Tecno Boom J8 review: Unboxing & first impressions

Sometimes you don’t need a Flagship Killer. Sometimes all you need is an affordable device that nails the basics, and looks good doing it, with a kick ass audio build. What we have for you today is an unboxing of the Tecno Boom J8, while we play with the device to get the best out of it.

The Tecno Boom J8 happens to be a pretty big deal for the company, as they want to make a mark continentally. But does it have what it takes to take on the current heavyweights? We will need a full review to answer that, but for now, let’s give you our first look and quick impressions.

The J8 offers a slick build and a spec-list that matches most of the far pricier high-end devices in the market today.

Inside the box

The Tecno Boom J8 comes in a much bigger box, bundled with the Boom Headphones, which makes the packaging ‘exciting’. Well, the Boom Headphones take up more space and the actual smartphone comes in a smaller neatly wrapped yellow box.

The Boom J8
The Boom J8

On opening the smartphone box, you are greeted by much bigger 5.5-inch phablet tidily placed. Open up the next section of the box and you’ll find a couple of documentation (no one really reads), a micro USB to USB cable, wall charger and earphones, all in separate sealed bags.

Device Highlights

Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop (with TECNO HiOS) upgradeable to Android 6.0
Network GSM



Band GSM: 900/1800

WCDMA: 900/2100

LTE: Band B3/7/20

Dimension 76.84*153.3*7.35mm
Connectivity Wi-Fi



Processor Quad-core
Display 5.5″

HD IPS Touchscreen

1080*720 resolution

Camera 13.0 MP Auto focus Back Camera with Flash

5.0 MP Front Camera with Flash

Memory 16GB storage


Expandable  Micro SD, up to 128 GB

Battery Capacity 3000mAh


What Impressed

First off and hard to ignore is the impressive audio performance with the amazing Dual Boom Speakers at the bottom of the device offering an amazing surround sound technology to the smartphone. Still on audio, the J8 comes with the Boom Maxx app to amplify the music experience.

Dual Boom Speakers and the Boom Headphones
Dual Boom Speakers and the Boom Headphones

The dual SIM support is going to be great for globetrotters out there who constantly switch SIM cards or perhaps use lots of prepaid data overseas. The fact that it supports for 4G LTE data and voice on dual SIM is a big bonus.

The new HiOS customized operating system makes the device quite fluid in terms of performance.

Last, the new design gives the phone a more stable and solid feel with the metal bezel.

I should have a full review of this in a week or two but for now, the Boom J8 definitely seems like one of the best budget deals right now.


Jeddy Genrwot

Jeddy "The Jedi" is a budding professional with extensive conceptual knowledge in Web Development technologies and Computer Systems. "In like" with the Internet Startup space and cloud computing. A passionate gamer and social media enthusiast.


    1. With stuff going for it like the HiOS & the features of the HiManager, the sound quality from the phone itself & the headset, I’d almost agree with you. I only wish the battery could go longer before needing a topup.

  1. The Introduction of the new HiOS Browser would be So Helpful to the users of the Phone. It’ll make the Phone Experience more Fascinating.

  2. Quick question, is it dual sim with ports for two sims WITH SD card at the same time, OR as one sim & one SD card OR 2 sims only?

  3. Tecno kill this with the amazing design and a pair of headphone . I love the phone

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