The Tecno Camon Premier is here– and at a premium too

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Initially I was sceptical about reviewing the Tecno Camon Premier as I have been disappointed lately with the new midrange smartphone entrants.

With a little convincing and a cup of yoghurt, I finally got down to writing and unlocked a lot of hidden gems in the latest Tecno Camon series.



I know the Kardashians will pick a fight with me but I am not one who is big on cameras – an area Tecno has always exceled at. In a crowded midrange market, somehow Tecno rises above the pile to make you shout: “Another Tecno? Heck Yes!”

I am not a fan of influencer led communications but in the spirit of full disclosure I confess that I am a Wizkid Stan, who, coincidentally happens to the brand’s spokesman so let’s juat say – match made in heaven?

The big brother of the Camon 15 series (Camon Air, Pro and Premier) the Tecno Camon Premier is accordingly priced at Kshs 26,999 – and by Tecno standards that is quite expensive.

Available in Ice Jadeite and Opal White, I like the former because it is hardly in your face and yet conveys sophistication simply. Also I am a Star Wars guys. I am Jedi-te…no? No? Tough crowd.

In a market where the selfie is king and Instagram reigns supreme, the Tecno Camon 15 Premier packs four camera modules at the back, with the main sensor being a large 64-megapixel shooter (what was my Instagram password again?), accompanied by 5-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 0.3-megapixel dedicated night lens and another 2-megapixel dedicated macro lens. The motorized pop-selfie upfront has a 32-megapixel sensor. (32!!)

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With its Ultra HD, and Super Night Mode, rest assured your images can be scaled and zoomed in without sacrificing clarity. No more having to squint to identify that photo-bomber (yeei).

Meanwhile with the Super Night Mode, experience the allure of TAIVOS™ technology to tame the wilderness that night shots have traditionally been accustomed to, by reducing noise and optimizing exposure levels with 15-frame synth, and unbridled levels of clarity. Now there is no reason not to be out at night – well, except during the lockdown.

PS: (TAIVOS™ filters image noise and enables up to 15-frame synth with an imaging time of just 4.68 seconds while most other smartphones only achieves this in 5.5 seconds or even 7 seconds.

That means that the photographs shot with TAIVOS™ are built from a composite of 15 image frames that can be analyzed and recombined pixel-for-pixel, vividly capturing each element in your scenes with optimal contrast.

If all you heard was blablabla technical jargon – the point is, your pictures will always be on point.)

Which reminds me – let’s talk about the 32MP Pop-up selfie camera. It’s different but with time you get used to it.

It is more of an acquired taste and will definitely turn a few heads your way. Upon opening the selfie camera, the front camera will “POP-UP” from the body, and the 32MP Clear Lens will be ready to capture your most perfect you moments. Over to you to dive in a pool of self-indulgence and bask in the hubris of eyeballs gloating over your device.

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With a massive 6.6 inch screen – one would wonder do you really need a TV (hehe)? Packing 91.2% super screen ratio, get a front row seat to the evasive promised land of an immersive, full view, cinematic experience. Trust me, the inches matter. Because size.

Not satisfied with turning your onlookers green, the Tecno Camon 15 Premier is armed with 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM (slight gasp) powered by a 4000mAh long lasting battery.

In layman’s terms: you can comfortably spend a reasonable amount on all your favorite apps and still have enough juice left in your device to get back home – even if you are a Twitter influencer.

The battery is fully charged in less than one and half hours, so you can easily make breakfast, get your morning run (highly recommended), take a shower and by the time you are done, you have 100% battery life. Well, at least if you take one and a half hours.

Highlights:

Rear-placed fingerprint scanner

Up to 5 fingers touchscreen

Scratch resistant

Android 10

Dual Nano-SIM

6GB RAM, 128GB ROM (expandable to 256GB)

64 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP Main camera

FM Radio, Bluetooth 5.0

4000 mAh battery

Cons:

Still a micro-USB cable. I’m one of those people who will always advocate for Type C Cables. Of course I may just be clumsy. But still.

At 27K, the price makes you scratch your head a little bit, having added more than 7K from the previous Camon 12 series

The cameras are good though too many. A concession had to made. Design for functionality or functionality over design?

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What’s in the box:

Sim ejection tool

Warranty card

Clear Protective Case

Your (new) device

Charger

Micro-USB cable

Pair of earphones

Verdict:

Luxurious as it is elegant, there’s a reason it is called the Tecno Camon 15 Premier. That’s because it is the premium variant of the Camon 15-series.

And because with premium comes exclusivity, TEKNO is also offering FREE countrywide delivery on Jumia and XPARK when you order online.

What are you waiting for? Welcome to the premier life.






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