Tecno Mobile N3 Android Smartphone

I recently came across a rather interesting “gadget” in the form of the Tecno Mobile N3 Android Smartphone. You may have never heard of Tecno Mobile, but they are currently one of the fastest growing Mobile handset manfacturers in Africa, with Nigeria & Kenya leading the pack in terms of sales

Tecno Mobile is based in China and has a range of over 30 different devices aimed at the entry level pre-paid market. What astounded me about the N3 Android (2.3.5) Smartphone, was that it really didn’t feel or perform like an entry level phone. And at a cost of under R1,000 the phone is a steal for an entry level smartphone device.

The smartphone is quite unique in that it has a dual sim tray, which allows you to use 2 different sim cards. You can also select, through the software, which sim card should be used for your data transfer or which sim card should be used for voice calls. This is a great option given the fierce competition from cellular network providers these days

The smartphone comes with built in 3G HSDPA, Built in FM Radio, Bluetooth & WiFi as well as fairly impressive 3.0MP camera. The phone comes pre installed with Android 2.3.5 which albeit a bit of an older version of the operating system, defenitley doesn’t disappoint. You have full access to the Google Play store which allows you to download over 500,000 apps. The phone comes pre-installed with a number of apps including Whatsapp, Facebook, Gmail, Office Doc viewer & Twitter amongst others.


Tecno N3 Spec

  • 3.5 inch capacitive HVGA LCD touchscreen
  • Android v2.3.5 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • Full access to Google Play Store (over 500k apps and games available for download)
  • 3D games support (compatible with Talking Tom, Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds etc)
  • 3.0MP camera (no autofocus, no LED flash)
  • GPRS/EDGE/3G HSDPA/Wi-Fi internet access
  • Up to 7.2Mbps download speeds on 3G networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with internet sharing feature (Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Dual SIM card support
  • 800Mhz single-core processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • 512MB internal memory (free 8GB Tecno branded microSD card in the box)
  • External memory support (up to 32GB via microSD cards)
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio and MP3 music player
  • Bluetooth v3.0 with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • Integration with popular social networking and IM apps (WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Skype etc)
  • Preinstalled essential Google apps (Gmail, Search, Messenger, Talk, Google Plus and YouTube)
  • Microsoft Office document viewer (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • PDF reader
  • Preloaded Android web browser and Opera Mini with excellent HTML support
  • 12+1 months warranty
Having used the device for 2 weeks now, I am suitably impressed with the over quality & usability of the phone. The battery life has been amazing so far, and apart from having an issue trying to get whatsapp installed (How-To Fix Whatsapp on the Tecno Mobile N3 here) I haven’t had any major issues. This phone is well worth the price and I reckon it has huge potential in the entry level South African Smartphone market.

If you are looking for an entry into the rapidly growing smartphone market, this is the ideal device for you ! The phone is being retailed at R999 and for more information on where to purchase the phone, you can visit or email [email protected]

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