Tecno Phantom Pad Mini (P9) Specifications and Review
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Tecno Phantom Pad Mini (P9) Specifications and Review

With great pleasure, we announce to you the release of a new phantom pad yesterday by TECNO. The pad is called the Tecno Phantom Pad Mini with a model number of P9.

What is the specifications of the P9 you might ask? Don't worry, we are doing justice to that question after the break.

TECNO Phantom Pad mini is the latest and somewhat improved version of the Tecno N9 pad that was released months ago. However, the Pad mini is a little smaller than the N9 and better too in some areas.

Display and Resolution
The Phantom Pad mini is a 7 inch tablet with TFT screen having 256,000 colours and resolution of 800 x 1200 given you a PPI of 206.03.Colours are sharp but not too vivid though in a sunny day.

When using the device in a sunny day, you may need to increase the brightness completely so that you can beat the sun to it.

Network and SIM
The tablet supports both 2G and 3G networks with the usual bands you would expect, that is, GSM900/1800 WCDMA2100 but no 4G capability (well Nigeria don't have a 4G technology network in place yet).

It comes with a single mini SIM which is actually ok for a lot of people.

Operating System and Memory
Tecno Phantom P9 comes with our good friend Jelly Bean  4.2.2 and would be running smoothly with the help of the 1GB RAM chip on it and internal memory of 16GB.

The memory card slot can support 32GB of SD card. This would make operating system to be more fluid.

This mini pad comes with a MediaTek MT8389 1.3GHz quad core cortex A7 processor and GPU PowerVR? Series5XT. Although we know that processor can support up to 1.5GHz but the 1.3GHz on the pad will function just fine and will help battery usage consumption to be minimised too.

The P9 is a splendid device. It packs in WiFi, WiFi hotspot capability, USB port, AGPS and a Bluetooth 3.0.

MT8389 supports 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and WiFi versions, all of which are pin-to-pin compatible, allowing devices to connect well and we are happy that TECNO didn't restrain in giving the pad all the connectivity features the processor can muster.

One area that will believe Tecno opened their ears to the outcry of their customers is in the camera department.

Tecno Phantom pad mini comes with the same 5MP rear camera we saw in the Phantom Pad N9 but this time around, the P9 comes with a led flash light located just beside the back camera. 

This should appeal to a lot of folks yearning for a flashlight on their tab. Now those pictures taken in low lit areas would be superb and cool.

Furthermore, the front camera comes with a 2MP camera to make video and Skype video calls a breeze. Videos can be recorded in 720p at 30fps, which is a good thing.

Battery and Performance
Battery is very important for any tablet and Tecno made sure that the Phantom pad mini get a good battery power. The pad mini comes with 4000mAh Li-Ion juice running inside it to make the device stay alive for 8hrs on talk and 500hrs on standby according to Tecno.

The usual suspects like Gyro, Light and proximity sensors are present in the device. However, a new fellow was added to the herd and that is compass sensor.

The tablet comes pre-installed with Facebook, Whatsapp, Gmail, Calendar and a host of other apps to get you started.

Also, FM Radio, calendar, YouTube, image and document viewer are stationed in the device.

Finally, the usual audio and video codecs like MP4, MP3, AAC etc are supported by the phantom pad.

As of right now, the price stands at N28,500 from Divine Anyi Communications, Ikeja, and around N30,000 at slot and Micro - Station.

As far as price goes, its not a bad one at all. This is just wonderful from Tecno releasing lovely devices like this at very minimal price.

Consider you wanting to buy a Samsung or Sony tab with such configurations above? You would shell out more money that is twice the amount of the P9 pad. So, we give Tecno a big knuckle on the price of the Tecno Phantom Pad mini .

Its our believe that the Tecno pad mini aka P9 is a great device for those that want something that would serve them as a pad but still very handy. Tecno has made that happen with the minimalistic design and the price is pocket friendly.

However, we believe that Tecno didn't make full use of the processor equipped in the device. The processor can support up to 13MP camera,  higher resolution and 1.5GHz speeds among other things.

But that is business, all the features can't be placed on one device. Wait for the next version of the phantom Pad and you would get something that would totally utilize that processor to its full strength.

Therefore, after careful thought, we decided to give the P9 a rating of 8/10 when compared to other pad devices in its price range.

What are your thoughts? Put them in the comments section for us to see.

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