Tecno Phantom V Flip, the cheapest flip phone out right now

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Tecno recently announced the Phantom V flip to complete the set of a folding phone, Phantom V Fold, and a flip phone. And it’s going for around US$600 making it the most affordable way to get a flip smartphone right now. So why is it so affordable?

It’s because Tecno cut some corners

Tecno is in my books the rocket scientist of cutting corners in that they will trim off the sort of features that would more often than not be the least valuable data-to-day features on a device. On the Phantom V Flip, they did the same thing. The CPU is a slight downgrade from the Phantom X2, a Mediatek Dimensity 8050 compared to the Dimenity 9000 in the X2.

They also didn’t use the flagship camera system that comes in the X2 or even the Camon 20 Premier. Instead, there is a 64MP main similar to the one on the Camon 20 and 20 Pro plus a 13MP ultrawide. A decent camera setup for this class of device given that since it folds, you lose a significant amount of internal volume to the hinge.

As a package, it’s actually great

The Phantom V Flip looks really good. It comes in 2 colors, Mystic Dawn (a pale sort of purple) and Iconic Black. The Mystic Dawn looks better in my opinion and it looks like the finish is the same sort of soft, leatherlike texture that we got on the Camon 20 Premier.

It’s got a large battery for this class of device, a 4000mAh unit that can charge at a maximum of 45W. It’s bigger than the competition from the likes of Samsung and Motorola and only bested by the Oppo Find N3 Flip and its 4300mAh unit. No wireless charging if anyone is curious.

The back cover is where folding phones have fun figuring out the second screen configuration. Tecno went for a rounded screen similar to what Huawei had on the P50 Pocket but this time it’s right in the middle surrounded by the 2 cameras and the main flash.

The secondary screen can be used for a whole host of stuff. It can be a viewfinder if you want to take selfies with the main camera, and it can display notifications to which you can reply that way…why you would not just open the phone and reply that way I do not know…and also see alarms, timers, answer and end calls and play with some pets. Yes, the little screen comes with a couple of virtual pets.


The Phantom V fold joins the crew with the largest screen on a flip phone and it’s an LTPO OLED screen supporting up to 120Hz refresh rate. On brightness it is falling slightly behind the competition, another area where Tecno did some surgery to shed off a couple of bucks. Still, at 1000 nits, there are not that many scenarios where that brightness will not be sufficient. They also managed to add a selfie flash in the bezel which I still think is a useful though underrated feature and a 32MP selfie camera.

OSAndroid 13
HiOS Flip
CPUMediaTek Dimensity 8050
Octa Core
GPUMali-G77 MC9
DisplayInner display
6.9″ 2640×1080 pixels

Outer display
1.32″ 466×466 pixels
Main Camera64MP Primary
13MP Ultra wide
4k Video recording
Secondary Camera32MP primary
1080p video
Storage8GB RAM + 8GB MemFusion
256GB Internal
ConnectivitySingle Sim
2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Bluetooth 5.1
Ambient light
Step counter
45W fast charge

You get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage with no memory card slot because space is at a premium. Space is in such a premium that the Phantom V Flip is probably the first Tecno to come as a single SIM. It will not even get an eSIM option to keep it as a dual SIM without a hit on internal space.

Tecno has it’s own personal assistant, Ella, that we compared with Google Assistant, and back then on the Phantom X it was still very much behind Google Assistant. On the Phantom V Flip, it’s now getting a boost from ChatGPT’s AI which I will be curious to try out and see how it performs.

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  1. Tashinga

    Nice phone but the disadvantage of this flip phone is when giving you problems no one can fix it for u have to throw it in the bin kkkk

    1. Gen

      Tecno has a service center in Harare and across Africa mind you these cost cutting devices where made for Africans

      1. Flip Flops

        They’d better coz flexible screens need warranty support at higher levels. Nature of the beast.

  2. Molotov cocktail

    Is it available iz Zimbabwe

  3. Molotov Cocktail

    Is it available in Zimbabwe

  4. Khaleesi

    Is the phone now available in Zim at that price and where?

  5. The Empress

    I am impressed. Aside from the round screen (personal preference) I can’t find anything to complain about. After all it’s nearest serious competition costs at least $400 more.
    I think it would have been a serious flex if they had managed to make it dual sim then they would have won the game.

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