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TECNO Spark 5 vs Infinix HOT 9; Which to get?

If you’re confused about which device to select between either the Spark 5 Series, or the HOT 9 Series, this differentiation should help. They’re both sort of similarly priced. But a closer look at the specs may change your mind on which one to get.

The TECNO Spark 5 Series currently consists of the:

The Infinix HOT 9 Series currently is made up of the:

The major differences between the two series of devices are in the following areas:

  1. Processors – TECNO uses the Helio A22 from years ago. Infinix uses the newer Helio A25
  2. Displays – Though both max out at 720p, the sizes are different. The HOT 9 Play and the Spark 5 Air have huge displays.
  3. Batteries – The Spark 5 Series has a 5000mAh battery that’s similar to the Hot 9. But the HOT 9 Play has a 6000mAh battery.

The table below breaks down the differences between the devices.

TECNO Spark 5 SeriesInfinix HOT 9 Series
PRICESpark 5 – RRP. KES. 13,999

Spark 5 Air – Expected 10,999
Hot 9 Play – Expected KES. 13,999

Hot 9 – RRP. KES. 13,299
DisplaySpark 5 – 6.6-inch 1600 x 720 pixels

Spark 5 Air – 7.0-inch 1640 x 720 pixels
Hot 9 Play – 6.82 inches 720x1640p

Hot 9 – 6.6 inches 720x1600p
Rear CameraSpark 5 – 13MP + three extra unspecified lenses

Spark 5 Air – 13MP + QVGA
Hot 9 Play – 13MP + AI

Hot 9 – 16 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP + AI lens
Front CameraSingle: 8 MP Primary Camera

Spark 5 – Punch-hole display
Spark 5 Air – Waterdrop Notch
Single: 8 MP Primary Camera

Hot 9 Play – Waterdrop notch
Hot 9 – Punch-hole display
ChipsetHelio A25Helio A25
GPUPowerVR GE8320PowerVR GE8320
Storage32GB (Expandable via microSD card)32GB (Expandable via microSD card)
Operating SystemAndroid 10 with HiOS

Spark 5 Air – Android 10 Go Edition
Android 10 with XOS v.6.1.0
Battery5000mAh batteryHot 9 Play – 6000mAh

Hot 9 – 5000mAh
Network2G, 3G, 4G (VoLTE ready)2G, 3G, 4G (VoLTE ready)
Connectivity2.4G Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth 5.0
microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
3.5mm audio jack
2.4G Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth 5.0
microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
3.5mm audio jack
Colour optionsIce Jadeite, Spark Orange, Vacation Blue, Misty GreyMineral Blue, Mystic Purple, Peach Pink, Peacock Blue
OthersRear Fingerprint Scanner
Face Unlock
Rear Fingerprint Scanner
Face Unlock
Dirac Audio

Between the 4 devices, which one would you go for, and why?

Infinix HOT 9 Play Review:

TECNO Spark 5 Review:


  1. I’d go for the Spark 5 because of the Punch hole camera, i have been using the spark series since the spark 3 was launched, Tecno is better for me than the infinix

  2. I myself won’t be getting any of them “reason” because of the 2GB ram it’s very low am currently using a phone with 3GB ram and looking to upgrade and not going down, but if given chance to pick for someone I advise you go for the infinix hot 9 play, just cause of the battery 6000mah huge one.

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