Tecno Phantom X2 5G Review: Almost a Flagship Smartphone

Tecno is a popular brand among people looking for budget-centric value-for-money smartphones. The company usually focuses on its budget and mid-range lineups like Pova, Spark, Pop, and Camon. However, Tecno doesn’t want to be remembered as a budget smartphone brand and does have the guts to compete with other established flagships. The company launched its first high-end smartphone, the Phantom X, in April last year, and now with the Phantom X2 and X2 Pro. With these phones, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is marching towards the premium segment.

The Tecno Phantom X2 5G was launched in December 2022 and recently arrived in India. The smartphone costs Rs 39,999 and will compete against the OnePlus 10R, iQOO 9, and others. But everyone has only one question in their mind, and that is should you buy a Tecno smartphone at this price? Let’s find out in our review.

Tecno Phantom X2 5G Design and Build Quality:

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We all know that we have reached a saturation point in regard to smartphone design. It seems that all smartphones have started to look boring as they all look the same. But the Tecno Phantom X2 5G stands out from the crowd. I have been using this phone for almost a month now, and wherever I take it out in public, it has always made heads turn. The device has two colour options: Moonlight Silver and Stardust Grey. We have the Silver variant for this review, which looks stunning and premium.

The Tecno Phantom X2 5G is wrapped in a plastic back and glass front with an aluminium frame. The device weighs 210 grams, which feels a bit bulky. Handling the device with a single hand is almost impossible. We recommend using a case which comes on the box itself. It flaunts a curved display on the front, giving it a premium touch.

Despite being a big device, the button arrangement feels perfectly reachable. The device’s bottom half houses a speaker grille, a USB Type-C port, a primary microphone, and a SIM tray. It features two nano SIM slots and misses out on expandable storage. Apart from that, the phone feels solid. The plastic back of the phone feels a bit hollow when you push it, but nothing to be concerned about.

Tecno Phantom X2 5G Display

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The Tecno Phantom X2 5G flaunts a beautiful 6.8-inch curved AMOLED display with 2400×1080 resolution. It comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and offers 500 nits of brightness. It also packs in a dedicated high brightness mode, increasing the brightness to 700 nits. But I think it’s slightly on the lower side and could have been better.

The AMOLED display produces deep black and produces fairly accurate punchy colours. It lacks the HDR certification but comes with Widevine L1, so watching movies and TV shows in 1080p on OTT platforms is possible. I watched a few movies and shows on the device, and the experience was amazing.

However, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G lacks a stereo speaker, which is a big bummer, especially at this price point. The curved display is well-implemented and handles accidental touches quite well. However, it would’ve been nice to see Tecno implement some functionality to the edges, like a quick panel or something similar, that we used to see in Samsung’s curved displays.

Tecno Phantom X2 5G Camera

One of the major highlights of the latest Phantom lineup was the 50MP retractable portrait telephoto, which is situated in the Pro variant. At the same time, the vanilla variant comes with a 64MP primary sensor with OIS support. The primary sensor is paired with a 13MP ultrawide and 2MP supplementary sensor.

The camera app is simple, and everything else feels familiar apart from the auto mode called AI Cam. Although the camera takes beautiful images, it lacks a dedicated pro mode which could have been the cherry on the top.

The primary sensor takes crisp and detailed images in the daylight and produces good contrast. The indoor shots were also filled with detail and sharpness. It also excels at portrait shots. The background blur is nice, and the subject recognition and separation are impressive. There’s also a dedicated 64MP mode which takes noticeably more detail shots than the regular AI Cam mode.

Now let’s jump into the ultra-wide sensor. It takes clear, detailed shots but changes the colour tone to a warmer side. The ultra-wide sensor also gives a bit of softer corners at times, but nothing to complain about. Overall, shots taken with ultra-wide sensors will suffice for most users. The Tecno Phantom X2 5G also lacks a dedicated telephoto sensor. Although it supports up to 10X digital zoom, the absence of details becomes apparent after 2X.

The low-light performance of the Tecno Phantom X2 5G is decent. It produces detailed images, and the colours are accurate. Tecno enables the Night mode automatically in the dark environment, and it also comes with the Super night mode, which decreases the shutter speed to capture more light. But I was not able to spot any significant differences between the both. The portrait mode and ultra-wide shots were decent in the low light.

The 32MP selfie shooter is accompanied by a tiny flash which is almost impossible to detect while it’s off. The shots taken from the front camera were fairly detailed with good colour accuracy. The portrait shots from the selfie camera were also nice, and there were no major hiccups in edge detection.

Tecno Phantom X2 5G Performance

The Tecno Phantom X2 5G is the world’s first smartphone to feature MediaTek’s latest Dimensity 9000 chipset. It is built on the 4nm architecture and gives competition to Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. The chipset is paired with a 10-core Mali-G710 MC10 GPU, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 256GB UFS 3.1. This amalgamation of powerful hardware gives the Tecno Phantom X2 5G edge to stand straight against competitors.

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The smartphone has no issue at any point in time and handles every task without any hiccups or slowdowns. I also played games like Genshin Impact, Call of Duty Mobile, and Asphalt 9 legends, and the experience was buttery smooth. Even after playing games for over an hour, I didn’t notice any major heating or battery drainage issues.

Besides, there’s no need to mention that the phone flies in terms of day-to-day usage. Whether scrolling through social media, browsing the web, or jumping between multiple apps, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G manages everything smoothly.

Tecno Phantom X2 5G Software and Battery Life

The Tecno Phantom X2 5G runs on the HiOS 12 on top of Android 12, which is a bummer. It’s been a while since Android 13 was live and a flagship smartphone without the latest OS is a downer. Apart from that, there’s no word on the number of future updates. The HiOS 12 is not the best OS, but not the worst. If we neglect some pre-installed bloat and ads, the overall experience is quite smooth. However, do keep in mind that pre-installed apps like Boomplay, Caricare, Welife, Tecno Spot, and more can only be disabled and not uninstalled.

The smartphone features an in-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock, and both work flawlessly. It also comes with the Game mode, which includes everything from statistics to parental controls. However, the feature that intrigued me was the Social Turbo toolkit. It can change your voice or enhance your face during video calls. The feature can record WhatsApp calls and allows users to read WhatsApp messages without marking them as read.

The Tecno Phantom X2 5G packs a 5,160mAh battery with a 45W charger in the box, which might feel a bit slow, especially compared to ultra-fast chargings like 120W or more. But I have no issues with the 45W charging speed, as the smartphone was refuelled in about an hour. In terms of battery life, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G is quite good, and I got almost 7 hours of screen time with gaming, social media scrolling, watching videos, and using a camera.

Conclusion: Should you buy the Tecno Phantom X2 5G?

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The Tecno Phantom X2 5G is almost a flagship smartphone and a value-for-money device in its own way. The smartphone has solid build quality, a beautiful curved AMOLED display, excellent camera performance, an ultra-powerful chipset, and a decent operating system. Although the smartphone checks most boxes, it lacks important features like a stereo speaker and IP rating.

If you are looking for a high-end device with great performance, excellent camera quality and a beautiful display, the Tecno Phantom X2 5G is definitely worth the price.

Pricebaba’s rating: 8.5 / 10

What works:

  • Powerful chipset
  • Beautiful curved AMOLED display
  • Unique design
  • Excellent camera performance

What doesn’t:

  • Lack of Stereo speakers and IP rating
  • Android 12 out of the box, and no clarity on future updates

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