Tecno Mobile Phantom 8 Review
January 8, 2018

A great midrange device.

Techno Mobile may be a brand you’ve never heard of, but since its inception a couple of years ago the brand has steadily grown to be one of the top choices for entry-level and midrange smartphones. Their latest product, the Phantom 8, brings the best of everything you want in a smartphone in a decent and affordable price.

The Phantom 8 is definitely a large device even with its 5.7-inch screen. It comes with a full HD resolution, good enough to showcase great colors and balanced tones. We admit we had problems viewing the screen outside in sunlight but for its price we won’t complain. The smartphone includes MiraVision which lets you adjust the picture mode according to your liking.

The beautifully crafted diamond style design features a metal unibody structure. The front houses the front-facing 20-megapixel camera along with a notification LED. There are capacitive keys at the bottom of the screen for navigation, but they aren’t backlit. If this was the case, they could’ve made the screen bigger and used on-screen navigation buttons instead. It uses USB-C for charging and data transfers and thankfully it still keeps the headphone jack.

There’s a fingerprint sensor at the back just below the camera and while the glass back is beautiful and makes the Phantom 8 premium-looking, you have to keep a cleaning cloth handy since it’s a fingerprint magnet.

The back houses the dual camera system that features a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor from Sony and another 13-megapixel telephoto sensor. It supports portrait mode, aka shooting images with a blurred background. There’s also a triple-tone LED flash included.

Images shot on the device are better than expected, granted you’re shooting outside in the sun. Low light images are okay, but noise start to appear the darker it gets.

Powering the Phantom 9 is the MTK Helio P32 SoC with 6 GB of RAM and a decent 3500 mAh battery with support for fast charging. It runs HI OS v.3.0, the company’s own customized version of Android. It heavily themes the device, giving you various options on how the Phantom 8 should look and feel. Unfortunately it’s littered with bloatware and various unnecessary apps that you cannot uninstall. It still launches apps with ease, but thinking performance would be better if they went stock Android on this one.

I wouldn’t complain about battery life though since it managed to last about a full 24 hours on normal usage before it needed charging, an aspect that even more expensive smartphones cannot accomplish.

For 1399 AED it’s priced a little higher than most midrange devices, which usually sell at the sub-1000 AED price point. Overall, Tecno Mobile’s Phantom 8 is a great upgrade from previous generations, and despite some flaws, it still performs wonderfully especially battery life.

We Like:

  • Great design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent camera

We Hate:

  • Bloatware
  • Overly customized operating system
  • Fingerprint magnet

Final Rating: 3.5/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming.
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