This is Phone Place Kenya’s review of Tecno Camon 12 Pro. This line of Tecno smartphones has been around for sometime now and is well known among Tecno lovers and circles. It was in September 2019 that this new line was added with two smartphones, this and Tecno Camon 12. Basically, this is a better version or and assumed, though it is not assumption, Tecno Camon 12 which I have done a review of.
Below is a list of its features as provided by its producer and as you will find accurate about Tecno Camon 12 smartphones, a smartphone I very much recommend even as early as this point of the this review. Hopefully, you will have a good read.
Tecno Camon 12 Pro main features
- GSM, HSPA and LTE network technology
- Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 6.35 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~81.3% screen-to-body ratio)
- 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~276 ppi density)
- Android 9.0 (Pie); HIOS 5.5
- Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) chipset
- Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
- PowerVR GE8320 GPU
- microSD (dedicated slot)
- 64GB 6GB RAM
- Primary camera 16 MP, PDAF + 8MP + 2 MP, depth sensor
- Quad-LED flash, panorama, HDR
- 1080p@30fps video recording
- Selfie camera 32 MP, f/2.0
- LED flash, HDR
- 1080p@30fps video recording
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot
- Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- GPS with A-GPS
- USB microUSB 2.0
- FM Radio
- Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, proximity
- Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
- Colors Dawn Blue
Design and build
First of all, and this because there will be no provision later on in this review to mention that, this is by far the best ever smartphone by Tecno yet- this also is not an assumption. Moving on. This is a very solid smartphone by its looks even. It is quite compact in the hand(s) by 2019 standards this because of its display size and 158mm height dear reader.
Whereas this following statement is relative, this phone sits firmly and comfortably in the hands. It is only 7.8mm thick which makes it a sleek looking smartphones to be honest. Facing you is a rather thick bottom bezel (some feel it is unnecessary and I agree) and a dew drop notch at the top middle.
It is in there that the selfie camera is. Side bezels have been maintained at impressively slim dimensions dear reader, and speaking of side the power button and volume rocker are on the same side of this phone. Then there is that glossy back panel with a the primary camera on its top right corner. Ah and by the way, the fingerprint scanner is not on the back panel because it as been embedded underneath the display of Tecno Camon 12 Pro.
Another reason why you must and will love (do not feel coerced) Tecno Camon 12 Pro is because it has among the best displays in the market. Its display is even better than what we see on higher priced smartphones dear reader. I speak about is AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.
That is right, you read it- AMOLED. I think the name speak for itself. What a reputable display panel TECNO went for this time. Its field of view is 6.35 inches on an 97.4 cm2 surface area. And to know you will enjoy the most of your display be informed that it has a 81.3% screen-to-body ratio – approx. Do also take note of its 20 x 1600 pixels resolution and 276 ppi density (seems more than this real time).
Here is something that rarely happens in the smartphone world, a phone with a good display and bad cameras. That would be ironical don’t you think? On board are three camera lenses with a primary camera 16 MP, PDAF, and 8MP wide lens and a 2 MP, depth sensor.
I has a Quad-LED flash for dim photography for example with panorama, HDR etc. modes. 1080p@30fps video recording is what you get with this main and selfie camera, a splendid 32 MP, f/2.0 shooter that meets expectations. It also has an LED flash and HDR.
You will be pleased to find the latest software update (as at time of this review) in Android 9.0 (Pie); HIOS 5.5 installed here. I long for the day Tecno will join the Android One program. On board again is a Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) chipset, an octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and a PowerVR GE8320 GPU
Storage and memory
If you feel limited by 64GB internal storage it comes with you can always expand using a microSD (dedicated slot). Else smoothly and comfortably use it with a whooping 6GB RAM.
I am usually of the opinion battery life vary from user to user. Nonetheless its removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery should see you through at least a whole day of mixed usage.
Tecno Camon 12 Pro is easy to recommend dear reader. This is a gift, if I can call it that, from Tecno. Very rarely will such an opportunity present itself- make use of it today.