Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ review

GSMArena Team, 08 April 2024.

Display

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ features a 6.78-inch AMOLED screen of 1,080 x 2,436 pixels, 1B colors, and a 120Hz refresh rate. A slightly curved tempered glass protects it and has a small perforation for the selfie camera.

Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ review

Tecno is advertising the panel as capable of up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness. No other official measurements were given.

We have completed our display test, and the maximum manual brightness we captured was 549 nits. The minimum brightness at point white was just 2.3 nits.

The phone supports sunlight boost, but unfortunately, we were not able to trigger it. Even with that option turned out, the screen did not go beyond 549 nits. Maybe Tecno will fix this with a software update later.

Max display brightness test

White test pattern, 75% fill (nits)

  • Manual mode
  • Auto mode
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
565
6.78" AMOLED 1080 x 2436 px
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
549
6.78" AMOLED 1080 x 2436 px
Realme C55 Realme C55
546
6.72" IPS LCD 1080 x 2400 px
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
541
6.79" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Honor Magic5 Lite Honor Magic5 Lite
531
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Galaxy A14 5G Galaxy A14 5G
519
6.6" PLS LCD 1080 x 2408 px
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
509
6.78" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Tecno Camon 20 Premier Tecno Camon 20 Premier
493
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
493
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 13 4G Redmi Note 13 4G
492
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
482
6.74" IPS LCD 720 x 1600 px
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
474
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
 Galaxy A05s Galaxy A05s
468
6.7" PLS LCD 1080 x 2400 px
Tecno Spark 10 Pro Tecno Spark 10 Pro
466
6.8" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Galaxy A24 4G Galaxy A24 4G
464
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Poco X5 Poco X5
456
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
 Galaxy A15 Galaxy A15
372
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
363
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Redmi Note 13 4G Redmi Note 13 4G
1313
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
1070
6.78" AMOLED 1080 x 2436 px
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
1053
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Galaxy A24 4G Galaxy A24 4G
1012
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Honor Magic5 Lite Honor Magic5 Lite
864
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
 Galaxy A15 Galaxy A15
808
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
786
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
744
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Poco X5 Poco X5
728
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Tecno Camon 20 Premier Tecno Camon 20 Premier
684
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Realme C55 Realme C55
659
6.72" IPS LCD 1080 x 2400 px
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
607
6.74" IPS LCD 720 x 1600 px
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
549
6.78" AMOLED 1080 x 2436 px
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
541
6.79" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Tecno Spark 10 Pro Tecno Spark 10 Pro
521
6.8" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Galaxy A14 5G Galaxy A14 5G
519
6.6" PLS LCD 1080 x 2408 px
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
509
6.78" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
 Galaxy A05s Galaxy A05s
468
6.7" PLS LCD 1080 x 2400 px

The screen supports wide color gamut and offers up to 120Hz refresh rate.

Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ review

The phone offers three refresh rate settings - 60Hz, 120Hz and Auto switch. Both the 120Hz and Auto drop the refresh rate down to 60Hz when the screen is static/idling and for incompatible HRR apps like Camera and Maps. The Auto also uses 60Hz for browsing and office apps, while the 120Hz would render those with 120fps.

HDR and streaming

The phone has no HDR support for the screen. It does feature Widevine L1 DRM, though, so you can enjoy 1080p video streaming.

Battery life

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ is powered by a 5,000mAh battery, a standard cell by today's standards.

The phone achieved an Active Use Score of 11:56h, which is slightly above average for this class. It has a particularly good web browsing endurance video streaming, too, but gaming drains its battery quicker than most of its peers.

Our new Active Use Score is an estimate of how long the battery will last if you use the device with a mix of all four test activities. You can adjust the calculation based on your usage pattern using the sliders below. You can read about our current battery life testing procedure here. For a comprehensive list of all tested devices so far, head this way.

Notably, the Inifinix Hot 40 Pro is the only handset in the set of direct rivals we've picked that matches the Spark 20 Pro+'s screen diagonal and was able to post better overall results, while the Poco M6 Pro and the Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G both trail behind Tecno's offering while having smaller displays.

Charging speed

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ supports up to 33W fast wired charging and comes with a power adapter inside the box. Tecno uses its own proprietary charging protocol, so you should definitely keep track of the charger. However, the Type-C to Type-C cable is standard, and any 3A passive cable will do.

Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ review

We have completed our charging test, and the Spark 20 Pro+ recharges fast enough. It clocked 30% of charge in 15 minutes, 54% in 30 minutes, and 100% (full charge) took 72 minutes.

Charging speed

  • in 15 min
  • in 30 min
  • Time to full charge (from 0%)
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
44%
5000 mAh 68W
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
40%
5000 mAh 67W
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
35%
5500 mAh 70W charging
Poco X5 Poco X5
35%
5000 mAh 33W
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
32%
5000 mAh 33W
Honor Magic5 Lite Honor Magic5 Lite
31%
5100 mAh 40W
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
30%
5000 mAh 33W charging
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
29%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Redmi Note 13 4G Redmi Note 13 4G
29%
5000 mAh 33W Mi Fast Charging
Realme C55 Realme C55
27%
5000 mAh 33W SuperVOOC
Tecno Camon 20 Premier Tecno Camon 20 Premier
26%
5000 mAh 45W Tecno fast chargign
Galaxy A24 4G Galaxy A24 4G
26%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
 Galaxy A15 Galaxy A15
25%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
 Galaxy A05s Galaxy A05s
24%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Tecno Spark 10 Pro Tecno Spark 10 Pro
18%
5000 mAh 18W
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
16%
5000 mAh 18W PD
Galaxy A14 5G Galaxy A14 5G
15%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
14%
5000 mAh 18W PD
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
71%
5000 mAh 67W
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
70%
5000 mAh 68W
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
65%
5500 mAh 70W charging
Poco X5 Poco X5
63%
5000 mAh 33W
Honor Magic5 Lite Honor Magic5 Lite
57%
5100 mAh 40W
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
55%
5000 mAh 33W
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
54%
5000 mAh 33W charging
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
51%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Redmi Note 13 4G Redmi Note 13 4G
51%
5000 mAh 33W Mi Fast Charging
Realme C55 Realme C55
50%
5000 mAh 33W SuperVOOC
Tecno Camon 20 Premier Tecno Camon 20 Premier
47%
5000 mAh 45W Tecno fast chargign
 Galaxy A15 Galaxy A15
47%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Galaxy A24 4G Galaxy A24 4G
46%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
 Galaxy A05s Galaxy A05s
43%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Tecno Spark 10 Pro Tecno Spark 10 Pro
35%
5000 mAh 18W
Galaxy A14 5G Galaxy A14 5G
30%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
29%
5000 mAh 18W PD
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
28%
5000 mAh 18W PD
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
0:48h
5000 mAh 67W
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
0:50h
5000 mAh 68W
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
1:00h
5500 mAh 70W charging
Poco X5 Poco X5
1:06h
5000 mAh 33W
Realme C55 Realme C55
1:09h
5000 mAh 33W SuperVOOC
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
1:11h
5000 mAh 33W
Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Tecno Spark 20 Pro+
1:12h
5000 mAh 33W charging
Redmi Note 13 4G Redmi Note 13 4G
1:12h
5000 mAh 33W Mi Fast Charging
Honor Magic5 Lite Honor Magic5 Lite
1:13h
5100 mAh 40W
Tecno Camon 20 Premier Tecno Camon 20 Premier
1:14h
5000 mAh 45W Tecno fast chargign
 Galaxy A15 Galaxy A15
1:21h
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
1:23h
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
 Galaxy A05s Galaxy A05s
1:26h
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Galaxy A24 4G Galaxy A24 4G
1:29h
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Tecno Spark 10 Pro Tecno Spark 10 Pro
1:48h
5000 mAh 18W
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
2:07h
5000 mAh 18W PD
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
2:09h
5000 mAh 18W PD
Galaxy A14 5G Galaxy A14 5G
2:22h
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS

Speakers - loudness and quality

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ features a stereo speaker system, with the earpiece having two front- and top-facing audio outlets. This makes for slightly better stereo separation and balance and also makes the top speaker harder to accidentally cover with your palm. The other speaker is at the bottom, and while louder and with more bass, the sound balance is quite alright due to the clever positioning.

Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ review

The speakers scored a Very Good mark on our test. The audio quality is good - the high frequencies are well presented, and the vocals are good, but the bass is notably missing. The Spark 20 Pro+ boats DTS enhancement for its speaker setup. There is also support for Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Connectivity

The Spark 20 Pro+ is an LTE-only device, which means that it lacks 5G. It still has simultaneous 4G/LTE on both nano-SIM slots. GPS and GLONASS support are available for positioning. Local connectivity is handled by dual-band Wi-Fi ac as well as Bluetooth 5.2 with LE support. We found that Wi-Fi is a bit unstable on our review unit, with constant speed drops and timeouts. Hopefully, Tecno will address that in an update. The phone can do 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res & Hi-Res wireless audio. The Spark 20 Pro+ has both an onboard FM radio receiver and NFC. There is no 3.5mm audio jack nor an IR blaster, though.

Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ review

A standard USB 2.0 data connection backs up the Type-C port. This means a theoretical max transfer speed of 480 Mbps. It is nothing too fancy without support for anything like video output over USB Alt mode. However, there is support for USB Host/OTG.

The Spark 20 Pro+ has a pretty decent set of sensors. There is a lsm6dso accelerometer and gyroscope combo. A mmc5603 magnetometer and compass combo. A sensortek stk35f62 light sensor. Unfortunately, there only seems to be a virtual proximity sensor on board. It reports itself as an Elliptic Labs unit of some sort, but it only seems to work when it recognizes a raising gesture, and you hold the phone up against your year. That means you can't really expect reading from it in third-party apps. On the plus side, it does a pretty good and consistent job of turning off the display during calls. There is no barometer present.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 09 Jul 2024
  • wr3

Not really a big deal since HiOS 13.6 based on android 14 is very similar to HiOS 14.

Buy the black one, you'd love it. It's a beautiful phone and it's better than I imagined in all aspects.

  • H
  • 26 Jun 2024
  • CJH

I want to buy this phone but am confused i want to buy the white one but i also want a matte finish which is in the green one but i dont like the design of the green one i am pretty confused on what to do someone please help me i only have 3 days th...