Tecno is no longer the dirty-cheap phone maker we often take it to be — at least, not after the release of the premium Camon series.
And now, the brand has proven itself again with the release of Phantom 8. It’s a surprising leap from Phantom 6 and, might I say, a good leap too?
It sure is.
Phantom 8 is built to compete with most high-end smartphones like iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S7. I’ll have to state here clearly, though, that both phones beat the Tecno Phantom 8 in terms of performance.
But compared to them, it’s cheap and a great choice for those who want a premium smartphone with excellent performance, premium designs, and superb cameras at a very affordable price without breaking the bank.
In this review, I’ll show you everything you need to know about the device; performance, software, hardware, battery life, and so on.
Table of Contents
Premium iPhone-like Camera System
The camera system is quite interesting. This isn’t too surprising considering its price.
The Phantom 8 comes with the dual rear camera system, the same system found on the iPhone X. The dual camera comprises a 12MP camera which acts as the main camera and a 13MP camera which acts as a stabilizer. The main camera combined with the stabilizer gives you a very powerful camera combo capable of capturing high definition pictures and videos.
It comes with a whopping 20MP front camera for selfies. The selfie camera is quite powerful and excellent for those who love selfies especially Instagram kings and queens. The selfie camera is guarded by two powerful LED flash on both sides for taking high-quality photos in low lighting conditions.
Massive Internal Storage and Extensive Hardware Collections
The Tecno Phantom 8 comes with a whopping 64GB internal storage; that’s more than enough for an average phone user. But if for any reason you find that a bit limiting, you can easily increase it up to 1TB with a micro SD card.
The Phantom 8 sports a gyroscope, so if you’re looking for a Tecno phone that supports virtual reality (VR), Phantom 8 is what you’re looking for.
Unfortunately, the phone still supports only Bluetooth version 4 and not the latest version 5.
The smartphone also features a 1080 x 1920 pixel high-resolution display on a 5.7-inch screen guarded by Corning gorilla glass to prevent it from minor scratches.
Excellent Performance and Multitasking Capability
Tecno Phantom 8 sports a massive 6GB and a MediaTek Helio X20 Deca-core SoC clocked at 2.1GHz.
The processor is tri-clustered; it consists of two powerful high-power ARM-A72 processors clocked at 2.1GHz, four low-power-consuming ARM-A53 processors clocked at 1.3GHz and four medium-power ARM-A53 processor clocked at 1.85GHz. This allows the phone to delegate tasks to different processors while handling more complex ones jointly.
The processing system combined with the massive 6GB RAM makes the smartphone a superfast device with excellent performance and multitasking capabilities.
Good Battery Life
It comes with a 3500mAh. This may seem a bit too small for such a high spec phone, but Tecno is a lot smarter than we often give it credit.
Phantom 8 comes with good processing ability and therefore, consume less juice. So the phone will actually consume less juice to complete a given task, hence, the battery life is not tied to the number but the task at hand.
Tecno Phantom 8 is a great device that sports premium design, display, and iPhone-like camera system with a whopping 20MP selfie camera. It’s everything a phone should be plus it doesn’t cost the bank.
Get it here: Tecno Phantom 8
Tecno Phantom 8 Specifications
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat Based on HIOS v3.0|
|SIM||Dual (Hybrid) SIM|
|Type||LCD HD Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Resolution||1920 x 1020 pixels|
|Dimension||159.95 x 79.5 x 7.9mm|
|Colour||Champagne Gold, Black, Galaxy Blue|
|Network||3G, 4G LTE|
|USB||Micro USB, OTG|
|Card Slot||Yes, MicroSD (Up to 2TB)|
|Back||12MP & 13MP, Auto-Focus, 10x Super Zoom|
|Front||20MP Bright Selfie with Dual Flash|
|Sensors||Ambient Light, Gyroscope, G-sensor, E-compass, Proximity, Fingerprint|
|What’s in the box?||Phone, Earphone, Jelly Case, Back Cover Protector, USB Cable, Adapter, Sim Ejector, Tool Boom Music Card, User Guide|