This post will be a quick review of the TECNO Phantom 9. It’s been nearly two years now that a phantom phone was released.
The box of the Phantom 9 looks pretty grey and straightforward. 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.
At the front of the Tecno Phantom 9, you get a 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. On top of that front display, you have the drop notch that houses the 32MP front camera with dual flash and earpiece.
At the back, you have a 16MP primary shooter, 8MP camera for depth sensing and a 2MP ultra-wide lens with quad flash. To the left of the device, you have a sim tray that houses two 4G LTE nano sims and an SD card, on the right you have the power and volume buttons.
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, and it is clearly the best-looking phone from Tecno’s 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.
Looking at the device, you will notice 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 digging into the web settings, which is excellent for reading, it’s responsive to type on and has unique viewing angles. It’s a big screen with a Full HD+ display, so it’s perfect for media consumption.
In the settings, we see that phantom nine 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.
Tecno Phantom 9 Performance.
On the performance side of things, 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 compared to the Camon 11 Pro.
Sure it’s a different chip with 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.
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 security is super 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, and 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, I got 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.
The camera department is where the Phantom 9 stands out from the rest of the park — good dynamic range, true ultra-wide-angle, and 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 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 usually 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.