Here’s the impossible: What if, just what if, you pitted the entry-level device of Samsung’s yesteryear flagship smartphone series, against the entry-level device of Tecno sub-brand Phantom’s flagship smartphone this year?
At the time of the Phantom X2 series’ launch last month, the Galaxy S22 series was the best that Samsung had to offer and it is not hard to see why temptation would exist to pit a device from the series against some of what Tecno has to offer. After all, Tecno is priding itself in catering to a high-end clientele these days and it doesn’t get more high-end than a Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone now, does it?
In this video, I make the case for the Phantom X2’s value, which is delivered both in features and pricing, against the Galaxy S22’s proposition which, at an entry price of about Kshs 100,000, is too steep that you’d take a pause and see if you really want to splash six figures when someone else can offer you a near-similar experience for about Kshs 30,000 less.
Sure sure, there’s the small matter of HiOS and its overwhelming approach to prompts and notifications and Tecno’s “get everything all at once” approach to software but, hear me out, the Phantom redeems itself in just about every other aspect there is. It has a fantastic tasteful design that makes it a delight to use, cameras that have come of age and, if it matters to you, towers above the Samsung with a bigger, still-AMOLED display that has the same high refresh rate as my friends from Korea will give you.
Is that convincing enough? Watch the video and let us know what you think.