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Tecno Phantom A (F7), Launches in Lagos, Nigeria

Tecno Phantom A (F7), Launches in Lagos, Nigeria

In an event in Victoria Island a few weeks back, Tecnomobile Telecoms launched a new high end smartphone into the Nigerian market. The phone – Tecno Phantom A (F7) was co-launched with Etisalat Nigeria.

Building on the success of the popular TECNO N3, N7, Q1 and P3, the Phantom A (F7) is a dual SIM Smartphone which has a 5 inch HD touch screen, runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS with a dual core processor.

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Tecno Mobile has been in the news of late. They’ve been creating low end Android phones that have become very popular with the masses. Today, you can buy Tecno N3, P3, D4 and other Tecno Smart phones for the same cost as popular feature phones in the market. These Android phones from Tecno have made it possible for more Nigerians to migrate from feature phones to smartphones.

Despite the fact that some have not stopped calling Tecno phones “Chinko” phones — Phones that are usually called made in China–the phones are selling in droves.

The rapid acceptance and success of the low end Android phone has caused Tecnomobile to come out with a high end Android powered Tecno smartphone – the Tecno Phantom A (F7). I was there a few weeks back when the phone was launched.

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Announced May 2013 and released June 2013, the Tecno Phantom A (F7) was co-launched with Etisalat but can be bought in the open market for N34,500. It is a 5″ phone that spots some high end specs.

  • Slim & elegant rectangular design with slightly rounded corners
  • 5.0 inch IPS touchscreen with haptic feedback and a thin bezel (The haptic feedback is absent in all the previous Tecno low end Android phones)
  • Dual SIM functionality with dual stand-by (both SIMs can be used simultaneously for calls)
  • 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, digital zoom, white balance, scene selection & HD video recording
  • 1.2MP webcam optimized for self-portrait photos & video calls (Skype, WeChat, Viber & Tango compatible)
  • GPRS/EDGE/3G or Wi-Fi internet connectivity (with mobile hotspot)
  • Up to 21Mbps download speeds on 3G networks
  • Desktop-like web experience via the preloaded WebKit browser (Chrome & Firefox supported via download)
  • Even faster and cheaper browsing through the preinstalled Opera Mini browser
  • Built-in GPS with Google Maps offering turn by turn navigation
  • Microsoft Office Word, Excel & PowerPoint document viewer (editing supported via premium upgrade)
  • Downloadable Adobe PDF & kindle ebook reader
  • Android Jelly 4.1 Bean operating system
  • Unrestricted access to over 500,000 apps in the Android market
  • Essential Google apps; Maps, Search, Calendar, Gmail, YouTube, Picasa, Talk &  Google+
  • Dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • PowerVR graphics processor (provides an overall improvement in menu transition, browsing speeds & HD media playback)
  • A decent performer with graphics intensive apps & mild gaming (compatible with Asphalt 6, Subway Surfers, Temple Run, Resident Evil, GTA Vice City among others)
  • 4GB internal memory (upgradeable to 32GB via microSD cards, free 8GB card provided in the box)
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth v3.0 with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • Tecno flash share which allows users to share files of any size faster through wirelessly connected devices (This is a proprietary software from Tecno)
  • Stereo FM radio & music player
  • HD video player supporting media up to 720p
  • Device available in black and white colors
  • 12 + 1 months warranty from Tecno

There’s also the pure Android OS it operates off that wasn’t skinned like the ones on Samsung, HTC, LG, ZTE and Huawei.

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I have seen a few tweets from some people that shows that more and more people are going out to buy this phone and they are very excited about the phone. I am looking forward to receive a review unit in order to tear the phone down and do a full review, here on 360nobs.com.

Despite the fact that some people still think that the Tecno phone is a Chinese Samsung Knock off, that has not stopped the troops that are going out there to buy the phone.

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Tecno has also positioned itself with offering warranties and customer service centres where you can have your phone fixed in case there’s a problem. Tecno is fast following in the footsteps of Nokia and Samsung. I have had experience using the after sales and customer service of Nokia and Samsung in Nigeria. This is one of the reason why I prefer buying from these two companies. Tecno Knows that Nigerians like warranty and want the dependability that brands like Nokia and Samsung has been offering. This is the reason behind the customer service centres that they have.

“It was our objectives to enable Africans acquire Smartphones and enjoy a smart life with the TECNO Phones and we are doing this in style beginning with Nigeria. Now, with the Phantom A, we are offering a more superior Smartphone with high-end performance and a better user experience,” Mr Mounir, The Public Relations Manager TECNO Global, said during the event.

According to Mr. Lucas Dada, Director of Products and Services, Etisalat Nigeria, “There is a version of the Tecno Phantom A that is made available through Etisalat Nigeria. It comes with a 12 months free data bundle powered by etisalat’s most advanced 3.75G, HSPA+ network with speed up to 42 mbps.”

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Tecno is rising and rising. It is time for Samsung to watch its back as Tecno means business in Africa and particularly the Nigerian market. Samsung already provides 24 months warranty for most of its phones. I am currently enjoying the 24 month Accidental Damage from Handling that is attached to the Samsung GALAXY S4. Cracked my S4 screen once and sent it in for free.

Information reaching me has it that Tecno is already preparing to upgrade the Phantom A with the Phantom A+ that has Quad-Core 1.2GHz. And the Android OS has also been upgraded from 4.1 to 4.2. The speed with which Tecno is moving amazes me. Their process and execution is second to none. These are the only two differences between the Phantom A and the Phantom A+.

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57 Comments

  • This phone is wonderful. it has become my 2nd wife.according to my wife

  • i can,t wait 2 have 1 in ghana, oh gosh,it,s awesome. i already in love with it

  • Wooooooooooh!TECNO FONE for Tarok.goshhhhhhhh!1daful

  • Techno moving along with change and choice technologically

  • C’est l’un des meilleurs smartphones sur le marché mondial. Vraiment chapeau aux développeurs de tecno. Huuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmm veryyyyyyyyyy goooooooooood.
    Depuis le Mali. Merci encore, je fiere de vous.

  • You forgot to add that TECNO Phantom A (F7) comes with a Power Bank that serves as charger and flashlight.

  • It is indeed a wonderful phone. I wonder how they succeeded in making it so affordable. Saw the phone yesterday and I fell in love with it.

  • was among those that was sceptical about the fone, used it & discovered it delivered everything and much more, truly a gr8 device, well done techno, well done.

  • Wonderful

  • its good but inTANZANIA we want

  • Also comes with POWER BANK, i’ve never seen a phone with a POWER BANK before…

  • Can the F7 be upgraded to android 4.2?

  • hello am wilber in kampala uganda, how can i own this F7 phone
    i need it urgently

    • Majestic Plaza Kampala there is a tecno distribution office.

      Francis Guchie

  • i like wat i see,buh wats d regular price, so those of us not in lag can safe and send

  • Tecno Phantom will be my No. 5 tecno phone I will buy. I’ve always believe in tecno and I will always do. Help me tell tecno to always have tracking system in there phone just like the one in Tecno HD11. kudos

  • Is a great phone. am in love with the phone. The up graded version of it ,when is it going to be released into the Nigeria market?

  • it’s wonderful phone i never met before,

  • [...] Tecno captured the low-end spectrum of the android market, they recently introduced the Tecno Phantom A, F7 (Read story here), which is their high-end device. A 5″ Android Jelly Bean phone that costs [...]

  • [...] Tecno prisoner a low-end spectrum of a android market, they recently introduced a Tecno Phantom A, F7 (Read story here), that is their high-end device. A 5″ Android Jelly Bean phone that costs about [...]

  • I was to buy Bob phone together with laptop when a friend introduced techno q1 to me. but when I saw tecno f7, I was so carried away. kudos to tecno . please all numbers that appears in carlcare are not function
    how do we get in touch with customer care BC we need extra battery.
    .

  • The phone is good. There is no single difference between phantom A and Samsung Galaxy. if there is any, then Phantom A is better.

  • How do you know original techno f7?

  • I’ve been using this fone for a month.. actually i just abondoned my galaxy note tablet…. those who are in dar es salaam its available at kariakoo I bought it there, for 380tsh…

  • I have nevet seen something like this before.tecno is really going places.

  • they should improve on there sound quality

  • Wow!!! F7 is da shit. Confirma!!! Lyk S4 Samsung Galagxy.. Imagine jus for a small cash. Compare 35000 nd 104000

  • It seems really cool and for that price?sounds too good to be true.

  • Hmm..looks nice but hw long dose d battery last? dats d Q

  • [...] they launched the Tecno Phantom A, F7. As soon as they did that, I reckoned that I saw a Tablet in the wild running Android being [...]

  • I’m Pat from Port Harcourt. I bought a TECNO PHANTOM A (F7) from PHONE GADGETS Shop in PORT HARCOURT on the 24.07.13 and it crashed on 26.7.13 and up till this very moment nothing has been done about it.should sue them? becausei need a replacement. yes really like the phone.

  • am impressed wit tecno d5. my 1st time of using a tecno phone.waz d capacity of f7 ba3 plz?.I can’t wait 2 upgreat 2 f7

  • How efficient is the battery & does it have good sound quality?

  • Tecno phones are great ,but what frustrates me about the Tecno Phantom A (F7) is that WhatsApp profile picture can not be saved, i mean Nokia s60 phones can automatically save pictures viewed on WhatsApp but tecno phones cant. Its frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111

  • […] Tecno launched the Phantom A, F7 smartphone to the Nigerian market in June in an event along with Etisalat. Recently, the Phantom A has been replaced with the Phantom A+. […]

  • where can I get this F7 in abuja?

  • Ifionu uh uka

  • admission details to any school in nigeria.
    secure your name on the list..call:08096227427.to get enquires

  • […] let me clarify. In an earlier blog post (Read - Tecno Phantom A (F7), Launches in Lagos, Nigeria), I explained the difference between the […]

  • it look like my iPhone4, i don’t know, would this give me the same function? then i need no more the iPhone?

  • […] let me clarify. In an earlier blog post (Read - Tecno Phantom A (F7), Launches in Lagos, Nigeria), I explained the difference between the […]

    • it is nice it have HD camera recorder & player

  • Got Techno F7 but I’m yet to download about 500,000 apps Lol. is a good phone here thanks TECHNO

  • Techno is just too amazing…samsung is in trouble

  • Does Tecno Phantom A Plus comes with Power Bank?

  • Despite the fact that have not gotten my own Tecno Phantom,have been convincing people around me to get tecno phones.Most especially,Tecno Phantom and Q1 which they have been doing that. People are even asking me if am one of Tecno’s AMBASSADOR. To the extent that am planning to sell my Blackberry BOLD5 for Tecno Phantom. I want to even know about Tecno Buffalo(the latest Tecno Technology of getting back lost fone) so as to tell people about that also. Very few people knows about Tecno Buffalo.

  • […] decent performer with graphics intensive apps & mild gaming (compatible with Asphalt 6, Subway Surfers, Temple Run, Resident Evil, GTA Vice City among […]

  • Nice1 frm tecno grp. bt my phone does not accpt whatsapp.

  • I luv phantom A (F7) d problem with d phone is d battery .I wish something can been done about the battery. d battery run down quickly. let techno improved in d area of battery

  • I luv phantom A (F7), d pad is has a problem wish is d Batrrey if only u can inprove in it

  • how much is the phone

  • le phone est bon mais il ne permet pas d’enregistrer les images sur la page facebook.

  • Tecno becomes the life companion to the people of this great continent, Africa.
    kudos to TECNO !

  • I bought F7. but while making calls it goes dark. I cannot end my calls from d screen nor make an IVR Call. What can i do?

  • Les articles sont vraiment fascinants

  • On voit immédiatement que vous connaissez très
    bien ce que vous avancez

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