TECNO’s latest device in the Phantom lineup has gone live. The company announced the Phantom V Flip – their first clamshell-style flip smartphone that joins the Phantom V Fold that was launched early this year in the foldable format for TECNO.
TECNO follows the design trends forged by other flip foldable including the inner screen and a cover screen that’s a bit different than mainstream cover screens.
The V Flip has a 6.9″ LTPO OLED(1080p) screen spotting 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10 support and 360Hz touch sampling rate – it has a factory-supplied plastic film. It supports up to 800 nits peak brightness. Its rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 and OPPO Find N2 Flip support up to 1100 and 1040 nits brightness respectively.
The phone folds completely flat when closed but it doesn’t open flat when unfolded which makes the crease visible on the screen. The hinge can support the phone from 30 degrees to 150 degree when opened.
The outside screen is a circle display which TECNO calls Planet Cover screen. It is a 1.32″ AMOLED screen with the main lenses covering its ring. While the main screen has Always-on-display, the cover screen lacks that feature. It does let you access quick settings toggles and clock widget with interactive pets.
Other widgets accessible on the cover screen include timer, weather, alarm, voice recorder, stopwatch, camera, fitness rings, music controls and schedule.
You can use the cover screen for previews when shooting hands-free pictures using the main rear camera setup.
MediaTek’s Dimensity 8050 processor runs the show paired with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. It comes with Android 13 and HiOS 13.5 straight out of the box. Under the hood is ultra-thin VC liquid cooling and a graphite layer to help with cooling the phone.
The primary lens is a 64MP camera that ships with an RGBW sensor. the secondary lens is a 13MP ultrawide. For selfies, we have a 32MP front facing. Sadly, there’s no OIS on the primary setup. Video recording is capped at 4K 30fps while selfie videos are capped at 2k 30fps and 1080p 60fps. Ultra-steady modes let you shoot videos at 1080p 30fps.
A 4000mAh battery lights up the phone with support for 45W wired fast charging.
The back has an Eco-leather texture with a lychee pattern with the sides being polished aluminium and the hinge being made of steel. The TECNO Phantom V Flip comes in Iconic Black and Mystic Dawn(purple shade) colour options.
You get dual microphones, stereo speakers, side-mounted fingerprint reader.
There’s a nice case included in the box when buying the phone that comes with a ring holder fit for carrying the phone on your index finger. There’s no IP rating on the V Flip.
Pricing and Launch Date
Pricing is expected to start from around $600 so it’s more affordable in comparison to other flip smartphones.
The TECNO Phantom V Flip is expected to launch in Kenya very soon and we’ll keep you posted.