TECNO Spark 3 vs TECNO Spark 2: Is it Worth the Upgrade?

tecno spark 3 vs tecno spark 2

Although we are still in the first quarter of 2019, we have witnessed the launch of new devices. One of these smartphones is the TECNO Spark 3 which is a successor of the popular TECNO Spark 2. Now the question comes which of these products has better features?

With this post, I will compare the TECNO Spark 3 vs TECNO Spark 2 as both phones are from the same Spark series. Now let’s move on.

TECNO Spark 3 vs TECNO Spark 2 – Design & Display

Concerning the screen, there is a vast difference between both devices. First, the Spark 3 has a bathtub notch which houses the selfie camera while the Spark 2 has a regular screen. Next, the Spark 3 offers a resolution of 720 × 1520 pixels while a lower 720 x 1440 pixels graces the display of the Spark 2. Also, both phones have different sizes of screens with the Spark 3 offering 6.26 inches of display while the Spark 2 has a 6.0-inch screen.

Regarding design, we can also see differences. For one, the Spark 3 has a width of 75.8 mm while the Spark looks larger with its 76.2 width. On the back panel of the Spark 3 lies a camera and a fingerprint sensor while the older phone also has a fingerprint sensor but with a single camera.

The Spark 3 comes in colour options such as black, red, gold and purple while the Spark 2 is available in Champagne Gold, Black, Coral Blue, Metallic Red.

TECNO Spark 3 vs TECNO Spark 2 – Hardware & Software

The Spark 3 has two models with each featuring either a MediaTek MT6580 SoC or a MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 SoC. Besides, the Spark 2 runs on a MediaTek MT6580 mobile processor.

Concerning memory, the Spark 3 has either a 1GB or 2GB RAM variant 16GB worth of built-in storage extendable to 64GB.  Interestingly the Spark 2 shares similar specs as it also has a 1GB and 2GB RAM model. It also has 16GB worth of internal storage which is expandable to 32GB.

The Spark 3 runs on Android 9 Pie for the 2GB version and Android 8 1 Oreo Go Edition on the 1GB variant. While the Spark 2 has works supports only the Android Oreo Go Edition. Both OS are wrapped in TECNO’s in-house skins.

TECNO Spark 3 vs TECNO Spark 2: Camera

Under this department, the Spark 3 surprises us with its dual camera setup on the back panel. The assembly includes a 13MP primary sensor with a 2MP secondary sensor. These specs dwarf the single 13MP camera on the Spark 2. However, both devices have an 8MP selfie camera.

TECNO Spark 3 vs TECNO Spark 2: Battery & Connectivity

Both devices run on 3500mAh batteries which do not support fast charging. Also, both phones work with all networks except 4G LTE. They also feature Bluetooth 4.2, Wifi and Micro USB v2.0 port for charging and data transfer.

TECNO Spark 3 vs TECNO Spark 2– Price, and Availability

The TECNO Spark 3 costs between 34,000 and 36000 naira (1GB version) and N36,000-N37,000 (2GB version). While the Spark 2 costs between 35,000 – 37,000 for the 1GB variant while the 2GB version costs between 40,000 – 42,000 naira.

Features  Spark 3  Spark 2
Body Build  Plastic N/A
OS Android 9 Pie, Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition  Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition
Display 6.26 inches 6.0 inches
Resolution 720 ×1520 pixels 720 x 1440 pixels
Aspect Ratio 19:9 18:9
Type IPS IPS
GPU Mali 400/ IMG PowerVR GPU Mali-400MP2
Dimension 155.3 x 75.8 x 8.15 mm 159.4 x 76.2 x 7.8 mm
Internal Storage 16GB expandable to 64GB 16GB expandable to 32GB
RAM 1/2GB 1/2GB
Network 2G/3G 2G/3G
SIM Nano SIM Nano SIM
Chipset MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22, MediaTek MT6580 MediaTek MT6580
CPU Quad-Core 2.0GHz, Quad-Core 1.3GHz Quad-core1.3 GHz
Rear Camera 13MP + 2MP  13MP
Front Camera  8MP 8MP
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB
Sensor Accelerometer, Proximity, and Compass Sensor, Temperature sensor, Hall sensor, Fingerprint sensor   Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity
Color Black, Red, and Purple.   Champagne Gold, Black, Coral Blue, Metallic Red
Battery 3,500mAh 3,500mAh

Conclusion

Having looked at the specs on both devices, I would choose the TECNO Spark 3 as it offers larger screen size and more pixels. It even has a better camera.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this subject. Feel free to make your comments in the box below.

Posted by Abiodun Adewusi

Abiodun Adewusi is a freelance writer who lives in Nigeria. As a writer, he is passionate about providing content on technology helping people keep up with the latest trends. You can see some of his work on Medium and Ezine.

12 comments

  1. I still find it difficult why the spark 3 is still cheaper than the spark 2

    Its just amazing
    But for sure, spark 3 leads the spark 2

    • You can’t compare spark 2 and spark 3, because spark 3 is meant for those that like camera, spark 2 is costly more than spark 3, because they’re some things you can do with spark 2 and it will be hard for you to do it in spark 3.

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