TECNO Rumble: R7 versus Phantom A3

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Tecno Rumble

I thought it would be a good idea to do a comparison between the TECNO Phantom A3 and the TECNO R7. Did you notice how TECNO does not market the R7 as a “Phantom” though? Perhaps the R7 is not exactly a follow-up to the A3, but in a different class. I don’t know, but the omission of the Phantom brand is very glaring everywhere, from TECNO’s website to the sales pack. Still, a comparison is in order. Enjoy!

TECNO Phantom A3 TECNO R7
6-inch IPS, 720×1280 pixel display 5.5-inch IPS 720×1280 display with Gorilla Glass 2
Dimensions: 166.5 x 84.4 x 8.4mm Dimensions: 158 x 78.5 x 8.4mm
2600 Li-ion battery 2430mAh Li-ion battery
1.5 GHz quad-core MTK6589-Turbo 1.5 GHz 6-core MTK MT6592 + Mali 450 GPU
1 GB RAM 2 GB RAM
AnTuTu: 13,792 AnTuTu: 22,324
Quadrant: 5,932 Quadrant: 9,653

Both devices run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is odd. One would have expected that the R7 would be running Kitkat. The R7 is also slightly smaller than the A3 in size. The rest of the specs are mostly similar. They both feature a 13 megapixel camera, but the A3’s front-facing camera is 8 megapixel while the R7 has a lower-specced 5 megapixel camera.

Still, in both daily usage and in the benchmark tests that I have run, the R7 is clearly a better performer. It is also good to see that TECNO has improved on the A3’s display, as the R7’s display feels smoother and more responsive, not forgetting the Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Yes; this needs saying: it is good to have Gorilla Glass on a TECNO at last.


11 comments

  1. it is good to have Gorilla Glass on a TECNO at last.

    The issue of the Gorilla Glass…is it about the glass being scratch_resistant, or is it about it being ALMOST shatter_proof?

    In real life scenarios, it doesn’t look like having Gorilla Glass adequately addresses the latter. Perhaps Corning would be cunning enough to, one day, cone up with a truly shatter_proof device

    On the scratch resistance, if the device is put in the pocket with keys, put face_down on abrasive surfaces,and generally rough_handled, wouldn’t scratches appear? I mean, really.

    For whatever it’s worth, I suppose it’s good to keep up with the Joneses regarding something commonplace on comparable devices .

    OTA Updates

    OTA updates too. Good thing that Tecno is finally embracing that. That’s one less thing for whiners to gripe about. This also not a very significant factor. I hardly do firmware updates on my phones, preferring to embellish my phone functionalities via apps. Others may feel the ability to run the bleeding edge OS version is essential, though. Not me.

    Television Receiver.

    Leveraging on the Chinese phone_embedded television knowhow, perhaps Tecno would leapfrog the others by embedding television receivers in (all?) their middle to upper_ (for them) level devices. Why not, seeing that practically all their devices have FM radio.

    Which is better?

    Depends on what you are looking for. Am not into photography, but the better front facing camera on the Phantom A111 could sway some (ladies?).

    The Phanton bigger screen is a far weightier factor for me than the more powerful R6 processor. Not being into games, or anything remotely strenous to the quad_core processor, the extra power would be a waste..for me.

    Fact is, I have rooted my Tecno Phantom and set the phone to, permanently, run at the lower spectrum of its frequency, using SetCPU (to squeeze every drop from the alreadt capavle battery)

    Conclusively, this R7, the way it is, is not a very significant (enough) improvement against its bigger Phabtom brother..

    And asked to choose, I would still choose my current.. the Tecno Phantom..

    And that’s a REALISTIC, rather than A PHANTOM decision!

  2. reason the R7 has a better display is cos it’s smaller than the A3. same pixel count, so on a smaller display that results in higher pixel density (ppi). extra cores might help in rendering too

  3. I certainly appreciate big screens but any device that has up to 5″ screen has crossed the threshold value that will allow me focus on other features of the device and the 5.5″ on the Tecno R7 is big enough that the extra 0.5″ on the Tecno Phantom AIII just doesn’t weigh heavily as to sway my decision again a device with:
    2GB RAM
    hexa core processor
    Gorilla Glass 3
    4GB of internal storage dedicated for apps installation
    and on the software front, Miracast feature.

    The things that the Phantom AIII is better at are:
    physically bigger screen
    slightly better battery (which may not even result to better performance in real life usage)
    slightly better front facing camera (but selfie is not what we do often)

    Those synthetic tests point to the fact that the Tecno R7 is a better device performance wise. And the Tecno R7 comes at a better price too. There’s no way the bigger screen on the Phantom AIII could sway my decision against the Tecno R7, simple.

  4. Lord Harry, selfie is not important to you. Better battery rating is inconsequential. The extra screen real estate ain’t worth jack.

    Instead, performance and internal memory rock your boat.

    Good.

    Like I mentioned above, having rooted and under clocked my Tecno Phantom III, it is clear to me, as it has always been, that all the tetraCOREs are mostly there for bragging rights. Nothing more.

    I now operate the Tecno at its lowest possible frequency, with attendant elongated battery life.

    The majority of humanity probably don’t need that screaming speed. Knowing your usage pattern, myself, you would agree the MULTIcore war is, mostly, a pointless war.

    The internal memory…its like Mark Zuckerberg, the Hathaway Berkshire man and Larry Ellison getting into a spat as to who is richer. It is an exercise in Forbe_futility.

    Beating your chest that your car can do 380km/hr is as consequential as a rabbit peeing in a donderstö?m. That’s what its like saying the R3 has oodles of internal memory. We can still use our SD card to install apps, remember? Besides we are not all Huber AppJunkies.

    Conclusively,there is this propensity for people to subliminally think that newer is always better. I call it the Newer Is Better (NIB) syndrome, which the Scientific Community is yet to address. Pity!

  5. Lord Harry, selfie is not important to you. Better battery rating is inconsequential. The extra screen real estate ain’t worth jack

    I said that selfie is not what we do all the time and when I need something really good, I can always have someone help me out with the primary camera or even give a try myself with the help of the highly glossy back cover mentioned in the article. No, selfie isn’t so important to me.

    Better battery rating is important to me but even more important when it translates to real life extended usage on the device when unplugged from a power source. The more recent and improved processor on the Tecno R7 could mean better battery management that will translate to longer usage on the Tecno R7 but there’s no air of finality in my statement.

    Like I said, the minimum screen I can tolerate on my primary devices going forward is 5″ and from this value up, other features of the phone begins to count in my decision making. No, extra 0.5″ cannot weigh more than extra 1GB of RAM no can no will it count more than the additional 3GB internal storage for apps.

    Mobile life is not all about game or all those graphic heavy productive apps and everyone certainly don’t need them, I agree but I like to know when I have need for those on the move that I can still have them. The hexa core on the Tecno R7 shouldn’t be played down that easily by tagging it “bragging right stuff” because it counts.

    The majority of humanity probably don’t need that screaming speed. Knowing your usage pattern, myself, you would agree the MULTIcore war is, mostly, a pointless war.

    I do agree that majority of humanity probably don’t need the screaming speed but claiming that the multi-core war is pointless is simply going overboard and your constant badgering on humongous screen size makes it appear as though that’s all that counts on mobile devices. The truth is that there is a limit to it all as you would have been toting a 10.1″ tablet from Samsung or any of the other manufacturers like Tecno even but of course, balance has to be maintained. People want something they can effortlessly use as mobile phones and tablets too but everyone isn’t going for 6-7″ phablets because majority of humanity are not visually impaired.

  6. I intened to buy Tecno R7.Does it come with powerbank,flipcase and does it have OTG like A111? Please those who have use it enlightened us please.

  7. @Austine:

    It comes with a power bank and flipcase cover but has no OTG

    Inside the Settings menu, there’s provision for USB device mount under Storage that has the instruction:

    Insert a USB drive for mounting

    or something like that. Does that mean that they are deceiving. consumers deliberately?

  8. @Austine:

    It comes with a power bank and flipcase cover but has no OTG

    Inside the Settings menu, there’s provision for USB device mount under Storage that has the instruction:

    Insert a USB drive for mounting

    or something like that. Does that mean that they are deceiving. consumers deliberately?

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