Tecno as a brand is known for its budget and mid-budget smartphones. The company has a strong portfolio of smartphones which includes devices like Powa 4 and Camon 19 Pro series which offer features and performance in the sub 25k price segment. But recently, the company did something unexpected and unimaginable. It launched the Phantom X2 series and with this the company entered the premium mid-budget smartphone segment.
For the unversed, the Tecno Phantom X2 series comprises two smartphones – the Phantom X2 Pro 5G and the Phantom X2 5G, which is the star of this review, priced at Rs 39,999 in India.
The Tecno Phantom X2 5G has all the hallmarks of a power performer – a curved-screen AMOLED display, a glass body, a high-end processor (Dimension 9000), a 64MP triple camera setup, a big battery, and 5G connectivity to name a few. some. But it faces stiff competition from established rivals such as the Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro 5G, Asus ROG Phone 5s 5G, and the OnePlus 10R.
Under these circumstances, the question is not whether the phone is capable of delivering what it promises, but whether it is capable of standing up against the competition. We will try to answer it in a detailed review below. But before we go there, let’s have a look at its detailed specifications.
tecno phantom x2 5g specification
Show: 6.8-inch curved AMOLED display with 120Hz screen refresh rate, 1080×2400 resolution, Gorilla Glass Victus
Processor: mediatek dimension 9000
storage: 8GB RAM, 5GB Extended RAM (13GB LPDDR5 RAM) and 256GB UFS3.1 storage
Operating System: Android 12-based HiOS 12.0
Camera: 64MP Ultra Clear Night Portrait Lens + 13MP Wide Angle Lens + 2MP Sensor with RGBW Sensor, 32MP Front Camera
battery: 5160mAH battery with 45W wired charging support
Connectivity: 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth v5.3,
colour’s: Moonlight Silver and Stardust Gray
Tecno Phantom X2 5G review: Design
There are a lot of smartphones in the premium mid-budget segment right now, but only a few have the elegance and grace that sets them apart from the rest. The Tecno Phantom X2 5G is one of the few devices in its price segment that is simple yet incredibly elegant, which makes all the difference.
The phone comes with a unibody double curved screen design with 3.5D Lunar Crater Glossy Stained Glass at the back, which Tecno says is inspired by the craters of the Moon. We got the Moonlight Silver color variant, which matches perfectly with the theme.
The Tecno Phantom X2 5G phone looks beautiful and is extremely comfortable to use. Its curved body design provides a firm yet comfortable grip and its glass back design easily protects it from dust and smudges. Apart from the design of the back glass, what stands out in the design is the huge rear camera module, which houses a triple camera setup and an LED flash and an ‘X’ enclosed in a pill-shaped design. All this, i.e. the triple rear camera system and the LED flash module is housed inside a huge square-shaped camera module with curved edges, slightly protruding from the back. The design takes some getting used to, especially the rear camera module, but once you do, it’s easy to see how smoothly it blends in with the overall design of the phone.
Weighing in at 210 grams, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G is not the lightest phone in its price segment, but it is certainly one of the most comfortable and elegant phones out there.
Tecno Phantom X2 5G review: Display
In terms of design, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G sports a 6.8-inch curved screen AMOLED display with 20:9 screen ratio, up to 120Hz screen refresh rate, P3 wide color gamut, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
Apart from the specifications, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G offers a gorgeous display that provides a balanced experience no matter what kind of lighting conditions you use it in. Whether you are sitting in the comfort of your home scrolling through your social media handles, the phone handles everything well. The screen is bright and vibrant with the right amount of contrast. During my time with the phone, I took it out under the harsh Doha sun and gray winter mornings in Delhi. I also used it during my evening strolls in the city. At all times, the phone provided a comfortable viewing experience. I also had a great time watching various web-series on various OTT platforms, such as The Resident and Grey’s Anatomy on Hotstar and Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video owing to its wide display and balanced color scheme.
What added to the overall experience is that the phone comes with a plastic case which can also act as a stand when the phone is held horizontally.
Tecno Phantom X2 5G review: Display
In terms of performance, the Phantom X2 5G is powered by the 4nm MediaTek Dimensity 9000 system-on-chip and is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space. The only other phone to come with the Dimensity 9000 in India is the Vivo X80 5G, which starts at Rs 54,999 in India. Numbers apart, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G is a power performer. It throws no tantrums, no jitters no matter what you throw at it, all thanks to the processor. Whether you are doing mundane day-to-day tasks, playing games or watching content online, the Phantom X2 5G runs smoothly under all circumstances. The biometric sensors, which include the facial recognition system and the in-display fingerprint sensor, are equally efficient at their job as they unlock the phone in a jiffy every time.
On the software front, the Phantom X2 5G runs Android 12-based HiOS 12. While it is a slightly dated OS for a phone coming to India in 2023, Tecno has promised at least two years of OS updates, which means the phone is sure to get Android 14. That said, running a slightly older operating system hasn’t let down the performance and the overall experience of the Phantom X2 5G at all. While the phone does have some additional apps, they can be easily disabled from the Settings menu. However, there is no direct way to completely remove those apps. Apart from having an app drawer, the phone also has an A-Z menu of apps, which gives users more alphabetical access to apps.
For software-based features, Tecno is known for offering a plethora of customization features and the Phantom X2 5G is no different in this regard. The phone has a smart panel with shortcuts to various apps, a social turbo tool that can not only change your face but also your voice during voice and video calls.
Overall, the Phantom X2 5G offers a very smooth and jerk-free experience.
Tecno Phantom X2 5G review: Camera
Now comes the camera, which is one of the highlights of this phone and its specialty. To recall, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G comes with a triple camera setup at the back that consists of a 64MP lens, a 13MP lens, and a 2MP sensor. On the front, it has a 32MP selfie camera.
In use, the Phantom X2 is one of the best camera phones in its price segment in the market and it manages to click picture perfect images with accurate colours, high depth and clarity, and almost no noise even in low light conditions Does not happen. The same is true for the front camera – an area where most smartphone makers falter – but not the Tecno. Whether you are capturing yourself on a gorgeous beach or near a monument, the Phantom X2 5G manages to capture images that come pretty close to the actual scene. In the case of selfies, the phone automatically smoothens the skin slightly for insta-worthy clicks.
This accuracy is maintained even during the day when the colors become more vibrant and vivid. Simply put, in the daytime, the phone offers a fairly wide dynamic range with ample depth and clarity. Here are some shots for your reference:
That said, I did encounter some issues with the phone’s camera app, which got stuck on prolonged use. Shutting down the app quickly resolved the issue and didn’t affect the overall performance of the phone. But there is nothing to worry as this is likely to be fixed in the upcoming software update.
Tecno Phantom X2 5G review: Battery
Lastly, the battery. The Phantom X2 5G comes with a massive 5160mAh battery that normally lasts a day and a bit more on a single charge. But this is bound to change depending on your usage. During your day-to-day work, the phone offers a runtime of a little over a day. During the weekend, when it’s time for a movie marathon, the phone lasts a day. As far as charging is concerned, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G gets fully charged in an hour and around 20 minutes of charging time is enough to charge the phone up to 50 percent.
Should Tecno Phantom X2 5G be bought or not?
Now, to answer your question whether the phone manages to stand tall against its rivals and of course, whether you should buy it or not, the answer is a surprising but resounding ‘yes’. This is the first time that TECNO is entering the sub 40k smartphone segment and it has completed its preparations before taking the leap. Not only does it include top-of-the-line-features, but it has also customized them well to claim its share in the market and justify its price tag.
Tecno Phantom X2 is a great device in every way. And if you are specifically looking for a camera phone that doesn’t burn a 70k hole in your pocket, then this is the one for you.
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