Rumors of the so-called Tecno Phantom 6 has already hit the web. While the alleged image of the phone leaked weeks ago from the source looks legit, some of the rumored Tecno Phantom 6 specifications appears to be a mere figment of one’s imagination.
Last year, when Tecno Phantom 5 launched, it caused a lot of criticism on the price point, what will be the approach of Tecno this year? Will they still want their flagship phone to be for the elite or will they make it cheaper than last year’s variant when this year’s model is expected to be more powerful?
That said, here are some of the things we want to see in the upcoming Tecno Phantom 6 or whatever it is called eventually.
Tecno must really do something innovative to make us want the Tecno Phantom 6. If they are bringing a rebranded phone with a different name tag, they better keep it in their HQ because it would be dead on arrival.
If Tecno follows previous release pattern, there are chances that we will see the Tecno Phantom 6 as early as next month. Yes, September! That’s the month Tecno launched its Phantom 5 last year.
It unlikely, we will see the phone in September, but October looks more feasible, giving that the company just launched the Camon C9 and C7. They will need some kind of a break in between, before promotions for their biggest launch happens. An October bet looks golden!
It appears these Chinese OEM’s have exhausted their marketing gimmicks, but they could still leverage on one of the most requested 1P67, 68 or 57 certification that brings water-resistance and dust-proof ability to smartphones. We’d love some sort of ingress protection to be on the Tecno Phantom 6.
RAM & Processor
LeEco is already prepping a 8GB RAM smartphone and we expect Tecno to do the needful by boosting the RAM of Tecno Phanton 6 to 6GB. For this to happen, the company has to ditch the continued usage of the outdated MediaTek last generation SoC. Going with MediaTek Helio X20 or X30 would be absolutely fantastic for a flagship device. Infinix Zero 3 was the first emerging smartphones in Nigeria market to use the Helio X10 chipset, Tecno should look up rather than stagnate itself with lame and dated processors. This is a flagship, so we’d expect to flagship treatment.
Design & Display
Tecno Phantom 5 should traditionally come in 5.5-inch design, and it is expected to offer a Quad HD display for pixel densities of anything above 500ppi. We think rather than improving the screen to body ratios, which was one of our issues with the Tecno Phantom 5 design last year, Tecno should go for an edge to edge design like the Samsung Galaxy Edge design.
This design element should make the next Tecno Phantom device VR ready, also there have got to be gyroscope which was shamefully missing on the Tecno Phantom 5. VR is going mainstream, let’s just hope that if Tecno do increase the resolution, it can find a way to manage the battery life.
We expect the Phantom 6 to retain its full metal unibody design and ofcoruse, the fingerprint. Tecno is yet to perfect its iris scanner technology and it could be better restrained to its Camon C9 range of smartphones.
Dual Lens Camera
Tecno’s R&D, vertical manufacturing expertise and geographical footprint looks really impressive these days, but if the company can come up with a dual lens camera on the Phantom 6, then we can confidently say that the guys have got the ability to innovate independently which is the key to staying relevant in the smartphone industry. Lovers of iPhones can relate with this, Apple is gearing up for a further 15% surge reason being the stagnation of the company even as we near the launch of the “boring” iPhone 7. Apple equally lost its crown as the most valuable company for three years in a row simply because innovation seem to have forgotten them.
Tecno must really do something innovative to make us want the Tecno Phantom 6. If they are bringing a rebranded phone with a different name tag, they better keep it in their HQ because it would be dead on arrival. Nigerians are really getting smart and they can see what the guys like Oppo, OnePlus, Vivo, LeEco and Huawei can do with smartphones.
Tecno must not lose focus, the company is no where near the valuation of BlackBerry which controlled 33% of smartphone market-share in the world. Now, BlackBerry is dead, has less than 1% of smartphone market-share globally, it simply means that if a brand looses focus and fails to wow its customers with innovative features, loyalty does not exist. They will change camp and the brand disappears for good.