In one of my previous posts, I outlined what one must watch out for if you need a low budget Android device, I am proud to introduce to you Tecno n7 our choice for the nice budget Android device money can buy! But is Tecno n7 really a low budget Android device? The answer is No and Yes! Yes -because it is sold at a very low cost. It is sold for about N28,000 to N30,000 in Nigeria that is roughly a full price of $200. No -because the specs of the device comfortably competes with high budget devices made by popular brands like Samsung and Sony who sells both name and device.

Tecno n7 pack
Tecno n7 pack

I have been using a Samsung galaxy device loaded with Gingerbread(2.3.6) for about 6 months now. When I set out to upgrade my OS by acquiring a new phone what occupied my  mind was something from LG, Samsung or Sony and nothing else. I have always looked at Tecno n3 with great suspicion. How could Google permit a Chi-chi (low grade Chinese) company to load the Android OS? I wondered if all wasn’t a Chinese mimic of the original Android OS. but when i saw what Tecno has for her consumers at such a low price I became amazed. How could we get all these features at such a low price? I asked the phone dealer who assured me that i would get what I saw. So I did i quick search on the net on Tecno n7 but couldn’t get a nice review on it. Of course many reviewers do not regard products from some Chinese companies so almost all the top technology blogs has nothing on Tecno.

Display and Size
I bought my Tecno n7 phone at N28,000. The first thing that attracted me was the large 5 inch display screen. The Tecno n7 screen/display size is awesome and grand!

This is the screen shot of my customised screen of tecno n7 ANdroid device
This is the screen shot of my customised screen of tecno n7 Android device

Unfortunately the screen display isn’t AMOLED but you will certainly enjoy the picture quality at a direct view. Watching a movie with a 5 inch screen phone is a whole new experience and most enjoyable.
Like the Galaxy Note, carrying a device with large dimension may not be that easy, but when one gets over this the size will not be a problem at all. Ladies can put it in their hand bag. Their is no tecno leather purse for the phone in the market right now but that of Samsung Galaxy grand will make a good container for the device.

Tecno n7 has a 5 Mega pixel main back camera with flash. The flash is such a powerful one that can picture an object in a total darkness. The Flash is also used Torch light by the app Flashlight. 5MP isn’t a bad idea. It takes high resolution noiseless picture especially in a daylight or bright environment. But you wouldn’t expect a smooth result in a dark/evening time.

Tecno n7 pack
This picture of Tecno n7 pack was taken by me using the n7 camera and flash in a total darkness. Resolution adjusted

The front camera is 0.3MP. It is small anyway but it takes nice real images when video calling. I have also used it with Skype and Yahoo messenger.

Tecno n7 takes up to 30 seconds to boot completely. But this will seem like few seconds to you because of the live Tecno animations that will entertain your eyes while the device is loading. Tecno n7 responds very fast to your request. One of my heaviest app Chrome browser (50.79MB) opens within a second of touch. Same with the camera and all the other apps. once the 512RAM is overused the device will automatically refresh itself. This may be boring and disgusting sometimes but it is for your good. If such happens frequently, I use the memory booster app that I installed to kill unwanted apps.

For the other features you may be looking for in this review, look at Tecno n7 full specification below.



  • Operating System:    Android 4.04 Ice cream Sandwich
  • Network:        2G/3G
  • Band:            GSM900/DCS1800MHZ/WCDMA2100
  • Processor:        1GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Dimension:        148*79*10.3mm
  • Display:        5.0″ Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Resolution:        480*800 (WVGA)
  • Camera:        0.3MP Front Camera, 5.OMP Back Camera with Flash
  • Audio:            AMR, WAV AAC, MP3,MIDI,OGG…
  • Video:            MP4,3GP,MPEG-4…
  • Memory:        4GB ROM + 512MB RAM, Micro SD( comes with 8GB) upto 32GB
  • Messaging and SNS:    Gmail
  • Connectivity:        WIFI, Bluetooth 3.0, USB
  • Battery Capacity:    BL-4M (2300mAh)
  • Sensor:        G-sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
  • Further features:    FM Radio, Torch, Voice Recording, Alarm, Memo

What you may not like about Tecno n7:

Its 512 RAM: This is the first thing that one will dislike about Tecno n7 but dont worry because I have some good news for! I have used Tecno n7 for about a month now and the applications and everything works fast and fine. Occasionally the Android System will refresh itself to free up some memory.

Tecno n7’s Resolution: The resolution of Tecno n7 is a great one though poor for a 5 inch device. Tecno n7 comes with a 480 X 800 resolution believe me this is a poor one for a large screen. Pictures are best viewed when you face the screen directly.

On the average, am so happy that the cons of Tecno n7 are only secondary issues that the normal user will care nothing of. Go ahead and enjoy your low-cost but high-end Tecno Device!


I have recieved a couple of calls from my reader who asked where they can buy Tecno n7. Tecno n7 is sold in all the major phone markets in where you live. I wouldn’t pin point a particular reseller now but I can assure you that Tecno mobile has a great outlets in Nigeria and Africa. Enjoy your phone if you already got one! 🙂




  • Corperate Akinpelu
    March 14, 2013 7:05 pm

    I was told about the phone by my cousine, and when i got to the office, i asked my IT department boys to google the phone to see the features. 1 got impressed and ordered one from SLOT in Ikeja that same day. The phone is more than the price. Thanks to Tecno.

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  • hey how long those the battery last

  • From usage, it lasts up to 15hrs on heavy internet usage and a little over 24 hours on normal usage

  • Benjamin-dexter ogbonne
    March 18, 2013 7:20 am

    pls i really need help on my tecno n3, it is displaying deactivated for my sim card 1 even after factory resetting it… pls what do i do?

  • Go to your SETTINGS–SIM MANAGEMENT and make sure you set your Etisalat SIM as the default for voice call (if you want to use it primarily for calls) or Data connection (if you want to use it to surf the net.)
    Hope this helps?

  • pls can i update my techno n3 to ice cream sandwich
    and also the power on and off sound that the phone makes whenever i switch on and off

  • does the n3 really support whatsapp and can it b used for skype as well?

  • does n3 support whatsapp and skype?

  • Yes Tecno n3 does likewise all Android phones. But Skype is best enjoyed with a phone that has a 3G like the Tecno n3 and a front camera which Tecno n3 unfortunately doesn’t have.

  • Which is de best tu n7&d5& y?

  • N7 is by far better than D5. D5 had no 3G, less ROM… compare with n7 full features

  • Is the size of tecno N7 pocket friendly like that of N3? I don’t think so.

  • it isn’t 🙂
    But if you love big phones (5 inch) like the Galaxy note, then try the n7!

  • No you can’t update it.

    There is an app for unrooted phones that can silence the start sound but I uninstalled the app because of some bugs…

  • Jst got to see this phone yesterday, running on ice cream sandwich, the phone really worth the price. To hell wit samsung, sony and the rest who think they can enslave the andriod market wit their greed high prices.

  • igbekeleoluwa
    March 30, 2013 4:32 am

    I just read your blog on N7, I think I’m impressed at the features. Looks more like what I’ve always wanted, a phone that isn’t too small and not a PC tab, something that mediates between both. I think I’m going for this.

  • What are the accessories that come with techno n7

  • destiny otus
    March 31, 2013 6:01 pm

    No tecno N7 have hotspot facility?

  • destiny otus
    March 31, 2013 6:04 pm

    Presently, this phone is scarce in Port-Harcourt. Why the scarcity?

  • destiny otus
    March 31, 2013 6:08 pm

    do tecno n7 have hotspot facility?

  • Yes it does!

  • It’s at Aba which is nearby

  • Earpiece, 8GB memory card and charger

  • how much is the cost of tecno n7?

  • Less than N28K now

  • I just got Tecno D3 phone. Can I download Skype on it? And is possible for me to download and save to memory card?

  • Yes you can download Skype on most Android phones.
    But note that the efficient use of Skype requires a 3G and a front camera.

  • does techno n7 have themes
    like nokia, cause i love fancy themes

  • I normal don’t do blogs a great deal but for this ‘techy’ N7 I have to……

    With the Tecno N7… I no fit shout. I got it as gift for my wife and after trying it out during set up, I immediately recommended one for my self. The graphic quality is better than previous Tecno phones I had seen. My first Tecno T9 lasted for about 2 yrs with me until I gave it out and it’s still in use.
    The great motivation I had with the purchase was that the T9 came with two batteries and I never had to use the spare battery till I gave out the phone….I thoght to myself that the N7 would be truly new improved. For the price; I don’t mind.

    Trying out the file sharing magic that can send about 10 files or more at the flash of light within 40meters radius is a real ‘dump’ style. The hot spot capability means I won’t need the modem from another internet provider anymore if I subscribe to a good Data plan on the N7 and go wireless within my hot spot.

  • Just recently purchased a tecno7, but find it difficult to transfer files using bluetooth.

  • Reuben, please make sure your bluetooth is on before attempting to transfer.

    How to turn on the Bluetooth of your Android phone
    Slide/Scroll down the notification panel from the top of your phone and touch the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.
    Alternatively go to SETTINGS–>Wireless connections–>Bluetooth to turn it on.
    After this, try transferring the file again.

    Hope this helps?

  • Hi. Nice review U̶̲̥̅̊ did here. Pls is this tecno n7 a double sim phone? If not, pls can U̶̲̥̅̊ recommend another phone that is a bit similar, not too expensive & has a good battery life. Someone here is talking about aan LG phone that has a double sim with a 4″ screen. Pls reply. Thanks again.

  • Great review on Techno N7 and lovely specs too. Which one of this phones would you recommend, lnfinix race bolt or Techno n7? urgently response needed pls, thanks..

  • They have slightly different specs. Tecno is 5″ and a real 5mp camera. compare the specs and make your decision. Go for Gionee of you don’t like big phones.

  • My n3 is consuming my data. What do i do about it?

  • Turn off the data connection when not in use

  • I was given a brief description about N7 nd immediately asked to see who has it and indeed wen I saw it, it looks awesome! I can’t belive it would b so cheap for d price tho. Samsung and sony won’t sell such brand at dat rate so I’m impressed about tecno and amma go get mine ASAP!!!

  • Pls Mr. Chekwas, what is the name of the screen shot app you used on this article/review? Can it work without rooting? How did you do the screen customisation?
    Please answer me via my email. Thanks

  • Well, you can reply here too!!!

  • I use Screeshot app and it works mainly on rooted phones.
    I transfer the captured pic to my PC for further editing.
    Hope this helps?

  • “I have been using a Samsung galaxy device loaded with Gingerbread(2.3.6) for about 6 months now. When I set out to upgrade my OS by acquiring a new phone what occupied my mind was something from LG, Samsung or Sony and nothing else. I have always looked at Tecno n3 with great suspicion. How could Google permit a Chi-chi (low grade Chinese) company to load the Android OS? I wondered if all wasn’t a Chinese mimic of the original Android OS. ”
    Quoting you from your piece, note that android is a completely free OS i.e open source since its based on linux kernel which is also free so therefore tecno doesnt need approval from google to use its OS. Read more about AOSP.
    Secondly, you don’t need to purchase another handset in order to upgrade as there are custom android ROMs from developers flodding the internet. All you need is to look for the one meant for your phone, read user comments about it and flash.

  • Hi.nice blog abt tecno n7.jst got mine bt somehow d sims cant b kips saying ‘sim management application not installed’.pls,wat do i do?pls reply ASAP.tnx

  • Hi.nice review on tecno n7.jst got mine bt somehow d sims cant b kips saying ‘sim management application not installed’.pls,wat do i do?pls reply ASAP.tnx

  • Go to Settings and check if you can see SIM Management It is the first menu link under Wireless and Networks.
    If you find it then change the default call and data settings to your preferred SIM.

  • Your comment Yinka, is noted and thanks for dropping it.
    But you know what? Mymobnet! blog is more of a tutorial blog for Android beginners than for advanced users. what I mean is that you wont expect the average Android user in Nigeria and worldwide to flash or root old ROMs simply because he wants to ‘renew’ his old device. We go for newer device here, which is strongly recommended. This is why I don’t go too advanced in my reviews.

    However, I put up a post here: some months back for those who want to know about rooting of Android ROMs and those who can take the risks at their own risk!

  • Abubakar mohammed
    April 5, 2013 6:54 pm

    PLS can i use whatsapp for my tecno T731

  • WhatsApp should work on your Java phone. Try it!

    April 6, 2013 2:17 am

    PLS can i use whatsapp on my tecno T731?

  • nice review, ut you didnt mention if it had java!

  • can HD games works with Tecno N7? I’m a game freak I need to know before going for it. thanks.

  • do u hv any review on tecno n3?
    which tecno phone do u consider d best apart frm N7?

  • olamide abimbola
    April 9, 2013 7:43 am

    nice review abt bt can skype and instagram work in tecno n7??

  • It works perfectly fine

  • It works and its got great sensors

  • How do you hype a brand like Tecno? | YNaija
    April 10, 2013 2:18 pm

    Their bravest advance so far is the N7 — a huge device with a 5 inch screen that is trying hard to look like the Samsung Galaxy Note

  • hello mr ojike,pls can u do review on infinix X450 race bolt,i saw ppl commentn about it on nairaland saying d phone is powerful and less price than n7 meanwhile both carry d same specs except slite diff like :-n7=5″ infinix 4.5″ camera n7 5mp,infinix 8mp

  • the rest of d differences are:- batery n7=2300 mhz,infinix =1700mhz,resolution n7=480 x 800,infinix=560 x 960 all d rest specs of both phone are d same.pls mr blogger if u can get us d review we’ll appreciate,becos ur review is very reliable.Thanks

  • mr ojike pls,is it true? some ppl said some games cant run on n7,game like; fifa 2012,and some few others.pls give comment on this.

  • adams walter
    April 11, 2013 8:09 pm

    tecno n9 has beaten my imagination the is the and affordable tomb up for tecno in phones market world

  • adams walter
    April 11, 2013 8:12 pm

    tecno n9 has beaten my imagination the is the best and affordable tomb up for tecno in phones market world

  • Pls i need your assistance urgently! i got the N7 for myself but i could not download any application from the ‘Play Store’ i.e android market. Each time i try to download, the message i received was “error retrieving information from server [RPC:S-5:AEC-0]” ofcos i’ve google acct. what do I do pls? reply asap! thnks.

  • Abubakar Makuku
    April 12, 2013 12:40 pm

    Tecno n7 is great. Saw it with a friend and looked for review. its perfect. however my friend’s problem with it is transfering his contacts from his Nokia to it. He said he tried all possible ways but unsuccessful. is there anything/way out of this. does it require special software. by the way do techno phones have PC suite like other brands such as nokia.

  • It seems the N7 phone is too big for pocket. Tecno shld do similar feature but with the size of N3

  • hop hd games dont lag on n7 cuz its main reason i wanna buy it………. m gettin d fone on monday nd av downloaded all d hd games already

  • J.S.Y Mortty
    April 22, 2013 7:47 am

    Techno n7 is my fourth techno product that I am using and I must say that it is very easy to operate and handle without any difficulties. I saw the advert in the Daily Graphic and I google to see the specs and wow! It was amazing! I just love it. I went straight to buy one for myself and my wife as well. I can’t wait to buy the Techno F12 in June. Techno phones are durable and their batteries are very good as well. I believe very strongly that a time may come and Techno Company will be in lead in the telecommunication industry. I love techno phones and I can’t stop using it.




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  • Please, tell me; how many batteries does the Tecno N7 come with?

  • it comes with just a single removable battery

  • How much is techno n7

  • UZOWURU B.c.
    May 9, 2013 2:43 pm


  • I got one for someone today at N29,000 Naira

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  • Hi Chekwas,
    Excellent review….
    I hope the Chincos are payimg you commission for all this positive review on this phone…LOL…
    On a serious note, am presently having a painfully hard time trying to choose between the Galaxy SIV, Xperia Z and HTC One.
    The super-low price of the N7 is just too tempting to ignore.
    Does it really have Mobile Hotspot capability?
    What would I be missing/losing by picking the N7 over the three phones above?
    I need your expert advise please.

  • Hi Chekwas,
    Excellent review.
    I hope the Chincos are paying you commission for this positive review…LOL…
    On a serious note, am having a painfully hard time choosing between Galaxy SIV, Xperia Z and HTC One.
    I have NEVER used or even considered using a Chinco phone till now
    The Super-Low price of the N7 makes it very very tempting ooo
    Does it really have Mobile Hotspot capability?
    What would I be missing/losing by picking the N7 over the three phones mentioned above.
    I need your expert advise abeg…

  • Go for the Chinco if you have problem with the price of the others as most of us do.
    You would miss the better camera, bigger storage and the other almost less useful innovations like eye tracking, etc.

  • Please, I need your help on my TECHNO n3 which I bought Last month. This phone is giving me problem now. If I switch it on, it will not display where to enter my phone security code that will make me access the phone. And it will switch itself on and off without pressing the switch off/on buttom. Please, it has not displayed yet. Help me. What should I do? contact me on:08060116737 or for solution to the phone. i do not know what to do. please, Biko

  • I understand that a recently app installation can lead to such problem. you may consider formatting your Android device, read this

    Please note that your phone problem May also be caused by a factory software that isn’t working as supposed. Why don’t you claim your right to the Tecno 15 months warranty by visit an authorised dealers shop?

  • pls i want to buy tecno n7 bt i learnt is finished.when are they bringing more,pls

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  • Hi Chekwas, I’m surprised your device didn’t come with a casing cos mine did and I bought it for just N25,000. The casing is similar to that of the Samsung S3. It’s a lovely alternative to the Samsung range.

  • I love your customized screen. How did you go about doing that?

  • Just a few tweaks plus custom folders, thats all!

  • how long does the battery last on 3g browsing

  • thanks for a great review, i want to buy a smartphone but can decide over galaxy s3mini or tecno N7. The thing is will i be losing out by not getting the samsung or is the chinese phone good enough. I can afford both but i dont want to get the more expensive samsung if i could get more or less the same amount of phone with the N7.. Please advice..

  • hamxah abdullahi
    September 17, 2013 8:36 pm

    i wanna know the price of tecno android phantom in Nigeria