Tecno Phantom 8 Review, Specs and Price in Nigeria

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Tecno Phantom 8, the current flagship bearer of Tecno, was released very late in 2017. The smart device, when released, was a deal breaker, and interestingly, this device still has a strong place in the current smart phone market. Phantom 8 packs a great deal of state-of-art technologies, making it a device worthwhile of thorough analysis.

Tecno Phantom 8 Review

Tecno Phantom 8 took a big leap in its display, compared to its predecessor, featuring a 5.7 inches display. This display has an astonishing resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, leaving the smart device with an impressive pixel density of 400 ppi. A pixel density of 400 pixels-per-inch (ppi) infers that the device gives outstanding graphics display.

The flagship bearer doesn’t just come with impressive peripherals, it also features a powerful octa-core processor, taking great advantage of the hardwares featured in the device. This octa-core processor is the well-known MediaTek Helio P25, which has an operating speed of 2.6 GHz. Supporting this MediaTek Helio P25, is a huge and high-speed 6 GB random access memory (RAM).

The epic Tecno Phantom 8 runs the Android 7.0 operating system, which is also known as Android Nougat. However, the fast-paced technological progress has rendered this operating system quite obsolete. Android 7.0 Nougat might be quite obsolete, but this doesn’t render the smart device useless, as there is always room for update.

It’s no more news that 16 GB and 32 GB devices are nothing so special, these days. To keep up with the ever-rising demand for larger storage space, this smart phone was equipped with a 64 GB flash storage. Interestingly, the beauty of this smart device doesn’t stop here, as its storage can be further expanded up to 2TB. Making a memory expansion will involve using a micro SD card.

In a country like Nigeria, manufacturers who wish to capture the market, have to take a device power serious. Impressively, Tecno has done quite a good job here. Phantom 8 comes with an ideal 3500 mAh battery. The device hardwares are further optimized to make efficient use of the device battery.

A review of this flagship will be incomplete if nothing is said about the appearance of this smart phone. Phantom 8 has a very sleek design. It is furthermore elegant and comes in a variety of colours, namely: champagne gold, phantom black and galaxy blue.

Tecno Phantom 8 Key Specs and Features

  • 5.7-inch IPS Display
  • 1080 x 1920 pixels (400ppi)
  • 2.6GHz octa-core Mediatek Helio P25 CPU with 6GB RAM
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) with HiOS
  • 64GB Storage with support for memory card up to 256GB
  • 12MP + 13MP Dual Rear Camera and 20MP Front Camera
  • 4G LTE Data (up to 300 Mbps downloads)
  • Fingerprint Scanner(Rear)
  • 3500 mAh Battery

Appearance and Display

Tecno Phantom 8 comes in a very nice appearance. As stated earlier, the device has an impressive sleekness, accompanied with an elegant design. Mere looking at it from a user’s hands, it is easy to tell the device is a high-end smart device. There are three colours the device can come in, and they are namely: champagne gold, phantom black and galaxy blue. These colours were carefully chosen by the design team of the phone.

A 5.7 inches liquid crystal display (LCD) is featured by this flagship, and this is a very cool feature as larger screen size often give way to greater smart phone experience. The device does not just come with a regular 5.7 inches LCD touchscreen, its touchscreen has a very high resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The pixel density of the display reads 400 pixels per inch.

In regular phones that feature large display, there are often great power consumption coming from their displays. However, in Phantom 8, this is not the case. The display fitted in this device was designed with power efficiency in mind. In other words, a user can enjoy the benefits of having a very powerful battery.

Connectivity and Power

Tecno Phantom 8 is a dual SIM smart device. It uses micro SIM cards and has support for second generation (2G), third generation (3G), and fourth generation (4G) mobile network technologies. The device has support for 4G LTE technologies of all mobile network providers in the country.

This device furthermore has support for Wi-Fi technologies, giving its users the room to access the internet with super-fast internet speed. It has support for Bluetooth 4.2 technology, in other words allows support of external keyboard an the likes.

The near field connection technology, popularly known as NFC, is a technology this flagship lacks. It can be seen as a catch of this device, but it is not too significant. Phantom 8 also lacks support for the infrared technology, but this can be considered insignificant as the infrared technology is quite irrelevant in the current mobile phone industry.

The whole electronic system making up Tecno Phantom 8 is powered by a 3500 mAh battery. This battery is in-built, but can be replaced if damaged. It’s no argument that a battery capacity of 3500 mAh is great, but the main point is how efficient the device uses this power. Interesting, all hardwares featured in this device are power efficient. In addition, Android 7.0 Nougat and newer version of the Android operating system have been designed to be impressively power efficient.

Processor and RAM

At the heart of the Tecno Phantom 8 system is a MediaTek processor powering the system. This processor in question is the well-known MediaTek Helio P25 processor featured in a lot of high-end smart device. The processor ranks among the state-of-art processors in 2017 and 2018. MediaTek Helio P25 processor has an outstanding processing speed of 2.6 GHz, making it one of the fastest mobile processors currently available in the market.

The processor belongs to the octa-core family, and octa-core processors are known for varieties of impressive things. Some of the things octa-core processors are known for include power efficient and the capability to run very heavy games without glitches.

MediaTek Helio P25 has the support of a Mali 880 graphics processing unit (GPU). This graphics processor is well-known in the mobile industry for its excellence in graphics processing. It handles graphics processing efficiently even after operating continuously for a very long time.

The MediaTek processor uses a 6 GB random access memory, as its primary memory. This memory is furthermore a high-speed memory, reducing the amount of time loss found in RAM with lower speed. Such a large RAM gives the user the opportunity to run a lot of heavy apps simultaneously, without issues.

Cameras and Sensors

Tecno Phantom 8 comes with a total of three cameras. making belong to the special class of smart phone with three camera. Of these two cameras, there are two of them on the rear side, and one of them in the front, for selfies. Phantom 8 will be a very cool device for people who love selfies, as it features an astonishing 20 mega pixels camera which also comes with loads of enhancements.

The back cameras featured by this smart phone are 12 mega pixels and 13 mega pixels. These two cameras are also well-enhanced to give produce epic pictures. Among supports of these cameras are bright LED flashes.

As expected, Phantom 8 has a fingerprint scanner which is positioned on the back-side of the phone. Aside the fingerprint scanner, the device also features other sensors like iris scanner, light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, and digital compass. These pool of sensors give the device the capability to carry out some smart tasks that require the use of sensors.

Storage and OS

Tecno Phantom 8 is equipped with a 64 GB internal flash storage. Such a large flash storage was embedded in this device to satisfy the ever-rising demand for storage space. However, if a user still needs more storage space, they have the opportunity to expand the storage up to 2 TB.

Expansion of this device storage space requires a micro SD card. Although, getting a micro SD card larger than 4 TB is very rare, putting a micro SD card larger than 2 TB can disrupt the proper functioning of the smart phone.

Out of box, a build of Phantom 8 runs the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. This operating system is an impressive one in all aspects, but the availability of Android 8.0 Oreo and Android Pie make it quite obsolete. However, this relatively obsolete Android 7.0 Nougat shouldn’t lure buyers away from the device, as there is always room for update.

The Android operating system gives users the room to run a wide variety of apps not available on the iOS platform. Asides, the operating system also gives way to playing interesting mobile games.

More about Tecno Phantom 8

Apart from regular features smart phone have, Phantom 8 comes with other interesting features like: an intelligent digital assistant and USB-OTG technology. With the help of this USB, the device can function as a fully-fledge computer host. Elucidating further, the technology makes it possible for the phone to use USB devices like: flash drive, hard disk, modem, wireless keyboard and their likes.

Tecno Phantom 8 Full Specs and Features

General Features

  • Status: Available, From October, 2017
  • Platform: Android 7.0 (Nougat), HiOS
  • Processor: 2.6GHz Octa-core Processor: 2.6GHz quad-core Cortex A53 and 1.6GHz
  • Cortex A53 (MediaTek Helio P25)
  • GPU: Mali 880
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Colours: Galaxy Blue, Champagne Gold, Black
  • Dimension: 159.95 x 79.5 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: –
  • SIM Type: Micro-SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual SIM, Dual Standby

Display

  • Display: 5.7-inch IPS Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (400ppi)
  • Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass (version unspecified)

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 12 MP + 13MP Dual Camera, 1080p HD Video
  • Rear Camera Features: Tri-tone-LED Flash, Autofocus, Geo-tagging, 10X Digital Zoom
  • Front Camera: 20 MP Camera, Dual-tone LED Flash

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 64GB Storage
  • Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 2TB (in practice up to 256GB) (Requires the SIM2 slot)
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: 850 / 2100MHz
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes, LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700), 38, 40

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes, up to 48kbps
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes, up to 300 Mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP
  • NFC: No
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, USB Type C

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: IMAP4, POP3, SMTP

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
  • Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS
  • Maps: Yes, Google Maps

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Rear)
  • Iris Scanner: Yes
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: –
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: No (download at store)
  • Video Editor: No (download at store)
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No (download at store)

Battery

  • Battery: 3500 mAh Battery (non-removable)
  • Standby Time: –
  • Talktime: –
  • Video Playback: –

Tecno Phantom 8 Best Alternatives

Phantom 8 has a good number of alternatives to it, in the present technological age we find ourselves. When thinking about alternatives to this smart device, the likes of Nokia 8 and Infinix Note 4 are two devices that can be taken into consideration. However, if you desire a Tecno alternative, you can take a look at devices like Camon CX, Spark K7 and Spark Plus

Tecno Phantom 8 Price in Nigeria

When the Phantom 8 was released, it was sold at prices between 124,000 NGN and 135,000 NGN. However, the current price has dropped below this range, and the price in Nigeria currently is around 115,000 Naira.

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