You may most likely by no means use a Tecno cellphone. Till this week, I might by no means heard of the Chinese language model or its Camon line of handsets. Now, it is unlikely I am going to neglect them.
The corporate just lately held a swanky New York Metropolis launch for its new Tecno Camon Collection 19 Professional Android 12 telephones though the merchandise will not be on the market within the US (or the UK, for that matter). I actually puzzled what they have been doing there and, extra importantly, why I used to be there.
Tecno insisted on describing the handsets as being “designed for fashionistas.” I couldn’t inform you what meaning, however I admit to being intrigued by the design, specs, and, particularly, the value.
Key specs embrace:
- 6.8-inch FHD + nearly edge-to-edge 120 Hz show
- Drill-hole front-facing 32MP digital camera
- 64 MP and 50 MP cameras on the again
- 2X optical zoom
- Optical Picture Stabilization
- 5,000 mAh battery
- Fingerprint reader
- Face unlocking
- Some nifty AI-infused photograph methods
- a 3.5mm headphone jack (!)
- An influence brick, cable, and earbuds (!!)
It is also a surprisingly engaging cellphone. There is a fingerprint-rejecting diamond-coated again that appears and feels beautiful. The twin circle digital camera array (which homes three cameras – there’s a 2MP bokeh-assisting lens), is giant however elegant, its premium appears assisted by its crystal glass protecting. The chassis is just barely thicker than an iPhone 13 Professional Maxhowever the cellphone feels significantly lighter.
The Camon 19 Professional comes will all this (and extra) for $ 280. That is a cellphone you may repay within the area of 5 – 6 months (in the event you pay round $ 50 a month). The Camon Collection 19 Professional 5G begins at simply $ 320. That is on each telephones, with 128 GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
To place that in perspective, the most cost effective iPhone you should buy is the $ 429 Apple iPhone SEwhich has simply 64 GB of storage.
There is a catch
There are, in fact, big caveats, the most important one being international availability. These Tecno telephones can be found in Africa, Latin America, the Center East, Southeast Asia, and Southern Asia, however not, as I famous earlier, within the US or Europe. Pricing may additionally range and the $ 280 and $ 320 Tecno provided remains to be simply an “estimate” for my market.
There are quite a few limitations usually related to finances telephones like no under-the-screen fingerprint reader. As a substitute, the ability / wake button doubles as an efficient fingerprint reader. The display screen remains to be LCD and never OLED. There is not any reported IP ranking (possibly maintain it away from deep puddles). It does not provide wi-fi charging.
Then there’s the cell CPU, a MediaTek Helio G96which might be equal to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. Its benchmark numbers aren’t even in the identical neighborhood as, say, an Apple A15 Bionic hour Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
So, after I unexpectedly walked out of the occasion with a assessment unit in hand and determined to spend a day or so with it, I attempted to level-set my expectations.
For probably the most half, although, this finances system exceeded them.
Not unhealthy in any respect
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As I discussed it is a horny big-screen cellphone with a vibrant show that, naturally, appears wonderful indoors. Exterior is a unique matter. It struggled in brilliant mild, however I might nonetheless see properly sufficient to make use of its digital camera and fairly wealthy settings to take quite a lot of pictures. Every part from normal to 2x telephoto, and from Portrait to sluggish movement appeared fairly good. Even low-light and evening pictures have been first rate (nothing would qualify as exceptional). There is not any wide-angle lens, not to mention ultra-wide however the included lenses captured sharp, colourful, and correct photos.
Portrait mode from the rear digital camera is sweet (the entrance digital camera had extra artifacts), although you’ll be able to’t regulate the extent of bokeh earlier than or after the shot (how many individuals do that on their iPhone 13 or Samsung Galaxy, anyway?). There’s an modifying software that allows you to add and regulate a bokeh impact on any picture, nevertheless it’s in a roundabout way tied to Portrait Mode pictures, which is sort of foolish.
The AI-powered digital camera and its efforts to establish objects in a scene have been entertaining. At one level, I pointed the cellphone at my hand, and it got here up with “Pet.”
There are such a lot of picture manipulation choices that you could be by no means discover or use all of them. The set for physique manipulation is, at finest, problematic. It gives to slim the waistline, head, shoulder, slim and lengthen legs, “plump butt,” together with different beauty alterations. Maybe that is what Techno meant by a cellphone for “fashionistas.”
It was, to be truthful, arduous to seek out these options and the cellphone actually does not push them. Nonetheless, it is bizarre that they are there.
Punching above its weight
For a sub- $ 300 cellphone, the Tecno Camon 19 Professional is sort of the performer. It performed taxing video games like Asphalt 9: Legends with out lacking a beat. I believe it would’ve been dropping a body or two, and the audio might be richer, nevertheless it was nonetheless an pleasing expertise.
It is an efficient productiveness platform for looking and file administration, and I do love the easy-to-find alphabetically ordered app record.
That 5,000 mAh battery is, by the way in which, an all-day champ.
Mainly, that is an above-average cellphone at a ridiculously good value.
Will it ever arrive within the US and UK? I do not know and Tecno provided no steering. I am unsure it issues. What the Tecno Camon 19 Professional demonstrates for me is that each one cellphone producers can do higher on the affordability entrance. We’re paying as a lot as $ 999 for highly effective big-screen telephones that most likely do greater than we’ll ever want them to (at the least for many of us).
The Camon 19 Professional units a pleasant instance for the chances of finances. I believe it is time Apple, Samsung, and others reply in type.
CLARIFICATION 6-19-2022: An earlier model of this put up indicated that iOS doesn’t have an alphabetical app record. It does, underneath the app library.