Tecno have recently released the latest additions to their flagship line, the Phantom 6 and the Phantom 6 Plus.
Tagged the Beauty and the Beast, the Phantom 6 packs on the good looks while the Phantom 6 Plus is a pure machine.
Read my full, in-depth review of the Phantom 6 below!
Tecno Phantom 6 – Design & Display
At 6.15mm, the Tecno Phantom 6 is one of the slimmest smartphones ever, and it totally deserves its nickname of Beauty. The phone has a full metal body, and comes in two main colors: Champagne Gold and Anthracite Gray. With an aluminum frame and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen, the Phantom 6 is extremely resistant to physical damage.
The back cover of the phone bears the dual rear cameras of the Phantom 6, and is non-removable. The back of the Phantom 6 is different from the back of the 6 Plus, which has a fingerprint scanner below the camera. At the top of the phone is a lone earphone jack, while a USB type-C port and speakers adorn the bottom of the phone. The quality of the speakers is a downside of the Phantom 6, with sounds at times coming out muffled.
Unlike Tecno’s last offering, the Camon C9, there are no physical buttons, with the home and back keys all on-screen.
The screen itself is a 5.5″ full-HD AMOLED display, and it’s great to use. It’s great to watch movies on at 60 fps, and responds almost instantly most of the time. The AMOLED screen also helps to conserve battery power, which comes in extremely handy.
Tecno Phantom 6 – Software & Performance
The Phantom 6 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with the latest version of Tecno’s HiOS Phantom 1.1.0. Tecno continues to make improvements on their custom ROM, with the Phantom 6 offering a wide variety of themes and designs to personalize your Phantom experience however you want.
The eyeprint scanner is the Phantom 6’s extra layer of security, but it still seems shaky. It could take 3 seconds to verify at times, and other times take almost 8 seconds of staring before it does.
Asides the 6 Plus, the Phantom 6 is easily Tecno’s most powerful device ever. With 3GB of RAM for its MTK Helio P10 CPU, you’d hardly ever find this device dragging. Its CPU clocks at 2GHz, and with a 64-bit processor, Tecno has delivered the fastest-performing phone of its price range. It’s GeekBench score is however not so high, scoring 2896, lower than Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s 3043.
With all this, it’s only natural that gaming be fluid on the Phantom 6, and it definitely is. It doesn’t come pre-installed with any games, but you can download on the Play Store and enjoy a really nice mobile gaming experience.
There is 32GB of internal storage, which is more than enough for the average user. If you’re not the average user, you can expand the phone’s memory by up to 128GB with an SD card.
With an LTE Cat 6 antenna, the Phantom 6 offers the highest data speeds possible, up to a maximum 300 mbps when on a 4G network.
Tecno Phantom 6 – Hardware
The Phantom 6 has 3 cameras: an 8-megapixel front camera, and 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras. The two rear cameras combine to provide an increased visual field, faster focus and overall better images. The cameras come with plenty editing tools, though it takes a while to get the hang of them. It’s HDR mode is amazing, and photos seem straight out of a DSLR camera.
I was hoping that Tecno would make us extremely happy by allowing us to add custom watermarks, but we’re still stuck with the 8 stock watermarks that come with the phone.
The Phantom 6’s battery is a small 2700 mAh, and Tecno does a good job of masking that with many battery saving additions like the AMOLED screen and the Helio processor. There is also the introduction of a USB type-C port, which allows for faster charging.
The phone comes with a bunch of accessories — earphones, a USB cable, a charging station with multiple outlets and even a screen protector. The earphones are kind of like the speakers, but offer great quality on phone calls.
Tecno Phantom 6 – Verdict
The Tecno Phantom 6 retails around N80,000, and for that price, you’re basically swindling Tecno. Top device.