Many fans of the TECNO Brand will be excited to know that the Camon Series is back with the new TECNO Camon 18 Premeir. The TECNO Camon series are generally a heavy camera-focused line from the rising Chinese phone maker.
However, in recent times, the devices have not just been your typical “master of the camera game”, they have added a lot of performance improvements as evident in the TECNO Camon 16 Premier which was released and accepted widely in spite of the pandemic last year.
What’s facsinating about the Camon 18 Premier is the Ultra-steady Gimbal Camera technology that TECNO has introduced into it.
According to TECNO, the 12MP Stabilized Gimbal Camera (part of a 3 camera rear camera set-up on the device) can take care of all “strong video shake and blurred images” so you can enjoy shooting ultra clear and stable videos.
Before looking at all the features that the device brings forward, let’s look at the specifications of the device.
Tecno Camon 18 Premier Specs
|Specifications||Tecno Camon 18 Premier|
|Build||Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display Type||120Hz FHD+ AMOLED Display|
|Display Size||6.7″ Dot-in|
|Screen Resolution||1080*2400 Resolution|
|Operating System||Android™ 11; HIOS 8.0|
|Card slot||microSD available|
|Storage (ROM)||128 GB|
|Memory (RAM)||8 GB|
|Rear Camera||64 MP main sensor + 12 MP Stabilized Gimbal Camera + 8 MP Periscope Telephoto|
|Features||Quad Flash, Portrait Video Bokeh, 60X Hyper Zoom|
|Rear Camera Video||1080p@30fps|
|Selfie Camera||32MP Front Camera with Dual Flash|
|Selfie Camera Video||1080p@30fps|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity|
|Battery Capacity||4750 mAh|
|Colours||Dusk Gray, Ceramic White, Iris Purple|
Features of Tecno Camon 18 Premier
As with any of the older Camon series, the camera is the main talking point of this device. The device itself comes with 4 cameras in total.
- Front: a 32MP Front Camera with Dual Flash
- Rear: a 64 MP main sensor + a 12 MP Stabilized Gimbal Camera + a 8 MP Periscope Telephoto
This setup gives the device the chance to do amazing stuff. First is what TECNO calls a 60X Hyper Zoom. This is actually a 5X optical zoom and 12X digital zoom. This zoom zoom is complemented with TECNO’s own proprietary AI TAIVOS technology. You should expect a little blur when you zoom in on photos taken past the 5X zoom but that should not be much of an issue.
Also, the camera has some wonderful night mode, especially for videos taken in the portrait mode. The general night mode of the camera also utilises algorithms to automatically activate when the night is detected.
And when it’s night, TECNO says the device can help you capture images of the moon, which is referred to as the “Super Moon”. Here, the Camon 18 Premier is utilising mother company – Transsion’s own Galileo algorithm engine.
Who wouldn’t want to keep using their phone without worrying about loss of juice, especially when elecricity is sometimes unpredictable? Well, the TECNO Camon 18 Premier makes an improvement over the 16 Premier in the battery department with it’s 4750 mAh battery.
The Camon 18 Premier is also capable of 33W Flash charge (fast charging) which means you don’t have to worry much to charge it overnight, and should you forget it charge it, you only need a few minutes to get it back on track. According to TECNO’s marketing, you can get the device charged to 64% in just 30 minutes. This is an improvement from earlier devices.
Earlier, I wrote about how TECNO’s Camon series have been taking performance serious in recent releases. The Camon 18 Premier is not exception in this case, shipping with Mediatek’s latest Helio G96 chip with an Octa core CPU.
This chip ensures that performance-wise, the TECNO Camon 18 should not fail you in your day to day activities.
You should also be able to run a lot of your games at performance level settings. Moreover, the G96 has very good 4G even for your dual sim setup. You should be able to enjoy fast internet too whether you are on SIM 1 or SIM 2.
Design and Display
Design-wise, the TECNO Camon 18 looks flat and because of it’s thinner form, is easy to hold up in the hands. I am perosnally not a fan of branding at the back of devices, however, TECNO has kept the branding minimalistic this time, maybe adding up to the design.
The Camon 18 Premier comes in 3 colours:
- Dusk Gray
- Ceramic White
- Iris Purple
The dot-in display also does well to give the user a lot of screen real estate so videos and other full screen apps can be enjoyed very well.
The screen itself supports 120hz, thanks to the G96 chipset. The 120hz support means gaming will be much smoother and scrolling will feel seamless. However, TECNO gives the option to turn of 120hz if you feel you don’t need it, giving you bigger gains in the battery field. This, I feel is very good.
Android 11 is what the TECNO Camon 18 ships with, and TECNO is promising an upgrade to Android 12 soon. However, the big part of the software will be TECNO’s own HiOS.
With HiOS 8 on the Camon 18 Premier, there are more software features like real-time weather, added data security, smart card, phone cloner and a voice changer. Lots of fun.
Price of the TECNO Camon 18 Premier in Ghana
The TECNO Camon 18 Premier is retailing at GHS 2060 across all phone retail shops in Ghana. Check this space as we will update constantly with the best deals.