Tecno launches Camon 15 and Camon 15 Pro smartphones, something to look forward to in Kenya

Chinese mobile phone brand Tecno has released two new smartphones: Tecno Camon 15 and Tecno Camon 15 Pro.

The two devices are available in the Indian market.

Transsion, Tecno’s mother company largely identified with its success in the mobile market in Africa, entered the Indian market in 2016 and has seen its Tecno brand rise to the top 5 in the Indian smartphone alongside heavyweights Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo and Oppo which occupy the first four slots.

Away from the Indian market, the release of the two devices in India gives us something to work with with regards to what we can expect to see in several African markets, Kenya included, soon.

The Tecno Camon 15 features a 6.55-inch display with a punch-hole to accommodate the 16-megapixel front-facing camera. On the back is a 48-megapixel main shooter paired with a 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera.

There is also a depth sensor and a “Super Night Shot” lens to complete the quad-camera arrangement at the back.

A similar 4-camera setup can be found on the Tecno Camon 15 Pro with the main differentiator as far as the optics go being the front-facing camera which packs a 32-megapixel lens.

Did I mention that the Pro model eschews the punch-hole setup of the standard variant to go with a pop-up mechanism for the selfie shooter? Now you know those hints were true.

More memory (6GB vs 4GB) and storage space (128GB vs 64GB) define the other differentiators of the Camon 15 Pro from the standard variant. It, however, packs a smaller (4,000mAh v 5,000mAh) battery and display (marginal at 6.53 inches but better resolution-wise, Full HD+) compared to its standard sibling.

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With a converted (per current exchange rates) price of about between Kshs 14,000 and Kshs 21,000 in India, we have a rough idea where to place the Tecno Camon 15 series when it eventually hits the local market with whatever variations that Tecno will deem fit based on its understanding of Kenya and Africa.

Both devices arrive running version 6 of Tecno’s custom HiOS overlay which is based on Android 10, making them the very first Tecno smartphones to ship with the latest Android version (Android 11 might be here but it will be another few months before it becomes a thing).

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