The Tecno Phantom X2 is pretty much a Phantom X2 Pro with slightly different camera specifications. Specifically, this does not have that pop-out Telephoto Camera but it is pretty much the same Dimensity 9000-powered device, and arguably one of the best value-for-money devices in the market right now when it comes to raw performance.
You might even argue it’s better value than the Phantom X2 Pro since it costs significantly less. But is it? So Tecno announced the Phantom X2 series in December and it’s now officially launching in Nigeria. That’s the Phantom X2 and X2 Pro.
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Tecno Phantom X2 Price In Nigeria
The X2 is priced at around N373,000 that’s significantly less than the X2 Pro which costs about 100K more. That’s somewhere around $500. I’d say that’s very cool for a device with basically flagship specifications. It is hard to actually find devices at this price point with better value in build quality and specifications.
Tecno Phantom X2: A Major Upgrade From Its Predecessor, But Does It Offer Good Value For Money?”
The last time we saw a Phantom device was in 2021 and that was the Phantom X. Safe to say regardless of which of the New Phantom series you go for, you’re getting a major upgrade. First off you should note that the X2 while it looks exactly like the X2 Pro, does not get that retractable Telephoto Camera. It gets a 2MP depth camera instead, and as an added advantage, its main camera is 64MP with OIS. The X2 Pro doesn’t get OIS.
Feel free to correct me. But let’s not get carried away. Specs on paper do not automatically translate to a good user experience. So let’s see just how much of good value is the Tecno Phantom X2. For starters, you get it in premium packaging, with all the accessories you need.
That includes a 45 watts charger, USB C earphones, and a really good-looking case that complements the already interesting design. The case has a leather feel and is comfortable I doubt I’ll actually want to use the device without it. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, the case also has a part you can pull out and use as a kickstand. Thoughtfully designed. It however doesn’t really offer full protection as it leaves the sides of the device exposed.
A Premium Flagship Feel With Aluminum Frame And Gorilla Glass Victus Display Protection, But Lacking An Ip Rating”
So you might want to be careful dropping this even with the case. Except, of course, you wish to test the durability of the Gorilla Glass Victus on the display. This is the most premium built Tecno smartphone yet. The back is made of plastic and the frame is aluminum.
This is the moonlight silver color, there’s also a black one. Only the X2 Pro gets the Mars Orange color. It’s a 6.8 inches phone but its curved design makes it comfortable to hold, especially with that case. The device has that premium flagship feel and I’ll say Tecno got it right with the build quality. However, an IP rating would’ve been a great addition here.
A Closer Look At The Design And Display Features Of Tecno Phantom X2″
The bottom and the top frame are actually flat, so it can stand without support if you’d like to flex that. The Phantom X2 does not get a headphone jack, but thoughtful of Tecno to add a pair of USB C earphones. The display has a preinstalled hydrogel screen protector so you don’t have to go looking for one. We get aggressively curved 6.8 inches to display on the Phantom X2 just like the Pro.
It’s Full HD AMOLED and gets a 120hz refresh rate. You can have it as 120hz or reduce it to 60hz if you want better battery life. There’s also the option to have it switch automatically. On the display quality, we have a vibrant-looking AMOLED display that gets a good brightness level outdoors. Great for consuming content and also looks premium thanks to those curved edges.
Speaking of media, the Phantom X2 lacks stereo speakers, so we only get a bottom-firing mono speaker which sounds just okay, but really could be better, especially for a premium phone. The Phantom line is Tecno’s flagship, and when I initially saw the specs I thought this would be priced anywhere above 500K minimum.
Great to see Tecno being very reasonable with the pricing. Or what do you guys think about the pricing of the Phantom X2 and X2 Pro? One area where the Phantom X2 differs from the X2 Pro is RAM size. This comes with 8GB base RAM, the Pro gets 12.
Internal storage is 256GB and is not expandable, so, no SD card slot. It accepts dual Nano sim cards. The software here is Tecno’s HiOS 12 and Android 12. And we finally have good news! Tecno has promised 2 major OS upgrades and an extra year of security updates for the Phantom X2 series. This is a much-welcome improvement and something we’ve been asking or demanding from Tecno, it’s great to see they’re actually committing to that. However, only time will tell how swiftly these updates will come. I’ll definitely update my social media channels if it comes or when it comes. HiOS has not changed much from what we’ve already seen.
It’s feature packed and customizable to a great extent. But there’s still the HiOS problem of bloatware apps sending notifications even when you’ve never opened them. The major culprits are Palm Store and Phoenix browser. The good thing though is that you get the option if you want to keep receiving these notifications or silence them. I’d rather not have them come in at all, especially not for a premium phone. The Phantom X2 uses an optical fingerprint scanner which I find to be accurate and quite fast. Barely any delay when using it to unlock the device On performance, this is right up there with the most powerful phones at the moment.
Performance is solid, and I’m looking forward to the promised OS upgrades. The cons for me are pretty much the same as the X2 Pro and that would be the lack of stereo speakers and no IP rating. The haptic feedback is also not great, I literally had to turn it off. These aside, the Phantom X2 is a solid device from Tecno, and I like where they’re headed with the Phantom series.