The TECNO Phantom 5 and ASUS Zenfone Selfie are almost equally matched in every area. They both have 5.5-inch displays of same resolution. They both have 3,000 mAh batteries. 3GB RAM. 32GB internal storage and 13 megapixel rear cameras. Both of them are dual Micro-SIMs and both run Android Lollipop. They are both 4G LTE enabled.
The loudspeaker placement of both devices are similar – a horizontal grille at the bottom of rear side. In terms of audio quality and volume, the Phantom 5 wins hands down. There isn’t a competition here.
We then come to the differences. The Zenfone has a more powerful Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz against the 5’s Mediatek MT6753 clocked at 1.3 GHz. The Zenfone has an Adreno 403 GPU, while the 5 has a Mali-T720 unit. Yet, AnTuTu test results put the Phantom 5 ahead with 34,510 against the Zenfone’s 32,554. No kidding.
The Phantom 5 has a more premium metal build though, while the Selfie has a plastic build. Despite sporting same display size, the Phantom 5 is slimmer and handier too, with better management of space.
The Zenfone has its volume buttons at the back of the device, and this is taking some getting used to. Unlike the Phantom 5, it does not have a fingerprint scanner.
Upfront, the Zenfone Selfie has a 13 megapixel camera with a proper flash – a dual tone flash too. That’s where it got its “Selfie” name from – a Selfie camera with specs that matches the main camera. The Phantom 5’s front-facing camera is an 8 megapixel job with soft flash.
In use, the Zenfone’s selfie camera produces much more detailed and sharper photos with more natural colours than the Phantom 5’s equivalent. It is however a bit slower in focusing.
As for the rear cameras, they seem to be equally matched in daylight usage scenarios, except that the Zenfone camera produces brighter photos.
In low-light, the Zenfone’s main camera captures more light, but colours are washed while the colours from the Phantom are more accurate.
In all, though the raw specs say that the Zenfone should be the more powerful device, in actual use and testing, the Phantom 5 seems to be the better device, winning in the multimedia department, in performance, and having a more premium build. If you are hung up on selfies though, the Zenfone Selfie beats the Phantom 5 hands down.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.