After releasing the last Phantom nearly 2 years ago, TECNO today unveiled its latest smartphone from the Phantom series – the TECNO Phantom 9. The Transsion Holdings based company revealed its most premium device till date with specifications expected of a high-end smartphone.
The Phantom 9 has a striking Lapland aurora cover design which makes it pleasing aesthetically. It has a 6.4 full view screen with an AMOLED display featuring a dot-notch which houses the selfie camera at the top. Oneplus was the first company to adopt the in-display fingerprint on its Oneplus 6T, Samsung followed suit with the Galaxy S10 series and TECNO has done the same with the Phantom 9.
TECNO Phantom 9 Key Specifications
- 6.4” FHD AMOLED Display
- 16MP +2MP + 8MP AI Triple ultra-wide-angle Rear Camera
- 32MP Front Facing Camera with Dual LED Flash
- 3500mAh Battery
- Octa-core 2.35GHz (MT6765)
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB ROM expandable further with the SD card
- HiOS 5.0 based on Android™ 9
- 4G LTE
- In-display Fingerprint Sensor
- Face Unlock
- Lapland Aurora
Design and Display
Aesthetically, this is the most pleasing TECNO smartphone ever. The TECNO Phantom 9 has a plastic unibody featuring a Lapland aurora back cover design. On the gradient colour are parallel lines looking like rain-marks. At the back of the smartphone is the AI triple and the ‘Phantom’ name carefully written underneath.
In terms of display, the Phantom 9 has a 6.4” Full View (2340*1080 resolution) HD AMOLED screen with a dot-notch at the top of the screen. The dot-notch houses its front-facing camera and the dual front flashlight.
Hardware and Software
The TECNO Phantom 9 runs Android 9 Pie based on the OEM’s custom HiOS UI. It is powered by an Octa-core 2.3GHz MediaTek 6765 processor. It has a 6GB RAM and a 128GB storage capacity to manage as many files as possible conveniently.
TECNO Phantom 9 Camera
Apart from being a powerful performance beast, Phantom 9 has great photo-taking capabilities. At the back is its AI-enabled triple camera consisting of 16MP + 2MP + 8MP 120 degrees ultra-wide-angle lens with LED. Flash which combines together to deliver a powerful final photo output.
For selfies, there is a 32MP front-facing camera with dual LED flashlight. The rear camera is capable of shooting full HD videos at 60 fps.
Connectivity and Battery
In-display fingerprint sensor is the latest technology to be adopted by smartphone brands and TECNO did the same with the Phantom 9. A thumb press on the screen from the bottom end unlocks the device provided the fingerprint has been registered on the device. Other connectivity options include the Face ID unlock, Bluetooth 4.2 and WIFI.
The TECNO Phantom 9 uses dual Nano SIM with 4G LTE support. It has an internal storage of 128GB which is further expandable via the SD card slot. In terms of juice, it has a 3500mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery, it remains to be seen how that performs with the specifications of the device.
TECNO Phantom 9 Complete Specifications
- Dimension: Height: 158.52 mm *Width: 75.3mm*7.85 mm
- Material: Plastic
- Weight: N/A
- Colour: Lapland Aurora
- SIM Dual SIM: (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Type: AMOLED screen
- Size: 6.4-inch
- Screen Resolution: 19:9, FHD 2340*1080 pixels
- Multi-touch: Yes
Software and performance
- Operating System: Android 9 Pie
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio P35 6765, Octa-core 2.35GHz
- IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU
- RAM: 6GB RAM
- Internal Storage: 128GB
- Card Slot: Yes, up to 500GB
- Primary: 16MP + 2MP + 8MP with Quad-LED flash
- Secondary: 32MP with Dual LED Flash
Network and Connectivity
- WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Network 2G: 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
- 4G: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28A/B28B TDD-LTE: B38/B40/B41Bluetooth v4.2
- USB microUSB 5 Pin
- Loudspeaker Yes
- Audio Jack 3.5mm
- Sensor: Gravity, Proximity and Light Sensor
- Capacity: 3500 mAh, non-removable
- Type: Li-ion
- Fast Charging: Yes, MediaTek Pump Express
- OTG Support Yes
TECNO Phantom 9 Price and Availability
The retail price of the TECNO Phantom 9 is expected to be between N75,000 to N80,000. What a steal! See Jumia offers.