Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G First Impressions: Making a Daring Assertion

For a smartphone firm that has been centered on the price range and mid-range phase since its inception, it was a giant shock when Tecno went all-in and unveiled its first folding smartphone throughout MWC 2023. Dubbed the Phantom V Fold 5G, this horizontal folding smartphone is a direct competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold sequence, and can be made totally in India. This might be one of many causes for its extremely aggressive value of Rs. 88,888, which is round the place we normally discover vertically folding or flip smartphones. Tecno not too long ago launched this cellphone in India, and we obtained to spend a while with it. This is what we predict.

It is just pure to attract comparisons with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, and its specs, the brand new Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G is fairly well-equipped. From its flagship-grade 4nm SoC and as much as 512GB of storage, to its huge 7.85-inch LTPO AMOLED show, it checks all of the necessary containers. The cellphone itself is cumbersome, similar to another folding cellphone of this sort, and is supposed for use with two palms. It’s on the heavier facet too. When folded, there’s just about no seen hole between the 2 halves, which I fairly like. At its thickest level (close to the hinge), the Phantom V Fold 5G continues to be slimmer than the competitors at 14.5mm.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G has an aluminium body. The corporate has developed a proprietary hinge which it says minimises the crease. This will nonetheless be felt for those who run your finger throughout the centre of the folding display screen, nevertheless it’s is just seen at excessive angles. The outer show additionally has a mild curve on one facet which is an fascinating design selection. The ports and buttons are the place you’d anticipate them to be, and the ability button additionally homes the fingerprint sensor. In my temporary time with this cellphone, its construct high quality gave the impression to be respectable, though I did discover a little bit of play within the hinge when the cellphone was folded.

The crease of the folding show (left) is just seen at excessive angles


The again panel of the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G’s black variant is comprised of recycled plastic waste, whereas the white variant makes use of an “organic silicon leather” materials. There is a distinctive digital camera module on the again which features a 50-megapixel major digital camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide digital camera, and a 50-megapixel telephoto digital camera able to 2X optical zoom. The selfie digital camera on the outer display screen is a 32-megapixel sensor, whereas the folding display screen will get a 16-megapixel sensor in a hole-punch cutout. The digital camera app has numerous further options to make the most of the folding display screen and we’ll discover all of them within the full assessment.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G runs HiOS 13 Fold, which is predicated on Android 13. Tecno says that over 1,000 apps have been optimised to make the most of the folding show and ought to work in split-screen and multi-window modes. Whereas the show can keep unfolded at about 90 levels, I discovered that it does not maintain its place very effectively for those who attempt to go away it open it at different angles. I am curious to see how it will have an effect on everyday use and productiveness.

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The outer show of the Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G is a 120Hz LTPO AMOLED panel


The Phantom V Fold lacks wi-fi charging, however makes up for that with a big 5,000mAh battery and 45W wired charging. Based on Tecno, the Phantom V Fold 5G ought to be capable to cost utterly in underneath an hour. Its outer show is a 6.42-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel, whereas the within will get a 7.85-inch AMOLED show with a 2K decision. The Phantom V Fold 5G is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ SoC.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold 5G is probably the most reasonably priced folding cellphone of its type in India in the meanwhile, and that by itself ought to pique the curiosity of many who want to get their first foldable. Some great benefits of a horizontal folding cellphone versus a vertical one are plain, and value contemplating now which you can get both kind for roughly the identical value. Nevertheless, that is Tecno’s first stab on the premium smartphone market in India and it will be fascinating to see how consumers reply to the Phantom V Fold 5G. We’ll have our full assessment of this cellphone prepared in due time, so be sure to do not miss that.

The newly launched Oppo Discover N2 Flip is the primary foldable from the corporate to debut in India. However does it have what it takes to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4? We focus on this on Orbital, the Devices 360 podcast. Orbital is obtainable on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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