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Tecno Camon i Review

enero 18, 2020

With a ton of different smartphone manufacturers fighting in the Indian market, we have yet another player called "Tecno". Well, Tecno isn't necessarily a new player when it comes to smartphones. Tecno has been making smartphones for years and, if you don't know, a subsidiary of Transsion Holdings, a company based in Hong Kong, also known for its Itel and Infinix brands.

Last year, Tecno Mobile unveiled five smartphones in the country, and is now looking to take a dip with its new device called "Camon i", priced at $ 999 . In an emerging market like India, where we have an abundance of noteworthy smartphones, it's easy enough to get confused. And needless to say, Tecno is entering the strong smartphone budget to compete with Chinese big-guns such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, etc. So, is the new Tecno Camon worth your time and money? Let's find out in our full review.

Tecno Camon i Specifications

As for the technical specifications, the Tecno Camon i has almost everything you would expect from an inexpensive smartphone in this price range. And before you get into the review, check out the specs below:

dimensions52, 2mm x 71, 7mm x 7, 75mm
DisplayFull Vision 5, 65 inches with HD + resolution (720 x 1440)
ProcessorMTK 6735 1, 3 GHz Quad-Core multimedia
RAM3GB
storage32 GB, expandable to 128 GB using the microSD card
Main camera13 megapixels with quad flash
Secondary camera13 megapixels with screen and LED flash
BatteryNon-removable 3050 mAh lithium-ion battery
Operating systemHiOS v3.2.2 (based on Android Nougat 7.0)
sensorsG-Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor
connectivityGPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG

What's in the box

Jumping to the contents of the box, Tecno Camon i comes with a lot of items. In addition to the usual contents of the box such as the laptop, the charger, the user manual and other things, Tecno Camon i also features a TPU case . In fact, unlike other smartphones in the price range, Camon i also arrives with the in-ear earphones .

Our Tecno Camon review unit was accompanied by:
  • Micro-USB cable
  • 5V / 2A charging brick
  • SIM eject tool
  • Fast guide
  • TPU case
  • In-ear earphones

Design and build quality

Tecno Camon i a well built phone with a polycarbonate body . The edges are curved and fit well in your hands. However, the surprisingly light device, almost to a point where you lack confidence in it. On the right side, we have a volume and power buttons. The other side has a SIM card tray, which has dedicated slots for two SIM cards and one microSD card. The speaker grill and a micro USB charging port are located at the bottom while the 3.5mm audio jack up.
The front of the phone dominated by a Full View display from 5, 65 inches . And depending on the color variant, you will be greeted with a black / white chin / forehead. There are no hardware buttons on the front and the front camera integrated with a dedicated LED flash. On the back, we have the main camera along with the flash Quad LED . Both the back and the screen are faded magnets, so you may want to use the TPU case included in the package.

Display

The Full View display on the front unfortunately only an HD affair protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The screen with a 2.5D curved edge also has good sensitivity. And while the viewing angles are good, the screen fatigue with external visibility . Even at the brightest levels, it may be difficult to see the text on the display or even take a decent photo. And adding on that, the hungry dust screen that picks up a lot of noise.

The 5.65-inch screen on the front has a resolution of 1440 x 720. Although a Full View display, a higher resolution would have been excellent. It has a decent pixel density, but considering the fact that there aren't many Full View display devices at this price point, it would be unfair to hold a lot of expectations on this front anyway.

User interface

One thing that makes or breaks the experience of a smartphone is its software and user interface. This is something that most flagship devices also encounter. Take the iPhone X for example. The iPhone X's innovative design and "top-notch" hardware are spoiled by software and poor user interface optimization.

Tecno Camon runs a version of Android Nougat with the skin call HIOS . Just like most other budget laptops, Tecno has gone too far with customization. The launcher doesn't have an app drawer that I personally hate. The HiOS user interface seems almost cooked to me. It comes with a feature called Micro Intelligence and allows you to run various gestures to open apps. So if you are new to the Android ecosystem, you may need some time to get used to it.

Fortunately the Tecno Camon doesn't come with a lot of bloatware. It only includes the standard Google apps which are more than enough to get started. Although it would have been nice to see at least some level of customization options or additional applications for free cloud storage, etc., I don't complain because most bloatware apps cannot be uninstalled.

Performance

Under the hood, Tecno Camon I encloses a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 1, 4 Ghz processor . In combination with it I am 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. Memory can also be loaded up to 128 GB via the microSD card slot .

Although it looks really beautiful and compelling on paper, unfortunately the performance for the most part is a success.

The Camon is a lazy one and takes forever to load certain apps. Although I wasn't expecting flawless use, I ended up experimenting more than just an idiot as he moved across the screens. And this even when there are no other apps installed.

In terms of benchmarks, Tecno Camon cannot leave a mark. He got a incredible 35,000 on Antutu and 580/1640 single-core / multi-core on Geekbench 4 respectively. It falls straight on his face when compared to some other offers in or around the same price point.

connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, Tecno Camon i comes with dedicated slots for dual SIM cards and a microSD card. It supports an expandable memory up to 128 GB, which is a nice feature. But unfortunately, the Camon still has a micro USB port, which in my opinion is falling. Considering the fact that USB Type-C is becoming a standard nowadays, I would gladly choose a device like the Billion Capture + which comes with a USB Type-C port.

Camera and battery life

Tecno Camon equipped with a 13 MP primary sensor with a quad LED flash . The samples attached below speak for themselves. In our time with the device, we felt that the camera could have been a lot better. Not a poor performance at all, but image quality could definitely work.
The camera software is also not exceptional. We faced a lot of problems while trying to catch some good shots. For example, the camera does not get the right exposure. And even when you touch the viewfinder to adjust the exposure, it automatically brings it back to take the picture. This is not something that a third-party camera can't fix, but we expect these basic features to work out of the box.
Turning to battery life, Tecno Camon packs one 3,050 mAh battery . Even if it's not going to compete with the best ones out there, it should easily get you through a day without having to contact your charger. Even with heavy use during our review period, we had difficulty draining the battery. And most importantly, you can also use the savings mode of the battery or Ultra low power mode to have more hours off the device.

Tecno Camon i vs. Competition

With a price from 8, 999 INR, Tecno Camon i in direct competition with some budget kings like Xiaomi, etc. The recent launches of Xiaomi such as the Redmi 5A or even the Redmi Y1 offer excellent value for money. The Redmi Y1, for example, has a great build quality and feels nice and robust in the hand. also good at taking selfies, something we can't say about Tecno Camon i. Redmi Y1 also comes with a skin version of Android, but unlike Tecno, quite intuitive and brings a kind of personalization to the table.

Verdict

As mentioned earlier in this review, Tecno Camon i is looking to enter a market chock full of tons of different offers. With the INR 10,000 sub price tag, competing with the likes of Xiaomi, 10.or, etc. And in all honesty, the Tecno Camon I miss its brand. Even when confronted with the new Smartron t.phone P, the "Camon i" fails to attract some eyes due to the lack of a solid USP.

With such exceptional build quality and comparable hardware performance, the Camon seems to me to be trying to compete with elite teams in this category without any foundation.

Professionals:

  • Full screen viewing on a budget
  • Decent battery life
  • Support for Dual-SIM and microSD cards

Versus:

  • Poor camera performance
  • Average overall performance

Tecno Camon will only be available through offline channels across India.

SEE ALSO: Redmi Y1 Review: the best budget smartphone for selfies?

Tecno Camon i Review: ambitious but flawed

Tecno Camon in the running to survive the budget market segment. Its closest competitions offer much more value for money, or at least you won't be disappointed by the user experience. However, with a clumsy user interface coupled with insignificant hardware performance, it's safe to say that Camon brings nothing new to the table. The UI still needs some polish, and in fact, we'd like to see some new features to improve the user experience. And while we cannot guarantee this, we will definitely keep you updated if and when it happens.

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