This article focuses on TECNO’s new flagship device of 2017. The PHANTOM line of TECNO smartphones has been well accepted across many countries in Africa, and home isn’t an exception. We saw the Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus in 2016. As to why TECNO decided to deliberately skip 7 I cannot tell. Yes so let’s first take a look at the main features of the above named subject smartphone before we do a deeper review of it. Below are its main features:
- DUAL SIM (up to 4G network)
- 5.7 inches display panel
- 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
- Android Nougat 7.1 OS
- 2.6 GHz chipset
- Octa core Mediatek Helio P25 CPU
- 64 GB (expandable) internal memory
- 6 GB of RAM
- Dual primary cameras 12MP + 13MP
- 20MP selfie camera
- Fingerprint scanner
- 3500mAh battery
Now for them who are keen enough, you must have already realized this smartphone’s main selling point lies in its camera performance. We shall talk about that later on in this review. Now lets see what else the TECNO PHANTOM 8 has to offer. Below is its in depth review.
Design and build
Now now, in my informed opinion, this is the best looking smartphone TECNO has ever made, yet. Yet because it is their best looking smartphone we all agree, but still I believe TECNO’s best is yet to come. One thing about this company is with every new smartphone, it will always include a unique, new, outstanding etc thing to go with it. The design of the TECNO PHANTOM 8 is the very first thing you will notice about it. It has a glossy and mirror like finish that beautifully reflects light that bounces on it. It goes without say, this may be a fragile smartphone so should you buy it, well, you know what you should do, or not. But that doesn’t mean it is bound to break or crack when it falls- what I intend to say is, a little care should go for it. You can still rock it with a cover though if you so wish. It will still look great in one. It measures 160 x 40 x 7.9 mm in length, width and thickness respectively. Be sure to check out pictures of the TECNO PHANTOM 8 online and at www.phoneplacekenya.com.
The primary camera(s) on the back are on the top right corner together with the LED flash, then there is the rear mounted fingerprint scanner and TECNO branding right below it. It is a beauty this baby, that you can trust.
Display and camera
Its 5.7 inches display panel is an IPS LCD touch screen that has functionality support for multi touch and 16M colors (16 million). Speaking of colors, those are very well represented on the Phantom 8 display. it also has great viewing angles and can be easily read on brightly light conditions like outdoors. This display is of 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Great display, nothing I can complain about here. detail was explicitly considered.
As mentioned earlier, the camera(s) of this phone are its main selling point. The rear facing or primary camera is 12MP + 13MP with features like autofocus, an LED flash and 10 times Super Zoom. The 10x Super Zoom is a feature you will really enjoy. Picture this, you need to capture a moment far away from you, say 10 meters. You feel that is too far away you won’t get a clear shot! Well, not when you have the Phantom 8. All you do is zoom it to the max and snap. Now if my math is right, with 10x Super Zoom, you get picture quality of almost same quality as if that moment was a meter away. Quite impressive I have to say, thanks to the second primary camera.
The selfie camera is yet another beast of a performer. With 20MP count, your selfies will never go wrong. Nothing short of superb pictures.
Video recording here is supported as well.
This is the smartphone for you in case you a photography fanatic. But who isn’t these days?
Performance and memory
TECNO Phantom 8 runs on Android Nougat 7.1, is powered by a 2.6 GHz chipset and has an octa core mediatek Helio P25 chipset.
It runs on 6GB of RAM and has an expandable 64GB internal memory using an SD CARD. Expandable up to 2000GB.
Now, 6GB of RAM, hmph! I highly doubt I have to comment much on that. You know what they say, numbers don’t lie.
We get a 3500mAh sealed in battery with the Phantom 8.
Buy Tecno Phantom 8 today at www.phoneplacekenya.com. It is a beauty (looks) and a beast (performance) at the same time. Get to choose between a Galaxy Blue, Champagne Gold and Black TECNO Phantom 8- have your choice!