Tecno S5 Review and Price in Kenya

January 20, 2014
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Tecno is active on its strategy to take hold of the emerging African Smartphone Market. The Tecno S5 is a sequel to the popular Tecno S3 handset released early in 2013.With an attractive price tag, the Tecno S5 by expectation will report significant sales figures in many emerging Smartphone Markets such as Nigeria and Kenya.Without much further ado, here is a comprehensive review of the Tecno S5 Smartphone.

Techno S5 Review and Pricing



One of the most distinctive features of the Tecno S5 handset is its gorgeous 4.5-Inch IPS touch screen. This is a huge leap from the 3.5-Inch TFT display found in its predecessor, the Tecno S3. As a result, there is a huge improvement in image and video clarity and this is coupled with some pretty decent viewing angles.


Body and Design

The Tecno S5 comes in a 135.9 x 68.8 x 10.75 mm frame. The all-plastic construction makes the device lack a premium luster. However, the rounded edges combined with the smooth plastic finish, make the phone feel nice in your palms. The Tecno S5 will come in variants of White and Black colors.

Technical Specifications

Let’s now jump to the ‘stats for the nerds’. The Tecno S5 comes with a 1.3GHz Dual-core processor and some 512 MB of RAM.

This is quite a mismatch and most expected at least 1 GB of RAM on the device. The technical specs of the Tecno S5 give a ‘Déjà vu’ feeling of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3.

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The phone runs on Android Jelly Bean V 4.2.2. This is quite impressive in comparison with the horde of entry-level handsets that come with outdated OS out of the box.

The Tecno S5 comes with 4GB of internal memory. Again, this is a sort of reminiscence of the insanely popular Samsung Galaxy Pocket.

On the connectivity aspects, the phone is equipped with Bluetooth V. 3.0 and Wi-Fi. I feel that Tecno should have been a little generous and throw in the extremely fast Bluetooth version 4.0 chip, similar to that found on the Alcatel T’Pop Smartphone.

The Tecno S5 will come pre-loaded with a couple of popular Android Apps such as Whatsapp and Facebook.



The Tecno S5 spots a 5 MP rear camera. Therefore, you should expect a substantial bump in image quality, especially if you were accustomed to the Tecno S3 3MP snapper.

Additionally, there is a 1.3 MP front facing camera. This makes the Tecno S5 just perfect for selfies and Skype video chats. Analysis of the camera specs of Tecno S5 reveals something very interesting. Tecno played a smooth juggling act of placing the phone in both the entry level and mid-tier category.

Battery Life 

Under the phone rear cover, lies a powerful 1800mAH battery. This is commendable considering that you will hardly find a battery capacity of that sort in most entry-level devices. This therefore translates to a higher standby time and a battery stamina that can take you through a day or two without much of a struggle.

Tech Trends Diary Verdict

Tecno has its spot light beam focused on Africa. The 1800mAh battery purposefully increases by a large extent the period in between battery recharges. A good percentage of handset owners in the continent actually have to part with a few coins to have their handsets recharged.

Therefore, the long battery stamina is actually a front to achieve some significant cost savings.The phone is therefore just perfect for the first time Smartphone users in the developing world Smartphone market.

Tech Trends Diary Rating

Tecno S5: [usr 7.2]


Competitors of the Tecno S5 include the Samsung Galaxy Pocket, Samsung Galaxy Young, Alcatel T’Pop and for those willing to jump the OS ship, the hot selling Nokia Lumia 520.


The Tecno S5 has suggested retail price of Ksh 12,999 while in Nigeria you should expect a N24,000 price tag.


By the way, it will be awesome if you rate this gadget.

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Kevin is a Passionate Technology Enthusiast and the Lead Writer at MobiTrends. He has been writing about Smartphones and Mobile Technology since 2012. Drop him your comments below :)

  • Ahmed Moustapha

    Techno mobile is becoming a force to reckon with in the Kenyan Smartphone Scene. The Price do the talking, Kenyans are super sensitive to prices.

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    • Hi Ahmed!,

      Yeah, definitely. Techno Mobile pricing strategy is their core selling point.

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