We took the Phantom for a test run in legon and we got some great pictures to show that the Phantom 8 is a great phone for pictures. Please note that all pictures were taken by Jake Marley using the Phantom 8, Jake  is an expert in phone photography.

The standout features of Tecno’s latest phantom are its dual rear cameras. The setup used in the Phantom 8 consists of a 12-megapixel f/2.0 wide-angle camera, and a 13-megapixel f/2.6 telephoto camera with 10X optical zoom. Along with a promising setup, the Phantom 8 has a decent camera UI that offers a variety of modes, which include portrait (aka bokeh), panorama and beauty modes. Before we go into the quality of its photos, let’s take a quick look at its specs:

Tecno Phantom 8 Key features

  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with HiOS 3.0
  • SIM Type: Dual SIM (Micro)
  • 4G LTE: YES, LTE
  • Screen Size : 5.7 Inches FHD IPS Touchscreen
  • Screen Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (403 PPI)
  • Processor Type: Octa-core 2.60 GHz Cortex, Mediatek chipset
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Internal Storage: 64GB.
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 2TB
  • Back / Rear Camera: 12MP + 13MP camera & LED Flash
  • Front Camera: 20MP with LED flash
  • Battery: 3500 mAh (non-removable)

Check out the photos we took using the Phantom 8 in legon :

One of the things we noticed with the Phantom 8s cameras is that on bright daylight, photos have high contrast and are slightly sharper than usual. Interestingly, the telephoto camera’s 10X optical zoom manages to keep the photos to be as good as its wide-angle camera.

In mixed lighting and in low light, both wide-angle and telephoto cameras start to have difficulties dealing with noise However, both cameras manage to preserve as much color as possible, making the Phantom 8 capable of producing decent quality photos for even with limited lighting.

While we are still wrapping up our full review, we can say that Tecno made a good effort in equipping the Phantom 8 with a decent set of cameras, along with an easy to use camera UI. Though photos do have higher contrast than usual, the Phantom 8 is a definite performer for photography considering its price. You can get the phantom 8 at any Tecno Exclusive shop near you and also any trusted phone dealer you know, the price of the Tecno Phantom 8 is GHS 1590 and comes with 2.5gb worth of data from Mtn Ghana for 6 months

The latest TECNO in town is the PHANTOM 8  which was officially launched in Dubai and later on in Ghana, i finally got one review unit and here is my early impression after unboxing it.

Before we get into what is in the box here is a brief of the Phantom 8 specifications:

PHANTOM 8 SPECIFICATIONS

  • Android  7.0
  • 5.7 ” Full HD Screen
  • 2.6 GHz Octa Core Processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal expandable memory
  • Dual SIM capability- Micro SIM cards.
  • 12 & 13 MP Dual Auto-Focus rear cameras with Tri flash
  • 20 MP front-facing camera with Flash
  • 3,500mAh non-removable battery
  • Fingerprint Identification
  • USB Type C

IN THE BOX

The Tecno Phantom 8 comes in a very big box. Below is a list of things you get with the Phantom 8.

The Phone (Phantom 8)

USB Charging/data cable and wall adapter

Earphones

Transparent back cover

Back Cover protector

User Guide and Warranty Information

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Phantom 8 front view
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A 3.5mm headphone jack is nestled comfortably atop the Phantom 8
The speaker grilles and USB type C port are underneath the Phantom 8

While volume rockers are slightly above the power button on the left side.
A hybrid SIM card slot is on the right side of the Phantom 8
USB TYPE C cable
power brick
Earphones
silicone back case
Back protector

MY IMPRESSION

I have personally never had a good experience with a Tecno smartphone before, the only Tecno smartphone i ever used was the Tecno F7 which gave me nightmares but that was years ago and Tecno has grown over the years and done incredibly well with the phantom series.The Tecno Phantom 8 is a 5.7 inch display unit which is very much like most flagships in 2017,it’s diamond style design comes with a 3D Lighting, unibody metal edge and a 2.5 D Drip Screen-curved battery cover. It also possesses a 6 GB RAM plus 2.6 GHz CPU ultra-fast experience that supports 4G+ and download speed up to 300Mbps.
TECNO Mobile’s Phantom 8 comes with a front facing camera at 20 megapixels alongside a smart dual selfie flash with double front ring flash ensures taking photos even in a low light environment.

The edges on the phantom 8 are smooth and this makes it comfortable to carry it around. The back cover looks like metal but really is poly-carbonate;the advantage of having such a material used on the Phantom 8 is that it is light and the phone feels lighter than most other devices its size.The phone is a bit slippery so a free cover provided to improve grip and also a back cover protector that also protects the your phone from scratches.Since this is a dual camera phone, you get a better portrait mode that blurs the background as it focuses on the main subject. Tecno refers to this feature as “refocusing”,The Tecno Phantom 8 supports USB Type-c and it is located at the bottom of the phone next to the speaker grill and microphone. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack that is at the top. On the right hand side you get the volume and power button, the hybrid SIM and microSD card tray is on the right. This is a hybrid tray that means that you can only use one SIM and a MicroSD card or two SIM cards with no MicroSD card.The fingerprint sensor, which was available on the back of the Phantom 8 is very responsive and quick,the speakers are loud and balanced.The phantom 8 comes with HiOS 3.0.0 with runs on top of Android 7.0. It is a heavy skin with so many extra apps, some of them useful nonetheless. There a couple gestures to make day to day use a pleasure, including a swipe down to call the notification shade. Other features a left panel that populates you feed with news and most used apps for quick access.So far so good i have not experienced any glitch using the phone powered by a 2.6GHz MediaTek Helio P25 processor (octa-core) paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage space nothing could ever go wrong with it right ?
I  am already loving the speed with which apps are launched and running and will give a comprehensive review of it in few days.

 

 

It seems there is never a dull day in the tech world,after samsung introduced the NOTE 8 with all its sweet features ,Apple also followed with their own version by introducing a not so great iphone 8, 8 plus and their anniversary phone ; the IPHONE X which rather looked like  a upgraded samsung galaxy s8 plus with upgraded features but i am not talking about Apple and Samsung today i am more focused on device from HUAWEI called the MAIMANG 6. The device according to the leaked images has four cameras ,two rear cameras and two front cameras which is going to be the first since no phone company has tried using four cameras on a single device, as to how the two rear cameras are going to work we have to wait and find out.

It will come powered by a Hi Silicon Kirin 659(64 bit) Octa-Core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM, and for Gaming, it will have a Mali-T830-MP2 GPU for Gaming.

The phone will offer 64GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB’s via micro-SD Card. Some sources have also posted an image in which a device from Huawei is visible with minimum bezels. For the battery, it will house a 3240mAh battery.

It will have a 5.9(inch) IPS Full HD+ Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, 2.5D Curved Glass and it will offer a 2:1 ratio display . The camera of the device will be the main highlight as it is rumored to have a Dual rear as well as a Dual front camera.

It will have a Metallic design, and the fingerprint scanner will be placed in the back. It will be made available in Blue and Black colors.

LEAKED SPECIFICATIONS

MORE LEAKED PICTURES OF THE MAIMANG 6

 

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Huawei has officially launched its all new medium range smart phone Huawei GR32017in Ghana,The leading global technology giant is known for high end devices so the introduction of the G series is a way of bridging the gap between people of different budgets but who love Huawei devices.Huawei is known for quality and durability ,all of those features can be found in the GR32017.

HUAWEI GR 3

Huawei has designed the GR3 2017 with a superior aesthetic touch and make it elegant and glamorously stylish. Huawei GR3 2017 has a single piece back cover made with premium grade glass. The glossy glass body gives the phone a smooth, silky touch feel when you hold the phone. Furthermore, the body design is streamlined in a professional craftsmen fashion that gives an amazing experience to hold it. This exciting new product is available in three distinct colors like Blue, White,Black and Gold. Slightly curved back and finely creased edges make Huawei GR3 2017 highly exquisite product, no doubt.

Another important feature of Huawei GR3 2017 is its camera. Huawei GR3 2017 offers a 12MP rear camera for professional photography results and the best videography choice. However, the 8MP front camera is just a perfect combination to enjoy exciting selfie sessions and recording Video clips for friends and family, but most importantly, for social media accounts like Facebook,whatsapp,Instagram and snapchat,so in all Huawei made a premium phone with a budget price. You can buy it on online on Jumia or go to any FRANKO TRADING SHOP near you

HERE ARE THE SPECS FOR THE GR3 2017

Display Type IPS LCD
Size 5.2″
Resolution 1080*1920
Protection
Platform Operating System EMUI 5.0 on top of Androiid 7.0 Nougat
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 655
CPU Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-T830MP2
Memory RAM 3GB
Internal 16GB
External microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Network Technology 4G LTE
SIM Dual SIM (Hybrid slot)
Camera Main 12 MP, f/2.0, autofocus, LED flash
Front 8 MP, f/2.0, 1080p
Battery Size 3000 mAh
Type Li-Ion
Colors Black, White, Gold, Blue
Features Fingerprint (rear-mounted)

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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 .

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      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
RAM: 3GB
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

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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.

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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.

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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 :

  1. Phantom 6 Plus comes with a bigger Screen
  2. 6 Plus has more RAM than the Phantom 6
  3. Phantom 6 plus comes with both fingerprint reader and iris scanner , while phantom 6 supports iris scanner
  4. The Phantom 6 uses an Octa-core processor , while the Phantom 6 Plus is powered by a Deca-core chipset
  5. Tecno Phantom 6 ships with 32GB storage , Phantom 6 Plus has 64GB storage
  6. A 4050 mAh battery powers the Phantom 6 Plus , while the Phantom 6 is powered by a 2700mAh battery.

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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.

PRICES FOR BOTH DEVICES

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