Tecno Phantom Z is among the most powerful smartphones this year, going by its respectable score on Antutu benchmark. It’s estimated score of 31,000 points rivals that of a number of top-notch handsets. With its mid-range price tag, Tecno Phantom Z could easily appeal to anyone looking to buy an affordable but high performance smartphone.
Tecno Phantom Z
Moving away from traditional designs, Tecno accented her latest premium handset with solid metal and textured plastic. The Phantom Z differentiates itself from its predecessors with a faux leather back and metallic frame. The new additions help this device standout in both design and comfort.
Tecno also resized the display down to 5.2 inches from 6.0 inches on the outgoing Phantom A3. For smartphones, we generally prefer displays that range between 4.5 to 5.5 inches because this strikes a better balance between productivity and our ease of use.
In addition to going smaller, Tecno has introduced 1080p resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels) making this their milestone device. The 1080p glass-coated AMOLED display produces indisputably more saturated colors than IPS LCD screens on the R7 and previous Phantoms.
AMOLED technology basically lights up a few dozens to a million individual pixels in order to display an image on the screen. This ensures for higher brightness, contrasts and better power control than IPS LCDs which use a single backlit panel.
User opinion on LCD vs. AMOLED is most polarized. We are fine with using both displays. Although AMOLED technology conveys itself to be superior, it will be wise to familiarize yourself with its shortcomings before settling down for the Phantom Z. Some people for instance find AMOLED overly saturated whereas LCD seem to provide more natural looking colors.
A good number of smartphones retailing above Sh. 40,000 are generally considered as future-proof. They receive continuous support for up to 3 years and are capable of delivering stellar performance in games and apps during this period. It’s quite rare to find mid-range handsets that are considered this way.
Tecno Phantom Z will probably break these traditions to become one of the lasting mid-rangers. The device runs on the latest Android version (4.4.2 KitKat), 2GB of RAM, 2.0 GHz octa-core (8 cores) CPU and a Mali-450 MP4 graphics processor capable of playing back both 1080p Full HD and 2160p 4K video.
The only doubts we have about being future-proof is on the ability of Tecno to provide succeeding software support. If so, this might easily be the smartest choice for Sh. 36,999 this quarter.
Tecno Phantom Z is not yet available in Kenya. We anticipate it to arrive in black or white with a complimentary power bank, flip case and screen protector.
Device type Smartphone
Dimensions (LxWxD) 144.5 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
OS Android OS, 4.4.2 KitKat
Processor 2.0 GHz octa-core, MediaTek MT6592 chipset
GPU Mali-450 MP4 (quad-core)
Internal storage 32GB
External storage No
Screen size 5.2 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 ppi
Screen type AMOLED capacitive
SIM Dual SIM
About Sh. 29,999 as of 11th Nov 2014.