I am a brands person. But for some reason, the Tecno Phantom 5 phone was appealing to my eyes. Tecno is actually not a phone I thought I would have ever use, until this one. I was pleasantly surprised. I guess it is a good thing sometimes to try new things, gadgets. It helps demystify some perceptions.
The Phantom 5 is a beautiful gadget. It has smooth edges that make it easy to handle. It has a 5.5 inch screen with an IPS capacitive touch screen with 16,000,000 colors. The screen is Gorilla Glass 3 which is scratch resistant so you don’t need to put on those hideous screen protectors on this work of art.
If selfies are your thing, then you will love this phone with its 8MP front camera with a flash. The flash at the front of the camera means that you can take your selfies even at night something which is not common in most phones. The 8MP front camera takes up to 3264 x 2448-pixel pictures.
In addition, for a media person like myself, who also pretends to have a hobby in photography, this is your phone.
At the back the Phantom has a 13MP camera, with up to 4128 x 3096-pixel pictures, High Dynamic Range imaging, face and smile detection camera with dual LED flash for the perfect photo. This camera takes some of the most awesome photos.
The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back, just below the camera. The sensor can save up to five of your fingerprints. This has made unlocking the phone much faster than using the standard password. With the phantom you just need to place your finger on the sensor and the phone is unlocked, it actually takes 0.7 seconds for the finger print to be identified and to unlock the phone.
Tecno have used state of the art audio technology from DOLBY to deliver surround audio in the Phantom 5. This is delivered with minimal sound distortion, so if you are listening to music or even watching a video you will be sure enjoy yourself.
The phone comes with two pre-installed players, the usual player and the Boom player. The Boom player has over 200,000 audio and music videos. You can be able to stream or download the content, with some of it free and some you have to pay for. They even have 2 of Wyre’s songs up in there.
With a 3GB RAM, a 64-bit 1.5 GHz octa-core processor and a Mali-T760 MP4 GPU, the Tecno Phantom has all the requirements needed for a super-fast phone. However, if you open too many apps it tends to hang so make effort to be checking on how many apps are open at a given time and close the ones not needed.
The phantom comes with a 3000mAh Li-Ion battery which is non-removable. With moderate use it can last from morning till evening and about half a day with heavy usage. If you are a moderate user this phone is perfect for you. I am a heavy user but still find the phone progressive in terms of battery life.
It comes with 32 GB internal storage although only 25GB is usable. However, you can expand the memory to 64GB with the help of a SD card. With that kind of memory, you can take all the pictures that you want without having to worry about phone memory.
The Tecno Phantom 5 is retailing at sh39,999. It may seem a little pricey but is worth every penny. Given the specs it has, it is cheaper with equally powerful applications that most phones going for over sh50,000.