The Tecno Camon 12 is the predecessor of the Camon 11. When it comes to camera-centric phones, the Camon series from Tecno is one that always comes to mind. This year, Tecno have kept up with the line-up by adding a Camon 12 to surpass the units from last year.
We did get a Camon 12 Pro too, but we can assure you that Tecno Camon 12 also deserves to be looked at.
Tecno Camon 12 Key Specs and Features
- 52 inch IPS Infinity-V Display, 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 aspect ratio (~269 ppi)
- Android 9.0 (Pie); HIOS 5.5 with 4GB RAM
- Octa-core Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm)
- Fingerprint Sensor (Rear)
- AI Camera (Front and Rear Cameras)
- 64GB Built-in Storage with memory card support
- 4000 mAh Non-removable Li-Po Battery
- Colours – Dawn Blue, Dark Jade, Sky Cyan
- 16MP + 8MP + 2MP Triple Rear Camera with Quad Flash
- 16MP Front Camera with Dual Flash
Design and Display
Looking at the Tecno Camon 12, you cannot but see flashes of the Phantom 9 there. This is understandable since the Phantom is the all-round top of the line model while the Camon represents the camera flagships.
We get started with a 6.52-inch IPS touchscreen panel on the front which is so bezel-less, the phone offers 81.6% of the screen to the phone’s body. This is slightly smaller than what we have on the Phantom 9, but impressive anyway.
The resolution is however modest with 720 x 1600 pixels.
A tiny notch on the top takes up enough space to allow for a speakerphone grille, the regular sensors and selfie camera – then no more.
Of course, Tecno was not going to do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, neither were they going to give up the USB 2.0 technology.
With the volume rocker and power button in the right places, there is not much difference to look at there.
Going to the back of the phone, we find a physical fingerprint sensor insight. That is unlike the Camon 12 Pro which has its fingerprint sensor on the screen.
What we find most disheartening is that the back panel was still not treated to the glass appeal – making the device feel less premium than should have been. We can forgive that for the addition of triple camera sensors on the back which makes up for the whole thing.
We must also mention the various colour options we could have therefrom Dawn Blue and Dark Jade to Sky Cyan.
On the front of the Tecno Camon 12, we have a 16 megapixels snapper capable of HDR pictures and recording, but with no LED flash to support it.
The back is very impressive with the inclusion of a 16 megapixels camera flanked by all of an 8 megapixels unit and a 2 megapixels depth sensor to match.
By now, we already know Tecno has a habit of not bringing in telephoto lenses, so we have to make do with the ultrawide and wide lens shots.
In low light situations, a Quad-LED flash has been fitted with these cameras for a richer and brighter picture.
Hardware, Software and Other Features
Looking at other hardware, the 2019 device ships with the Android 9 Pie under the hood.
Operations on the Tecno Camon 12 is handled by a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset which was developed using a 12nm process. While that might not bring all the power and efficiency in the game, it does support 4GB RAM.
For storage, the Tecno Camon 12 is only available as a 64GB model, but all that can be changed by expanding the storage with a dedicated microSD card slot.
Power users will find the 4000 mAh battery a nice addition to the Tecno Camon 12, given as it is guaranteed to get them through the day with little to no charging required.
Unfortunately, this unit does not ship with conventional fast charging technology – but it won’t charge slowly either.
Tecno Camon 12 Price and Availability
Tecno Camon 12 price in Nigeria is expected to range from 47,000 Naira to 55,000 Naira. Tecno has released the Camon 12 all the way since August of 2019, and it has hit the stores ever since too. If you were looking to get one of these, the choice is simple since it is sold in a single configuration option.
Tecno Camon 12 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Tecno Camon 12:
- Platform:Android 9.0 (Pie); HIOS 5.5
- Processor: Octa-core Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm)
- GPU:PowerVR GE8320
- Memory:4GB RAM
- Colours: Dawn Blue, Dark Jade, Sky Cyan
- Dimension:166 x 75.8 x 8.2 mm
- Weight:7 g
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM
- SIM Count: Dual SIM
- Display:52 inch IPS Infinity-V Display, 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 aspect ratio (~269 ppi density)
- Screen Protection:–
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera:16MP + 8MP + 2MP Camera
- Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, Quad-LED Flash, Panorama, HDR, AI, Mode, AR Mode
- Front Camera:16 MP Camera, Dual LED Flash, AI Mode, AR Mode
- Built-in Storage:64GB
- Memory Card Support:microSD (dedicated slot)
- Bundled Cloud Storage: No
- 2G GSM: Yes
- 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: Yes
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
- WLAN:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth:Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port:micro USB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: Yes
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: No
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: No
- SpO2: No
- Pedometer: No
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: No
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Rear)
- Iris Scanner: No
- Face Unlock: Yes
- Stylus Pen: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control:–
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: No
- Wireless Charging: No
- Built-in Mobile Payment: No
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery:4000 mAh Non-removable Li-Po Battery
- Standby Time:–
- Fast Charging: No