Tecno Camon 18 was released in December 2021 and is the predecessor to the recently launched Camon 19.
The device is a testament to Tecno’s innovation and improvement since the Camon C8 in 2015.
In an ever-competitive smartphone market, how does the Camon 18 hold up?
I tested this phone for a few weeks to see if its design, camera, and performance provide the best value for your money.
For 6.8-inches, the phone was comfortable to hold, even with one hand.
It may look bigger and feel bulkier than other (6.4-6.6-inch) devices, however, I had no trouble carrying it around – whether in my hand or pocket.
The back has a plastic finish which unfortunately traps fingerprint smudges. So I always a case to avoid this. And hey… you would get one right in the box.
The screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass and has a pre-applied screen protector.
Also, the device has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor which doubles as the power button.
Beneath the device, you can find the 3.5mm headphone jack, the charging port and the speakers.
Tecno Camon 18 has a 6.8-inch LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate.
The display has given me no issues, whether under sunlight or low light areas.
Thanks to the adaptive brightness that enables the screen to adjust to the light concentration of your surroundings.
The 16MP selfie camera of the device takes a central punch hole form.
On the rear is a 48MP triple camera, which takes impressive shots for a device at its price range.
The camera has an AI module that detects scenes and optimizes photo quality.
While the AI Cam may not be flawless, most images turn out to be of decent quality.
The Camon 18, similar to other Tecno devices, relies on MediaTek’s Helio processor. The Camon 18 runs on the Helio G88, with 128GB internal storage and 4GB of RAM.
If that is not enough, you can allocate an additional 3GB of virtual RAM.
Performance-wise, I have experienced no significant lagging while using the device as my primary main driver.
The phone comes with Tecno’s HiOS 8 (based on Android 11) and a number of pre-installed apps.
Initially, I had my reservations about the OS given the bloatware and ads, however, this was not a problem after all.
After uninstalling a few pre-downloaded apps, the OS became a lot smoother to use.
You may want to rely on apps you are used to since some of the installed apps may lack some features you may need.
For example, having used Samsung Notes for a while, Tecno’s notepad app seemed to lack some necessary features.
The 5000mAh battery lasts about a day and over with heavy use. The Camon 18 also supports 18W fast charging with a USB Type-C cable.
Where to buy Tecno Camon 18
The Tecno Camon 18 price in Ghana starts at around GHS 1500 ($180).
The colours you can choose from are dusk grey, white and purple.
The smartphone is available in several retail stores across the country, including CompuGhana, Franko Trading and Telefonika.