The Tecno Phantom 8 smartphone was developed as an advanced version of both its predecessors, the Phantom 6 and 6 Plus. It is packed with a dual-camera and sufficient RAM, just to mention a few of its amazing specs. It also features a powerful octa-processor that ensures the proper running of the phone.
Released in late 2017, it is interesting how this device has managed to remain in the spotlight as it is still highly recognized in the current smartphone market. Before its introduction was the Phantom 6 and 6 Plus, which were released in 2016. The company failed to release a Phantom 7 and went straight to the 8 edition. The Tecno Phantom 8 price in Nigeria starts from as low as 72,500 Naira to 137,000 Naira on the upper side.
Just as any phone has its advantages and its drawbacks, this one is no exception.
- Good battery life.
- Fantastic build quality and attractive design.
- It features an outstanding display of 1080 x 1920 pixels.
- High graphic games can cause lagging.
- It still runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat)
- It contains a low-quality set of headphones in its package.
Tecno Phantom 8 specs
- Release date: October 2017
- Size: 5.7 inches
- Dimensions: 159.95 x 79.5 x 7.9 mm (length, width, and thickness)
- Weight: 185g
- Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Display resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio
- Processor: Octa-core (4x2.6 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Battery capacity: 3500mAh, non-removable Li-Ion
- Rear camera: 12 MP + 13 MP dual camera, 1080p HD Video
- Front camera: 20 MP with dual-tone LED flash
- Operating system: Android 7.0 (Nougat), HiOS
- Internal memory: 64 GB and 6GB RAM
- Expandable memory: Available up to 256GB
- SIM card: Dual SIM
- SIM Type: Micro-SIM, Nano SIM
- USB port: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
- Bluetooth connectivity: 4.2, A2DP, LE
- Sensors: Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity, light, gyroscope, fingerprint scanner, voice control & Iris scanner
- Colors: Champagne Gold, Galaxy Blue, and Phantom Black
- Price: 72,500- 137,000 Naira
Let us take a deeper look into the hardware of this amazing phone.
This device has an elegant design that features a metal frame and an attractive 3D Diamond Fire Design at the back for a premium touch. It comes in three colors, namely, Champagne Gold, Phantom Black, and Galaxy Blue.
Its sleekness imitates that of a high-end smartphone, making it stand out from most of its competitors such as the Infinix Zero 5.
With the Phantom 8, you get a 5.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a display resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It weighs 185g and measures 159.95 x 79.5 x 7.9 mm in dimensions.
On its rear are a fingerprint scanner, 12 MP + 13MP dual camera with a dual-tone flash, and the brand logo. At the top of the display is a 20 MP selfie camera, alongside a dual-tone flash. On the right side are the power and volume buttons, while the left side houses a card tray for 2 SIM cards, one Micro and one Nano, as well as a slot for a microSD card of up to 256GB.
A 3.5mm headphone jack will be found at the top part of the device, and a USB type C port, microphone, and speaker at the bottom.
Processor, storage & performance
This phone comes with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. For more space, it has an expandable memory that can house a microSD card of up to 256 GB of storage.
The Phantom runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Octa-core (4x2.6 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53). This octa-processor facilitates power efficiency, as well as the smooth running of games. However, the device lags when processing high graphic games, which is such a bummer for gaming fans.
Its processing chipset is the Mediatek MT6757T Helio P25 (16 nm), which is mostly featured in high-end devices. The processing speed is 2.6 GHz, which is pretty fast. This Mediatek processor is supported by a Mali-T880MP2 graphics processing unit (GPU). Its purpose is to ensure that graphics are efficiently processed, even after heavy or continuous usage of the device.
Tecno Phantom 8 battery
An inbuilt 3500mAh battery powers the entire electronic system that makes up the Phantom 8.
For average phone users, you can achieve a full day with the device without having to recharge it. One of the Tecno Phantom 8 accessories that are included in the box after purchase is a fast charger. With it, users can charge their phones from 0% to 100% in approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
Speaker & call quality
The speaker on this device is pretty good as the audio quality produced is clear and loud enough. This is the case for both the regular call speaker and the loudspeaker.
Is the software good enough?
OS & features
This device comes with Android 7.0 (Nougat), which is quite outdated in today’s world of technology. It is equipped with an efficient fingerprint sensor, allowing users to unlock the device within a second.
Tecno Phantom 8 camera, video, and image quality
The cameras on this device are pretty average, but they still produce amazing quality images. The phone features a 20 MP selfie camera with a dualLED flash, as well as multiple enhancement options. It has also combined 12 MP and 13 MP cameras at the back for higher image quality and depth.
This is a shot that was captured using the dual rear camera. It is indeed a spectacular outcome!
Here is a photo captured using the selfie camera.
Some of the features that you get from the rear cameras are autofocus, 10X zoom, and Tri-LED bbbflash. You also get an amazing refocus portrait mode that will give you a blurry background, thus giving focus to the main object.
Tecno Phantom 8 reviews
These are some of the comments made on aboutdevice.com concerning this device.
- PhoneMobs: When it comes to the choice of having the best of smartphone to flex with… Tecno is the best brand, and Phantom 8 is the one for you.
- Samo: I am currently not enjoying my new Tecno Phantom 8. Most applications are not responding properly after installation, Some micro intelligence function do not work as stated, can’t make calls when I set the phone to 4G network. Apps become deactivated automatically after careful setting and activation, eg, when I set the app lock, it locks my apps for some time, then deactivates by itself and not locking any longer.
In terms of camera, battery life, design, and display resolutions, Tecno did a commendable job on this one. However, it still runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat), which results in the device being a little bit slower during various heavy operations. We hope Tecno can make an update for this.
For heavy gamers, there are better alternatives to the Tecno Phantom 8 in the same price range, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8. All in all, considering the Tecno Phantom 8 Jumia price starts at 72,500 Naira and is characterized by numerous amazing specs, it is a good buy.