Big Difference: The TECNO L8 Review

The TECNO L8 found its way into my hands. Its been long when last I reviewed a device, so this one got a lot of scrutiny from me. Disclaimer: If you’re to lazy to read long epistles, you had better scroll down to the conclusion part. I beg you don’t!! :mrgreen:

This phone is exemplary of the new path TECNO has taken in recent times. A renewed focus on design and aesthetics. Is this phone worth your money? Why should you own one? Look at the full specs sheet HERE and also see our Unboxing experience HERE.

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Key Features

  • Stylish design.
  • 5.5 inch HD Display.
  • 8 MP/2 MP camera combo.
  • 16 GB inbuilt storage with micro SD card slot.
  • 5050 mAh battery.
  • USB OTG with reverse charging.

Disadvantages

  • Grainy front camera.
  • Non removable battery.
  • Slow charging.

Hardware/Design
The TECNO L8 is beautifully crafted. We can’t really put it to words till you hold it in your hands. It has a polished metallic finishing all round. The ends and edges are carefully curved, so it smartly fits into your hands. The phone isn’t so thick, though you can feel some of the heft-blame the big battery and the metal body. In terms of design, I commend TECNO for the work they have done here.

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The 5.5 inch screen here is packed into a very compact frame with reduced bezels. This made the phone appear smaller than other phones of same screen size. On the left hand side of this phone, there’s a button you could easily mistake for a camera shutter, but all it does is to activate the Ultra Power Saving Mode. The button is bristled and lined close to the metal frame to prevent accidental presses. TECNO is really having some sense.

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TECNO should have made the button configurable, so users can choose what it can be used for. Maybe Music player, or Camera or even apps. There’s no TECNO branding on the front, you could easily pass this for another brand until you turn the back.

Software/User Interface:
The TECNO L8 runs the new HIOS. The software brings a new and slightly unique user interface. It has support for themes and one can also change fonts without need for rooting. Out of the promised 16 GB, you have access to only 9 GB usable memory. Meanwhile, this phone is packed with lots of nifty features. It has a host of gesture controls you can pick from – Quick Start, Double Tap to wake, Wave to answer calls etc.

TECNO-L8-theme

Hi Manager is another handy app here. It has a Mobile Cleanup to clean away junk files, Bandwidth management for managing your data, and Call Blocker etc. I particularly like the way the notifications bar is themed.

Display

There’s nothing special here. A 5.5 inch screen with resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels and 320 ppi. Viewing angles are great, color reproduction is decent too. Sunlight legibility is poor in phones of this range, you would have to crank up the brightness to be able to read anything.

Camera:

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                                                        Night shots: Infinix Hot 2 VS TECNO L8

This phone has an 8 MP lens at the back and a 2 MP lens for selfies. The back camera performs as you would expect from a phone of similar specs. The selfie camera is susceptible to taking blurry selfies if you don’t keep your hands steady. To put this camera to test, I decided to pit this phone against the Infinix Hot 2 with similar camera, and the results were interesting. See for yourselves:

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Daytime shots: Infinix Hot 2 VS TECNO L8

You can see from the pictures taken at night, the lens of the TECNO L8 takes in more light, the output is more natural than the noisy patches found in the shots taken on the Infinix Hot 2. For the well lit environment, the TECNO L8 still emerges tops with better natural colors and brighter output.

Multimedia:

The sound output of the TECNO L8 is awesome and refined, though it is not loud enough. The default Boom Player app is fully featured, you’ll enjoy music with it. The music experienced is heightened when you plug in earphones or use a headset. Video playback is great here too. You can then choose to use the default video player or install an app like MX Player.

Multitasking /Performance:

The TECNO L8 runs smoothly through chatting and other apps. The 1 GB RAM manages to hold a few apps before shutting them down in the background. The only glitch you will experienced is when you try heavy games like Asphalt 8 (after you must have cleared free RAM) . Below are screen shots of results from AnTuTu Benchmark.

TECNO-L8-benchmark

Battery life:
Recall that this device comes with a huge 5050 mAh battery. Asides the build, battery is the next best thing on this phone. It lasts and lasts and lasts. With 2 SIM cards installed, 6 hours of Wifi-hotspot, 3 hours of movies and chatting all the while. I was able to hit close to 17 hours of constant use. The sad part here, this phone takes a while to charge – almost 3 hours. See screenshot of the battery life below:

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Miscellaneous:
Unfortunately, there’s no back lit capacitive buttons, and this phone has no notification light, so you have to depend on the sounds to get alerted of notifications. USB On-the-Go simply works here. Recall the phone comes with an OTG cable, just plug it in the phone, connect your external device and you’re good to go. The phone is also capable of charging other devices.

Network reception is up to par, and call clarity here is smooth and audible.

Final Words

It is really no doubt that the TECNO L8 is a beautiful device. TECNO obviously put in a lot on the appearance of this phone, you can easily mistake it for a premium device if you don’t look well. The major problem here is that, the specs don’t match up with the awesome design. You then get that feeling that the phone would’ve been more powerful than what it is. There is the TECNO L8 Plus with 2 GB RAM to partially compensate for that.

Funny enough, the target market doesn’t really care about specs, but would be overwhelmed by the design, so we can still conclude TECNO has a winner here. If you are a power user, I wouldn’t recommend this for you, unless you just want that powerful battery. If you don’t care about huge specs, then this phone should be your first port of call.

 

Etoniru Chibueze

Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

27 thoughts on “Big Difference: The TECNO L8 Review

    • May 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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      If you mean the periods the screen was always ON. I think it’s approximately 12 hours

    • Jun 16, 2016 at 4:14 pm
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      are you tryna ask how long the battery lasts?…..cos i want to know that too

    • May 29, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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      you can say that again

    • May 29, 2016 at 5:34 pm
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      hell nah
      it costs 29.5k only

    • May 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm
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      lol who said it costs 29.5k everwhere
      my sis bouht hers for 35k online…
      only at 3chub

    • Jun 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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      29k5………approximately 30k

    • May 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm
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      yeah 5050 no be small thing

    • Jun 16, 2016 at 4:04 pm
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      Yeah…with the situation of light in this modern Nigeria….it’s the best thing for heavy users!

  • Jun 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm
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    the phone’s sleek……i’m loving the metal look
    it’s just beautiful

    • Aug 2, 2016 at 1:32 pm
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      You can do that with various apps. Install any of Imo, Viber, Skype, or even BBM. Make sure you have a strong data connection

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm
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    pls my Tecno L8 plus mistakenly entered inside water through my sister and developed a fault which resulted in both the screen and touch pad not working. whenever I on it all I can see is a black screen and my friend that repairs phone just confirmed the screen is damaged. Pls any help on where I can buy the screen because I have checked the whole of Enugu but couldn’t get the screen? Pls inform me thru 08037349629. Thank you.

  • Sep 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm
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    Comment Text*please don’t know what is wrong wit my techno L8 the screen is malfunctioning, opening and typing on it own. have done everything thing but to no avail. pls need some help.

  • Sep 9, 2016 at 5:37 pm
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    My L8 plus With 2gig ram lags And sometimes freezes, I have to restart the phone each time to continue using it. Don’t know if other users have a similar experience?? I’m already considering flashing it with a custom ROM

  • Dec 12, 2016 at 3:36 pm
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    I got 17 hours of on screen time.
    My only concern is that it takes a while to charge but that’s not surprising considering the battery size.

  • Dec 31, 2016 at 6:36 am
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    I have been used tecno L8 plus since September 3 2016, the only disadvantage is 4g capability

  • Apr 3, 2017 at 10:35 am
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    The hi manager app in My l8 plus has stopped working. What should I do

  • Apr 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm
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    How do I set my L8plus selfie, dat I can touch any place on the screen

  • Jun 14, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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    Please how can I download apps and other things into the SD card

    • Jun 15, 2017 at 4:20 am
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      Hi,

      To use your SD card as your primary app installation and download storage, follow the steps in the section titled, “Set Your Smartphone To Install Apps In Memory Card From The Word Go” of this article.

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