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Product review – Tecno Camon I smartphone

Often we run into predicaments while buying a phone; especially under 15,000 BDT. We have to consider battery life, performance and entertainment value. While most phones, even flagships, may not check all the boxes, Tecno Camon i almost succeeds in that regard – which is why it’s one of the best options within 15,000 BDT.

Hardware

From a hardware standpoint, the Tecno is pretty fantastic considering all smartphones. 3 gigs of RAM isn’t something someone can expect from a brand new phone within this price range, with many Xiaomi phones offering (only) 2 gigabytes. The phone looks beautiful with its chamfered edges and slim and sleek body (7.5mm). As a result, it feels great in the hand thanks to its manageable weight. The body is a metal unibody with polycarbonate antenna lines for design. The fingerprint scanner is located  at the back of the phone, conveniently placed in the middle. The scanner isn’t blisteringly fast, but it’s accurate and reliable.

Tecno offers an excellent service called the 111 promise. Basically users get a 100-day replacement policy in case of major manufacturing defect, 1-time free screen replacement in case of accidental breakage and a month of extra warranty, bringing the total warranty period to 13 months.

Screen

The best part of the phone is the screen, and it’s gorgeous. Thanks to the Full View screen, the side-bezels are small and has on-screen buttons. The screen is bright and offers great contrast in sunlight. The 720p screen is good enough for everyday YouTube consumption.

Camera

One of the main marketing points of the phone is the camera, and it’s great. It has a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus – high-speed autofocus tech. It also has quad LED flash, which is quite bright. The camera app is quick to start, capture and has fast focus. The camera app is anemic, offering basic exposure, photo, video, panorama and beauty mode. Through the settings, one can change the photo resolution and add a few filters as well. The results bring back photos that hit way above its price range. Get close enough and it’ll create some nice bokeh, something quite surprising for this price range.

Software Experience

The phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Tecno’s own HiOS UI. Thanks to its own UI, the phone runs buttery smooth. The synergy with the quad-core processor and 3GB ram is marvelous as no lag is seen anywhere. FM, file manager, voice recorders; all are there, and there are also several themes that give the look of the system a complete overhaul. The 3 GB RAM helps with multitasking and switching between apps, but don’t expect flagship level memory management. Smaller indie games can be easily played with no lag at all, but 3D games such as Asphalt and Need for Speed can be run somewhere near 30fps. Not bad for a phone this cheap.

Battery life is stellar, thanks to the 3,000 mAh battery. The phone ran through a day of heavy internet usage and media consumption and had somewhere around 20-30% of battery after the day ended, so it’s quite reliable. The reason behind this is the amazing power efficiency of the Mediatek 6737.

Let’s confront the elephant in the room – the Xiaomi phones, namely the Redmi Note 4X. Note 4X has been the people’s choice for a few years just because of its specs, but little do most people know that to build a great phone, optimization is key something that Tecno has achieved with their Camon I.

Pros: Amazing battery, buttery smooth performance, great camera, awesome screen, great optimization.

Cons: Doesn’t have stock UI, weak processor, so-so gaming performance.

At a glance

Network : 2G/3G/4G

Release : January 2018

Colors : Champagne Gold, Midnight Black, City Blue

Dimensions : 152.20×71.70×7.75 mm

Weight : 160gm

Sim : Dual sim, Micro/Nano Sim (Dual Standby)

Display :  1440×720 Full View Infinity Display 5.65 inches IPS HD Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M colors

Body-Ratio : 70.5% Screen to Body Ratio

PPI : 296PPI pixel density

Protection : Corning Gorilla Glass 3

RAM : 3GB

Internal Memory : 32GB

Card Slot : Yes, MicroSD upto 128GB

Primary : 13MP, f/2.0, Autofocus, Dual LED-flash

Video : Yes, 1080p @30fps

Secondary : 13MP, F/2.0, Autofocus, Dual LED-flash

Video : Yes, 1080p @30fps

System : Android OS v7.0 Nougat

Chipset : MediaTek MT6737

Processor : 1.3GHz Quad-core Processor

GPU : Mali-400MP2

Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth : v4.0, A2DP

GPS : Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

USB : MicroUSB v3.0

Radio : FM Radio with RDS

Battery : Non-removable Li-ion 3050 mAh, fast battery charging

Talktime : Up to 10H

Standby : Up to 300H

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