Tecno, an offline brand of Transsion holdings, recently launched, Camon i, its first full-view display phone. The Tecno Camon i will retail at offline stores so perhaps it can’t be deemed as the direct competitor of Redmi Note 4, Moto G5, etc. that lie in the same price bracket but are primarily meant to compete online.
Tecno assures of remarkable camera performance and stunning design, which are the main talking points of this affordable phone. Let’s discuss it is worth buying in our Tecno Camon i review.
Key Specifications of Techno Camon i:
|Model||Techno Camon i|
|Display||5.65-inch HD+ full view 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection|
|Processor||64 bit 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor|
|Camera||13 MP rear and 13 MP front cameras|
|Dimensions and Weight||152.2 x 71.7 x 7.75 mm and 134 grams|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat OS with HiOS|
Design and Build
The Tecno Camon i is a slim and attractive phone that features a metal feel back and full-view 18:9 display in the front. The handset is 7.75mm thick and weighs just 134 grams. This makes it very comfortable to operate.
The tactfully concealed antenna bands run along the top edges. The back panel curves towards the edges and the fingerprint sensor on the rear is positioned exactly where our index finger lies.
There are no flexes or creaks in the body. The headphone jack is present on the top and the micro USB port is present at the bottom. The power button and volume rocker are both on the right and the SIM tray, SD card tray is present on the left edge.
All said and done, the Tecno Camon i7 design and build is one of its most distinguished features.
Camon i has a 5.65-inch (18:9) display with 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and a plastic screen protector comes pre-installed on the phone. The display sharpness and contrast are reasonable. Brightness and color reproduction is nice too. The display resolution could have been better but considering the price point and the fact that it will be available in the offline market, we can’t complain.
For photography, Camon i has a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture optics and quad LED flash. On the front, you will find another 13MP sensor which is assisted by f/2.0 aperture lens and a single LED flash.
The camera can indeed capture some great shots in good light conditions. In tricky lighting, the camera sometimes struggles with locking focus and with metering, but with little persistence, you can capture good shots even in low light conditions. Overall, the back camera works well and the quad LED is powerful enough to give you decent images in even very dark environments.
The 13MP front selfie camera is a decent performer. The front LED flash helps a bit while shooting in dark ambiance.
Performance and Software
Performance isn’t the strong suit of Tecno Camon i. It’s powered by 1.3GHz MT6735 quad-core processor paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage. You can add up to 128GB of microSD card as well. The chipset is not as powerful as some other popular octa-core chipsets like SD 625.
It can handle daily apps and a decent level of multi-tasking without any issues but few CPU intensive apps do take some time opening and the performance is not smooth when it comes to high-end gaming.
The software is well optimized though, and that ensures that performance is fairly decent with light and moderate usage. The HiOS 3.2.0 interface (based on Android 7.0 Nougat) does offer some additional features like Micro Intelligence and gestures. The phone has several apps preinstalled including WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Phoenix Browser and more.
The fingerprint sensor on the rear is very fast and accurate, and the audio output is average. Call quality was very good in our area.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 3050mAh battery can last for one full day perhaps because the chipset isn’t a guzzler. Fast charging isn’t supported.
Priced at Rs. 8,999 INR, the Tecno Camon I has an attractive design, full view display, and a decent set of cameras. The overall performance, however, left us wanting for more. When it comes to full view display phones, there aren’t many options yet for offline consumers for under Rs. 10,000.
If a good looking phone with full view display and a good set of cameras is something you can’t compromise on and if you are a light user, you can consider this as an option. Tecno Camon i is meant for budget users searching for a good looking affordable smartphone in the offline market.