One year ago, I predicted an Android smartphone from the makers of the Tecno T9 which I reviewed here on Mobility blog. Though my projection was that such a phone may likely come after the T9, I was wrong! It came after the T8, a powerful 3.5-inch screen size, with java and WiFi. Please do check a comprehensive review I did at allphonereview.com.
The Android T1 was launched on the 27th of April 2012 in Lagos, SouthWest Nigeria. The launch was hazy, in my opinion, because the phone was not presented physically. There were also no pictures of the device from the secretive manufacturer.
Even worse was that the Nigerian that did the unveiling, one Mr Chidi Okonkwo, the deputy general manager of Tecno Nigeria, talked of the phone processor being like that of a desktop computer. What?? He also claimed that the phone could perform computer-like operations?? From his statements, it was either he didn’t know much of the phone specs or he was deliberately playing with information. No price was also given at that event.
I did a lot of web searching. Coupled with my forensic assumptions, permit me to put forward a preview of the Tecno T1 Android mobile.
The T1 hardware architecture is based on part the T8. The T8 has a beautiful 3.5-inch screen, and so does the T1, sporting home, menu, back and search touch “buttons.”
The T1 has a front facing camera in addition to the rear 3MP camera. It runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. More good news! This droid has dual active SIM. Tecno have mastered dual SIM technology, even before the likes of Samsung et al jumped on. And guess what, one of the SIM slots is CDMA. Crazy guys. I can put my money on the screen being a true capacitive touchscreen.
On other specs, I suspect a 600MHZ to 800MHZ processor overclocked to knock off the Huawei Gaga and Samsung Galaxy Pocket. 3G, GPS, accelerometer etc would be standard on this phone and it should be heavily skewed toward social networking.
Tecno claims that Android Gingerbread OS gives you access to half a million Android applications, but didn’t say if those are all free.
Now for the market competition, it seems Tecno may be the winner. My reasons are not far fetched. Both Huwawei’s Gaga and Samsung Galaxy Pocket are sporting a 2.8-inch screen size, and they have been around with their issues. Both are also bundled to a network, especially Etisalat. Both are sold for under 20,000 Naira.
T1 is likely to be bundled with a free unique gift, in line with Tecno’s tradition, and with a bigger screen size. I suspect that even Mr. mobility may take a second look. Don’t forget another Tecno tradition – a 13-month warranty and two bundled 1400 mAh batteries. My projected landing price: 25000 Naira.
If you are game, do leave your own projections, analysis, speculations and deductions on the expected Tecno T1 Android smartphone.