There are lots of big names in the Kenyan smartphone industry, but regardless of your definition of “big”, the list won’t be complete without the mention of Tecno Mobile and Infinix Mobility.
These two might not be on the same level as the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC or even Huawei, but many will agree that they are the true definition of the Kenyan smartphone market. The pair is owned by Transsion Holdings, which makes their latest devices – the Tecno Phantom 8 and Infinix Zero 5 – even more interesting.
The Tecno Phantom 8 and Infinix Zero 5 pick up from where the Phantom 6 and Zero 4 left off (please don’t ask where the Phantom 7 is), but they take everything to the next level – be it the design, specs, features or even the pricing. They have lots of similarities between them, but they also have what sets them apart. Unless you are willing to buy the pair, which is very unlikely, you must be wondering which one between the two is the right device for you.
Well, to help you get to a desirable conclusion, this article takes on the two phones – Tecno Phantom 8 and Infinix Zero 5 – head-to-head with respect to their specs, features and prices in Kenya.
|Tecno Phantom 8||Infinix Zero 5|
|Body (build)||Diamond Fire Design||Diamond Metallic Design|
|Dimensions||159.95 x 79.5 x 7.9 mm||166.38 x 82.38 x 7.95 mm|
|Weight||167 grams||197 grams|
|Screen size||5.7 inches LCD||5.98 inches LCD|
|Screen resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio P25, 2.6GHz||MediaTek Helio P25, 2.6GHz|
|Storage||64GB||64GB (128GB for Zero 5 Pro)|
|MicroSD||Yes, up to 2TB||Yes, up to 128GB|
|Software||HiOS 3.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat||XOS 3.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Rear camera||Dual 12MP wide-angle lens +13MP RGB telephoto lens with Tri-Tone LED flash and 10x digital zoom||Dual 12MP wide-angle lens +13MP RGB telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom and dual LED flash|
|Front camera||20MP, LED flash||16MP, LED flash|
|Fingerprint scanner||Yes (Rear-mounted)||Yes (Rear-mounted)|
|Battery capacity||3500mAh, Non-removable||4350mAh, Non-removable|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE||Bluetooth, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE|
|Price||Ksh 37,000||Ksh 27,000 (Ksh 30,000 for the Zero 5 Pro)|
Design and display
According to Infinix Mobility, the design of the Infinix Zero 5 is based on “a diamond cutting edge and 28-point CCD detect technology…….crafted with a smooth design and elegant metal texture” and the result of which is indeed a beauty. The device is huge in size compared to the Tecno Phantom 8, whose design the company describes as an “eye-catching diamond fire design” that makes the phone “a fashionable accessory of your daily look” – and indeed it is.
Other than their fancy descriptions, a closer look at the two phones reveals that both have metallic unibody builds, but you’ll for sure be amazed by the attractive finish of the Tecno Phantom 8. Still, this doesn’t mean the Infinix Zero 5 is a terrible-looking phone, it only depends on your personal preference.
As for the display screen, the two are slightly different. If you love really huge screens, the Infinix Zero 5 is your go-to option thanks to a huge 6-inch LCD display screen that also boasts protection from scratches and cracks thanks to Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. However, the fact that it has the same 1080p resolution as the 5.7-inch panel on the Phantom 8 means you get a less crispy view compared to the latter. A difference of 0.3 inches isn’t that significant, but if you are willing to sacrifice a little bit of display quality for real estate, well, you know where to put your money.
Hardware and software specs
In case you didn’t know, this is where any smartphone’s raw power lives. Regardless of how good a phone looks, having mediocre hardware and software specs may render it unworthy your time, but the Tecno Phantom 8 and Infinix Zero 5 are definitely worth your time – and money.
Both phones are powered by the same hardware specs – a MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core clocked at 2.6GHz and mated with an impressive 6GB RAM. This combination is super crazy, where you can actually do lots of things without the phones lagging. Even though the pair has 64GB of expandable onboard storage, the Infinix Zero 5 has a Pro version that gets a massive 128GB unit, which can still be expanded.
Unlike the Zero 5, the Tecno Phantom 8 did not get a Plus variant, which means you only get to choose from one handset. The good side of the story is that the microSD card slot on the latter can handle up to 2TB as opposed to the former’s 128GB, which should be a plus for Phantom 8 buyers. But again, do you really need such storage amounts on a phone? That’s up for debate!
Being their companies’ flagship offerings, the Tecno Phantom 8 and Infinix Zero 5 come with top-end features such as fast rear-mounted fingerprint scanners, USB Type-C ports, support for fast charging technology, OTG, GPS and so on. For the software, both have the same Android 7.0 Nougat running the show out of the box, but their different skins (HiOS for Phantom 8 and XOS for Zero 5) have varied experiences. Once again, the choice of the Android version that suits you depends on your personal preferences, but from my past experience with both companies’ skins compared to others that I have used, they are quite heavy, which is probably why the companies rarely update the software and if they do, it may take ages.
Camera and battery capacity
Today, smartphone buyers have put a lot of emphasis on the camera quality and battery capacity. Make no mistake, the megapixel count doesn’t necessarily translate to quality photos, but it does have an impact on the overall quality of the photo.
On paper, the Tecno Phantom 8 and Infinix Zero 5 should deliver the same quality of photography because they rock the same main camera – a 12MP+13MP dual setup with wide-angle and RGB telephoto lenses. Both have the same functionality, but each company has different software under the camera app, something that should play a huge role in determining which model delivers the best shots.
As for the selfie camera, the Phantom 8 rocks a massive 20MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0, same as the 16MP unit used on the Infinix Zero 5. From their descriptions, the two also work in the same manner, where they take advantage of what their makers call “4-in-1” technology that combines four pixels into one big pixel, thus producing images that are much brighter. This technology is identical to what OnePlus has included in the new OnePlus 5T with the aim of improving low-light photography.
Given that both selfie shooters have the same technology and features, the high megapixel count on the Phantom 8 means that more details will be captured in the images compared to the 16MP unit on the Zero 5. On the flipside, the Zero 5’s low megapixel count means that each pixel is bigger and thus will allow more light to enter the sensor, which automatically improves performance in low-light conditions. Still, both phones have a LED flash to light up the place just in case the conditions aren’t so favorable.
In terms of battery capacity, the Infinix Zero 5 completely floors the Tecno Phantom 8 with its massive 4350mAh unit compared to the 3500mAh unit on the latter. Given that both phones have battery-sipping 1080p display screens, you can be sure that the Zero 5 will give you 2-3 days of moderate use on a single charge. In case you need to recharge either phone, you’ll be able to do it quite fast thanks to the included support for fast charging technology via the latest connectivity standard – USB-C.
Price and conclusion
In Kenya, price is usually the deciding factor when it comes to buying a smartphone. Regardless of what the phone brings to the table, it’s the price tag that will determine whether one will buy it or not. And this is where we are with respect to the Tecno Phantom 8 and Infinix Zero 5.
As you may have noticed, the two have lots of similarities, but they also have things that set them apart – things that presumably affect the prices of the pair. Where the Phantom 8 has a price tag of Ksh 37,000, the Infinix Zero 5 can be yours for Ksh 27,000, although the high-end variant, which has 128GB of internal storage (this is the only difference between the Zero 5 and Zero 5 Pro), will set you back Ksh 30,000.
So, which phone should you buy between these two? For what matters, the Infinix Zero 5 is a great deal, especially for those who love big screens. The only downside (if you see it as one) is that you can only add a microSD card of up to 128GB, but still, you can grab the 128GB version that is still cheaper than the Phantom 8. It gets even better as Jumia is currently offering a discount of $1000 on both variants of the Zero 5, but at Ksh 37,000, some retailers, including Jumia and Kilimall, are also including a bunch of freebies on top of the Phantom 8. Alternatively, you can buy it at a cheaper price of Ksh 32,000 on Avechi, but here, there are no freebies
Which phone do you think is better between these two? Let us know in your comments below.
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