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The Tecno Phantom 6 Review

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Tecno Phantom 6 is the slimmest dual camera smartphone in the market and it has some pretty nice features too. In some sort of way the Phantom 6 reminds me of the Tecno Boom J8 as well as the Tecno Camon C9. The functionality of the Phantom C9 is like a lose match of the combination between the Camon C9 and the Boom J8.

The features on the Phantom 6 are as follows octa core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 1920X1080 resolution screen. It runs on the HiOS operating system derived form Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Side View

The Phantom 6 has an all metallic edge with drilled holes at the bottom for the microphone and speaker outputs. At the top is another mic output and headphone jack. the navigation buttons are located at the right with the volume rocker being at the top and the power key at an almost centrally positioned place. the SIM tray and SD card tray are located on the left side  which ultimately makes the plastic back cover (as well as the battery) non removable.

The home screen has a little bit of Camon C9 and Boom J8 whereby swiping towards right from the home screen first opens the boom player widget and then another swipe reveals the camera exclusive page for easy chronological photo snaps.

Slim Dual Camera Smartphone

The dual camera setup at the back of the Phantom 6 helps to get rid of the one thing single lens camera on smartphones lack, the focus. That’s why you find big protruding camera bumps on most smartphones. The main camera bump on the Phantom 6 is small and its purpose is to take photos and record video. The other camera at the bottom is for depth capture information that allows a user to take photos and switch between the foreground and background of the subject. I noticed that in low light it does not work well and if you block the secondary camera, the phantom 6 will sense that too.

Ayden Saruni of Techarena showed us how to use the dual cameras on the phantom 6 on the Tecno Spot Forum.

The Full HD Amoled display on the Phantom 6 gives the user close to reality pictures plus the black colours are even darker than on an ordinary LCD display.

The user also has a choice of choosing the colour theme from the display settings. The choices are vivid, standard and user settings whereby there are basic colour tuning settings as well as advanced settings for photos and video enhancement settings.

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Display settings

User Interface

From its original factory settings, the phantom 6 comes with a golden theme. Everything from the wallpaper to the app icons and text is a variation of the golden theme colour which matches the colour of the phone which is champagne gold.

Some third party app icons also had the same user interface theme colour as the theme. examples are twitter and yahoo mail. All the others come in their default colours which introduces a lot of contrast on the screen and app drawer.

Sound

The sound on the phantom 6 reminded me of the boom J8 because its loud and clear at the same time. I had to keep adjusting my ringtone to a lower setting because its too loud for indoor use at its maximum volume level.

The boom earphones that came as a gift also have great sound and are good looking too. The default music player is the boom player. Together with its sister the Boom Maxx for equalizer settings, they make a good combination and delivering good audio quality.

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Type-C USB port

Battery life

The battery on the phantom 6 is a little bit disappointing because its only 2700mAh. I bet that is the capacity they could afford to make the phantom 6 so thin and also pack dual cameras at the back. But to satisfy the customer more, the USB port on the phantom 6 is a Type C USB port that can fill the phone to 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes which was okay for me.

In less than an hours charge I could get more battery juice to last me for the remainder of the day.

 

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