TECNO has released its latest flagship device, the Phantom 8. Read our full in-depth review of the device below.
The Phantom 8 is TECNO’s successor to the Phantom 6, with the company offering no concrete explanation foe the jump from 6 to 8. The company also chose to make a single device, as opposed to regular and Plus versions as in the Phantom 6.
TECNO Phantom 8 – Design & Display
The Phantom 8 is a very well designed device, with a very sleek feel at under 8mm thick. It has a 5.7-inch screen, surrounded by bezels on all, a rarity in a flagship phone in 2017. The upper bezel features the front camera and flash, while the lower bezel houses the physical Home, Menu and Return buttons.
TECNO employs the Diamond Fire effect in the Phantom 8, with the phone’s rear giving off a sparkle when exposed to light at various angles, and it’s super cool AF. It comes in 3 different colors: Champagne Gold, Phantom Black and Galaxy Blue.
All other features are in the same place you’d find them on regular TECNO devices: the volume rocker, the finger print scanner, the speaker grilles and all.
The device has a full HD display at 1920 x 1080 pixels, with 403 pixels per-square inch. There’s an eye-care feature, which helps to reduce the level of white light in the display and prevent eyestrain.
Tecno Phantom 8 – Software & Performance
The Phantom 8 is Tecno’s first device with more than 4GB of RAM, and the device’s power is evident from the very first time you handle it. With 6GB of RAM and a 2.6GHz CPU running Android Nougat 7.0, the Phantom 8 provides a pretty great user experience.
Sadly, like previous models before it, you can’t update the Android OS that comes with the device, only the custom UI skin that comes with it, HiOS.
The Phantom 8 comes with 64GB of memory, and while it doesn’t directly affect performance, it means you’re almost never going to be bugged with notifications asking you to free up space.
The fingerprint sensor is the primary method of technology on the Phantom 8, with Tecno having removed the eye scanner. The fingerprint sensor has a number of other functions besides unlocking the device, and you can use it to pick up phone calls or even take selfies.
In some of the custom apps like Aha, there’s still the issue of poorly written English, giving the idea that someone just ran them through Google Translate and put it in the OS.
The device is all shades of perfect for gaming, and runs high end games with consummate ease. The graphic quality is high, and there’s no noticeable lag when playing.
There are a number of unnecessary apps built into the phone, such as the Recharge King, which claims to help you scan recharge codes, but is a chore to get to work. Thankfully, there’s enough memory on the phone that you can afford to ignore them.
TECNO Phantom 8 – Hardware
The TECNO Phantom 8 comes very correct when hardware is considered, with camera and battery both being very strong points.
It has a 20-megapixel front camera thats a bit grainy in low light, but super great in adequate light.
The rear camera features a dual lens set up with 12 and 13 mega-pixel lenses, and has a really cool autofocus feature.
The camera does pretty well in low light situations too. I used it to cover a number of concerts this month, and majority of the photos came out real nice. There’s a slight shutter delay which can give blurs with motion photography, but it’s a great camera still.
Even more impressive is the battery. The Phantom 8 is one device you can use continuously without worrying about battery life. A full charge will get you through a whole day of power usage, and you’d still have plenty of juice left. I spent whole evenings taking photos.
When using the device’s charger, the Phantom 8 can charge from 0 to 100 in under an hour, which is truly special.
TECNO Phantom 8 – verdict
At N130,000, the Phantom 8 is a steal. It’s a very powerful device, with every essential you’d want from a phone in 2017. The camera could be better, but that’s maybe the only major slight on a real awesome phone.