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Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Dandsome: 8:31am On Nov 10
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.



CALL QUALITY AND CONNECTIVITY


There are no issues with the call quality on this device.



As for the connectivity, the Phantom 8 was able to peg to all the 4G LTE networks tried it with, including GLO. grin grin grin



Source : http:///tecno-phantom-8-review-questions-answered/

Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Dandsome: 8:31am On Nov 10
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:



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


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.




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.


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 2.5d glass 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.

http:///tecno-phantom-8-review-questions-answered/

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Ennyholar: 8:55am On Nov 10
The optical zoom is my favorite Phantom 8 feature...nice one op
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by bravesoul247(m): 9:04am On Nov 10
This device is awesome
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by MizMyColi(f): 9:49am On Nov 10
These features are great.
But I would like to test for my self and see the goodness of the phone.

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by dejiWEST: 10:57am On Nov 10
The specs are very interesting, not as affordable as I expected tho.
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Acidosis(m): 1:10pm On Nov 10
This is the best Tecno review I've read. I'm 100% certain you're not a paid Tecno fanboy, your arguments are fairly balanced.


Poor screen resolution
Can't shoot 4K videos inspite having 20mp camera
Missing OIS and EIS
Fake 2.5D
No screen protection
Large bezels


These and more are reasons I won't encourage anyone to pay over 130k for the device.

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by madgoat(m): 1:26pm On Nov 10
MizMyColi:
These features are great.
But I would like to test for my self and see the goodness of the phone.

When you are done testing it, please 'dash' me the fone. Sow a seed.. It will be well appreciated kiss

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Behankey(m): 1:42pm On Nov 12
This is detailed. Good specs too but can be better.
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Behankey(m): 1:43pm On Nov 12
dejiWEST:
The specs are very interesting, not as affordable as I expected tho.
Well, comparing it with what their phantom 6 plus sold for last year? It is not a bad price.
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by scarycuteface(m): 4:14pm On Nov 13
Good. Interesting specifications. Bar the bezels, I think it is okay.
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by omoalajah(m): 4:49pm On Nov 13
Seed ko, fruit ni.. LOl
madgoat:


When you are done testing it, please 'dash' me the fone. Sow a seed.. It will be well appreciated kiss
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by missslimzy(f): 5:12pm On Nov 13
There is always room for development
Behankey:
This is detailed. Good specs too but can be better.
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by datyorubaboy: 5:30pm On Nov 13
It would be improved
Behankey:
This is detailed. Good specs too but can be better.
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Freelancerx: 5:39pm On Nov 13
Acidosis:
This is the best Tecno review I've read. I'm 100% certain you're not a paid Tecno fanboy, your arguments are fairly balanced.


Poor screen resolution
Can't shoot 4K videos inspite having 20mp camera
Missing OIS and EIS
Fake 2.5D
No screen protection
Large bezels


These and more are reasons I won't encourage anyone to pay over 130k for the device.
I think there's what 130k can do. All the things u listed are nice too but then, you'll have to pay more for them. The bezels though, could be ditched. I'll say the phone is okay.

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Nobody: 12:46pm On Nov 14
Anything Phantom is a beauty to behold. Even the Rolls Royce Phantom is another beauty.
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by AntiWailer: 12:48pm On Nov 14
mchewww

I actually thought it was Rolls Royce Phantom.


My heart was pumping fast grin grin

So na Tecno Phantom

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by cloud9usher: 12:53pm On Nov 14
Tecno are pathetic manipulators, just buy the Tecno CX or CX Air for 50k less than this Phantom and be rest assured to have a good phone for your money.

Its plain ignorance to spend over 100k for a phone without a second hand value, no OS updates and other camera gimmicks which can't be compared to other flagships of big players. And have Tecno not heard about bezelless phones? Over 100k for a phone with bezel? Oh please!

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by ipledge10(m): 12:53pm On Nov 14
I don’t where these phone see there specs, cos they don’t come close to what they claimed to be. See this one screen
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Slymonster(m): 12:58pm On Nov 14
All this tecno,infinix. The graphic of the phone is always dull especially with the light display

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Marvel1206: 1:04pm On Nov 14
This review is so unbiased.

But there's something I want to understand better.

You did battery drain on both devices, with what?

37-34 and 81-77
on note on phantom


The thing is the percentage deduction rate will definitely be different at certain levels so an overall battery drain from 100-0 would have been a better comparison between the two.

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by delikay4luv: 1:08pm On Nov 14
Too expensive for that outdated spec
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Manson1(m): 1:23pm On Nov 14
tecno phantom8 is one over hyped phone undecided undecided

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by romoruyi(m): 1:26pm On Nov 14
Same phone
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by wink2015: 1:32pm On Nov 14
It is only a foolish man or woman that will go and throw away, N128,000 ( One Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand ) Nigerian Naira to buy such a fake chinese smartphone.

N128,000 should be able to buy at least 3 or 4 standard HP OR DELL Laptop which one can use for blogging. I do not even encourage one person to even go for 3 or 4 laptops. Just buy one laptop and save the remaining big money for other profitable venture.

However, one man meat is another man's poison.

Everybody with their own individual choice.

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Ejiphill09(m): 1:33pm On Nov 14
I can't spend this huge to buy this phone. Nice phone but the price is huge. Techno, Infinix, Gionee and Itel manipulating us since 1940. Lolz Xaiomi ti take over.

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by Iamdemola(m): 1:38pm On Nov 14
This phone though
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by dasphinx1(m): 2:00pm On Nov 14
A Hundred and Twenty Eight grand for this device? Xiaomi, where art thou?
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by EazyMoh(m): 2:58pm On Nov 14
Tecno is gradually loosing it with one pricing their devices.
Their strong point has always been affordability but they are on a long thing if they think they can sell this crap for $300 when their are far better phones in every way at lesser price.
Tecno stick with what you know, I.e making cheap phones.
Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by ThatCEO: 3:00pm On Nov 14
Paid agents everywhere. I wonder where this company lost it, their brand was built on affordability, how they think they can force this dead products down our necks is unimaginable

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Re: Phantom 8 Full Review: Your Questions Answered! by omounique: 3:02pm On Nov 14
Top Mobile Brands in World 2017 are 1st Place : Samsung 2nd Place : Apple 3rd Place : Huawei 4th Place : Oppo 5th Place : Vivo 6th Place : LG 7th Place : Xiaomi 8th Place : Lenovo 9th Place : ZTE 10th Place : TCL (Alcatel) PLS WHERE IS TECNO? 128k for an average phone?

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