What is the Tecno Phantom X in Nigeria?
The Tecno Phantom X is still a pretty new device in the market right now, and it is currently being sold at a pocket-wrecking price of 228,000 Naira in Nigeria as we speak.
And trust me, this is the first-ever Tecno phone that has ever managed to attain such a high price point since the inception of the Tecno brand in Nigeria, and every other place or region where the brand is recognized.
And it does so for some good reasons though, I mean, it’s got almost, or even all of the features and spec that a lot of people have been clamoring for a very long time to be included on Tecno phones, so they can at least be given some regards amongst the top premium brands out there.
Talk about a premium build quality, it’s got it, the Tecno Phantom X is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, both on the front, and on the back.
It’s got a curved 90Hz Full HD+ OLED display, it’s got what’s regarded as a premium or flagship camera sensor and setup, and we’re talking about a large 1/1.3 Inches 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor, which is followed closely by a 13MP 2x telephoto zoom lens, and an 8MP ultrawide cam.
The battery tank is capped at 4700mAh, and it can be filled up whenever the need arises, using a 33W fast-charging system via a USB-C tunnel, and it even has a proper under-display fingerprint reader this time, and not that gimmicky type that was shamelessly showcased on the Tecno Phantom 9 last two years ago.
So, with specs such as these, you’ll all agree with me that the new Tecno Phantom X is one hell of a smartphone, it’s got all the bells and whistles of what a premium smartphone should be right?
But, even at that, should you really be spending up to such an amount on a Tecno phone? I mean, this is still a Tecno phone that we’re talking about here right?
Now don’t get me wrong, as I’m not in any way trying to be stereotypical here, but, the point I’m trying to exaggerate is;
First of all, I think that the Tecno Phantom X is clearly overpriced, and secondly, owing to the fact that many people have gotten used to this idea that Tecno and Infinix phones alike, are majorly cheap, and in most cases, inferior low-quality second-class smartphones that are mostly reserved for people who can’t afford the way more expensive and premium brands like the iPhones, Samsungs, etc, and even Xiaomi.
So, what makes you think it’s a wise decision to throw two hundreds of thousand Nairas on the Tecno Phantom X when there are other better-recognized brands out there with better smartphones?
Trust me, at such a price, you can get your hands on a very good iPhone or Samsung Galaxy phone with better cameras, a better processor, a better software with an overall better experience, regular updates, and what more?
So, why shouldn’t you or anyone, buy the Tecno Phantom X at 228,000 Nairas in Nigeria? Well, let’s find out.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy The Tecno Phantom X Smartphone, Just Yet.
Yes, we’ve heard it in the news, we’ve read it on various tech blogs, and what more, we’ve even seen it on adverts posted across various social media platforms, and even offline on billboards, posters, and what not?
The Tecno Phantom X is flaunting the largest and most-premium photo camera sensor ever used on a Tecno phone to date, a 1/1.3 Inches 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor, and as a matter of fact, this was the exact same camera sensor that was used on the even 2x more expensive flagship Vivo X60 Pro+ that launched earlier this year, and it still stands as one of the largest camera sensors you can find on the market right now.
So, does this automatically mean that the Phantom X will give you the exact same picture quality as what you’d get on the X60 Pro+ phone?
Thing is, camera megapixel count does not automatically mean a superior camera quality, as it only tell half of the story of the many components that comes together to make up a good camera.
The processor used in the said smartphone also has a major role to play, as this where all the photo processing will be done whenever you take a picture with the phone, and how the phone in question is able to fully utilize the camera sensor’s potential via software optimization and AI is another thing that goes into making a good smartphone camera, and I’m sorry to say this, but the Tecno Phantom X does not deliver in any of those aspects.
Not only does the phone ship with a mid-range processor, but the picture quality that comes out of this phone, is way below what was expected for a Samsung GN1 50MP camera sensor, and here is what GSMArena has to say about the phone’s picture quality in its review.
So, you see, just bragging about sensor size and megapixel count isn’t where it ends, as camera megapixels do not make up the whole story of a good phone camera.
2. Tecno Phantom X price in Nigeria – Processor.
On paper, anyone will readily agree with me that the Tecno Phantom X is one beast of a smartphone. I mean, take a look at the raw specs.
We’ve got a whopping 8 Gigabytes of RAM, another ass-whooping 256 Gigabytes of internal storage capacity, which even, is still expandable, but where the Phantom X failed to impress for me is on the mobile chipset used on it.
On a smartphone that is to be positioned as a premium offering, anyone would be expecting nothing less than a chipset from the Mediatek Dimensity lineup, I mean, personally, I don’t think the Mediatek Dimensity 800, or even the Dimensity 1000+ seems like a bad idea, as a matter of fact, we already have phones like the Xiaomi POCO F3 with a flagship Snapdragon 870 chipset, retailing for about the same price as the Phantom X.
Looking at it critically, take away the OLED display, glass build, and the 50MP main camera sensor, and the Phantom X is basically the same phone as the Tecno Camon 17 Pro.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not in any way saying that the Helio G95 chipset used here is a bad chipset, no, but for 228,000 Naira, the Helio G95 is a ripoff, and it goes even further to show itself in the below-average camera pictures quality as reported by GSMArena.
Now, imagine what it will feel like when you purchase a phone for 228,000 Nairas, and you’re being told that you won’t be getting any new android version updates, and even little to no monthly security patch updates.
Well, you don’t have to imagine, because that is basically what you stand to get if you already purchased the Tecno Phantom X smartphone, except, and only except Tecno is already making or has already made plans to start pushing software updates to its smartphones, but if not, which I’m very sure they’re not, then that means you’ll be stuck with Android 11 on this phone for the rest of your life, and the only way you can upgrade to a higher android version is if you purchased a newer Tecno phone at that time, who knows, maybe the Phantom 11, lol.
And in terms of the overall software and user experience on the phone, well, this one boils down specifically to personal preferences, as I personally have a liking to the Samsung’s One UI software, I mean, who wouldn’t like it? It’s more polished, looks more matured, has lots of customization options to play with, and whatnot.
And I also think Xiaomi is doing a very great job with its MIUI software. But I still know for sure that there are people out there who have a thing or two for the Tecno HiOS software, and if you happen to find yourself among such persons, well, that’s your cup of tea, my only complaint about HiOS is the lack of software support, through updates.
Read Also: Tecno HiOS 7 software review.
Other small nifty aspects of the Tecno Phantom X smartphone where I think Tecno deliberately did a bad job is;
First, the omission of a stereo speaker setup on the phone, I mean, cmon, this is 2021 for God’s f*cking sake, what will it take them to include some good sounding stereo speakers on their supposedly premium flagship smartphone?
Other brands out there are doing it, even on cheaper mid-range phones, we can find stereo speakers on them, even the Tecno Camon 17 Pro came with dual speakers, so why omit it on the Phantom X?
Secondly, I’ve heard a good number of persons complaining about the slow under-display fingerprint unlocking speed of the Tecno Phantom X.
Well, in theory, this shouldn’t be a bummer for anyone who is planning to get the phone, I mean, aside from the fingerprint, you’ve also got face-unlock, and if at all Tecno was good in software updates, this is something that can easily be fixed with one update, but with the way things are looking, you might just have to live with it for the rest of your life, but still, not something that you should be overly bothered about, as well as the omission of a stereo speaker setup.
5. Tecno Phantom X price in Nigeria – Conclusion.
So, in conclusion, I personally think that the Tecno Phantom X phone is overly overpriced for its class, most especially when looking at the areas that it fails to impress.
Cameras are one of the major reasons that people buy new phones, and also one of the major reasons why people rush to the premium brands out there like the iPhones, Samsung, and even Xiaomi.
So, when you plan on competing with these big dogs in the industry, and you can’t even bring your camera picture quality up to their levels, then you have failed woefully.
The processor choice is another sad mistake that shouldn’t be forgiven on the Tecno Phantom X phone, and lastly, the lack of software support, and the omission of a good stereo speaker setup.
Aside from those, the Tecno Phantom X is a very good smartphone, and definitely a step in the right direction when talking about the Tecno mobile phone brand as a whole. Who knows, maybe the next iteration will be a much better offering, with specs that can justify the high price of it.
So, ladies and gentlemen, that is all for today concerning the Tecno Phantom X price in Nigeria, and some of the reasons why I think it is overpriced, and you shouldn’t place your money on it.
Kindly tell us what you think about this phone in the comments section below, and if you enjoyed reading the article. kindly give it a thumbs up by sharing it, and as always, I’ll see you all tomorrow, #peace out.
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