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Tecno Phantom X2 Review


Tecno is making a bold move into the premium smartphone market with the Phantom X2. This phone boasts high-end specs, a sleek design, and a competitive price tag. But is it enough to challenge established flagships? Let’s take a closer look.

The Phantom X2, a phone aiming to compete with established players in the premium smartphone market. Does it succeed? Let’s dive in.

Tecno Phantom X2 Specifications

Body164.6 x 72.7 x 8.9mm, 203g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame, plastic back
Display6.80″ AMOLED, 120Hz, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 387ppi
ChipsetMediaTek Dimensity 9000 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.05 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.85 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510); Mali-G710 MC10
Memory64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 3.1
OS/SoftwareAndroid 12, HIOS 12
Rear CameraWide (main): 64 MP, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.2, 1/1.3″, 1.12µm, AF; Depth: 2 MP
Front Camera32 MP, (wide)
Video captureRear camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps
Battery5160mAh; 45W wired, 54% in 20 min, 100% in 60 min (advertised)

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Design and Display

The Phantom X2 certainly looks the part of a premium phone. It’s got a glass front and back (though the back is plastic), with a thin aluminum frame in between. Gorilla Glass Victus protects the display from scratches, and the phone is surprisingly lightweight at 203g. The large 6.8-inch AMOLED display is gorgeous, with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate and plenty of resolution for crisp visuals. However, the 500 nits brightness might feel a bit low compared to some competitors under direct sunlight.


Under the hood, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor promises excellent performance, on par with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Whether you’re a power user or a casual gamer, the Phantom X2 should handle anything you throw at it with ease. The phone comes in three configurations, with 4GB to 8GB of RAM and 64GB to 256GB of storage.


The phone runs on Android 12 with Tecno’s own HiOS 12 on top. While HiOS offers a variety of features, it can feel bloated with unnecessary apps. Hopefully, Tecno will streamline the software experience in future updates.

Tecno’s HiOS offers a feature-rich experience, but bloatware can be a nuisance. A learning curve is involved when switching from more established UIs.


The camera system is a mixed bag. The 64MP main sensor captures good photos in well-lit conditions, and the ultrawide sensor is decent. However, the lack of optical image stabilization (OIS) on the ultrawide sensor hurts low-light performance. The 2MP depth sensor feels like a throwaway and the 32MP front-facing camera is good for selfies but not exceptional. Video recording is capped at 4K at 30fps, which is a bit behind some competitors.

The camera module may not grab attention due to its design, but the child in me loves to see cameras popping out the back of phones — and the Phantom X2 Pro satisfies that need, but does it actually make any difference to the photos you take? The camera extends when you tap the 2.5x option in the viewfinder, and a gloriously natural depth of field is added to your photos. This isn’t like a portrait mode with artificial blur, it looks more like a DSLR. Take a look at the gallery below to see what I mean.


The 5160mAh battery is a welcome sight, and the 45W fast charging ensures you won’t be tethered to an outlet for too long. Tecno claims you can get 54% charge in just 20 minutes, which is impressive.


The Tecno Phantom X2 is a promising phone with a lot to offer. It has a beautiful display, powerful performance, and a long-lasting battery. The camera system is decent but not class-leading. The competitive price tag makes it an attractive option for those looking for a flagship experience without breaking the bank. However, the software bloat and some camera limitations might hold it back from truly competing with the big names.


The Tecno Phantom X2 is a solid contender in the premium smartphone market. It offers excellent performance, a gorgeous display, and long battery life, all at a competitive price. However, the camera system and software bloat are areas where it falls short compared to some competitors.

If you’re looking for a powerful and stylish phone with a great battery life, the Phantom X2 is definitely worth considering. But if you prioritize camera quality or a clean software experience, you might want to look elsewhere.


Q: How much does the Tecno Phantom X2 cost?

A: Pricing information is not yet available, but it is expected to be competitively priced compared to other flagship phones.

Q: When will the Tecno Phantom X2 be available?

A: There is no official release date yet, but stay tuned for updates.

Q: Does the Tecno Phantom X2 have expandable storage?

A: No, the Phantom X2 does not have a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

Q: Is the Tecno Phantom X2 water resistant?

A: There is no official IP rating for water resistance, so it’s best to avoid submerging the phone.

Q: What are the different color options for the Tecno Phantom X2?

A: Color options have not yet been revealed.

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