Roland Fantom-8 review

The long-awaited return of roland's high-spec synth workstation.

  • £3,519

Roland Fantom-8

MusicRadar Verdict

A versatile powerhouse with bags of connectivity. We’re looking forward to seeing how the Fantom ‘platform’ expands in the future.

Well-built with a clear, snappy touchscreen

Powerful step LFOs, multimode analogue filter/drive and great sequencing, sampling and effects

Streams multiple audio channels over USB, CV/gate outs

No dedicated tonewheel organ/EP engines

Not enough ‘bread and butter’ scenes. No full ‘linear’ audio track recording or user multisampling (currently). Piano-roll editing is quite basic (currently)

No rack version; bulky at 27kg

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What is it?

Performance and verdict, the web says, hands-on demos, specifications.

The latest version of Roland ’s Fantom synth workstation has a brand-new, more direct interface, new sound engines and lots of connectivity/integration to bring things up-to-date. We’re looking at the 88-note Fantom-8 here, but you can also buy the Fantom-7 and Fantom-6, which have 76 and 61 keys respectively.

The new Fantom ‘platform’ uses Roland’s latest Zen-Core tech (basically a powerful new unified engine that contains PCM, V-Piano modelling and VA waves, in this instance), with processing headroom for future engine upgrades and additions.

The way the Fantom operates now revolves around ‘Scenes’. A Scene is much like the old Live Set (256 are available, more would be nice!) and is basically a container or snapshot of everything on the front panel.

One Scene can be made up of up to 16 Zones (each Zone contains controller and MIDI info, plus key ranges for controlling the native engines and external MIDI gear). Each Zone then contains a Tone (a Tone can contain up to four partials/oscillators). Each partial (oscillator) within a Tone can contain a completely different sound engine, including the modelled V-Piano engine, PCM (samples), VA modelling (up to nine wave types including Juno, SuperSaw, PCM-Sync or Noise). So there’s a lot on offer. 

PCM banks A and B contain 963 and 257 samples respectively, giving a total of 1,220 raw partial waves to build on across the four partials available within a Tone. To bring things further up-to-date, you’ll also find new Tones from the AX-Edge keytar, alongside classics from the Integra-7 and XV-5080, though there are none of the lovely Supernatural Acoustic Tones onboard (yet). 

Regarding hands-on control, there’s the standard issue Roland mod/bender, several assignable switches, two wheels (like the JD-XA) plus eight faders with LED level and LED ring dials for each of the 16 Zones (8 x 2 banks), plus one fader for USB audio streaming level from your DAW.

There are six high-resolution clickable knobs for editing under the screen (linked to six key performance parameters). Then you also get direct oscillator, filter, envelope and effect controls right on the front panel, which take you directly to the main areas of a sound you’d most likely want to edit on the fly. Roland has done a great job keeping things simple but effective, especially considering the power under the hood. 

In addition, there are 16 TR8-style step buttons for step-sequencing, which also take you directly to 16 instrument categories (to speed up editing and performing) and a rhythm track which allows you to chain drum patterns/sync them to the sequencer and then easily switch between each section/pattern onscreen. Finally, you have 16 pads (four banks) and these can be used for triggering notes, samples, audio, MIDI (internal/external), sequences and more besides.  

The Fantom-8 has a high-quality, great-feeling wooden PHA-50 keybed (like the RD-2000) but with aftertouch. All the new Fantoms feel and look the part and are built solidly throughout, with a metal front panel and under-key lip, plastic for the rear, sides and controllers panel and what appears to be a particle board base.

Switches feel positive, knobs and dials are smooth and high resolution, panel lighting is great for navigating and viewing stored values of knobs, and the new large colour touchscreen is the snappiest I’ve used in a workstation.

In fact, Roland has come up with the most intuitive workstation UI/UX design we’ve laid hands on to date; you can get at everything directly from the front panel yet, even when you dig deep, the Fantom never gets overwhelming (as the Yamaha Montage/Kronos can at times), plus all the lettering onscreen is of a size that can actually be read comfortably! 

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The new Fantom has a wide, warm, precise sound (with a tilt to the brighter/high-mid character) but with a punchy low end. With all the engines, deep-step LFOs and comprehensive modulation facilities, control matrix, Structures, VA filters and dual-IFX per-Zone (plus chorus and reverb), it feels engaging.

The stereo multimode analogue filter/drive (a workstation first) adds welcome character, and the V-synth-style Motional Pad (on screen) morphs seamlessly between four sounds. 

Downsides? Well, the Fantom would benefit from a dedicated V-Electric Piano engine with the same detailed control and full polyphony/note tuning as the excellent V-Piano engine. It also misses a dedicated VK-tonewheel organ engine (and those Zone faders are crying to be auto-mapped drawbars)!

Full ACB analogue-modelling engines (as in the System-8/Cloud) would also be welcome inclusions, along with linear audio tracks/user multisampling, and currently, Scene saving wasn’t saving all our tweaks.

However, these are early days for the new Fantom platform; Roland has laid the solid groundwork, which we’re sure will be expanded and improved soon. A solid return indeed! 

MusicRadar verdict: A versatile powerhouse with bags of connectivity. We’re looking forward to seeing how the Fantom ‘platform’ expands in the future.

"This is the workstation that the keyboard world needed. With so many people going the MIDI controller route, this is a breath of fresh air for the community." Keyboard Kraze

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  • Keyboard: 88 Keys (PHA-50 Wood and Plastic Hybrid Structure, with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel, channel aftertouch)
  • Sound Generator: ZEN-Core, V-Piano Technology
  • Parts: 16 Zones (Internal + External)
  • Scenes: 128 Scenes x 4 Bank
  • Tones: Over 3,500 Tones, over 90 Drum kits
  • Multi-Effects: 16 systems, 90 types
  • Part EQ: 16 systems
  • Drum Part COMP: 6 systems
  • Insertion Effect: 2 System, 90 Types
  • Chorus: 8 types
  • Reverb: 6 types
  • Master Compressor
  • Mic Input Reverb: 6 types
  • Analog Filter STEREO; Type: LPF1/LPF2/LPF3/HPF/BPF/Bypass, Drive, Amp
  • MIDI Tracks: 16 (Internal/External)
  • Pattern: 8 (per each Track)
  • Pattern Length 32 measures
  • Recording Method: Realtime recording, Step recording, TR-REC
  • Format: 16-bit linear, 44.1/48kHz, WAV/AIFF import supported
  • Maximum Polyphony: 8
  • Number of samples: 16 Pads x 4 Banks
  • Rhythm Pattern, Arpeggiator, Chord Memory
  • Controllers: Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever, Assignable Switch x 2 (S1/S2), Control Knob x 8, Slider x 8, USB Audio Slider, Wheel x 2, Function Knob x 6, Sound Modified Knob x 11, 4 x 4 Pad
  • Display: Graphic Type, 7", Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color/Touch screen)
  • Connectors: Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type; MAIN OUT Jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4-inch phone type); MAIN OUT Jacks (L, R) (XLR type); SUB OUT1 Jacks (L, R) (1/4-inch phone type); SUB OUT2 Jacks (L, R) (1/4-inch phone type); ANALOG OUTPUT Jacks(1,2)(1/4-inch phone type); Mic/Line Input Jacks: (1,2) (1/4 inch phone type/XLR type); 2 x CV OUT, 2x GATE OUT; FOOT PEDAL Jacks (HOLD, CTRL1,CTRL2,CTRL3); MIDI connectors (IN, OUT1, OUT2/THRU); USB MEMORY Port; USB COMPUTER Port (AUDIO/MIDI); 3 x External Device Port
  • Width: 1,432 mm
  • Depth: 439 mm
  • Height: 153 mm
  • Weigh 27.7 kg6


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The Scotty Cameron Phantom X 8 putter is large, modern mallet.  Two toe hang options plus adjustable weighting.  Feel is much improved from recent Cameron putters.

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After a few years of small releases, Scotty Cameron came to the 2019 PGA Show with a massive line of new putters.  In all, there are nine new putters: five different heads, most with two neck options.  In this review, I’ll take a look at the Scotty Cameron Phantom X 8 and Phantom X 8.5.

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There’s nothing traditional about the appearance of the Scotty Cameron Phantom X 8 putter.  That starts with the size and continues to the angular, futuristic shape .  At address, the Phantom X 8 and Phantom X 8.5 are the only all black putters in this line; every other  model has some silver.

Cameron refers to the Phantom X 8 as having “continuous alignment.”   Because there is no traditional top line, the milled alignment lines run the length of the putter uninterrupted.  The three dots define the sweet spot.  I prefer a putter without alignment aids, so I was surprised at how much I liked the look of the Phantom X, especially how the lines frame the ball.  The bright yellow paint will likely be a turn off to some, but it does provide sharp contrast.

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Sound & Feel

In my opinion, the Phantom X putters have the best feel of any Scotty Cameron in quite a while .  The face and flange are one solid piece of milled 6061 aluminum.  This gives the putter a firm, solid feel on impact.

As you would expect from a mallet, small mishits are hard to feel.  Large mishits can be sensed in the hands, but you have to make an aggressively bad stroke to get this putter head to twist.

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There is one key difference between the Phantom X 8 and the Phanton X 8.5: toe hang.  The Phantom X 8 is face-balanced .  Mr. Cameron goes overboard in referring to this as “Mid-Bend Shaft Technology,” but, marketing aside, this configuration is designed for the player with minimal face rotation in their stroke.

The Phantom X 8.5 has “Low-Bend Shaft Technology” which creates a slight toe hang .  This allows players with arcing strokes to take advantage of the performance benefits of a mallet.

The two major performance benefits of the Phantom X 8 are alignment and forgiveness .  I felt immediately comfortable aiming the Phantom X 8, and my results on short and medium range putts were excellent.  Additionally, these putters have the forgiveness you would expect from a modern mallet.  As long as you keep the ball near the center of the face, it will get to the hole on its intended line.

Finally, both Phantom X 8 models feature adjustable weight ports in the sole near the face.  Golfers can plug in weights of 10, 15, or 20 grams to customize the head weight to fit their swing weight preference.

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The Phantom X putters are a stark departure from Scotty Cameron’s normal flow of traditional head styles.  With the Phantom X 8 and Phantom X 8.5, he offers an interesting, futuristic shape with bold alignment help and a variety of ways to customize the performance.

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It doesn’t look all that futuristic. Not gonna rush out to try it. No mention of suggested retail price.

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I wouldn’t even be able to look at it, and I’m a mallet guy, a beat up old original GoLo Select, now wearing its fifth pistolino, lol.

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Looks like they haven’t done anything to the face to make the ball role better technology wise

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“It has to be a very bad mishit for the head to twist!” Was this based on ‘photo’s’ or feel? Because it’s widely accepted now, that ‘face balancing’ doesn’t prevent head twist! And in fact has little to do with ‘straighter putts’ or ‘putts holed’!

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The line you paraphrase is from the “Sound & Feel” section, so you can assume it refers to the way the club feels. Who said anything about toe hang/face balancing relating to head twisting? This head doesn’t twist on mishits because it has high MOI.

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Being a mallet guy playing now fangs style from Oddyssey (Nr. 7) and being happy with it, this is first Scotty which I am tempted to look at. These two paralel aiming lines are great and similar to fangs style. Years I played with one long line or three lines, but for me 2 lines like this is the best by far. i recommend trying to any mallet guy to give it a try, if you never had this 2 lines aiming aid.

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Waiting for Mr. Cameron to get back to making real putters. Until then Mr. Cameron! BTW, I still use a Custom 009 Mr. Cameron made for me about ten years ago. No need for gimmicks, just putters!

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I have a Newport 2 and it’s a classic that I love. That said I think these are outstanding putters with lots of choices for different strokes. I like the simple look of the #8.

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I have a Red X (original & mark II) mallet putters, plus a GoLo #8 mallet putter. I am interested in a Phantom #8.5 mallet putter as well now provided the current price is right.

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I’ve just put the 8.5 in the bag from a Newport 2. This putter is excellent. The feel is amazing, and the alignment lines really frame the ball well. I tend to struggle with alignment, and this system works well for me. I didn’t expect to like this putter, but I’m really enjoying it.

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Exclusive, elegant, and enigmatic eighth: rolls-royce phantom viii review.


By Siddharth Vinayak Patankar

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Published on October 17, 2017

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  • The first Phantom was introduced in 1925 to replace the Silver Ghost
  • The Phantom VIII is based on the RR's new 'Architecture of Luxury'
  • The new Phantom with its V12 engine can go from 0-100 kmph in 5.3 seconds

It is with measured precision and careful consideration that you call an automobile the very best car in the world. It becomes more special when you know that a new one comes along once every 15 or 16 years. The Rolls-Royce Phantom is that car, and it now has a brand new generation - the eight to be specific. The Phantom is a car that goes all the way back to 1925 when the name first came to life as a replacement for the Silver Ghost model line. Since then we have seen some stunning examples of the Phantom, including absolute gems like the Rajkot royal family's 1934 Phantom II dubbed the 'Star of India.' Rolls-Royce went through a change of ownership when it became a part of the BMW Group at the turn of the century, and the first new Phantom released in 2003 was watched closely to see if it upheld the legacy this name carries. It did that and then some - and established itself very quickly as a benchmark for the ultimate sophistication, ride quality and luxury. That it also sported a V12 engine - as all Rolls-Royces seemingly do - only added to its allure and credentials. The car got an extended wheelbase version in 2005, the Drophead Coupé (or convertible) in 2007, and the hardtop Coupé followed that a year later. The entire range received a major facelift in 2012 when we got the Series II Phantom.

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(Rolls-Royce's new 'Architecture of Luxury' - or aluminium spaceframe platform)

And now a whole 5 years after that comes the new Phantom VIII . The new car has a lot to live up to, and yet has to be more of the same - simply the best. So is it? Read on to find out. The new generation Phantom is actually 77 mm shorter than the previous car, and yet looking at it you'd think it's just as big. The car is taller by 8mm and wider by 29 mm though. But most crucial is that this is the first product on Rolls-Royce's new 'Architecture of Luxury' - or aluminium spaceframe platform. This will spawn all future Rollers - and yes I am talking about that upcoming SUV (Project Cullinan) too here. But it is flexible enough to also allow for the next Ghost family, and possibly even a smaller car to use the same architecture.

rolls royce phantom 8 face

(Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII gets a new face with improved styling)

Styling has taken a more evolutionary turn on the new Phantom and you will be forgiven for thinking it's a facelift at first glance. But look a second time and you see almost immediately that the imposing face is actually very different - while maintaining the same facade. The big standout feature - the pantheon grille is still as upright and large. But it is now blended into the rest of the face and does not stand out like a separate freestanding fitment. The top of the grille is flush with the hood and yet it is distinct enough for you not to confuse it with the Ghost or Wraith's. The LED headlamps are larger with a seamless daytime running light signature, and there is a distinct crease in the metal below the lights. There is a beautiful new feature - chrome surrounds on the windscreen that travel down all the way along the hood on both sides. It looks particularly striking on a two tone coloured car. It's a unique design feature and I was told by Giles Taylor, the head of design at Rolls-Royce that it is inspired by the reins on a horse. It really takes up the grandness of the whole design. The characteristic coach doors enhance the old world charm, and now they have a new feature. On the last car you had a button on the inside to automatically swing the heavy rear door shut - especially helpful on the longer wheelbase car with a massive door. Now you also have that on the front doors, and the door handles outside too have a button that lets you automatically shut all four doors. The rear is elegant and is finished in simple yet detailed LED taillights and a chrome-tipped dual exhaust.

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(The Phantom VIII comes in two paint finishes - Tuscan Sun and English White)

The test drive of this new car has brought me to picturesquely perfect Vitznau in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Rolls-Royce says I didn't just come here for the gorgeous vistas. It is the Swiss tradition of fine craftsmanship, attention to detail, and sense of privacy; as also the fact that many of its customers vacation here that we are meant to experience. It is my 6th Rolls-Royce road test, and that tells you how clever Rolls-Royce has been about expanding and updating its niche portfolio, despite remaining a company that makes few models and remains exclusive. My test car was finished in two paint finishes - Tuscan Sun and English White. The fleet of new Phantoms - the first anywhere in the world outside the Goodwood plant in England - were each finished in a different paint and interior trim. Of course for a car that starts at just under half a million dollars I don't have to remind you the level of customisation you can go for.

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(The cabin finished in tan, arctic white and black, along with Paldao veneer)

The cabin in my car is finished in tan, arctic white and black, along with Paldao veneer. The white RR monograms in the headrests, elevating footrests, massage function on all four seats, rear privacy glass, veneered rear picnic tables and steering spokes - all make you feel rather special. The signature starlight headliner in the car is also something that is uniquely Rolls-Royce and now uses over 1500 LEDs. New to the VIII, software allows the LEDs to be controlled individually so you can have different section light up. So if you switch on your reading light on the right rear seat only the starlight headliner section above you will come on to enhance the light you get. Neat! Rolls-Royce says in the future you would also be able to customise patterns in the headliner - like the constellation you were born under perhaps? I can totally see Chinese customers and maybe even Indian ones liking that idea!

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(Gallery representations done by artists commissioned by Rolls-Royce to create their impression on the Gallery Concept)

The new car gets what RR calls a 'gallery' - a glass encased space that stretches across the dash from the steering to the passenger side door. This space can be used to display everything from art work to your personal colour or finish preference, family crest or anything else. The possibilities are endless and my car has an arctic white design theme within the gallery. The bespoke CC clock is also enclosed within the gallery if you so wish. The whole idea is for the car to be sculpted in your image, and not for your image - as the company says. I was not so taken with the idea when I first heard about it to be honest. But seeing the many examples on display at the event hotel - and the limitless possibilities of the materials, finishes and designs you can choose - has won me over! I was sceptical about the safety aspect of having a glass enclosed panel on the dash, but have been assured that it meets all crash and safety related requirements and is not intrusive in any way.

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(The Rolls Royce Phanton VIII gets a 6.75 litre V12 beast under the hood)

The plush carpeting, champagne cooler, luxurious reclining seats, large touch screens and every creature comfort I could imagine are all tempting me to stay in the back seat. But after the first 20 minutes of being chauffeured I am now greedily jumping into the front seat. After all I do want to check out the new updated 6.75 litre V12 beast under the hood. It makes 563 horses and a massive 900 Nm of torque. It does 0-100 kmph in 5.3 seconds and has a governed top speed of 250 kmph. The transmission is still an 8-Speed ZF gearbox that has also been tuned to offer maximum performance in the 2500 rpm and under band. The reason? Rolls-Royce says data from the last Phantom customers shows they use the car mostly in that range. So the VIII now offers 50 per cent more power in that band as compared to the previous car. The suspension is sublime and the active dampers help keep the 'magic-carpet ride' intact.

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(Rolls Royce Phanton VIII gets anti-roll bars with electric motors)

Active anti-roll bars with electric motors contend with lean when you are taking a tight corner. Given the size and weight of this car, the electric motors do make the difference. The car takes tight hairpins and sharp corners with ease. Yes despite its size - and even more ably than the Phantom VII did. The rather large steering on the Phantom is a bit too light for my liking, but it is extremely precise. A feature I marvelled at when I drove the Series II Phantom VII in 2012 is there still on this one. So the gearbox still uses GPS to foresee where you are driving - and hence stays in the optimal gear to provide smooth driving no matter the twists, turns or undulations on the road ahead. The car's brakes are superb and in case you are wondering - there is no 'sport mode' or even paddle shifting on this one. The idea is not to focus on the dynamic - even though this car can go if needed - but rather emphasize the stately and elegant refinement buyers would desire. So the car moves from a standstill ever so quietly with no jerks whatsoever - and believe me I tried! It also comes to a halt similarly.

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(The Phantom VIII's cabin uses over 100 kgs of sound damping material)

And the cabin is oh so quiet, it's almost eerie! Even the engine is seldom heard unless you really try and floor it. The new Phantom uses over 100 kgs of sound damping material - and even the tyres have a special foam layer on the inside wall to reduce road noise. A nice side story from the engineering team here about the tyres and how they got them just right. It seems when the first set came in from supplier Continental, the team felt those tyres weren't spot on. So the supplier volunteered to send in some more iterations. They made 180 new sets! And all 180 different sets of tyres came in for testing on the car during its development. They went through each of those sets and then finally settled on the one I have on the production car with me. It is a great story, but it also gives you a sense of meticulous level of details they got into to develop a car like this. It is amazing to think that the car is now 75 per cent quieter than its predecessor - an already silent car to begin with! So between this and the magic-carpet suspension, you really feel like you are floating on a cloud! The view of the ample hood and the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament guiding you as you drive is an added kick. Like before, it can be retracted or raised - and is available in multiple finishes. So from chrome to sterling silver, even solid gold and in-lit crystal - buyers can choose from many variations of the enigmatic figurine.

rolls royce phanton 8 customisation

(Rolls Royce Phanton VIII gets a host of customisation option)

I could write many volumes about what else the car boasts of and some of the many technology and bespoke features it carries. You can customise all that to a large extent as a buyer too, and in fact can go as high as double the price of the stock car in customisations and additions! But at the heart of it the Phantom is truly an exceptional car - because there is none other like it. It does not have rivals in the car world - rather yachts and villas perhaps are its buyer's other distractions. The new Phantom really needed to deliver not just on the performance, luxury and snob appeal, but also carry the legacy of this rare and gilded nameplate. The new car does that with panache, an effortless élan and loads of style. I did switch from the driver's seat to the rear every now and then, and I can happily affirm the claim on this being something unique and rare in the automobile world. Now my only problem is - how am I ever coming down from cloud nine and getting back into - gasp - an 'ordinary' car ever again?

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Roland Fantom-08 review: Road-testing the all-rounder workstation

Multi-instrumentalist Andrea Smith takes the portable and powerful instrument across a European tour and reports her (mostly) impressive findings.

Roland Fantom-08

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Our verdict.

Keyboard workstations: just a lust for old-school tools? Or a bedroom musician’s new best friend? We think Roland’s new Fantom-08 synthesizer is the latter. Gear forums are full of seasoned enthusiasts bemoaning ‘today’s kids and their plugins’ but can you blame them when high-quality hardware costs so much?

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Roland’s made many different Fantoms over the years and navigating their differences can get perplexing. The top-of-the-range Fantom-8 will set you back an eye-watering £3,500. The confusingly-named Fantom-08, reviewed here, is a streamlined version of the flagship Fantom-8. It gives you the same hands-on workflow, massive ZenCore synth engine, and rich sequencing and sampling capabilities of its namesake at £1,750 – just under half the price. It’s versatile, packed with massive sounds, and loads of fun to create with. The catch? There’s no one big one, but rather a few little ones that avid piano players, session pros, or studio-heads will likely see as dealbreakers. But it’s a dream come true for a very specific type of musician.

The Fantom-08 might be aimed towards bedroom artists but it holds its own on even the biggest stages. For the past month, we’ve been on the road with one to see how it performs under the pressures of a pop tour.

Andrea Smith with the Roland Fantom-08

Sound-wise, ZenCore tech means thousands of pro-level vintage and modern sounds are included. The SuperNatural Acoustic, Acoustic Piano, and Electric Piano engines are incredibly detailed with the strings being a particular standout. You can use the pitch bend lever to achieve realistic orchestral swells and the S1 and S2 assignable switches to quickly and naturally switch between staccato, pizzicato, and tremolo articulations on the same sound. We found ourselves heavily favouring the Fantom-08’s strings over that of the Nord Stage 3, which it’s been sharing the stage with.

For under half the price, you get well over half the performance capability of the flagship Fantom. However, it doesn’t come with Roland’s incredibly detailed V-Piano engine, which keen pianists might find is a dealbreaker.

Physically, the Fantom-08’s weighted keys are just…fine. The keybed and action don’t have the satisfying feel of pricier keyboards like the Nord Stage – and the lack of aftertouch is unfortunate. In fact, the whole keyboard feels slightly toy-like in comparison. The tradeoff is its weight: a mere 14.8kg – every roadie’s dream.

Roland Fantom-08

What isn’t dreamy is Roland’s awkward terminology and programming workflow. In place of patches or programs we have ‘Scenes’, instruments are ‘Zones’ and sounds are called ‘Tones’.

Within each scene, you can go on a programming bender and save up to 16 layered zones. Feeling adventurous? You could fill all 16 zones with Zen-Core tones, each with four oscillators that you can filter, EQ, and add effects to individually. Then you can filter, EQ, and add effects to each of those zones. Then do the same at scene level and top it off with master effects. All that luscious detail can be recalled in one tap.

This seems like a wonderful idea until you actually try it out. The workflow is choppy and confusing and it’s very easy to save a scene without saving tone edits and vice versa. Also, Scene Remain – which lets you switch between patches seamlessly – is limited to just eight zones on the Fantom-08. This means any scenes with more than eight zones will cut out when you switch between scenes. This is all likely also a dealbreaker for many pros. The flagship Fantom doesn’t have this constraint.

Roland Fantom-08

You might be willing to live with these limitations for two reasons: you can effortlessly set keyboard splits at any key; and as a MIDI controller, it’s superb. An external instrument becomes another zone in your scene that you can layer, split, and add effects to – this is Incredibly useful in live performances. And compared to more expensive keyboards, programming MIDI parameters is a breeze.

Workstations as a songwriting and production tool are fairly retro. The Fantom-08’s sequencer embraces this with a nod to the iconic TR-808 drum machine of 1980. You can program the clip sequencer in real-time or step mode using the classic TR-REC pattern sequencer found on those beloved machines. You can then organise your patterns into groups and construct those into full songs – all without touching a mouse. It’s a gratifying way to get inspired and we’re happy to see piano roll editing on-screen as well.

As fun as this is, the complexity, affordability, and screen real-estate of composing on your computer is just too alluring. However, for gigging producers, Fantom-08 can be the ultimate life hack. The built-in audio interface and DAW integration with Logic Pro , Mainstage and Ableton Live aren’t exactly revolutionary in the studio, but it’s a gamechanger on stage. No more balancing a laptop on a music stand that’s blocking your view of the crowd.

Roland Fantom-08

The Fantom-08’s touchscreen is a discreet way to run your backing tracks and control your DAW while performing. Advanced output routing means you can send a click and tracks to your monitors and route your performance and tracks to the house, all using the keyboard’s interface. Plug into the mic input and use Fantom-08’s effects on your vocals; add in the 32-band stereo vocoder and DIY electro-heads will swoon. Ironically enough, the Fantom-08 doesn’t have phantom power so dynamic mics only and it’s a quarter-inch mic input, not an XLR which is frustrating.

Electronic artists and budding pop session players will get tons of value from the sampler section. Want to ditch the laptop completely? Upload your backing tracks and samples – up to 60 minutes or 2GB worth – and trigger them live with the 16 pads. You can also record directly to the pads using onboard sounds, your DAW, or the mic input. Capture or import to the keyboard multisampler for an instantly-pitched custom sound that you can manipulate just like the onboard tones. The options here are limitless.

With the Fantom-0 series, Roland’s set out to give wider access to its famed Fantom workstation. The Japanese brand definitely delivers. Seasoned pros might baulk at what it’s lacking compared to its namesake – aftertouch being an especially emotional trigger point for many – but the Fantom-8’s £3,500 price makes it an extravagant luxury for bedroom artists. Based on what the smaller, lighter, Fantom-08 brings to the table for the jack-of-all-trades musicians that today’s industry is shifting towards, at £1,750 it’s an absolute steal.

Andrea Smith with the Roland Fantom-08

Key Features

  • 88 weighted-action keys with Escapement and Ivory Feel
  • ZenCore and SuperNatural tech
  • Virtual ToneWheel organ with physical drawbars
  • Over 3,500 tones and 90 drum kits included
  • Storage for 128 scenes x 4 banks
  • Multi-effects engine with 16 systems and 90 types
  • DAW integration with Ableton, Logic/Mainstage
  • Quarter-inch headphone jack; quarter-inch balanced L/R TRS Main Out, L/R Sub Out; eighth-inch stereo phones Sub Out; quarter-inch L/R Line Inputs, TRS Mic Input; five-pin MIDI In/Out; USB Computer port, Memory port, External device port
  • Realtime and TR-REC pattern sequencer
  • 16 pad sampler and keyboard multisampler
  • 32 band stereo vocoder
  • 1393mm x 354mm x 138mm
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  • Lows So nice to ride in you might prefer it over your jet, finding a good chauffer is so hard these days.
  • Verdict The Phantom makes the ultimate luxury statement—and then has the temerity to live up to it.

No automobile shouts the presence of Old Money louder than the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Its massive size, stately proportions, and imperious upright grille—topped with the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament—make a statement that passersby can't look away from as they wonder who might be sipping champagne in the sumptuously padded rear seat. The Phantom hues to Rolls tradition—for now—by still being powered by a nearly silent gasoline V-12 under its long hood. A pillowy soft ride floats you gracefully across life's harsh bumps. Plush leathers, handsome veneers, and beautifully hewn metal trim surround you in the capacious interior; coach rear doors power themselves open and closed regally at the touch of a button. There are endless customization possibilities, but no matter the color or interior trim, the Phantom delivers on its reputation for extravagantly luxurious motoring.

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What's new for 2024.

The Phantom receives no updates for the 2024 model year, just a slight increase in pricing. The Phantom's styling, powertrain and features otherwise remain and provides the same luxurious feeling sedan from the previous model year.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The price of the 2024 Rolls-Royce Phantom is expected to start around $505,750 and go up to $660,000 depending on the trim and options.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Prodigious power is provided by a silken 563-hp twin-turbo V-12 paired with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Acceleration is brisk, but Rolls-Royce's claimed 5.1-second zero-to-60-mph time isn't anything you'd appreciate your chauffeur trying to replicate. The Phantom is better suited to easing along lazily; delicate inputs to throttle and steering are what it likes best. To say that the ride is smooth would be an understatement—imagine being carried aloft on a fluffy cloud. The Phantom practically levitates over the road; it features a pothole-spotting camera that helps the suspension adapt to road imperfections in real time. It's a library-quiet, sensory-deprivation cocoon.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

A Phantom owner's conspicuous consumption is matched by the car's penchant for consuming fuel. The EPA's fuel-economy estimates run as low as 12-mpg city, although the Phantom's 20-mpg highway rating actually bests the smaller Rolls-Royce Ghost's by 2 mpg. If we ever are lucky enough to have a chance to put the Phantom through our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test, we'll update this story with test results. For more information about the Phantom's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website .

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Acres of wood, metal accents, and vast expanses of supple leather cover the cabin, which is no surprise for a car of this class. But there’s so much more: for instance, should you want to use your Phantom to support the arts, you can specify custom artwork in place of the standard instrument panel trim. Rolls-Royce offers both a standard- and long-wheelbase version of the Phantom, the latter stretched by 8.6 inches, much of which results as additional rear-seat legroom. Rear-hinged coach doors open to allow graceful and dramatic arrivals and departures. Rear-seat passengers can be treated to myriad luxuries such as deep-pile carpeted floor mats, power-adjustable seats with massage, a refrigerated console compartment for libations, remote controls for the infotainment system, and much, much more.

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Infotainment and Connectivity

Speaking of infotainment, the Phantom comes standard with a large infotainment display artfully hidden behind a glass panel that stretches the full width of the dashboard. It's controlled via a rotary knob on the center console. Lest you think that rear-seat passengers are left out of the technology loop, the Phantom also features touchscreens that motor down from each of the front seatbacks to provide access to the car's audio and navigation systems, as well as a live-TV tuner so passengers won't fall behind on their favorite shows or sports while on the way to their next engagement.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Phantom's dizzying array of optional tech includes night vision and a distinct laser-light system, but Rolls-Royce also offers more conventional driver-assistance features such as forward-collision and lane-departure warnings as standard. For more information about the Phantom's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA ) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS ) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward collision warning
  • Standard land-departure warning
  • Available adaptive cruise control with night vision

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV and the smaller Ghost sedan , the Phantom comes with Rolls-Royce's four-year/unlimited-mile warranty and maintenance package as standard.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or unlimited miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or unlimited miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 4 years or unlimited miles


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4- or 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

ESTIMATED BASE PRICES: Phantom, $450,000; Phantom EWB, $500,000

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve V-12, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 412 cu in, 6749 cc Power: 563 hp @ 5000 rpm Torque: 664 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 139.8-148.5 in Length: 227.2-235.8 in Width: 79.4 in Height: 64.8-65.2 in Trunk volume: 19 cu ft Curb weight ( C/D est): 5650-5750 lb

PERFORMANCE ( C/D EST): Zero to 60 mph: 4.5-4.6 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.5-9.6 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.8-12.9 sec Top speed: 155 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 14/12/19 mpg

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Roland Fantom

Emerging from the mists of time comes the rejuvenated Fantom, Roland's new flagship workstation synthesizer.

Though Roland's Fantom workstation series hasn't been running as long as The Phantom (a popular American comic strip continuously in print since 1936), it still has, as electronic instruments go, quite a history. First released in 2001 as the 76-note Fantom FA76, the keyboard clung to its identity through a bewildering series of revamps and name changes, culminating in the top-of-the range Fantom G (which I reviewed in SOS January 2009 ). This was followed by the FA08, a more affordable, scaled-down descendant reviewed with typical incision by Gordon Reid in 2014. Since then, all has been quiet on the Fantom front (dramatic pause, drum roll)...

Until now (cymbal crash)! With little advance warning, Roland have unleashed a new flagship workstation-cum-synthesizer which builds on the Fantom's legacy with a brand-new design developed from the ground up for modern music production. Called simply the Fantom, it comes in three models: Fantom 6 (61 keys), Fantom 7 (76 keys) and the 88-key Fantom 8, henceforth referred to as F-6, F-7 and F-8. Given Roland's recent incursions into the world of modular and boutique synths, it comes as something of a surprise (though not an unpleasant one) to see them reviving this classic product line. But that's the thing with phantoms — they tend to come back and haunt you.

Fantom Design

Constructed of tough metal, the new Fantom is designed to stand up to the rigours of life on the road — just as well, because I can see many gigging keyboard players wanting to get their hands on one. Roland take pride in the instruments' keyboards: the F-8 uses the PHA-50 'progressive hammer action' (which simulates the subtle 'escapement' bump and slightly heavier bass-note feel of a real grand piano), while the F-6 and F-7 use the new semi-weighted SK-14 action. All three feature a newly designed aftertouch sensor. These actions are optimised for low noise, so when you're practising Jordan Rudess licks at 3am, the sound of furiously rattling keys shouldn't annoy your neighbours, partner or cats.

I opted for the semi-weighted action and chose the F-6 model for this review. Prior to that I'd spent some time playing the F-8 at Roland's Artist Relations Centre in London. Sadly none of my relations were there, but I appreciated the pianistic feel of the 88-key instrument, and subsequently found the F-6 action to be perfectly agreeable — though I must admit, I do miss the cheerful rattle of the old G6 keys!

The internal sound engine is identical for all three instruments. If you want to expand the F-6's five-octave playing range, you can use front-panel buttons to raise or lower the playing register by up to three octaves, while the 'transpose' button allows you to shift the key range in semitones, up to five down and six up (a little confusing, I feel: 11 semitones each way would have been better).

I was glad to see the new Fantom has old-school separate pitch and modulation wheels, an improvement on the all-in-one sprung-lever joystick used on previous models. But surprisingly, the joystick is still there, occupying pride of place at the front left of the instrument. I was all set to moan about the wheels being set back eight inches from the front (a design feature that invariably gets the raspberry in keyboard reviews), but in light of the joystick's inclusion, it's probably the only way it would work — and anyway, I've got long arms.

Something New

Reflecting the age we live in, the instrument's seven-inch colour touch–screen offers smartphone-style scrolling on some of the longer menus. The back panel sports five USB sockets: two handle, respectively, data back-up and computer connection, the other three are for connecting external devices. This computer integration enables the Fantom to control popular DAWs such as Logic Pro X, and when connected to apps such as Logic MainStage, plug-in parameters can be displayed on its touch-screen. At present no software editor is available; Roland feel that's not a high priority given the complete, comprehensive user interface and high-resolution touch-screen.

Other innovations include colourful RGB pads, a fun 'motion pad' (reminiscent of Omnisphere 2's Orb and the Korg Wavestation Vector joystick), which mobilises the volume balance of four layered sounds, either manually or automatically. In addition to the regular filter (details below), there's an onboard analogue filter with its own dedicated audio outputs, handy if you want to run external signals through it. Applying the analogue filter to internal sounds involves a somewhat counter-intuitive effects-routing palaver, but once I'd figured it out I was rewarded by a sound that was subtly warmer, fatter and undeniably louder, with optional overdrive and a hint of amp simulator thrown in.

Features carried over from the G series include chord memory (which enables a large menu of preset chord shapes to be triggered with one finger), an arpeggiator and step LFO, which can be used to create beats and synth phrases.

Modus Operandi

While the new features are all useful, in my book the most important innovation in the new Fantom is its performance concept, which I feel will make life a lot easier for players. Gone are the unnecessarily proscriptive Studio/Live/Single modes of the Fantom G; in their place is an open, mode-free architecture with instant access to sounds, controls and features.

Editing is instant: if you want to adjust the filter on a synth, you can reach for the large, brightly illuminated cutoff knob and immediately start twirling, whereupon a back-lit interactive graph displaying filter cutoff and resonance settings in a combined curve appears on screen. Cease twirling for a second or so, and the graph disappears. No need to scrabble about with 'patch edit' and 'filter' buttons before making changes — you can perform real-time edits as you play, with no trace of sonic discontinuity.

Other quick-change panel parameters include illuminated rotary ADSR controls for amp, filter and pitch envelopes, each of which displays its own interactive graph when you make a change. For deeper, more deliberative sound editing, there are 'zoom' and 'pro' edit modes, the former being a selection of the latter's most commonly used settings.

Return Of The V-Piano

To backtrack slightly, in 2009 Roland released an intriguing new digital piano. Part of the company's 'V' series (V-Drums, V-Guitar, etc), the V-Piano cost over five grand and weighed in at a back-breaking 38kg, so was never going to be the stage piano of choice for your average gigging musician. However, it had one distinct advantage over its competitors: rather than using samples, the piano sound was created by physical modelling.

Doing away with samples meant there were no awkward jumps in timbre between keyboard zones and dynamic layers — this thing sounded utterly smooth, and the overall piano timbre (modelled on classic grand pianos with additional innovative timbres) was attractive and convincing. My SOS colleague was impressed, and leading players added their plaudits. (Read Nick Magnus's review in the May 2009 issue.)

Fans of the V-Piano will be glad to know that the instrument has been revived and now lives on inside the new Fantom. Benefiting from new coding and improved sound quality, it sounds great — vibrant, bright and open, the most playable workstation piano I've come across. The piano is infinitely customisable, offering users control of lid open/shut position, hammer, damper and key-off noise, resonance settings for string, damper, key–off, cabinet and sound board, and duplex scaling (no, I didn't know what that was either).

You can also change the volume level, tonal character (harder, or more mellow) and tuning of each key. The latter will be welcomed by users who write music in non-Western tunings, and could also be used to create a realistic honky-tonk effect!

This durable, epoch-spanning keyboard workstation looks set to be a future classic.

Structural Overview

In the new Fantom, the smallest indivisible unit of sound is called a wave, which could be an instrument multisample or a single drum hit. At the time of writing Roland haven't published a wave list, but I counted 2108, spanning the gamut of musical timbre from acoustic to electronic.

A single instrumental sound called a 'Tone' consists of four partials, each housing a wave of some description.

There are over 3500 tones, presented in containers called 'Zones'; a 'Scene' contains 16 zones, and you can specify different MIDI receive channels (though, apparently, not 'omni' mode) for each one.

The Fantom's separate zone, scene and master effects makes for some quite complex effects routing!

Scenes, which store effects, EQ settings and sequence data for each zone, are the Fantom's default performing state. A Scene Chain function allows you to assemble live performance playlists, and/or group together your favourite scenes for quick access. Scenes are stored in four banks of 128, with 16 visible on screen at one time: the banks contain 272 factory presets, leaving 240 slots free for user scenes. There are also over 1800 empty slots where you can save your tone edits.

The Fantom incorporates three sound engines, called Zen-Core, Drum and the aforementioned V-Piano. The mysteriously named Zen-Core fuses a new synth sound engine (based on VA technology developed for the V-Synth) with Roland's long-standing PCM engine, and is used to produce the sound of a single instrument such as an organ or synth. As you'd expect, the prosaically named 'Drum' engine contains a collection of drum and percussion kits, with a different sound on each key.

At present the instrument's ROM size has not been disclosed, but I can tell you that, in practical terms, polyphony is unlimited — you can perform full-range piano glissandi with the sustain pedal down over an elaborate sequenced backing without any trace of voices dropping out or glitching.

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TECNO Phantom 8 Review: Great Dual Camera Phone but There’s More

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Together with a robust marketing strategy, it is not difficult to ascertain why these devices fly off the shelves. In fact, there are occasions I have walked into a shop, only to be told that a certain Tecno model is unavailable because people scooped them all. Retailers love devices that fly off their shelves, and by extension, the OEM, which is Tecno in this case, sees gainful strides in terms of revenue. Generally speaking, it appears that Tecno has used these revenues in the best way possible (those commercials you see on TV, print and online media are costly) – and the results are evident.

The device of the hour is the Tecno Phantom 8. I have played with this baby for some time, and I’m fairly certain that I’m in a better position to give readers a concrete overview about it. In case you are not aware, the device was unveiled in Dubai in October , and a local launch was done in mid-November. The Phantom 8 is the successor of last year’s duo, the Phantom 6 and 6 Plus. No, a generation has not been skipped. Rather, this is how phone manufacturers roll nowadays. Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8? iPhone 8 and 8 Plus? See the correlation? Great.

That said, lets dive in.

Key specs and hardware overview

The Phantom 8 is a large device. I get most of us are used to large phones, which range from the budget segment all the way to premium devices. Large phones are mainstream; in fact, the term phablet has since been phased out for the same reason. Stretching at 5.7”, this is a good balance between the Phantom 6 with its 5.5” diagonal and a 6.0” for the Plus. It should also be noted that it uses IPS technology. It looks good enough for its price, and while I wish it were brighter in outdoor conditions and a tad dimmer during those late-night stalking activities, it admirable nonetheless. At 1920 by 1080, it packs sufficient pixels as well, so images and videos will look crisp.

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What is more, you can tune the screen your liking with MiraVision. The tool allows adjustment of picture mode, where colours can be changed to a vivid, standard or user mode. Depending on your eyeballs, you can pick what suits you best. Personally, I prefer the standard mode, which, if you are really keen, tends to oversharpen images. It is something I have mostly noticed especially when watching videos. It is not a deal breaker, and there is a good chance you will not observe the artefact.

When ‘user mode’ is enabled, you will access additional metrics such as basic colour tuning in terms of contrast and saturation, advanced colour tuning that includes adjustments in sharpness and colour temperatures, as well as a video enhancement toggle. I’m glad these settings are here for those who want their screen to render in certain manner. All in all, this a great display for media consumption. You will not be disappointed.

Everything else on the front panel is pretty standard. At the top, an earpiece is flanked by a 20 MP camera and LED flash. A notification LED, thankfully, is included. The lip of the phone is equipped with capacitive keys, which, sadly, are not backlit. I’m yet to understand why this decision was made, but I hope Tecno abandons them for modern, onscreen buttons. Also, you will notice that the device has sizeable bezels that unnecessarily increase the overall footprint of the device.

The back of the device is plastic (not a necessarily bad decision), which does a nice job of aping glass – but looks beautiful if you manage to keep it clean. In my opinion, the material choice does not bother me, but glass should have been a better choice because it is more premium. Anyway, it is a fingerprint blackhole and accumulates smudges at an alarming rate. Worse, it easily scratches. Both can be mitigated by snapping in the included clear, sturdy case. It increases the mass of the device, but on the bright side, your Phantom 8 will be protected.

Notably, 2017 continues to be the year of dual camera sensors, and the Phantom 8 fits into that narrative. It packs 12 MP and 13 MP cameras with a slight protrusion at the back with a triple-tone LED flash. The fingerprint scanner, which is favourably recessed is above the TECNO logo. A subtle Phantom 8 branding is present as well.

The sides, which are metallic for sturdiness, are home for a hybrid SIM slot (left), volume rocker and power key on the right, a headphone jack at the top (I prefer it at the bottom) as well as a speaker grill and a modern USB C port at the bottom. It is a complete package that does not skip on the basics.

Handling and feel is fantastic, although a tad heavy and slippery. These are issues that can be corrected if Tecno decides to drop the now older screen aspect ratio at 16:9 for a newer. 18:9 AR. That way, Tecno can even fit a larger display on shrunken footprint, which is all we want.

You can check what is under the hood on this spec sheet post but as a recap, there are 6 gigs of RAM, a MTK Helio P25 chipset and a 3500 mAh battery that supports very fast charging.

Battery performance

Tecno may have reduced the size of the Phantom 8 in comparison to its predecessors but that does not mean longevity has seen a cut as well. Admittedly, for the first two days, I was quite unimpressed with battery behaviour, until the device miraculously learned my usage pattern. It is great, to say the least.

My usage pattern includes heavy online music streaming via Bluetooth speakers, heavy use of social media, media consumption via YouTube and occasional camera use. I do not play games on my phones, nor do I let my device idle for long. With this pattern. I managed to hit 5-6 hours of screen on time (with about 60% of screen brightness). In other words, this is an easy two-day battery for frugal users or a full day even for heavy users.

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Lastly, there are a tone of battery settings, including an ultra-power mode that dumbs the phone down with basic features. These options are available to help users squeeze additional usage in case they are not close to a power socket.

Software and performance

The Phantom 8 is packed to the brim with a lot, and I mean a lot. I covered most of them here . In summary, think of what Touchwiz was a couple of years ago. That is HI OS v3.0.0 for you, and if that is a bit confusing, imagine this scenario: you can lift the device to receive a call sans hitting the RECEIVE button. You can micromanage how apps behave. What is more, you can theme the entire system, switch between fonts, and so many customization options.  Accompanying these features are a lot of apps that no one asked for. Some of them push ads to the lock screen, which is annoying. However, these are things you can disable. Sadly, most of these apps cannot be uninstalled.

Phantom 8 Lockscreen

Fortunately, the device does not break a sweat pushing these features to action. Apps open fast, and you can keep most of them in memory. I tested up to 30 apps, which switched back and forth without refreshing. I like that.

I don’t know if performance will remain constant for the next 12 months because phones slow down over time. For the moment, performance is not an issue.

Fingerprint performance

This is a great fingerprint scanner if you set it well. I had a stretch of bad luck at first, with multiple inconsistencies. This was solved when I registered each of the two fingers I use twice. Also, you might want to use a case as it helps in reaching it with minimal fumbling.

Tecno Phantom 8 Back

There are three of them; two at the back and one on the front. Tecno couldn’t skip the urge to include a dual camera, which is a welcome addition. Notably, there are several ways Tecno could have implemented this; use a normal and ultra-wide sensor like LG, adopt a colour and b/w sensor the Huawei way, or wide angle and telephoto like Apple does.

Tecno’s approach is the last one with a normal 12 MP and a tele 13 MP sensor with 2X zoom that does not compromise on quality, at least in theory.

The camera app has several shooting modes. One of them is Refocus that focuses on a subject and blurs the background.

I’m no camera expert, but I will tell you the photos taken by the Phantom 8 are rich in fine detail when the primary 12 MP camera is used to the fullest. While noise can be spotted in tricky setups, especially in low light, colours are nicely balanced.

However, this is not the case when the secondary camera is used especially in portrait mode. Edges are inaccurately cut, and blurring is done wrong in some occasions.

Phantom 8 Refocus

Its rate of success is below average, and okay results are pegged on distance between the subject and the background. Fortunately, these are issues that can be improved with software updates.

Phantom 8 Refocus

The front camera is excellent. The details are there, colours are well balanced, and there is no way you will get poor self portraits with it.

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Lastly, you will get cleaner images if you keep the standard 1.0x zoom distance, and while you will get zoomed in images at 2.0x, quality depreciates significantly with washed out pictures.

Key findings and others

  • The Phantom 8 has lots of storage at 64 GB and as of writing this review, I haven’t filled half of it.
  • Music playback is fair, but I have heard better quality from competitors. On the bright side, the included earphones are awesome.
  • Speakers sound okay and loud.
  • No, there is no wireless charging here.
  • The device also lacks some form of Ingress Protection, so do not put it under water.
  • Hi OS v3.0.0 could be leaner. It feels a little bloated with a bunch of features that are not necessary. Also, it ships with Android 7.0, which is not the latest around. The company has not given a word about the Oreo ETA, but my guess is that it will happen in the course of Q1 2018.
  • Camera performance is great for the price.
  • Battery life is terrific.
  • Day to day performance is admirable.
  • Diamond Fire Design is a drastic departure from Tecno’s previous design concepts. In this case, the back of the device has a polished glass back that reflects light to give a shimmering touch that reflects light. It looks great, but just make sure you keep your cleaning cloth around.

The Tecno Phantom 8 is available across multiple stores, including official Tecno outlets for KES 37,000. Telkom Kenya sells it for the same price, with a gift hamper and 2.5 GB of free data.

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Now please do a comparison with it’s sibling from another mother, the Zero 5, I feel from this review like they are too similar to be different. But the tecno is more expensive! It would be wonderful if we can understand why.

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I noticed some apps (e.g. Outlook, gmail, yahoo, skype and the likes) which i expect to be giving notifications die off after some time. For example, if i open skype, it refreshes and i get notifications which i presume i should have been able to get as soon as they were sent. The notifications for new messages will keep coming even after i close the app, then they stop until i open the app again. How can i solve this? Is there a background service stopping them?

This is an issue with HiOS. It freezes apps to save on battery life and improve performance. It’s a win-loose situation.

thanks for the info. is it a feature i can disable? i really need some of these notifications as soon as they’re sent. for example it doesn’t happen for whatsapp

Check under Hi Manager and disable all power saving features.

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These elegant putters will mostly suit current mallet users, those with straighter strokes or golfers that prioritise a forgiving, stable clubhead that is easy to align. They will also unquestionably add a touch of class to any bag.

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Firm, stable feel and premium aesthetics

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This popular mallet range was recently extended with the launch of the Phantom X 11.5 model and this certainly enhances the offering. It is undoubtedly more traditional in looks - gone is the yellow color scheme and in comes a white sightline on a black flange, making alignment easer to see.

The squat mallet shape is also very appealing - it is large enough to offer great stability without looking or feeling cumbersome. Performance wise, this putter is excellent. It was consistent from long range and short putts fell in with regularity, just because of how well balanced the overall design was and the resulting timing we were able to achieve.

We also really enjoyed the stock pistol grip, which is thicker at the top to sit in your hands more comfortably and encourage better control of pace and the face.

If you're looking for a premium-looking mallet that performs, the Scotty Cameron 11.5 is one of the best putters out there right now.

2020 Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putters Review

Crafted from the best materials with the attention to detail you expect from Scotty Cameron, the Phantom X mallet range really is a thing of beauty. There are nine different head-shape and shaft-bend options to choose from, each offering something a little different depending on your visual preferences and stroke type.

We naturally gravitated towards the .5 models, which have a lower shaft bend that provides a little more toe hang. This helps ease the transition from a blade-style putter.

 The other helping hand comes from the fact these putters are a little smaller than you expect, especially compared with the oversized Futura range, without seemingly any drop off in forgiveness.

You’ll notice the loud, high-pitched ‘ping’ at impact. This is a result of the very shallow face milling and might not be to everyone’s taste. The milling pattern also contributes to what is quite a firm yet responsive feel.

The #5.5 is the smallest in the range and is ideal for those who don’t want to be bombarded with sightlines. The all-black top of the #8.5 (right), with its long, neon yellow sightlines, not only helps frame the ball but also lets you see the path of your stroke.

In terms of looks and overall performance, though, it was the #12 model that really stood out. It felt the most stable and the smoothest overall.

The new Pistolero Plus grips are still quite slim but do have less taper at the bottom to create more even grip pressure across both hands. There are five different grip options available

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One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

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Roland Fantom 8 Review

We rated the Roland Fantom 10/10. This high-end workstation keyboard and synthesizer is semi-weighted and has 88 full-sized keys and aftertouch. We love the crispness of this instrument and the expendable sound engine. The updated sequencer and multiple mic inputs are two other notable features in this model. Since this hybrid-built instrument serves so many musicians well, we decided to give it a full 10!

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Roland Fantom 8 review

The Roland Fantom 8 is a synthesizer and workstation keyboard. It is also this company’s current flagship synth! In this Roland Fantom 8 review, we will be taking a peek at the pros and cons, specs, and features of the instrument. 

At every turn, FANTOM fulfills the need to create. Its smooth, rapid workflow has no confusing modes, frustrating technical limits, or trade-offs with sound quality. FANTOM’s creative process reflects how today’s musicians work, with fluid composition tools, instantly recallable creative environments, and deep computer integration. “ (

The instrument is also known for its great connectivity: 


While FANTOM is powerful by itself, its powers grow exponentially when connected to other gear like computers or analog synthesizers. FANTOM can control software synthesizers directly from the touchscreen, drive modular and analog synthesizers from its dual CV/Gate outputs, and is also a high-quality audio interface capable of 16 stereo outputs and 3 stereo inputs.” (

Roland 8 Feature

Hybrid build.

Like many high-end keyboards, the Roland Fantom 8 is built with a hybrid of wood and plastic. 

Expendable Sound Engine 

Up to 88 keys and aftertouch .

Amazon offers several packages of the Roland Fantom, including a 61, 76, and 88 key packages. It is not very common to find a full-sized, 88-key synthesizer. While most models are shortened for the purpose of space and ease of travel, it is really nice to see that this company is taking the leap and giving musicians the option of a flagship model, a full-sized synth. 

Aftertouch is one of those features that almost every musician looking to get a synth is ‘after’ these days. Aftertouch adds more expression to your playing, because it sends more information about the performer’s pressure on the keys, to the system. 

The PHA-50 hammer-action keyboard with escapement is another gold star to add to the Fantom 8. Hammer action is extremely uncommon in synths. 

Ebony and Ivory Feel

While there have been several Roland Fantoms before the 8, this model is the only Fantom to include the simulated ebony and ivory touch. 

MIDI Compatible 

Just plug it in and go. Like the Fantom’s before it, the Roland Fantom 8 is MIDI compatible, so you can produce your own tracks through a USB to MIDI cable. This instrument also offers internal recording as well. You can track up to 16 zones, with 8 patterns per track. 

Multiple Mic Inputs 

This model contains two mic inputs, which gives you even more options when it comes to live performances. 

Updated Sequencer 

The Fantom’s updated pattern sequencer now offers different kinds of sequencing. The TR-REC sequencer 

Sounds Based on Partials and the Overtone Series

The sounds on this instrument were informed by partials/ the overtone series, so they are far more rich and natural sounding than what you will find on many other synths. 

The human ear likes to hear overtones. The overtone series is a mathematical proportion of sound when it is duplicated. If you have a tube (like a flute) and you overblow the same note in order to get a different note (by doubling the airspeed), it would result in the following sequence: 

Root (original note), fifth above, fourth above, major third (above), minor third, etc. As the series goes, the stack of notes actually gets gradually out of tune- but not in a bad way. 

If you are interested in learning more about this theory, check out this Wikipedia page on the Harmonic Series.

Build to be Crisp: Behavior Modeling Chips 

Rolands behavior modeling chips help this instrument to be powerful, and to transition from patch to patch really easily. This piece of hardware is Roland-specific, so you won’t find it in another brand of synth. 

Roland’s Last Analog Synth 

This instrument is technically an analog synth. Roland has stated that, after the Fantom 8 and the Jupiter, they will not be making any more of them! This is all the more reason to get one sooner rather than later. 

Analog synths use different types of oscillators than digital synths . And while many makers argue that digital can successfully replicate the audio of analog, we musicians all know: it simply can’t. Like the old tube amps, there’s just this quality that can’t be replicated digitally. 

Over 3,500 Tones

100 tones? Great. Over 3,000 tones? Even Better. This workstation has a ton of options when it comes to voices. Not to mention, all of these are from Roland’s world-renowned Supernatural sound engine. 

The Fantom 8 boasts 90 drum kits as well. Let’s check out some of the tones before we get to the specs. 

This all-playing no-talking video gives us a good taste of what the Fantom 8 sounds like.

Here was my impression and thoughts of the voices:

  • The lows and gritty voices sound rich and blend well
  • The drum sounds are extremely high quality
  • The brass and wind simulation sounds are pretty convincing for synth sounds as well. The quality that the harmonic-informed voice-making had on this instrument was astounding. 
  • While the articulations of synth winds will never be quite the same as that in an orchestra, the feel is so very right
  • The more traditional EDM and other dancey sounds were crisp and profession
  • Some of the drum sets we hear later in the video sound like something you might hear off the radio!

Split and Layer

Splitting and layer will allow creatives even more options within the 3,000 + voice soundbank. Mix and match sounds with different timbres, or layer them on top of each other.

Other Features

Other features included in the Roland Fantom 8 are: skip back sampling, V-link, and a new dynamic pad bank. It also has the first color-LCD screen in a workstation synth. 

The PC slot allows musicians to back up their tracks and other data, as well. The Roland Fantom 8 is an analog synth, like the Jupiter (as we mentioned earlier). While the company was very clear that they won’t be making any more Jupiters, the Roland Fantom 8 actually offers filters from the Roland Jupiter keyboards. 


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  • Weight: 59.5 pounds (88-key version)
  • Instrument Type: Workstation Keyboard Synthesizer
  • Mic Inputs : XLR or ¼ inch (x 2) 
  • LFO’s: 128 
  • CV / Gate Outputs : 2
  • Pedal Jacks: 4
  • MIDI: In, out, through

Who Is It Suitable For?

The Roland Fantom is suitable for adults of intermediate experience and above. While the price of almost 4k may be a limitation to some, the instrument itself is easily accessible to non-professionals. Sweetwater boasts that the Roland Fantom 8 has ‘no hard modes’, so pretty much any musician can navigate it. In conclusion, the Fantom 8 is great for both hobbyists and professionals, as long as they can afford the hefty price tag. 

The Instrument in Action 

Here is Guitar Center’s overview and demo of the instrument.

According to Scott, the Fantom is going in a different way than the synthesizers before it. It has a unique workflow feel that will suit many different styles of players.  In less than a minute into this 30-minute review, you can hear just how resonant those overtones are. 

Musical artist and director Ashton Miranda did a video on their reaction to the Roland Fantom 8.  

Let’s see what he has to say about this iteration of the Roland Fantom:

  • This is a totally new keyboard
  • It is fantastic
  • He was able to play comfortably with complete expression (for the first time on a Fantom)
  • It has a new CORE sound engine, which has taken sounds into the future 
  • The pads and strings sound as good as the plugins he uses regularly 

To hear a musical director say that the sounds are as good as the plugins that he has (likely paid) thousands of dollars for individually…wow. Just, wow! 

Roland Fantom 8 Pros and Cons

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  • The Roland Fantom 8 offers multiple packages, so you can choose how many keys you’d like to have on your instrument
  • There are two mic inputs
  • The updated sampling and pattern sequencers allow more options on a Fantom model than ever before
  • One of the sound engine options has unlimited polyphony
  • The other option has 256 notes of polyphony. While many synths are limited in polyphony, this model certainly isn’t 
  • This instrument is analog and multi-timbral
  • The workstation is easy-to-navigate, making it accessible to many players
  • The soundbank was based on the harmonic series, making the sounds more resonant and natural than that of its competitors 
  • You can change almost everything about the sounds within the V-piano engine, including the tuning 
  • The instrument has 1 gig of internal memory 
  • Because this is a workstation synth, you’ll need to play it with headphones in or connect the instrument to external speakers (there are no internal speakers) 
  • The 88-note version of this instrument weighs almost 50 pounds, which can make it a little difficult to carry. Consider all three of the key lengths before purchasing! 

Amazon Ratings

Despite the Roland Fantom being the newest Roland synth, it only received 3.9 stars on Amazon. Let’s see what the musicians who bought this enjoyed, and what they didn’t: 

What They Liked: 

  • The instrument has been getting gradually better since 2019 given the updates the system has been given
  • It is a competitor with the Yamaha Montage and Korg Kronos 
  • Everything is customizable 
  • The keys are full-sized

What They Didn’t: 

  • The system updates are quite tedious, and often, required, in order to keep using your instrument 

It seems that many of the poor ratings are the result of broken keys in the mail, and system update requirements. The first is in the hands of the post office, and the second is to be expected with an instrument as high-tech as this one. A ll in all, I didn’t see any big musical dealbreakers with the Roland Fantom 8. 

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Comparable instruments.

Keyboards that are often compared to the Roland Fantom 8 include:

  • The Korg Kronos ($4,199.99)
  • The Yamaha Montage ($3,999.99) 

The Korg Kronos is quite comparable to the Fantom in price. Like the Fantom, it also has three package options of 61, 73, and 88 keys. The Kronos has a whopping 9 sound engines. And, like the Fantom, it also boasts seamless transition technology. 

The Yamaha Montage is exactly the same price as the Roland Fantom 8, and comes in the three key packages options, too. The hammer action keybed and aftertouch make both instruments solid competitors of one another. I suggest you try both out and see which brands key feel you enjoy the most. 

Some musicians also compare the Roland Fantom 8 to the Nord Stage 3 ($4,699.99) . If you are in the market for a stage keyboard rather than a workstation synth, this is an excellent option.

In conclusion, the Roland Fantom 8 is a great full-sized synthesizer workstation. Serious hobbyists to full-blown professional musicians will be more than happy with this beautiful instrument. 

I hope you’ve found this Roland Fantom 8 review to be helpful. Until next time!

Roland Fantom 8 Review

  • The other option has 256 notes of polyphony. While many synths are limited in polyphony, this model certainly isn’t
  • The soundbank was based on the harmonic series, making the sounds more resonant and natural than that of its competitors
  • You can change almost everything about the sounds within the V-piano engine, including the tuning
  • The instrument has 1 gig of internal memory
  • Because this is a workstation synth, you’ll need to play it with headphones in or connect the instrument to external speakers (there are no internal speakers)
  • The 88-note version of this instrument weighs almost 50 pounds, which can make it a little difficult to carry. Consider all three of the key lengths before purchasing!

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First Look: Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putter Line

First Look: Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putter Line

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First Look: Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putter Line

Cameron Brings the Bulk in 2019

According to Scotty Cameron , 2019 will be the year of the mallet. OK, that’s my assumption. I have no idea if he thinks that or not, but when I look at the putters that he is releasing this year, what other conclusion can I really come to?

First, last week he announced that he is expanding the Select line by two mallets ( Fastback 2 and the Squareback 1.5 ). Now I realize that adding two putters to an existing line is not really a year-of-the-mallet harbinger, but in defense of my supposition, Scotty will also be releasing  nine additional mallets in 2019!

That’s right; the new Phantom X line will consist of only mallets, nine of them to be precise. Admittedly, neck options are responsible for some of that nine count, but it’s noteworthy that the new Phantom X line will feature  nothing but mallets . These are no run of the mill mallets either. First of all, these will be replacing the long-running Futura line of mallets. Also, according to Mr. Cameron:

Phantom X is by far the most high tech putter line we’ve designed to date.

Social Media Hints

So what are these new Phantom X mallets all about? What is this new high tech design scheme? If you are one of the thousands of putter fans who follows Scotty Cameron’s social media accounts, you’ve already had a chance to see Circle T versions of the new line of putters. Here is a recent tweet showing tour versions of the Phantom X 8 and x 12 mallets:

With more putters (56) in play this week @Desert_Classic than any other manufacturer, we're pulling for a Scotty Cameron putter player to hoist the champion's trophy on Sunday. Enjoy the weekend! — Scotty Cameron (@ScottyCameron) January 19, 2019

If you follow Scotty on Instagram, you got to see a couple of shots of the X12 there as well:

I love that Cameron was teasing us by characterizing this release as Tour Only. That trickster. What a great way to generate some I want that buzz in the new putter-craving community. Nothing makes me want a putter more than being told I can’t have it.

Regardless of whether you’ve seen these before, or are seeing them for the first time today, a full mallet line release from Scotty Cameron is a big deal that warrants exploration. So what is going on with the Phantom X line?

Multi-Material Construction

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The Phantom X line presents players with a variety of new mallet setups built around a cohesive mix of five head styles, with multiple shaft bend and alignment options. To maximize MOI, each Phantom X model incorporates multi-material construction featuring precision milled solid aluminum faces integrated with 303 stainless steel heads with enhanced vibration dampening technology.

Cameron is no stranger to milled aluminum mallets. Back in 2013, I wrote a detailed review of the Futura X mallet . With that putter, the main body was milled aluminum, with stainless weights dropped in at the corners for MOI enhancement. Some people couldn’t get past the looks of that putter, but man did it put a nice roll on the ball.

The Phantom X line is not a rehashing of Futura design themes, rather representing a different concept with a merger of aluminum and stainless. This time, it’s not just stainless weights in an aluminum head. The Phantom X build is similar to those that we find in the Odyssey EXO line where MOI is boosted by positioning the lighter aluminum in the middle of the head, with heavier stainless pushed to the perimeter.

That said, the Phantom X putters are not EXO clones, nor are they clones of each other as each model has a unique aluminum and stainless geometry. Just take a look at the stainless shapes and quantities of said stainless in the group photo above, and the individual model shots below, and you’ll see what I am talking about.

The 6, 7, & 8 models do look similar from the bottom, but those three are definitely different when viewed from the top. The aluminum and stainless are not positioned in the same patterns at all, likely creating very different play dynamics.

I’d love to see the MOI numbers for these to see the effect of the stainless variation, but unfortunately, I don’t have those numbers to share. Just eyeballing these, I’d peg the Phantom X12, with its stainless tail wings, as the highest MOI putter of the bunch. Again, it would be cool to know the impact of the wing addition when comparing the X7 to the X12, or the effect of aluminum extension to the edges on the X8 vs. X7.

Neck Bend Options

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Mallets with toe-hang have been a recurring putter design theme in recent years. You’ve got the Spider S, all of the Odyssey S-neck variants, and lots of other companies adding flow necks to more traditionally double-bended mallet heads. This fits the mallet into a more arcing stroke path than the traditionally face-balanced mallet, allowing people who typically fit blade stroke paths to experiment with more forgiving mallets.

Three of these new mallets will be available in configurations that provide more toe flow, yet Scotty Cameron is not accomplishing this by adding flow necks. Instead, the 5.5, 7.5 and 8.5 models will increase toe flow by using shafts with a lower single bend. The other models without the .5 designation will have a higher bend point in their shafts, causing them to be face balanced.

The 6STR will actually have a straight shaft and no offset. It’ll be face balanced too, but will give you a much different appearance at address. It’s not quite center-shafted, but it’s close. It reminds me a bit of the shaft position in the old X3 mallets.

Model Info: Phantom X 5 and 5.5

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The evolution of this Tour-proven wingback mallet with a single mid-bend shaft continues with a solid aluminum face anodized in black that extends back into the stepped down flange, framed by misted stainless steel. Three milled topline sight dots painted neon yellow and framed with polished aluminum provide simple but effective alignment to the sweet spot.

Identical in shape to the Phantom X 5, the 5.5 has a lower shaft bend that provides enhanced toe flow for players seeking stability while still creating an arc in the stroke. This bend was inspired by Justin Thomas’ Tour prototype setup and combines some of the feel of a blade putter with the forgiveness benefits of a mallet.

Model Info: Phantom X 6 and 6STR

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A face balanced mallet with a single mid-bend shaft provides distinct alignment cues, with two long neon yellow sight lines milled into the stepped down flange, framing three milled sight dots on the misted black anodized topline. Customizable sole weights increase MOI and stability through the stroke.

Constructed without a spud and with zero offset, the straight shafted 6STR produces face balanced performance with a clean and minimalist look at address. The topline sight dots of the Phantom X 6STR are painted neon yellow for easy alignment in conjunction with the extended neon yellow sight lines in the stepped down flange.

Model Info: Phantom X 7 and 7.5

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A single mid-bend-shafted, near-face balanced setup, Phantom X 7 features a heel-to-toe tapered aluminum face that is sculpted into a raised center flange for a continuous, connected surface from the leading edge all the way back. Framed by stepped down, angular stainless steel components, the Phantom X7 combines the benefits of long flange sight lines with a semi-traditional topline for easy horizontal and vertical alignment at setup. Also available in a left-handed model.

With a single low-bend shaft crafted to promote enhanced toe flow with forgiveness, the Phantom X 7.5 employs a raised center flange offering a continuous, connected surface accented with neon yellow alignment cues from the leading edge through the back flange. Also available in a left-handed model.

Model Info: Phantom X 8 and 8.5

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Inspired by touring professionals seeking a putter with simple visual cues and a continuous transition from leading edge through the back flange, the Phantom X 8 is a sleek, near-face balanced mallet with a single mid-bend shaft. Milled sight dots and neon yellow sight lines perfectly frame the golf ball for seamless alignment without distractions.

Differing from the Phantom X 8 only in shaft bend length and increased toe hang, the Phantom X 8.5 offers players an unbroken, sculpted flange from the putter’s leading edge through the back flange with a single low-bend shaft to promote a slightly arced putting stroke. Alignment is easy with bright visual cues.

Model Info: Phantom X 12

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With swept-back wings precision milled from 303 stainless steel, this near-face balanced, high-MOI mallet with a single mid-bend shaft employs the continuous alignment features of the Phantom X line’s full leading-edge-to-flange construction – crafted from aircraft grade aluminum, anodized black and accented with neon yellow sight cues. The ultimate in technology, stability, and forgiveness.

I think that the X12 will likely be the model that grabs the most attention. It’s the most  out there of the designs, and with that distinction, it’s likely to generate the most love and hate. Looking at that photo below from the Cameron Instagram feed, you can immediately see how the aluminum and stainless frame the putter at address. I’m sure that there will be some grumblings about the yellow alignment lines, but if you are looking for a high-contrast color scheme, yellow and black is the way to go.

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I like that Scotty double milled the alignment dots to make a little silver ring around the colored dots. They could have just filled them in all of the way, losing that silver ring in the process. I know that it’s a silly notion, but that little silver ring makes the putter look more like a precision instrument to me. A bit like the perimeter ring on a watch face. If it was just a solid yellow dot, I don’t think that it would have the same impact.

In addition to the yellow accents, the aluminum body of the X12 (and the X7) creates a big T alignment scheme. For some golfers, this T will likely be the only thing that they focus on at address, ignoring the stainless wings altogether. Others may stare down at the head and have no idea where to focus; be it big T, wings, lines, or dots.

Like I said, the Phantom X12, and its unique elements will evoke both loving and loathing. As for why there’s not a X12.5, your guess is as good as mine, and yes, I want an X12.5 too!

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Like many of you, I’d like to know a bit more about these new putters. What does “ solid feedback, while preserving the soft feel players prefer ” really feel like? How is it physically possible to have a finish that’s “ radiant yet glare resistant “? What about the “ sleek, ground-hugging contours that pleasingly angle away from the player to inspire confidence at address “? Cameron press release descriptions never fail to entertain me and foster my curiosity.

Unfortunately, that curiosity will persist for a few months. Like most of you, I have not had the opportunity to roll these putters, thus making first-hand observations impossible. Also like most of you, I’ll be in a shop somewhere on April 12th ready to see what the Phantom X line is really all about.

As you know from the article a few weeks back, Scotty Cameron , unfortunately, will not be participating in the Most Wanted testing this year. It seems crazy that one would release all of these mallets, and then not enter any of them in the testing. Maybe the April release date made entering them in time impossible. Even so, wouldn’t it be great for them to show that their new $429 mallet is actually a better performer than the competition? I know I’m curious about testing these against my gamer…


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Will the colour fade or show the ball strike over time which the previous model did. Or will the colour rub off like the Wilson staff C300 irons?

Still playing with my Wilson 8802 bought it in the mid 60’s, I think?? Tried several others – never purchased any – always gravitated back 8802

I am all set with this brand. I still like older Scotty’s from late 90’s – 2000 when carbon and longnecks were made. Otherwise would rather spend my $$ on a boutique or custom made. Enough is enough with this garbage. They all look like cheap kids toys. You see any Pros playing with technology? Give me a break.

This line does not surprise me at all. Cameron is getting killed by TM Spider and Odyssey / Toulon. I actually like the look of these and would love to roll the 7 or 8.

Will the X5 be made available in left hand? Anyone know?

These putters are really Ugly!! Sure tech is there, great MOI, which more players need, but Ugly. The fang styles are ok, however they look just like Odyssey. I wish he would have just dropped a black or satin version of JT’s putter on tour without being a circle t. Especially with the milled dot sight lines looks like odyssey. Also he borrowed from his pal Betinardi as far as the colorway. Not a fan.

Brian Valdez

I definitely need to try this! Looks amazing!

You know, Bobby Grace has been making designs that look a lot like these for many years. No doubt, Scotty is a master, but not the only one… The Scotty Brand is a strong brand for sure. Will be interesting to see how these perform. I hope MGS adds more putter brands to the testing this year. By far the most important club in the bag!

The X5 looks nice and compact. Glad to see the short bend shaft option, honestly if it’s massed produced a short bend shaft looks better than those cheap flow necks that aren’t welded. Looking forward to see how this feels and sounds.

Just one question, is it considered an insert if the whole damn face and topline is aluminum now? :)

Very much like a Nike Drone 2.0, which I liked, will be checking these out!

Good call on the Drone. I knew it looked like something else. Was thinking the Bobby Grace F16 also, at least in overall shape.

It’s a Scotty, of course it looks like something else. Has the guy ever had an original idea?

I’m on my 3rd season with a 7XM and love it but man do those look nice.

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Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putters: An Honest Review

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The Scotty Cameron line of golf putters by Titleist have exploded in popularity over the last few years. In this guide, we review the new Scotty Cameron Phantom X putters.

We’ll do a deep dive and tell you everything you need to know, including:

  • How to buy the Scotty Cameron Phantom X
  • A breakdown of all the key features in the latest version of the putter
  • Explanations on all 7 models of the putter you can buy today
  • A summary of different weighting, grips, and shafts that you can buy for the putter

Is the Phantom X one of the top putters available this year? Read below to find out!

  • How to Buy the Scotty Cameron Phantom X 2022 Putters

The 2022 Phantom X putters are not available on Amazon yet. However, they can be purchased from PGA Tour Superstore, a very reputable online store for golf enthusiasts. Check out each of the Phantom X models in more detail below.

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The 2022 Scotty Cameron Phantom X is the newest and next evolution of the Phantom X mallet-head putter . This line of putters from Titleist has seen great success on the PGA Tour so far. There are ten new models released in 2022, with three of them coming mid-year. 

The new lineup of mallet putters features brand new head shapes as well as a few updates to the most popular Phantom X models out currently. There is black sight lines on each putter, allowing you to line up each shot correctly with your golf ball.

The 2021 Phantom X line was very popular amongst golfers and even saw 2021 PGA Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay use it during the season with great success. This putter gets praised for its smooth putting stroke and the new models were created with player input.

With many models and new options to choose from, there is sure to be a certain head shape and weight for everyone out there to try. Below we will go over each of the 7 models available to purchase.

The Phantom X is Scotty Cameron’s line of mallet-head putters. The Phantom X has been on the Tour for a few years now, but most recently has seen an increase in use and popularity. There has also been a massive increase in mallet-head usage on the PGA Tour. 

There used to be a 70/30 split in favor of blade style putters and now that number is opposite with 70% of players opting for a mallet style putter. Scotty Cameron is taking advantage of that success by releasing these 7 new models of the Phantom X. Scotty Cameron is commonly known as the king of modern mallets.

Here are the main putter features in the new Phantom X that we life.

The new Phantom X putters all have a 303 solid stainless-steel face. The stainless steel face carries from the putter head through to the body and wings of the putter. 

Titleist integrated an aluminum sole for ultimate feel when putting. The aluminum helps keep a consistent sound and soft feel off the face of the putter. The reasoning behind the aluminum is to allow for perimeter weighting on the putter, which allows for a higher moment of inertia (MOI). 

The Phantom X putter will definitely have forgiveness even on hits not off the center of the face.

The Phantom X head shapes were designed with quite a bit of feedback from touring golf professionals. Each model has been redesigned or updated based on tour player preferences such as:

  • alignment lines
  • stainless steel faces
  • different style putter heads
  • specific shafts
  • specific neck options

PGA Tour Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay had the Phantom X 5 in his bag all year and was high on strokes-gained-putting.

The great thing about the new 2022 Phantom X models is that there are 7 different options to choose from, all with different shaft and neck configurations depending on what you are looking for and comfortable with. 

The Phantom X 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12 models all have a stepless steel shaft, which minimizes face rotation with a single mid-bend aimed right at the target line. The Phantom X 11.5 features a low-bend shaft installed over a milled topline spud. The Phantom X 7.5 and 9.5 have small slant/jet necks. 

The best way to find what you like is to head into a golf retailer and try out every model for yourself. Below, we break down all of the new Scotty Cameron Phantom X models in more detail.

The X 5 is a redesign of the popular 2021 model. The 2022 Phantom X 5 comes with a new sole plate design and updated graphics. 

It is a face-balanced putter with customizable sole weights in both the heel and the toe. This model has a single bend shaft with an updated aluminum sole plate in the face for maximum feel. The 5, like all of the Phantom X models, has a single sight line to help you line up your shots.

The X 5 is often compared to the X 5.5. The main difference from the 5.5 model is the single bend in the shaft as opposed to the slant/jet neck in the 5.5. It is one of the most comfortable mallet putters I’ve ever held.

The Phantom X 5 is available for $429 USD.

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The X 5.5 is also an update on the 2021 model. It comes with a new sole plate design and also updated graphics on the putter head. The only different between this and the 5 model is the small slant neck in the shaft. 

The Phantom X 5.5 is what Justin Thomas uses on the PGA Tour. It also has the customizable weights in the heel and toe and the brand new aluminum sole plate for maximum feel. This model is also available left-handed.

The Phantom X 5.5 is available for $429 USD.

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The Phantom X 7 was completed updated for 2022. The head is an angular wingback mallet head with a single bend shaft. It again has the brand new aluminum sole along with brand new dual purpose alignment features. 

The long wings on the head create a great alignment aid on the ball and also helps position the weight further back on the putter head which increase MOI. It also has the customizable weights in the heel and toe of the putter to provide maximum feel and distance control.

The Phantom X 7 starts at $429 USD.

2022 scotty cameron phantom x 7 putter

Just like the X 5 and 5.5, the Phantom X 7.5 is identical to the X 7 but with a small slant neck. This small change helps promote slight toe flow on the putter head. The head is the all-new angular wingback mallet shape with customizable weights in the heel and toe. A brand new aluminum sole with the enhanced alignment options, this putter is great to look at from above.

The Phantom X 7.5 starts at $429 USD.

2022 scotty cameron phantom x 7.5 putter

The all new Phantom X 9 putter shares very similar design attributes as the X 5 and 11 putter heads. Instead of having the slit where the wings are, it is a near-full faced putter head. The near-full face putter head provides a more balanced compact MOI mallet head, and also shares the same features as the other models. 

It has the customizable weights in the heel and tow and the face and wings are integrated with a rounded 6061 aluminum sole flange component. The “full” head at address may be more appealing to golfers wanting a full putter head look instead of the wing-back style. 

Like the X5 and X7, the Phantom X 9 has a straight shaft.

The Phantom X 9 is available for pre-order and starts at $429 USD.

2022 scotty cameron phantom x 9 putter

Just like the Phantom X 9, the X 9.5 is considered a near-full faced mallet head. The difference from the X 9 is the small slant neck instead of the single bend shaft. It holds customizable weights in both the heel and toe and has a solid milled stainless steel face. 

The full mallet face provides a unique profile with enhanced alignment aids on the ball. The feel on this putter is next to none.

The Phantom X 9.5 starts at $429 USD.

2022 scotty cameron phantom x 9.5 putter

Lastly, the Phantom X 12 is fully redesigned with an elongated single alignment line that also has a thinner mid-section and updated graphics on the bottom of the putter. The new Phantom X 12 has the highest MOI of the 7 new models being released and is a similar putter head to the Taylormade Spider X. 

It is a single mid-bend shaft with swept back wings design. It has perimeter weighting on the heel and toe and is definitely the most forgiving option of the 7. A left-handed version is also available in this one.

The Phantom X 12 is available for pre-order and starts at $429 USD.

2022 scotty cameron phantom x 12 putter

Each new Phantom X model being release features perimeter weighting with customizable weights on the heel and toe of the putter. Each model released also comes with different shaft options, depending on what your preference is when putting.

The optimal weight distribution is immediately obvious when you get your hands on the Phantom X.

The main difference between the whole number and decimal number versions of this putter is the shaft bends. So if you prefer a single bend shaft or a small slanted neck, you can get your preference.

Our best advice is to head into any major golf retailer and try out all of the options to see what the best option for you is. The single bend shaft will probably feel most natural to new golfers.

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All of the new Phantom X putters are equipped with a brand new updated Pistolero Plus grip that features a non-slip and decorative texture. The Pistolero grip has a pronounced angle toward the butt end. Your bottom hand sits nicely in the groove while you putt. Overall, I think it provides really great comfort and feedback while putting.

If you don’t like the grip that comes equipped, or you are more familiar with others, you can definitely equip whatever grip you’d like onto the club as well. Putting all comes down to feel.

There are a lot of great things to like about this putter. First off, it’s the most beautiful putter ever created, with a sleek profile, clean topline, and light grey design. The dark color schemed feels so premium in your hands. Put this putter side-by-side with any other one and this one gets chosen based on looks every time.

The weighting in the putter is top notch too, with optimal weight distribution throughout the club. The integration of steel into the head works well. Your putter stroke is so smooth with this thing in your hands and the golf ball has no bounce off the face.

The most obvious drawback to this putter is the almost $500 USD price tag. That’s up in driver territory for price! If you have the wallet to stomach this purchase, you’ll be happy. But for most people, that is simply too much to spend on a putter.

The other thing that is confusing are the ten different models that the Phantom putter comes in. Most amateur golfers do not hit enough strokes to care about a straight vs slant neck, the difference in sole vs heel weights, or the different head styles. Plus, the odds of your local golf shop having every model available to hit and practice with are low. If you are a left-handed golfer, the selection is limited to certain models as well.

It would be nice if Titleist pulled some analytics for this putter and sold the two most common models only and left the rest to custom order for professionals. 

Which professional golfers use the Scotty Cameron Phantom X?

Many professionals tour players have been using one of the new Phantom X putters. Justin Thomas has already committed to using the Phantom X on tour this year. Pantrick Cantley also uses the Phantom X and he was the PGA Tour Player of the Year last year.

Which Phantom X putter is the most popular?

The Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 is the most popular putter in the lineup. It has a large mallet head that it easily forgivable and popular amongst both amateur and professional golfers. With the ability to pick the shaft configuration that you like the most, there is an option for everyone.

Why is the Phantom X putter so expensive?

Scotty Cameron is a premium golf brand and it has built a reputation for using quality components and the latest technology. The premium steel head and custom weighted inserts provide advanced customization for golfers and increase the price.

The brand new Scotty Cameron Phantom X putters are completely redesigned from the 2021 options with new technology that is sure to help improve your putting game. It also helps that Scotty Cameron is providing many different options for golfers, depending on what kind of shaft and putter head they prefer. 

The updated graphics on the putter head are sleek and great to look at. I think this is the best looking putter that has ever been released. There is brand new aluminum soles to provide maximum feel and sound on the ball. The perimeter weighting on the heel and toe provide great feel and distance control on every single putt.

The only thing that we really don’t like is the price of these putters. Scotty Cameron putters will always be the premium brand. But, with all of the new technology and the amount of golf professionals that use these putters, it sure does let you know that you get what you pay for in the end.

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The Tecno Phantom 8 is one smart phone with some really mind-blowing specs. As a flagship device, Tecno spared nothing to make this their best phone ever. With the device unlocked, you are fully able to see the 5.7 FHD display. The screen is not an OLED display, so you are not getting the super rich and vibrant colors specifically in the reds and blues. But, overall, the Phantom 8’s screen is still a pleasure to look at, plus, sunlight visibility is quite good. You’d also experience the UI which isn’t stock Android because Tecno used the latest HiOS — HiOS 3.0. The overall experience is in two ways.

You can further tweak the option by choosing between the single launcher (which places all the apps on the home screen) or the Standard launcher (this comes with an app drawer).  Speaking of storage, the Phantom 8’s UI and Android’s OS has used up about 24% of the 64GB storage, so you only have about 48GB left, but there is the MicroSD card option. For all our Music Lovers, Tecno is offering the Boom Play as the default music player, although you still have Google Play Music.

The camera is surely one of the biggest highlights of the Phantom 8, it doesn’t come with Pro camera settings and the ability to shoot in 4K.  The Phantom 8 comes with a dual camera setup at the back the first camera is the main camera — this is also used for the 2x optical zoom.

With regards to the battery stamina, the 3500mAh on the Phantom 8 is okay to meet your daily needs, it can last the whole day on “moderate use.”

Tecno Phantom 8 Basic Specs

SIM:  Dual Sim Operating System:   HiOS based on Android 7.0 Network : 4G / 3G / 2G 4G LTE Bands:  FDD LTE 4G: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28A. TD LTE 4G: 38/40 Dimensions:  159.95mmx79.4mmx7.9mm Display:  5.7 inch FHD display CPU:  2.6 Ghz Octa-core processor Memory:  64GB+6GB RAM Expandable Micro SD, up to 2TB Camera:  12/13MP dual AF rear cameras, 20MP front Connectivity:  WIFI, Bluetooth, USB type-C Sensors:  Fingerprint scanner, G-sensor Battery:  3500mAh Battery

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Asus ROG 8 Phone Review: Solid Gaming And A Long-Lasting Battery

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While many phones have been designed as multitasking powerhouses that come with gaming, the Asus ROG 8 phone is designed with mobile gaming at its core. My Asus ROG 8 phone review evaluates this new model, looking for the high-quality graphics, ray tracing and more that can make–or break–your experience as a gamer. With mobile gaming exploding in popularity, if you’re a gamer using your phone as your main device, it needs certain features to make your experience immersive and enjoyable.

The Asus ROG 8 phone is designed for mobile gamers. But is it worth the investment? Read the review. ... [+]

I spent a month with the Asus ROG 8, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it to see how it handled hours of gaming. But it’s also a mobile device designed for making calls and surfing the internet, so I also tested the device to see how it performed as a regular ol’ cell phone. But does it hold up as both a gaming device and a go-to mobile device? Read on for thoughts on design, performance and more on the Asus ROG 8 phone.

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Most phones, like my main device, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra , or Apple’s latest launch, the iPhone 15 Pro Max , are designed to be sleek, understated powerhouse devices with titanium builds that can double as gaming devices. They’re powerful, but their main task isn’t designed for gaming, it’s part of a full package deal. The Asus ROG 8 phone, in contrast, is for mobile gamers who want a gaming device that just happens to have mobile features built-in—“turning the tables,” so to speak.

Is the Aura RGB gimmicky? Yes. Did I have way too much fun with it? Also yes.

Because it was built around gaming, the design reflects that. The back has a programmable RBG backlit logo, called the Aura RBG, that showcases the gaming components. It feels a little gimmicky, but it’s all in good fun–and I ended up playing around with this fun feature more than I care to admit. It’s also supposedly 17% smaller and 15% thinner than its predecessor, the ROG 7. But, in a quick side-by-side comparison with a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra , it’s pretty darn close in size.

A quick comparison between the Asus ROG 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra reveals how similar they ... [+] are in scale.

Two features stand out: The AirTriggers (more on that later) and the two smartly placed USB-C charge ports. One is for just setting your phone on the charger and letting it get a quick boost; the other, of course, is for when you’re battling your enemies and need to charge while you’re winning your virtual battlefield. The USB-C charge port on the other side serves another purpose, which is to plug in my Backbone controller for gaming. It’s a smart decision–and one that I wish more companies would do for their phones.

Asus ROG 8 Phone : Software

Definitely a gaming phone.

As someone who’s tested the iPhone 15 Pro and many of the Samsung devices including the Galaxy S24 Ultra and the Z Flip 5, software can truly make or break an experience on a mobile device. The Asus ROG 8 phone features Android 14 with ROG UI. What’s that mean? In short, it feels like a blended system. The display is gaming-focused, with punchier, futuristic on-screen widgets. Personally, I don’t care what the widgets look like so long as I can find and tap into my apps, but for those who want a clean interface, this may bother you. On the other hand, those who want to have that fun aesthetic will dig its vibe.

X Mode is among one of three presets available to get the most out of the ROG 8’s performance and ... [+] battery life.

It’s a minor detail though, compared to the larger picture of the operating system. The Asus ROG 8 software offers the ability to change my performance to different settings through Armoury Crate. It’s a built-in feature that allows you to control your performance. If I’m gaming, I can review metrics and optimize for performance by improving refresh rates, networking enhancement and more. There is even a preset called X Mode for those who don’t want to deep-dive and just want to tap and go. Otherwise, on days when I wasn’t gaming, I could use it to improve battery endurance with Ultra Durable or Dynamic modes, which respectively prioritize battery life and general use. This comes into play later.

Under Armoury Crate I could also get a quick view of my stats, including my CPU and GPU. It’s handy if you need to troubleshoot something. Not that I had to, but if I wanted to check the phone temperature while running Genshin Impact , I could. This is also the software that can show you what kinds of games are compatible with what, from the AirTriggers to the built-in gamepad.

Asus ROG 8 Phone: Performance

Solid gaming.

I went into testing as a mobile gamer who wanted to play the best mobile games available. I tried three different major titles to see how it handled each: The Elder Scrolls: Blades ; Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ; and Genshin Impact . I also cross-tested some smaller games with the Backbone controller to see how it performed, but more on that in a moment.

Each game handled beautifully, with Genshin Impact looking gorgeous with the device’s built-in ray tracing. Because it can handle up to 165 Hz refresh rates (Armoury Crate can tell you which games run on 120 Hz and 165 Hz), battles looked smooth and fast. I also appreciated that the AMOLED display made colors look vibrant.

Games like Stardew Valley worked great with the Backbone controller. Other games, not so much.

For some other, smaller games, I also tried it with the Backbone controller, and for the most part, it worked. I had wanted to test it on Genshin Impact , but the Backbone doesn’t unlock in the game until after level 18, and I didn’t feel like spending double-digit hours grinding my way through the tutorial. Still, for smaller games like Stardew Valley and Dan The Man , it worked just fine. Terraria was one that, despite Backbone compatibility and my best efforts, I couldn’t get it to work. I can’t fully fault the ROG 8 for this, since in checking the Backbone website, it’s technically not compatible with the device–yet. I assume that will change in the future, probably sooner rather than later.

It will really depend on what game you’re playing and whether or not it’s compatible. And for those who are playing games for which a controller addition would make them feel more comfortable, the Backbone controller is a worthy investment alongside the ROG 8.

Genshin Impact on the ROG 8 looks vibrant, colorful and smooth.

Genshin Impact is one of the more demanding games you can play on a mobile device. Because it’s a heavy game, I expected the ROG 8 to heat up. To my surprise, it didn’t. But, it was also optimized with that X Mode I mentioned earlier, which is when and where those high-performance metrics arise. The great thing about the performance metrics is that if I’m gaming, it automatically switches to X Mode, making it easy to start gaming without thinking about optimizing settings.

As for the aforementioned AirTriggers, Asus made minor improvements for major improvement. Mainly, you no longer have to fully lift your finger off the AirTriggers to register a new press. Simply press your fingertip on the touch buttons and the subtle movements register. It took me some time to get used to keeping my fingers on the phone, but it’s a nice way to enhance the overall gaming experience.

Asus ROG 8 P hone: Cameras

No complaints here.

I pitted the Asus ROG 8 cameras against three different devices: The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra , the iPhone 15 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra . I shot photos of my cats to see how the camera performed in low light as well as taking shots during the daytime.

In general, it’s a pretty solid camera set. Especially under mid-range lighting, it felt on par with the S24 Ultra, which is impressive considering that the Ultra enhances its image quality with AI. In zooming in, some close shots of my kitten’s nose looked pixelated. But it brings out the colors nicely, enhancing the purples of a crochet blanket and the yellow lighting in a bedroom.

Asus ROG 8 Phone: Battery Life

Massive and long-lasting.

The Asus ROG 8 has a 5,500 mAh battery packed into it. For context, the only other devices to pack a 5,500 mAh battery are its sibling, the Asus ROG 8 Pro, and the OnePlus 12R. And, comparatively, the Asus ROG 7 Ultimate has a 6,000 mAh battery. All of this to say: There aren’t many devices on the market that can pack this much power–yet.

When you’re not gaming, you can use Ultra durable mode to maximize the ROG 8’s battery life.

And boy, does that battery life showcase beautifully. When throwing those AAA titles at it, the ROG 8 barely dipped after 30 minutes of gameplay on Genshin Impact and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas . Even if you’re not using it to game to your heart’s content, this battery can last you all day and then some extra hours, especially if you’re a light user.

But at the same time, gaming does drain battery, so you can only get so many hours of gameplay out of the device. Though, odds are, if you’re mobile gaming, you’re probably doing it near a charger, so that won’t matter too much. And, of course, when you’re not gaming, you can toss on Ultra Durable mode to extend the battery life.

Asus ROG 8 Smartphone: Verdict

A value pick for a gaming phone.

If I had to label the Asus ROG 8 as anything, it would be a value pick for a gaming phone. Its right balance of price mixed with gaming performance. While I still think the design feels a little gimmicky, you can just turn off the RGB lights, and it will look similar to other market devices available right now.

Does this mean I’m swapping from my Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra device for this one? No, because there are factors like the S Pen that I can’t get on the ROG 8. But gamers aren’t worried about taking notes–they’re focused on beating levels and defeating enemies. And under those circumstances, the ROG 8 will suit just fine.

How I Tested The Asus ROG 8 Smartphone

I spent three weeks with the ROG 8, dragging it around my home and all over New York City. Because it’s a gaming phone, I logged plenty of hours playing different games, from major titles like Genshin Impact to The Elder Scrolls: Blades and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas . In addition to these heavy games, I also played some lighter titles and tested it with the Backbone controller on cozy games like Stardew Valley and Dan The Man.

I evaluated the device based on performance, software, battery life, camera and more, taking into account how it performed in comparison with its current competition. I also evaluated the device based on its predecessor, the Asus ROG 7, to see how any improvements performed.

My Expertise

I’m the consumer tech and electronics editor at Forbes Vetted and have been for nearly one year. When I’m not testing the best gaming TVs first-hand, I’m hands-on with mobile devices, reviewing the most recent launches including the Google Pixel 8 , the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and more. I’ve been covering the mobile space for over four years now, from Apple’s latest iPhone announcements to Google’s Made By Google 2023 launch with my team. My experience has been across many publications, from ZDNET to Digital Trends and many more.

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