Tecno M3 is an affordable 3.5-inch display smartphone that runs Android 4.2.2. Tecno is a Chinese phone manufacturer known for making affordable smartphones since 2012.
With the success of their Tecno N3 which debuted late 2012 and was inline succeeded by the P3 and now the M3, Tecno has proved it can deliver quality phones at prices that won’t hurt your pocket. Though there is another phone that was released alongside the M3 to succeed the Tecno N3 line, the Tecno L3, we will focus only the M3 on this article.
Tecno M3 Specifications
Network and SIM
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 2100
Supports GSM, EDGE, 3G, 3.5G and 3.75G
Supports dual active SIM cards.
115.8 x 62 x 11.7 mm
3.5 inches of capacitive touchscreen display
320 x 480 pixel
4GB ROM, with 1.2GB available for user( In other words the phone has 1.2GB of internal storage)
Dual-core Mediatek MT6572E CPU clocked at 1.0 GHz
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
5.0 megapixels rear camera with flashlight
0.3 megapixels front-facing camera
HDR mode, smile detection mode
Removable, replaceable 1400mAh Li-Ion battery(exactly the same as N3)
Stand-by time of battery – 300 hours
Talk time – 17 hours
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Accelerometer, proximity, compass, ambient light sensors.
This phone is being sold at approximately 84 dollars in retail stores. I bought one myself at NIMEK Plaza, Main Market Onitsha( Biggest market in Africa) at around 13,500 Naira. The price of the phone shouldn’t exceed 15,000 in any retail store.
Though the phone has a light sensor, this feature doesn’t seen to work or the phone doesn’t seem to understand how to make proper use of the sensor. When the brightness is set to “Auto”, the phone is supposed to increase it’s brightness in highly illuminated areas (like under sunlight), and decrease brightness when in darker areas (like inside a dark bedroom), but the reverse seems to be the case, the phone never adjusts it’s brightness when there is change in illumination. Aside from this the phone is OK on all other aspects.
The 5MP camera shoots clear pictures and the front-facing 0.3MP camera is there when you want to take a self snap. The battery lasts over a day in normal usage (browsing, calls, texting, gaming). You can still get 3 to 4 days out of the battery if you use the phone for only making a few calls alone. Overall the phone is a good phone.