The Tecno M6 is a mid-range budget android phone packed with a lot of power features and functionalities with really good specs and a premium design. The M6 is fully packed with a lot of features, functionality, awesome 8M camera and a steady performance for a mid range smartphone.
Lets get started as i dive into an in depth review of the Tecno M6:
Tecno M6 Specifications:
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|SIM||Dual mini SIM|
|Status||Available January 2015|
|Dimensions||139.65 x 69.5 x 7.9 mm|
|Colors||White, Black, Silver|
|Type||IPS capacitive touchscreen with 16,000,000 colors|
|Size||5.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels, 196 pixels per inch (PPI)|
Memory And OS
|Card slot||MicroSD card, up to 32GB|
|OS||Android 4.4.2 KitKat|
|Processors||1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, MediaTek MT6582 chipset, Mali-400MP2 GPU|
|Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|Audio port||3.5mm jack|
|2G||GPRS – up to 85.6 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps|
|3G||Up to 21 mbs downlink; Up to 5.76 mbs uplink|
|WIFI||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WIFI hotspot, Wi-Fi direct|
|Primary||8MP, up to 2448 x 3264-pixel pictures, HDR, autofocus, Geo-tagging, panorama camera with LED flash|
|Secondary||2MP, up to 1600 x 1200-pixel pictures|
|Capacity||2020mAh Li-Ion battery|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– SNS integration
– MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Document viewer
– FM radio
– Image viewer and editor
– Voice memo/dial/command
– Predictive text input
– Preloaded apps – Gmail, Gtalk, Google Now, Youtube, Flash Share, Facebook, Palmchat
Tecno M6 Unboxing And Review
The M6 has a nice packaging with a box that contains the H6, You have to break a seal to open the box and when you do, you find the beautifully designed M6 on top in a rectangular soft pouch. (make sure the seal on the box is intact at the time of purchase to avoid buying a fake phone), Inside the box includes the M6 accessories all neatly wrapped and packaged: a 2020 mAh battery , a flip cover pouch, a manual, a warranty card, a travel charger and earphones.
Screen Dimension and Type
The Tecno M6 like many Tecno phones has a beautiful design. From the rectangular form factor with soft curves, the slightly protruding camera, to having the perfect size that fits in your hand, the H6 nails design. The charging port has been taken to the bottom and the earphone jack left on the top. The power button as always has been kept on the right with the volume keys to the left.
The M6 camera also allows you to adapt settings like Exposure, Color, White balance and ISO. You can also set the camera to detect faces, touch, wave or speak to capture. Add time watermarks to your photos so you know what time you took them. For selfie lovers, you can use the self timer to take photos without pressing any button to trigger the shutter. Let’s look at the improvements made.
Faster Shutter Speed: This basically helps you capture photos faster reducing the possibility of blurry photos. Together with faster auto focus, the faster shutter speeds allow you to capture crisp and sharp images. Unfortunately even the faster shutter speeds cannot replace the need for Image stabilization.
Better Low Light photography: We weren’t able to establish the aperture of the M6 but we definitely saw an improvement in low light photography
Better Video: The M6 can shoot lovely full HD videos with good sound too. Even at night, we were able to shoot quality videos with the help of the flash.
The M6 battery charges very fast, In about an hour or less, the Tecno H6 battery fills up. Unfortunately, It equally drains fast especially with heavy usage. Since the M6 doesn’t come with a battery bank, you probably want to invest in one.
The M6 battery could last a day if you didn’t turn 3G often and received a couple of calls here and there. With 3G and constant use in a mix of calls, music, chatting, watching Video and checking email, the battery could only go for between 5-8 hours
The battery saving modes come in handy but since all they do is disable the extra functionality that you so often need especially internet, one might find them not so useful.
Network and SIM card
Processor and Memory
Internal Memory and Memory Card
This is the new Tecno NFC (Near Field Communication) of sorts. It’s a file/data exchange function that allows you to share data by tapping the screens of two Hot Knot enabled Tecno devices together.
With the HotKnot feature, all you have to do is select the item you want to share and tap the other HotKnot enabled device with your device and immediately you will see the shared item on the recipient device. No pairing of any sort required.If you are looking for wireless charging which is fast becoming the norm these days; am sorry to burst your bubble. You only get the WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, 3.5mm earphone port and the new HotKnot feauture. It also has support for USB OTG, GPS and AGPS.
Pre installed Apps
As always, Tecno packs their phones with lots of apps they believe you might need. Thankfully they give you the option to uninstall them if you so wish.
They also give you a couple of app APKs (Android Application Package) that you can install offline should you need them. In the Tecno M6 we notice a few important apps that are worth mentioning gmail app, calendar, Whatsapp, Opera and some other slew of apps including Facebook and the likes. It also has a FM radio transmitter for those that like listening to radios, flashlight and palmchat app