The newly launched Tecno Phantom 8. PHOTO | HILARY KIMUYUThe newly launched Tecno Phantom 8. PHOTO | HILARY KIMUYU

Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Tecno has finally come out with a model that can compete with some of the top notch gadgets in the market.

Tecno Phantom 8, which is now available in Kenya, is the most deluxe model yet, unlike its predecessor the Phantom 6 and 6 Plus models which were unveiled last year.

The phone packs many amazing qualities, including a better camera. It also has high quality lenses with the ability to zoom up to 10 times.

Unlike Phantom 6, Tecno Mobile has opted to offer just one model of the Phantom 8. Phantom model line also jumped directly from Phantom 6 and 6 Plus directly to the Phantom 8.

Phantom comes with quite the spec sheet and a new design that Tecno calls “Dragon Fire”.


The device’s has the ability in processing power, image-capturing ability, as well as a large battery with fast-charging capabilities that allow 40 percent top up in half an hour.

In a world where competitors are equipping their flagships with sharper 2K screens, Tecno has stuck to this resolution to strike a good balance between sharpness and admirable battery life.


The camera department is handled by a dual-sensor setup that appears to be the trend for 2017 devices.

Its dual setup of 12 MP wide-angle lens and 13 MP telephoto lens is a snappy shooter with lots of modes to tinker around with to get a good shot.

Selfie lovers will also get a whooping 20MP front camera equipped with Bokeh effect and portrait modes to get those DSLR-like images.


Images look very sharp and colourful and the Autofocus doesn’t disappoint either. The video quality at 1080p is superb.

Tecno’s approach employs a super zoom lens that superimposes multiple distant images to render a clear shot sans quality loss.

At the front is a 20 MP sensor with a dual-tone LED flash for those selfies in dingy, poorly lit hallways the good part if it all is the cameras have their fair share of shooting modes.

The device does not feel heavy and can be easily held by one hand as a person takes pictures.

The Phantom 8 comes in three colours and with its specifications and the price which retails at Sh36,999, you can say it is arguably among the best out there at this price range.