Highscreen Spark smartphone review

Despite the fact that the Highscreen Spark smartphone has been on sale for a long time, it does not lose its relevance. Now more and more low-cost Android devices are appearing with decent characteristics, which Spark can boast of: at a price of 4,000 rubles, it uses a 4-inch diagonal with a resolution of 480x800 pixels, the Qualcomm chipset - MSM8225 - is 2 1 GHz cores, 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, but no autofocus. And last but not least, there is Wi-Fi and 3G.

Two more reviews of ultra-budget devices from Explay and teXet will appear soon.

Design, dimensions, controls

Smartphone Highscreen Spark is a typical representative of the budget segment of Android OS devices: unprepossessing appearance, rectangular body shape with heavily bevelled corners, black body. It is not clear why the gadget was then called Spark, since in English this word means “spark / flash”. The front side is protected by durable glass, so for a long time of use it has not appeared deep scratches. The surface collects fingerprints and other traces quite abundantly, but they are easily erased. A glossy black plastic runs along the edge, very easily soiled. The bezel tapers slightly towards the screen. The back cover is made of pleasant to the touch velvety "soft-touch" plastic. Since the rear panel smoothly transitions to the ends, the phone lies very well in the hand, especially if your palm is small. The camera is framed by a large ledge in the form of an isosceles trapezoid with beveled corners, made of glossy black plastic. The lettering under the "5.0 Mega" tab on my sample was slightly offset horizontally.

The dimensions of the Spark are 124x65x12.6 mm, weight - 130 grams - the standard parameters of almost any inexpensive device. There are no problems with the assembly: the device does not creak or play, it does not crunch when squeezed. If you press on the area near the camera, the body is slightly squeezed.

On the front side, there is a loudspeaker covered with a wide metal mesh. Its volume is average, high frequencies are mainly heard, low frequencies are clearly not enough. No rattling, echo or other unpleasant moments were observed. The interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, you are also heard well. To the right of the speaker is the front camera, and to the left of it are the proximity sensor and the ambient light sensor. Both function correctly.

There are three touch buttons below the screen: Back, Home and Menu. Applied to the surface with translucent paint, there is a white backlight, quite bright. The microphone is under the back button.

The microUSB connector is on the bottom, the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top. On the left is a paired volume rocker. It is slightly convex, its stroke is minimal, pressing of medium hardness. The power button is on the right, the same type as the "volume".

On the back of the device are: a camera, a flash and a wide cut where the speakerphone is located.

To open the lid, pry off the notch on the lower left corner. Under the battery: two slots - SIM1 / SIM2 and a slot for a microSD memory card (hot swap is not supported, which is natural).

Highscreen Spark and Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Display

One of the main advantages over competitors is the display. Its diagonal is 4 inches (physical size - 52x86 mm), and the resolution is 480x800 pixels. Yes, I agree, you won’t surprise anyone, but for a device for 4,000 rubles it’s not bad! The pixel density is 233 PPI, pixelation is noticeable, but not striking. The screen matrix is ​​simple, not IPS, so if you tilt the display towards you, the colors are inverted, and if you tilt it away from you, the contrast slightly decreases. However, in general, it is quite suitable for an undemanding user.

The touch layer, of course, is of a capacitive type, it works out only two simultaneous touches.

Sensitivity is slightly https://cars45.com/listing/bentley/continental/2009 above average. The settings are familiar: brightness (auto or manual), wallpaper, sleep mode, and so on.

Screen viewing angles

Battery

This uses a 1500 mAh, 3.7 V, 5.5 Wh lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery. The manufacturer does not provide data on battery life, so I tested it myself.

In the video playback mode (MP4, 640x480 pixels) at maximum brightness and volume in the headphones, the battery died after about 2.5 hours. If you use 3G, make about 10-15 calls lasting 1-2 minutes, “take a picture” for 20 minutes, then the battery will run out in 5 hours. Sparsely.

The charge will take approximately 2.5 hours from USB and the same from the mains adapter.

Communications

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. In this case, one SIM card functions only in 2G (right slot), the other - in 2G or 3G (left slot).

Bluetooth version 3.0 (EDR) available for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The device, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or modem. In the settings, this item is listed as "Modem Mode". There is Wi-Fi Direct.

Memory and memory card

This model has 512 MB of RAM. Of this amount of RAM, an average of about 150 MB is free.

Internal memory 4 GB, available for data storage (1 GB) and applications (1.8 GB) about 2.8 GB. There is a slot for a microSDHC memory card up to 32 GB. In the settings "Applications" there is an item "Installation location". In it, you can choose the location for installing programs: "Internal memory", "Removable SD-card" or "At the discretion of the system". I advise you to put everything on the map.

Camera

This smartphone uses two camera modules: the main one with 5 MP, the front one with 1.3 MP (clearly interpolation from 0.3 MP). There is a small flash, which is of no use even when photographing at a distance of less than a meter. Although a simple flashlight will do.

I will not describe the camera in detail, it seems to me that it is clear that the quality of the photos is not very good. The video is recorded at a resolution of 1280x720, the sound is clear. Everything would be fine, but the picture crumbles into squares, although the bitrate is about 4 Kbps. Number of frames - 14.

Video file characteristic:

  • File format: 3GP
  • Video codec: AVC, 3.7 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720, 14 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC, 156 kbps
  • Channels: 1ch, 48kHz

Examples of photos on the main camera:

An example of a photo taken with the front camera:

Performance and software platform

The Highscreen Spark is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Play chipset, model number MSM8225. Technological process - 45 nm, instruction set - ARMv7, 1 GHz processor two ARM Cortex-A5 cores, Adreno 203 graphics accelerator.

The interface does not slow down, everything starts quickly and cheerfully. You should not count on cool toys: even if they start, they will “lag” or you will have to reduce the graphics to a minimum.

Brief information:

Performance tests (Quadrant and Antutu):

The device runs on the operating system Google Android version 4.0.1. Not so long ago, an update was released that added several new wallpapers for the desktop and “fixed” the proximity sensor. But the version remains the same.

Telephone part

The dialer is standard. When you enter it, you see the names and numbers of contacts at the top of the screen. When you enter a number, contacts with those numbers appear in the same area. The following sections are located in the clock tab: SIM selection, All calls, Incoming, Outgoing and Missed. After clicking on “Call”, a menu with three buttons is displayed on the screen - call from SIM1, SIM2 or cancel the call. If no button is pressed, the call is made from the "sim card" that was selected in the default settings.

Multimedia

Music player and radio. The usual radio and a standard music player are used. The volume of the music in the player is high, the quality is quite good. The loudspeaker volume is slightly above average.

Video Player. There is a separate application "Video". MP4 and 3GP files are supported by default. The maximum resolution is 720p at a low bitrate, simple videos like DVDRip are best.

Conclusion

The Highscreen smartphone did not impress much, but for the money it is an excellent device: a large screen, high resolution, two cameras, a dual-core processor and a decent Qualcomm chipset, high-quality materials (fortunately not so much glossy plastic). For 4,000 rubles, I do not see obvious negative points in this device, well, except that the battery is not the most capacious and the gadget does not “live” for days. So, if there is no way to buy a more expensive device, but you want to join the world of Android, then I can fully recommend Spark for purchase.

Competitors:

Alcatel OneTouch M'POP 5020D. You can find from 3,500 rubles. Inside Android 4.1, chipset MTK6575 1GHz single core. The screen has a diagonal of 4 inches and a resolution of 480x800 pixels. 5 MP camera.

teXet X-Basic. One of the most budgetary, costs 3,000 rubles. However, the screen is also 4 inches, resolution 480x800 pixels and Android version 4.2! 3.2 MP camera. There is 3G and Wi-Fi.

ZTE Leo Q1. Seems like a novelty. The characteristics are similar to teXet, but the price is about 4,000 rubles.

Lexand S4A1 Vega. The price is about 4,000 rubles. The parameters are similar to teXet X-Basic.

Highscreen Spark smartphone review

Despite the fact that the Highscreen Spark smartphone has been on sale for a long time, it does not lose its relevance. Now more and more low-cost Android devices are appearing with decent characteristics, which Spark can boast of: at a price of 4,000 rubles, it uses a 4-inch diagonal with a resolution of 480x800 pixels, the Qualcomm chipset - MSM8225 - is 2 1 GHz cores, 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, but no autofocus. And last but not least, there is Wi-Fi and 3G.

Two more reviews of ultra-budget devices from Explay and teXet will appear soon.

Design, dimensions, controls

Smartphone Highscreen Spark is a typical representative of the budget segment of Android OS devices: unprepossessing appearance, rectangular body shape with heavily bevelled corners, black body. It is not clear why the gadget was then called Spark, since in English this word means “spark / flash”. The front side is protected by durable glass, so for a long time of use it has not appeared deep scratches. The surface collects fingerprints and other traces quite abundantly, but they are easily erased. A glossy black plastic runs along the edge, very easily soiled. The bezel tapers slightly towards the screen. The back cover is made of pleasant to the touch velvety "soft-touch" plastic. Since the rear panel smoothly transitions to the ends, the phone lies very well in the hand, especially if your palm is small. The camera is framed by a large ledge in the form of an isosceles trapezoid with beveled corners, made of glossy black plastic. The lettering under the "5.0 Mega" tab on my sample was slightly offset horizontally.

The dimensions of the Spark are 124x65x12.6 mm, weight - 130 grams - the standard parameters of almost any inexpensive device. There are no problems with the assembly: the device does not creak or play, it does not crunch when squeezed. If you press on the area near the camera, the body is slightly squeezed.

On the front side, there is a loudspeaker covered with a wide metal mesh. Its volume is average, high frequencies are mainly heard, low frequencies are clearly not enough. No rattling, echo or other unpleasant moments were observed. The interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, you are also heard well. To the right of the speaker is the front camera, and to the left of it are the proximity sensor and the ambient light sensor. Both function correctly.

There are three touch buttons below the screen: Back, Home and Menu. Applied to the surface with translucent paint, there is a white backlight, quite bright. The microphone is under the back button.

The microUSB connector is on the bottom, the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top. On the left is a paired volume rocker. It is slightly convex, its stroke is minimal, pressing of medium hardness. The power button is on the right, the same type as the "volume".

On the back of the device are: a camera, a flash and a wide cut where the speakerphone is located.

To open the lid, pry off the notch on the lower left corner. Under the battery: two slots - SIM1 / SIM2 and a slot for a microSD memory card (hot swap is not supported, which is natural).

Highscreen Spark and Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Display

One of the main advantages over competitors is the display. Its diagonal is 4 inches (physical size - 52x86 mm), and the resolution is 480x800 pixels. Yes, I agree, you won’t surprise anyone, but for a device for 4,000 rubles it’s not bad! The pixel density is 233 PPI, pixelation is noticeable, but not striking. The screen matrix is ​​simple, not IPS, so if you tilt the display towards you, the colors are inverted, and if you tilt it away from you, the contrast slightly decreases. However, in general, it is quite suitable for an undemanding user.

The touch layer, of course, is of a capacitive type, it works out only two simultaneous touches.

Sensitivity is slightly https://cars45.com/listing/bentley/continental/2009 above average. The settings are familiar: brightness (auto or manual), wallpaper, sleep mode, and so on.

Screen viewing angles

Battery

This uses a 1500 mAh, 3.7 V, 5.5 Wh lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery. The manufacturer does not provide data on battery life, so I tested it myself.

In the video playback mode (MP4, 640x480 pixels) at maximum brightness and volume in the headphones, the battery died after about 2.5 hours. If you use 3G, make about 10-15 calls lasting 1-2 minutes, “take a picture” for 20 minutes, then the battery will run out in 5 hours. Sparsely.

The charge will take approximately 2.5 hours from USB and the same from the mains adapter.

Communications

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. In this case, one SIM card functions only in 2G (right slot), the other - in 2G or 3G (left slot).

Bluetooth version 3.0 (EDR) available for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The device, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or modem. In the settings, this item is listed as "Modem Mode". There is Wi-Fi Direct.

Memory and memory card

This model has 512 MB of RAM. Of this amount of RAM, an average of about 150 MB is free.

Internal memory 4 GB, available for data storage (1 GB) and applications (1.8 GB) about 2.8 GB. There is a slot for a microSDHC memory card up to 32 GB. In the settings "Applications" there is an item "Installation location". In it, you can choose the location for installing programs: "Internal memory", "Removable SD-card" or "At the discretion of the system". I advise you to put everything on the map.

Camera

This smartphone uses two camera modules: the main one with 5 MP, the front one with 1.3 MP (clearly interpolation from 0.3 MP). There is a small flash, which is of no use even when photographing at a distance of less than a meter. Although a simple flashlight will do.

I will not describe the camera in detail, it seems to me that it is clear that the quality of the photos is not very good. The video is recorded at a resolution of 1280x720, the sound is clear. Everything would be fine, but the picture crumbles into squares, although the bitrate is about 4 Kbps. Number of frames - 14.

Video file characteristic:

  • File format: 3GP
  • Video codec: AVC, 3.7 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720, 14 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC, 156 kbps
  • Channels: 1ch, 48kHz

Examples of photos on the main camera:

An example of a photo taken with the front camera:

Performance and software platform

The Highscreen Spark is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Play chipset, model number MSM8225. Technological process - 45 nm, instruction set - ARMv7, 1 GHz processor two ARM Cortex-A5 cores, Adreno 203 graphics accelerator.

The interface does not slow down, everything starts quickly and cheerfully. You should not count on cool toys: even if they start, they will “lag” or you will have to reduce the graphics to a minimum.

Brief information:

Performance tests (Quadrant and Antutu):

The device runs on the operating system Google Android version 4.0.1. Not so long ago, an update was released that added several new wallpapers for the desktop and “fixed” the proximity sensor. But the version remains the same.

Telephone part

The dialer is standard. When you enter it, you see the names and numbers of contacts at the top of the screen. When you enter a number, contacts with those numbers appear in the same area. The following sections are located in the clock tab: SIM selection, All calls, Incoming, Outgoing and Missed. After clicking on “Call”, a menu with three buttons is displayed on the screen - call from SIM1, SIM2 or cancel the call. If no button is pressed, the call is made from the "sim card" that was selected in the default settings.

Multimedia

Music player and radio. The usual radio and a standard music player are used. The volume of the music in the player is high, the quality is quite good. The loudspeaker volume is slightly above average.

Video Player. There is a separate application "Video". MP4 and 3GP files are supported by default. The maximum resolution is 720p at a low bitrate, simple videos like DVDRip are best.

Conclusion

The Highscreen smartphone did not impress much, but for the money it is an excellent device: a large screen, high resolution, two cameras, a dual-core processor and a decent Qualcomm chipset, high-quality materials (fortunately not so much glossy plastic). For 4,000 rubles, I do not see obvious negative points in this device, well, except that the battery is not the most capacious and the gadget does not “live” for days. So, if there is no way to buy a more expensive device, but you want to join the world of Android, then I can fully recommend Spark for purchase.

Competitors:

Alcatel OneTouch M'POP 5020D. You can find from 3,500 rubles. Inside Android 4.1, chipset MTK6575 1GHz single core. The screen has a diagonal of 4 inches and a resolution of 480x800 pixels. 5 MP camera.

teXet X-Basic. One of the most budgetary, costs 3,000 rubles. However, the screen is also 4 inches, resolution 480x800 pixels and Android version 4.2! 3.2 MP camera. There is 3G and Wi-Fi.

ZTE Leo Q1. Seems like a novelty. The characteristics are similar to teXet, but the price is about 4,000 rubles.

Lexand S4A1 Vega. The price is about 4,000 rubles. The parameters are similar to teXet X-Basic.

Highscreen Spark smartphone review

Despite the fact that the Highscreen Spark smartphone has been on sale for a long time, it does not lose its relevance. Now more and more low-cost Android devices are appearing with decent characteristics, which Spark can boast of: at a price of 4,000 rubles, it uses a 4-inch diagonal with a resolution of 480x800 pixels, the Qualcomm chipset - MSM8225 - is 2 1 GHz cores, 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, but no autofocus. And last but not least, there is Wi-Fi and 3G.

Two more reviews of ultra-budget devices from Explay and teXet will appear soon.

Design, dimensions, controls

Smartphone Highscreen Spark is a typical representative of the budget segment of Android OS devices: unprepossessing appearance, rectangular body shape with heavily bevelled corners, black body. It is not clear why the gadget was then called Spark, since in English this word means “spark / flash”. The front side is protected by durable glass, so for a long time of use it has not appeared deep scratches. The surface collects fingerprints and other traces quite abundantly, but they are easily erased. A glossy black plastic runs along the edge, very easily soiled. The bezel tapers slightly towards the screen. The back cover is made of pleasant to the touch velvety "soft-touch" plastic. Since the rear panel smoothly transitions to the ends, the phone lies very well in the hand, especially if your palm is small. The camera is framed by a large ledge in the form of an isosceles trapezoid with beveled corners, made of glossy black plastic. The lettering under the "5.0 Mega" tab on my sample was slightly offset horizontally.

The dimensions of the Spark are 124x65x12.6 mm, weight - 130 grams - the standard parameters of almost any inexpensive device. There are no problems with the assembly: the device does not creak or play, it does not crunch when squeezed. If you press on the area near the camera, the body is slightly squeezed.

On the front side, there is a loudspeaker covered with a wide metal mesh. Its volume is average, high frequencies are mainly heard, low frequencies are clearly not enough. No rattling, echo or other unpleasant moments were observed. The interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, you are also heard well. To the right of the speaker is the front camera, and to the left of it are the proximity sensor and the ambient light sensor. Both function correctly.

There are three touch buttons below the screen: Back, Home and Menu. Applied to the surface with translucent paint, there is a white backlight, quite bright. The microphone is under the back button.

The microUSB connector is on the bottom, the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top. On the left is a paired volume rocker. It is slightly convex, its stroke is minimal, pressing of medium hardness. The power button is on the right, the same type as the "volume".

On the back of the device are: a camera, a flash and a wide cut where the speakerphone is located.

To open the lid, pry off the notch on the lower left corner. Under the battery: two slots - SIM1 / SIM2 and a slot for a microSD memory card (hot swap is not supported, which is natural).

Highscreen Spark and Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Display

One of the main advantages over competitors is the display. Its diagonal is 4 inches (physical size - 52x86 mm), and the resolution is 480x800 pixels. Yes, I agree, you won’t surprise anyone, but for a device for 4,000 rubles it’s not bad! The pixel density is 233 PPI, pixelation is noticeable, but not striking. The screen matrix is ​​simple, not IPS, so if you tilt the display towards you, the colors are inverted, and if you tilt it away from you, the contrast slightly decreases. However, in general, it is quite suitable for an undemanding user.

The touch layer, of course, is of a capacitive type, it works out only two simultaneous touches.

Sensitivity is slightly https://cars45.com/listing/bentley/continental/2009 above average. The settings are familiar: brightness (auto or manual), wallpaper, sleep mode, and so on.

Screen viewing angles

Battery

This uses a 1500 mAh, 3.7 V, 5.5 Wh lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery. The manufacturer does not provide data on battery life, so I tested it myself.

In the video playback mode (MP4, 640x480 pixels) at maximum brightness and volume in the headphones, the battery died after about 2.5 hours. If you use 3G, make about 10-15 calls lasting 1-2 minutes, “take a picture” for 20 minutes, then the battery will run out in 5 hours. Sparsely.

The charge will take approximately 2.5 hours from USB and the same from the mains adapter.

Communications

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. In this case, one SIM card functions only in 2G (right slot), the other - in 2G or 3G (left slot).

Bluetooth version 3.0 (EDR) available for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The device, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or modem. In the settings, this item is listed as "Modem Mode". There is Wi-Fi Direct.

Memory and memory card

This model has 512 MB of RAM. Of this amount of RAM, an average of about 150 MB is free.

Internal memory 4 GB, available for data storage (1 GB) and applications (1.8 GB) about 2.8 GB. There is a slot for a microSDHC memory card up to 32 GB. In the settings "Applications" there is an item "Installation location". In it, you can choose the location for installing programs: "Internal memory", "Removable SD-card" or "At the discretion of the system". I advise you to put everything on the map.

Camera

This smartphone uses two camera modules: the main one with 5 MP, the front one with 1.3 MP (clearly interpolation from 0.3 MP). There is a small flash, which is of no use even when photographing at a distance of less than a meter. Although a simple flashlight will do.

I will not describe the camera in detail, it seems to me that it is clear that the quality of the photos is not very good. The video is recorded at a resolution of 1280x720, the sound is clear. Everything would be fine, but the picture crumbles into squares, although the bitrate is about 4 Kbps. Number of frames - 14.

Video file characteristic:

  • File format: 3GP
  • Video codec: AVC, 3.7 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720, 14 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC, 156 kbps
  • Channels: 1ch, 48kHz

Examples of photos on the main camera:

An example of a photo taken with the front camera:

Performance and software platform

The Highscreen Spark is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Play chipset, model number MSM8225. Technological process - 45 nm, instruction set - ARMv7, 1 GHz processor two ARM Cortex-A5 cores, Adreno 203 graphics accelerator.

The interface does not slow down, everything starts quickly and cheerfully. You should not count on cool toys: even if they start, they will “lag” or you will have to reduce the graphics to a minimum.

Brief information:

Performance tests (Quadrant and Antutu):

The device runs on the operating system Google Android version 4.0.1. Not so long ago, an update was released that added several new wallpapers for the desktop and “fixed” the proximity sensor. But the version remains the same.

Telephone part

The dialer is standard. When you enter it, you see the names and numbers of contacts at the top of the screen. When you enter a number, contacts with those numbers appear in the same area. The following sections are located in the clock tab: SIM selection, All calls, Incoming, Outgoing and Missed. After clicking on “Call”, a menu with three buttons is displayed on the screen - call from SIM1, SIM2 or cancel the call. If no button is pressed, the call is made from the "sim card" that was selected in the default settings.

Multimedia

Music player and radio. The usual radio and a standard music player are used. The volume of the music in the player is high, the quality is quite good. The loudspeaker volume is slightly above average.

Video Player. There is a separate application "Video". MP4 and 3GP files are supported by default. The maximum resolution is 720p at a low bitrate, simple videos like DVDRip are best.

Conclusion

The Highscreen smartphone did not impress much, but for the money it is an excellent device: a large screen, high resolution, two cameras, a dual-core processor and a decent Qualcomm chipset, high-quality materials (fortunately not so much glossy plastic). For 4,000 rubles, I do not see obvious negative points in this device, well, except that the battery is not the most capacious and the gadget does not “live” for days. So, if there is no way to buy a more expensive device, but you want to join the world of Android, then I can fully recommend Spark for purchase.

Competitors:

Alcatel OneTouch M'POP 5020D. You can find from 3,500 rubles. Inside Android 4.1, chipset MTK6575 1GHz single core. The screen has a diagonal of 4 inches and a resolution of 480x800 pixels. 5 MP camera.

teXet X-Basic. One of the most budgetary, costs 3,000 rubles. However, the screen is also 4 inches, resolution 480x800 pixels and Android version 4.2! 3.2 MP camera. There is 3G and Wi-Fi.

ZTE Leo Q1. Seems like a novelty. The characteristics are similar to teXet, but the price is about 4,000 rubles.

Lexand S4A1 Vega. The price is about 4,000 rubles. The parameters are similar to teXet X-Basic.

Highscreen Spark smartphone review

Despite the fact that the Highscreen Spark smartphone has been on sale for a long time, it does not lose its relevance. Now more and more low-cost Android devices are appearing with decent characteristics, which Spark can boast of: at a price of 4,000 rubles, it uses a 4-inch diagonal with a resolution of 480x800 pixels, the Qualcomm chipset - MSM8225 - is 2 1 GHz cores, 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, but no autofocus. And last but not least, there is Wi-Fi and 3G.

Two more reviews of ultra-budget devices from Explay and teXet will appear soon.

Design, dimensions, controls

Smartphone Highscreen Spark is a typical representative of the budget segment of Android OS devices: unprepossessing appearance, rectangular body shape with heavily bevelled corners, black body. It is not clear why the gadget was then called Spark, since in English this word means “spark / flash”. The front side is protected by durable glass, so for a long time of use it has not appeared deep scratches. The surface collects fingerprints and other traces quite abundantly, but they are easily erased. A glossy black plastic runs along the edge, very easily soiled. The bezel tapers slightly towards the screen. The back cover is made of pleasant to the touch velvety "soft-touch" plastic. Since the rear panel smoothly transitions to the ends, the phone lies very well in the hand, especially if your palm is small. The camera is framed by a large ledge in the form of an isosceles trapezoid with beveled corners, made of glossy black plastic. The lettering under the "5.0 Mega" tab on my sample was slightly offset horizontally.

The dimensions of the Spark are 124x65x12.6 mm, weight - 130 grams - the standard parameters of almost any inexpensive device. There are no problems with the assembly: the device does not creak or play, it does not crunch when squeezed. If you press on the area near the camera, the body is slightly squeezed.

On the front side, there is a loudspeaker covered with a wide metal mesh. Its volume is average, high frequencies are mainly heard, low frequencies are clearly not enough. No rattling, echo or other unpleasant moments were observed. The interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, you are also heard well. To the right of the speaker is the front camera, and to the left of it are the proximity sensor and the ambient light sensor. Both function correctly.

There are three touch buttons below the screen: Back, Home and Menu. Applied to the surface with translucent paint, there is a white backlight, quite bright. The microphone is under the back button.

The microUSB connector is on the bottom, the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top. On the left is a paired volume rocker. It is slightly convex, its stroke is minimal, pressing of medium hardness. The power button is on the right, the same type as the "volume".

On the back of the device are: a camera, a flash and a wide cut where the speakerphone is located.

To open the lid, pry off the notch on the lower left corner. Under the battery: two slots - SIM1 / SIM2 and a slot for a microSD memory card (hot swap is not supported, which is natural).

Highscreen Spark and Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Display

One of the main advantages over competitors is the display. Its diagonal is 4 inches (physical size - 52x86 mm), and the resolution is 480x800 pixels. Yes, I agree, you won’t surprise anyone, but for a device for 4,000 rubles it’s not bad! The pixel density is 233 PPI, pixelation is noticeable, but not striking. The screen matrix is ​​simple, not IPS, so if you tilt the display towards you, the colors are inverted, and if you tilt it away from you, the contrast slightly decreases. However, in general, it is quite suitable for an undemanding user.

The touch layer, of course, is of a capacitive type, it works out only two simultaneous touches.

Sensitivity https://cars45.com/listing/bentley/continental/2009 is slightly above average. The settings are familiar: brightness (auto or manual), wallpaper, sleep mode, and so on.

Sensitivity slightly https://cars45.com/listing/bentley/continental/2009 https://cars45.com/listing/bentley/continental/2009 above average. The settings are familiar: brightness (auto or manual), wallpaper, sleep mode, and so on.

Screen viewing angles

Battery

This uses a 1500 mAh, 3.7 V, 5.5 Wh lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery. The manufacturer does not provide data on battery life, so I tested it myself.

In the video playback mode (MP4, 640x480 pixels) at maximum brightness and volume in the headphones, the battery died after about 2.5 hours. If you use 3G, make about 10-15 calls lasting 1-2 minutes, “take a picture” for 20 minutes, then the battery will run out in 5 hours. Sparsely.

The charge will take approximately 2.5 hours from USB and the same from the mains adapter.

Communications

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. In this case, one SIM card functions only in 2G (right slot), the other - in 2G or 3G (left slot).

Bluetooth version 3.0 (EDR) available for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The device, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or modem. In the settings, this item is listed as "Modem Mode". There is Wi-Fi Direct.

Memory and memory card

This model has 512 MB of RAM. Of this amount of RAM, an average of about 150 MB is free.

Internal memory 4 GB, available for data storage (1 GB) and applications (1.8 GB) about 2.8 GB. There is a slot for a microSDHC memory card up to 32 GB. In the settings "Applications" there is an item "Installation location". In it, you can choose the location for installing programs: "Internal memory", "Removable SD-card" or "At the discretion of the system". I advise you to put everything on the map.

Camera

This smartphone uses two camera modules: the main one with 5 MP, the front one with 1.3 MP (clearly interpolation from 0.3 MP). There is a small flash, which is of no use even when photographing at a distance of less than a meter. Although a simple flashlight will do.

I will not describe the camera in detail, it seems to me, and so it is clear that the quality of the photos is not very good. The video is recorded in 1280x720 resolution, the sound is clear. Everything would be fine, but the picture crumbles into squares, although the bitrate is about 4 Kbps. Number of frames - 14.

Video file specification:

  • File format: 3GP
  • Video codec: AVC, 3.7 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720, 14 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC, 156 kbps
  • Channels: 1ch, 48kHz

Examples of photos on the main camera:

An example of a photo taken with the front camera:

Performance and software platform

The Highscreen Spark is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Play chipset, model number MSM8225. Technological process - 45 nm, instruction set - ARMv7, 1 GHz processor two ARM Cortex-A5 cores, Adreno 203 graphics accelerator.

The interface does not slow down, everything starts quickly and cheerfully. You should not count on cool toys: even if they start, they will “lag” or you will have to reduce the graphics to a minimum.

Brief information:

Performance tests (Quadrant and Antutu):

The device runs on the operating system Google Android version 4.0.1. Not so long ago, an update was released that added several new wallpapers for the desktop and “fixed” the proximity sensor. But the version remains the same.

Telephone part

The dialer is standard. When you enter it, you see the names and numbers of contacts at the top of the screen. When you enter a number, contacts with those numbers appear in the same area. The following sections are located in the tab with a picture of the clock: SIM selection, All calls, Incoming, Outgoing and Missed. After clicking on “Call”, a menu with three buttons is displayed on the screen - call from SIM1, SIM2 or cancel the call. If no button is pressed, the call is made from the "sim card" that was selected in the default settings.

Multimedia

Music player and radio. The usual radio and a standard music player are used. The volume of the music in the player is high, the quality is quite good. The loudspeaker volume is slightly above average.

Video player. There is a separate application "Video". MP4 and 3GP files are supported by default. The maximum resolution is 720p at a low bitrate, simple videos like DVDRip are best.

Conclusion

The Highscreen smartphone did not impress much, but for the money it is an excellent device: a large screen, high resolution, two cameras, a dual-core processor and a decent Qualcomm chipset, high-quality materials (fortunately not so much glossy plastic). For 4,000 rubles, I do not see obvious negative points in this device, well, except that the battery is not the most capacious and the gadget does not “live” for days. So, if there is no way to buy a more expensive device, but you want to join the world of Android, then I can fully recommend Spark for purchase.

Competitors:

Alcatel OneTouch M'POP 5020D. You can find from 3,500 rubles. Inside Android 4.1, chipset MTK6575 1GHz single core. The screen has a diagonal of 4 inches and a resolution of 480x800 pixels. 5 MP camera.

teXet X-Basic. One of the most budgetary, costs 3,000 rubles. However, the screen is also 4 inches, resolution 480x800 pixels and Android version 4.2! 3.2 MP camera. There is 3G and Wi-Fi.

ZTE Leo Q1. Seems like a novelty. The characteristics are similar to teXet, but the price is about 4,000 rubles.

Lexand S4A1 Vega. The price is about 4,000 rubles. The parameters are similar to teXet X-Basic.