All About Smartphones: Tecno Phantom Pad Mini (P9) Specifications and Review

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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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  1. bros, how can i get the Pad Mini in Ilorin? i will like to receive the contact sir.

    1. Pls call this number 08060791362 to find out how u can get it at ilorin

  2. An improvement no doubt over the N9 especially in the dual sim aspect. I believe this would do equally as good as the N9 in terms of browsing speed.

    I still wonder when Tecno is going to give us an OTA OS upgrade. It is definitely long overdue or is there something we don't know they aren't telling us?

  3. How do I get onealso am presently in sagamu

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  5. This phablet design looks like Xolo's latest android tablet. Xolo Play Tegra Note is based on Nividia’s Tegra Note reference design and it has a 7 inch HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. both design has a similarity. For reference check out

  6. Cool spec right there Mr Akin, now i'm to choose between this & the Ainol Novo Numy 7 AX1

    pls is this tab sleek and thin (diameter) the display what can u say about it sir?

  7. Pls de amount in Ghanaian cedis, hw much is that? Becos i need one badly.

    1. In Ghana is a bit expensive I saw it today at a newly opened tecno center at lapaz today. It cost 430cedis

  8. Mr Akin sir,pls ¶'v neva had a tab b4,majorly wat ¶ nid it for is fast speed browsing,videos n downloads..¶ tink ¶ lyk dis so do u advise ¶ go for it sir?tnx. Olumide.

  9. Where can one get it in Benin City sir or Tecno office address in Benin City and contact number? Thanks

  10. Where or how can I get this marvelous thing in Anambra State?

  11. My only question is this.. Does this pad support bbm? Cuz the earlier version which is the N9 doesn't support bbm but it operates on the andriod spec 4.0 cream sandwich which is expected to run bbm.. I need a reply to this. Thankz

    1. They both support BBM if you side load the BBM app on them. Its just either BlackBerry or Google that is causing the restriction.

      Check on this same blog site for how to install BBM on N9 and P9 pads.

  12. Good. But why is silence on the weight? Also, is it true that there is dual-sim version of this device?

  13. What is its price in Tanzania please?

  14. but i heard P9 has 2sim, is it true

  15. Mr askin im using ds old nw , is sorry, i wnt to kno if it cn connect AV jack to tv. Pls thank u

    1. I don't know if it can. Never tried it before or anything to suggest that it can. The usb port is usb 2.0. Try it and give us a feedback

  16. i cant download anything frm playstore pls help
    .the specification given says it is a dual sim

    1. It's single SIM, perhaps there's miscommunication between the marketing & production department (lol).

      When you try downloading from the play store, what does it tell you? Check that you have good network signal

    2. pls my p9 refuse to on after short down

  17. please help, my tecno phantom N9 mini refuse to power on after drained battery. i even charged it several hours but refused to come on

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  19. pls can you help me my tecno p9 just went off when i was charging it with a laptop and since then it refuse to boot up..pls can some one profer a solution to me thanks

    1. Take it to Carl care office close to you or where you bought it from.

  20. I have jst bought one and it has refused to recognize all the sum cards tried. Pls help if u can

  21. i can't seem to move my apps to sd card on my tecno phantom pad. please could u help?

    1. Install clean master or du speed booster from playstore.

    2. pls wil clean master or du speed move d apps from internal memory to sd card

    3. Yes it works almost all the time. Give it a try.

  22. Can i do a phone swap at carlcare for this phone?

  23. How can I get the menu where I can use the front camera? I've been searching for it, but can't find it.

    1. Go to the camera settings to see if you have accidentally disabled the settings. However if you haven't done anything like that, all you need to do is tap the screen gently to reveal the settings and click on the menu to swap camera.

  24. can it connect AV jack to tv. Pls and can i get full address and phone number of Divine Anyi Communications, Ikeja, thank u

    1. I don't know about the jack to TV thing. You can try it out. You can contact divine anyi on 08060791362, 08096657577.

  25. Thanks for this great piece of information. Is the tecno p9 better and stronger than HTC HD7

    1. Haven't had the chance to check out the HTC

    2. I'll check it out and give you a feedback.

  26. for a 3rd straight day, I'm doing a trickledown charg upe to get the tab. the battery wasn't drained, stayed at 25% and then this catastrophe.Ehmm good phone but too much wahala

  27. my p9 refuse to come on. i have been charging it over an hour now. pls what will i do

    1. Try changing chargers or USB cable being used and connect to the computer to trickle charge it. If that doesn't work, your best option is to take it for repair.

  28. my tabs memory is empty and i cant install more apps help and there so many and i have already moved the movable apps to the sd card.

  29. My Tecno P9 phablet only charges when off. If on, it doesn't charge. What do I do pls?

    1. Change the USB cord or the USB head. Even replace both. If that doesn't solve it then the charging port is potentially faulty

  30. The launcher is working I nid solution

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  32. I live in Nigeria and want to buy Tecno Phantom pad mini P9 for children,my budget is tight, i found low prices here: I try to buy android tablet for children, and this model seems to be nice. Are there owners of this tablet could you say something about it or give some advise? Is it enough for children?

  33. When my "Tecno phantom pad mini p9" locks it does not come back on. Id have to hardboot it for it to come back on. I went to the settings and tried to put the automatic lock into "never" rather than "after 30 minutes". The phone now responded by saying "Unfortunately, Settings has stopped".
    Please help!!!

  34. When my "Tecno phantom pad mini p9" locks it does not come back on. Id have to hardboot it for it to come back on. I went to the settings and tried to put the automatic lock into "never" rather than "after 30 minutes". The phone now responded by saying "Unfortunately, Settings has stopped".
    Please help!!!

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