Tecno Phantom Z Hands-On Review

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Tecno Phantom Z, a device that has
actually changed the way a lot of us perceive
Tecno Mobile as a company. Till date, Tecno
Mobile has produced nothing like the Tecno
Phantom Z (Tecno A7), even the last flagship
product can’t be compared to this awesome
device. I’ve been using this device for almost a
week now and I’m impressed; I’m highly
impressed. The performance is as good as
advertised.
The first thing that strikes you is the way the
phablet feels when held. It has that premium look
and feel anyone would love.

What’s Inside the Box
Tecno Phantom Z comes packed in a cream case
housing the device itself, a stylish earpiece, a USB
cable and a charger. It also comes with a free
5200mAh power bank and a smooth textured,
nicely designed smart cover for protection.



However, you can only get the free power bank
and smart cover for a limited time. It may or may
not come with your own purchase.
Quick Specifications
Before diving into the full review, let’s take a
quick look at the most important specifications.
Display: 5.2-inch AMOLED display, Gorilla
Glass
Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080 pixels (424
PPI),
Dimension: 71.9 x 144.5 x 7.8 mm
Memory: 32GB internal
Camera: 16MP(rear), 8MP (front)
SIM type: Dual SIM [Micro-SIM]
Network data: GPRS/EDGE/3G/3.75G
OS: Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
Chipset: MediaTek MT6592
CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU: Mali 450-MP4
RAM: 2GB
Battery: 3030 mAh
We already have the full specifications here .

Physical Appearance
With a thickness of just 7.8mm, Tecno Phantom Z
is a slim phone with a solid build. It’s 0.3mm
thinner than Samsung Galaxy S5, has a plastic
body and features a 5.2-inch screen. The back
cover is made of made of leather grain textured
plastic of good quality.
The power button is on the right side and on the
left, there’s the SIM tray and the volume controls.

Tecno Phantom Z is sealed with no removable
cover and there’s absolutely no SD card slot.
There’s a softkey below the screen bordered with
a white LED; the Home , Back and Menu softkeys
are positioned on-screen. There’s a rear camera
with dual flash and another front facing camera
at the top-right corner with the flash placed
beside the earpiece. The MicroUSB port is at the
bottom with the 3.5mm audio jack at the top.
The overall design is beautiful and it’s obvious
quite a lot of effort has been put into it. The
phone feels light and at the same time feels solid
to hold. The 5.2-inch screen is a great choice for
people who want something between a 5.5″
phablet and a 4.7″ smartphone.

Display
A 5.2 inch Super Amoled display with a resolution
of 1920 × 1080 pixels is expected to be crystal
clear. Tecno Phantom Z has a pixel density of 424
ppi and this makes the display even better with
objects appearing like they should and the
contrast well defined.
The brilliant display is protected with Gorilla
Glass that’s scratch resistant with normal use.


Performance
Tecno Phantom Z boasts of a 2.0GHz Octacore
processor (MediaTek MT6592 chipset) and this
makes the phone super fast and efficient. It has a
2GB random access memory. Multi-tasking works
fine and during use, applications running in the
background are hardly force killed due to memory
issues.




It outperformed HTC One and Samsung Galaxy
S4 with a very huge margin during Antutu
benchmark as seen in the image above.

Battery
One of the areas Tecno really focused on was the
battery. With data turned off, I was still left with
about 60% battery after two solid days. The
3030mAh battery could last for a whole day with
normal use (internet, calls, gaming).
This phablet has a pretty good battery (non-
removable) that you shouldn’t think of replacing
anytime soon. The free power bank is actually a
plus but unlike the previous models, you may not
need it very often if you’re not a heavy user.
Just like any other phone, the battery drains
faster on 3G when compared to accessing the
internet all day through WiFi.



Operating System, UI and Pre-installed Apps
Tecno Phantom Z runs Android 4.4 with a system
wide dark feel. The default launcher was enough
and I haven’t seen the need to replace it with
Nova Launcher like I normally do.
It comes bundled with SwiftKeys set as the
default keyboard. As seen on the Tecno R7, you
can update the device over the air.
An upgrade was pushed to the phone within the
first week of use and I do hope to see an Android
5.0 Lollipop update anytime soon.
There are a bunch of pre-installed apps that
include Flashare, Facebook, BBM and others.

Memory
Tecno A7 has a memory capacity of 32GB.
There’s no SD card slot and a number of people
may not be comfortable with this but for most
users, it won’t really be an issue. 32GB is a quite
a lot of space but only about 17GB is available to
the user. The OS and apps use the rest.

Connectivity
It’s a dual-SIM device and has a slot for two
micro-SIM cards on the left side. Both SIMs work
simutlaneously as expected. It supports GPRS,
EDGE and 3.75G. The device is WiFi enabled and
can be used as a WiFi hotspot.
Unfortunately, the device isn’t NFC enabled.

Camera
The 16MP rear camera captures clear pictures
under different lighting conditions. It has a dual
flash that can be a bit too bright at times,
especially when the object is up close. However,
this can always be adjusted in the robust camera
settings.




The 8MP front facing camera also has a LED
flash for taking selfies even in the dark.
Based on the lighting condition, the settings can
always be fine-tuned to create good looking
photographs. There are filters you can select from
and I’m not sure there’s need to a 3rd party
camera application. The picture quality is quite
okay.

Likes & Dislikes
If there’s one thing I’m not really comfortable
with, it’s the softkey LED light that appears to
stay on at times. Besides that, the performance is
super, the battery is strong enough for an
octacore device and the design is lovely.
Tecno Phantom Z is a great device to own and
use.

Tecno Phantom Z Price in Nigeria

Tecno Phantom Z is available in retails stores and
presently, it’s being sold for 53,700 naira on
Konga. As you’re aware, the price is subject to
change. Buy It here

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