The introduction of the Tecno Phantom V Fold has shown that creating a folding smartphone is no easy feat. However, I want to make it clear that I am not here to criticize it. In fact, I have a positive outlook on it.
This is a folding smartphone produced by a relatively unknown brand. Despite this, it should be celebrated and given recognition. This is especially true considering that well-known brands have yet to release a foldable phone with a large screen.
Tecno Phantom V Fold Specs
- Release Date: April 12, 2023
- Chipset: Mediatek Dimensity 9000+ (4 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (1×3.20 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.85 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)
- GPU: Mali-G710 MC10
- RAM: 12GB
- Storage: 256GB, 512GB
- Foldable LTPO AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 1100 nits (peak)
- 7.85 inches, 196.9 cm2 (~88.0% screen-to-body ratio)
- 2000 x 2296 pixels (~388 ppi density)
- LTPO AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 1100 nits (peak), Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
- 6.42 inches, 1080 x 2550 pixels, 431 PPI
- OS: Android 13, HiOS 13 Fold
- Main: Triple
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Unfolded: 159.4 x 140.4 x 6.9 mm
- Folded: 159.4 x 72 x 14.2-14.5 mm
- Weight: 299 g (10.55 oz)
- Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
- Charging 45W wired, 40% in 15 min, 100% in 55 min (advertised)
In terms of dimensions, the Tecno Phantom V Fold measures 159.4 x 140.4 x 6.9 mm when unfolded, making it remarkably slim and portable. When folded, it adopts a compact form factor, measuring 159.4 x 72 x 14.2-14.5 mm. Weighing in at just 299 grams (10.55 ounces), it strikes a perfect balance between functionality and convenience. The device boasts a glass front closed with Gorilla Glass Victus, a plastic back, and an aluminum frame, ensuring durability without compromising on aesthetics.
The Tecno Phantom V Fold features a foldable LTPO AMOLED display, capable of showcasing 1 billion colors. This stunning 7.85-inch display offers an immersive visual experience, with a high refresh rate of 120Hz. With a peak brightness of 1100 nits, the screen remains vibrant and vivid even in bright sunlight. The device achieves an impressive screen-to-body ratio of approximately 88.0%, maximizing the available display area for your content. Additionally, it sports a cover display with a size of 6.42 inches, featuring the same LTPO AMOLED technology and boasting a resolution of 1080 x 2550 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 431 PPI. This secondary display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, ensuring durability against daily wear and tear.
Under the hood, the Tecno Phantom V Fold runs on the Android 13 operating system, coupled with HiOS 13 Fold, providing users with a seamless and intuitive interface. Powering the device is the advanced MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chipset, built on a 4nm architecture. This octa-core processor comprises a powerful Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3.20 GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.85 GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 1.80 GHz. To handle graphics-intensive tasks, the device is equipped with the Mali-G710 MC10 GPU, ensuring smooth and lag-free performance.
When it comes to memory, the Tecno Phantom V Fold offers two variants. The first variant provides 256GB of internal storage coupled with a generous 12GB of RAM, while the second variant offers an impressive 512GB of internal storage and the same 12GB of RAM configuration. Both variants utilize UFS 3.1 technology, ensuring fast data transfer speeds and efficient multitasking capabilities.
Photography enthusiasts will be pleased with the camera capabilities of the Tecno Phantom V Fold. The device features a triple rear camera setup, headlined by a 50MP wide lens with an f/1.9 aperture and a large 1/1.3″ sensor, delivering stunning detail and clarity. It is accompanied by a 50MP telephoto lens with an f/2.0 aperture, offering 2x optical zoom for capturing distant subjects. Completing the trio is a 13MP ultrawide lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a 120˚ field of view, enabling expansive landscape and group shots. The camera setup incorporates PDAF technology, ensuring swift and accurate autofocus. Additional features such as Dual-LED flash, HDR, and panorama mode further enhance the photography experience. The device supports 4K video recording at 30fps and 1080p recording at 30/60fps, allowing users to capture memories in stunning detail.
On the front, the Tecno Phantom V Fold houses a 16MP wide selfie camera with an f/2.5 aperture, ensuring clear and vibrant self-portraits. The cover camera, positioned on the secondary display, offers a 32MP wide lens with an f/2.5 aperture, enabling high-quality selfies even when the device is folded. Both front-facing cameras support 1080p video recording at 60fps.
The Tecno Phantom V Fold delivers an immersive audio experience with its stereo speakers, allowing users to enjoy multimedia content with impressive sound quality. While it lacks a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, the device supports wireless audio connectivity via Bluetooth 5.2 and ensures a seamless listening experience.
In terms of connectivity, the Tecno Phantom V Fold offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support for reliable and fast wireless internet connections. It also includes Bluetooth 5.2 with A2DP and LE for efficient data transfer between devices. The device comes equipped with GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, and BDS positioning systems, enabling accurate navigation and location services. Additionally, NFC technology allows for convenient wireless transactions and data exchange. The device features an FM radio with recording functionality, providing users with the option to enjoy their favorite radio stations on the go. The USB Type-C port supports OTG functionality, enhancing versatility and ease of data transfer.
Security and convenience are taken care of with the inclusion of a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, ensuring quick and secure unlocking of the device. The Tecno Phantom V Fold also incorporates a range of sensors, including an accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor, and compass, enhancing the overall user experience.
Powering the Tecno Phantom V Fold is a non-removable 5000mAh Li-Po battery. The device supports 45W wired charging, allowing for 40% charging in just 15 minutes and a full charge in 55 minutes (as advertised). This fast charging capability ensures minimal downtime and maximum productivity.
The Tecno Phantom V Fold is available in sleek Black and White color options, exuding elegance and style. Priced at ₹ 88,888, this foldable smartphone offers a premium experience for those seeking the latest advancements in technology.
In performance tests, the Tecno Phantom V Fold showcased its capabilities. It achieved an impressive AnTuTu score of 999,348 (v9), emphasizing its high-level performance. GeekBench scores were equally notable, with a score of 3,963 (v5.1) and 3,748 (v6). In GFXBench tests, it delivered a smooth onscreen performance with an average of 45 frames per second (ES 3.1).