Safaricom Opens Pre-orders for Tecno Phantom 6s


On Sunday, Tecno Mobile unveiled its 2016 flagship smartphone, the Phantom 6, at an event held in Dubai to signify the brand’s presence in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) market as well as to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The brand is reportedly expanding further to South East Asia and South America.

Unlike in past years, however, this year Tecno seems to have borrowed a leaf from the likes of Apple as it not only copied the naming convention but also launched a larger “Plus” variant of the Phantom 6.

In Kenya, one of the vendors of the new Phantom 6 is Safaricom. And since Safaricom doesn’t sell dual-SIM devices (of which both the Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus are), it is getting its own special model, the Phantom 6s.


The Phantom 6s is basically the Phantom 6 minus the extra microSIM card slot. That means that buyers will be getting a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display, a pair of 13 and 5-megapixel dual cameras at the back and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera on the front, 32GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD), 3GB RAM, Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Tecno’s custom overlay, HiOS, on top, a fingerprint sensor (even the Phantom 5 had it last year), USB Type-C, 4G LTE support and a 2,700mAh battery.

Those interested in picking up the Phantom 6s can take advantage of Safaricom’s pre-order offer, which is now live, and order the device. By doing so, they will be getting Tecno’s wearable device, the T-Band (see our review), a wireless speaker and 1GB data for free on top of their Kshs 27,000 purchase.