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.