Tecno is based in the value-for-money segment, but the company has ambitions to go upmarket with the Phantom sub-brand. The original Phantom X was as good a deal as is typical for Tecno, with a better screen and camera than any of its siblings.
It also has some weaknesses like Helio G 26 – A decent mid-range chipset, not great for the Phantom’s target market. Now the X2 series is here, and it improves on some of those flaws while maintaining a focus on display and camera quality (actually, there are some big improvements here too).
We’ve already reviewed the X2 Pro, and now we have a Tecno Phantom X2 in our hands. The vanilla model shares most of its hardware with the Pro, so if you want a sneak peek at the display, chipset, and battery life, check out the Pro review. The main difference between the X2 and X2 Pro is the camera. The vanilla model lacks a large primary sensor, instead relying on better lenses and an RGBW sensor to boost its performance. There’s also no portrait camera, which is exclusive to the Pro.
In terms of cameras, both models have the same dimensions and essentially the same design. The way to differentiate them is that the Pro marks its retractable portrait camera with a decorative ring.
We feel the design will diverge. The protruding camera island is really eye-catching, whether it looks good or not is a matter of opinion. We tend to like it—it’s unique, it’s symmetrical, and it doesn’t have ugly labels. We do wish the vanilla model had a different color than “gray,” like the Pro’s Martian Orange. Many will cover the back with an opaque so they don’t care, but still.
Phantom X2 Pro(left) and Phantom X2(right)
When we hold the Phantom X2, please note that Tecno from 10.5 Adjusted monitor aspect ratio: 9 to 005:9. This shaves off a full millimeter of width, which generally makes the phone easier to hold. Here, that’s overshadowed by the phone’s top-heavy nature — be careful how you hold it, or it could end up flipping back.
Tecno serves the 1 Euro market, Flagships are not going to sell well, no matter how good their hardware is (not that the X2 is cheap, we’ll talk about price). We don’t expect the Phantom X2 to top every category, but we do expect the company’s value-for-money roots will motivate it to retain some useful features.
The original X has 95GB of storage and a microSD slot , and a 3.5mm jack. The Phantom X2 has 213GB of storage and that’s it – no memory card slot, nowhere to plug it in Wired headphones (unless, of course, you have a USB-C adapter.
Phantom X2 series off Dropped microSD slot and 3.5mm jack
X2 feels bigger than original The Phantom X is more of a proper flagship. The Dimensity 1200 chipset is a big part of it, the Helio G30 The original really dragged it down. The X2 was fast and responsive, the Mali-G710 MC005 The GPU can handle some serious gaming.
The first Phantom has a battery life of over 4, 256mAh capacity, the X2 series will increase the battery capacity to 5, 59 mAh. However, more powerful hardware also consumes more power – judging by the results of the X2 Pro, the battery life of the X2 is very good if not as good as that of the X. The company has also upgraded the charging system 19W to 22W, but we don’t see actual improvements. At least not on our X2 Pro device, we’ll see if the vanilla X2 fares Better.
Before we go back and review the phone, we should mention one last thing – the Phantom X2 is priced at SAR 2,685 ($720 )/€256/₹95,), although due to local technology in Saudi Arabia is generally more expensive than technology elsewhere. Even so, it’s a big step up from the Phantom X, which is priced at ￥19, .