A Good beginning for Camon in India
TECNO has previously launched its i series smartphones in India which were able to attract decent amount of users with smartphones such as i7 and i3. This time around the Transsion Holdings-backed company has come up with its new sub-brand launch in the budget smartphone section under TECNO called the Camon i (i represents India) focusing mainly on camera. In this review we will talk about this new smartphone and check out what unique it has to offer to the Indian buyers.
The new Camon i is a beautiful looking smartphone apart from beinglight weight which does not even feel in hands while holding the phone. The curvy body shape is adding to the beauty of the phone as well. The phone has compact size and it is easy to carry around as well all thanks to its lighter weight.The front of the device has a metallic grille which is houses the earpiece alongside the selfie camera and the LED flash. The addition of front LED flash is an advantage for the phone as because many budget smartphones does not possess this feature. At the right side of the phone lies the volume rockers and the power button and at the left lies the hybrid SIM tray. The rear side is sporting the primary camera alongside LED flash. There is fingerprint sensor as well at the back side of the phone which works smooth and fast and provides easy accessibility for unlocking the device. At the top of the device there lies the 3.5 mm headphone jack and bottom of the device is sporting micro USB port along with a microphone and a speaker grille.
TECNO Camon i comes with a 5.65 inch IPS display with HD+ resolution.The display size of the smartphone is impressive as it offers an aspect ratio of 18:9 which makes it to look narrower and slightly taller. The colour reproduction of the screen is very good and the colours emitted are very well saturated. The display size provides comforting experience even when you are playing any games. The screen is guarded with Gorilla glass to protect the screen from any damage and minor scratches.
The new Camon i is powered by MediaTek MT6737 quad core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz which is an average processor and found mostly in the budget smartphones. The processor handles the day to day task easily and mild apps pose no issues but when it comes about heavy apps and games then there you might feel tangled up. Otherwise multitasking and app sunning processes are smooth. The phone is packed with 3GB of RAM which in fusion with the processor tends to keep the processing of the device smooth and efficient. The RAM size is satisfactory for a budget smartphone as it takes all the load of the processes with ease. The ROM size is of 32 GB which is quite a decent amount of storage and you can keep various files and multimedia. The gaming experience is good as well when you are playing light games which requires less RAM and graphics demand but big games does not run very smoothly. The storage can further be expanded with the help of microSD card.
The new Camon i runs on Android Nougat with TECNO’s custom UI called HiOS on top. The launcher has app drawer and suggests adding new apps to specific folders after installation. HiOS also supports gestures, allowing you to do a three finger swipe to take a screenshot or draw alphabets to launch specific apps when the screen is off.
The main attractive feature of the new Camon i is its rear and selfie camera. The cameras are undoubtedly powerful and are no less than the camera of its previous launch TECNO i7 which had 16MP front and 13 MP rear camera. The plus point of the Camon i is that it is providing flash at the front side of the phone to enhance your selfies clicked during the dim lighting conditions which is not to be found in many of the budget smartphones. The selfies taken are very clear during the day time but at night there is little difference in its clarity. There are various modes as well and filters to enhance your selfies. The beautification mode allows you to adjust the face brightness according to your needs. The rear camera is of 13 megapixel as well and the shots taken from it are very detailed and the colour gradient of the images are well preserved. The images taken during the day are very clear and crisp and even the shots captured at night are also very clear. Overall in the budget range the cameras of TECNO Camon i are very good and doing justice with its tag of being camera centric smartphone.
The new Camon i has a battery power of 3,050mAh which is a decent amount of battery power to last for the long and can take you through 12-15 hours ina day. The phone charging process is supported by 6W charger which charges the device quite fast but it lacks the fast charging. There is very less heating noticed during charging and playing heavy games but the processor takes care of it very shortly.
The new TECNO Camon i is being sold at Rs 8,990 with full view display, decent camera performance and ample RAM and it’s a good choice in the budget category of below 10K. The users experience is good with Nougat along with its own custom UI, HiOS on top of it. But, it has to compete with the Redmi Y1, InFocus Vision 3 and Canvas Infinity.