2017 has been the year of really interesting flagship devices. From Infinity Displays to Squeezable Sides and most recently, Dual Foldable Screens. So Tecno Mobile, a dominant player in Africa’s smartphone game, didn’t want to feel left out and have unveiled their flagship device for the year: The Phantom 8.
The unveiling was done on Monday, 22nd of this month at The Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. It was an event that had people like Odunlade Adekola in attendance. Since its launch, #Phantom8Launch has been trending on Twitter with everyone expressing how excited they are about the phone.
Anyways, from my dying while watching the launch to everyone I could gather from my favorite sources including Eric Okafor (who was present at the launch as well), here’s all on the Phantom 8.
First, the specification rundown of the Phantom 8:
On the outside, the Phantom 8 is very attractive. The design isn’t unlike anything we’ve seen before but it’s looks actually good on the Phantom 8. Tecno makes use of a metal unibody which is encased in glass. Tecno calls this the Diamond Fire design. This design allows the phone to reflect light and “shine” like, as you may have guessed, a Diamond.
There are noticeable bezels around the top and bottom of the phone which may/may not deduct from the overall aesthetics of the phone depending on the user. The screen is a 5.7″ Full-HD display and Tecno made use of the 2.5D glass technology. The 20MP front camera sits above the screen on the left side. Flip the phone over and you have the 13MP and 12MP rear cameras that can deliver 10X zoom. Tecno put alot of effort into Phantom 8’s camera. It’s has a dual camera setup and it’s the first time Tecno has put a dual camera and a fingerprint sensor on the same phone (a bit weird if you think about it).
On the inside, you get a 2.6GHz octa-core MediaTek P25 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Unfortunately, Tecno is making use of the hybrid SIM port where you can use two SIM cards or one SIM card and an SDCard. The SDCard slot can take up to 2TB of storage. With connectivity, you get all the regular stuffs but what’s interesting is the Phantom 8’s global 4G connectivity. That means it covers Africa, Europe, South America, North America, Southeast Asia, South Asia and many more including 200 countries and zones (credit to HowToTechNaija for this info). It comes with USB Type-C and Light Charging.
The Phantom 8 comes in Champagne Gold, Galaxy Blue and Phantom Black and as for the price, the Phantom 8 retails for N128K. Abeg, should you get one, send it over so I can fully review it 😉.