Tecno Phantom 5 review : Sorry fanboys, Tecno Phantom 5 is not worth 70k

Tecnp Phanom box
Tecno Phantom 5 predecessor, Tecno Phantom AIII, .

Few days ago, the African mobile community was awash with news of Tecno’s brand new and “awesome” flagship device which launched in Nigeria and Kenya over the weekend. When we got wind of the Tecno Phantom 5 device, firstly it was nice to see that Tecno has finally “tushed up” or as many Nigerian bloggers called it, gone premium.

Tecno Phantom 5 looked moderate and had promising specs to its name and unlike some Tecno phones we’ve seen in the past, doesn’t come with an “outdated” OS; in fact, the smartphone is allegedly running on the latest version of Android OS — Android version 5.1 Lollipop.

However, on seeing the price tag associated with the device –like many Nigerians did — yours sincerely got a little bit of worried: Worried that Tecno might not be able to sell much of these devices owing to its “huge” price tag (70,000 naira (about $350)) and at the same time worried that a whole shitload of these might be sold. If the product managed to sell a lot and the phone turns out to be great, that’s great; but if it turns out to a nightmare like the half-baked, lagging and tearing products Tecno used to sell, you can imagine the numerous population of cheated customers that will run to our comment sections to lay their complaints (like say we be Tecno customer care). So, the big ticker here is, “Is Tecno Phantom 5” really good?

Tecno Phantom 5 key specs

  • 5.5″ IPS touchscreen display
  • 1080p resolution, 401 PPI
  • Metal unibody with 6.8 mm thickness
  • 32GB of non expandable storage
  • 1.5GHz octa-core 64-bit CPU
  • MediaTek MT6753 chipset
  • Mali-T760 MP4 graphics processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3,000mAh battery

Is Tecno Phantom 5 good?

We wouldn’t know because we haven’t touched the device *insert huge sigh of relief here* since the product is not on sale at the time of writing this piece. Nonetheless, our local bloggers should stop feeding us with blasphemy. Where did they find the guts to use sensitive phrases like “awesome”, “looks premium”, “feels great”, “excellent”, “best smartphone”, “it does everything” and other unimaginable words to describe a device you have never seen or felt?

Tecno Phantom 5 picture

As at press time, the blurry picture above is the only official press shot of Tecno Phantom 5 we could lay our hands on after a thorough searching. We wonder where our copy and paste bloggers are getting their heartfelt emotions. But then, we also wonder if Tecno is still running the pay per post campaign which they once used to try to blackmail us into their good side after BestMobs exposed some of their tactics years ago.

So, whether these “bloggers” are paid goons or they wrote with their common sense is a question for another day. For now, let’s take a look at how the Phantom 5 ranks among its purported Chinese contemporaries.

Tecno Phantom 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 phone

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 comes with a 5.5″ FHD display and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS like the Tecno phone. The Xiaomi device features only 2GB of RAM and 5-megapixel front facing camera but comes with a greater 3060mAh battery, superior processor ie MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795M with 2.0GHz octa-core CPU and expandable 16GB of storage.

Price of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2: $200
Price of Tecno Phantom 5: $350

Tecno Phantom 5 vs Lenovo K3 Note

Lenovo K3 Note phone

Lenovo K3 Note comes with a 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage alongside a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 chipset and 3,000mAh battery.

Price of Lenovo K3 Note: $145

Tecno Phantom 5 vs Elephone P8000

Elephone P8000 phone

Elephone P8000 comes with virtually the same spec sheet as the Phantom flagship but has a 4,200mAh battery instead of the 3,000mAh one Phantom 5 offers.

Elephone P8000 Price: $210

Tecno Phantom 5 vs Meizu MX5

Meizu MX5

Meizu MX5 comes with everything you can find on the Phantom 5’s specs table but has a bigger camera and slightly larger battery.

Price of Meizu MX5: $303


We are happy that our very own Tecno is going premium, however, before Tecno starts showing off its clothe of many colors, we’d like to remind Tecno that Nigerians are very price conscious people. Dear Tecno, if you are going to raise your cost, be ready to raise your quality and quantity even more.

With a deep sense of sincerity we won’t encourage anyone to spend their 70,000 naira on a device that has a “Tecno” branding, for now at least. What about you?


  1. I just got the phantom 5 for myself, Believe me this phone is awesome. comparing this phone with some of the phones you listed above wont change the fact that Phantom is great .Most of the phones above dont have support when there is problem with the phones. I know that you guys hate tecno a lot but i won’t base my choice on your opinion here.

  2. I’d rather go for xiaomi redmi note 2 or elephone vowney or p8000 rather this fake OTA enabled product… No user replaceable battery
    The clock speed is even 1.3Ghz as posted by tecno on Facebook
    Many cores with poor clock speed is nothing but shit
    No expandable storage.. Sucking UI… So depressing
    Tecno are going somehow these days… Maybe they forgot that if they fumbled the ball, many better companies are out to pick it up…. Elephone vowney with 2k screen doesn’t go for 70k..how come this camouflaging stuff?

  3. I would have loved to listen, if had been more logical and tactical than merely professing your hatred for tecno. Why don’t you attack apple, Samsung and HTC who offer overpriced phones.

    none of the phones compared offer fingerprint technology

  4. I would have loved to listen, if had been more logical and tactical than merely professing your hatred for tecno. Why don’t you attack apple, Samsung and HTC who offer overpriced phones

  5. Great comparison.

    Do keep it up.

    It is information like this that simplifies the prices of products in advanced countries, amidst an improvement in quality.

    Sincere regards.

  6. that comparison tells everything. H6 is by far the best tecno product ever. Bestmob did not say, do not buy, rather its just giving its opinion on the price of the so called ‘premium phone’. Just imagine you, wake uop in the morning, say a thank you prayer, brush your teeth, eat and then count that $350, keep on your table, then you go out into the market buy this piece of communication device for #70000 ? Its even from a premium brand. I dont think so. Tecno should that they are losing it, buh it still baffles me the way nigerians will be captured by some advert placement from tecno.

  7. the last tecno phone I would own was tecno H6. not a bad one from tecno, though.
    I de eye lenovo k3 note or lenovo A7000 plus as my next phone.

  8. Comparing with the rise of new smart phone in nigeria like infinix and others and how durable tecno smartphone is with no software update the phone IS OVER PRISED but am happy they brougth out something nice

  9. Bestmobs thanks for saying the truth once again. I didn’t listen to your advice and bough Innjoo one and it ended in horror.

    For those saying that you are talking bad about people’s business, have you bought fake drugs before? Go and buy fake drugs and come back alive to tell us how it feels like knowing a spade and calling it a spoon.

  10. Firstly , Your opinion doesn’t matter. Why? Because you obviously dislike tecno. So I will never make any decisions based on the judgements you post on your stupid website.

    “Bestmobs” claims to be the best mobile website in Nigeria yet all they’re good at is writing hate campaigns against brands.

    I believe you’re a young boy and one day , you will own a business. Maybe that’s when you will know how it feels when people talk bad about your business just because they feel like doing so.

    • Nekwa ha. If what they are saying don’t matter its the rubbish you guys pay bloggers to post every is what matters.

      My friend go siddon joor, save us with your pity messages. Nobody is spending 70,000k on top tecno phobe even if it can tell the future.

  11. Tecno, wonderful. Most of nigerian bloggers are gullible. They can write anything to decieve us jus for 5k allawee they receive from some of these companies.

    Another great eye opener.

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