Tecno Phantom 8 Price, Review, Full Specifications & Features

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Tecno is back in 2017 with its flagship line of Phantom smartphones with the Tecno Phantom 8, and the company looks to be officially moving into the ‘Big Boys’ game. The Tecno Phantom 8 packs a rear dual camera setup and a massive 20MP selfie camera, Octa-core Helio P25 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3,500mAh battery.

Tecno Phantom 8 Key Specifications

  • Display Size : 5.7 FHD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Display Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (403 ppi)
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.6GHz Helio P25 Mediatek processor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Internal memory: 64GB
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 256GB
  • Rear  Camera: 13MP + 12MP camera, LED Flash, autofocus
  • Front Camera: 20MP Camera, with dual LED Flash
  • Battery: 3,500 mAh
  • Fingerprint sensor: Back-mounted
  • OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • SIM Type: Dual or Single SIM versions (micro)
  • 4G LTE: YES
  • Price: from N135,000

Design & Display



The Tecno Phantom 8 offers a plastic backing and metal sides and also, Tecno keeps the top, bottom and side bezels up front (which most top smartphone makers have, to an extent, got rid of already in 2017). The slight curve at the sides on both the front and back should make handling easier. Early reviews, however claims the Phantom 8 is a fingerprint magnet, so, a small piece of cotton cloth might come in handy to get rid of the smudges. Better still, you can find a suitable case or skin.


On the display side, the Tecno Phantom 8 comes with a big 5.7 inch screen that offers a Full HD resolution at 1080 x 1920 pixels. At 402 ppi, the Phantom 8 should provide a great viewing pleasure and if you read a lot of text, expect them to appear sharp and crisp. The device comes in three colours; Champagne Gold, Phantom Black and Galaxy Blue.


Camera, Performance & Storage



Tecno makes a statement yet again in the camera department with the Phantom 8. There is now a dual camera setup at the back, with one rocking a 13 megapixel sensor and the other a 12 megapixel one, both of which gets an LED flash for low light shots. The camera can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps.


On the front, however, is a single 20 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, which expectedly, should snap great selfies at almost every lighting situations.


Tecno Phantom 8 also comes with great power, as you get an Octa core Helio P25 processor. An ample 6GB of RAM backs it up and you get 64GB on-board storage, which can be further bolstered with an SD card of up to a behemoth 2TB.


Not sure why Tecno didn’t use the better Helio P30 (like on the Gionee M7) or the more powerful ‘X’ series chipsets from Mediatek, but for the most part, this configuration should provide for great multitasking experience and should handle even the heaviest apps and games with ease. The Phantom 8 runs on Android 7 with HiOS 3.0 overlay. However, no info yet on whether the Phantom 8 will get an early Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade.




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Battery & Other features



The Tecno Phantom 8 packs a 3,500mAh juicer, which compensates well for the amount of power it is carrying, so expect at least a full day of normal use before reaching for the charging cable. The device supports dual SIM and super fast 4G LTE internet connection.  The Tecno Phantom 8 also comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back for that extra security.


Other connectivity features on the Tecno Phantom 8 are a USB Type-C port, Bluetooth and Wi-fi 802.11/b/g/n.


Price & Availability



The Tecno Phantom 8 is not yet available in Nigeria and Kenya, should make its way to all leading online stores as soon as it drops.  The Tecno Phantom 8 price in Nigeria starts at around N135,000. Tecno Phantom 8 price in Kenya starts from KSh 30,999 in Kenya. Please note that prices may vary depending on your location.


Alternative Smartphone To Tecno Phantom 8



The Phantom 8 is built around a great camera experience, so, to get a similar or even greater value if you are a photo addict, you can opt for the Nokia 8 or the Infinix Note 4 pro.


You can also check out other phones like the Tecno Spark and Spark Plus from Tecno, which are also camera focused and sells at a much cheaper price. Elsewhere is the Oukitel K5000 with a massive 21MP selfie camera and a larger 5,000 mAh battery.

Tecno Phantom 8 Full Specsheet 


               
NETWORK

2G Network

GSM: 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz

3G Network

WCDMA: 2100 MHz (900/1700/1900/2100 MHz)

4G Network

LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)

SIM

Dual Micro SIM (Dual Standby)

Status

Available: October 2017

BODY

Dimensions

159.95 x 79.5 x 7.9 mm
– Weigh

Keyboard

Touchscreen

Colours

Galaxy Blue, Champagne Gold, Phantom Black

Cover

Plastic

DISPLAY

Type

IPS LCD FHD, multi-touch touchscreen with 16m colours

Size

5.7 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 402 Pixels Per-square Inch

MEMORY AND OS

Card slot

MicroSD, up to 2TB


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Internal

64GB

OS

Android 7.1 Nougat

-HiOS 3.0

Processors

– Octa-core 2.6GHz CPU

– Mediatek Helio P25 chipset

– Mali-GPU

RAM

6GB RAM

AUDIO

Alert types

Vibration, MIDI, MP3 ringtones

Loudspeaker

Yes, Mono loud speaker

Audio port

3.5mm jack

CONNECTIVITY
2G      

GPRS – up to 85.6 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps

3G      

Up to 42.2 mbps downlink; Up to 11.5 mbps uplink

4G      

LTE Cat4 up to 150 Mbps downlink / up to 50 Mbps uplink

WIFI  

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi direct

Bluetooth

Version 4.2, A2DP

GPS

A-GPS

NFC

No

USB

USB Type-C

CAMERA

Primary

– Dual 13MP + 12MP, autofocus, LED flash

– FEATURES: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, auto-HDR

Video

1080p@30fps

Secondary

20MP Camera with LED flash
BATTERY

Capacity

Non-removable 3,500mAh Li-Po battery

Stand-by

Undefined

Talk time

Undefined
Music play

OTHER FEATURES

Sensors           

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, Compass and Light sensor

Messaging

SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser

HTML5
Java

No
Miscellaneous

– FM radio, recording

– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flacc player

– MP4/H.264 player

– Photo/video editor

– Document viewer
PRICE

Price range

Nigeria: About N135,000 to N170,000 ($390)

Kenya: About KSh 37,999 to Ksh 60,999




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