By Tonny Akankwatsa
TECNO is known to many as Africa’s prominent smartphone device. However, the Chinese company has a premium line, the TECNO Phantom. After over a year of silence, the Phantom isn’t dead. There will be a TECNO Phantom 9 in a few weeks to come and TECNO is going big with this.
The Phantom exhibits the best that TECNO has to offer. The Phantom 9 will come with an AMOLED Display, an under-the-display fingerprint scanner, triple cameras, and a new design.
TECNO Mobile India posted a teaser video that confirmed the release date (India, 10th July 2019) and the key feature, under display fingerprint reader. TECNO Phantom 9 release in regions like Nigeria, Kenya, and others may follow swiftly in late July or early August.
Similarly, TECNO Phantom borrows a lot from the recently released Huawei P30 Lite. From the camera alignment to the U shaped notch which deviates from what Infinix S4 presented and way better than the TECNO Phantom 8.
Tecno is set to unveil the successor to the Tecno Phantom 8, the Phantom 9 on the 15th of July but in Nairobi. Uganda in the pipeline as well. The device is already available in Nigeria
Some of the specs for this device include:
Screen: 6.4-inch, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution
Processor: MediaTek Helio P22 Processor and PowerVR GE8320 GPU
Internal storage: 128GB built-in storage space (upgradable to up to 256GB via MicroSD)
RAM: 6GB RAM
Rear camera: Triple 16MP + 8MP + 2MP AI rear camera
Selfie camera: 32MP AI selfie camera
OS: Android 9 Pie with HIOS 5.0
Battery: 3500mAh non-removable battery
Network: 2G/ 3G/ 4G
Sensors: Fingerprint (In-display Fingerprint scanner), Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Compass
The device is expected to cost anything between KES 21,000 and 25,000. This puts it squarely against the likes of the Galaxy A30 and the Huawei P30 Lite and Y9 Prime 2019.
TECNO Phantom9 is anticipated to cost UGX 1,200,000. We believe it will be an undeniable deal with that high price.