Tecno recently launched the Phantom X2 Pro globally. Despite initial assumptions, this isn't just another budget phone. Tecno has gone to great lengths to create its first premium smartphone. The device boasts a large and impressive AMOLED display perfect for multimedia and is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC capable of running any game smoothly. Battery life is also remarkable, lasting all day even with heavy use. Also, the 50MP camera looks very capable.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Tecno Phantom X2 Pro specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2022, December 07
- Colors: Stardust Gray, Mars Orange
- Dimensions: 164.6 x 72.7 x 9 mm.
- Weight: 201 g.
- Screen: 6.8" inc, 1080 x 2400, AMOLED
- Camera : Triple, 50MP
- Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 9000 (4 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (1x3.05 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3x2.85 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4x1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)
- Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM
- Battery: 5160, Li-Po, non-removable
- Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
- Operating system: Android 12, HIOS 12
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Contents of the box
- Type-C cable
- 45W charger
- Wired headphones
- SIM eject pin
Tecno Phantom X2 Pro is an amazing phone that stands out with its bold design. The most notable feature is the large camera module on the back, featuring multiple lenses, one of which is highlighted in color. The phone comes in two color options, Mars Orange and Stardust Grey. The phone looks sturdy and durable with minimal frame bending. The back of the phone is made of recycled plastic and features subtle "Phantom" lettering.
Tecno Phantom X2 Pro is constructed with metal frame and Gorilla Glass Victus protected front. Despite its strength, the phone is not very comfortable, due to its large display and weight of 201 grams, which gives it weight. Port and button placement is well thought out, with the power and volume buttons on the right side and a clean left side. The top of the phone has a microphone hole, while the bottom has a Type-C port, a SIM card tray, and a speaker. The buttons provide a nice tactile feel and overall the design of the Phantom X2 Pro is impressive and makes a strong first impression.
The Tecno Phantom X2 Pro boasts a triple camera setup on the back, including a 50MP primary camera, a 50MP portrait lens and a 13MP ultra-wide lens. The front camera is 32MP, located in a cutout with perforation. The 50MP camera takes high-quality photos in good lighting. Images are clear, with vivid colors and a wide dynamic range.
The portrait lens of the Tecno Phantom X2 Pro may not stand out from other flagship phones in terms of image quality, but it creates a nice bokeh effect.
The ultra-wide lens isn't as strong, but it can still produce usable images. The camera includes a special night mode that improves photos in low light and activates automatically when needed.
The front-facing 32MP selfie camera is particularly impressive, capturing sharp and detailed images with natural-looking skin tones.
The device can also shoot 4K video at 60fps with the main camera and 1080p at 30fps with the selfie camera. The 4K video quality of the main camera is particularly remarkable, with plenty of detail and attractive colors.
The Tecno Phantom X2 Pro boasts of a large 5160 mAh battery that provides sufficient battery life, even with heavy usage such as gaming. Users who don't use their phone that often may even have some battery left for the next day.
The device manages to last over six charms with gaming, video streaming and social media browsing.
Tecno Phantom X2 Pro features 45W fast battery charging support. The company claims that the charger can charge the phone up to 50% in 20 minutes, but in reality it can take up to 45 minutes. It takes about an hour and a half to fully charge the device. It is worth noting that the device does not support wireless charging.
The Tecno Phantom X2 Pro features a large 6.8-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The display has a refresh rate of 120Hz, with a brightness of 500 nits. There is an option to choose between 60Hz, 120Hz and auto mode in the settings. The screen provides smooth animations, quick opening and switching of applications. However, the brightness of 500 nits is not as high as you would expect from a flagship phone. Scrolling through your Instagram feed and playing games on this display is a nice experience.
Indoors, the display of the Tecno Phantom X2 Pro performs quite well, but in direct sunlight, it will be difficult to see icons and read texts.
AMOLED provides deep blacks, good contrast and bright, vivid colors. The display is good for streaming high-quality content on OTT platforms such as Netflix and Prime Videos, thanks to Widevine L1 certification. However, it does not have HDR support. The bezels are thin on all sides, and the small cutout at the top doesn't distract from viewing.
Tecno Phantom X2 Pro runs on MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB internal storage. The processor is powerful enough to handle everyday activities without any problems, including opening and closing applications, taking pictures and countless tasks.
The device's RAM management is also efficient, keeping apps running in the background and opening quickly from where they were closed.
Tecno Phantom X2 Pro is a high performance device that can handle graphically complex games with ease. After testing with several games such as Genshin Impact, Apex Legends Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile, it can be concluded that they all run smoothly at high settings without any issues. There are no lags, frame drops or other performance issues with continuous extended play.
Overall, the phone can easily handle any task thrown at it without performance issues.
Software and User Interface
Tecno Phantom X2 Pro runs on HiOS 12 which is based on Android 12. Like MIUI, notifications can be accessed by swiping from the top left corner and quick action controls by swiping from the top right corner.
HiOS includes several features such as edge panels, floating windows, and duplicate apps. However, the app interface looks cluttered due to the alphabetical list and cannot be rearranged. Also, the device has a significant amount of pre-installed apps that can be disabled, but Tecno's own apps cannot.
The device features Always On Display and a variety of clock styles similar to ColorOS and MIUI.
Audio, connectivity, biometrics
The Tecno Phantom X2 Pro has a single speaker in the middle of the bottom. A stereo speaker setup is usually expected in this price range, but this unit doesn't have one. The sound quality is not remarkable or expected for a flagship phone.
The device has 5G connectivity, but it is not yet clear which frequencies it will support. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.3, GPS and NFC for other connectivity options.
The device has an in-display fingerprint sensor that is fast and reliable, and face unlock is available but less secure.
Tecno Phantom X2 Pro is a good phone overall but it is hard to recommend because of its high price. It offers a smooth display, good battery life and high performance, but the charging speed is slow and the user interface could be improved. Despite the flaws, if you decide to buy it, you won't be disappointed. But there are other options that are just as good for this price.
- Elegant appearance
- Great cameras
- Good battery life
- There is no stereo speaker
- No wireless charging
- High price
Tecno Phantom X2 Pro video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Tecno Phantom X2 Pro and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Tecno.