Two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a budget mobile from Tecno. The T638 is a candy bar device with a QWERTY keyboard, and has an unmistakable Opera branding. “Opera Mini” is imprinted just below the keyboard and the Opera logo is imprinted on the rear of the device. That touch of red is all over the design too.
Here is a quick specs sheet for your convenience:
– Hardware QWERTY
– 2.3″ TFT Display
– Dual SIM, Dual Standby
– FM Radio, MP3/MP4 Player,
– VGA Camera with flash
– Bluetooth, USB 2.0
– Opera mini, Yahoo Messenger, Facebook, Twitter Preinstalled
– E-Mail, Java App Loader
The Opera branding isn’t just make-up. Opera Mini is pre-installed into this device. The idea is to provide a low-cost feature phone that provides low-cost web browsing based on Opera Mini’s legendary data compression technology. That red opera branding is everywhere in the user interface too. Everywhere.
In addition to Opera Mini, you have Yahoo Messenger, Facebook, and Twitter pre-installed. That makes this one social-ready device.
In use, the T638 feels fairly fast. There’s not much in terms of screen estate for the processor to push. As far as I can tell, there is no multi-tasking in here. Not that I was expecting any. The feature pack is more than adequate for the phone’s class. I only had less than an hour with the T638, so I cannot give any more detailed accounts. Still, the device seems a bargain.
The T638 costs around N7,000 a piece.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.