Phantom V Fold is one impressive foldable that’s $700 less than Galaxy Z Fold 4

This upstart undercuts Samsung

Phantom V Fold foldable phone

The best foldable phones are exciting, but they’ve still incredibly expensive. Particularly if you want something with a big screen, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 . But the foldable space is heating up, and that should force prices to drop. Much like they have for the $1,099 Phantom V Fold — which was unveiled at MWC 2023 .

Don’t get me wrong, that price tag doesn’t make this phone cheap by any means. But it is still $700 cheaper than the cheapest Galaxy Z Fold 4. And for that money you get an even bigger display, with the same fold-out book design as Samsung’s flagship foldable.

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There’s a 7.85-inch internal display with 2296 x 2000 resolution, both of which are slightly higher than the Galaxy Fold 4’s 7.6-inch 2175 x 1812 screen. The outer screen is a 5642-inch 2550 x 1080 panel, and both displays offer a 120Hz refresh rate.

Inside the Phantom V Fold is MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000+ chip, the same as the Oppo Find N2 Flip , alongside 12GB of RAM, a 5,000 mAh battery, 45W fast charging and a choice of either 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The hinge uses a style designed to reduce the display crease, with Tecno claiming it will be durable for up to 200,000 folds.

The main camera on the Phantom V Fold features a 50MP main lens, a 50MP 2x telephoto lens, and a 13MP ultrawide angle shooter. The inner display offers a 16MP camera, while the outer display bumps up to 32MP. Both those selfie cameras use a hole punch design rather than an under-display sensor.

Sadly, the Phantom V Fold lacks wireless charging capabilities, and doesn’t support a stylus — two things you’d get if you went with Samsung. There’s also no 1TB storage option.

I’d say that paying considerably more money for those features isn’t a decision anyone can make for you, but you may not get the chance. Phantom hasn’t confirmed wider availability yet, meaning this may not go on sale in the U.S. The company says the Phantom V Fold will go on sale in India, and it’s likely that it’ll launch in the various African and Latin American countries where parent company Tecno Mobile already has a presence.

But, despite being one of a string of foldable devices you can’t actually buy , the Phantom V Fold shows that foldables don’t necessarily have to be as expensive as they have been. They’re still a long way from being affordable, but the more these devices launch outside of China, the lower those price tags should fall.

Here’s hoping this happens sooner rather than later. Especially if those devices come packing specs like the Phantom V Fold.

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A first look at Tecno's Phantom V Fold, a surprisingly affordable foldable phone

It's also the first of its kind to feature mediatek's dimensity 9000+ processor..

Tecno, a relatively unknown mobile brand on our side of the world, surprised us with a pop-out portrait lens on its Phantom X2 Pro flagship phone back in December. For its MWC event today, the Chinese company brought us the Phantom V Fold, which happens to be the first horizontally-folding phone to be powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 9000+ processor (hello, Oppo Find N2 Flip !), rather than something from Qualcomm. This usually means a lower entry barrier, which is always a good thing.

Like Honor's Magic VS and Xiaomi's Mix Fold 2 , the Phantom V Fold has opted for a body that's wider than Samsung's counterparts — just not as wide as Oppo's . Tecno's "virtually crease-free" foldable screen comes in at 7.85 inches with a 2,296 x 2,000 resolution, and on the other side, you're greeted by a 6.42-inch 2,550 x 1,080 sub-screen. Both AMOLED panels feature a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. As far as durability goes, the claim here is that "the device is capable of 200,000 folds," which matches that of Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 4 , though that's just half of what the Chinese competition has achieved lately.

The Phantom V Fold comes with a complete set of cameras, too. On the rear side, there's a 50-megapixel main camera, a 50-megapixel telephoto camera (2x optical zoom) and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera. These are surrounded by an eco-friendly back cover — in black or white — composed of recycled plastics. Then you get two punch-hole selfie cameras: a 16-megapixel one on the foldable screen, and a 32-megapixel version on the outer screen. The latter is fine for video calls on that smaller screen, but you'd probably want to unfold the phone and use the main camera instead for better selfies.

Tecno didn't cheap out on the battery here, either. The Phantom V Fold packs a 5,000mAh battery with 45W fast charge. This reaches 40-percent charge in 15 minutes, or 100-percent charge in 55 minutes. That's a tad slower than the Chinese competition, but it still beats the Galaxy Z Fold 4 — assuming you don't mind missing out on wireless charging.

On the software side, the Phantom V Fold runs on Tecno's HiOS 13 Fold based on Android 13. The company claimed that it's customized the folding experience on its device for the top 1,000 most downloaded apps globally, and 90 percent of which have also been optimized for split-screen and multi-window modes.

So how much more affordable is the Phantom V Fold? Well, not bad. The base model with 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage costs $1,099, whereas the 512GB variant is asking for $1,222. These are very competitive when compared to Samsung and even Honor outside of China, though prices will vary across countries — namely India, in this case, followed by various African and Latin American countries where Tecno is usually active in.

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The phantom v flip kicks off the era of mid-range foldables, but it isn't without flaws..

TECNO Phantom V Flip review

Android Central Verdict

Retailing for $600, the PHANTOM V Flip is the most affordable foldable you can buy today. The foldable has a striking design with a unique camera island that houses the cover screen, and the build quality is on par with its rivals. The inner screen has excellent colors, and it can stay semi-folded at various angles, unlocking new use cases and versatile shooting options when using the cameras. There are issues here — the cameras are strictly average, the software isn't as polished as other foldables, and the phone won't get as many software updates as Samsung. But considering what you're paying, the PHANTOM V Flip is definitely worthy of your attention.

Gorgeous design with leather back

Build quality on par with other foldables

Sublime 120Hz inner screen

Reliable in daily use

Battery lasts all day

Unmatched value

Average cameras

Software lacks polish

No OIS or 4K/60

No ingress protection

Cover screen is limited in its usability

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Samsung continues to dominate the foldable segment, and while Chinese brands have targeted this category aggressively over the last two years with the likes of the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 , OPPO Find N2 and N2 Flip , Honor Magic V2 , and Vivo's X Fold 2 , all of these devices are aimed at the flagship tier.

There needs to be a mid-range foldable to make the segment go truly mainstream, and while Motorola came close with the Razr 40, it wasn't quite there yet. That's where TECNO comes in; the Transsion-owned brand largely focused on entry-level and budget phones for much of its existence, but it has turned its attention to mid-range and high-end devices of late, and its latest launches have been interesting to say the least.

TECNO unveiled the PHANTOM V Fold back at MWC, and the manufacturer is following that up with the launch of the PHANTOM V Flip. The flip-style foldable is an important device as it has the distinction of being the most affordable foldable money can buy today. At the outset, the PHANTOM V Flip doesn't belie its mid-range origins — it has a vegan leather back, an AMOLED screen on the inside, and a unique circular OLED cover screen that's ensconced within the camera island.

In short, TECNO is essentially democratizing foldables by significantly lowering the barrier to entry, and that makes the PHANTOM V Flip one of the most exciting phones of 2023. I used the PHANTOM V Flip for just over 10 days, so let's take a look at what the foldable has to offer, and whether you should consider it over the likes of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Find N2 Flip.

TECNO PHANTOM V Flip: Specs and pricing

TECNO unveiled the PHANTOM V Flip on September 22, and the phone is set to go on sale starting October 1. India is getting the device ahead of other global markets, and the Phantom V Flip is being sold at a particularly good value in the country, retailing at just ₹49,999 ($601) for the version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That gives the foldable a distinct advantage over just about all of its rivals, with the Motorola Razr (sold as the Razr 40) the closest alternative with a retail price of ₹59,999 ($723).

The PHANTOM V Flip is slated to debut in western markets over the coming months, and while it isn't as good a deal in that part of the world — it will cost €700 ($745) in Europe — it still undercuts the rest of the pack.


The first thing I noticed when I got started with the PHANTOM V Flip is its similarities to the Find N2 Flip. The color has something to do with it; TECNO is selling its foldable with similar color options as OPPO, and a comparison is warranted. That said, the PHANTOM V Flip features a vegan leather  back that feels much better to hold and use than the glass back of the Find N2 Flip, and the dual-tone finish along with the embossed V logo gives the phone a lot of flair.

You don't get the feeling that you're using a mid-range foldable, and that's because the PHANTOM V Flip uses the same materials as its flagship rivals. The leather back is a good start, and the mid-frame is made out of aluminum, with the two parts of the phone held together by a steel hinge that has just 20 moving parts.

The outer part of the hinge has a matte texture, and is emblazoned with PHANTOM branding. I would have liked to see the same texture on the sides as well, but those get a glossy coating instead. You get plastic bezels around the inner screen, and they're similar to what you get on every other foldable today.

The hinge needs a bit of force to open, but it has a smooth articulation, and you can close it any angle between 30 to 150 degrees, similar to Flex Form mode on Samsung's devices. The build quality is good for the most part, but there's a distinct wobble when the phone is opened at an angle.

Like the best foldable phones , the hinge on the PHANTOM V Flip closes fully flat without any visible gap. Because of the size of the camera housing, the phone has a slight tilt to it when laid flat on a table, but there's no wobble. There is, however, an issue with weight distribution — the top half of the foldable distinctly heavier on account of the cover screen and large camera island.

Talking about the design of the cameras, the PHANTOM V Flip has the largest housing of any foldable, and that's because it houses the cover screen within the camera island. The circular island has a 1.32-inch screen in the middle, with the cameras arrayed on the border. The design looks unmistakably cool, but what you gain in aesthetic you lose out in usability. On that note, you don't get ingress protection of any kind here — that's still exclusive to Samsung's foldables.

The power and volume buttons are on the right, and you get a fingerprint sensor that's baked into the power button. You can configure the sensor to be always on, and in my use, I found it to be fast and reliable. You get a lot of accessories in the box — something that's not the case with Samsung's foldables. TECNO bundles a 45W charger and USB-A to USB-C charging cable, and a case with a ring that's decked out in the same color as the phone.

TECNO PHANTOM V Flip: Displays

The PHANTOM V Flip has one of the biggest screens on a flip phone yet, offering a 6.9-inch AMOLED panel with LTPO tech. The screen goes up to 1,000 nits, and while that's not on par with what you get on Samsung and OPPO's foldables, there are no issues in daily use — the screen got sufficiently bright even under harsh sunlight. The only quibble is that the plastic layer covering the screen isn't polarized, so you cannot use the phone with sunglasses on.

On that note, the plastic layer is distinctly noticeable — just like the Galaxy Z Flip 5 — and you get a visible crease that's also similar to Samsung's foldable. The Find N2 Flip continues to have an edge in this particular area, with the foldable featuring a thinner plastic layer that doesn't affect usability, and a crease that is barely noticeable in daily use.

Although the crease is fairly prominent, you tend to not notice it after a few days of use, and that was the case here as well. As for the screen itself, it has vibrant colors and good contrast, and I had zero issues in daily use. You get two color modes — Bright Color and Original Color — and the former boosts saturation levels a bit too much, so I used the latter. You can change the refresh rate manually to either 60Hz, 90Hz, or 120Hz, and leaving it in auto switches the refresh on the fly based on the content on the screen.

While the inner screen is one of the largest around, the cover screen is one of the smallest on a foldable. It is a 1.32-inch AMOLED with a resolution of 466 x 466, and it is locked to 60Hz. You get a series of widgets on the home screen, and like OPPO, you get the ability to select from a variety of pets that perform various actions throughout the day. While I like the idea, I much prefer OPPO's implementation.

The cover screen has decent customizability when it comes to clock styles, and you get the ability to make your own. Given the size of the screen, there's no way to run full-size apps, but you do get widgets. By default, there's weather, agenda, camera, alarm, and activity widgets, and you can add weather alerts, timer, stopwatch, and sound recorder.

The limited selection combined with the tiny cover screen curtails its usability, and other than viewing notifications and using it as a camera viewfinder, I didn't get much utility out of the screen.

TECNO PHANTOM V Flip: Performance

One of the best ways to decrease the price of a phone is to use a mid-tier platform, and that's just what TECNO is doing here by choosing the MediaTek Dimensity 8050. As I noted in my Infinix GT 10 Pro review , the Dimensity 8050 is a refreshed version of the yesteryear Dimensity 1300, and it uses the same cores; so you get one Cortex A78 core at 3.0GHz, three A78 cores at 2.6GHz, and four A55 cores at 2.0GHz.

Now, in spite of using the older Arm v7 cores, the Dimensity 8050 holds up admirably well in daily use, and for mundane tasks that include browsing and social media, you won't run into any issues. That said, the PHANTOM V Flip isn't a gaming phone by any measure, and the foldable just doesn't have the power — or the thermal efficiency — to play demanding titles.

Most visually-intensive titles run at medium to low settings, and there's noticeable lag after the 20-minute mark. The inherent nature of a foldable design doesn't allow for much in the way of thermal headroom, and the PHANTOM V Flip is severely constricted as a result. Combine that with the aging Mali-G77 MC9 GPU and it's easy to figure out that you won't be able to get much gaming done on this phone.

That narrative plays out with synthetic tests as well, with the PHANTOM V Flip not coming close to its rivals in terms of gaming. To its credit, the single and multi-core CPU results are in line with other mid-range phones, but the foldable is at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to the GPU. But if you don't care about mobile gaming and want a phone for daily use, the PHANTOM V Flip gets the job done.

There isn't much to talk about on the hardware side of things. The phone is sold in a single variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and you get the older LPDDR4X and UFS 3.1 modules. The vibration motor is finicky and not as refined as the one you get on the Find N2 Flip and Z Flip 5, and you miss out on Wi-Fi 6E. That said, I didn't have any issues with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and in a similar vein the Bluetooth and cellular radios held their own.

The PHANTOM V Flip has a decent-sized 4000mAh battery, and it manages to last a day consistently. There were a few instances in the 10 days I used the foldable where the battery fell below 10% before the end of the day, but that's the case with the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Find N2 Flip as well. TECNO's foldable is in line with its rivals in this regard, and while it has a larger battery than the Z Flip 5, you don't see any tangible gains in daily use.

And when it comes to charging the phone, you get 45W tech and a bundled charger that takes just under an hour to fully top up the battery. That's better than what you get with Samsung, and while there is some cause for battery anxiety if you're a heavy user, it shouldn't be an issue most of the time.


TECNO went with a standard dual camera arrangement at the back of the PHANTOM V Flip, with a primary 64MP camera joined by a 13MP wide-angle lens. There's a 32MP selfie camera, and what's particularly interesting is that you get an LED flash module at the front. The phone misses out on optical image stabilization, instead relying on EIS. There's no ability to shoot 4K video at 60fps either.

The camera interface is identical to what you get on other phones, with the shooting modes arranged in a ribbon at the bottom and various toggles located throughout the interface. The phone uses the 64MP lens to shoot 2x digital zoom shots, and the wide-angle lens has autofocus, allowing it to take macro shots.

One of the best use cases for the cover screen is the camera widget that lets you use it as a viewfinder. You can switch between photo, video, and portrait modes, and there's even a tiny shutter button at the bottom of the screen — of course, you can always use the volume buttons to take a photo or start recording video.

The PHANTOM V Flip manages to take great photos in daylight situations, offering good dynamic range and lots of detail. TECNO emulates Samsung's color profile, so you tend to get shots with oversaturated colors and high contrast. One of the best parts about having a screen on the outside is that you can use the main camera to take selfies, and it does a brilliant job in this regard.

It also holds up very well for taking portrait shots, providing good segmentation of the subject. While there are a few instances where it doesn't quite deliver — it doesn't know what to do with lengthy beards, for instance — you get reliable shots with plenty of detail most of the time. And just like other phones that aren't made by Google, it doesn't do a particularly good job when taking portrait shots of inanimate objects.

The phone is strictly average in low-light scenarios; it limits exposure levels to minimize noise, and you lose out on a lot of detail. You still get usable shots — particularly with Night mode — but it doesn't come anywhere close to regular mid-rangers. 

TECNO PHANTOM V Flip: Software

TECNO continues to offer its custom HiOS interface on its devices, and the Phantom V Flip runs HiOS 13.5 based on Android 13 out of the box. I used the Phantom X2 Pro last year and came away feeling that the software needed an overhaul. A year later, HiOS retains much of the same frustrations.

Let's start with the design; the UI is heavily skinned, and while that's not a bad thing — OPPO and Xiaomi do the same — it is badly in need of a visual refresh. You get Android 13-esque widgets that use Material You guidelines, and they look jarring against the dated interface. There's some bloatware out of the box, but it's less than last year, and you can uninstall most it. That said, you can't disable or uninstall TECNO's Bixby alternative, Ella.

The one positive change in HiOS 13.5 is that a swipe down gesture on the home screen now surfaces the notification pane. While that's a good thing, TECNO still doesn't offer a unified notification pane, and the toggles are located in another pane. And the design of this Control Center — where the toggles are housed — is worse than last year, and it doesn't look refined.

TECNO added a few features to leverage the foldable design; when the PHANTOM V Flip is semi-folded at any angle between 30 to 150 degrees, it splits the interface in two, giving you more control. In a video call, the top half houses the video while the bottom half has the controls, and similarly when you pull up the camera, the viewfinder sits at the top and you get the shooting modes at the bottom.

You still don't get the ability to delete app icons on the home screen en masse, and TECNO bundles its own dialer, messages utility, and keyboard out of the box. But to the brand's credit, it offers a ton of customization features. There are plenty of useful gestures, multi-window mode (not that it's of much use on this phone), edge panels, kids mode, app clone feature, a video assistant that blocks notifications when you're streaming a video — it works with YouTube and Netflix — and a dedicated gaming mode.

There's clearly a lot on offer with HiOS 13.5, but the dated design inhibits its potential. TECNO needs to modernize the design for its UI to be palatable to a global audience, and it needs to do it sooner rather than later.

Another issue is the software update policy; the PHANTOM V Flip will get just two Android version updates and three years of security patches, and that's not in line with the rest of the field, which offer at least three platform updates as standard.

TECNO PHANTOM V Flip: The competition

The closest rival to the PHANTOM V Flip is the Motorola Razr 40. It offers a similar value and is powered by mid-range hardware, and you get the same caliber of cameras. The software is significantly better than what you get on TECNO's device, but it has the same limitations when it comes to gaming. Motorola sells its foldable for ₹59,999 ($723) in India, and while it is costlier, you are getting cleaner software.

It isn't even worth mentioning the Galaxy Z Flip 4 as a potential rival to the Phantom V Flip as it costs a whole lot more in India. Although the foldable launched a year ago and the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is readily available, the Z Flip 4 is still selling for ₹77,999 ($938). You get better hardware across the board, but if you're considering the Phantom V Flip, you want a foldable that's sort of affordable, and the Z Flip 4 isn't it.

In a similar vein, the Find N2 Flip is also in another category altogether, currently selling for ₹84,900 ($1,021). Again, it doesn't make any sense to consider it over the Phantom V Flip, and while you may find better deals in other regions — particularly on Samsung's foldables — TECNO's device is unchallenged when it comes to value in India.

TECNO PHANTOM V Flip: Should you buy it?

You should buy this if:

  • You want a foldable for the same price as a regular phone
  • You need reliable hardware in daily use
  • You want good build quality that will hold up for several years
  • You need all-day battery
  • You want plenty of customization

You shouldn't buy this if:

  • You want a foldable for gaming
  • You need clean software and long-term updates
  • You want a foldable with ingress protection

The PHANTOM V Flip isn't short on compromises, but it manages to deliver the basics for much less than its rivals, and that makes it worthy of attention. The design and build quality are on par with the best foldables, and at no point do you get the feeling that you're using a phone that costs the equivalent of $600.

TECNO also did a great job with the inner screen, and while the crease is just as noticeable as Samsung's foldables, that isn't a huge downside. The software is better than last year, but there's till a lot of work that needs to be done to bring it to the same level as ColorOS and MIUI. Yes, there are drawbacks with the foldable — it doesn't measure up during gaming, the UI looks dated, and there's no ingress protection.

The camera isn't particularly great in low-light situations, and the wide-angle lens could've been better. And while the design looks great, the decision to go with a smaller cover screen that's tucked inside the camera island means it not as versatile, and ultimately limits its usability.

That said, you are getting a foldable for just $600, and that more than anything else the PHANTOM V Flip a good option to consider. Motorola's Razr 40 has a similar set of shortcomings, and while it has better software, it cannot measure up to the value that TECNO is offering with the PHANTOM V Flip. Yes, you'll find much better phones in this category, but if you want one that bends in half, the PHANTOM V Flip is the only game in town.

Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd .

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  • emmabuilds For me, Am from Nigeria and over here we see what Tecno did to the phantom v Flip as something out box. Even though Samsung and the likes have been releasing something similar, None of it competitors in Nigeria has produced of flip phone. When you look at the phones Tecno had been releasing especially there Phantom series, you'll not be surprise about this break, I also talk a little about Tecno Phantom flip 5 on my blog Reply
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Chinese manufacturer Tecno is seeking to make a name for itself globally. After dominating in the African market, Tecno showed off its first foldable phone, the Phantom V Fold, on Tuesday. The new foldable is set for an international release. 

The Phantom V Fold is a book-style foldable phone with two 120Hz screens, a grand total of five cameras, a large battery, fast charging and a powerful chipset in the form of Mediatek's Dimensity 9000 Plus. 

Tecno is playing up the camera module as one of the phone's top features, partially thanks to the presence of a telephoto lens capable of 2x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom. It's also showing off the ability to take selfies with those fancy rear cameras, as opposed to just the front-facing cameras. The hinge, which Tecno says is made of an aerospace-grade material, is supposed to last more than 200,000 folds.


The back of the Phantom V Fold when it's folded closed.

In the short time I spent with the Phantom V Fold, I appreciated the phone's slender hardware and the way it seamlessly folds. I looked for a crease but couldn't see one when the screen was unfolded, though I did sometimes feel its subtle presence when scrolling.  

I didn't get to test the camera or the battery life, but I did spend about 30 minutes or so trying the phone out. Navigating and scrolling across apps was fluid thanks partially to that 120Hz display. Multitasking was also a pleasant experience, helped by that 7.85-inch inner screen, which allows you to enjoy split screens, picture-in-pictures and parallel windows. It also lets you drag and drop across screens. 


Tecno credits the hinge on the Phantom V Fold for a virtually creaseless phone.

However, the Phantom V Fold doesn't seem to take advantage of its folding capacity in as many ways as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 , its top rival. First of all, I couldn't position the phone in a variety of ways or even at half-fold. I could only unfurl it into the larger tablet-sized display, or I could fold it closed to use the outer screen. 

I couldn't prop it up to use in a laptop-style position and I didn't find any functionality similar to Samsung's Flex mode, which moves the app you're using to the top of the screen while displaying the controls at the bottom when the phone is half-open. On the Galaxy Z Fold 4, for example, the YouTube app shows videos on the top half of the screen while the bottom half is for scrolling through comments or the description.


There are three rear cameras and two selfie cameras on the Phantom V Fold.

The announcement of the Phantom V Fold means Tecno is the latest of an increasing number of companies to enter the premium foldable phone segment, in which Samsung currently holds the leadership position. Former Huawei unit Honor also recently showed off the Magic Vs, its first book-style foldable bound for a global release. The the Phantom V Fold unveiling comes months after the release of the company's inaugural global flagship the Phantom X2 Pro , the first commercially sold phone with a pop-out portrait camera. 

To learn more about the Phantom V Fold, take a look at the specs below.

Inner Screen: 7.85-inch AMOLED, 120 Hz, 2,296x2,000 pixels Cover Display: 6.42-inch AMOLED, 120 Hz, 1,080x2,550 pixels Processor : MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ (4nm) Rear Camera : 50-megapixel (main), 50-megapixel (telephoto), 13-megapixel (ultra-wide) Selfie Camera:  32-megapixel, 16-megapixel Memory : 12+256GB; 12+512GB Battery: 5,000 mAh (45W charging) Price: TBC

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Tecno phantom v fold review: the most affordable flagship foldable.

After using it as our main device, here's what we have learned about Tecno's first flagship foldable.

You may not have come across the Tecno brand before, and we weren't too familiar ourselves, until recently. The Chinese brand has focused on budget devices for developing markets for most of its history, and in doing so, has grown to become the top-selling smartphone brand in Africa.

Now though, Tecno is looking to make a splash elsewhere, and has launched a flagship foldable device that's designed to duke it out with the industry's best.

It's called the Phantom V Fold, and that's the device we're taking a look at here. It has impressive specs and an attractive price point, but with an unfamiliar manufacturer, we had more than a few questions on our minds.

What will the build quality be like? How well-optimised will the software be? Are the cameras any good? We were itching to find out, and after switching to it as our main device, here's what we learned.

Tecno Phantom V Fold

We are extremely impressed with the Phantom V Fold, not only does it perform well and look great, but it does so as one of the cheapest tablet-style foldables on the market today.

  • Premium construction
  • Lovely and bright LTPO displays
  • Solid performance and battery life
  • Minimal crease and gap
  • Great value
  • Usual folding phone drawbacks apply
  • Camera software is a little behind the competition
  • Minor OS quirks
  • Dimensions folded: 159.4 x 71.95 x 14.15 mm
  • Dimensions unfolded: 159.4 x 140.4 x 6.9 mm
  • Weight: 299 grams
  • Black and white colour options, recycled plastic back

The Phantom V Fold makes a great first impression, the hardware looks and feels premium, and the phone has a very unique finish. The back panel is made from a recycled plastic material, and it has a texture that feels something like fancy craft paper. We've never seen a phone like it, and we think it looks and feels great.

In practical terms, the back of the phone is completely fingerprint-resistant, as well as extremely grippy. It's very refreshing in a market that's filled with shiny, slippery, glass-backed phones. Plus, the fact that it's somewhat environmentally friendly is a nice bonus.

The sides and hinge mechanism are made from an aluminium alloy that's cool to the touch, while the outer screen is coated with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. It's a mostly flat outer display, with a subtle curve on the right-hand edge.

There's a sizable centrally-placed camera array on the rear of the phone. This is coated in glass with a dark finish that creates some unique reflections when it catches the light. The effect reminds us of the lid on the Asus ZenBook Fold OLED , though it's a touch more subtle on this device.

There's minimal branding to be found on the device, only the word "Phantom" in a shiny silver font on the rear panel, so it's very tasteful. We didn't realise it at first, but Phantom is actually a sub-brand of Tecno, kind of like Redmi is to Xiaomi. In this case, the Phantom name is reserved for the brand's flagship devices.

There's a lovely aramid-fibre case included in the box, which is an excellent addition. It comes complete with an integrated kickstand, so you can prop it up on a table to watch videos on the interior display. It's a slimline case and it only protects the rear portion of the phone, so it's not the most protective solution, but it does look lovely.

The Phantom V Fold weighs in at around 299 grams, making it one of the heavier folding phones on the market, but it's also one of the largest. The outer display, in particular, is noticeably wider than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 , which makes using it feel more like a traditional smartphone - just twice as thick.

Just like the Z Fold 4, the fingerprint scanner is placed on the power button, alongside a volume rocker on the right-hand side of the phone. Unlike the Samsung though, this scanner is very prone to phantom activations, and the phone frequently buzzes signalling a fingerprint mismatch when you pick it up.

It's not the end of the world, but it's slightly annoying. On the plus side, when you're actually trying to use it, the fingerprint scanner is rapid and reliable.

Display and speakers

  • 1080 x 2550 FHD+ resolution, Gorilla Glass Victus
  • 2296 x 2000 2K+ resolution, UTG coating
  • Dual stereo speakers

As you might expect, with a large format folding phone, the displays are a real highlight on this device. Both the interior and exterior display have a speedy 120Hz refresh rate and use LTPO tech to adjust the refresh rate on the fly, conserving battery life.

Both displays are able to output around 1100 nits peak brightness, which is just shy of the Z Fold 4's 1200 nits, but close enough to be very comparable. In use, we found the outer display to have no issues competing with bright sunlight, however, the foldable inner display struggles a bit more due to its uneven surface reflections.

When it comes to resolution, and physical size, the Phantom V Fold has a leg up over the market leader. Not only is almost a centimetre larger on both axes (unfolded), but it has more pixels to work with, too.

Both displays are crisp and smooth with vibrant colours and excellent contrast. As far as we can tell, though, there's no HDR10+ or Dolby Vision certification, which may be off-putting to some users. For what it's worth, HDR content looks great on YouTube, but you might not get the optimal experience from all streaming platforms.

The usual folding screen caveats apply to this device, of course. The interior display with its UTG coating feels a bit plasticky and your finger won't glide over it as smoothly as a real glass screen. It also picks up fingerprint smudges more easily, though you'll rarely notice them when the display is on.

There is a visible crease, but it's less noticeable than Samsung's, and it's almost imperceptible when viewed head-on. It's very impressive for a first outing.

It's worth mentioning, too, that there's almost no gap when folded and small plastic ridges ensure that no dust or pocket debris can make its way into the hinge mechanism.

One thing that bugs us is the placement of the internal selfie camera. When viewing a video in full-screen mode, the punch-hole selfie cut-out sits at the bottom right of the image, just outside of the black bars. If the camera had been placed on the right-hand side, as we saw on the Huawei Mate Xs 2 , then it wouldn't interfere with content at all.

It's a minor thing, but it's annoying nonetheless. Especially since the internal selfie camera isn't something we have felt the need to use at all. Though if you use your phone for a lot of video conferencing, you may feel differently.

There are dual stereo speakers found on the top and bottom of the phone, when folded. When unfolded, they sit on either side of the top portion of the display. We found them quite easy to muffle when the phone was folded, but when it's unfolded they work much better.

The speakers are pretty unremarkable, that said. They're loud enough to hear what's going on properly and there's plenty of clarity, but not much in the way of bass response. They'll get the job done, but don't expect to be wowed and keep a nice set of earbuds handy.

Performance and software

  • MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
  • 12GB RAM, 256GB or 512GB storage
  • 5000 mAh battery, 45W charging (wired only)
  • HiOS 13 Fold (based on Android 13)

The Phantom V Fold runs on the Dimensity 9000+ SoC , which is last year's flagship MediaTek chip, and although it's been succeeded by the more powerful 9200 , it's still a highly capable chipset.

In real terms, we were able to max out the settings on Genshin Impact and play on the large interior display at 60fps with only the occasional stutter. Dropping to high settings at 60fps, everything remained smooth and fluid, even during intense battles.

The Phantom never got too warm, either, even during extended gaming sessions, and we really enjoyed playing with the extra screen real estate. Some titles work better than others, as the UI has to scale to the unusually-square aspect ratio, but all of our favourites were perfectly playable.

Outside of gaming, all of our other tasks were smooth and snappy, with apps remaining fast and responsive even during multitasking.

The Phantom V Fold runs Techno's HiOS 13 Fold skin, based on Android 13 , and for the most part, we got along quite well with it. It's a fairly heavy skin and takes the Apple / Xiaomi approach of separating out your notification shade and quick settings, but this is easy to get used to.

We were most nervous about the software, as this is the first time that we've gone hands-on with a Tecno device. But, thankfully, it was stable, with minimal bugs and it has some fairly well-executed multi-tasking functionality built in.

Tecno says that over 2000 apps have been optimised to work with the V Fold's form factor, including the top 500 Play Store apps based on global download frequency. This meant that everything we tried worked pretty much flawlessly across the outer and inner displays, as well as with multi-window modes.

The software experience wasn't all perfect, though. First of all, there's a bunch of bloatware when you first set up the device. This ranges from things like file managers and RAM cleaners to Facebook and the bizarrely named Carl Cleaner, whatever that may be. Tecno is far from the worst offender, but still, we'd appreciate less bloatware.

The other thing we weren't so keen on was the lack of a Google Discover feed when you swipe left. Instead, you get Tecno's Zero Screen, which offers things like a step counter, tips, and countdowns to important dates (and it deems Saturday an important date, which we found amusing).

Strangely, we found that the Zero Screen would request permissions access every time we visited it (usually accidentally) but, in fairness, this was the only bug we ran into throughout our testing. In the grand scheme of things, it's a very minor one, so hats off to Tecno for that. Plus, you can easily disable the Zero Screen entirely, which we chose to do as we didn't find it very useful.

The Phantom V Fold packs a 5,000mAh battery, which is considerably larger than Samsung's, and it supports 45W charging, which is much faster, too. However, it does lack any kind of wireless charging support.

We found the battery life to be sufficient for our needs, easily seeing us through an average day's usage, though it only just scraped by when we took part in some big-screen gaming action. Charging from flat takes less than an hour, which is plenty fast enough for us, too.

  • 50MP f/1.85 main
  • 50MP 2x telephoto
  • 13MP ultra-wide
  • 16MP internal selfie camera
  • 32MP external selfie camera

The cameras are another aspect that we were initially quite nervous about, With no previous experience with the Tecno brand, could this be the area that lets the device down?

Thankfully, that's not the case, and the Phantom V Fold's vast array of cameras perform well, for the most part. The highlight, as usual, is the optically stabilised main camera, but the 50MP 2x lens is useful in its own right. The 13MP ultra-wide struggles in lower lighting conditions, but it's decent when the light is in its favour, even if it can't manage the same fidelity as the other two lenses.

The main thing that lacks, compared to competing devices, is image processing. Photos from the Phantom V Fold just aren't as vibrant as other devices, especially in overcast weather, where everything just looks dull. When HDR is active, images come out looking a little washed out, with a slight shift toward the cooler colour temperatures.

You can fix the colours in your preferred image editor, of course, but the images that you get straight from the camera just aren't as poppy and eye-catching as those produced by competitors.

The portrait mode is another area that's slightly below standard, it's not bad, by any means, but it's not on the level of other flagship devices. It gets confused more easily and difficult areas like hair come out looking quite jagged and unnatural.

One area of the processing that surprised us, though, was night mode. Here the images came out looking sharp, vibrant and detailed - with only slightly less dynamic range than you'd find with Google or Samsung devices .

There are two selfie cameras on the Phantom, and you can also use the main camera to take selfies - there are a lot of options. The 32MP punch-hole camera on the secondary display is very good, producing lots of detail. While the 16MP camera on the interior is far less impressive. It's fine for video calls, but we'd avoid using it for photos.

In terms of video shooting, it's a similar story to photography. You can shoot at up to 4K 60fps on the main sensor, and the detail and overall fidelity are good, but the electronic image stabilisation lags behind the top brands. You can turn "Ultra-steady" on, which helps it out, but doing so results in a significant crop.

Otherwise, the results are good, it focuses reliably and smoothly with minimal pulsing - especially if you tap to tell it what to focus on. Plus the ability to use the main camera to film yourself can be very handy for anyone looking to create vlog-style content.

The Phantom V Fold is an extremely impressive debut foldable device, and that's before we even get to its price point. It should retail for around $1100 (or $979 with an early bird discount), making it around half as expensive as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 at MSRP - and that's a bit of a bargain.

After living with it as our main device, we've found ourselves with very few complaints. The main things that bothered us were the size and weight, but the same could be said for any tablet-style foldable.

The other niggles we had were entirely on the software side, so in theory, Tecno could address these in future firmware updates - whether that will happen remains to be seen.

Another question mark is the availability. We know the device will debut in India, and though it's classed as a global launch, we don't know exactly which markets it'll be coming to.

We hope that Tecno manages to spread this phone far and wide, as this aggressive price point might be exactly what the foldable market needs. If you can get hold of it, it's easy to recommend.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Democratizing The Foldable Android Phone

Tecno Phantom V Fold unfolded

  • Excellent screens
  • Solid performance
  • Great battery life
  • Solid value for money
  • Software needs work
  • Average camera performance
  • Only two OS upgrades promised

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Foldable phones have been touted as the next step in the evolution of smartphones, and there have been some really promising ones that have furthered that notion. However, they have mostly remained elusive to those on a tighter budget. While you can get a clamshell foldable phone around the $1,100 mark, book-type foldable phones have mostly stayed over $1,500, closer to the $2,000 mark. Enter the Tecno Phantom V Fold.

Tecno is a lesser-known brand in the U.S. and Europe markets, but it has consistently been one of the highest-selling smartphone brands in Africa and has also been making progress in the Indian market. The Tecno Phantom V Fold is a bold leap for the company. It's the company's first foldable phone and the cheapest book-type foldable phone on the market. While it's not going to be released for general sale in the U.S. yet — or maybe ever — the Tecno Phantom Fold V is the beginning of cheaper foldable phones. Tecno sent us a unit of the Phantom V Fold for the purpose of this review. 

Specs and basic features

The Tecno Phantom V Fold is a book-type foldable with two screens. The cover screen is a 6.42-inch LTPO AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,550 pixels and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The main display is a 7.85-inch screen, also an LTPO AMOLED that goes up to 120Hz and runs at a resolution of 2,000 x 2,296 pixels. Both screens go up to 1,100 nits of brightness. The phone gets a waterdrop hinge and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor which is embedded into the power button.

The camera setup includes five cameras. On the back, there's a 50MP primary camera with a f/1.9 aperture, another 50MP f/2.0 telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom, and a 13MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera with a 120-degree field-of-view. There are two selfie cameras — a 16MP one on the main display and a 32MP one on the cover display, both with f/2.5 aperture.

Under the hood, you get a MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ , an octa-core chip. The phone is available in two variants — 12GB RAM/256GB storage and 12GB RAM/512GB storage. A 5000mAh battery powers the phone, and a 45W fast charger is included in the box, along with a kickstand shell case. It currently sells on Amazon India at a price of INR 88,888, which is approximately $1,088.

Design and build quality

The Tecno Phantom V Fold is a book-style foldable, and it makes some interesting design choices, which mostly seem to work for it. To begin with, you have the cover display, which is a 2.36:1 aspect ratio. The phone is rather comfortable to hold due to its tall stance, despite being taller and wider than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 . It also weighs a hefty 299g, which makes it one of the heaviest foldables you can buy. Despite that, Tecno has managed to make the phone quite nice for one-hand use.

A part of this comes from the fact that the outer edge of the cover display is curved, while the other edges are not. This asymmetric approach is reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Edge, although the curve isn't as pronounced. 

The other reason is the choice of textures Tecno has chosen for the Phantom V Fold. The spine of this foldable has a ridged texture, which doesn't look very premium — but adds to the grip. The back of the phone isn't glass, but a nice textured soft plastic material. Tecno says it's silicone leather, but it doesn't feel like it. It's very good, though, and has a great feel, a nice look, and adds to the grip as well.

The phone looks pretty good when unfolded as well. The main display is recessed into the edges, as you would expect. The hinge itself is rather sturdy but the magnets keeping the phone shut are too strong. Unfolding the phone is quite the task, especially if you're attempting it without fingernails. However, using fingernails to unfold puts the main display at risk of getting a dent. Overall, though, the phone feels solid. It doesn't have an official IP rating, though.

Displays: Tecno gets it right

The cover display quality is right up there with those on other good foldables. It's sharp, has great colors, and gets sufficiently bright for outdoor use. The 120Hz refresh rate with LTPO technology on the cover display is a welcome addition. The screen curve didn't affect visibility much, but not everybody will like that the cover screen has different curvatures at the corners on both sides.

The main display is also an LTPO 120Hz panel and is rather smooth. The camera punch-hole can be distracting, but the display is still quite a get for the price. The crease is a massive improvement from what we've seen from Samsung as well. Tecno has used a waterdrop hinge, like the Oppo Find N2 Flip . That means that we get a much less bothersome crease on the main display here. It never felt like an annoyance while using this phone.

What hasn't really been an improvement is the screen protector layer on the main display. It catches a lot of fingerprints and grease, and the dirt and dust get trapped at the edges. It's tough to fault Tecno for this, especially given the relatively lower price of this foldable, and the fact that these issues are common across all foldables.

There's no flex mode on here, so you only get a 90-degree unfold in addition to the fully unfolded mode. Speaking of which — the Tecno Phantom V Fold doesn't unfold to be completely flat. The phone sits at a smidge under 180 degrees when fully unfolded. It does fold fully flat with no visible gap, though.

Software: Needs some work

The displays are great, but what about the software? Tecno is one of those companies that layers Android (13) with its own interface, calling it HiOS Fold 13. Like many others, for the most part, it's fine. There are some elements that could have been simpler, like the notification shade and quick toggles. There's Frankenstein's monster nature where Material You acts a bit glitchy with Google Apps, and none of Tecno's apps follow the theme colors. Luckily, replacing Tecno's versions of the default Phone and Messaging apps with Google's was rather easy.

The home launcher app is a different story. The Phantom V Fold wouldn't let me switch to a different home app and have it work fine. As such, you have to stick with the default Tecno launcher for now. It's a fine launcher and didn't give too many reasons to complain. It could have definitely used some more customizability, though.

The foldable feature set is decent. Tecno didn't mess around too much with that, since the cover screen works like a normal Android phone anyway. The multitasking experience on the main screen is also pretty solid.

I did have my fair share of issues with the software, though. The notification shade nearly always showed a persistent notification saying, "Micro Intelligence is running." The notification cannot be swiped away and shows up despite muting it, and there seems to be no way to get rid of it. There are a few annoying issues like this that deter the experience, but this is one of the departments where the "How is this foldable phone so affordable?" question gets answered.

It's definitely very usable, though, especially if you're fine with a few annoyances being the price for an affordable folding phone.

Camera: Strictly average

The camera performance is another department where the Tecno Phantom V Fold lands on strictly average. The cameras aren't bad, but they're nothing to write home about.

The cameras on the Tecno Phantom V Fold tend to have some exposure and color accuracy issues. More often than not, the cameras ended up getting the exposure noticeably wrong. The colors pretty much always landed a bit off compared to reality, along with the contrast. If you manage to tune the exposure before taking a shot, the Phantom V Fold will spit out an acceptable photo.

The portrait mode is not quite up to the mark, though. The edge detection was great, but it often ended up adding a lot of heavy contrast shadows to the faces, giving the portrait shots a weird look that was far from accurate. The Document mode is a nice addition, though, and worked really well.

The selfie cameras both suffer from the same exposure and color issues, but it's not tough to get a decent photo out of it. Video recording is again just average. The lack of optical image stabilization is especially apparent in video mode. 

The saving grace of the Tecno Phantom V Fold's cameras is the night mode. It performs surprisingly well and holds up rather well against the Oppo Find X6 Pro — a phone that has one of the best low-light cameras on the market right now.

The camera performance on foldable phones tends to be one of the areas that are sacrificed to keep the price and the size of the phone in check. Considering that, and the price of this phone, the camera performance is acceptable. 

Performance and battery life

The Tecno Phantom V Fold has some solid hardware on paper, and software annoyances aside, it performs pretty well. During day-to-day usage, the phone did quite well, and I didn't really face any major hiccups other than a couple of bugs. App launching is always breezy, and the phone doesn't stutter, thanks to the solid hardware.

Multitasking is a key aspect of a foldable phone, especially since all that extra screen real estate needs to be usable. The Phantom V Fold delivers on that front, and excellently. Even when pushed by keeping as many apps open as possible in split screen and floating windows, it handled all of it like a champ and never felt like a budget machine. 

Playing games like Fortnite and Genshin Impact was also a pretty solid experience on this phone. Performance wasn't an issue, and it did just as well as one would expect a Dimensity 9000+ powered phone to perform. I didn't feel any noticeable heating while playing these games, either, which is another point in the V Fold's favor.

The battery drain was also respectable. While playing Fortnite on the main screen, 20 minutes of gameplay drained about 6 percent of the battery, which is very good. Alternatively, playing a locally-stored 20-minute Full HD resolution video via VLC Media Player with the screen brightness set to 60% drained the battery only by only 4%.

The battery life on this phone was excellent the entire time. The Tecno Phantom V Fold can comfortably last through an entire day's workload, although your mileage may vary depending upon the ratio of usage of the cover display and the main display. The 45W charging also got the phone charged from 0-100 in about an hour.

Verdict: Should you buy the Tecno Phantom V Fold?

The Tecno Phantom V Fold is the most affordable book-type foldable you can buy right now. It's a full-format foldable phone at the price of a clamshell flip phone. The phone isn't getting a U.S. launch, but it's going to be sold in India and Africa, which are fast-growing smartphone markets. 

The Tecno Phantom V Fold is definitely worth buying. It's a well-rounded foldable phone and makes the right sacrifices to get to the price point. In India, Tecno is also including a one-time screen replacement within the first six months with pickup and drop service and 1-year extended warranty to add to the assurance. The software update guarantee is rather weak, though, with two major OS upgrades promised.

For the price, the Tecno Phantom V Fold makes a decent proposition: would you buy a foldable phone for the same price as the average flagship phone if it means sacrificing the camera and software experience? If your answer is yes, then the Tecno Phantom V Fold is the phone for you.

If the novelty and practicality of a foldable phone aren't worth all that much to you, you might want to look at a different $1,100 phone. There are plenty of good options out there, and although the Phantom V Fold is affordable for a foldable phone, $1,100 is quite a lot of money for a phone.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold is bringing a mass appeal to foldable phones, and although there are a few sacrifices, it's a good enough proposition to make one hopeful about foldable phone prices falling to levels the average person might consider affordable.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Fantastic Low-Light Camera and Stunning Performance

An impressive folding phone, with a stunning camera system, innovative hinge system, and excellent performance.

Tecno Phantom V Fold

Despite some initial skepticism about the folding screen concept, the device's innovative hinge system and gorgeous 7.85-inch AMOLED almost square screen has won over even this most cynical of reviewers. The camera system is impressive too, with the main Super Night sensor offering incredible clarity in low light. The Dimensity 9000+ chip outperforms folding competitors that use the Snapdragon counterpart, providing a smooth UI and productive experience.

  • Brand: Tecno
  • SoC: Dimensity 9000+
  • Display: 7.85" foldable AMOLED 120Hz LTPO main screen, 6.42" front sub-screen (also AMOLED 120Hz LTPO)
  • Storage: 256GB as tested, 512GB also available
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Ports: USB-C
  • Operating System: HiOS 13
  • Front camera: 32MP sub, 16MP main
  • Rear camera: 50MP main, 50MP telephoto, 13MP wide
  • Connectivity: Dual NanoSIM (5G)
  • Dimensions: D14.5 x H160 x W72mm when folded (D0.57 x H6.30 x W2.83 inches)
  • Charge speed: 45W Super Charge (USB-C)
  • Price: ~$1000

I admit, I’ve been somewhat bemused by the very concept of a folding phone. Are phone screens suddenly not big enough? Do we really want to introduce yet another failure point on already fragile devices? Does no one remember bend-gate?!

Which is why, after a week with the Tecno Phantom V Fold, I’m quite shocked to find I actually want to keep using it as my main phone. That isn’t something this Apple-fanboy has experienced before. Now I'm a believer. It’s not perfect by any means, and I do have my doubts about the long-term durability, but for now, this changes everything. And the low-light camera system is superb, too.

Tecno is not a well-known brand to most Western audiences, but is big in developing markets such as Africa, India, and South Asia. But perhaps that's about to change. The Phantom V Fold is launching in India first, with an early price of just under $1000, but will come to other markets with similar pricing soon after.

There are some durability concerns with a folding screen, and if you tried, it would be easy to break the device deliberately. Tecno specifically warns against pushing on the fold while folding the screen up, but it seems like that should be an easy thing to avoid doing.

When folded, it just feels like a somewhat chunky regular smartphone. Unlike the Samsung Fold, there’s no cheese wedge shape in between the panels, with an innovative hinge system to protect the screen and allow it to sit flush. It’s quite a stiff mechanism, and requires a fair bit of force to unfold, but you get used to it. So far, I haven’t experienced any physical issues or delamination of the screen.

Once unfolded, you're presented with a glorious 7.85-inch AMOLED, almost square 4:3.55 ratio screen, running at 2296 x 2000 pixels (2K+, around 388PPI) at an adaptive 10-120Hz. It’s gorgeous and vibrant, though I did find it a little harder to read from this screen in bright light.

The flexible display, to my surprise, doesn't exhibit any screen artifacts when viewed straight on. Move closer to a 45-degree viewing angle, and an apparent dark and light line runs the full length of the fold. While I haven’t got another foldable phone to compare, I don't think that's unusual. I noticed this more if it was just sitting on the table, but if you have it propped up, or looking straight on, there's no distortion.

The laminate layer that protects the screens is very reflective, though, so usage in bright sunlight is quite tricky. If you catch any kind of reflection on the screen, you will notice a distortion of the reflection, but not of the display image, which can be unnerving for my smooth brain to comprehend. You can also feel the hinged part of the display if you run your finger over it, but it won't present actual problems other than feeling a bit weird.

The screen remains visible right up until the moment it closes, which I still find myself wincing at every time.

It's natural to have concerns about the long-term durability of folding screens, which unfortunately can't be tested over the few weeks I've had the device. However, Tecno claims that it can withstand 200,000 folds, which, if we conservatively estimate around 20 folds a day (40 if we count a fold as one way only)—should last roughly 13 years. So my fears may be entirely unwarranted.

The most surprising thing about a foldable screen for me was how much better it made typing feel. Sure, it's just the same as turning a regular phone into landscape mode to get a wider keyboard. But you're lucky to get more than a single line of editable text visible if you do that. With the square format of a folding phone, it's actually viable to type on a wide keyboard and have a good amount of screen real-estate left. That's a real boon for mobile productivity.

For watching videos, most of the time, you'll get a larger image on the unfolded screen. The exception is if you're watching a cinema-format movie with a 21:9 aspect ratio, for which you'll get massive letterboxing on the unfolded square screen. On the other hand, most YouTube videos and modern TV shows are 16:9 ratio; older shows are even squarer at 4:3. Either will be significantly larger on the almost-square unfolded screen.

For browsing the web and reading documents, the square format is ideal. Not every app will take advantage of the full screen though. Google Discover feed, for instance, displays only a single column, rather than scaling to show two columns at once as it can on tablets.

As for gaming, I tried playing Call of Duty, which utilized the full screen, and seemingly offered an enormous advantage by expanding my vertical field of view. I don't play Call of Duty on mobile regularly, and it was only early levels, but in the first few games, I was getting two to three times more kills than the next-highest player. It felt like cheating, and I think a lot of players couldn't see me if I was higher up or crouching.

Design and Specifications

When folded up, the Tecno Phantom V Fold features a power button with built-in fingerprint sensor and volume rocker on the side, both on the lower panel.

The USB-C charging port is also on the lower bottom panel, with the bottom speaker grill and the sim tray on the upper panel, which can hold up to two Nano SIMs, and is capable of 5G.

On the top edge, the microphone sits on the lower panel, while above that is the other speaker grill. This provides stereo sound when the phone is held horizontally, either folded or unfolded.

On the back of the device, you'll find the circular camera island, small silver Phantom branding, and a back panel covered in fibrous textured material. Although it's unclear exactly what material it is (some sort of recycled plastic?), it feels surprisingly nice and warm compared to the usual bare metal. There's a basic slimline case included in the package.

The front or sub-screen is a curved 6.42" Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2550px (431PPI). The screen is also adaptive LTPO, with a 10-120Hz refresh rate, and is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus (twice as scratch-resistant as Gorilla Glass 6, apparently). Although the glass is curved, the screen itself doesn't follow the curve over the edge, with only a millimeter or two of bezels on both the sub and main unfolded screen.

With the included slimline case, the Tecno Phantom V Fold is roughly 14.5mm thick, 160mm tall, and 72mm wide. When unfolded, the phone expands to 140mm wide. Although it's not quite twice the thickness of a regular smartphone, it's not far off.

The Phantom V Fold is powered by a Dimensity 9000+ chip, which is very performant, backed up by 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. A 512GB model is also planned for around $100 more.

Performance and Benchmarking

The graphical performance of the Tecno Phantom V Fold is excellent, as evidenced by its 3D Mark Wildlife score of 8226, which is better than 93% of all devices tested. The stress test suffered a little from thermal throttling, resulting in a slightly lower loop score of 7885, but still maintained a superb 97% stability overall.

In comparison, the Samsung Z Fold 4, which features a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, scored a little higher at approximately 9600 on Wildlife, but had a stability of only around 60% in stress testing. Therefore, while the Dimensity 9000+ chip may have a slightly less powerful GPU, it is far more reliable over long periods of extended gaming.

PCMark gave the Tecno Phantom V Fold a respectable Work 3.0 score of 16,175, while Storage 2.0 was 44,645. By contrast, these scores significantly outperform both the Samsung Z Fold 4 and the recent Honor Fold V (which uses the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1) by about 20% to 30%. Thus, while the Dimensity 9000+ GPU may be slightly less powerful, the overall performance is significantly better.

Users should not experience any issues with a sluggish UI or gaming. Browsing is fast, and video playback is smooth.

For those who want more comparisons, Geekbench gave 1262 single core, 4008 multicore, and 9052 GPU compute scores.

Imaging System

Another surprising standout feature of the Tecno Phantom V Fold is the camera system, featuring a total of five lenses. Of those, two are selfie cameras (for both the sub and main screen), a 50MP main camera with a custom Super Night sensor, a 50MP telephoto 2x optical zoom, and a 13MP ultra-wide lens.

While the secondary telephoto and ultra-wide lenses are not particularly remarkable (nor are they bad, by any means), the main sensor is stunningly good and performs far better in low light than my main driver, the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

In low light, the Phantom V Fold's main camera outperformed the iPhone 13 Pro Max in both video and photography, producing stunningly sharp and detailed images and footage with great contrast. The Phantom V Fold features a couple of different night-mode video shooting options, included standard (a little shakey), Super Stabilized (much better, though you lose a little field-of-view), and Ultimate Video Enhancer (which just seemed to make things brighter). Be sure to watch the full review video to see this in action.

In outdoor daytime shooting, the Phantom V Fold performed admirably as well, producing sharp, realistic images and video at full 4K 60FPS. The difference in quality here from the iPhone was less pronounced if any. Both produced satisfying video at the required frame rate and resolution, as I'd expect from any modern smartphone sensor in good light.

One neat feature unique to having a folding screen allows for ultra-high-quality selfies using the main camera, with the front sub-screen serving as a preview. That said, I did find pressing the shutter button one-handed to be a bit awkward like this.

The camera app also includes some easy-to-use templates for short, beat-matched TikTok-style videos with music, which some might appreciate when their creativity is waning.

Overall, the camera system on the Tecno Phantom V Fold is superb, and it's great to see a folding phone with such a good camera to back up its innovative design.

Battery Life

There are few disappointing aspects of the Phantom V Fold, but one of them is the battery. On paper, it sounds large at 5000mAh, but in any smartphone, the screen will be the biggest drain on the battery. If you unfold this, you've got a screen that's twice as large as usual, but not a battery that's necessarily twice as large. So, inevitably, battery life suffers.

With heavy use of the camera, playing Call of Duty, and running some tests, the battery went from full to almost nothing before the end of the day. In real-world normal usage, it lasts just over a day, but certainly not two days. Now, this isn’t bad for a folding phone by any means, but coming from a Plus Model iPhone, it’s a bit less than I’d like. It means a return to the overnight charge routine for me.

The audio is unimpressive, though it gets reasonably loud. If you're watching landscape mode on the main screen, you get stereo output, but I often found myself often covering up the speaker grills with my fingers. I wouldn't say the audio is disappointing; they're just not as good as they might have been, and media playback is not the main selling point of this device. It's not as good as the Honor V's with its IMAX certification, for instance.

User Interface

The UI is a custom version of Android 13 called HiOS 13 Fold. I understand the need for a custom UI given the non-standard interface size and additional features like two apps running side by side. But I'm not a fan of some of the things HiOS has replaced. I’m quite used to swiping left for Google Discover feed, for instance, and you can’t get that here. Granted, it's only one click away on the Google icon, but instead, you have a screen "info cards", such as the number of steps or a countdown to important holidays. The rest of the card options aren’t exactly thrilling, so for me, this part of the UI is now useless and can’t be replaced easily.

There’s also a fair bit of bloatware installed with the phone, from system support apps to management utilities, RAM cleaners, a video player, WPS office, and some fitness thing. All I really want is a standard suite of Google apps and the Play Store. You need to go in and enable Hey Google voice assistant; it's not on by default, presumably because they want you to use their voice assistant instead. Other aspects can't be changed, like the Google Discover feed.

I can uninstall most of the bloatware and eventually get it set it up as I like. I’d probably hate the Samsung Fold UI just as much, if not more. But still, it would be nice to have a more stock experience and not have to customize so much.

So, Is the Tecno Phantom V Fold a Game-Changer?

For me, it certainly has been. I've switched to this as my main phone, which is the highest praise I can give any device. Despite initial skepticism about the folding screen concept, the device's innovative hinge system and gorgeous 7.85-inch AMOLED, almost square screen has won over even this most cynical of reviewers.

The camera system, featuring five lenses, is especially impressive, with the main Super Night sensor offering incredible clarity in low light. The Dimensity 9000+ chip allows it to outperform its counterparts with general UI and work performance.

The battery life is less than I'd like, but only having been spoiled on a Plus-model iPhone for so long. The UI may be frustrating for those looking for a more stock experience, but it's not so bad as to seriously detract from the overall experience.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold is an excellent device for anyone looking for a unique and innovative smartphone experience. Just be prepared to gamble on the device's long-term durability.

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Today, Tecno announced the Phantom V Fold - the company's first foldable smartphone, and it's a big one. Here's a key features video to get us started.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold arrives in a generous package. You get a cool Aramid Fibre case for the rear panel with a built-in kickstand - an integral part of any folding phone case. You also get a 45W charger, which is more than you'd get with a Samsung folding phone these days.

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Tecno went with a book-style design for its first folding phone. But the rear panel stands out among the foldables thanks to a unique recycled-plastic design, not dissimilar to the one on the Phantom X2 Pro .

It feels grippy in the hand and the rough texture is a breath of fresh air next to the myriad of different glass panels we're used to. One downside of the back panel is that it doesn't house wireless charging.

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Continuing the thread of usability, the Tecno Phantom V Fold feels solid in the hand. It's well built and when closed, it feels similar to an average bar phone with edges that taper slightly towards a comfortable and relatively thin frame.

The frame itself tapers off at the very edge to allow a thin slit for your fingers when you want to pry the Phantom V Fold open.

The cover display 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 display.

Another area where the Tecno foldable is superior is the built-in battery, which is a generous 5,000mAh unit.

Handling is twofold

The inner display is also bigger than the Galaxy Z Fold4's at 7.85-inch. 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, meaning that the UI is a bit bigger than the Galaxy's.

The crease on the Tecno Phantom V Fold isn't as noticeable as the Galaxy Z Fold4's. That's in part due to the different hinge designs.

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The Phantom V Fold can close down flat, while the Galaxy Z Fold4 has a small gap that lets in dust and particles when in a pocket.

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Design-wise, the Tecno Phantom V Fold is superior to the Galaxy Z Fold4. But there are nuances to this. The hinge Tecno uses can't stay in any position like the one on Samsung's foldable can.

Then there's the Galaxy's water resistance and the fact that at 263g, the Galaxy Z Fold4 is a full 36 grams lighter than the 299g Tecno Phantom V Fold.

There's no getting around the fact that the Tecno Phantom V Fold is a heavy device. But you do get more, quite literally - more battery capacity, and more display area on both ends.

Stick around for even more of the Tecno Phantom V Fold, coming soon!

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  • 03 Mar 2023

No difference to outer screens of these phones. Ppl bash on who uses, not matter what is being used.

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People talking about one UI, software optimization, this and that. All that matters is does it actually come with snapdragon 8 gen 2

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Tecno Phantom V Fold Review : The cheapest foldable, but is it worth the price?

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review : The cheapest foldable, but is it worth the price?

  • Large cover display, Minimal crease, Good battery life, Attractive rear panel design, Affordable phablet-sized foldable
  • Hinge can’t stay partially open, Display is not HDR compliant, No wireless charging, Mediocre portraits with telephoto lens, Some software bugs

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For the company’s first attempt at a foldable – the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G is impressive. Not only has the company managed to bring us a well-designed foldable with an understated crease, but the Phantom V Fold also is the largest phablet-style foldable in India with a highly usable outer display. All of that at just ₹88,888! So, it is a good value proposition for those wanting to experience a phablet-style foldable at half the cost of the industry leader. However, the phone does falter in some areas – the software, while well-implemented in the grand scheme of things, does have some bugs, and the performance (especially gaming performance) isn’t the best at this premium price. 

Foldable smartphones are intriguing. They were the biggest departure from candy-bar smartphones in years but adoption rates have been low. Even though more and more consumers are buying foldables yearly, the exorbitant prices are an obvious deterrent to mass adoption. Enter the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G . Priced at ₹88,888, the Tecno Phantom V Fold is nearly half the cost of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (Review)  and is cheaper than the smaller Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 (Review) . So, the phone is absurdly competitive when it comes to pricing and it democratises the form factor in India. Not just that, the Phantom V Fold has a wider aspect ratio for the cover screen and a less noticeable crease. So, all of this at pretty much half the price of the industry leader sounds like a sweet deal. However, is the phone designed well, is the software well-optimised, how does the phone perform, and how are the cameras? These are some of the questions I’ll answer in my review.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Build and Design

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Build and design

The Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G is built extremely well for its price. The foldable has a fabric-like textured back panel that looks gorgeous. Tecno has used recycled plastic to build the rear panel, but it doesn’t feel cheap at all. The rear panel is also resistant to fingerprints and smudges. The phone’s grip is good and I felt comfortable enough to use it without a case. Tecno does provide a plastic case with a kickstand right inside the box.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Build and design

The hinge and the sides of a phone are made of aluminium. The crease of the inner screen is minimal due to Tecno’s ‘Drop-Hinge’ design – way less prominent than the crease on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 – which is extremely commendable for the company’s first attempt at a foldable phone. The foldable has the volume rockers and the power button on the right – they’re nice and tactile. However, the side-mounted fingerprint sensor is extremely sensitive and activates at the slightest touch. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Build and design

The camera island on the back is large and circular, and it may not be to everyone’s taste. There’s also considerable wobble when the phone is kept on a flat surface. At 299 g, it is one of the heaviest foldables on the market right now, but its cover screen has a much wider aspect ratio than some other competitors in the market, so a bump in weight is expected. This aspect ratio also means that the cover screen is far more useful since it is almost as wide as normal smartphones on the market. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Build and design

However, the display hinge cannot remain partially open. This is something that foldables from OPPO and Samsung have, and it allows for a lot of interesting and useful foldable mechanics. For example, you can have a YouTube video play on the top screen and the playback controls are on the bottom screen. You can even prop it up at 90 degrees to have a makeshift tripod, of sorts, which is not possible on the Tecno.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Build and design

Despite this, I am a fan of the looks of the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G and commend the company for its understated yet classy design language. I hope the company improves upon the hinge mechanism, to allow it to stay partially open, in its next iteration of a foldable phone.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Display(s)

As I mentioned above, the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G comes with a wide aspect ratio (21.3:9) cover screen, which makes it feel more like a regular screen than competitors like the Galaxy Z Fold4 with its abnormally tall screen. The screen measures 6.42 inches and sports FHD+ resolution. It is an LTPO AMOLED display with support for 1 billion colours and 120 Hz refresh rate, and for protection, you’ve got Gorilla Glass Victus on top. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Display

Meanwhile, the inner foldable display measures a whopping 7.85 inches – the largest foldable screen in the Indian market right now. The display sports 2K+ resolution (2296×2000 pixels). The foldable panel is LTPO AMOLED and supports 1 billion colours and 120 Hz refresh rate, like the cover screen. So, both displays have Adaptive refresh rate with support to switch from 10 Hz – 120 Hz, as per the usage. The high refresh rate makes scrolling seem very smooth. However, both displays do not come with HDR certification, which is extremely disappointing for a premium smartphone. There is Widevine L1 support though, so you can consume HD content on your favourite streaming services. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Display

Both the displays at rated at 1100 nits of peak brightness. However, during my testing using a lux meter, I got a maximum reading of 802 nits on the inner display and 815 nits on the cover display in bright sunlight on Auto-Brightness. While the phone doesn’t match up to its rated brightness levels, what it provides is more than adequate for screen legibility in all situations, including under harsh sunlight.

Both the screens look great – the colours are not the most accurate but look vivid and pleasing and the detail is good as well. However, the viewing angles are mediocre at this price. Additionally, I encountered an issue with the display pulling down the refresh rate to merely 10 Hz when watching YouTube videos on the inner display which resulted in pretty choppy video playback, we hope Tecno can iron this out with an OTA update. Until then, it may be wise to manually choose a refresh rate when watching YT videos.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Performance

Armed with a MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ SoC, the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G offers reliable performance in day-to-day tasks. You get 12 GB LPDDR5X RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage. There’s also support for 9 GB of virtual RAM. Things such as calling, texting, clicking photos, social media browsing, watching YT or Netflix, and web browsing happen without any hitches. Multitasking is a breeze too with 12 GB of fast LPDDR5X RAM. Gaming performance is decent as well, but not best in class. 

To gauge the phone’s performance chops, I began running several benchmarks on the device. We started with CPU tests where the Tecno Phantom V Fold scored 992328 in AnTuTu – the highest amongst every other foldable I tested against this phone including the OPPO Find N2 Flip , Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Performance

In Geekbench though, both the Samsung foldables beat the Phantom V Fold in both the Single Core and Multi Core tests. However, the Tecno Phantom V Fold did soundly beat the OPPO foldable. In PCMark Work, once again, the Tecno showed its prowess with the Dimensity 9000+ processor by outputting a fantastic score of 15180. So, raw performance isn’t an issue, but what could be an issue is throttling. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Performance

I ran the CPU Throttling Test on the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G to see how it would perform under sustained workloads and it dropped to 76 per cent of its peak performance in just 15 minutes. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 doesn’t show such a huge dip of 24 per cent in merely 15 minutes. I also noticed that the phone tends to run hot after playing a couple of rounds of games such as Call of Duty: Mobile on High or Very High graphics. There were also noticeable frame drops in the gameplay after 4 successive rounds. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Performance

Speaking of gameplay, I ran several GPU benchmarks on this phone as well, but it’s safe to say that the Phantom V Fold didn’t impress me as much here. The phone consistently got lower scores than the two Samsung foldables and the OPPO Find N2 Flip in all GPU benchmarks, as you can see below. I noticed that the phone defaulted to High Graphics in COD: Mobile unlike other flagships that usually start off at Very High – this could be due to the inferior GPU performance. There weren’t a lot of stutters at High Graphics during gaming but as we mentioned before, after a couple of rounds, frame drops would be noticeable.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Performance

OPPO Find N2 Flip and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 didn't run 3D Mark Wild Life (when we tested them)

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Performance

As for software, the Tecno Phantom V Fold runs HiOS 13 Fold based on Android 13. This is the latest version of Tecno’s proprietary OS and it is an altered Fold-specific version. The phone has several modes to utilise the foldable aspect of the display including split screen (vertical), pop-up windows, app pairing, and parallel windows. It’s all well-implemented and intuitive, so it won’t take too long to learn the actions that trigger these modes. The phone also seamlessly transitions from the unfolded large version of an app on the inner screen to the normal version almost instantaneously when you close the device. Neat.

However, there are some misses too. As mentioned before, the hinge cannot stay in a half-folded state, so many actions that are possible on other foldables due to this are unavailable. Additionally, there’s no support for horizontal split screen, which is disappointing. You can create app pairs but there’s no option to put them on the home screen. And also, you can’t resize windows when you’re in split screen, which is odd since even candybar phones such as the S23 Ultra can perform this function. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Performance

I also encountered a very annoying bug in the camera app where the phone kept switching the camera interface between full-screen and split-screen view without any triggers from my side. Essentially, split-screen mode in the camera app moves the viewfinder to the right and displays a column of your latest photos on the left – but this mode kept triggering on and off even when we didn’t want it to. Hopefully, this can be fixed via a software update.

The UI also isn’t the cleanest. It has quite a few third-party apps and Tecno apps preinstalled. However, as a first attempt, this is a good foldable software – a few things could be better optimised though.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Camera

The Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G packs a penta-camera setup consisting of a 50 MP primary camera with Auto Focus support, a 50 MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom capabilities, a 13 MP ultrawide shooter with a FOV (Field Of View) of 120-degrees, and two selfie cameras. The one on the inner screen is 16 MP and the one on the outer display is 32 MP. Of course, the phone’s a foldable, so you can actually take really high-quality selfie photos from the powerful rear camera.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Camera

In my time with the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G, I quite enjoyed the camera setup, specifically, the primary camera that is capable of shooting impressive photos, both in daylight and low light. Pictures taken in daylight look crisp and detailed, plus they have good dynamic range and fairly natural colour as well. Close-up images look great as well, with good natural bokeh and crisp details. Portraits taken from the main camera have good colours and edge detection. I've attached some image samples below, but do note, they have been compressed for the web.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Camera samples

Portrait taken from primary camera

However, I noticed a sharp decline in quality in telephoto portraits where the 2x zoom levels are engaged. Shots look way softer and have a substantial amount of shake as well – so they’re not very presentable. I suggest using the main camera for portraits as often as you can since the difference between the results is night and day. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Camera samples

Portrait taken from 2x telephoto camera

Ultrawide images taken from the 13 MP lens are decent but nowhere near flagship level, unfortunately. The centre of the picture looks crisp but the sides are awfully soft and noisy. The ultrawide camera also doubles as a macro shooter which takes surprisingly usable and good-looking shots. The sides of the image aren’t as sharp, but it’s still impressive. Take a look below. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Camera samples

Macro photo from the Tecno Phantom V Fold

Low-light photos also have plenty of detail when taken from the main camera. Noise is kept to a minimum as well. However, the ultrawide camera doesn’t do as well with noisier photos, in general. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Camera samples

Selfies are decent from the inner screen, there’s a bit of softness but in ideal lighting conditions, you can get decent shots. The outer selfie camera is better, with more detail and good dynamic range. But, the best selfie shots are taken from the primary lens – you will rarely get to see such crisp selfies with oodles of detail. Overall, the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G has a good camera setup, however, improvements could be made to the telephoto portraits and ultrawide lens.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Battery life

Equipped with a massive 5,000 mAh cell, the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G impressed us with its battery life. It is the only foldable in India to sport a large 5,000 mAh cell. But equipped with large 120 Hz LTPO panels, it is a boon that this phone sports a large battery. It is a battery of this capacity that makes the phone a dependable performer in this department. 

In our 4K video loop test, the phone lasted a whopping 16 hours and 18 minutes – beating out the OPPO Find N2 Flip, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4, and even the Z Fold4. But, it didn’t beat out the Galaxy Z Fold4 by much. If you’re a light user, you’re looking at a minimum of a day and a half of battery life. And if you are more of an intensive, heavy user, prepare to charge up the device at night, when you’re preparing to go to sleep.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Battery

As for charging, the Tecno Phantom V Fold comes with 45 W wired charging support and you get the supported charger out of the box. The company claims that the device can charge from 0-100 in just 55 minutes, but during my testing, I noticed the numbers were far off. The phone charged from 0-100 in 1 hour and 12 minutes, and reached the 62 per cent mark in half an hour. There’s also no wireless charging, which is present on the Samsung foldables.

Tecno Phantom V Fold Review: Verdict

Also, while we enjoyed the primary camera of the phone, the telephoto and ultrawide lens could be better optimised. All in all, this is a decent foldable – but if money is no bar, then it simply cannot match up to the performance and finesse of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4. If you are looking for a budget alternative though, I think the phone has enough merits to gloss over some of its demerits at this price. 

Tecno Phantom V Fold Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

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Phantom V Fold

phantom v foldable phone

Unfolded: 140.4mm Folded: About 71.95mm

Unfolded: 6.8mm, Folded: 14.53mm (hinge side) / 14.15mm (open side)

*Note: The thickness of the device in the unfolded state does not include the screen strip. Dimensions may vary depending on configuration, manufacturing process, and measurement method.


Main Screen: 7.85"(Full rectangle)

Sub Screen: 6.42" (Full rectangle)

Main Screen: 90% ( Calculated by dividing the AA display area by the overall shape of the device when unfolded)

Sub Screen: 90.1% (Calculated by dividing the active area AA by the area of cover glass.)

Main Screen: 2K+(2296x2000)

Sub Screen: FHD+(1080x2550)

Main Screen: LTPO 10-120Hz Self-adapted High Refresh Rate

Sub Screen: LTPO 10-120Hz Self-adapted High Refresh Rate

Main Screen: Maximum 240Hz

Sub Screen: Maximum 360Hz

Main Screen: 100% P3

Sub Screen: 100% P3

10.7-bit Colour (8+2bit)

Main Screen: 388ppi

Sub Screen: 431ppi

Main Screen: 1100-nit Peak Brightness

Sub Screen: 1100-nit Peak Brightness

Main Screen: AMOLED Foldable Screen

Sub Screen: AMOLED Flexible Screen

Main Screen: Schott UTG

Sub Screen: Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Note: Screen size is measured diagonally in the full rectangle, accounting for the rounded corners; actual viewable area might be slightly less due to the rounded corners and camera hole.

50MP, f/1.85, 7P lens, AF support

50MP, f/1.98, 6P lens, AF support, 2x optical zoom, 20x digital zoom

13MP, f/2.2,FOV120°

AI cam;Portrait;Video; Film; Super night; Documents; AR shot; Pro; Slow motion; Panorama; Time-lapse; Sky shop; Dual video

AI cam;Portrait;Video; Film; Super night; AR shot; Slow motion; Panorama; Time-lapse

Rear support 4k@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps

Video stabilisation with EIS support

Video slow motion support 1080p@120fps(default)/240fps/960fps

Time-lapse support 1080P (default)/4K

Supports Zoom, AI Focus, Video HDR, Video Night, Video Super Night, Video Filter, Video ASD, Video Bokeh, Video Make Up

Front support 1080p@30/60fps, default 1080p@30fps

Front video slow motion support 1080p@120fps

Time-lapse support 1080P

Support for Zoom, Video HDR, Video Night, Video Filter, Video ASD, Video Bokeh, Video Make Up

MediaTek Dimensity 9000+

8 cores, 4nm process, up to 3.2GHz

Arm Mali-G710 MC10

5000mAh (typ)

45W SuperCharge

*Based on dual parallel battery, rated value at 2310mAh/8.98Wh+2550mAh/9.91Wh; typical value at 2380mAh/9.25Wh+2620mAh/10.19Wh. Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Rated battery capacity is 4860mAh for PHANTOM V Fold. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environments, usage patterns and other factors.

Support for side-mounted fingerprint recognition

Support for facial recognition

Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor,Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Support for step counting






Support for Wi-Fi 6(802.11ax)、Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac)、802.11a/b/g/n/; WLAN 2.4G/WLAN 5.1G

Bluetooth v5.3


HiOS13 Fold -Based on Android13

Dual Speakers

Support for stereo sound



MPEG1/2 : 2048 x 1088

MPEG4 : 2048 x 1088

H.263 : 1408 x 1152

H.264 : 8192x4320

Secure H.264 : 4096x2176

H.265 : 8192x4320

Secure H.265 : 4096x2176

VP8 : 2048 x 1088

VP9 : 8192x4320

Secure VP9 4096x2176

AV1 : 8192x4320

Secure AV1 : 4096x2176

USB Type-C Cable x 1

Charger x 1

Eject Tool x 1

Aramid Fibre Protective Case x 1

1.The main screen comes with a specially designed protective film which should be removed and replaced with professional tools, or the screen may be damaged.

2.Do not place cards, coins, or other items on the screen before closing. Avoid pressing the main screen with sharp objects such as pens or nails during use and carrying.

3.This product contains a precision mechanism. Please avoid pressing on the middle when closing the phone. To extend the service life of your phone, please prevent liquid, dust, and other foreign objects from entering the phone.

4.Please be assured that a shallow crease on the main screen and a slight sound during the opening/closing of the phone are normal.

5.This product contains a magnet and should be kept away from objects that could be affected, such as bank cards, access control cards, or implantable medical devices. If you are using an implantable medical device, please consult your doctor before using this product.

6.Please do not fold or unfold the phone at temperatures of -15°C or below.

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The tecno phantom v flip is here to bring folding phones to the budget masses.

Tecno’s first entry to the flip-style foldable is a promising budget option

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Updated with software support details

You may not have heard about Tecno just yet, but the company has been making a name for itself with strikingly designed phones and an impossibly cheap foldable for a while now. The latest to come from the Chinese upstart is a flip-style phone, which was introduced during its big “Flip in Style” Singapore launch event today. The Phantom V Flip wants to undercut the competition in price, all while still providing an uncompromised experience. I’ve gone hands on with the incredibly priced V Flip — roughly $600 — to find out if that’s indeed the case.

A smartwatch slapped on your phone

The Phantom V Flip looks just like you’d expect a flip phone to look, though it’s clear it’s not giving you the latest and greatest hardware ideas. Rather than a big, usable screen on the outside like you can find on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 or the Moto Razr+ , it just has a small 1.32-inch circular OLED screen embedded into its camera array, offering a 60Hz refresh rate at 466x466.

It certainly gives it a unique look, but the screen is arguably a lot less useful. It’s reminiscent of a smartwatch, as you can swipe through an array of widgets, including quick access to the camera for selfies, but you can forget about running full-sized apps on it.

The V Fold will also show you notifications with some predefined answer options on it. Other gestures let you access some quick settings toggles, music controls, and more, but all this simply isn’t on par with the latest developments. Instead, Tecno resorts to its own version of memojis and digital pets that you can show off on that screen.

On the inside, a foldable 6.9-inch 1080x2640 screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz awaits you. It has an elongated 22:9 aspect ratio, just like what we see on the Galaxy Z Flip 5. In contrast to Tecno’s book-style foldable, this one supports Flex Mode positions, allowing you to leave it open in half-folded positions.

This lets you take stable pictures without a tripod and enables fun features like Google Meet controls and playback controls on the bottom half. The crease between the top and bottom portions of the screen is definitely visible and noticeable to the touch, though I’m sure you’d stop noticing it after using the phone for a while, just like on other foldables. That’s not to say that virtually crease-free phones like the Oppo N2 Flip aren’t what manufacturers should be striving for.

The hinge and materials are a big step-up for Tecno

The big, circular camera array with its small display has another disadvantage. When using the V Flip unfolded, it’s slightly top-heavy, making it more dangerous than I’d like it to use in one hand. The camera array is also big enough to get in the way when I hold the phone, with my index finger touching the glass and leaving unsightly prints all over it.

Thankfully, the cameras are arranged at the top of the circular glass panel, but I intuitively want to try to avoid touching it. Other phones have cameras all over their backs, so I’ve learned to try to avoid touching these parts. I also wish the power button with its integrated fingerprint scanner was just a tad further below on the rail, making it easier to reach. In the grand scheme of things, this is nitpicking, but definitely something to be aware of with this phone.

The hinge action on the foldable also feels fairly robust and reliable, though I don’t love how loose both halves of the phone feel when I’m moving the hinge. I don’t want to critique this too much right now, though, since I was only able to go hands-on with a pre-production unit. Stay tuned for my full review to get the full picture here.

One thing I really like about the Phantom V Flip is its lychee-pattern leather material. It feels great on both the black and “Mystic Dawn” purple variants, and is a big step-up compared to the outright bad fake leather used on the Phantom V Fold. It’s good at repelling fingerprints and concealing smaller scratches and wear that a glass back would inevitably pick up.

Tecno Phantom V Flip

Moving on to the interior hardware, you’re looking at a Mediatek Dimensity 8050 for the CPU, 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The V Flip’s 4,000mAh is fairly big for the form factor, and it supports charging at up to 45W with an included charger. The camera system consists of a 64MP primary and a 13MP ultra wide, sadly without optical image stabilization on board. The inner selfie camera offers 32MP.

Tecno needs to prove it can provide reliable software updates

One thing that makes me worry about the long-term viability of the V Flip is the fact that the company hasn’t talked about software updates at all. When I retrieved Tecno’s book style foldable from my drawer for some comparisons a month ago or so, it still didn’t have any updates pending at all after my review in April this year, with a vastly outdated security patch still on it.

Whether you find monthly software updates annoying or not, a phone that runs such an outdated security patch is just waiting for a hack to happen, and until Tecno offers better update support, I’m reluctant to recommend its phones. Regular security patches are vital to ensure your safety online, and given how ubiquitous the internet has become for every part of our lives, we absolutely need phones with up-to-date security. Other manufacturers have long understood how important this is, and that it is something that makes a difference for customers.

For what it's worth, Tecno shared with me that it's promising two major Android updates for two years and three years of security updates when I asked.

Overall, the Tecno Phantom V Flip may not win you over with raw power and delicate engineering or design, but rather with its price. In India, the phone is launching at INR 49,999, which is roughly $600. This is an early bird price, so there may be a price increase down the line, but even at $100 more, the Phantom V Flip would be without much competition, with most competitors costing you more than $1,000 at launch. This allows you to get your hands on a novel form factor that is otherwise not as easily obtainable.

At the same time, we need to remember that the regular Moto Razr 2023 is just £800, which is £250 cheaper than the higher-end Moto Razr+ we reviewed. It's difficult to compare prices directly given that they're released in vastly different markets. Tecno may not have much competition in the cheap book-style foldable market, but it looks like the flip market will be a very different beast and a completely different nut to crack, especially as more companies are eager to move the technology to a cheaper price point fast.

Like so many great folding phones , the Phantom V Flip is not coming to the US, at least officially. You might be able to import it, but as always, you may not be able to use it to its full extent on US networks. Tecno will launch it in more markets than just India going forward, too.


We've updated the article with Tecno's software support promise, which the company confirmed to us after the launch.

The Tecno Phantom V Flip wants to undercut the competition in price, all while being a fashionable and competitive flip-style folding phone in its own right. The cirular front display may not be the most useful one compared to the bigger screens other foldables have, but it's a design option no one else matches.

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You’ve never seen a folding flip phone with a screen like this

Andy Boxall

Who says cover screens have to be square or oblong? Tecno has announced the Tecno Phantom V Flip folding phone, and we haven’t seen a cover screen like it before — at least, not on a smart phone .

A cover screen unlike anything else

  • Then there’s the rest of the design

Taking photos with the Phantom V Flip

What about the rest of the specs, can you buy the phantom v flip.

Tecno has put what looks like a smartwatch on the front of its flip phone, and it’s one of the most unusual designs we’ve seen on a foldable yet.

When you consider what most outer cover screens do on a compact foldable phone, the functionality closely replicates that of a smartwatch. Most show the time, notifications, and helpful general information like the weather, your movement, and your calendar appointments. Well, that’s exactly what the Phantom V Flip’s cover screen shows and it has even taken direct inspiration for its navigation and style from smartwatch software like Wear OS’s Tile system.

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The 1.32-inch AMOLED screen has a 466 x 466 resolution, making it the same specification as the screen found on Huawei’s small Watch GT 4  and very close to the one on the 44mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 . Tap the center of the round module on the front of the folded phone to reveal a clock face, then swipe through widgets to the right and music controls to the left. Swipe up for notifications and down for quick settings. You can choose different wallpapers, and many look like watch faces.

A person holding the Tecno Phantom V Flip, showing the notifications screen.

It really does feel like a smartwatch, and it’s as natural and simple to operate as one too. However, it has some irritating problems. Obviously, it doesn’t run apps, as you’d imagine for such a small screen, and at 800 nits, it’s not the brightest thing out there. But the worst aspects are the way it treats notifications and that there is no always-on setting.

It’s surprising Tecno has restricted the always-on feature to the main screen on the V Flip and not allowed the cover screen to show a simple clock face. It would make it more useful and prettier too. Bizarrely, the little screen doesn’t show notifications when they come in either, and you have to actively look for them by unlocking the cover or main screen. It makes the cover screen feel underutilized, and it’s only the first of the Phantom V Flip’s software-related feature troubles.

Then there’s the rest of the design

The Tecno Phantom V Flip is about the same size folded up as the Motorola Razr Plus and a little bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 . Unfolded, it has a big 6.9-inch 2640 x 1080 pixel resolution AMOLED screen with a 10-120Hz dynamic refresh rate. The chassis is made from metal, and the body is covered in skin-friendly leather, which comes in the Mystic Dawn color seen in our phones (or Iconic Black). It weighs 194 grams, which is a little heavier than its direct competition, but it’s still pocketable.

Tecno boasts the unfolded screen is creaseless, but this isn’t really true. It’s still visible in the right light, and you can feel it under your finger when you swipe up the screen, but it is less noticeable than the Galaxy Z Flip 5’s crease. The screen shares many similarities with the screen fitted to the Razr Plus, where the crease has the same level of partial visibility. It’s covered in ultra-thin glass, but it has a distinct “feel” to it and is less smooth and tactile than competing phones. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s not the nicest screen I’ve used, and it quickly seems to get smudgy and messy too.

The hinge has been tested to 250,000 folds, will hold itself open at various angles between 30 degrees and 150 degrees, and has an almost entirely smooth and silent operation with no slop or twisting. There’s just the right level of resistance, it closes shut with a satisfying snap, and magnets keep it locked in this position until you pull the sections apart. It feels far higher quality than the Razr Plus’s hinge, but not quite as flawless as the Galaxy Z Flip 5’s hinge. Sadly, there’s no water or dust resistance either, so you’ll need to be careful with it.

Tecno’s use of a circular cover screen is also interesting because it has integrated the cameras into it, rather than separating them from the screen. It looks like a regular camera module on the back of any other phone and is less fussy than other designs. There are two cameras inside — a 64-megapixel main camera and a 13MP wide-angle camera — while at the top of the unfolded screen is a 32MP selfie camera. The cover screen has a camera preview window, so you can use the main cameras for selfies, and the screen holds itself partially open for use as a stand too.

What’s it like? Like a lot of other phones these days, the main camera is fine, but the wide-angle camera is disappointing. There is a 2x option in the camera app, but it’s a waste of time unless you want to take bad-quality photos. The main camera can oversaturate, and there is some noise in some images, but it has a pleasant natural bokeh, and there’s enough detail and visual excitement to share images it takes online.

A photo taken with the Tecno Phantom V Flip's main camera.

However, in anything other than general use, it’s not great. Selfies taken with the rear camera lack detail, while wide-angle photos are noisy with some obvious edge enhancement too. I found the gesture control to take photos using the cover screen as a preview is unreliable, making using the tiny viewfinder pointless. It also doesn’t give an accurate view of your photo either, as I couldn’t see my finger over part of the lens when I took a landscape selfie.

The Tecno Phantom V Flip uses the MediaTek Dimensity 8050 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space, plus it has 5G connectivity and NFC for mobile payments. There’s a fingerprint sensor in the power button on the side of the phone, 45W charging for the 4,000mAh battery, Android 13, and features like 1440Hz PWM dimming on the screen.

Although the screen has a dynamic refresh rate, I found it preferred not to stretch it out to 90Hz or 120Hz very often, resulting in apps like Threads and Chrome looking more blurry than I prefer. Forcing the phone into using 120Hz all the time cured it but will likely impact battery life. Tecno presumably set the dynamic rate to favor longer battery life, but it’s counterproductive as it looks unpleasant and prompts people to ignore the auto option, killing any supposed battery life increase immediately.

Playing Asphalt 9: Legends on the default settings shows the Dimensity 8050 is happy with challenging games, but the phone does get quite warm to the touch, but only on the side of the phone with the camera and cover screen module. It’s not burning, but it’s evidence the phone is working hard, and this is despite Tecno fitting a vapor chamber inside to aid cooling. I don’t think it’s a problem, but it’s worth noting the Phantom V Flip does get warm when playing intensive games. The battery was reduced by 10% after 30 minutes of Asphalt 9: Legends , which is in line with what I’d expect.

Android 13 has Tecno’s HiOS interface over it, and software is one of the phone’s more challenging aspects, particularly if you’ve been used to a Samsung or Google Android phone. Apps are spread across home screens and placed in the app drawer, a single swipe down reveals notifications, but it’s a swipe right to show Quick Settings. Google Discover has been replaced by a different system, with app shortcuts, feature hints, and curated news stories.

It’s not awful, but it is quite different from most other modern versions of Android. It reminds me of older versions of Oppo’s ColorOS, just without the endless interruptions and nagging. It needs refining, and features need improving. The camera doesn’t always switch modes the first time you tap, the screen refresh automatic selection is too aggressive, the cover screen is missing crucial functionality, and features like the camera’s gesture control need to be tweaked.

I am aware that I’m using the Phantom V Flip before its release, but the software has not tempted me into putting my SIM inside and using it as my everyday phone.

Tecno does not sell its smartphones in the U.S. or the U.K., with the Phantom V Flip currently destined for other international regions, much like the Tecno Phantom V Fold . It will first launch in India, where it’ll cost the local equivalent of around $599 in an early-bird special. It doesn’t come as a surprise the V Flip is so competitively priced, as the big-screen Phantom V Fold costs around $1,100, and is much cheaper than the competition.

I like that Tecno has gone in a different direction with the Phantom V Flip’s cover screen design and then taken on the established style and navigation methods from smartwatches. It’s different, yet familiar, and lets Tecno play with the look of its flip phone more. The Phantom V Fold crushed the competition when it came to price and it appears the V Flip will do the same, so if the company can fix some of the software issues, it’s all set to be a fun little bargain entry into the world of compact folding phones.

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Andy Boxall

In all the fuss over the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5, you may have forgotten Motorola also recently released some foldable phones of its own. The Motorola Razr (2023) and Motorola Razr Plus (confusingly known as the Razr 40 and Razr 40 Ultra, respectively, in the U.K.) are two flip foldables well worth your attention. But there's something special about this duo. While the Razr Plus is a flagship phone with a lot in common with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, the Razr (2023) is rumored to be something we haven't seen in a foldable yet -- a true, honest-to-god midrange phone.

While U.S. pricing and availability haven't been confirmed for Motorola's new foldable, the odds are it'll fall somewhere around the $600 to $800 price range. While not exactly an affordable phone by most metrics, it's likely to have the cheapest MSRP of any foldable sold in the U.S. to date.

Samsung's fifth generation of foldable phones is already here, bringing structural improvements to the hinge and other parts tucked inside the body. Besides the improved internals, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 also gets attention from Samsung in the form of its new and significantly larger cover display.

This external display now occupies a large area on the Flip's top face and lets you accomplish significantly more without opening the phone than you could on any of the previous models. Along with improved hardware, the optimized software ensures the new and powerful specs are utilized to their maximum potential.

All efforts to relieve eye strain and fatigue from excessive phone usage have been directed through two distinct routes. Brands that refuse to compromise a display's colors and brightness have added measures to tame vibrant colors through blue light filters or monochrome modes. Meanwhile, those making devices primarily for reading have opted for paper-like displays.

Both approaches have inescapable pros and cons, but TCL is now taking the middle route, being the first brand to offer a smartphone display that is as fluid as an LCD or OLED, but also as lulling as electronic paper or e-paper screens.

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Tecno Phantom V Flip review: a value-for-money foldable?

Review summary, expert rating ★ ★ 8.0 /10.

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2023 can easily be described as the year in which foldable phones started to become mainstream. On one hand, we got to see the first foldable phones from certain brands ( OnePlus and Google ), and on the other, we witnessed some massive improvements in the latest generation of foldable phones from incumbents like Samsung and OPPO . In this market with several foldable options available for buyers to choose from, it’s hard for a new phone to stand out. However, Tecno has achieved this with its Phantom V Flip. The brand managed to do this by keeping its price at almost half of most other flip phones in the market (barring the Motorola razr 40). With the early bird pricing of Rs 49,999, the Phantom V Flip managed to grab a lot of headlines as one of the first truly affordable foldable phones at launch. However, with a low price tag come along concerns regarding the handset’s build quality, performance, camera quality, and everything that might come in the domain of cutting corners. To find out if Phantom V Flip comes with some of these drawbacks or simply offers the best value-for-money package in this product category, read my detailed review below.

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Phantom V Flip is an affordable option for anyone who wants to try out this new form factor. It offers a surprisingly good build quality, a foldable display with a subtle crease, and decent cameras. For its price, the novelty factor of this phone’s design definitely makes it easy to recommend, but the phone’s underwhelming battery life could prove to be an issue for those who travel frequently and its processor could have been better too. In most other aspects, the phone definitely proves its mettle and shows that the brand hasn’t cut corners.

Design and display

It goes without saying that the most striking aspect of the Phantom V Flip is its vertically foldable design. The handset comes with a 6.9-inch primary display and a circular 1.32-inch outer display. I’ll come to the display quality and features later, so let’s talk first about the build quality on offer here. The back panel of the phone features a premium lychee-pattern classic leather finish that ensures the phone doesn’t slip out of your hand time and again. This is a great touch from the brand as most other premium foldable phones come with a slippery finish and with a leather finish, the Phantom V Flip gets a unique aesthetic.

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As we are talking about a foldable phone, it is necessary to talk about the most important component that facilitates this form factor – the hinge. The metallic hinge on offer here feels robust in terms of build quality and ensures that there is a very small gap between the upper and lower part of the display once the phone is folded. However, as this is a first-generation product, the implementation isn’t quite at the same level as some other brands that have now achieved a gap-less design with their foldable phones. As a result, even in unfolded form, the phone’s display isn’t at quite 180 degrees and there is a very slight bend that is noticeable at first. After using the phone for some time, this bend didn’t bother me much and I got used to it, but if you’re someone who gets bothered by these small things, you will have to keep this aspect in mind.

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Now, let’s talk about the displays. The primary display is an LTPO FHD+ AMOLED panel that is 6.9-inch in size and features a 120Hz refresh rate. I really liked the display quality on this handset. While the panel type and and the display specifications pretty much give it away on paper, in real-world usage as well, I found the phone’s primary display to be vibrant and great for multimedia consumption. I enjoyed binge-watching videos on Netflix and YouTube through the Phantom V Flip. The high refresh rate further makes it great for gaming and for those of you who like to indulge in long sessions of FPS gaming, you’d be glad that the phone’s display holds up really well. However, the only area where I found the display to be lacking was in peak brightness. While the display manages to offer great legibility indoors, the 800 nits of peak brightness makes it less-than-ideal for usage under direct sunlight. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like you won’t be able to see anything on the display outdoors but in this price range, or even lower price range for that matter, you can now get phones that offer much better display visibility outdoors.

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Time to talk about the cover display. The circular cover display on the Tecno Phantom V Flip definitely catches attention right away. That’s because, at first look, you might think it is larger than it actually is. This is thanks to a wide circular strip around the display that features the rear cameras of the phone. The circular cover display is also an AMOLED panel and despite a slightly smaller size of 1.32 inches, its functionality is not reduced and the brand has incorporated quite a few functions that are supported right from the cover display by simply swiping left. From the cover display, you can get access to weather info, a calendar, Vitality Rings, alarms, a sound recorder, a timer, a stopwatch, and even the camera. The camera access is interesting as you get a preview on the display and you can either tap the display (doesn’t work as you’ll constantly end up covering the camera with your hand while trying to tap) or the volume rocker to click an image. You can also switch to portrait mode or video from the cover display itself by swiping left or right.

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Third-party apps are not supported as of now by the cover display, but you do get notifications on it and when you tap on them, you are instructed to open the display to continue. Cover screen personalisation options include multiple clock designs and a collection of 3D pets that look adorable. While there are premium flip phones now that offer larger displays with more functionality, in its first generation flip phone, Tecno has actually done an impressive job here.

The Phantom V Flip comes with a 64MP RGBW primary camera, which is the high-resolution sensor you can find on a flip phone right now in the market, along with the Motorola razr 40. The company claims that due to its innovative RGBW pixel format, the primary camera benefits from 60 percent greater light intake, as well as reduced noise and improved colour accuracy. The phone also utilises the brand’s Dual-camera Fusion technology, which allows the 64MP primary camera to work in tandem with its 13MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera to let you enlarge and crop ultra wide-angle shots while retaining detail. In my experience, I was mostly happy with the camera performance in terms of details but I think the dynamic range could have been better. Also, in the portrait shots, I think the background blurring was a tad bit more aggressive than I would have preferred.

In the low-light scenarios, the handset didn’t produce equally detailed images, unfortunately. The colours also seemed washed out. Despite taking AI into account, the phone managed to click average images in low-light conditions.

For selfies, the phone ships with a 32MP dual-flash autofocus camera at the front. In Tecno’s own words, “ The integrated Micro-slit Dual-flash is the industry’s first front-facing flashlight in a  flip phone. ” In addition to this, the phone also utilises the brand’s Super Flashlight algorithm to ensure that the subject gets ideal lighting and exposure. The selfie camera also uses ‘ Automatic Eye-focus’ to ensure more precise subject tracking. I found the selfie camera to be particularly capable and the dual-flash at the front is actually a great addition as it helps the phone to click some great selfies even in the absence of good lighting.

Since this is a flip phone, the FreeCam arrangement (or flex mode) lets you arrange the phone in any angle from 30-150 degrees. This means you can simply place the device on a surface in front of you with the rear camera facing you, and get the image preview on the cover display to click a high-resolution shot with the primary camera setup. You can use the phone this way to shoot better group shots, detailed rear camera selfies, low-angle shots, FreeCam Time-lapses, and more. What makes this even better is that you don’t necessarily need to set the timer each time and can click the shot using gestures like palm recognition, and even voice controls (you can say cheese, shoot, or capture).

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As far as video recording is concerned, the phone is capable of recording up to 4K 30fps videos from the rear camera and up to 2K 30fps videos from the front camera. While the video quality is pretty decent, the lack of stabilisation hardware and software means that if you’re on the move, the videos can turn out shaky. The inclusion of the brand’s film mode in the video section means you can record small clips and then get a great output depending on the kind of short video you want to make. With preset templates that are designed with social media in mind, this feature is great for anyone who doesn’t like spending time on editing but still wants great video content for social media.

Performance and battery life  

The Phantom V Flip comes with a Mediatek Dimensity 8050 chipset, coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. While this is a great chipset for mid-range smartphones, at V Flip’s asking price, the chipset choice feels a bit lacklustre. Especially because in this price range, most other phones offer more capable and efficient SoCs. However, these phones do not offer you the head-turning foldable form factor and compact size option as well, so you’ll have to make a trade-off in this department or the design. The Mediatek Dimensity 8050 managed to handle most tasks with relative ease and even the UI navigation felt smooth for me at all times. I didn’t face any stutter issues or app crashes but when I was playing Battlegrounds Mobile India, I did notice the phone heating up slightly.

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In the AnTuTu benchmark, the phone scored 666056, which is expected for the chipset but as I mentioned earlier, lower by the standards of other phones in this price bracket. Similarly, on the Geekbench benchmark, the phone scored 1108 in the single-core test and 3366 in the multi-core test.

As far as battery life is concerned, the phone managed to last 9 hours and 59 minutes in the PCMark Work 3.0 battery test, which shows that it can easily last you a day on moderate usage but if you’re a heavy user, you might have to plug it in for charging by evening. Even in my experience with the phone, I felt the same. On some days I ran out of battery rather quickly, but on some other days, the phone managed to offer decent backup. Notably, the battery life improved considerably when I set the theme to dark mode. As we are talking about a phone with AMOLED displays, dark mode does impact the battery life positively.

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Tecno Phantom V Flip offers support for 45W fast charging, which happens to be the fastest charging speed offered by a flip phone right now. This means you can refuel your phone fully in just over an hour, which is indeed a convenient feature to have.

Final verdict

The Tecno Phantom V Flip is perfect for those who want a phone that stands out from the crowd and offers a unique user experience at a reasonable price. The phone offers a large immersive display, decent cameras, and above all – a great compact design. Two aspects where the phone falls somewhat short in from of competition are battery life and raw horsepower. However, as I clarified above, the phone is not competing with other handsets with standard candy bar designs in this price range. Its primary competitor at the price would be the Motorola razr 40, which comes with a better processor but a somewhat less impressive cover display. If you have the budget to go a bit higher, you can choose to go for a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4, which is now available at a discounted price.

Editor’s rating: 7.5 / 10

Reasons to buy.

  • Good value for money in this form factor
  • Impressive build quality
  • Decent camera performance
  • 45W fast-charging support

Reasons not to buy

  • The chipset could have been more powerful
  • Battery life could have been better

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TECNO Phantom V Fold Review: Best Entry-Level Foldable Ever

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The foldable phone market is booming. Since the first Samsung Galaxy Fold in 2021, there have been many new entrants into the space. Samsung has released four generations of foldable phones, Google has released the Pixel Fold , Motorola has revived the Razr Flip, Tecno has the Phantom V Fold, and Oppo has released its Find foldable phones. One trend that has emerged is that there are now two distinct types of foldable phones: expensive and entry-level.

I have been using the TECNO Phantom V Fold as my primary phone for over a month now and can confirm the TECNO Fold is the most affordable foldable phone on the market, and it offers a lot of great features for the price. In this comprehensive review, we will delve into the Phantom Fold’s design, performance, camera capabilities, and overall value for money.

Here’s a closer look at what’s good, what’s not so good, and how it stacks up against the competition.

What’s Good?

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The TECNO Phantom Fold impresses with its sleek and premium design. The foldable display unfolds to reveal a large, immersive screen that provides an exceptional viewing experience. The device feels sturdy, thanks to its robust build quality and reliable hinge mechanism.

Additionally, the TECNO Phantom Fold boasts a powerful processor, delivering smooth performance even when multitasking or running demanding applications. The device offers ample storage space for apps, media, and files, ensuring you have plenty of room for all your needs. However big and heavy the phone is, I have gone jogging with it more than once and taken stunning photos with it. Check the Camera Review section for the picture sample.

  • Foldable display:  The V Fold has a 7.8-inch foldable display that’s sharp, bright, and responsive. It’s perfect for watching videos, playing games, or working on documents.
  • Powerful performance:  The TECNO Phantom V Fold is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 4nm 9000+ processor, which is one of the most powerful mobile chipsets on the market. It can handle even the most demanding tasks with ease. I had ease while switching between playing games and replying to a message on the opened social media apps.
  • Affordable price:  As I mentioned earlier, One thing is becoming evident: there are very expensive foldable phones and more affordable entry-level options available. The TECNO Phantom Fold is among the best and most affordable foldable. For context in Uganda, Samsung Galaxy Fold will cost you over 10 million shillings meanwhile Phantom Fold is 4 million shillings.
  • Bragging Rights : Alright, listen up folks, I’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary. Ever since I laid my hands on this snazzy Phantom foldable phone, I’ve unintentionally skyrocketed to local stardom. They now call me the ‘Foldable Guy’ in my neighborhood – I mean, who wouldn’t want a phone that folds like origami? Although I must admit, my neighbors can be a tad clueless. They keep mistaking my foldable for a Samsung Galaxy Fold as if that’s the only folding phone in existence! Come on, TECNO Mobile, step up your game, and let the world know about your own foldable marvel. Believe it or not, this gizmo is a better conversation starter than the hyped-up iPhone 14. If you’re in the market for some serious bragging rights, my friend, this foldable wonder is the way to go.

Another set of features and gestures I enjoyed and feel it’s worth mentioning is the “special function” features like MemFusion, App Twin (clone and use dual accounts for certain apps), Smart Panel, and Social Turbo among others which allow using the phone easy and intuitive. Below are the main screen features and how you can use them. From Split-screen to driving mode and compatibility mode. You

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What’s Not So Good?

The TECNO Phantom v Fold has many great features, but it does have a few drawbacks to keep in mind. First, its camera performance, although decent, may not be as good as some high-end smartphones. Another downside is that the Phantom does not support e-sim cards or comes with a digital smart pen. Personally, I was hoping that Transsion would include a pen for drawing on the large 7.85-inch screen

  • Camera:  The TECNO Phantom Fold’s camera is not as good as some competition. The main sensor is 50MP. The biggest flaw I have noticed is the AI camera mode, the picture quality looks better before you take a photo and drops in quality after taking the photo. I want to believe it’s a software issue specifically for the Phantom Fold OS as their AI mode works fine and is optimized for other TECNO phones.
  • Battery Life:  The TECNO Phantom Fold has a large 5000mAh battery that can easily last a full day on a single charge. I have found myself out of battery by 17:00hrs on a full charge in the morning after running on full 120Hz refresh rates for both screens and active usage. Such levels of stress testing were to determine the battery’s strength. I doubt a normal user would put the phone to such heights. From my test, it’s safe to peg the Fold battery life at a full day.
  • eSim Card Support : TECNO and its sister brands from Transsion are slow to adopt new trends and features . USB Type-C became widely available on their devices in 2021, and I expected the TECNO Phantom Fold, which is geared towards the American and European phone market, to have eSIM card support. This is one of those features that you may not necessarily need, but you realize its absence when it’s not included. I understand why TECNO didn’t include it, as eSIM adoption is low in Africa and their main markets. It makes sense to skip this feature until the next Phantom Fold generation.

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TECNO Phantom V Fold Camera Review

The TECNO Phantom Fold has a triple-lens rear camera system, consisting of a 50MP main sensor, a 13MP ultrawide sensor, and a 50MP telephoto sensor. The main sensor captures detailed and vibrant shots in well-lit conditions. Take note that the AI camera mode overedits pictures, it’s advisable you turn the mode off if you want better and clearer pictures from the main camera. I had an unpleasant experience using the camera in low light, the AI night mode does a good job when the subject is near but horrible, especially for distant or landscape pictures. The ultrawide sensor is also good, but it can produce slightly soft photos.

The camera app offers various shooting modes and editing tools you can always tweak and use to enhance your photography experience. The dual mode for example allows you can use both the selfie and back camera at once when recording videos. You can as well use the back 50MP main camera to take selfies. It’s worth noting, the camera app has a dedicated mode for video templates with transitions, animations, and background audio you can use if you want for creative videos. I have taken a sample video to try out and was pleased with the results. You can just check it out with other photo samples.

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In terms of a selfie camera, the V Fold has two front-facing cameras i.e. 16MP front-facing camera and a 32MP exterior front camera. Both cameras take good selfies in well-lit conditions. However, it can struggle in low light as well. Selfie enthusiasts will appreciate the front-facing camera, which produces clear and vibrant self-portraits.

Overall, the TECNO Phantom V Fold’s camera is not bad, but it’s not as good as some of the competition. The recent Camon 20 can wipe the floor with the camera and personally prefer the Camon 20 camera to the V Fold.

The images above and below have been resized for bandwidth.  You can view the originals here . You’ll also find pictures indoor pictures, selfie shots, and low light/night photo samples when you open the link.

Phantom Fold Camera Sample Photo

Battery Life

Battery life is a crucial aspect of any smartphone, and the TECNO Phantom V Fold delivers decent performance in this department. With its 5000mAh sizable battery capacity, the device can easily last a full day with moderate to heavy usage. However, extensive use of large displays or power-hungry applications may result in faster battery drain. The inclusion of 45W fast charging technology ensures that you can quickly top up the battery when needed, reducing downtime.

READ ALSO: What’s the Best Tecno Phone You Can Buy in 2023? Here’s the Answer.

TECNO Phantom V Fold Price

TECNO Phantom Fold Price

One of the most appealing aspects of the TECNO Phantom Fold is its affordability compared to other foldable devices on the market. As an entry-level foldable smartphone, it offers a more accessible price point while still providing a unique foldable experience.

The TECNO Phantom V Fold is priced at just $999, a fraction of the cost of other foldable phones. This makes it a great option for people that buy flagship devices and looking to try out a new form factor in terms of a foldable phone.

In Uganda, the Phantom V Fold cost  UGX 3.999.000 for the top-spec 256/12GB RAM version. The same phone retails at Ksh 140,000 in Kenya as well.

TECNO Phantom V Fold Review: Verdict

The TECNO Phantom Fold is a great entry-level foldable phone. It offers a lot of great features for the price, including a foldable display, powerful performance, long battery life, and an affordable price. If you’re looking for a foldable phone without breaking the bank, the TECNO Phantom V Fold is a great option. I consider the TECNO Phantom V Fold a flagship killer and we give it a rating of 4.5 out of 5.

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  • HONOR has announced the Magic V2 RSR Porsche Design foldable phone.
  • The phone is effectively the Magic V2 with a different design.
  • That means you’re getting last year’s Snapdragon processor for the ~$2,200 asking price

HONOR announced a tie-up with Porsche Design earlier this year, and we expected a Porsche Design Magic 6 series phone as a result. Now, the two brands have announced their first Porsche Design series phone, and it’s actually the HONOR Magic V2 .

The HONOR Magic V2 RSR Porsche Design foldable phone , like all of HUAWEI’s Porsche edition phones, carries a steep price. The Chinese brand is charging 15,999 yuan (~$2,250) for the phone, which is available in a sole 16GB/1TB model. By comparison, the vanilla Magic V2 costs 11,999 yuan (~$1,689) for the 1TB variant.

A different design, but nothing else

So what do you get for the price, then? Well, the Porsche foldable phone offers a tweaked design, featuring a curved back that’s presumably supposed to evoke the sleek line of racing cars.

The (deep breath) HONOR Magic V2 RSR Porsche Design also ships with an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor much like the standard V2. Yep, your ~$2,200 gets you last year’s flagship silicon. This is still a very powerful chip, but Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 phones have been on the market for a couple of months now.

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Otherwise, the Porsche Design foldable is identical to the Magic V2 in all other areas. That means a super-slim 9.9mm form factor, a 5,000mAh battery with 66W wired charging (no wireless top-ups), and a reasonably versatile triple rear camera setup (50MP main, 50MP ultrawide, 20MP 2.5x telephoto). HONOR’s foldable also retains a 7.92-inch folding screen with stylus support, as well as a 6.43-inch smartphone screen (LTPO, OLED).

HONOR Magic V2 RSR Porsche Design: Hot or not?

In other words, Chinese consumers are being asked to pay ~$500 extra for a different design and nothing else compared to the already pricey standard 1TB Magic V2. It should also be noted that the HONOR Magic V2 RSR Porsche Design will likely be significantly more expensive if it ever comes to global markets, as phones in China are typically much cheaper than devices in the likes of Europe.

Either way, we really hope that future HONOR/Porsche Design phones bring significant upgrades. After all, HUAWEI’s best Porsche Design handsets offered memory, display resolution, biometric, and charging speed upgrades.


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  17. Product: Phantom V Fold

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  18. This might be the cheapest Flip foldable on the market

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    On the inside, a foldable 6.9-inch 1080x2640 screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz awaits you. It has an elongated 22:9 aspect ratio, just like what we see on the Galaxy Z Flip 5. In contrast to ...

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  21. You've never seen a folding flip phone with a screen like this

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  22. Tecno Phantom V Flip review: a value-for-money foldable?

    Design and display It goes without saying that the most striking aspect of the Phantom V Flip is its vertically foldable design. The handset comes with a 6.9-inch primary display and a circular 1.32-inch outer display. I'll come to the display quality and features later, so let's talk first about the build quality on offer here.

  23. TECNO Phantom V Fold Review: Best Entry-Level Foldable Ever

    The foldable phone market is booming. Since the first Samsung Galaxy Fold in 2021, there have been many new entrants into the space. Samsung has released four generations of foldable phones, Google has released the Pixel Fold, Motorola has revived the Razr Flip, Tecno has the Phantom V Fold, and Oppo has released its Find foldable phones. One trend that has emerged is that there are now two ...

  24. What Is The Cheapest Foldable Android Phone In 2024?

    Tecno Phantom V Flip - $600. Image credit by Tecno. Release Date: October 01, 2023 (In Asian countries, with a focus on India) Weight: 194 g. OS: HIOS 13.5 (Android 13) Screen size: 6.9-inches ...

  25. Amazon Great Republic Day Sale 2024: Amazing discounts on flagship

    Standout Deal on TECNO Phantom V Fold 5G This remarkable foldable phone is available with 31% discount at Rs 69,999. The device is equipped with MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ 5G processor, guaranteeing ...

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