It’s that time of the year again.
Yep, time for Tecno Mobile to update their flagship lineup with a new device, and guess what?
They. Just. Did.
Skipping the number seven (7) and moving all the way from a 6ix to an 8ight, Tecno’s flagship device for 2017 is [drumroll?] the Tecno Phantom 8.
Let’s meet the device …
- Network: 2G / 3G / 4G
- Display: 5.7 inches, IPS LCD Touchscreen display — (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- Software: Android v7.0 (Nougat)
- Processor: 2.6 GHz Octa-core CPU (MediaTek MT6757CD — Helio P25)
- Memory: 6GB RAM | 64GB ROM
- Cameras: Front — 20-megapixel (f/2.0, dual flash) | Rear — Dual camera setup (12 MP wide angle + 13 MP telephoto, 10x Digital Zoom, LED flash, autofocus, [email protected] video
- Battery: 3500 mAh
Software, Design, Display
Unveiled in the Middle East (Dubai, specifically), the Tecno Phantom 8 is a dual hybrid SIM Android device shipping with the Nougat flavor of the operating system (version 7.0) sandwiched with Tecno’s proprietary user interface: HiOS.
For design, Tecno marketing is making a lot of noise about a “Diamond Fire Design”, but fancy words aside, the Phantom 8 ships as a ‘good looking’ unibody metal device available in about 3 color options:
- Champagne Gold,
- Galaxy Blue, and
- Phantom Black.
Its display is nothing new; a 5.7 inch IPS LCD touch display having a 1080p resolution and a pixel density of about 386 pixels per inch and for protection, a 2.5 glass is present on top of the display.
Performance & Hardware
Beneath the “Diamond Fire”
hogwash exterior sits a MediaTek Helio P25 SoC which is an Octa-core CPU having a clock speed of 2.6 GHz for the Phantom 8 supported by the Mali T720MP4 GPU for processing graphics.
That and an enormous 6 gigabytes of RAM for a fluid multitasking experience plus about 64GB of onboard storage for files and media.
If for some weird reasons, 64GB would be too small a storage unit for you, you can pop in a memory card (theoretical capacities up to 2TB) into the device. Bear in mind, however, that the card would take up one of your SIM slots.
Next up, the cameras …
We’ll start with the selfie shooter.
The front-facing camera of the Tecno Phantom 8 is a 20-megapixel lens having an f/2.0 aperture supported by a dual-tone dual LED flash beside it for low light lighting.
The rear-facing shooter, on the other hand, comprises a dual camera setup.
One of the lenses is a 12-megapixel wide angle lens while the other is a 13-megapixel Telephoto lens.
The implementation here would be similar to how most other high-end smartphone manufacturers do theirs; the 12MP lens for ‘normal’ still shots and the 12 + 13MP lens for better bokeh effect — something Tecno PR is touting with yet another fancy name: “Auto Refocus”.
There’s no word out (yet) on whether or not the wide angle or telephoto lens (primary the wide angle though) is optically stabilized, at least in the numerous places I’ve checked, but here’s to hoping it is.
Still no 4k video on the Phantom this year though. What you’re getting is a dual camera set up that can shoot 1080p videos at 30 frames per second, at best.
Security, Battery and Other Features
For security, the Tecno Phantom 8 relies on a fingerprint sensor which is situated in the right spot at the back of the device (*coughs* Samsung *coughs*) which can be used for quickly unlocking the device and a few other things.
To stay alive, a Lithium Polymer 3500 mAh battery which can be juiced up really fast is present.
Other things worth mentioning include:
- No Bluetooth 5.0, still 4.x,
- Finally, a Type C connector,
- The headphone jack is still present, and
- No dust/water resistance.
Tecno Phantom 8 Price in Nigeria
The Tecno Phantom 8, as at publishing this piece has currently not hit the shelves, but when available would retail for between ₦120,000 and ₦150,000.
Update: The device is now available in Nigeria with a recommended retail price of about ₦128,000.
And nope, no “Phantom 8 Plus” this year (yet).
Tecno Phantom 8 Full Device Specifications
Here are the full essential details about the device…
Network and Software
|Operating System||Android v7.0 (Nougat)|
Design and Display
|Dimensions||159.95 x 79.5 x 7.9 mm|
|Colors||Champagne Gold, Galaxy Blue, Phantom Black|
|Display Size||5.7 inches|
|Display Type||IPS LCD Touchscreen|
|Display Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
Performance and Hardware
|Processor Name||MediaTek MT6757CD — Helio P25|
|Processor Type||2.6 GHz Octa-core CPU|
|SD Card Support||Yes (up to 2TB)|
|Front Camera||20-megapixel (f/2.0, dual flash)|
|Rear Camera||Dual camera setup (12 MP wide angle + 13 MP telephoto, 10x Digital Zoom, LED flash, autofocus, [email protected] video|
|Battery Capacity||3500 mAh|
Connectivity and Multimedia
|WiFi||Yes (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)|