5 things this $1,100 foldable does better than the Galaxy Z Fold 4

  • 5 things this $1,100 foldable does better than the Galaxy Z Fold 4

It undercuts the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 by a significant margin, especially in the market it’s selling in.

After using the Tecno Phantom V Fold for a week, I'm surprised to find that it does five tasks five times better than the Samsung foldable, which costs $1,800. Although it seems impossible, it is actually true.

A bigger and more usable cover display

A bigger and more usable cover display

Compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which has a 6.2-inch front screen, the Techno Phantom V Fold has a 6.42-inch cover display. Not just size, but also aspect ratio, are important. The bigger cover display on Tecno's phone is more useful than Samsung's small form factor.

For instance, Instagram and other similar applications load stories more quickly and more comfortably on the screen. On the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Instagram Stories are shrunk to fit the screen, but not on the Phantom V Fold. It also improves the keyboard condition because the aspect ratio is bigger. The Tecno Fold's bigger, more conventionally sized keyboard makes typing easier.

I feel more secure handling the Phantom V Fold because of its broader form factor, and the Oppo Find N2 is similar. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 seems like it may easily slip out of my palm due to its thinner design. Although it hasn't yet, there's always a chance it will.

Better crease situation

Better crease situation

The waterdrop hinge of the Tecno Phantom V Fold reduces creasing and allows the screen to fold flat without a space between it. Samsung, on the other hand, chooses a type of hinge that, when folded, leaves a space between the screen and a deeper wrinkle on the inner display.

Tecno Fold has a surprisingly little creasing. You hardly notice your thumb when you run across it. The crease is still present, much like on the Oppo Find N2, however unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 4, it isn't a significant ding in the screen. I've always maintained that I don't mind the Samsung foldable's crease, and I still feel that way. However, a slight crease unquestionably improves usability.

Samsung's hinge does have certain benefits, though. For instance, unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the foldable Tecno Phantom V Fold lacks a bend function. The former may be set up such that it can be used when partially open, however the Phantom V Fold cannot. The Tecno smartphone opens with a pop of a hinge. To remedy this, a case with a kickstand is included in the box, allowing you to partially open the Tecno Fold and place it on a table.


Accessories in the box

. Accessories in the box

Even though the Phantom V Fold costs roughly 40% less than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in India, it comes with a tonne of accessories. In contrast to Samsung's foldable, Tecno includes a charging brick, cord, case with a kickstand, and a screen protector already affixed to the cover screen.

The Phantom V Fold's case features a built-in kickstand, which enhances the utility of the smartphone even though I don't often put a cover on my phone. It not only enables me to leave the phone open on a table but also makes holding the phone more comfortable. Because of it, I'm thinking about acquiring a kickstand cover for my iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Bigger battery with faster charging

Bigger battery with faster charging

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is still stuck on 25W fast charging for its 4,400mAh battery, and if the leaks are to be believed, it won’t improve on the Galaxy Z Fold 5. By contrast, the Tecno Phantom V Fold packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging and is rated to get to 40% with 15 minutes of charge.

After using a bunch of OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, and Realme phones, I’ve grown used to fast charging. I need it in my day-to-day life, and the Tecno foldable supports it. However, there is no wireless charging here, unlike the 15W wireless charging support on the Samsung foldable.

An unbelievable price

A foldable created by Tecno competes head-to-head with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 while costing much less. It's a fold at the cost of a flip, as MrMobile noted in his review of the Phantom V Fold. In India, the prices of the Oppo Find N2 Flip and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are actually more than those of the Tecno foldable.

As was said from the outset, the Phantom V Fold is priced at about $1,100 in the areas where it is offered, while the Galaxy Z Fold 4 costs $1,800. Better cameras, a more refined software interface, and Flex mode are all still features of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.



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