Last year Tecno released its (then) latest member of its camera-centric budget smartphone Camon brand, the Camon C9, to so much fanfare. The device was later followed in the market by the Camon C7 and the Camon C9 Plus.
That was then. It’s a new year and obviously, we expect something else new from Tecno. Unlike how it has been previously, the device that will launch Tecno’s device calendar this year is not a member of the music-centred Boom series but rather the photography-enthusiast-targeted Camon.
As per an invitation sent by the company to members of the tech press in Kenya, Tecno is planning on unveiling the predecessor to last year’s Camon C9 later this month, on March 23rd in Kenya. In fact, the device is already on pre-order in Kenya.
The successor to the Camon C9 is naturally the Camon C10, right? Only that this year Tecno has opted to go with Roman numerals to add some flair to its marketing campaigns. According to the invitation (see image below), the device will be marketed as Camon CX.
What will have many of us scratching their heads because of the mystery around it is what exactly the Camon CX Air referenced to in the above invitation is all about. Dickson over at Tech-ish expects it to be another smartphone just like the CX with some salt sprinkled on it (my words/interpretation, not his) and I am inclined to agree with him, at least for now. 10 days is not really a long time to wait to find out. Plus, they (whoever they are 🙂 ) may as well spill the beans on Tecno’s forums as has been the case these last few months so my fingers are crossed for more information to emerge even before the official unveiling.
The Camon C10 (or CX as Tecno will want us to refer to it), is expected to bring to the budget smartphone segment it serves, features that we saw on high-end devices through most of the last year. Being a camera-centred device, naturally, that means the focus will mostly be on the camera. There, a dual-camera setup of some sort is expected at the back of the device as well as the front if these specifications I have managed to gather from Tecno forums are anything to go by. It will also be Tecno’s first device to arrive with Android Nougat out of the box.
Huawei’s GR5 (2017), which was unveiled last month, and Tecno’s flagship smartphone from last year, the Phantom 6/6s are currently the only notable budget smartphones that pack dual cameras.