Okay Tecno, I like clamshell foldables now

Okay, Tecno, you win! You’ve satisfied me! Earlier than, I didn’t actually see the utility in clamshell foldable telephones. Certain, I used flip telephones previously just like the Sanyo Katana and others, however I wasn’t nostalgic for the expertise. So, clamshell telephones simply didn’t pique my curiosity. THEN, I acquired the chance to overview the Tecno Phantom V Flip.

In case you don’t know, Tecno is a smartphone producer primarily based in Shenzhen, China, and it’s owned by Transsion. The Phantom V Flip is the corporate’s first clamshell foldable, and it’s competing in opposition to the likes of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Motorola Razr+. With such unbelievable competitors, it’s straightforward to surprise if foldables belong on the sub-$1,000 value vary. With an MSRP of round $870, it undercuts a lot of the competitors.

Nevertheless, is it good? Is the Phantom V Flip a stable different to the dearer foldable telephones, or is that this Flip a flop? Let’s discover out on this overview.

Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Design

By way of design, I used to be impressed with how far Tecno went to make this one of many prettiest foldable telephones in the marketplace. That is, significantly, probably the most elegant-looking telephones I’ve ever reviewed. I chalk this as much as the leather-based aesthetic that it achieves with the supplies. It nearly makes it seem like a type of limited-edition variations of telephones made in collaboration with prestigious corporations.

The round outer show nearly provides it the looks of a flowery timepiece, and I believe that’s what Tecno was going for. It contrasts the likes of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Motorola Razr+, that are additionally nice-looking units. They’ve a extra utilitarian look due to their bigger screens, however the Phantom V Flip has extra of a “style over perform” mentality. Does that have an effect on the general usability of this telephone? Heck sure! However that’ll be mentioned later within the overview.

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One other factor I like about this design is the usage of coloration. The Phantom V Flip is available in two colorways, they usually’re Misty Daybreak (the colour of the unit being reviewed) and Iconic Black. Each colours include a shiny steel body, and the frames are additionally coloured to replicate the colour of the telephone.

Different little particulars embody the Phantom emblem etched on the hinge and the little circle with a letter “V” on the again. It reveals that Tecno put numerous effort and time into making a handsome telephone. Nearly as good as extra standard foldables look, I believe that the Phantom V Flip has a extra elegant look to it general.

Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Construct High quality

The construct high quality of this telephone is a bizarre story. After I first acquired this telephone. I didn’t know what to anticipate. Not one of the Tecno telephones I reviewed previously gave the impression to be poorly constructed, however I wouldn’t say that they had a premium really feel. That is why I used to be blown away once I first held the Phantom V Flip.

This isn’t a $1,000 foldable telephone, however it certain feels prefer it. The very first thing I seen was the satisfying heft of the gadget that I felt. Certain, you don’t need your telephone to be too cumbersome, however you additionally don’t need it to be too gentle. The Phantom V Flip sits proper within the candy spot between common heft and ponderous.

Every thing from the leathery materials to the steel body simply feels good to the contact. The place a number of the cheaper Tecno telephones used cheaper supplies to maintain the value down, this telephone goes all in on the premium supplies.

I believe that’s extraordinarily vital, extra so for Tecno than different corporations. Tecno telephones primarily inhabit the reasonably priced telephone value bracket, so it’s straightforward to imagine that the Phantom V Flip could be behind the competitors by way of the construct high quality. I admit that I had that assumption as effectively, however I used to be gladly confirmed improper.


The hinge is the place issues get slightly bizarre. The folding feels easy and high-quality irrespective of what number of occasions I open and shut it. It stays in place at a number of angles, so I can regulate it- I’d estimate from about 20° to 165°, the hinge will keep in place. Any additional than that, it’ll both slide all the way in which open or shut.

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So, by way of the sensation, every thing is sweet… However, by way of the sound, issues usually are not so. That’s proper, there’s a sound! Ideally, when you have got a foldable telephone, you received’t hear any sounds if you’re opening or closing it. At very first, I didn’t hear any sounds coming from the hinge, however I began to shortly after utilizing it.

Often, once I’d open the telephone I’d hear this disconcerting crackle come from the hinge; it’s actually unsettling to be sincere. So, if that is one thing that occurs with the entire items, I believe that Tecno might want to work on its hinge. The hinge is among the most vital components of a foldable telephone. If it’s making noises, that’s not a terrific signal.

Ingress safety

With regards to foldable telephones, ingress safety is extraordinarily vital. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like there’s any IP ranking to talk of. That’s not nice, seeing as one of many major points with foldable telephones is safety from outdoors components. For those who get this telephone, then you definitely’ll have to be cautious the place you’re taking it.

Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Show

I haven’t used a Tecno gadget with a display screen that I didn’t completely LOVE. The show on the Phantom V Flip did a lot to stay as much as my expectations; nonetheless, it being a foldable telephone, there’s one facet actually holding it again.


Tecno hit a candy spot with the colour calibration of this show. Out of the field, the colours are set to their Pure setting, which mutes the colours to look extra like a normal LCD show. Nevertheless, when you activate the Brilliant-Coloured mode, the entire colours simply come to life.

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The entire colours that this panel produces are juicy and intensely nice to take a look at. One factor to notice is that, whereas OLED shows are naturally extra colourful, it relies on the producer to determine simply how colourful they’re. It’s very doable to go overboard with the colours. Within the case of this telephone, identical to with different Tecno telephones I’ve reviewed, the colours reached this stunning steadiness between saturated and oversaturated.

With regards to the colour temperature, there’s a slider within the show settings that permits you to regulate it. you will get fairly exact together with your changes as effectively, which is good.


That is the world the place this telephone is held again, however I can’t actually fault Tecno for this. The Tecno Camon 20 series comes with some decently vivid shows. They seem to cap out at about 900 nits, which is fairly good in terms of daylight visibility. I by no means actually had a lot of a difficulty utilizing these telephones outdoors. Certain, different telephones come out with considerably brighter shows, however 900 nits nonetheless battles the daylight fairly effectively.

Within the case of the Phantom V Flip, I really feel that the brightness is only a bit beneath that 900-nit brightness. It doesn’t really feel like an enormous drop off; I nonetheless get the sense that the brightness is phenomenal. Nevertheless, it simply takes a bit extra effort to see my display screen when outdoors.

The factor that holds it again is the display screen protector. Each the internal and outer shows include plastic display screen protectors. The one on the outer show could be taken off, however the one on the internal show can’t. The problem with these display screen protectors is the truth that they cling to fingerprints like there’s no tomorrow. This creates an additional layer of reflective oil that helps obscure the display screen. It closely inhibits the daylight visibility. I can’t fault Tecno for this as a result of foldable telephones all include everlasting display screen protectors for added safety.

I’m unsure it’s the display screen protector that makes me assume that the brightness was diminished. In any case, I’d say that the daylight visibility is simply barely above common. I may nonetheless see the display screen decently effectively, however I’ve to cowl the display screen only a bit extra.


Oh, the dreaded crease! Foldable telephones and the center crease are a bundle deal. I believe that the crease within the Phantom V Flip is fairly shallow. It’s undoubtedly there; I can see it and really feel it. Nevertheless, it doesn’t distort the content material I’m viewing. I can really feel it, however it’s not annoying in any means. The crease is about par for the course, I’d say.

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General, the show on the Phantom V Flip takes the wonderful high quality from different nice Tecno telephones and seamlessly transfers it to the foldable kind issue. You’ll have some bother seeing it in direct daylight as a result of display screen protector, so that you’ll must preserve that in thoughts.

Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Audio system

It’s a bit powerful to overview the audio system with this telephone as a result of there are a number of settings you possibly can change to edit the sound. Nevertheless, I’m going to overview the audio system primarily based on their out-of-the-box expertise, since extra individuals are more likely to hear them with their default settings.

Admittedly, the audio system in Tecno’s telephones have by no means impressed me. I felt that there was at all times this lack of depth with them. I wouldn’t say that they have been dangerous; they have been simply so plain. With the Phantom V Flip, it seems like Tecno made some adjustments to its audio system and the general sound profile as a result of I believe there have been some main enhancements.


By way of loudness, these audio system get extraordinarily loud. For those who’re outdoors or in a loud surroundings, you received’t have any points listening to them. Similar to with any speaker, you’ll hear some vital distortion when at full quantity. In my view, there’s only a bit extra distortion than I’d have favored to listen to on the greater volumes.

With a number of the greatest audio system I’ve heard, I’d hear distortion on the highest or second-highest quantity degree. Within the case of the Phantom V Flip, I’d say that I hear distortion on the three highest quantity ranges.


That is the world the place I heard essentially the most enchancment. The problem I had with different Tecno telephones’ audio system was the shortage of bass. The sound could be fairly tinny in comparison with different telephones I’d overview. With the Phantom V Flip, I’m listening to some extra low-end audio from the audio system. There’s a nice increase in that division, and it provides some much-needed depth to the sound.

It’s removed from the very best that I’ve heard, however it’s nonetheless good to listen to. I principally examined these audio system on music from the final quarter of the twentieth century(the 70s, 80s, 90s), and I additionally used newer music. The bass sounded good on the entire music that I listened to, however I felt that it shined with 80s music. The added crunch of the basses from that period actually sounded nice on the audio system.

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By way of the treble, I believe that the efficiency is fairly just like different Tecno telephones that I reviewed. That’s not a nasty factor as a result of I quite loved the high-end efficiency of these telephones. One factor that I famous in different evaluations is that these telephones’ audio system are literally actually good for ASMR. Larger tones like clicks and pops sound pleasantly punchy.

This efficiency does translate properly to music. When listening to music, particularly extra fashionable music, greater devices and percussion all have numerous punch to them. The treble compliments the bass properly to create an all-around immersive sound.


I by no means actually thought that the vocals have been a difficulty for Tecno’s audio system, and that didn’t change with the Phantom V Flip. When listening to songs or watching movies, the entire voices reduce by means of properly. I didn’t have any points listening to any of the voices when listening to those audio system.

General, I believe that Tecno ironed out a number of the points holding its audio system again. Once more, I wouldn’t say that they’re the very best on the market in the marketplace, however they’re removed from what I’d think about to be dangerous. The loudness is good, the bass acquired a pleasant increase, and the treble and vocals stay crisp.


Once more, that is how the audio system sound out of the field. In HiOS, the Android pores and skin that Tecno’s telephones run on, there’s a bit within the sound settings known as DTS Sound. Right here, you’ll discover a suite of settings that you are able to do to tailor the sound expertise to your liking. Beginning off, you’ll have the ability to select the sound mode.

There are 4 modes in all: Music, Video, Sport, and Sensible. As you possibly can guess, the primary three modes will tune the audio in order that it sounds the very best if you’re consuming that type of media. Music provides you an general hotter audio profile. The opposite two are tuned to emphasise the high-end audio to accent voices.

The Sensible audio mode will robotically change modes primarily based on what media is taking part in in your telephone. That is the mode that’s chosen by default.

When you decide your mode, you possibly can additional regulate it by selecting the stereo profile of the audio. Lastly, you possibly can select whether or not you wish to increase the bass, treble, vocals, or any mixture of the three.


Rounding out the changes, there’s the EQ. It’s a five-band equalizer that you need to use to additional refine your sound. You possibly can regulate the 100Hz, 300Hz, 1kHz, 3kHz, and 10kHz bands between -5dB and +5dB. That’s a tremendous function to have constructed proper into the software program.

Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Digicam

The digital camera efficiency of Tecno’s telephones that I reviewed has been stable, except for the Tecno Camon 20 Pro. Nevertheless, foldable telephones aren’t identified for having good cameras, so I didn’t actually know what to anticipate from the digital camera within the Phantom V Flip. After I truly began utilizing this telephone’s digital camera, I used to be pleasantly stunned with the outcomes.


For this overview, I used the digital camera in its common mode. The Phantom V Flip has a 64MP digital camera, however it bins right down to what I consider is 16MP. Utilizing the common mode, I acquired some actually good particulars in my shot. I’m in a position to zoom in a very good bit earlier than I see degradation within the picture.


By way of publicity, I believe that the corporate went for a really balanced strategy. Taking photos within the vivid afternoon solar, I didn’t actually discover many factors the place the highlights have been blown out. Every thing is properly uncovered within the pictures I took. I’d most likely say that it’s a number of the greatest publicity I’ve seen with telephones that I’ve reviewed.

By way of the general distinction of the photographs, I believe that this digital camera does a terrific job. The highlights and shadows all look good all through the photographs.


As for the colours, I believe that they’re good. They’re very nice and good to take a look at. Every thing is responsibly saturated with a pleasant increase to every thing. I’m pleased to say that colours like pink don’t sizzle my eyes, as pink is normally a tricky coloration for digital sensors to seize.

By way of the saturation, whereas it’s saved in line, I believe that it’s proper on the sting of being an excessive amount of. I don’t assume it crosses that line, however a number of the colours are approaching that candy-like space. It’s not too dangerous. I believe it’s essentially the most current within the shot of the sky and the flower beneath.

Whereas the colours are undoubtedly strong, they don’t go overboard. So, I believe that the colours are a robust facet of the images.


With regards to the low-light efficiency of this telephone, I believe that it displays the digital camera’s efficiency as a complete; it’s superb. In conditions with diminished gentle, it maintained a good quantity of element and I used to be nonetheless in a position to get some good colours. Nevertheless, once I moved into extraordinarily darkish conditions, as you possibly can think about, the colours and element took a success. I noticed the standard drop in saturation and heat.

When the lights go even decrease, I can use the Tremendous Night time mode which takes a longer-exposure shot to carry some extra gentle in. Whereas this mode does brighten up the picture, there’s one thing that differentiates it from dearer telephones.

The likes of Samsung and particularly Google use further picture processing on these lower-light photographs to spice up the main points and colours and scale back the noise. Within the case of the Phantom V Flip, I didn’t see any of that. I solely noticed the boosted brightness. Due to this, the picture got here out noisy and a bit blurry. You may simply be higher off taking your probabilities with the common low-light efficiency quite than with the Tremendous Night time mode.


I don’t assume that it is a main subject with this digital camera, however it did pop up. There was a difficulty getting it to deal with a selected topic in one of many photographs. I tapped to deal with the leaf about 15 occasions, and it simply did NOT wish to focus. After I finally took the image, it centered on a bit on the backside of the image. So, you may run into cases when the main target doesn’t cooperate.

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I had no points making this my major digital camera after my Pixel 6 died on me. The pictures that I get are usually good, however the low-light efficiency could possibly be higher.

Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Battery

So, the criticism I had concerning the plastic display screen protector is just like my criticism concerning the battery life. I can’t actually be mad as a result of this is among the traits of a foldable telephone. Foldable telephones usually have smaller batteries as a result of the cells are break up. Additionally, there needs to be room for the hinge to run down the telephone. Thus, there’s a smaller 4,000mAh battery within the Phantom V Flip.

With a 20% discount in capability in comparison with different Tecno telephones I’ve reviewed (5,00mAh), I undoubtedly felt a dip in battery life. I wouldn’t say that the battery life is dangerous, it’s less than the usual that I noticed with different telephones with bigger batteries. With reasonable to gentle utilization (informal video-watching, some gaming, and numerous social media), I’m in a position to get by means of the day with about 20% left within the tank. On heavier days, I do know that I’ll want to achieve for a charger earlier than the night time’s by means of.

The battery life is what I’d name common. It’s not dangerous, however it’s not spectacular. You’ll have the ability to stretch it to a day and a half, however that must be with minimal utilization.


For those who run out of juice, and you should high up your battery, then you definitely’ll have the ability to shortly. Tecno Phantom V Flip helps 45W charging, and it has a charger included within the field. 45W isn’t the quickest in the marketplace, however it’s lots quick. If I must do a fast 20-minute top-up, I will get well greater than half of the battery energy. So, charging this telephone when it’s low on energy is not any downside.

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Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Efficiency

Tecno, HiOS, and MediaTek make a terrific workforce as a result of Tecno’s telephones ship some actually good efficiency. Now, we have to shed the notion that MediaTek processors are robotically low-quality.; it’s all concerning the optimization. The Phantom V Flip makes use of the MediaTek Dimensity 8060, which is a premium mid-range SoC. Thus, it’s in a position to ship some fairly highly effective efficiency.

Nevertheless, I can’t neglect about Tecno’s software program optimizations. The corporate’s HiOS runs as easy as butter. I’m in a position to navigate the interface, use apps, and do any process with none type of slowdown. Now, I’ve to confess that there’s the ever-so-rare stutter within the software program, however these cases are only a few and much aside. I’m getting constantly good efficiency from this telephone, and this is among the the reason why I get pleasure from utilizing these telephones.

Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Gaming

The gaming on this telephone could be very a lot in step with different Tecno telephones operating comparable {hardware}. It has its ups and downs, and there’s one facet the place I’ve a difficulty.

2D video games

Enjoying 2D video games on this telephone is not any sweat. I examined this telephone out with video games like Fishing Paradiso, Candy Sins 2, Snowman Story,, and others. Neither of those video games gave me any points. For those who’re seeking to play your easy puzzle video games, match-3 video games, platformers, or different 2D titles, you received’t see any efficiency points.

Graphically intensive video games

Let’s crank issues up a notch. Certain this telephone can sort out Sweet Crush, however what concerning the cellular behemoths? There are a ton of graphically intensive video games in the marketplace. The story with the gaming efficiency with graphically intensive video games is multi-layered. I, after all, used video games like Genshin Affect and Honkai Star Rail to check the higher-end gaming efficiency.

I cranked each of those video games to their highest graphical settings, and I used to be fairly impressed with the efficiency. It was comparable for each video games. Now, it wasn’t 100% easy; there have been undoubtedly some dropped frames right here and there. They occurred from time to time, however they weren’t so plentiful that the video games felt laggy. The efficiency was easy general with body charges hitting 60fps. It’s simply that I’d see a dropped body from time to time.

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That is multi-layered as a result of this telephone has a set of game-specific settings, and certainly one of them is the efficiency mode. By default, the efficiency mode is about to “Equilibrium”, which signifies that it’s balanced between power-saving and efficiency. After I set it to “Efficiency” mode, I noticed a notable enchancment within the efficiency. Was it good? No, there have been nonetheless the occasional dropped frames. Nevertheless, they have been much less usually.

Warmth efficiency

That is the world the place I had the problem. This telephone heats up quite a bit whereas performing some intensive gaming. I may really feel it getting scorching not lengthy after beginning a sport. It acquired fairly uncomfortable earlier than too lengthy.

General, whereas this telephone just isn’t essentially the most highly effective gaming telephone in the marketplace, you received’t have any points utilizing it as such. It’s in a position to offer you some fairly easy efficiency when taking part in a number of the most graphically intensive video games which might be in the marketplace.

Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Foldable telephone options

So, the Phantom V Flip appears like a very good telephone, however how is it as a foldable telephone? Nicely, there’s each excellent news and dangerous information.

The nice

Beginning off with the excellent news, I believe that Tecno did a terrific job transitioning HiOS onto a foldable kind issue. Software program-wise, every thing is smart. Additionally, there are some stay wallpapers that change as you open the telephone. For instance, there’s one with flowers that bloom as you open it.

There’s a mode that’s just like Flex Mode on the Galaxy foldables. Once you open your telephone at a 90° angle, it’ll dedicate half of the display screen to 1 process and the opposite half to a different. For instance, whereas within the digital camera app, it’ll push the entire controls right down to the underside half of the display screen and dedicate the highest half to the viewfinder.

Subsequent, there’s a choice of widgets that you could select to indicate on the outer show. You’re in a position to cycle by means of them and assign which order you wish to use them in.

The dangerous

Transferring onto the complaints I’ve with this telephone, there aren’t too many. For starters, the outer show is quite small. Through the years, we’ve seen the outer shows of foldable telephones develop step by step. With outer shows getting bigger, the smaller show on the Phantom V Flip appears dated.

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This subsequent one is a minor gripe, however if you’re viewing the notification record on the outer display screen, there’s no method to swipe away notifications individually. One other minor gripe is the truth that you possibly can’t edit the record of fast replies which might be current with messaging app notifications. Once you get a notification that you could reply to on the outer show, you’ll see a listing of various fast replies to ship. Nicely, the record is restricted to only a quick record, and that’s what you’re caught with.

Tecno Phantom V Flip Evaluate: Last verdict

I by no means actually confirmed curiosity in clamshell foldable telephones, irrespective of how good they acquired through the years. They have been identical to common slab telephones that might get smaller, however that idea was at all times boring to me. As an alternative, I at all times pined after notebook-style foldables due to the added usability that got here with the elevated actual property. So, once I discovered that I used to be getting a Phantom V Flip, my reactions weren’t all too spirited.

All of that modified with the Tecno Phantom V Flip. This telephone actually launched me to the enjoyable of getting a clamshell foldable. Certain, the folding motion doesn’t add a lot utility to the general expertise, it’s good having a smaller outer show to see notifications, timers, the climate, and different info.

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Being a foldable telephone doesn’t imply a lot if it’s not a very good telephone on the whole, and the Tecno Phantom  V Flip is a superb telephone. It has the attractive display screen and easy efficiency that I count on from Tecno units with a stable digital camera, improved cameras, and a tremendous design. That is actually a lovely telephone on each the inside and outside.

Must you purchase this over a Galaxy Z Flip telephone?

That each one relies upon. For those who’re searching for the very best of the very best, then you definitely’re higher off with the Galaxy. It has a bigger outer show, IP water resistance, a extra highly effective processor, and different benefits. Nevertheless, when you’re searching for a telephone that also delivers a terrific expertise with a chic design AND a notably cheaper price, then the Phantom V Flip is ideal for you. I extremely advocate this telephone.

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