

Software & Connectivity

Like most devices that are as low-end as this, the Tecno S1 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

The smartphone would be available in single and dual micro-SIM variants, both supporting major 2G (GSM & EDGE) network bands and the HSDPA 2100 3G network band in Nigeria. If you were expecting 4G, then you need to re-read the introductory portion of this post.

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Design & Display

If you need a sure indication that the S1 is only suitable for those that haven’t used a smartphone before or purchase it to serve the role of a spare tyre, just take a glance at it; it comes with a compact 4-inch IPS LCD display which has a 800 by 480 pixel resolution.

Just imagine watching movies or playing games on such a small screen estate. At least it’s a touchscreen device; if it weren’t I wouldn’t be writing about it at all.

The smartphone has the basic budget smartphone design; plastic body with polycarbonate removable back panel, and large bezels (especially at the top and bottom) with capacitive navigation buttons.

Memory & Performance

The Tecno S1 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6580M processor that is clocked at 1.3GHz. That’s pretty generous on a budget, as is its 1GB of RAM for multi-tasking. There’s a variant with 512MB of RAM, though.

The smartphone comes with 8GB of internal storage space for storing files and app data, and you can slot in a microSD card with a capacity of up to 32GB if things get stuffy on the inside.

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Camera & Battery

The Tecno S1 offers some photography relief with a 2MP camera and dual-LED flash system at the rear, and a 0.3MP camera at the front for selfies (if the images produced could be called that).

The smartphone packs a 1500mAh battery which should last up to eight hours on average use.

Tecno S1 Full Specifications

Tecno S1

Technology

  • 2G: GSM/EDGE 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz.
  • 3G: HSDPA 2100 MHz.
  • 4G: No.
  • Network Speed: –
  • SIM Type: Micro-SIM.
  • SIM Count: Single & Dual SIM.
  • OS: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
  • User Interface: n/a

Design & Display

  • Dimensions: 123.5 * 65 * 9.95 mm.
  • Weight: 157g.
  • Display size: 4 inches.
  • Display Resolution: 800 * 480 pixels (FWVGA).
  • Pixel resolution: ~233 ppi pixel density.
  • Display Technology: IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen.
  • Form Factor: Touchscreen Bar.
  • Build: Plastic with metal trimmings.
  • Protection: n/a
  • Colours: Black.

Hardware

  • Processor Name/Technology: MediaTek MT6560M processor.
  • Processor Speed: 1.3GHz.
  • Number of Processor Cores: Quad-core.
  • Graphics Processor: n/a
  • RAM: 512MB / 1GB.
  • Internal Storage: 8GB internal storage.
  • External Storage: expandable up to 32GB with microSD.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity.
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Camera

Rear

    • Lens: 2MP.
    • LED Flash: Yes, Dual.
    • Video recording: –
    • Properties: –

Front

  • Lens: 0.3MP (VGA).
  • LED Flash: No.
  • Video recording: –
  • Properties: –

Multimedia

  • Music Support: AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, M4A, MKA.
  • Loudspeaker: Yes.
  • Audio Technology: –
  • Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player.
  • FM Radio: Yes.

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Bluetooth Profiles: –
  • WiFi: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot.
  • GPS: Yes.
  • USB: v2.0.
  • USB OTG: Yes.
  • NFC: No.
  • 3.5mm audio jack: Yes.

Battery

  • Battery Capacity: 1500mAh.
  • Battery Technology: Li-ion.
  • Removable? Yes.
  • Fast Charging: No.

Miscellaneous

  • Extra Features: –
  • Launch Date: September 2017.
  • Availability: September 2017.

How much is Tecno S1?

The Tecno S1 comes in Black colour and will be available on sale very soon in Nigeria with an expected price tag of around N23,000. It’s also available in other countries like Kenya for Ksh 4,939, Tanzania for TZS 99,000 and India for Rs. 3,999.

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