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:
|dimensions||52, 2mm x 71, 7mm x 7, 75mm|
|Display||Full Vision 5, 65 inches with HD + resolution (720 x 1440)|
|Processor||MTK 6735 1, 3 GHz Quad-Core multimedia|
|storage||32 GB, expandable to 128 GB using the microSD card|
|Main camera||13 megapixels with quad flash|
|Secondary camera||13 megapixels with screen and LED flash|
|Battery||Non-removable 3050 mAh lithium-ion battery|
|Operating system||HiOS v3.2.2 (based on Android Nougat 7.0)|
|sensors||G-Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor|
|connectivity||GPS, 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 .
- Micro-USB cable
- 5V / 2A charging brick
- SIM eject tool
- Fast guide
- TPU case
- In-ear earphones
Design and build quality
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- Full screen viewing on a budget
- Decent battery life
- Support for Dual-SIM and microSD cards
- 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.