Every month, the standard for what constitutes a decent budget device is elevated even further, and Tecno is almost always among. With its stylish look and premium features, the Tecno Camon 17 will definitely blow you away.
After just seven months, Tecno already released the successor to the Camon 16 which we liked that year. Now the question is does the latest Tecno Camon 17 got what it requires to set the new standard for devices under $200, particularly with budget challengers from Xiaomi, Infinix, and Realme hitting the market?
Of course, Tecno had to release low prices devices in order to flood the budget segment, and the Tecno Camon 17 Kshs17,600 price tag, when translated from its official price in Kenya is still affordable and yet offers a strong value proposition.
Normally, phones under $200 lack the superior screens, but this is not the case here. The Camon 17 has a 6.6-inch LCD display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. At this price point, having a high-refresh display is good. Nonetheless, this is a bright and colorful panel with a rather trendy hole-punch cutout style. This cutout houses one selfie camera with a 16-megapixel sensor.
Now lets look at the complete specs.
Design & Display
At first glance, the device’s general plastic construction gives it a cheap appearance. However, there is one feature that distinguishes the phone from others. Actually, the Camon 17 phone’s stylish appearance is due to the rectangular-shaped camera plate. It also has a fingerprint reader on the back.
The Tecno Camon 17 comes in three beautiful color choices. On the one hand, Frost Silver gives off a luxury professional vibe, while the two other colors Deep sea and Tranquil Green transform the overall look into something spectacular.
The smartphone sports a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with HD (720 x 1600 pixels) resolution, 267PPI pixel density, 450 nits typical brightness, and a refresh rate of 90Hz.
Considering that it belongs to the budget segment, this type of display is okay. However, when viewing images on it, the colors are not that accurate, which is a concern. Although it did not appear to be very bright indoors, it performed admirably outdoors.
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The camera of Camon 17
In comparison to its sibling Camon 16 smartphone, the Tecno Camon series is committed to providing a camera-centric device. In terms of specifications, the Tecno Camon 17 falls behind the competition. However, the camera software on the phone has vastly improved The benefit of this software is that it allows you to achieve vibrant colours, fineness, and clean image quality with ease.
In terms of specifications, the phone has a 46 MP AI Ultra Triple Camera, which includes a QVGA depth shooter. The secondary camera unit has an AI lens that is often worthless when taking images or videos.
The 16MP single front camera, on the other hand, handles selfies and video calls. Besides that, there is a LED flash on both sides of the screen. In general, taking selfies at night won’t be a challenge for you.
Bottom line, the Tecno Camon 17 overall camera performance is enhanced by these advanced settings.
For video recording, you can only use a resolution of up to 1080p. However, the advantages of video stabilization ensure a competitive advantage as compared to similar devices. There are also features such as AI that recognizes the environment and enable the use of background filters. In addition, it has a fantastic night mode that improves low-light photography. This feature is typically found on mid-range devices.
The video was a bit of a letdown. The camera’s maximum resolution is 1080p at 30 frames per second, and the only other choice is to film at 720p at 30 frames per second. Even for a budget smartphone, the device stability is excellent, but the specifics are lacking.
Battery & Performance
The Tecno Camon 17 is buffed a little bit when compared with its predecessor in terms of actual performance. It’s powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 Octa-core CPU with 4/6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
A 5,000mAh battery powers the Camon 17. Even in a high-end phone like the OnePlus 9 or Galaxy S20 with a 120Hz display, that would still be enough. So such a battery on a budget phone with far less demanding hardware would last you long.
When it comes to battery life, however, volume isn’t everything. The software also contributes to decent endurance.
The software interface on the Camon 17 would not be to everyone’s liking. It works smoothly for the most part, but there is a lot of bloatware and some annoying ads. To be honest, even Samsung and Xiaomi’s more expensive phones have been caught sending ads to users, so I guess ads are appropriate on a budget smartphone.
There are also several built-in tech tricks, such as the WhatsApp video beautifier, which is a beauty filter that can be added to the user during WhatsApp video calls, just as the name suggests. All in all, it’s a fairly heavy software skin, but it’s user-friendly to me.
Tecno Camon 17 Full Specs
|Announced Date||6th May 2020|
|Release Date||? May 2020|
|Dimensions||164.5 x 76.5 x 8.95 mm|
|Display Size & Type||6.6 inches IPS LCD|
90Hz refresh rate
20:9 aspect ratio
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1640 pixels|
|Pixel Density||267 ppi|
|Software||Android 11, HiOS 7.6|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)|
|48 MP |
Supports [email protected] video recording
Supports [email protected] video recording
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
|Network||2G, 3G, 4G|
|Connectivity||GSM, GPS, WiFi 4 , BT 5.0,|
Ambient Light Sensor
|Battery||-Non-Removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh|
-Fast battery charging: Yes (18 W)
-Wireless Charging: No
-Power Share: No
|Colors||Frost Sliver/Deep sea/Tranquil Green|
|Price||About ~ N74,000 – N80,000|
*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.
TECNO Camon 17 price in Nigeria & availability
The Tecno Camon 17 is already available for sale in Tecno’s stores across Nigeria. It is priced at N74,000.
Tecno Camon 16 has been regarded as one of the best of budget phones in Nigeria. When it comes to performance and camera, the Camon 17 outperforms the Camon 16 that preceded it. The Camon 16’s display, on the other hand, was more bigger, had more color accurate, clearer, and had a higher contrast than the Camon 17’s. In the end, if you have less than $200 to spend and want to get the best bang for your buck, either phone will suffice.
The Tecno Camon 17 is excellent value for money, whether you buy the 4GB model or the 6GB, model. It has a big, vivid FHD display, a fantastic triple camera system, and performance comparable to that of one of its main competitors, the Infinix Hot 10S and Xiaomi Redmi Note 9.
The Tecno Camon 17 has a unique place. It’s fantastic for the N74,000 price tag. Many readers would definitely consider it affordable, but not so much that they will rush out and buy it. For those willing to pay a little more, say N100,000, there are much better choices from larger brands such as Xiaomi or Realme.
Should you buy it?
2 reasons to buy
If you have a N75,000 budget and want to put the camera first, this is the phone to purchase.
When you allocated N75,000 for a new smartphone, you’ll have to make some tough decisions about what you expect from it and what sacrifices you’re willing to make. If you want a good camera, the Tecno Camon 17 should be at the top of your list. In good lighting, its primary 48-megapixel sensor produces decent images.
The 5,000mAh battery on the Camon 17 is another standout feature. It’s incredibly good for a budget phone, and it’ll easily last two days in most situations.
1 key reason not to buy
The Camon 17 may not be for you if you’re weary of customised Android skins that flood you with customisation choices, irritating alerts, and unnecessary stock applications. HiOS 7.2 isn’t the worst example of this – in fact, it’s always very fun to use – but it can’t compete with Nokia’s easy, straightforward approach.