Tecno Phantom 8
We were all expecting the arrival of Phantom 7 but TECNO skipped the number 7 and moved to 8 , which flows with the tide of flagship smartphones of 2017 ( i.e iPhone 8 , Galaxy S8 , Galaxy Note 8 ).
Tecno Phantom 8 is the result of 15months of research & design by over 1,000 engineers and 50 global partners. It was unveiled on the 22nd of October as the successor to Phantom 6. The phantom 8 ships with a 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 display , 6GB of RAM , 64GB Storage , 20MP selfie camera and 3500mAh battery.
The Key Specs :
- 5.7-inch FHD display
- Helio P25 Octa-core 2.6GHz Processor
- 13MP + 12MP dual rear cameras
- 20MP front camera
- 6GB RAM
- 64GB storage
- 3500mAh battery with rapid charge
- Android 7.0 Nougat with HiOS v3.0 UI
- Jumia Nigeria –
Design & Display :
The Phantom 8 features a different design from its predecessors and this is the third major design change on the Phantom series since its inception in 2013. Shipping with a 5.7-inch FHD 1080 x 1920 display , the Phantom 8 is a premium looking smartphone that is expected to go head-to-head with other flagship smartphones of 2017.
The Tecno Phantom 8 comes with a full metal unibody that is glossy and can be mistaken for plastic. But don’t get it twisted , the Phantom 8 is fully metallic with a 5.7-inch 2.5D glass screen. Tecno calls the design “Diamond Fire Design” which , going forward , may be the design of other phantom devices.
Hardware & Software :
Regarding hardware , Tecno Phantom 8 is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 chipset clocked at 2.6Ghz frequency. It comes with 6GB RAM , 64GB internal storage with an option to expand using a microSD card up to 2TB.
However , the Phantom 8 does not come with a dedicated SD card slot but you can use your SIM 2 slot as your memory card slot. This means you’ld have to choose between using 2 SIMS or 1 SIM + microSD card.
The new phantom comes with a USB Type-C cable which allows for rapid charge and file transfer across devices. It also supports USB OTG which enables mobile devices to talk to one another.
The Phantom 8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with version 3.0 of Tecno’s custom User Interface called the HiOS.
The Tecno Phantom 8 sports 12MP + 13MP dual rear cameras which , according to TECNO , provides “professional level photos for everyone”. The 12MP camera uses SONY IMX386 sensor with f/1.8 lens and has 2X optical zoom , while the 13MP sensor has 10X optical zoom.
The camera also comes with features such as Autofocus, portrait mode [refocus], Auto HDR, Night mode, Superpixel and smart filters.
For selfies , the Phantom 8 has a 20MP with “smart dual selfie” flash. The front camera is 30% brighter than its predecessor and includes features such as a Smooth Mode as well as a Brighten Mode.
The Phantom 8 ships with a 3500mAh battery which is an improvement on last year’s edition. The battery should last up to a full day of usage and thanks to the USB Type-C chord , the Phantom 8 can charge from 0 – 100% within 70 mins.
Other Benefits :
The Phantom 8 comes with other benefits such as :
- 12 months warranty
- Free replacement for the first screen ( If the screen gets broken for the first time , TECNO will fix it free of charge)
- VIP Warranty card which gives the user immediate priority in any of TECNO’s repair centers.
Pricing & Availability
The Phantom 8 has been unveiled and is available Galaxy Blue, Phantom Black and Champagne Gold colors. Tecno Phantom 8 price in Nigeria is #128,000 and will be available on leading Online & Offline stores in Nigeria from the 31st of October 2017.
Tecno Phantom 8 Specs
The Tecno Phantom 8 Specs :
- Availability: Announced Oct. 22
- Available: Expected 31st October
- SIM: Yes , dual sim
- Platform: Android Operating System (Android 7.0 Nougat) + HiOS UI v3.0
- Fingerprint: Yes, rear-mounted.
- Technology: GSM / HSDPA / LTE
- 2G Bands: Yes
- 3G Bands: Yes
- 4G Bands: Yes , Band not specified
BODY & DISPLAY:
- Size: 5.7-inches FHD with 2.5D glass
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixels
- Protection: –
- Dimensions: 159.95 x 79.5 x 7.9mm
- Weight: –
- Build : Full metal , Diamond Fire Design
- Colours: Galaxy Blue, Phantom Black and Champagne Gold
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
- CPU: 2.6GHz Octa-core.
- GPU: ARM Mali-T880 dual GPU @ 1GHz
- WLAN: WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: Yes
- GPS: Yes
- USB: Yes , Type-C
- OTG : Yes
- NFC: –
- RAM: 6GB
- Internal Storage: 64GB
- External Storage: Yes , microSD up to 2TB (Hybrid setup , Uses SIM 2 Slot)
- Rear Camera: 13MP + 12MP , Sony IMX386 dual rear cameras
- Rear Flash: Yes
- Features: Autofocus, portrait mode [refocus], Auto HDR, Night mode, Superpixel and smart filters
- Front Camera: 20MP
- Front Flash: Yes
- Features: Smooth Mode , Brighten Mode
- Capacity: 3500mAh
- Type: Non-removable
- Features: Rapid charge
- Ambient Light Sensor
- Proximity Sensor
- E-Compass Sensor
- Gyroscope Sensor
Introductory Video :
Watch the introductory video courtesy of TECNO’s youtube channel :
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