Tecno or Gionee: Which Chinese Brand will Thrive in Nigeria this year?

Chinese brands of android phones such as Itel, Tecno, Gionee and Infinix seems to have taken over Africa and other 3rd world countries. In Nigeria alone, it is either tecno or gionee when it comes to debate on which low-end android phone to go for.

I have witnessed countless number of  dismal remarks by users of the African most populous forum (nairaland) on threads relating to reviews of one tecno smart phone or the other. This is unconnected with the frequency at which new model of tecno devices are launched with little or no difference in their specs.

see some random pictures relating to such dismal remarks;

Tecno vs gionee Tecno vs gionee Tecno vs gionee Tecno vs gioneesee this thread for more

So far, Tecno Phantom A1 from my point of view, has been their most successful device till date, everyone seems to be satisfied with the features it was saddled with, When we reviewed the tecno n7 device here comparing it with Gionee infinity and Infinix X450, it got the highest number of comments ‘cos users were eager to find out more about their favorite smartphones.

Also see: Gionee Dream D1 VS Tecno F7 (Phantom A) Android Phones: Review / Spec

Today as 2013 draws closer to the finish, we decided to look into how this two Chinese mobile phone giants will  fair in Nigeria come 2014. I will pick up three random phones from each in no particular order for a quick review, this is for some of us that hasn’t been following the trend lately.

Tecno Phantom A Nigeria

Quick Specs and features:

  • Operating system : Android 4.1
  • Network : 3G/2G – Band : GSM900/DCS1800/WCDMA2100MHz
  • Display : 5.0″ , Resolution : 720 x 1280(HD)
  • Camera: 8 Mega Pixels (Primary), 1.2Mega Pixels(secondary)
  • RAM : 1 GB — Internal Memory: 4 GB
  • CPU : MT6577H – GPU : PowerVR SGX531 Ultra (522MHz 22Mtri/s?700Mpix/s)
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Tecno tecno n7 Nigeria

Quick Specs and features:

  • Operating system : Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Network : 3G/2G – GSM900/DCS1800MHz/WCDMA2100
  • Display : 5.0″ Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Camera: 5.0 Mega Pixels (Primary), 0.3 Mega Pixels(secondary)
  • RAM : 512MB — Internal Memory: 4 GB
  • CPU : 1GHz Dual core CPU

Tecno tecno Q1 Nigeria

Quick Specs and features:

  • Operating system : Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Network : 3G/2G – Band: GSM900/DCS1800MHz/WCDMA2100
  • Display : 2.6″ 320 x 480
  • Camera: 5.0 Mega Pixels (Primary), 0.3 Mega Pixels(secondary)
  • RAM : 512MB — Internal Memory: 4 GB
  • CPU : 1000 MHz, Chipset: MTK6575M

Gionee Elife E6 Nigeria

Quick Specs and features:

  • Operating system : Android 4.2
  • Network : 3G/2G – Band: GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz HSDPA : 900/2100 MHz
  • Display : 5.0″ FHD IPS Capacitive Touch Display
  • Camera: 13 Mega Pixels (Primary), 5 Mega Pixels(secondary)
  • 2 GB RAM — Internal Memory: 32 GB
  • CPU : 1.5GHz Quad Core Processor

Gionee Dream D1 Nigeria

Quick Specs and features:

  • Operating system : Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Network : 3G/2G – Band: GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz HSDPA : 900/2100 MHz
  • Display : 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD Display
  • Camera: 8 Mega Pixels (Primary), 2 Mega Pixels(secondary)
  • 1 GB RAM — Internal Memory: 4 GB
  • CPU : 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor

Gionee infinity G1 Nigeria

Quick Specs and features:

  • Operating system : Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)
  • Network : 3G/2G – Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA 900/2100MHz
  • Display : 4.3″ Super AMOLED (WVGA), multitouch touchscreen
  • Camera: 8 Mega Pixels (Primary), 0.3 Mega Pixels(secondary)
  • 512 MB RAM — Internal Memory: 4 GB
  • CPU : 1.0 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 CPU

Gionee is looking brighter already in the Nigerian market, some of their specs brings mind-blowing features with it, this means that there could be a better future for gionee in the Chinese brands market already dominated by tecno mobility.

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How can the Tablet Devices save Tecno?

The announcement of Tecno Phantom N9 Tablet came with great expectation from the millions of Nigerian youths using the Andriod smartphone, it was even hyped to the point of giving a good fight to the android tablets market already dominated by Samsung.

This didn’t turn out to be the case, many users including some of my course-mates were actually disappointed after purchasing the not-too pricy pad.

True, tecno products are cheap and affordable but may not stay at the top for so long, considering that gionee products are inexpensive too and comes with a better hardware specs than tecno.

Conclusion

Tecno is soon becoming synonymous with sub-standard hardware specs in the android smart phone world and could be easily beaten by the more reliable hardware specs from gionee their counterpart.

Most Nigerian youths are responding to this change by hiding the tecno brand’s name with stickers or completely switching to a low-end Samsung galaxy pocket.

How do you see this two Chinese companies performing in the future,considering they both produce function-rich and affordable devices, who do you think will retain most of their fans come 2014?

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