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Tecno Boom J8 Review

Tecno Boom J8 is the very first Smartphone that will feature HiOS among all the products made by Tecno.  The device is a special one with special crafting. Purpose of making the phone is to appeal to those who love music with passion. The phone is packed with many appealing features.

Some of these outstanding features are:

  • 4G LTE
  • 16 ROM
  • 2GB RAM
  • Max Audio Software
  • Revamped Boom Player

The price tag is also affordable.  If you are looking for a flagship Smartphone for a very low price, this may not be for you. While the device is affordable, that does not make it cheaper than its value. It is however a device made to surpass the expectation of the end user.

Check out the Tecno Camon C9 launched after the Boom J8.

Boom J8 impressive features

Some of the appealing features in Tecno Boom J8 are highlighted below

  • Price is affordable
  • It comes with 13 months Functional Carlcare Warranty
  • 4G LTE speeds
  • 2GB RAM and 16 GB ROM, which is expandable to 128 GB.
  • Boom headphones with waves MaxxAudio to give awesome music experience
  • Slim design
  • HiOS with cool customizations and new tricks.


Boom J8 not-so-impressive features

Some of the features in the Tecno Boom J8 that are not so impressive are highlighted below. The unimpressive features are however few.

  • Rather unimpressive display
  • Poor low light photography.
  • It is bulky and may prove cumbersome for someone on the move or traveling


Tecno Boom J8 Specs

  • Free Headset
  • 4GLTE: Available 800/1800/2,600 LTE
  • 3G: 900/2100 HSDPA
  • Dual SIM: Micro SIM
  • Display: IPS Capacitive touchscreen, 5.5 in, 720 x 1280 pixels (320 PPI)
  • Colours: Champaigne gold, Grey and White
  • Build: Metal finishings plus plastic
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Processor Name: MT6735
  • Processor Type: Quad-core 1.3 GHz (64-bit) Cortex-A53
  • Graphics Processor: Mali-T720
  • External Storage: memory card up to 128GB
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Camera (Front): 5MB
  • Camera (Back): 13MB
  • Battery: Li-Ion 3,000 mAh non-removable
  • Sensors for proximity, light and Accelerometer
  • Fast Charging, 15 minutes of charge gives up to 8 hours of phone call

Tecno Boom J8 unboxing


Tecno Boom J8 is sold in a package that is held together using a transparent band.  There is a blue box in the package that houses the BOOM Headphones. The J8 itself is housed by a smaller yellow box the headphones are wrapped neatly and it comes in red and black colors

The box looks sleep and impressive and it has two seals placed on it. You will have to break the seal to access the J8 in it.  The J8 Manual is inside a black box in the pack.  You will also find Flip cover and Palmchat flyer in it.

Things you will find in the box are

  • 13 month warranty card
  • Palmchat Flyer
  • Boom J8 manual
  • Flip cover
  • Boom Headphones
  • USB Cable
  • Charger Head and
  • Tecno Boom J8.

Other facts and features to note are highlighted below:

  • It was announced by Tecno on February 2016 but it was not available for sale until a month after the announcement.
  • It is available both in Black and White colors
  • It comes with Dual SIM, which are dual standby and Micro SIM.
  • Its operating System is HiOS and it is based on Android v5.0.2 (Lollipop). This operating system can however be upgraded to v6.0 Marshmallow.
  • The networks available on Tecno Boom J8 are LTE, EDGE HSPA, GPRES, WCDMA and GSM.
  • Its 4G LTE bands are 3 (1800) and 7 (2600) and 20. This makes the Tecno Boom J8 the third Tecno phone to have 4G after the Phantom 5 and Tecno C5.
  • Its dimensions are 76.84 x 153.3 x 7.35 mm.
  • It come with a 5.5 inches HD IPS Touch screen display
  • Its processor speed is Quad-core 1.3 GHz.
  • It features 16 GB ROM and 2GB RAM.  It also has microSD slot that can be extended to 128GB.
  • Tecno Boom J8 comes with 13 MP Autofocus camera with LED flash at its rear and also features 5 MP front camera with flash.
  • It comes with various means of connectivity, like Bluetooth v4.1, hotspot, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
  • Its sensors are Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity and Compass
  • Its battery feature is a Li-On 3000 mAh battery. The battery is non-removable.
  • The phone features screen protector pre-installed


There are expectations that the phone would have featured the following if it had been upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

  • All metal earphones
  • Phone jacket
  • Full HD display
  • Better camera with OIS, as well as Low light capabilities

About its camera

As hinted earlier, the Tecno Boom J8 features 13 MP Autofocus (AF) back camera, as well as a 5 MP secondary camera. The two cameras have LED flash.  No information is available about the sensor technology used. Also, nothing had been made public about the focal length and Aperture used in the camera. Some other features in the camera are:

  • Panorama features
  • HDR
  • Face detection
  • Touch Focus and
  • Geo Tagging

The camera comes with a wider focal length than Tecno J8. As a result, it is able to capture image using the same frame. Its 13 MP indicates ability to capture clearer images. The camera performs excellently in daylight and gives crisp images. However, it gives rather poor image with reduced focus in low light.

It cannot be confirmed at present if Backside Illumination (BSI) or Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is built into the camera. Its poor performance in low light however gives indication to the fact that BSI is absent.  The shutter speed is however very fast and this reduces shutter lag and help the end user to capture faster images and prevent blurring as a result of unstable shooter or camera shake.

Entertainment features

The Tecno Boom J8 is basically designed for music.  This is among its strongest selling points.  It is equally equipped with the latest version of Boom Player from Tecno.  Also, it features Boom Headphones, Maxx Audio Software and all these work together to give the end user an impressive music and sound experience.

It equally features a redesigned Radio App that comes with Sleep Timer and FM recording.  The Sleep Timer feature enables the end user to set alarm using the radio.  The 16GB memory expandable to 128 GB makes it the perfect device for entertainment needs.


Tecno Boom J8 features 5.5 inch HD display and this gives impressive viewing experience bit enough for movie and video viewing.  You will love playing various games on it, like the Asphalt and Temple Run.  It is built to handle graphic intensive games.  It is included with Mali T720 chip made by ARM and this improves on its responsiveness when playing games.

Tecno Boom J8 Price in Nigeria, Kenya & Jumia

Its price in Kenya is KSh 15,500.00, while its price in Nigeria is between N44,000.00 and N45,699. 


Considering the heavy musical features and headphones included in the package, the price is reasonable