Tecno Camon 19 Pro at a glance
I have been thinking about the journey different Phone manufacturers have taken to be where they are and I am fascinated with how Tecno have done their business. Maybe it is because I have seen them grow from scratch in the country, at the time when the phone market was dominated by Samsung and Nokia. At this point I think Tecno has some of the interesting smartphones in their ever growing smartphone lineups. Tecno Camon Series is one of them and in particular Tecno Camon 19 Pro. I have used it for a while now and I think it is among their best work yet.
In the long past it would have been referred to as Phablet because of its size. But with time phones have gotten bigger and bigger and 6.8 -inch is no longer a big deal. I think 5 to 6 inches have become the standardized sizes of Smartphones. Back to the matter at hand, Tecno Camon 19 Pro comes with a resolution of 1080x2460px, with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The refresh rate allows the users to have a smooth experience of using the phone or watching the videos. The graphics are more detailed even in the instances where the phone is stretched with heavy use like during gaming. I tested this when I used the phone to play a number of games including online racing, chess and others and the experience was awesome.
But the main focus for Tecno on this phone and the series in general has always been on the Camera. It has a complex rear Camera setup which allows users to take amazing photos and videos. The new RGBW sensor done in partnership with Samsung allows more light. Tecno says the light intake has gone up by more than 208% and that significantly increase the brightness of the image
The second lens of the rear triple setup camera is a 50MP sensor focussing on portraits. Once the Portrait option is selected the optimal focal length of 50mm allows the users to shoot videos and photos with clearer portrait outlines without distortion.
The final lens of the rear setup is the 2MP Bokeh camera with Field of view (FOV) of 88.9°. In video or photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image. For example when taking a video using a portrait video Bokeh, the background of the video will be blurred while the portrait you want to focus on becomes sharper and clearer
For the fans of Selfie, you have not been left behind here. The 32 Mp pro selfie camera is among the best in the business. And as you can see so far Tecno put most of their effort in the camera features.
Processor and Performance
Tecno Camon 19 Pro is powered by Mediatex Helio G96 chipset, coming with 2.05 GHz, Octa-core processor. The device comes in two memory configurations – 8GB RAM +128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. The one I am using is 256GB storage.
The Camon 19 Pro uses the latest Android 12 with usual in-house HIOS 8.6 skin. The phone comes with a number of preinstalled apps from Tecno app store. Though Android is perfect, it is great that Tecno is looking ahead with their appstore and the system utilities. We know what can happen in a flash due to geopolitics consideration but that is a story for another day
TECNO Camon 19 Pro comes with a 5000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. Well that is massive size in battery terms. It takes 44 minutes to go from empty to 75% and 74 minutes from empty to 100%.
The Phone retails at Ksh. 33,799
Summary of the Specifications
PERFORMANCE : Mediatek MT6781 Helio G96 (12 nm)
CAMERA : 64MP + 50MP + 2MP and 32MP selfie camera
DISPLAY : 6.8 Inches, 1080X2460 resolution
BATTERY : Li-Po 5000 mAh
STORAGE : 128/256 GB
MEMORY : 8 GB RAM
PLATFORM : Android 12, HIOS 8.6