Tecno made two massive announcements in the Phantom 9 and Camon 12 pro. Both are great phones, beautiful-looking, great specs and most importantly reasonably priced. They both featured in my best phones below 80,000 nairas with the Phantom coming in at 77,550 and Camon at 60,500.
The 17,500 naira difference is a good reason why i should even compare them. Its also based on the same reasons i decided to compare both. At that price difference, these two phones have a lot of similarities than differences.
DISPLAY & DESIGN
Both phones come with an AMOLED panel which allowed Tecno to hide an optical fingerprint scanner under the displays. Camon 12 Pro comes with 6.35-inch HD+ display, for the Phantom, the display is further pushed closer to the edges with a 6.39-inches with a higher FHD+ resolution.
The Phantoms slightly larger display makes its bezels slimmer. While its higher resolution makes for sharper image production. Tecno made calculated tradeoffs with these displays, in a way the differences wouldn’t mean so much to some users and would still make a difference for those who want to justify the price f the phantom.
A lot of smartphones look alike these days, so is it with both phones coz they are almost very identical in every way, they are so similar you might not tell the difference just by glancing. They even go as far as having the same dimensions, weight and colour; irrespective of what Tecno chose to call the colours.
However, there was a little more attention paid to details when it comes to phantoms corners and edges…
Another identical similarity here as they both have the same Tri Camera configuration. With one 16MP main camera at F1.8 aperture and Phase Detection Autofocus, an 8MP ultra-wide camera and 2MP depth camera for portrait shots. The sensors under the lenses look exactly the same to me for both phones, but in this world of computational photography software processing is a big factor in making the difference…which isn’t significant in this case.
PERFORMANCE AND STORAGE
The performance and storage is the category that made for the most significant price difference. While Camon stuck to the Helio P22 SoC from last year, Phantom went with a more capable Helio P35, both back up by 6GB of RAM.
Phantom 9’s SoC offers no significant improvement over Camon 12 pro honestly spec-wise, think of it, Both SoC they have the same TSMC 12nmFinFET manufacturing process, same PowerVR GE8320 GPU from imagination, the same modems and speed, and ISP.
Don’t get me wrong, the P35 performs better in the performance benchmark, scoring an average of 888 in the single-core score to P22’s 774 average nd 3903 multicores to 3434 multicore score respectively. But that score may not be evident in day to day use since the difference isn’t much.
The internal memory is a significant difference. Camon 12 Pro 64GB internal memory was doubled on phantom 9 to make 128GB internal for phantom users …which is a huge upgrade.
Both phones come with a 3500mah battery. I believe the reason both phones has the same battery capacity is also based on the face they have the same body. Battery life on both phones surely wouldn’t differ.
Tecno seems to have designed the Camon in such a way users wouldn’t feel left out, by specifically changing certain element to make it cheaper. In reality, using both phones wouldn’t feel different, that doesn’t mean you should go for the cheaper Camon if you can afford the Phantom 9.
128GB internal, sleeker design and performance bump is worth every bit of your extra 17,000 or not.