The Nigerian and global market for mid-range smartphones becomes more competitive each passing year. Transsion Holdings, one of the biggest competitors in this range, recently released Tecno Phantom 9. This fantastic device has high screen quality, long battery life and high-grade cameras. It also has a powerful octa-core processor for enhanced speed and performance.
Tecno Phantom 9 is Tecno Phantom 8’s successor. Phantom 8 was released in 2017, so its successor was long overdue. The device is readily available in Nigeria in both online and offline stores. The price range starts from 76,500 to 95,000 Naira. Following the announcement that Transsion Holdings would be releasing this smartphone, there was a lot of anticipation for a product that would be superior to its predecessor. Does this newly released smartphone meet the customers' expectations?
Tecno Phantom 9 overview
Similar to all other devices, this new phone has its advantages and limitations. These are;
- It has a large display that makes it easy for the user to play mobile phone games or watch videos and movies.
- It has a very high screen quality that allows for crisp images and videos.
- The battery life is relatively long. The user does not have to worry about a fast battery drain.
- The device is equipped with a powerful processor that allows the user to play 3D games without hanging problems.
- The triple rear and single front cameras are high-grade for taking flawless pictures.
- The device comes in just one colour, that is, Lapland Aurora.
- It is not water and dust resistant.
- It lacks a temperature sensor.
- It does not offer wireless or fast charging.
Tecno Phantom 9 specs
The Tecno Phantom 9 features and specifications are;
- Release date: July 2019
- Dimensions: 158.5 x 75.3 x 7.9 mm (6.24 x 2.96 x 0.31 inches)
- Weight: 164.4 g (5.78 oz)
- Build material: Polycarbonate (glass stick)
- SIM: Dual Nano-SIM
- Display size: 6.39 inches
- Display type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Display resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie
- CPU: Octa-core 4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
- Chipset: Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35
- Internal memory: 6GB RAM & 128GB ROM
- External memory: micro SD up to 1 TB with a dedicated slot
- Rear camera: Triple 16 MP, 8 MP & 2 MP
- Front camera: 32 MP
- Bluetooth: 5.0 with A2DP & LE
- Radio: FM radio
- Battery: 3500 mAh (non-removable)
- USB: Micro USB 2.0
- Sensors: Fingerprint, gyro, accelerometer, compass & proximity
- Colour: Lapland aurora
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This recently released device has the following features;
The overall design of the phone is traditional but infuses modern technology that makes the phone more appealing. It has an eye-catching dual-tone finish with a gradient pattern. It has a width of 75.3 mm, a length of 158.5 mm and a thickness of 7.9 mm. With these measurements, one can operate the device with one hand. For some people, this smartphone may be a bit too big. It weighs 164g, which is relatively lightweight for its size.
The back cover of the device is in 3D. It has a fascinating interchange between nano-holographic streaks of light and rain that jazz up the auroras with an amazing S-pattern. The phone has 40-degree body arc curvatures with smooth edges that make holding the phone in one hand very easy and comfortable.
The front of the device features sleek bezels and a water-drop notch. The water-drop style notch houses the powerful front camera. On the right side, there are the power and volume buttons. The base part houses a microphone, speaker, 3.5 mm jack and a micro USB 2.0 port. At the rear of the device, there are triple camera sensors and an LED flashlight. The device comes in one colour, that is, Lapland aurora.
This smartphone comes with a 6.39-inch display. The capacitive touchscreen display is AMOLED and has about 84.0% screen-to-body ratio. Its resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels with a 19.5:9 ratio. Its contrast ratio is over 100,000:1 making it fantastic for browsing and watching movies. The screen size is large enough to use for work purposes, for example, creating business documents.
The screen’s protection is a corning gorilla glass 3. Although the protection is well-intended, the designers chose a technology that is outdated. The latest devices are using corning GG5 technology at the moment. Unlike the predecessor, the fingerprint scanner is located inside the display.
Processor, storage, and performance
The phone comes with a powerful and reliable octa-core 4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 processor. The processor is paired with a 12 nm Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 chipset. Both the processor and the chipset enhance the performance of the Phantom 9 compared to its predecessor, Tecno Phantom 8.
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How much storage does the device have? It comes with 6GB of random access memory, and 128GB of read-only memory. The user can, therefore, store plenty of documents, applications, pictures and videos. The external memory is expandable using a micro SD card of up to 1TB.
With this phone, storage space is unlikely to be a cause for concern. Multiple applications can run simultaneously without making the device sluggish. Bulky 3D games can also be installed and used without slowing down the phone.
The overall performance of the phone is impressive. It is a wise buy for people who are looking for affordable devices that offer high performance. Both the working class and students will have a pleasant experience with the Phantom 9.
Tecno Phantom 9 battery capacity
The device comes with a non-removable 3500mAh Li-Ion battery. This is a relatively large capacity. The user does not have to worry about battery drain every few minutes when they are away from a charging outlet. Although the battery is long-lasting, the user needs to avoid extended hours of games or movies as this may reduce its performance.
One of the major limitations is that the phone does not come with a wireless or fast charging system. Having the two features would have made it more suitable for the present-day smartphone user. Hopefully, the next device in the Phantom series will include both of these elements.
Speaker and call quality
The phone has excellent sound and audio quality. The audio is clear and loud enough both with and without the earphones. The sound transmission when making or receiving a call is also high-quality.
What software features does this smartphone have?
OS & features
The device comes preinstalled with Android 9.0 Pie. Can it be upgraded? The company is yet to confirm whether or not this is possible. It also has an optical fingerprint sensor on the display. The secure fingerprint sensor is easy and convenient to use.
Camera, video, and image quality
The device boasts of triple rear cameras. These include a 16-megapixels primary sensor that has an f/1.85 aperture. The sensor is supported by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera application has night, super-macro shots, 2x zoom, AI and wide-angle modes.
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The front/ selfie camera has 32-megapixels and features two LED flashlights, one on each side. Both the front and rear cameras deliver the best pictures in good lighting. When the light dims, the quality of the images declines because it lacks a dedicated night mode. In addition to taking HD images, the device can also take HD videos.
Here are some of the comments and reviews that members of the public have expressed;
Tecno Phantom 9 accessories
When you buy the phone, you should find the following accessories in the box;
- SIM-ejection tool
- User manual
- 10W adapter cable
- micro-USB cable
- One pair of earphones
Tecno Phantom 9 price
This smartphone is readily available in both online and offline shops across Nigeria. Tecno Phantom 9 Jumia price ranges from 76,500 to 95,000 depending on the seller. There are also other Tecno Phantom 9 buy online options such as Konga. Konga retail price is 85,000.
Tecno Phantom 9 is a wise buy because it provides value for money. It is packed with high-end features. The design is eye-catching, and the performance is impressive. It is best recommended for people who need a reliable and high-performance device in the mid-range segment for everyday use.
Tecno Phantom 9 is the latest release in the Phantom series by Transsion Holdings. The company made it available for retail in July 2019. It is suitable for both students and people who are already working. The triple rear cameras and powerful selfie camera ensure that all the beautiful moments in life are well-captured. The large storage capacity means that a user can download games, applications, documents, and videos without any worry.