Tecno Phantom Z vs Phantom Z mini: features and specs comparison


The Tecno Phantom Z is Tecno’s latest flagship device that has gotten a lot of positive reviews from many African bloggers. A few months after it was released, Tecno released the Phantom Z mini. The two phones looked so much similar except the size and price. This made it a little harder for users to decide which of the two they should buy. In this post I show you the major difference between the two while highlighting key features and strengths. Before we delve into the  Tecno Phantom Z vs Phantom Z mini, I would like to mention that this is not a review but just a comparison of the two devices.


The Phantom Z has a bigger display than the mini with a 5.2′ screen while the mini is 5.0′. The major difference here is that the Phantom Z is a full HD display with a 1920*1080 resolution. This means that you will have a colorful, more vivid display on which to view your images and Video. The Z mini follows closely behind with a 720*1080 display which is equally good but not as good as the Z itself. If I were t choose, I would take the full HD (FHD) display over the HD.

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Both phones have a sleek design with thin bezels featuring Tecno’s new home button that also acts as a notification light. While we couldn’t verify the weight of any of them, the Phantom Z is 7.89mm thin while the Z mini is thinner by 1.29mm at 6.6mm.

Both charger/USB ports are located at the bottom of the phone with the ear phone jacks at the top. They also both have the same orientation for the power and volume buttons with the volume button to the left and the power button on the right. None of them have dedicated camera buttons.

The Phantom Z has leather non removable back while the Z has a metallic finish back.


Both of them have an 8MP front and 16MP back cameras The Phantom Z has a 16MP back camera while the Z mini has 13MP. Both have 8MP front cameras with dual flashes ( they have a flash both on the front and back camera) allowing you to take selfies even in the dark. As per Tecno, both cameras have been optimized for low light photography with BSI technology and wider apertures.

Memory and Processor

The Phantom Z has a clock speed of 2.0 Ghz while the Phantom Z mini has a 1.3 Ghz. Both are  octacore processor with 2GB RAM. The Phantom Z has 32GB inbuilt while the Z-mini has 16GB. Both of them have enough processing power to handle most of what you will throw at them. The memory should be enough but since a big percentage of it is used by the system, may be they should have included additional storage for the Z-mini.

Operating System

Both phones are shipped with Android 4.4 Kit-kat. It’s actually not stock Android since Tecno has it’s custom skin which they have not come out to name yet. We also cannot confirm whether their will be an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop for both devices.


The Phantom Z has a gigantic 3030 mAh which many have testified works well. The Phantom Z mini comes in closely behind with 2420 mAh which according to reviews is good too. One would need to do independent battery tests to confirm how good a battery is.


The Tecno Phantom Z comes with a 5200 mAh battery bank and a smart cover while the Phantom Z mini only has a smart cover and no battery bank. Both phones are dual SIM.


The Phantom Z is going for Ugx 1,100,000 while the Phantom Z mini is going for Ugx 770,000 at Tecno store Lugogo mall. So depending on your budget and the features you desire, you can now make a more informed decision.

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  • Guest

    You forgot to talk about storage… that’s one vital spec

    • I talked about storage in the “Memory and Processor” section

      • Nato

        Is there any removable memory card in the two fons?

      • showboy

        How about upgrad to 5.0 or 5.1
        When ptz mini will be upgraded?

  • Kate

    Camera on the Z mini is 13MP

    • Thanks for the correction. We shall edit that

  • grace

    I tried to restart my new phone but it is stuck there is words appear on the screen safe mode normal mode but it is stack. How can I solve this problem?

    • It’s normal, choose normal boot and it will restart. In the alternative, remove the battery and put it back and then switch it on. If it doesn’t work, take it to the Calcare centre.
      You might want to use http://www.dignited.com/answers to ask such questions

  • Stephen Gitau

    battery is removerable or?

    • The batteries of both phones aren’t removable

  • Kayaka Oduori Hamtala

    Phone is good generally. No problem detected . Thanks Techno. Upgrade to Android 5.0 or higher


    i PURCHASED PHANTOM Z MINI. The battery last for hardly for half a day without any usage. In case of usage the battery will last for 2 hours. Any solution please

  • Naomy Mitch Caddoly

    What’s the price of tecno phantom Z in dollars please.

  • SolaJ

    The Phantom Z mini does it for me. Stuff so foine.

  • Ibrahim S. Maina

    i have a problem with my tecno phantom Z, the battery swell up and it can no longer stay on, unless it is plugged in to power outlet/bank then i can be able to use the phone. can the battery be replaced?

  • Kelvin

    Please am have a problem in phantom z a7. Whenever i want to take a picture, play video, or someone call me the phone will off. I need help

  • Sylvestre R.

    The Z mini is really something, upgrade the android system and so the network.