With advances in technology happening each and every day, thanks to constant innovation and boundary-pushing by tech giants, the lives of people are becoming more connected and convenient.

What started as very basic technology with 1G all the way back in 1979, 40 years later we are now seeing the rollout and expansion of 5G networks. Compared to previous generations, 5G brings faster speeds, reduced congestion and lower latency in terms of mobile connectivity. Estimates predict that with speeds of up to 10 Gbps (with some putting it even higher at 20 Gbps), 5G could be as much as 10 times faster than 4G.

In terms of 5G coverage in South Africa, there’s still a lot of work to be done to increase its reach countrywide, but according to an Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) report, 5G population coverage reached 7.5% in 2021, an increase from a mere 0.7% in 2020. It’s clear that 5G is the future, and South Africans are already seeing more 5G enabled smartphones becoming available to them.

More speed and convenience

TECNO recently introduced its first 5G enabled smartphone to South Africans, the SPARK 10 5G. This phone is all about speed; bringing faster internet browsing, less lag with online activities, and low latency when it comes to connectivity. This means that scrolling, posting on social media, online gaming, streaming your favourite movies and series, meetings, connecting with family and friends, and other activities you use your phone for are seamless and effortless. But this device is more than just 5G; equipped with a 6’6-inch HD screen that offers an amazing viewing experience for all your favourite content and mobile games, a 50MP rear camera complemented by an 8MP selfie camera, the latest Android 13 software, and storage capacity of 64GB ROM.

Long-lasting battery and useful Memory Fusion

SPARK 10 5G also comes with a long-lasting 5,000mAh battery, which eliminates the worry of your device dying when you need it the most, as well as TECNO’s Memory Fusion technology. This technology draws unused read-only memory (ROM) and channels it to random access memory (RAM) operations. This enhances the device’s multi-tasking capacity, allows for seamless switching between applications that are running concurrently in the background, quickly retrieves frequently accessed files and apps, reduces lag when online gaming, and stabilises the phone’s systems for more sustainable performance and longer battery life. What is exclusive about Memory Fusion to TECNO is the three options that users can choose from when expanding their RAM, rather than being limited to just one.


SPARK 10 5G is available from select TECNO retail partners, including Ackermans, Edgars, Game, Jet, Makro, Mr Price, TFG, and Vodacom (availability varies per retailer and while stocks last) for a recommended retail price of R5,499.

Other newly-available TECNO smartphones include SPARK 10 Pro, SPARK 10C, SPARK GO 2023, and POP 7. These are all available from select TECNO retail partners (availability varies per retailer and per model and while stocks last) for a recommended retail price of R6,999 for SPARK 10 Pro, R3,499 for SPARK 10C, R2,499 for SPARK GO 2023, and R1,999 for POP 7.

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