TECNO has opened up pre-orders for its first foldable in the country – the Phantom V Fold. The tech company is slated to introduce the phone to the Kenyan market later this month after its debut at MWC 2023.
The Phantom V Fold is set to compete with the Samsung Z Fold 4 which is the top leader in foldable format.
Launching in Kenya means that consumers now have a second and more affordable option for those interested in this foldable format as the Z Fold 4 is the only locally available foldable.
Across the globe, the V Fold is up against the OPPO’s Find N2, Vivo’s X Fold+ and the Vivo Fold 2, Xiaomi’s Mix Fold 2 and Honor’s Magic Vs.
The Phantom V Fold is available for pre-order at its website here. You can also pre-order at official Safaricom shops and selected TECNO shops.
Each pre-order gets you free gifts including a free TECNO smartwatch, a free TECNO backpack and 120GB of Safaricom data.
The pre-order period starts today(3rd April) to the 17th of this month.
The TECNO Phantom V Fold has two screens featuring 120Hz refresh rate and 1100 nits brightness on both the cover and the main screen. The cover display is a 6.42″ LTPO AMOLED screen at 1080p resolution protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. The inner display is a 7.85″ foldable LTPO AMOLED screen at 2000p(2K) resolution.
TECNO said that the Phantom V’s fold is made of aerospace-grade material and can last with over 200,000 folds.
The inner display has no visible crease but it can only be opened or closed – you can’t prop it in a laptop position. However, there’s no gap when it’s closed thanks to the drop-style hinge.
Dimensity 9000+ 5G processor(4nm) coupled with Mali-G710 MC10 GPU. power the phone. It also comes with 12GB of RAM and storage options up to 512GB. Phantom V Fold runs on Android 13 and HiOS 13 tweaked for the fold format.
In terms of raw performance, the Dimensity 9000+ chip(which also powers the OPPO Find N2 Flip)goes toe-to-toe with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 found in the Samsung Z Fold 4.
The V Fold has a 5000mAh battery with support for 45W wired charging which can juice up the V Fold to full in 55 minutes.
Phantom V Fold sports a triple setup in a circular module featuring a 50MP main, 50Mp telephoto with 2X optical zoom(20x Digital Zoom) and 13MP ultrawide. There are two front-facing cameras for selfies with the cover display having a 32MP lens while the inner display has a 16MP lens.
TECNO Phantom V Fold price will start at roughly Ksh 140,000 for the base model(12/256) with the maxed-out version with 512GB going for Ksh 153,000.