Tecno’s first entry into the high-end market, the Phantom X, got a vote of confidence in last week’s poll. Not by a huge margin, but more people are interested in what the phone has to offer than those who say outright “no”.
The phone, however, has not escaped criticism. Better image processing can go a long way in improving the phone’s position in the camera-focused segment of the market. Some have blamed the feet of the Helio G95 chipset – a Dimensity chipset would have been a better option as these come with more advanced ISPs and higher overall performance to boot.
What’s confusing about the Phantom X is that it produces some of the best nightly photos we’ve seen recently. And that’s where most phones wobble – day photography is a solved problem, but few manufacturers manage to take night photos.
Either way, HiOS showed the G95 chip at its best with a fast UI and a decent (if incomplete) feature set. Plus, you get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which is more than most competitors have to offer. Then there’s the microSD slot, the 3.5mm headphone jack, and NFC, elements that are often left out in mid-range models.
While Tecno hasn’t figured it all out, the Phantom X is very promising. Some think it offers excellent value for money (even though it is Tecno’s most expensive phone to date), others cannot overcome some of the drawbacks of the datasheet. Still, it is a range of products to watch out for in the future.
If you’re one of those who like the Phantom X plan, be aware that the phone is already available in a few countries (and more are coming). Be sure to read our review first.