tecno camon 18 premier review

Tecno mostly targets countries in need that is the reason it takes a different strategy for smartphones than the major brands. The Camon series has large screens and batteries with a great camera experience and a satisfying performance for low-cost. The cost is even lower because of pre-installed partners applications and the baked-in advertisements within the interface. To some users, it could be a problem while for others, it’s the tradeoff they’d love to take.

The Camon 18 Premier has a couple of flagship-worthy features like an AMOLED display that is 120Hz There’s 256GB of base storage, a huge battery that can charge at 33W fast as well as an impressive camera in the back. The primary camera is the standard 64-megapixel snapper that we’ve seen a number of times before, but there’s eight-megapixel telephoto cameras that has five times optical zoom that is long-range and ultrawide 12MP snapper that has Gimbal stabilization.

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier is also one beautiful smartphone with dual-glass design, catchy paintjobs, and a thin 8mm profile. It packs fan-favorite features like a 3.5mm jack, a microSD expansion, and even FM radio. There is also something few phones can offer – a dedicated selfie LED flash!

Let’s take a look at the specifications sheet.

Tecno Camon 18 Premier specs at an overview:

Network

  • Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • 3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
  • 4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 32, 38, 40, 41
  • Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A

Body

  • Dimensions 163.8 x 75.9 x 8.2 mm (6.45 x 2.99 x 0.32 in)
  • Weight 200.6 g (7.09 oz)
  • SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Colors Polar night, Vast sky

Display

  • Type AMOLED, 120Hz, 550 nits (typ)
  • Size 6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~87.2% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~393 ppi density)

Platform

  • OS Android 11, HIOS 8.0
  • Chipset Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm)
  • CPU Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU Mali-G57 MC2

Memory

  • RAM 8GB
  • Storage 256GB
  • Card Slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Main Camera

  • Triple 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), PDAF
  •  8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, 5x optical zoom
  •  12 MP, (ultrawide), gimbal OIS
  • Features Quad-LED flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video [email protected][email protected], gyro-EIS

Selfie Camera

Battery

  • Capacity Li-Po 4750 mAh, non-removable
  • Charging Fast charging 33W, 64% in 30 min

Smartphone Features

  • Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity

Sound

  • Loudspeaker Yes
  • 3.5mm jack Yes

Connectivity

  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • GPS Yes, with A-GPS
  • NFC Yes
  • Radio FM Radio
  • USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

Its Tecno Camon 18 Premier is certainly not ideal. The Helio G96 chip is fine however, gaming could require some modifications to your graphics if you’re looking for a smooth experience. Even if the display supports up to 120fps however, we doubt that any game will be able to do it.

The only thing we’re missing is stereo speakers, as well as some kind of protection from elements. Basic protection against splashes would be great. However, the camera may have absorbed some of the budget therefore we’ll try not to put these shortcomings against the Premier.

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Quality of design, construction and handling

Tecno Camon 18 Premium might have not been a showpiece but it definitely seems like one. The design is unique because of a couple of factors.

First, it’s a dual-glass build with AGC-made flat glass sheets on both sides. The rear panel has this cool silky matte finish, which may be allowing fingerprints to thrive, but it is also pleasant on touch and premium-looking when clean.

The camera rectangle is also flat and made of glass, while the frame is slightly curved and made of plastic. Some budget cuts had to be made, and in most cases, the frame and the chassis take the hit.

This means that the Camon 18 Premiere is good-looking and built well We also noticed another area that is incredibly attentive to the finer details that mid-ranges usually fail to achieve in harmony. It’s true that one thing we noticed is the perfectly-centered front camera inside the punch-hole on the screen. Although we don’t often criticize this because it’s about budgetary constraints but it’s something that can rub us wrong.

Another place where symmetry is often absent on budget phones – the cutouts for ports and speaker(s) around the frame. The Camon 18 Premiere has a perfectly centered audio jack, mouthpiece, USB port and speaker holes at the bottom, and we are happy that Tecno made the extra effort.

One thing that would have made the Camon 18 Premier build top-notch is some sort of ingress protection. Alas, there is no such thing on the Premier, not even splash resistance or water-repellent coating.

Let’s take a look at both sides today and find out what’s obvious and what’s not.

Its 6.7-inch AMOLED screen is at the front. It features an extended resolution of 1080p, has a the dynamic 120Hz refresh rate and also has a punch-hole to accommodate the brand new 32MP selfie camera. As we said, the camera is perfectly placed in the punch hole.

The earpiece is above the screen, but what you cannot see is the LED flash next to it. It’s quite thin yet powerful enough to make a difference at night.

Its back is silky smooth, and features the smaller, delicate Tecno Camon emblem. The camera island isn’t very flashy, in contrary, it is attractive and isn’t too distracting. It has the primary camera with 64MP and the ultrawide 12MP camera as well as the periscopic lens on the 8MP snapper with five times optical zoom. The flash has four LEDs available.

The frame is made of plastic, slightly curved, and is all glossy. In fact, it is the largest fingerprint magnet on the phone despite the prone to smudges rear panel. It is far from grippy, too, and is probably the only part of the Camon 18 Premier that we don’t like as much.

The tri-card slot sits on the left side. the volume rocker as well as the power/lock key are located on the right.

The surface of the lock key is also your fingerprint scanner – always-on, fast and accurate as usual.

The top of the Camon 18 Premier has a lonely secondary microphone. It is used for stereo recording in videos but not for noise canceling when in a call.

In addition, the bottom is home to the 3.5mm connector, the main microphone along with the USB-C port as well as the one speaker.

Tecno Camon 18 Price

In USD phone cost is around $260 to $270 where as you can also have a look at price of Tecno Camon 18 Premier Price in Pakistan

18 Premier weighs 200g

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier measures 163.8 inches by 75.9 and 8.2 millimeters and weighs 200g – which is about 7mm smaller and 1mm lighter over it’s predecessor, the Tecno 16 Premier. It’s also 10 grams lighter.

In the end of the day we really enjoyed our time on our Tecno Camon 18 Prime. It’s a phone that has a solid construction and simple design. Dual-tempered glass is always nice to have. The one thing we did not like is the absence of any kind of protection against ingress. The frame made of plastic could have been improved with a matte finishes, as does on the rear, however we can’t get everything could we?

Overall, we think people will like the Camon 18 Premier, and if handling issues are present, the supplied case should solve most, if not all of them.

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