The Tecno f1 is the first among others in the Tecno F series. Thanks to the F2, F2 LTE, F3 and F3 pro, the family seems to be growing larger and stronger.
The price of this device (Tecno Tecno F1) makes it one of the most cheapest and affordable smartphone of the year. The first feature which drew my attention to this device, is that it’s running under the new Android Go program, giving Android low budget phone users, a taste of what the Android 8.0 Oreo has to offer. Tecno F1 comes with a low price tag per unit, to match it’s poor technical specifications, and for this price, you can’t simply fault anything with this device.
Although if you’ve been following Our Tecno F series review, you will know that the Tecno F2 comes with a better RAM capacity of 1GB. Here is what this device has to offer, it’s current price in the market and availability near you.
Tecno F1

Tecno F1 at a Glance

Operating System: The F1 comes with a HIOS based on Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition)
SIM Type: Dual Micro SIM (No nano sim slot available)
4G LTE: No
Screen Size : 5.0″ FWVGA
Screen Resolution: 854×480 pixels
Processor Type: Quad-core 1.30 GHz
RAM: 512MB
Internal Storage: 8GB
External Storage: MICRO SD up to 32GB
Back Camera: 5MP which comes with a dual flashlight.
Front Camera: 2MP and a Flashlight
Battery: 2000 mAh

Tecno F1 Specs Overview

Here in Techopera, we review smarphones as what it is. Not to juggle words, the Tecno F1 isn’t impressive. When it comes to specs and features, you get your price worth. This device comes with a 5-inch screen, and anything below this, won’t sell in today’s market. You get a resolution of 854 x 480, although the screen isn’t the brightest in the market, it gives you it’s best.
The F1 features at the top, a 2MP camera shooter for taking Selfies and video calling (WhatsApp, Messenger, etc). This phone also comes with a front flash for taking selfies in a dimly / low light environment.
Amazingly, this smartphone comes with a fingerprint sensor, and a 5MP rear camera, and the back camera takes better photos than the 2MP camera at the front. The rear camera also has its own flashlight, enabling you to take better photos in a dim area.
Unlike the other device in the F series family, the Tecno F1 functions on a quad-core processor which clock at 1.3GHz maximum.
Tecno F1 is boosted by 512MB of RAM capacity with the 8GB internal storage space, which is the same as it’s big brother, the Tecno F2. Since the f1 runs on a 512 RAM, I’ll advise you to increase the internal storage, to make this smartphone run smoothly. There is a Micro SD slot available, where you can increase the storage space to a maximum of 32GB.
While the phone is powered by a 2000mAh battery, which I don’t recommend on any smartphone.

Tecno F1 Price

The price of the F1 varies, depending on your location and the store you’ll be buying it from. You can get the Tecno F1 at a price ranging from N18,500 naira to N20,000 naira.
While the Price in USD is about 45 USD max.

Tecno F1 General Features

2G Network GSM: 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz
3G Network WCDMA: 2100 MHz (900/1700/1900/2100 MHz for LATAM)
4G Network  No
SIM Dual Micro SIM
Status Launched: March 2018
Dimensions – 145 x 74.2 x 9.7mm
– Weight: –
Keyboard Touchscreen
Colors Midnight Black, Champagne Gold, Dark Blue, City Blue
Cover Plastic
Type – FWVGA
Size 5.0 inches, 854×480 pixels
Memory And OS
Card slot MicroSD, up to 32GB
Internal 8GB
OS Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition)
Processors – Quad-core 1.3 GHz CPU– Mali GPU
Alert types Vibration, MIDI, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
Audio port 3.5mm jack
2G N/A
3G N/A
4G No
WIFI Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
GPS  Yes, with A-GPS, GPS
USB MicroUSB 2.0
Primary – 5 MP and Dual LED flash– Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, Panorama
Video N/A
Secondary 2 MP Camera with Selfie Flash
Capacity 2000mAh Li-Ion battery
Stand-by N/A
Talk time N/A
Music play
Other Features
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
Miscellaneous – FM radio– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Price level About #21,000 naira – #23,000 naira

My Verdict
Getting a smartphone at 45USD is quite generous, and you should not be expecting top of the premium features here. But there are certain things which they could have done better with. The RAM, 512 is totally outdated and shouldn’t be allowed on any device again. This is 2018!

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