This Tecno phone will blow your mind. You’re looking at the Tecno Phantom X2 Pro, the first smartphone with a retractable Telephoto camera… The lens literally pops out when you want to take a portrait photo. But that’s not all! It is pretty much a flagship device with a midrange price, but does it have what it takes to be a flagship killer? Let’s find out!
The Phantom X2 Pro is Tecno’s highest-end device, just released alongside the Tecno Phantom X2 which I also have a review on and will be linked in the description. The last Phantom device we saw was the Phantom X which was released in 2021.
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Tecno Phantom X2 Pro Price In Nigeria
In Nigeria, the Phantom X2 Pro is priced at around N470,000, but for those who value performance and functionality, it’s a worthwhile investment. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or a professional who needs a reliable device for work, the Phantom X2 Pro offers the latest technology and top-of-the-line specifications to meet your needs.
Tecno’s Phantom X2 Pro: A Midrange Device with Flagship Features
In a time when smartphone designs have mostly peaked, Tecno is still trying to push innovation by releasing a device with a retractable camera. You could say Samsung did it first with the S4 Zoom and that’s true, but the Phantom X2 Pro is the first to do it with a portrait lens.
I must say that camera bump is massive though! When I first saw the design in pictures, I thought it looked hideous, but now that I have it on hand, it is lovely! I mentioned earlier that it’s pretty much a flagship device at a midrange price and that’s because the Phantom X2 Pro is powered by the Dimensity 9000, a 4nm flagship processor.
We’ve always complained about Tecno using the lower end of MediaTek’s processors, but they really mean business this time. To show just how much of a step up this is from its predecessor, the Phantom X had the Helio G95.
That’s a massive performance gap! The Phantom X2 Pro also packs the most premium build you’d find on any Tecno device and is right up there with the major flagships when it comes to design and for the most part, build quality, but we’ll get into the details later. The Tecno Phantom X2 Pro is retailing for just around 470,000 nairas, and the regular X2 goes for about 100k less.
Premium phones come in premium packaging, and unlike the smartphone giants, Tecno adds all the essential accessories in the box, including this premium case that adds to the style. It has a similar texture to the finish on the rear of the device. But it doesn’t offer full protection as it leaves the sides exposed. But it’s too pretty a case to not use. It also has a thoughtful design as the camera part can be pulled out and used as a kickstand. The Phantom X2 Pro comes in two colors. Stardust grey and Mars Orange which is the Eco-Friendly version That is the one I have here.
The back is made of recycled ocean plastic. It feels nice on the hands. It has an aluminum frame and curved gorilla glass Victus-protected display. The top and bottom frame is flat. From the bottom frame, you’ll notice there’s no headphone jack, but there’s little to worry about since Tecno adds a pair of USB-C earphones in the box. The Phantom X2 Pro accepts dual Nano sim cards and there’s no slot for an SD card. There are no stereo speakers here so we’re left with a bottom-firing mono speaker that sounds just OK.
Processor, IP Rating & Retractable Camera
There’s also no IP rating here so you might want to be careful about dropping it in water, especially because of that retractable lens. There’s no telling what happens if it comes in contact with water so keep that in mind. Since the retractable Telephoto lens seems to be a major selling point of the Phantom X2 Pro, let’s just talk about it. Basically, the device looks normal and the lens only pops out when you select 2.5x or want to shoot a portrait from the rear camera. Once you switch from portrait mode, the lens retracts. It doesn’t protrude that much. But this gets you 2.5x zoom and can go up to 20x zoom.
It will be exciting to see what future OS upgrades bring to the Phantom X2 series. Its overall performance is flagship level, build quality is solid and the retractable camera I’ll say is innovative. The device has a favorable price point and I can recommend it. The area where I think Tecno still needs to improve is the software, it needs to be a lot cleaner. Also, for future Phantoms, improved haptics, IP rating, and stereo speakers.