Today, we dip into the world of budget smartphones to pit two entry-level smartphones against each other in a TECNO POP 4 vs itel A36 matchup. Both smartphones are affordable and offer a number of peculiar specs for us in this article.


The TECNO POP 4 launched in July while its distant relative, the A36 launched three months earlier in April.

Both smartphones are entry level devices with a number of similarities. But today, we are more interested in bringing both smartphones side by side to see which one comes out tops in this battle of the budget smartphones.

We will start by taking a deeper look at the specs both smartphones wield in a side-by-side comparison.


TECNO POP 4 vs itel A36 Comparison Table

Here, we take a brief look at what both devices offer under their exquisite plastic bodies

TECNO POP 4 itel A36
2G, 3G 2G, 3G
6.00 inches, 480 × 960 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio, IPS LCD display 5.50 inches, 480 × 960 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio, IPS LCD display
Android 10 (Go Edition) Android 9 Pie
Quad-core MediaTek Helio A22, 1.3GHz Quad-core UNISOC Spreadtrum SC7731E, 1.3GHz
8MP selfie camera 5MP selfie camera
5MP rear camera 5MP rear camera with LED flash
32GB internal storage + dedicated microSD card slot up to 128GB 16GB internal storage + dedicated microSD card slot up to 32GB
5,000mAh battery with 5W standard charging 3,020mAh battery with 5W standard charging
₦34,000 ₦24,000

TECNO POP 4 vs itel A36: Where the TECNO POP 4 Gains the Edge

The POP 4 comes with a more recent version of the Android OS, meaning that users can enjoy newer security features and updates, and a better battery life due to the Android 10’s adaptive battery setting.

It also has a bigger display and comes with a stronger battery that keeps this device powered all day. On the memory front, this device offers more RAM, onboard storage and external memory than its itel rival.

The POP 4 has decent cameras and is a great budget pick for users who do not want to spend above ₦40,000.

TECNO POP 4 vs itel A36

TECNO POP 4 vs itel A36: Where the itel A36 Gains the Edge

The A36 is a cheaper entry-level option, selling for ₦10,000 less than its distant relative. It is smaller, lighter and easier to handle, with an attractive plastic build.

This smartphone offers a decent Spreadtrum processor and is a solid budget device with fairly good specs at a very affordable price.

itel A36 mobility arena

TECNO POP 4 vs itel A36: Which of these Budget Smartphones Makes the Cut?

Both smartphones have their different pros and cons, with both sides offering a number of peculiar advantages. However, when it comes down to the big question, which of these Transsion devices will you go for and why?


The A36 has a number of fair specs for a budget entry-level device with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard memory. It also offers decent camera specs and an average-looking battery to power these specs.

The TECNO POP 4, on the other hand, has a number of enhanced features, with more RAM, onboard storage, external memory and a stronger battery to call on. It also features a larger display that lets users enjoy a more immersive smartphone experience and has a newer Android OS taking care of software business.

At the end of the day, the TECNO POP 4 easily bests its itel counterpart and is the better smartphone on the day.


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