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Tecno Phantom 6: Specifications Review

September 25, 2016
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The Tecno Phantom 6 is finally here!

Tecno Mobile teased the smartphone for quite some time and the company finally launched the smartphone at an exquisite launch event at the Armani Hotel in Dubai.

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I know most have been desperate to know what to expect from the smartphone. Credible Info about the specifications of the Phantom 6 was scanty.

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That said, here is what the Tecno Phantom 6 has to offer.

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Full Specifications

Display

Display Size: 5.5 inch

Display Type: AMOLED

Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixels

Screen Resolution Density: 420 PPI

Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3

You get a 5.5-inch Amoled display with a 1920 x 1080 Pixels resolution. I think it was an awesome move by Tecno Mobile to replace the IPS LCD display found on the Phantom 5 with a more sophisticated AMOLED display.

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Virtues and Vices: LCD vs. Amoled

AMOLED displays have significant advantages over IPS and TFT displays and you should check out the article below for you to better understand why the Phantom 6 having an AMOLED display is exciting.

You get a 420 PPI pixel per inch resolution density, which is exactly the same you get on the Tecno Phantom 5. In addition to that you get Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the display.

Related: Tecno Phantom 6 Plus Specifications Review

Design

Dimensions: 75 x 151.5 x 6.15

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The design of the Tecno Phantom 6 is one of the highlights of the smartphone.

You get an Ultra Slim aluminum and molded steel candy bar design. The Tecno Phantom 6 has a very svelte form factor.  The Phantom 6 frame is 6.15 mm thIck, which makes it thinner than the iPhone 6 (6.9 mm) and Huawei P9 (6.9 mm)

I think Tecno did a really good job with the Phantom 6 and it indeed looks like a true flagship smartphone.

Performance

Operating System: HiOS, based on Android 6.0

CPU: Helio P10 (MT6755) Octa-Core 2.0GHz

RAM: 3 GB

Internal Memory: 32 GB

Micro SD: Yes, up to 128 GB

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The Tecno Phantom 6 packs a Helio P10 (MT6755) Octa-Core 2.0GHz chipset.

The move to include a Helio P10 MediaTEK chipset was obviously a deliberate move since the chipset is optimized for the three features that makes the Phantom 6 great, namely camera, design and clarity.

The Helio P10 is designed specifically for super-slim devices, has a Mali-T860 GPU to deliver great graphic performance and most importantly has a TrueBright ISP engine that delivers DSLR-quality images.

In addition to this, you get 3GB RAM, which is quite adequate, 32GB of internal storage and a Micro-SD slot that can support up to 128 GB of memory.

Camera

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Rear Camera: 13.0 MP

Secondary Camera: 8.0 MP

LED Flash: Yes

The Tecno Phantom 6 features a Dual-camera setup.

You get a 13.0 MP camera for general photography and an  8.0 MP camera for your seflies. This is in addition to an LED flash both for the rear camera and the front-facing camera.

Battery and Extras

Battery Capacity: Li-Po 2700 mAh

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A 2700 mAh battery powers the Tecno Phantom 6. I feel like this is the Achilles point of the smartphone since it really hurts to have an amazing performance profile and not an equally amazing battery pack to power it.

The USB Type-C that comes with the smartphone supports quick charging, so at least there is that.

Extras

Dual SIM

Verdict

The Tecno Phantom 6 is indeed an awesome smartphone. I really like what Tecno Mobile did with the design and the performance profiles, it’s all awesome.

It’s really great that Tecno put a lot of attention into the design process and the Phantom 6 can now go head to head with some of the best smartphones on the planet.

The disappointing bit is on the battery and the lack of the fingerprint sensor. Tecno devices are built for Africa and research reveals that Africans consider the battery life as one of the most important purchase drivers.

On the fingerprint sensor, it really doesn’t add up why the Tecno Phantom 6 lacks a feature that smartphone under Ksh. 10,000 now have and you have to settle for the Phantom 6 Plus if you want one.

Why Tecno?

Why you should buy the TECNO Phantom 6

Amazing Display Profile

Fantastic Design

Awesome Performance Profile

Superior Camera Profile

Cons of the Tecno Phantom 6

Weak battery Specs

Lacks Fingerprint Sensor

Rivals

Rivals of the Tecno Phantom 6 includes the Infinix Zero 3 (Ksh. 17,499) and Samsung Galaxy J7 (Ksh. 22,000).

Price in Kenya

The Tecno Phantom 6 has a suggested retail price of Ksh. 24,999 in Kenya.

What do you think of the Phantom 6?

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Kevin is a Passionate Technology Enthusiast and the Lead Writer at MobiTrends. He has been writing about Smartphones and Mobile Technology since 2012. Drop him your comments below :)

  • Ckay

    Hope they worked out the phone freezing and hanging. Any way look foward to the Phantom 6

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    • Hey Ckay,

      Have used the Tecno Phantom 6 for a while and so far so good!

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  • Felix Muchiri

    I love its size, slimness and of course the super AMOLED!, what I dont liike is lack of fingerprint scanner, its 2016 and it’s a midranger! and from what I have learnt fro the internet the CPU, ie the Helio P10 is not a flagship performer, but still decent performance so not an issue here but I think they should have gone for the X10 or even the X20 and used the X25 for the plus model.

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    • Hey Felix,

      Yeah, the lack of a fingerprint sensor is a bummer. Personally, would have preferred a finger-print sensor instead of the dual-camera. I mean compare how many times you use your smartphone camera vs how many times in a day you unlock your smartphone.

      About the CPU, i think it kinda fits the smartphones since it more of a multimedia chipset as opposed to being a performance one. Otherwise, Tecno did a fantastic job with the design!

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  • Chelsea Hutcherson

    amoled super clear screen on the phantom 6plus is real i can testify to that

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