Hands on with the TECNO Y2

Posted by Etoniru Chibueze

I spent the past weekend with a unique low end Android phone, the TECNO Y2. I was a bit surprised, because, TECNO has a plethora of low end devices, but I never envisioned something like the Y2 existed until now. Even a quick Googling of the phone didn’t reveal much information. Lets briefly look at the key specifications:

  • 4 inch screen, 480 x 800 pixels
  • 2 MP/0.3 camera combo with rear LED flash
  • 1.3 GHz Dual Core MTK chip
  • 8 GB (5.8 GB usable)/512 MB RAM
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 2800 mAh battery

Build and Design
The TECNO Y2 is sturdy and made of plastic all round. The back is smooth though it gets slippery when your hands get oily. On the left hand side, you find the volume buttons, then the power button is placed on the right hand side.

At the top is the earphone port and below is the USB v2.o charging port. The 4 inches screen is centralized somewhat in its black frame, so the bezels are not so big.

Performance, Battery and Camera

This phone lags, not too serious though, but noticeable. You won’t expect to play HD games like FIFA on here, even Temple Run I tried here stretched in phases. The camera on here is just 2 MP, so I didn’t care to take shots, we all know how “basic” they would look.

The battery is quite big, a huge 2800 mAh. It never ran down the period I had it. Though I didn’t use it extensively.


This phone is said to be priced between N12,000 to N14,000 – not surprising considering the low end specs. This is not a phone you should buy as a daily driver, rather as a backup device, for your parents or small siblings, those you know that can deal with the speed.


  1. is there a fix to this lag,if so would you care to point me to the direction of a rom that would fit in it. im stuck with this Y2 for awhile, but this touch reflex mismatch is killing me.

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