Tecno Boom J8 Review: A N41,000 Phone That Crushes Its Rivals

The Tecno Boom J8 review is one of those reviews that really connects my mind with the device, the smartphone is nearly perfect and for once I honestly cannot think of a single element that is missing from it.

You can’t help but feel sorry for users of Tecno Boom J7. One would expect a minor upgrade with the Boom J8, but it is created to capture a modern design language paired with frankly impressive specs that crushes other smartphones within the same price range.

Tecno Boom J8 Specs & Price

The large, curved edged, sexy smartphone is undeniably beautiful, but there is still a lot to be said for the flat-screened device. Let’s find out what makes the smartphone a stealer device. Like other reviews, Tecno Boom J8 Review is segmented so you can really know where it has it strengths and weaknesses. We also have exclusive images of Tecno Boom J8; hardware and software to keep you busy. Before you read the Tecno Boom J8 review, you should consider taking a look at the top Tecno smartphones available in the market right now.

Alright, let get to the review properly.

Design & Display

Strangely, Tecno Boom J8 is characteristically thin, although not too thin to complete against the world’s slimmest smartphones. The device brings a new design language that mimics the iPhone 6S Plus. Except for the Apple logo and the antenna lining missing at the back of the device, it could easily be mistaken to be a pure breed Apple smartphone.

Picking up the device is easy and handling is exceptionally comfortable. Thanks to the slightly curved edges and the flat-back – it’s easier to hold, though still just as easy to drop. There is no rare camera bump, an attention to design detail that scores an extra point. The overall feel of the phone is one of class – the changes from the Boom J7 are ruthless, but totally worthwhile.

Tecno does an excellent job in its choice of the speaker’s placement and sound is powered by Max Audio technology which I found pretty cool. The headphone socket placement is at the top, like most smartphone currently available in Nigeria. The volume controls and power button are on the right, just like the previous incarnations.

On the front, the 5MP selfie shooter is easily spotted, and it’s paired with soft flash at the top right. The dual SIM and MicroSD card port are revealed when you remove the back cover. The Battery is sealed, can’t be removed and it is rated 3000mAh.


Visually the screen on the phone is stunning. While it is not Full HD, the HD IPS panel with 1280 x 720 resolution does a pretty nice job with multimedia and gaming. Being an upper-mid-range smartphone, there is absolutely nothing to complain about the screen aspect, although I would have appreciated a tinnier bezel.

Software And Performance

Frankly, I expected Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box, but it’s the 5.1 Lollipop OS that rocks the phone. An update to the latest Android OS should start rolling any moment from now, however.

Tecno introduced its custom User Interface based on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS called HiOS. The Boom J8 looks like the iPhone and the new UX is pronounced like iOS, a coincidence?

The HiOS comes with a lot of tweaks that manages to add to user’s experience, rather than cause a distraction. It comes with a clean notification tray that gives you instant access to quick settings.

HiOS gives user’s ability to customize their devices in ways never imagined. You can change the theme, the font as well customize your power settings. The Boom Player V2.1 sits comfortably on the HiOS showing its raw power. There are enormous settings available to suit your music experience.

Also, creating folders on the HiOS take a dramatic twist; it is quite different from traditional methods but won’t take time to get used to it.


In terms of performance, the MediaTek MT6735 produces some raw power paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. It is not one of the fastest phones out there, I mean; I don’t expect it to be, unless it is slammed with the latest processors rocking the industry, which will ultimately push the phone price off limit.

Interestingly, the Antutu benchmark test reveals the state of the phone and it’s just under 32,000.


One of the biggest practical changes with the Boom J8 from its predecessor has been with the camera, which has been dramatically increased to 13MP, against 8.0MP on the J7.

The Camera app doesn’t provide full manual mode but it still does a nice job with its predefined settings. I expect OEM’s to start riding on the success of smarpthones that offer manual camera mode feature; this could be a reality on the next Tecno Camon smartphone. I have my fingers crossed on this one.

Meanwhile, here are some shots taken with the primary camera.

The front-facing camera is 5MP, when used with the soft flash the images are stunning, but with the usual noise which should pose not too much of a problem.

Battery Life

Android is a battery drainer, over the last few years OEM’s have put in several effort in designing an efficient User Interface that uses less power. I think the HiOS succeeded in this aspect, despite the Boom J8 having what many will call a “small” 3000mAh battery. It doesn’t discharge like a waterfall.

Fast charging technology ensures the Boom J8 gets quickly charged to 50% then normalizes to 100% without causing damage to the battery cells.

A larger battery would have been superb, but this minor issue is nothing compared to the overall greatness of the Tecno Boom J8.

Tecno has been called the leader of the Android pack in Africa. It is indeed a fair call: After reading our robust Tecno Boom J8 review, if you can afford the smartphone, then I can say that the Boom J8 is the Android phone you have been waiting for.

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