Tecno a few days ago launched their two new flagship phones that is the Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 plus and from ll indications this new phantom is a massive improvement from the previous phantom; now lets take a look at what is under the hood of the new phantoms .
Tecno Phantom 6 Specs
These are the Confirmed Tecno Phantom 6 Specs , Featuring a 5.5 inch screen , 3GB RAM , Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 2700mAh battery.
SIM Type: Dual SIM
Network : 2G/3G/4G LTE
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HiOs
Display: 5.5 AMOLED Touchscreen
Dimension : 151.5 x 75.5 x 6.15mm
Build: Nano-Molded body with Aluminium Alloy Framework that is 6.15mm slim
Colours: Champagne Gold
Weight : N/A
Processor Type: 2.0GhZ Octa-core MediaTek Chipset
Internal Storage: 32GB
External Storage: Yes , up to 128GB
Back Camera : 13MP AF + 5MP SONY IMX 258 Dual Back Camera with LED
Camera Features : 8% more HDR , 10% Less Noise , Ture tone flash , 180 degree wide viewing , Super Zoom , New Panorama , Night Pro
Front Camera : 8MP with Front flash
Battery: 2700mAh (Non-removable)
USB TYPE-C : Yes , with Light speed charge
Security : Iris scanner 2.0
Tecno Phantom 6 Plus
These are the Confirmed Tecno Phantom 6 Plus Specs , Featuring a 6.0 inch screen , 4GB RAM , Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 4050mAh battery.
- SIM Type: Dual SIM
- Network: 2G/3G/4G LTE
- OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HiOs
- Display: 6.0 FHD LTPS capacitive touchscreen
- Dimension : 160.35 x 83.46 x 7.7mm
- Build: Full Metal
- Colours: Champagne Gold
- Weight : N/A
- Processor Type: Deca-core 4x 2.5 GHz + 4x 2.0 GHz + 2x 1.4GHz MediaTek Helio x20 Chipset (saves 30% battery life)
- RAM: 4GB
- Internal Storage: 64GB
- External Storage: No (Hybrid SIM)
- Back Camera : 21MP SONY IMX 230 Camera with Dual Flash
- Camera Features : Super light sensitive , excellent in collecting and processing light
- Front Camera : 8MP with Front flash
- Battery: 4050mAh (Non-removable)
- Security : Fingerprint Reader & iris scanner 2.0
- USB TYPE-C : YES , with light speed
From the details above , its obvious that a lot of effort went into the design and overall specifications of this device. Here’s what’s new on the Tecno Phantom 6 :
1. Two Variants :
This year , TECNO Mobile launched two variants of this device ; The Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus. Both smartphones differ in their screen size and internal specifications.
Phantom 6 Plus is the bigger smartphone , with a 6.0 inch FHD LTPS Capacitive touch screen 4GB RAM , 64GB Storage and 4050mAh battery.
On the other hand , the Phantom 6 is smaller than the 6 Plus , and has a 5.5 inch AMOLED screen , 3GB RAM , 32GB internal storage and 2700mAh battery.
2. A 5 Layer Metal Design :
One of the unique selling point of the new Tecno Phantom 6 is its incredible design and slim body ; totally different from what we saw on the Phantom 5 .
Tecno Phantom 6 has a 5 layer Full metal body to provide more durability. The back is slightly curved to enable a more firm grip.
Each layer adds a unique element to the overall appearance of the device. From bottom up, the body is made up of a Nano molding seamless metal unibody, a firm fastener, a non-detachable battery design , and an aluminum magnesium alloy frame. The corning gorilla glass v3.0 helps protect the screen from scratch and cracks from heavy falls.
3. High-End Camera :
If you love pictures , the Phantom 6 (and 6 Plus) will definately interest you because it comes with world class camera sensors manufactured by SONY.
The camera setup on the Phantom 6 is a little bit sophisticated and different from what we’re used to.
Tecno Phantom 6 comes with 18MP back camera , however , the camera was split into two different sensors ; one with 13MP and the other with 5MP resolution , making a total of 18MP.
The 13MP camera detects the view , while the 5MP camera provides more depth and clarity to the picture.
If we can recall , this same camera setup was used on the Huawei P9 and the iPhone 7 Plus smartphone.
For taking selfies & videos , the Phantom 6 relies on an 8MP front camera with LED flash.
On the other hand , the Phantom 6 Plus has a single back camera with 21MP resolution , while the front camera has a resolution of 8MP , with LED Flash.
4. Improved Hardware & Faster Processor :
In terms of hardware , the Phantom 6 Plus has a more powerful processor than the phantom 6. It uses a Deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 chipset , which is very fast and battery efficient.MediaTek revealed that the Helio X20 chipset saves battery by 30% , despite its high performance.
Along side this powerful chipset , the Phantom 6 Plus relies on 4GB RAM for effective multitasking , and 64GB ROM for data storage. However , it is important to know that the Phantom 6 Plus DOES NOT come with an external SD card slot. Instead , it comes with an Hybrid SIM setup , which means that you can choose to use one of the sim slots as a memory card slot.
As for the Phantom 6 , it uses a 2.0 Ghz MediaTek chipset for information processing , 3GB RAM for multitasking , and 32GB ROM for media storage. If you want more space , there’s an external SD card slot of up to 128GB.
5. Better Security :
Smartphone security is really important because our personal information will be at risk if hacked. The Phantom 6 provides a biometric iris scanner which scans you eyes before unlocking the device. And if you want more security , you can get the Phantom 6 Plus which comes with both the iris scanner and a fingerprint reader at the back.
6. Android 6.0 Marshmallow :
Both devices run on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system , along side TECNO’s custom User Interface called HiOs.
HiOs provides better customization , and a collection of themes and wallpapers to choose from.
7. USB TYPE-C :
The Tecno Phantom 6 (and 6 Plus) supports USB TYPE-C port which allows for reversible plug orientation, fast charging and data transfer from Phantom 6 to other devices. This is the first time a technology like this is used on a TECNO device.
8. Battery Life :
In terms of battery , the Phantom 6 has a lesser battery capacity than we expected. It comes with a 2700mAh battery with rapid charge. The battery should take you through at least 7 hours of heavy usage.
On the other hand , the Phantom 6 Plus comes with a 4050mAh battery which should take you a full day of heavy usage without recharge.
Tecno Phantom 6 Plus v Phantom 6
I’m sure by now you’re wondering the difference between the Phantom 6 plus and the Phantom 6.
Both devices are different and similar in many ways :
- Phantom 6 Plus comes with a bigger Screen
- 6 Plus has more RAM than the Phantom 6
- Phantom 6 plus comes with both fingerprint reader and iris scanner , while phantom 6 supports iris scanner
- The Phantom 6 uses an Octa-core processor , while the Phantom 6 Plus is powered by a Deca-core chipset
- Tecno Phantom 6 ships with 32GB storage , Phantom 6 Plus has 64GB storage
- A 4050 mAh battery powers the Phantom 6 Plus , while the Phantom 6 is powered by a 2700mAh battery.
Should You Buy Or Not?
If you’re using the Phantom 5 and thinking of upgrading to the Phantom 6 , Here’s what i think about this device :
Firstly , i’ld like to commend TECNO for a job well done. From what i heard , it took them over 400 days (almost 2 years) to design and put together the Phantom 6 ; and its really beautiful. Its obvious that they listened to the wish of the fans , and produced a much more better device than the Phantom 5.
Phantom 6 is beautiful all round. Good specs and an outstanding camera. However , i’m a little bit concerned about the battery life. I can’t help but wonder why such a powerful device as this would come with a mere 2700mAh battery which may not last up to 12 hours heavy usage.
On the other hand , the Phantom 6 plus looks like a more “perfect” device , and the 4050mAh battery is a huge positive. However , it dosen’t come with a dedicated SD card slot , but you can choose to use one of the sim slots as a memory card holder.
For me , i think the Phantom 6 Plus will be able to compete with other high-end flagship devices in the market. i don’t see why not.
So , should you buy?
Yes!. Definately. There’s a lot of improvement here , and i think it is worth the money.
If you have enough cash , i’ld suggest you get the Phantom 6 Plus instead of the normal Phantom 6 , because the Phantom 6 plus has better specs and the battery life is really huge for a device of this magnitude.