This will be a quick review of the TECNO Phantom 9. It’s been a while since we saw the Phantom series, nearly two years now.
The box of the Phantom 9 looks pretty simple and grey. You have some of the specs on the back and when you open it up you’re greeted with an envelope that holds the sim ejector and a specification and user manual.
You will see all the 4G LTE bands that the device supports. There is a warranty card and finally, you have the Tecno Phantom 9 device.
On the bottom compartment, you have a standard 10W charger, a micro USB cable and a pair of earphones.
Tecno Phantom 9 Full Specifications
|Release date||July 4|
|Dimensions (mm)||158.46 x 75.3 x 7.85 mm (6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)|
|Weight (g)||186.00 g|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3500|
|Screen size (inches)||6.4|
|Processor make||MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 (12 nm)|
|Expandable storage type||MicroSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||500|
|Rear camera||16-megapixels + 2-megapixels + 8-megapixels|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes (In-display)|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
Display and Design.
On the front of the tecno phantom 9, you have a 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. On top of that display, you have the drop notch that houses the 32MP front camera with dual flash and earpiece.
At the back, you have a 16MP main shooter, an 8MP camera for depth sensing and a 2MP ultra-wide lens with quad flash. To the left, you have a sim tray that houses two 4G LTE nano sims and an SD card, on the right you have a power and volume buttons. At the top, you have a microphone and on the bottom, you have a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microphone, a micro USB port and a speaker.
The Phantom 9 back and frame are made from a polycarbonate material now popularly called glass stick. The back is curved and has pattern lines that cut across diagonally, it is clearly the best-looking phone from Tecno lineup this year.
It does have a tiny chin, the smallest chin ever seen on a Tecno phone and the notch on the Phantom 9 can be hidden. However, crazy it may seem to do this.
Now you will have noticed that there is no fingerprint sensor in sight and that’s because it’s now underneath the display. Still, on that display, the AMOLED technology has made its way back to phantom series after skipping a generation.
This one does make everything appear warmer and more saturated and most people prefer it but whenever you see an image or video do bear that in mind.
The display is bright outdoors and can get really digging into the web settings which is great for reading, it’s responsive to type on and has great viewing angles. It’s a big screen with a full HD+ display so it’s really good for media consumption.
In the settings, we see that phantom 9 comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Although you have about 116GB available to use.
Tecno Phantom 9 runs on Android 9 pie with HiOS version 5.0 slapped on top of it. In the quick settings, you get all the familiar utility tools and it’s quite comprehensive. You also get a bunch of bloatware and I’m not even sure what they all do but you can uninstall if you wish.
On the performance, the processor of the Tecno Phantom 9 is the Octa-core 2.35 GHz Mediatek Helio CPU. The processor does handle everyday social media apps and it handles multitasking fairly well, it wasn’t all that different in terms of speed coming from the Camon 11 Pro.
Sure it’s a different chip with a higher clock speed but it’s not very noticeable in real life. The in-display fingerprint sensor is easy to set up but it takes two steps to unlock your phone as you cannot unlock directly from the sleep screen.
However, when you pick up the phone that also counts as step one otherwise you need to give it a tap before you place your finger on the specific part that lights up on the screen, a bit of a learning curve as with most new technology.
The face unlock is SuperDuper fast almost too fast. it doesn’t waste any time animations or anything. Even though I’m not a big fan of face unlock type of security, but if you care for it the speed will impress you.
The speaker of the Tecno phantom 9 was tested side by side with the Redmi K20 Pro, the Phantom 9 was undoubtedly the clear winner here.
What we know about it is that it’s more optimized for PUBG mobile than Pes 2019 and asphalt 9.
On the battery life, you will get a full day of use using mostly social media apps and a bit of gaming and camera all on Wi-Fi.
This gave me 8hours of screen on time at the end of the day with about 14% left to spare. When I played several hours of PUBG, I got about two hours less screen on time.
It took the Tecno Phantom 9 about 1 hour and 59 minutes to charge from 0 to 100% with a third-party fast charger. It charged from 0 to 70% under 15 minutes.
The Phantom 9 device looks like it does support 18W charging speed.
Tecno Phantom 9 Camera.
This is where the Phantom 9 really stands out from the rest of the park. Good dynamic range, true ultra wide-angle, really sharp detailed shots outdoors.
The portrait mode on the back and front have an impressive edge detection which is something that mid-range devices haven’t quite perfected yet.
Indoors, the selfie camera looks a lot brighter than the primary camera and in peak darkness, the dual flash really makes all the difference. It records videos in 1080p for the primary and secondary camera.
Tecno Phantom 9 Price in Nigeria.
It looks like the Phantom 9 has made several calls from what we normally expect like a USB type-c and a fast charger in the box but it does put things into perspective when you consider that the price of the device is around 75,000 to 80,000 NGN which is about 220 USD for a 128GB storage device with AMOLED display and in display fingerprint sensor and a camera that’s hard to beat at this price.