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Tecno Phantom 9 Review: Tecno’s Best Smartphone Yet!

Hello guys! Here is our Tecno Phantom 9 review. I know you people must have heard a lot about this new smartphone. It was actually launched into the Nigerian market on July 4th at an event that was held in Eko Hotel, Lagos.

However, since the release of this smartphone, many persons have been saying different things about the phone. For some, especially the techies for example, they claimed to be disappointed over the average mediatek chipset used. They would have preferred instead the use of a Qualcomm snapdragon chip.

Others on the other hand are complaining about the battery capacity. They felt 3500mAh battery capacity is not enough especially since we are staying in a country where electricity is nothing to write home about.

These are the two main complaints we’ve received so far since the launch of the phone. But that doesn’t mean the phone is a flop. Just because of battery and average chipset. After all there is no perfect phone in the world. Even Apple iPhone and Samsung are not free from criticism.

So read on as Mntrends Tech take you through the Tecno Phantom 9 review and why our team called this device to be Tecno’s best ever smartphone yet.

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Design And Build

At a first glance you will have no choice but to fall in love with the Tecno Phantom 9. In short, the last time I saw Tecno taking their time to build a smartphone as beautiful as this was last years Tecno Camon 11 Pro.

The Tecno Phantom 9 is far beautiful than its predecessor – Phantom 8. The new smartphone has a plastic body with beautiful aurora color to make it even more attractive.

Tecno Phantom 9 has a waterdrop notch, a noticeable camera bump and triple rear cameras. And, also it has an headphone jack placed at the bottom closed to the charging pot. The screen is claimed to be protected by corning gorilla glass 5.


Tecno Phantom 9 is fitted with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a FHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The display has a waterdrop notch as mentioned earlier and this takes the aspect ratio to 19.5:9 and the screen-to-body ratio to 85.5%. The front panel has the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection making it more durable. And, there is an in-display fingerprint sensor as well.

Moreover the screen is vivid and displays vibrant and punchy colors. Also, it is too smooth and fast without any lag. And, the OLED panel displays accurate colors including deep blacks that are great while watching movies. The under-display fingerprint sensor on the smartphone is quite fast but not the best have seen though.

Software And Hardware

Now this is one part where or why people are complaining about the Tecno Phantom 9. The smartphone is powered by mediatek Helio P35 chipset, an average one at that. Not that it is bad though, but at least much was expected from Tecno especially since the Phantom is the company’s flagship.

However it is still manageable when it comes to performance, it delivers a smooth and lag-free performance be it any task such as gaming, photo editing, watching a movie, etc. With its 6GB RAM and 126GB storage space, it is quite efficient in handling all the tasks.

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Concerning the software of this smartphone, Tecno Phantom 9 runs Android 9 Pie topped with Tecno’s own latest software hiOS 5. However there is no guarantee of Android Q update yet.

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The camera interface is quite simple as we have seen in the previous Tecno smartphones. The images captured by the triple rear camera are nice and well to do with. And the 32MP front camera with dual flashlights helps to deliver one of the brightest selfies even at night or dark places. Moreover this device supports video recording at 1080p at 30fps.


This smartphone is good for the playing of games. For example, heavy duty games like PUBG, FIFA soccer, PES 2019, and more played smoothly without hanging.

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Battery Life

Here is another weakness of the Tecno Phantom 9. The smartphone only has 3500 mAh battery capacity. At least we expected it to come with 4000mAh.

Athouth, the battery life of this smartphone is not impressive as we wanted. But however it can still last you for a whole full day.


• The Tecno Phantom 9 is not bad after all.

• I can recommend this phone to anyone

• Tecno Phantom 9 is good for camera taking

• The Mediatek chipset can still chest some stuffs pretty well

• The smartphone is 4G enabled and according to the specs on paper, it should support Glo 4G LTE.

• The smartphones is cheap when compared to the good specifications and amazing features it offers.

Below is a review video of the Tecno Phantom 9. Please watch and subscribe To the YouTube channel.

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