It was in March 2017 that the Tecno Camon CX and CX Air were unveiled in Kenya and naturally, fans of this camera-centric series are looking forward to the release of the pair’s successors.
When such a time comes, the rumor mill is never short of leaks and speculations and this is exactly what we have at the moment. Just yesterday, it emerged that the Chinese company is getting ready to unveil its first 18:9 display smartphone dubbed Tecno Camon CM. While this report did not give us any details regarding the internals, we do know that the Camon series has always been on the low-end when it comes to performance specs. We don’t expect anything different if the Camon CM is indeed real.
Speaking of real, fresh details have emerged from benchmarking platform Geekbench revealing some core specs of upcoming Tecno Mobile phones. Geekbench has a mixed track record with leaks, but from the multiple benchmarks that have surfaced on the platform, it appears that the company is indeed up to something. Note that we cannot guarantee that these details are indeed a representative of what the Camon CM or Camon CX successors will be, but they are the closest we’ve got so far.
Apparently, there are two or more Tecno Mobile phones in the works: Tecno CA7, Tecno CA8 and Tecno R8. It’s possible that these are just codenames and not the phones’ final names. Also, it’s possible that the Tecno CA7 and CA8 could be two variants of the same phone, at least based on the leaked hardware specs.
Both the Tecno CA7 and CA8 have been listed with a MediaTek MT6763V/V processor, otherwise known as Helio P23, however, the former has 3GB RAM while the latter has 4GB RAM. In terms of software, the pair gets Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, which should be more than a welcome idea for many fans.
While the Helio P23 processor implies that the Tecno CA7 and CA8 will come just below the Tecno Phantom 8 (which has the Helio P25 and 6GB RAM and is currently the company’s high-end phone), the MediaTek MT6737 chipset on the Tecno R8 suggests that this phone is targeting the entry-level market, just like the Camon CX Air that shares the same processor. On the contrary, the R8 has been listed with a mere 1GB RAM, which is half what is used on the CX Air, but it has the same Android 8.1 Oreo as the others.
If last year’s timeline is anything to go by, Tecno Mobile should unveil its next smartphones somewhere this Q1 2018, but the exact date remains a mystery.