The Tecno Phantom 6 plus is not an ordinary phone: It is the most powerful phone ever built by Tecno.
Two weeks ago, we did a full unboxing of the Phantom 6 plus, and we are delving straight into the full review today.
The Tecno Phantom 6 Plus has a powerful 4GB RAM, a 64GB internal storage, a 2.11GHz Helio X20 and Deca Core processor. It also runs on Android 6 Marshmallow.
It has a 21MP Sony back Camera with dual LED Flash, and an 8MP front camera with soft LED flash.
It has a fingerprint scanner and an eye scanner.
There’s also USB type C and the phone supports quick charging with a 4050mAh battery.
Design and display
At 5.95 inches, the Phantom has a bigger screen size than most high end phones out there. It has a bigger screen that the iPhone 6 plus (5.5 inches) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, for instance.
Its has an IPS Touchscreen display with a Full HD (1920 X 1080) pixel resolution which displays sharp images from wide viewing angles.
The Phantom 6 Plus is designed with metal which gives it a premium feel when held in the hands. It comes in champagne gold colour.
You can tell that a lot of effort was made to get the aesthetics of the phone right this thing, because it’s so sleek and light.
The champagne gold metallic finish shines very nicely outdoors. The rounded edges and the speaker grills at the bottom make it quite something to have.
The phone is nice on the hand. It doesn’t feel too big. The side bezels are almost not there when the display is off. The top and bottom bezels are also not huge and annoying as on other phones.
Memory & Performance
The Phantom 6 Plus is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 Processor which saves 30% more battery life than its predecessor. The processor has ten cores with a speed of 2.5 GHz. This is paired with a Mali-T880 GPU to ensure that the phone runs smoothly all the time.
The phone comes with a powerful 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage capacity, which can be expanded up to 128GB with the microSD slot that comes with the phone.
The phone can run over 60 apps simultaneously without hanging and without even using half of the memory.
In the test below, I ran 5 apps, yet only 2.2GB of 4GB RAM was in use. It means I could run 100 apps and the phone would still function perfectly.
My test proved that in respect of high level performance, the Phantom 6 is among the very best in the world.
It competes effectively with the very latest Samsung phones.
It beats many other powerful phones hands down.
On single core, it beat many other devices.
It beats many more.
The 21MP Sony camera is very power with superzoom capability. And it takes some pretty good shots like the one below:
The 8MP front camera with soft LED flash also allows beautiful selfies to be taken at any time of the day or night.
The speaker grills at the bottom are beautiful. But only one of them is a speaker. The other is maridadi.
The speaker sounds very clear and good. The earphones that come with the phone are also very efficient. The sound from the Phantom 6 Plus can is just like what you get when you get with the iPhone 7 of the Samsung Galaxy S7. That's a fact.
The Tecno Phantom 6 Plus’ 4050mAh is non-removable. But it is very powerful. It lasts the whole day. It can last for eight hours with heavy use, which is brilliant.
Charging the battery is also an easy process due to the phone’s fast charging capability, which Tecno calls “light speed charge”.
Finger print scanner
The fingerprint sensor at the back of the device is one of best I've ever used. It can be used to wake the device from sleep and unlock it straight away. It can also be used to unlock apps that require an extra layer of security thanks to the sensitivity of the data and information they hold like password managers like LastPass, for instance.
With the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus running on Android Marshmallow, basically any application that has been developed with fingerprint authentication support in mind can be used with the device’s fingerprint sensor.
The phone includes a small dongle to help you use normal USB on the USB type C port.
The phone' read and write speeds are brilliant.
The fast charging capability of the phone also comes in handy when the phone's battery is running low.
The metallic material used to make the phone doesn’t scratch easily. And this makes me confident carrying it without a case.
And, by the way, Tecno includes a lovely case in the Phantom 6's massive box.
The Tecno Phantom 6 Plus has slots for 2 SIM cards, but to use a second sim, one has to give up using a Micro SD card.That's a minus.
Another minus is that, during fast charging, the phone heats up a bit.
The Phantom 6 Plus is just like or better than many expensive high-end phones out there. The GeekBench test above proves that it is more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S6, for instance.
In summary, with the Phantom 6, you get:
Excellent retail packaging and the added freebies/gifts.
The best sound on any smartphone I have used this year.
Very fast fingerprint scanner.
Good battery life.
Responsive UI even though it has its quirks and annoyances.
More storage. Tecno is selling the 64GB model locally. With 52GB being user-accessible, that’s more storage than the average user will fill up in a whim as is often the case with the 16/32GB phones most are used to buying from other brands at the Phantom 6 Plus’ price.
It is being sold in Accra for GHC1,400.
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