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Tecno Phantom 9

Tecno Phantom 9
Brand: Tecno
Category: Smartphones
  • Camera: Triple (16MP+8MP+2MP) ,32MP
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P35
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Display: 6.4 in, AMOLED, 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Battery: 3,500 mAh

Our Rating

Overall rating is based on a singular usage by an expert at Techyangu.

7.9 4.0 1
  • Display 9 / 10
  • Design 8 / 10
  • Camera 7 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Battery 7 / 10
  • Usability 8 / 10
  • Connectivity 8 / 10

Tecno Phantom 9

The Tecno Phantom 9 has been described by many reviewers in many ways. But this one stands out – “A Feature-rich, pocket friendly flagship smartphone.” This evaluation seems fair because the price of Tecno Phantom 9 in Kenya is around 22,500 shillings. For this price you get its 6.39 inches AMOLED, 128GB 6GB RAM, Triple 16 MP camera and 32 MP selfie features. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves here. It is important we approach this review with a clear and sober mind; seeking to find out for ourselves what this phone really brings to the table. Tecno Phantom 9 was released in 2019 July with the slogan, Unleash Your Vision.”

Tecno Phantom 9’s Design

I must admit that Tecno Phantom 9 has a glamorous design with a back cover under constant pursuit of intense aesthetics. It is only available in Lapland Aurora (color) so you will not get much of a choice with that although I don’t see if any other color would beat this Lapland Aurora. It is characterized with textures lines that create a stunning pattern and design. At just 164.4 g Phantom 9 is a lightweight smartphone with 158.5 x 75.3 x 7.9 mm dimensions. Note also that it has a 19.5:9 display aspect ratio.

On the back you will see the main camera set up at the top right corner. It has three camera lenses and what seems like the fourth is an LED flash. All these are within the borders of the module and are vertically aligned. The bottom right corner has Tecno branding just in case you forget who made Phantom 9. I think, for the looks, this is a good looking piece of tech. But a plastic back and plastic frames might discourage those aiming for perfection. Also, a micro USB 2.0 on a ‘flagship’ feels misplaced and is somewhat awkward.

A Leap to the Right Direction

I read that Tecno Phantom 9 embraced the in-display fingerprint scanner at its early stages. This speaks volumes about Tecno. My thoughts about it is that the company wants its customers to get the best features a smartphone can offer at the most affordable prices. Phantom 9 moved the fingerprint sensor from back and had it placed under the AMOLED display. This alone makes it compete at an entirely higher level if you know how I mean. And to prove this was not a luring trick, the scanner works quite as you would expect.

Let Us See More

Phantom 9 is equipped with a 6.4” AMOLED Dot Notch Screen. Somewhere while making prefatory remarks I recall mentioning its 19.5:9 aspect ratio. What I might want to add is that the resolution is reputable at 1080 x 2340 pixels with ~403 ppi density and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it. You will appreciate AMOLED technology the more when you see how it makes this display much brighter and closer to natural color. Broaden your viewing estate with Phantom 9’s 6.4 inch display panel – love it if you will. By far the screen is one of the top features this smartphone boasts about, and rightly so.

Unleash Your Vision

By any chance did you imagine this slogan was meant for the display of Tecno Phantom 9? Many thought so even I did. But in truth it was developed to imply what you see in real life is what the camera of Phantom 9 will capture. Get it? Unleash your vision? PS – this is a theory of my own invention. In truth, it is the single 32 MP selfie camera with HDR feature that fully lives to the hype around this slogan. The 1080p@30fps front facing video is one heck of a selfie camera lens. With it comes f2.0 big aperture, 1.6um great pixels and 18 facing dimensions recognition.

The back panel features a remarkable triple threat with a 16MP wide lens, 2MP AI Bokeh effect camera and an 8MP wide angle cum macro photography image processor. Capture and record those unforgettable moments with Tecno Phantom 9’s triple camera making the most of out the feature each lens bring to the table. Photos taken by the 8MP 120° wide angle lens accommodates more content and you can still switch to shoot close-up shots from even 2.5cm. Video recording is 1080p@30fps.

Platform and Performance

Tecno Phantom 9’s 128GB eMMC 5.1 big memory with 6GB RAM configuration sets you free from the worry of running out of space. In a more witty sense, neither you nor this phone will need some space because there already is enough of that here. Yet even then you still have room to expand the same with the dedicated microSDXC slot. Under the hood is a Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm) chipset and a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. And in case you are wondering, Tecno Phantom 9 is powered by Android 9.0 (Pie).

Phantom 9 Battery

Everyone wishes Tecno had done better than a non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery with Phantom 9. Could the company not fit in more capacity within the 7.9 mm boundaries? With the capacity I must it is a facepalm. But with its actual performance it is just okay. Expect up to a whole day of mixed usage at the very most.

Conclusion – Tecno Phantom 9 falls short of that name Flagship. Surely it would be unjust to categorize it as that. I would say, though it was released before Camon 12 Pro, it does seem a likely option for those who want just a tad more than Tecno Camon 12 Pro.

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Tecno Phantom 9 - Specs

Summary

  • Display
    6.4 inches AMOLED Screen
  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    MediaTek Helio P35
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    128GB
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    512 MB
  • Battery
    3500 mAh
  • Front Camera
    32 MP
  • Rear Camera
    Triple (16MP + 8MP + 2MP)

General

  • Model
    Tecno Phantom 9
  • Status
    Available

Design

  • Type Design Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.
    Bar
  • Dimensions
    158.46 x 75.3 x 7.85 mm

Display

  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    AMOLED
  • Size
    6.4 inches
  • Resolution
    2310 x 1080
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    403 ppi

Camera

  • Video
    1080p@30fps

Hardware

  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    512 MB
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    128GB

Software

  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • User Interface UI or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface.
    HiOS 5.0
  • Facebook Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site is available in 37 different languages.
  • Youtube Youtube is a popular free video-sharing website, Youtube is the largest video sharing site in the world, Millions of users around the world have created accounts on the site that allow them to upload videos that anyone can watch.

Battery

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    3500 mAh

Network & Connectivity

  • Cellular standard
    VoLTE, 4G LTE, 4G , 3G, 2G
  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    5.0
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Wi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac)
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Nano SIM
  • No of SIM slots
    2
  • USB
    Micro USB 2.0

In the Box

  • Accessories
    Phone * 1 Charger cable * 1 Charger * 1

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