Tecno Phantom 9 Review and Unboxing (Video)


Tecno Phantom 9 is the latest flagship smartphone from Tecno. The Phantom 8 is dated having been launched in 2017, this is why an upgrade is long overdue. So, let us see what is inside. The Tecno Phantom series is Tecno’s line of flagship smartphones, starting from the Phantom 5.

But for reasons known to Tecno Mobility, the company decided to skip 2018. As a result, some fellows have even concluded end-of-the-road for the Tecno Phantom series. Well, we might not know the exact reason why the Phantom 9 was deferred into 2019, but the Tecno Phantom series is back, and in this review, I’ll be sharing 3 reasons why the Tecno Phantom 9 is the company’s most innovative smartphone yet.

Tecno Phantom 9 Review and Price

Tecno Phantom 9 Key Specifications

Display: 6.4 inch pixels 1080 x 2340 Full-HD+ display
Back Camera: 16 + 8 + 2 MP Main cameras with quad-LED flash
Front camera: 32 MP front camera with Uniquely Placed front LED flash.
Storage: 128 GB
CPU: Octa-core 2.3 GHz Mediatek Helio P35
OS: HiOS 5.0 based on Android 9.0 (Pie)
Battery: 3500mAh
Others: In-display fingerprint scanner

Tecno Phantom 9 Display Review

Starting with an impressive 6.39 inches AMOLED display, the device has a stunning 84% screen-to-body ratio by using a waterdrop-style notch inside which houses the selfie camera. It is not the big screen estate that makes the display gorgeous, it is the choice of the resolution. On a smartphone with such a large screen, the higher the pixel resolution, the better. Tecno understands this, and went with the choice of a Full-HD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels) resolution, instead of the HD+ (720 x 1520 pixels) screen seen in recent Tecno devices like the Camon 11s, or even the Camon i4.

Phantom 9 Camera Review

On the Phantom 9, we have 4-camera sensors in all; 3-sensors at the back, and one upfront. The rear camera comprises a 16-megapixel main camera with PDAF and quad-LED, a 2-megapixel depth sensor for Bokeh and other AI geeks, and a large 8-megapixel wide-angle lens.

Tecno Phantom 9 Review and Price

Tecno Phantom 9 front camera sensors three sensor combinations above are optimized using the artificial intelligence of the CPU and that of Android 9.0 Pie, to give you the best possible camera experience on a device of this price range. But that is not my most innovative part just yet, seen that camera set up so many times already. The device even has a large 32-megapixel front-facing camera, but I’ve seen that before too. But can you see the dual front-mounted LED flash on the top bezels, just above the display? Awesome right! Men, it looks so beautiful and unique. Since the advent of Waterdrop, a U-shaped, Dewdrop notch cut-out, most OEM has relied heavily on smartphone screens to illuminate the objects in low-light condition.

Tecno Phantom 9 Has Octa-core MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 CPU

The CPU in the Phantom 9 is an Octa-core MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 SoC clocked at (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53). It is paired with PowerVR GE8320 GPU, 6GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD. The CPU is a 12nm architecture, fully optimized for AI and Android 9.0 Pie, and that takes us to the most interesting part of the Phantom 9.

Tecno Phantom 9 Operating System and Others

The Phantom 9 is powered by Android 9.0 (Pie) based on HiOS v5.0. It comes with a dual Nano-SIM with support for a 4G LTE network. The device is available in Aurora of Lapland Aurora, Blue and Champagne Gold, and fuelled by a 3500mAh battery out of the box.

Tecno Phantom 9 Price and Availability

Tecno Phantom 9 price in Nigeria starts from 91,000 Naira. Price starts from 24,500 KSh in Kenya and 1000 GHs in Kenya and Ghana respectively. The smartphone has been launched and available in the market since July 2019.

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