Tecno unveiled its latest smartphone series, the Camon 16 series, in an elaborate virtual event on Thursday night, using the occasion to showcase the kinds of things we can expect from the brand over the next few years: a continued focus on better experiences in mobile photography and videography that also sticks to emerging trends like Augmented Reality (AR).
The Tecno Camon 16 series comprises the standard model, a “pro” model and a “premier” model, the Tecno Camon 16 Premier.
The latter, which we will be looking at deeper in a few days, is already up for purchase in Kenya via e-commerce platform Jumia.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier is going for Kshs 28,500.
That pricing puts it within the crosshairs of other equally competitive devices that have become available in the local market over the last few months: the Oppo A92 and the realme 6, which went on sale locally just the other day.
With the Camon 16 Premier, Tecno is promising users an elevated take on mobile photography at the budget level that the Camon brand has been known for for years driven by Sony’s IMX686 64-megapixel main image sensor. On the front are dual selfie cameras, a trend we are seeing more and more of in the mid-range smartphone segment but which is, still, not so common.
Just how elevated? Well, the Tecno Camon 16 Premier is fresh from winning the “Camera Technology Innovation Smartphone Gold Award” at the ongoing IFA 2020, the industry’s most important trade show in the second half of the year, in Berlin, Germany.
Users are also guaranteed of high-performance courtesy of the Helio G90T processor from MediaTek which we are seeing pop up in various mid-range devices promising the same.
Other standout features include the high-refresh-rate (90Hz) 6.9-inch display and 33W fast-charging. The latter feature sees the device topped up to 70% in just half an hour.
If you are wondering where you have heard of a similar feature set that is almost comparable – if not a perfect match – with the Tecno Camon 16 Premier’s then it’s because there exists something nearly similar, at least before you set your eyes on it, in the form of the Infinix Zero 8, the Tecno sister brand’s 2020 flagship smartphone. The Zero launches next week and should offer the Camon 16 Premier a run for its money just as devices from rival brands would.
Tecno is set to make available the Camon 16 Pro and the standard model Camon 16 available later on.
On Jumia, where the Camon 16 Premier is available for purchase from, buyers are also getting, for free, Tecno’s first-ever true wireless earbuds dubbed HiPods H2.