The Tecno Phantom 6 (and 6 Plus) is a pivotal device for Tecno as a company. Just as the first Phantom device signalled Tecno’s push into a new territory – premium devices – the Tecno Phantom 6 represents the next major push for Tecno – global domination. The Tecno Phantom 6 and Tecno Phantom 6 Plus are the first Tecno devices that will be sold outside West Africa, in fact, they were launched in Dubai, and will be sold in the Middle East, with plans to make in-roads into Europe in the near future.
So what does the flagship device leading that charge to take over the world look and feel like up-close? Really good.
Our review device shipped in a matte black, laminated box that I could totally see James Bond clutching in the movies, tear off the cling film and the box looks even nicer. Beyond the looks, even the little things are addressed in the packaging. For instance, there’s a little hole, just the size of a finger, that allows you push the smaller box out from the side neatly, without having to shake it vigorously like someone that’s nuts, which is the case with other similar designs.
The larger box holds two smaller boxes, the smallest of which is marked “Gifts” and contains a smart case for the device, a pin to eject the SIM card and microSD slots, an earpiece, a screen protector and a USB to USB Type C adapter. The second box though, is the “main event.” You’ll find the Tecno Phantom 6 staring back at you from one corner as soon as you take off the lid. The tray on which it’s snuggled doubles as a holder for all the documentation (Warranty info, user guide, etc). Under that, you will find a travel charger with two different plugs and a USB-Type C cable.
At this point, I should mention that I cannot confirm if that’s a reviewer unit’s packaging or whether that’s the packaging that will come with retail units as well.
The first thing you will notice about the device itself, is how light it is. Everyone that’s played with our review unit mentions this almost instantly, it’s really light and also very thin. The edges aren’t chamfered like on the Tecno Camon C9, but the weight (or lack of it) and the thinness, make the device comfortable to hold.
From the front, the Tecno Phantom 6 is pretty much a standard affair: Mostly black, thin bezels, with a prominent chin to accommodate the USB and speakers no doubt, and a “forehead” where the earpiece slit, front camera and array of sensors reside. On the left side, you’ll find two pin-ejected trays – one for the dual sim cards and another for the microSD. On the right side, you’ll find the volume rockers and the power button. The top features an audio jack and a small hole for the noise cancelling microphone, while the bottom features a speaker grill and a USB-Type C port.
On the back, you’ll find a dual-camera system comprising of a 13-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and the “Tecno” and “Phantom 6” branding.
All in all, the device is quite impressive early on, I’ve put it on and tossed a sim inside, so I will be reporting back with a full review soon, but in the meantime, You will find the full specifications here if you want to check them out. Also, here are some photos of the unboxing and the device. You should also check out the unboxing video, which is above.