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.
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.
|Operating System||Android 5.1 Lollipop (with TECNO HiOS) upgradeable to Android 6.0|
LTE: Band B3/7/20
HD IPS Touchscreen
|Camera||13.0 MP Auto focus Back Camera with Flash|
5.0 MP Front Camera with Flash
Expandable Micro SD, up to 128 GB
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.
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.