The Tecno Phantom series is the company’s flagship handsets in Kenya and Africa at large and the latest versions are the Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus.
From the names, one would easily guess that the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus has additional features over the standard Phantom 6. Well, if this is you thinking, you are right. But the question here is that what are the major differences between the Tecno Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus? Read on to find out more…
Tecno Phantom 6
To start off is the standard Tecno Phantom 6, a phone that was unveiled last September but took some time before hitting the Kenyan market. The design is fantastic, featuring a metallic finish with beautiful curves on the edges, but the main camera has a small hump. The rectangular display screen also leaves thin bezels on the sides, but the story is a little different when looking at the top and bottom bezels.
The navigation keys and home screen button are on-screen and on the top bezel, you not only find the front-facing 8MP camera but also an iris scanner for authentication purposes. Sadly, this is all you get in terms of biometric authentication as the Tecno Phantom 6 has no fingerprint scanner. The screen size is decent at 5.5 inches and you’ll also love the 1080p AMOLED resolution. To protect it from scratches and cracks, the Phantom 6’s screen has Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 on top.
Under the hood, the Tecno Phantom 6 ships with a midrange processor – the MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10. This is a 64-bit octa-core chipset and is clocked at 2.0GHz. It is then paired with a RAM of 3GB, which makes a pretty great combination for a daily driver. This can also handle playing a few games, streaming YouTube videos and heavy browsing without any issues. To store your files you get 32GB, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB.
One pretty interesting bit about the Tecno Phantom 6 is the camera. The phone packs an impressive dual 13MP Sony IMX258 sensor and Samsung 5MP sensor on the main camera. You also get the likes of autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, and a dual-LED flash. With these, you’ll be promised of great captures even when in the dark and with AF, the speed at which you are able to lock-in an image and capture is super fast. The front has a capable 8MP shooter that should also deliver great selfies and video calls.
To keep the Tecno Phantom 6 alive is a rather small 2700mAh battery unit, which will definitely be overwhelmed by the 1080p 5.5-inch screen on the phone. Usually, display screens lead in battery consumption and with this screen, it means the phone has to power a massive 401 pixels per inch, which could drain the battery really fast, so make sure you are careful with how you use the phone or you’ll end up with a dead phone before the end of the day.
Still, you get fast USB-C charging technology that promises more than 120 minutes of talk time with just 10 minutes of charge. With USB-C, you don’t have to worry about which side should be facing up or down – just get it in there and you’ll be good to go! For software, the Tecno Phantom 6 has Android Marshmallow running the show with the custom HiOS UI skin on top.
All these is enclosed in a package that is just 6.15mm thick and comes in either Champagne Gold or Anthracite Gray.
Tecno Phantom 6 Plus
The Tecno Phantom 6 Plus is a pretty new phone in the market and just like its sibling, it has one of the most outstanding designs in the smartphone market. The full metallic chassis is easily noticeable from a distance and so are the beautiful curves on the edges. The front panel has an amazing look, with the screen leaving close to no bezels on the sides while the top and bottom bezels are thinner than the standard Phantom 6.
The screen size here is massive at 5.95 inches and has a 1080p resolution, however, it’s not an AMOLED, rather, it’s an IPS LCD panel. Industry experts argue that the former is much better than the latter, especially when it comes to battery management. Still, this doesn’t make the Phantom 6 Plus a weaker model than the standard 6.
In fact, the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus is the flagship variant of the two, coming in with a high-end MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor that is also clocked at the same speed of2.0GHz, but it gets a bigger 4GB RAM and twice the storage of its sibling. At 64GB, you still get a microSD card slot that can hold up to 128GB. Unlike the Phantom 6, the 6 Plus has no dual-lens camera on the back, instead, it amps the camera lens to 21MP, keeps the same aperture, but adds PDAF and true tone dual-LED flash. It gets even better as the camera also supports up to 4x digital zoom that lets you capture moments that are a little distant in the clearest shots possible.
On the front of the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus is an 8MP lens that should also do the trick when it comes to selfies and video calls. Unlike the standard Phantom 6, the Plus variant has a monster 4050mAh battery unit that is also charged via a USB-C port and supports fast charging technology. In addition, the Plus model has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for authentication purposes and you still get the Phantom 6’s iris scanner as well, which makes it more secure.
Software-wise, the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus has the same Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS on board with HiOS UI running on top. Due to the bigger battery, this phone is thicker at 7.7mm, but this is still a decent size. At the moment, you can grab the smaller model at about ksh 22,000 while the larger model goes for about ksh 28,500.
So, which one will it be? The standard Techno Phantom 6 or the larger Tecno Phantom 6 Plus? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.