Tecno Camon 17 review :
So Tecno has recently released a new line up of Camon series phones and among them is the Tecno Camon 17.
This phone comes in at a budget friendly price of around $200 or Ksh20,000. At this price point, one would expect that this phone has very little to offer but you’d be highly mistaken.
Though the low price, the Tecno Camon 17 packs a punch which well get to in a moment.
So what comes in the box?
The Tecno Camon 17 comes with the following in the box:
- A power brick rated at 18 watts.
- A USB type A to mini USB cable.
- A pair of earphones.
- A plastic case.
Tecno has always been known to offer high performance phones at great prices.
Most of them come with great specs which easily outperform most flagship phones which are sold close to 5 times the price. The Tecno Camon 17 is no exception.
Read our review on the Tecno Camon 17 pro.
(164.5 x 76.5 x 9 mm)
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Back-mounted fingerprint sensor, face unlock.
|Single stereo speaker, 3mm audio jack.|
The Tecno Camon 17 comes with a sleek plastic frame with a matte finish. The phone has narrow bezels and has a general great feel when held. The phone is also lightweight and the matte finish prevents any fingerprint stains.
The plastic frame makes the Tecno Camon 17 drop resistant which is a bonus especially for those of us with clumsy hands.
Though there isn’t any official IP rating for the phone, on testing we found out that the Tecno Camon 17 is both splash-proof and water-proof though we still don’t know to what extent. So be careful when handling water or any liquid for that matter when you are using your phone.
Its nice to see that Tecno still includes 3mm audio jacks in their phones since most companies such as Apple, Samsung, Google and many other smartphone producers decided to get rid of it.
Its still unknown though if this will still be a standard for all Tecno smartphones or will they just follow the crowd. I guess well just have to wait and see.
1600 x 720
Screen to body ratio
The Tecno Camon 17 comes with a 6.6 inch IPS LCD display. Although the industry standard as of now is AMOLED, the IPS LCD panel still does a nice job and displays some nice colors though the brightness isn’t that great.
Don’t start judging just yet since the screen also features a variable 90Hz refresh rate which simply means you can switch from 90Hz to 60Hz when using the phone.
The 90 Hz refresh rate gives a smooth user experience when scrolling through menus or browsing websites but comes in really handy when gaming. Clicking on the screen feels fast and responsive which in turn gives mobile gamers that competitive edge over their competition.
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MediaTek Helio G85
Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
|Android 11, HIOS 7.6|
The Tecno Camon 17 comes with some beefy specs. The phone features a MediaTek Helio g85 chipset along with a Mali-G52 GPU which delivers great performance.
The phone comes with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory which can easily be increased using an SD card. The Tecno Camon 17 also comes pre-installed with Android 11 and HIOS 7.6.
Tecno promises continuous security updates and at least one major OS update to Android 12.
The Tecno Camon 17 comes with a triple camera setup and a 16 MP selfie camera. The main camera can capture footage all the way to 2K resolution at 30 fps and 1080p 30 fps on the selfie camera.
The Tecno Camon 17 also has an impressive super night mode which takes really clear, crisp and well lit night photos. You can check them out in our YouTube video.
|72 Hrs (Light use)|
The 5000mAh battery on the Tecno Camon 17 can easily last a whole day whether you are watching videos on YouTube, Netflix, or even doing more demanding tasks such as gaming.
The 18 watt fast charger included in the box fills up the battery from 0 to 100% in about 2hrs which isn’t all that impressive but isn’t all that bad either.
This isn’t much of an issue since you’ll only ever need to charge your phone after along period of time maybe even overnight after along day of work which is a nice thing to see in a phone at this price range.
So, is the Tecno Camon 17 worth it? For the price, it easily outperforms its competition though we recommend saving up a bit more and getting the pro version or maybe something like a Redmi note 10 pro.
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All in all, the Tecno Camon 17 is a great phone with an impressive price to performance ratio and is something you should look into if you are on a tight budget.