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My Tecno Phantom 8 Review: Your Questions Answered!

I am sure some of us have questions and concerns about the Phantom 8, questions that I’d try to answer in this review.

TECNO PHANTOM 8 REVIEW

BOOT TEST

Like with every other smartphone, the first thing you’d do when you get the Phantom 8 is to power on the device — which takes about 29 seconds and this places the Phantom 8 in the 4th position on the boot test leaderboard.


FINGERPRINT TEST

The next thing you’d probably do is to unlock the device and it would interest you to note that the fingerprint sensor on the Phantom 8 is incredibly fast and accurate, just a tap unlocks the phone:

You can also use the sensor to take a picture and accept calls.


DISPLAY

With the device unlocked, you are fully able to see the 5.7 FHD display.

The screen is not an OLED display, so you are not getting the super rich and vibrant colors specifically in the reds and blues.

But, overall, the Phantom 8’s screen is still a pleasure to look at, plus, sunlight visibility is quite good.


UI

The next thing you’d get to experience is the UI, which isn’t stock Android because Tecno used the latest HiOS — HiOS 3.0

 The overall experience is a two-way thing —HiOS 3.0 right now:

If you do like it, you can further tweak the option by choosing between the single launcher — which places all the apps on the home screen:

Or the Standard launcher — this comes with an app drawer.

On the bloatware side of things, the Phantom 8 comes with a couple of them like, Recharge King, to name a few

All of which can be uninstalled to save storage.


STORAGE

Speaking of storage, the Phantom 8’s UI and Android’s OS has used up about 24% of the 64GB storage, so you only have about 48GB left, but there is the MicroSD card option.


MUSIC ON THE PHANTOM 8

For the Music lovers out there, Tecno is offering the Boom Play as the default music player, although you still have Google Play Music.

The audio quality on this thing is good, not overly loud, but it sure has a nice bass effect to it, which I love.


CALL QUALITY AND CONNECTIVITY

At this point, I am sure you must have probably made a call or two on the Phantom 8 and during my time of usage, I had no issues with the call quality on this device.

As for the connectivity, I tried to get 4 4G LTE SIM cards from the top telcos in Nigeria including my old nTel SIM and during my test, the Phantom 8 was able to peg to all the 4G LTE networks I tried it with, including GLO.


TECNO PHANTOM 8 CAMERA

The camera is surely one of the biggest highlights of the Phantom 8, it doesn’t come with Pro camera settings and the ability to shoot in 4K:

But this thing takes excellent pictures.

And as you already know, the Phantom 8 comes with a dual camera setup at the back the first camera is the main camera — this is also used for the 2x optical zoom:

 

Normal mode: 

 

2x Optical ZOOM

 

NORMAL MODE: 

2x OPTICAL ZOOM

 

And 10x digital zoom — as a matter of fact, you can operate the Phantom 8’s main camera without the secondary camera provided you are not using the refocus effect

However, where you need the secondary camera is with the refocus effect, otherwise known as the bokeh effect.

And trust me when I say that you’d be tempted to continue taking pictures using the refocus camera because of how lovely the pictures are.

 

There is also the option to manually tweak the bokeh effect after taking the picture.

However, this effect doesn’t do well in low light condition. Plus, you must be 1.0 m to 2.5 m from the subject.

Now, Both cameras are missing OIS or EIS which means that you would need to have stable hands while recording (or use a tripod, instead). As for the overall quality, the Phantom 8 looks vibrant and it dealt with the outdoor, sunny, and cloudy shots much better and it also showed a lot of details.

 

I did notice that sometimes the shots were a bit saturated, but this isn’t something that is particularly bad.

The good stuff with the back camera can also be said for the front camera, the 20MP camera also did excellently well in low light condition.

Even without the need to put on the dual flash which isn’t a favorite of mine (I don’t like using flash in general)

 

Without Flash


BATTERY

With regards to the battery stamina, the 3500mAh on the Phantom 8 is okay to meet your daily needs, it lasted me the whole day on “moderate use.” I also did like a 15-minute battery drain between the Phantom 8 and the Note 4 pro which has a larger battery. After 15 minutes, the Phantom 8 drained 4% as opposed to the 3% on the Note 4 pro. Not so far off.

Lastly, I tried to stream a 16-hour video on YouTube using WiFi and I was able to get a 10-hour- 3 minutes screen on time with the brightness slider at minimum


CHARGING

I was able to get the Phantom 8 from a dead battery to full in an hour 49 minutes.


PERFORMANCE

For the performance, you don’t need to be told that the 6GB of RAM paired with a Helio P25 processor clocked at 2.5GhZ offers a smooth and fast multitasking experience. The phone didn’t show any signs of slowdown or lag during my time of usage.

Also, I tried to download highly intensive graphics game like the Lords of the fallen, Asphalt extreme, to name a few and the Phantom 8 handled it well. Still, on the performance, the Phantom 8 is also good at managing heat, it did get warm, but didn’t get past the hot mark.


BENCHMARKS AND SENSORS

For those who are interested in benchmarks, here you go:

Also, check out the sensors:

IMPERFECTIONS

Now, no phone is perfect and the Phantom 8 isn’t either. So, asides from the issues I mentioned, I did notice that the auto brightness didn’t perform as I’d wanted it to, but this can be fixed by manually tweaking the brightness slider.

Also, there were several pre-installed applications like boom play and PHB browser, to name a few that kept on sending notifications, but just like the auto-brightness issue, you can fix this by uninstalling them completely or disabling notifications from these apps.

Lastly, the screen  protection on the Phantom 8 does attract scratches, but this shouldn’t be a problem since it’s replaceable and doesn’t affect the main screen.

Yes, a lot of us had an issue with the bezels on the Phantom 8 given that it looked like something from 2016, but the Phantom 8 does shine in areas that matter like the Camera, performance, and even the battery.

As always, let me know what you think of the Phantom 8 and all of its good and bad parts.

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    47 comments on “My Tecno Phantom 8 Review: Your Questions Answered!

    1. Abdul Abdul says:

      Mehn this phone is the bomb… Kudos to Tecno👊

      1. Khaleesi says:

        Oboy a real kudos to them, dem try well well, nice 1 there tecno

    2. Lanre Akogun says:

      Oh boy. The camera though 😱

    3. Kelvin says:

      This full review is everything!! Will watch with night plan.

      That aside, great camera, great battery performance, great storage too. I’d say it’s worth the price.. And ehm, MT I go like selfie with u o😍

    4. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

      … WELL, ITS A GOOD PHONE THOUGH, BUT I’M A BIT CONCERNED ABOUT THE BENCHMARK SCORES HERE.
      THE BEZELS AREN’T REALLY A GREAT ‘NO’ BUT THE AUTO BRIGHTNESS 🔆 IS SOMETHING THAT CAN GET ME DOING SOMEHOW…

      1. Otas says:

        PLEASE WHAT IS BEZELS? SORRY FOR THE QUESTION BUT I DONT KNOW WHAT THAT IS

        1. kenny says:

          The top and bottom part of the phone that isn’t the screen.

      2. antagonist says:

        benchmark,? bezels? brightness? who do u think you are…? it beats the gionee a1 plus by far..but yet almost thesame price with it..nd u are there telling me….see!!! mT fire down..

    5. Mary-Jane M. says:

      The camera is great and the fingerprint sensor is impressive. Only 48gb left, they used​ a whole 16gb. Overall, I think the phone it’s really good

    6. Emmanuel Godwin says:

      Let infinix do their cooking fast fast and come show all these phantom 8 fans how things need to be done….

    7. xoftxoul says:

      the bokeh effect is poor. either a hit or miss. but the 📷 camera can take good pictures when it’s spot on. overall, I don’t think it’s worth the skyscraper amount splashed unto it. Tecno, buhari is still the legitimate president of Nigeria. take note

      1. xoftxoul says:

        where’s the comments-delete-button o? I want to delete my double post

        1. Tobi Ayeni says:

          Lol, let me be your assistant in that regard.

    8. KingAbsolute says:

      I’m looking for flaws in the Phantom 8 and can hardly find any. So I’m choosing the NOT OLED display screen.

      Apart from that, the phone is AMAZING. This Tecno dey try, on top all the trolling, they still release good smart phones.

      Would love to play with them dual cameras one day.

    9. antagonist says:

      benchmark,? bezels? brightness? who do u think you are…? it beats the gionee a1 plus by far..but yet almost thesame price with it..nd u are there telling me….see!!! mT fire down..

    10. Kenneth says:

      There are a couple of things i love about the device and others i dont. Tecno has done well with this device. Nice Review.

    11. Bulus says:

      Charging speed is wow but its camera does not seem as an upgrade to Camon CX.

    12. Moses says:

      Does this phone have a dedicated memory card slot? Or one has to sacrifice one of the SIM slot for the SD card. Please help…Thanks

    13. Anonymous says:

      What about notification light? (led)

    14. Samo says:

      Can anyone tell me of any remarkable flaws in this latest tecno 8 fone. Some of my applications seems not functioning well, I can’t make calls when I set it to 4G network, also, some activated setting become deactivated automatically making those apps become functionless. Anyone help

      1. hassan says:

        My advice to you is to do a normal hand working that is flashing ur phone by ur self by pressing the power button and at the same time also pressing the up volume button and that all.

    15. Ivvy says:

      good to see that TECNO is not slowing the pace of their god work love the phantom 8 much

    16. Princessx says:

      would love to own this phone i can only imagine what selfues on this phone will be like

    17. Burmese says:

      okay, there cant be stories of phone hanging with 6GB RAM, right?

    18. Xhalim says:

      TECNO is the best, and no one can tell me otherwise

      1. hussaini says:

        Don’t tell me that tecno is the best, not in all aspect bro, when it comes to good battery capacity Gionee seems the best among all

    19. Anonymous says:

      It’s high time included compass on their devices.

    20. hassan says:

      The phone is nice with a good specs,the only part of the specs which captures my attention is the 6gb ram because i love playing games,seeing my self having this said device is going to be the happy day of my life.love to get more techgist from our humble admin.

    21. hussaini says:

      The phone also comes up with a 6GB of RAM paired with a Helio P25 processor clocked at 2.5GhZ and also does a multitasking experience , the battery capacity seems great and the specs too which is nice, what will make me go for this device is the battery capacity which is superb and the price which is pocket friendly

    22. hussaini says:

      The phone also comes up with a 6GB of RAM paired with a Helio P25 processor clocked at 2.5GhZ and also does a multitasking experience , the battery capacity seems great and the specs too which is nice, what will make me go for this device is the battery capacity which is superb and the price which is pocket friendly.

    23. hassan says:

      So tecno are trying in their games kudos to this great team and thanks to our humble admin for sharing this post on this great blog.

    24. Adebayo Eniola says:

      For so beautiful… charging speed so incredible….I give it to tecno on this one.

      1. Chris says:

        You know about the phone very much?

    25. Otas says:

      Want to Buy this awesome baby?… Hit me up, going for 100k, you save 28k, best deal you’ll ever get… Hit me up 08182996930

    26. Khaleesi says:

      This is the real deal, I’m impressed greatly

    27. Anonymous says:

      How is the gyroscope on the phone, does it work well with VR devices.

    28. I am so getting this device. Its really cool and beautiful…just see the pictures

    29. Chris says:

      The phone pics is lovely. But find it difficult to reply an up coming chat either from whatsapp or other platform and still continue on my current page. It hangs. For instance, I’m on my wall on facebook and I got a notification on a chat, after clicking at the top of my phone to reply and send, to continue on my wall the phone will hang until I press the power key and stuffs. Please I need help I’m not enjoy my new phantom8 .my no 07068226450.

    30. Vicky says:

      I just got ds phone last week n im having issues with d network service n connectivity to the internet.. Please I need help I’m not enjoying my new phantom8 as well. Here’s my number pls: 08062536644

      1. Jay says:

        I am also facing similar problem with my device. If u got any remedy pl. do let me know.
        thnx.

      2. Jay says:

        keep the phone for discharging to the end. Again recharge it , it will be alright. I have experienced the same.

    31. Bila says:

      I have problem in my phantom 8 I can’t receive any. Notifications n my phone. So, is their any body have a answer of my question?

    32. Dokun Creg says:

      Wow….. The phone is crazy…. I love it

    33. Anonymous says:

      Hi,my phone has now hanged twice,screen goes blank when I press power button it displays msgs but the screen cannot respond at all.The phone then stays like that until the battery goes flat and I charge is whenit starts working,what’s the problem?

    34. Dokun Creg says:

      The phone is cool and awesome…… The camera quality is dope and the ram is okay

    35. Jay says:

      I have put my phone in power saving mode. Now I am not able to view anything because the screen is not showing any display.
      Pl.. help

    36. Ntoh Elvis babi says:

      How can I remove my tecno phantom8 from offline mode?
      Calls go through but I cant pick because my screan is blank

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