Tecno Phantom V Fold in for review
Today, Tecno announced the Phantom V Fold – the company’s first foldable smartphone, and it’s a big one. Here’s a video of key features to get us started.
The Tecno Phantom V Fold arrives in a generous package. You get a tough Aramid Fiber case for the back panel with a built-in kickstand – an integral part of any flip phone case. You also get a 45W charger, which is more than you’d get with a Samsung flip phone these days.
Tecno went with a book-style design for its first flip phone. But the rear panel stands out among the foldables thanks to a unique recycled plastic design not unlike that of the Phantom X2 Pro.
It feels grippy in the hand, and the rough texture is a breath of fresh air next to the countless different glass panels we are used to. A disadvantage of the back panel is that it does not accommodate wireless charging.
The Tecno Phantom V Fold continues the theme of ease of use and feels solid in the hand. It’s well built and when closed feels like an average bar phone with edges that taper slightly towards a comfortable and relatively thin frame.
The frame itself tapers at the very edge to allow a thin slot for your fingers when you want to pry the Phantom V Fold open.
The cover screen of the Tecno Phantom V Fold is a 6.42-inch 1080x2550px AMOLED capable of variable refresh rate up to 120Hz. The panel is more usable than the Galaxy Z Fold4’s narrower cover screen.
Another area where the Tecno foldable is superior is the built-in battery, which is a generous 5,000 mAh unit.
The internal screen is also larger than the Galaxy Z Fold4’s at 7.85 inches. It’s also a 120Hz AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2000x2296px.
It’s simply a bigger panel than the Galaxy Z Fold4’s, and you can fit more inside. But by default, the Phantom V Fold is set to a slightly larger scale factor, which means the user interface is slightly larger than the Galaxy’s.
The fold of the Tecno Phantom V Fold is not as noticeable as the Galaxy Z Fold4’s. This is partly due to the different hinge designs.
Tecno Phantom V Fold next to Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
The Phantom V Fold can close flat, while the Galaxy Z Fold4 has a small hole that lets in dust and particles when in a pocket.
In terms of design, Tecno Phantom V Fold is superior to Galaxy Z Fold4. But there are nuances to this. The hinged Tecno user cannot stay in any position like that of Samsung’s foldable can.
Then there is the Galaxy’s water resistance and the fact that the Galaxy Z Fold4 at 263g is a whopping 36 grams lighter than the 299g Tecno Phantom V Fold.
There is no denying that the Tecno Phantom V Fold is a heavy device. But you get more, literally – more battery capacity and more viewing area on both ends.
Stay tuned for even more of the Tecno Phantom V Fold coming soon!