Phone manufacturers are increasingly working hard to deliver top-end camera experience, and one can dare say this trend is being led by Tecno. This is because Tecno has been at the forefront in incorporating advanced camera technologies on its premier and other high-end devices, and in so doing, the company has won numerous awards, including the Camera Technology Innovation Smartphone Gold Award at IFA. This year, Tecno has continued to showcase its camera innovations in the Tecno Camon 18 Premier, a phone that promises to deliver all the beloved high-end features but for a third the price of other flagships.
Tecno Camon 18 Premier was announced in October 2021. It features a double glass design (front and back glass covers) with 163.8 mm by 75.9 mm by 8.2 mm on its dimensions, giving the device a 200g weight. Although the phone comes a third the price of other top-notch flagships, it still packs a true HD screen that features a resolution of 1080 by 2400 pixels for a pixel density of 393 ppi given its 6.7 inches screen size.
Still, on the hardware, the phone comes with a RAM of 8 GB and storage of 256 GB, enough RAM and storage to ensure the phone never hangs nor runs out of storage (unless someone wants to store thousands of 4K videos on the device). To power the phone, the phone has a battery with a capacity of 4750mAh. This might sound like a low capacity battery given that today there are phones with up to 6000 mAh batteries, but 4750 mAh battery is still more than sufficient to have the phone running for more than 24 hours in standard usage. Then we have the Helio G96 12 nm processor taking care of the thinking process but is assisted by the Mali-G57 MC2 GPU which takes care of graphic processing.
Lastly, there are the cameras – the front selfie 32 MP camera and the triple lens 64 MP rear camera. As already mentioned, Tecno can be argued to be the leader of camera innovations, hence the user can expect high-end camera performance both for still photos and video capture.
On the software front, the Tecno Camon 18 Premier is an Android smartphone that features Android 11, on top of which there is the HIOS 8.0 to give it the unique Tecno feel and functionality. The thing with HIOS is that the Tecno user must contend with the endless irritating ads, but there are those who find the ad inclusion a reasonable tradeoff for the low mid-range price Tecno offers for the device.