First look at Tecno Camon 18 Premier

Sales of smartphones of the CAMON line started in Russia: CAMON 18 Premier, CAMON 18P and CAMON 18. The flagship model was sent for acquaintance.

Table of Contents

  • Positioning
  • Specifications
  • Appearance
  • Screen
  • Performance
  • Camera
  • Battery life
  • Communications
  • Conclusion

Positioning

Tecno, like Infinix (although brand teams don't like to admit kinship), is part of Transsion Holdings. It is necessary to mention this, since global changes are taking place with the corporation. Both brands have shaken up their portfolios by optimizing the lineup, increased R&D spending, significantly improved technical specifications, and cut advertising out of the shell.

The market reacted positively to the changes. Sales around the world are growing every quarter by 50-70%.

In total, Transsion Holdings is the 5th in terms of the number of smartphones sold in the world. Accordingly, the smartphone market today looks like this: BBK Electronics (Oppo, Vivo, realme), Samsung, Xiaomi/Apple, and Transsion and Huawei/Honor share fifth place. The latter has its main sales in China (and is blown away by known events), while Transsion prefers to work worldwide.

The Camon series focuses on photography. In the portfolio of the Tecno brand, the line occupies the 2nd line, only Phantom is more premium (so far only Phantom X has been released).

Tecno Camon 18 Premier is, as I understand it, the top model within the line. Initially presented in October, it turned out to be no worse in terms of its characteristics, and in some ways even better (there is even Always-On) of the current Phantom X flagship.

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Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

The smartphone turned out to be not only interesting in terms of characteristics, but also successful in design. Tecno highlights the following as its main selling points:

  • Main module 64 MP
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Optical video stabilization
  • Shoot video with bokeh effect
  • 32MP front camera with LED flash
  • 120Hz AMOLED screen, 2400 x 1080 resolution, TUV Rheinland certified and Always-On
  • Frosted glass design
  • MediaTek G96 chipset, 8 + 256GB memory
  • Charging 33W
  • NFC, 3.5mm jack, separate microSD slot

Specifications

  • Processor: Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm), 8 cores (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G57 MC2 graphics
  • Operating system: Android 11, HIOS 8.0 shell
  • Memory: 8 GB / 256 GB, separate microSD slot
  • Screen: 6.7" AMOLED, 120Hz, 1080 x 2400 resolution, 20 x 9 aspect ratio, 393 ppi, 500 nits brightness
  • Battery: Li-Po 4750 mAh, fast charge 33 W, 64% in 30 minutes
  • Main camera:
  • 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide angle), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm (tele), PDAF, 5x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, (ultra wide angle), OIS stabilization
  • Video recording [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS stabilization, video recording with bokeh available

Appearance

There's a frosted back glass in the color of the night sky, a camera block design with a red border for the main video camera, a neatly disguised side fingerprint scanner, thin bezels and a neat cutout for the front camera.

I remember previous models from both the Camon and Pouvoir lines. Camon 18 Premier differs from them like heaven and earth. In short, I do not believe that the Tecno designers themselves have come to this. Either they hired a third-party design agency, or kicked out previous employees, hiring more expensive specialists in their place. Be that as it may, they managed to surprise and impress.

The back panel is a success. Unusual shade, frosted glass, modest logo. Tactile glass is silky. Unfortunately, the photos do not convey an interesting color. 120Hz AMOLED screen. Symmetrical narrow frames, neat cutout. At the bottom there is a speaker, microphone, Type-C, 3.5 mm jack . At the top end there is an additional microphone for noise reduction. On the right side is a disguised fingerprint scanner and volume controls. On the left side is just the SIM slot. Tecno was positively surprised. Look how the tray is implemented. On the one hand, there is a place for two nano-SIMs, and on the other, a microSD slot. Usually we are used to seeing just an elongated tray SIM cards It's a small detail that shows the thought at work in the development of a smartphone. Engineers thought about how to do better, and abandoned the traditional layout of the industry. content/uploads/2021/12/8-23.jpg"/>The camera block protrudes slightly, but does not cling to clothes. There is a case included, but I decided to wear it without it.

Screen

The smartphone has an AMOLED panel with a cutout for the camera, a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The screen has both pluses and minuses. But in general, the screen turned out to be very good for its price.

Start with a good margin of brightness. Unfortunately, I didn't have any test equipment with me. But even in the bright sun, the screen does not give up, allowing you to work quite comfortably with your smartphone. I would visually rate the brightness as something up to 600 nits.

You won't believe it, but the screen has an Always-On function!

Lasts for 10 seconds, then turns off. Re-awakens by tapu. There are both ready-made screensavers, and you can choose a picture yourself.

The pre-made Always-On screensavers are very good. There are not many of them, but it is clear that each one was carefully chosen. As with the design of the smartphone, I would like to note that someone with a sense of taste was clearly invited.

The screen refresh rate is 120 Hz. The menu has options for 60 Hz, 120 Hz and intelligent selection by the smartphone itself. Let me remind you that the update frequency depends not only on the capabilities of the smartphone, but also on software support.

There is a night mode, eye protection. Perhaps, we can note the mode of operation with one hand (similar to the one on Samsung). There is also a privacy mode - this is Blackberry tracing paper, when the screen is darkened, leaving only a loophole for viewing content.

The screen supports the DCI-P3 color gamut, but even without a colormeter I can say that the screen is lying. Usually AMOLED screens are most smeared with red. Surprisingly, the red of CAMON 18 Premier is not bad, but the yellow is lying. However, the average user will not notice anything. Samsung takes advantage of this, and even in the A72 the screens are “smeared”. But only a designer or colorist will pay attention to this.

Also, as a minus, I note that the screen does not have HDR10/HDR10+ certification. To be honest, this is a little strange, since there are no obstacles to this from a technical point of view.

Performance

Performance is provided by MediaTek Helio G96 (12nm), 8 Children's Clothing in Tanzania GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Helio G96 is a new 8-core chipset introduced in June 2021. In the AnTuTu v9 test, the smartphone showed a good result of 336 thousand points. For comparison, a competitor in the face of the Galaxy A52 on the Snapdragon 720G "knocked out" 303 thousand points.

The choice of high-speed memory and storage can also be positively noted. Memory speed is extremely important, as it is she who is responsible for the fact that the smartphone seems nimble and smooth. Today, the capabilities of even weak chipsets are enough for Android, but slow memory often becomes a bottleneck that kills the perception of the product.

Formally, with such a performance, a smarfton can be considered an initial game. All modern toys including PUBG and Genshin Impact will work. Call Of Duty and other first-person shooters fly even more.

Camera

The smartphone has a camera system of 3 lenses and a 4-section flash:

  • 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide angle), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm (tele), PDAF, 5x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, (ultra wide angle), OIS stabilization
  • Video recording [email protected], [email protected]

The camera interface is quite standard and simple. You won't get lost.

The camera has both pluses and minuses, and strange decisions. For example, night mode and 5x optical zoom are pluses. But it is strange that in the main 64 MP module there is no optical stabilization, but it is in the 12 MP ultra-wide-angle module, which is used for video shooting. I will say more, they put a rather expensive suspension there! Hence the limitation of the maximum resolution of shooting in 2K. Below is a video from the official website. Well, and, perhaps, I will find fault with the front 32 MP camera. This is too expensive solution for this smartphone. Could be limited to 16 MP solution. But it's good that they made a frontal flash.

But in general, the camera is very even nothing. Daytime shots are excellent, that the main module, that the wide-angle ones know their stuff. By the way, pay attention to the wide-angle. Virtually no distortion. HDR works too. Due to the extremely bright sun, I expected that most of the photos would be washed out, but the processing algorithms compensated well for everything.

5x optical zoom is good. Lack of stabilization is bad. Accordingly, when taking pictures, you need to fix the smartphone. Otherwise it will smudge. Here are a couple of examples. The usual photo of palm trees and palm trees 5x, the boats are far away - the boats are close. And the camera helped to photograph the crabs. A surprisingly good photo, considering that I shot it handheld, the waves interfered, and the crab did not stand still.

First look at Tecno Camon 18 Premier

Sales of smartphones of the CAMON line started in Russia: CAMON 18 Premier, CAMON 18P and CAMON 18. The flagship model was sent for acquaintance.

Table of Contents

  • Positioning
  • Specifications
  • Appearance
  • Screen
  • Performance
  • Camera
  • Battery life
  • Communications
  • Conclusion

Positioning

Tecno, like Infinix (although brand teams don't like to admit kinship), is part of Transsion Holdings. It is necessary to mention this, since global changes are taking place with the corporation. Both brands have shaken up their portfolios by optimizing the lineup, increased R&D spending, significantly improved technical specifications, and cut advertising out of the shell.

The market reacted positively to the changes. Sales around the world are growing every quarter by 50-70%.

In total, Transsion Holdings is the 5th in terms of the number of smartphones sold in the world. Accordingly, the smartphone market today looks like this: BBK Electronics (Oppo, Vivo, realme), Samsung, Xiaomi/Apple, and Transsion and Huawei/Honor share fifth place. The latter has its main sales in China (and is blown away by known events), while Transsion prefers to work worldwide.

The Camon series focuses on photography. In the portfolio of the Tecno brand, the line occupies the 2nd line, only Phantom is more premium (so far only Phantom X has been released).

Tecno Camon 18 Premier is, as I understand it, the top model within the line. Initially presented in October, it turned out to be no worse in terms of its characteristics, and in some ways even better (there is even Always-On) of the current Phantom X flagship.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

The smartphone turned out to be not only interesting in terms of characteristics, but also successful in design. Tecno highlights the following as its main selling points:

  • Main module 64 MP
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Optical video stabilization
  • Shoot video with bokeh effect
  • 32MP front camera with LED flash
  • 120Hz AMOLED screen, 2400x1080 resolution, TUV Rheinland certified and Always-On
  • Frosted glass design
  • MediaTek G96 chipset, 8 + 256GB memory
  • Charging 33W
  • NFC, 3.5mm jack, separate microSD slot

Specifications

  • Processor: Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm), 8 cores (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G57 MC2 graphics
  • Operating system: Android 11, HIOS 8.0 shell
  • Memory: 8 GB / 256 GB, separate microSD slot
  • Screen: 6.7" AMOLED, 120Hz, 1080 x 2400 resolution, 20 x 9 aspect ratio, 393 ppi, 500 nits brightness
  • Battery: Li-Po 4750 mAh, fast charge 33 W, 64% in 30 minutes
  • Main camera:
  • 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide angle), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm (tele), PDAF, 5x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, (ultra wide angle), OIS stabilization
  • Video recording [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS stabilization, video recording with bokeh available

Appearance

There's a frosted back glass in the color of the night sky, a camera block design with a red border for the main video camera, a neatly disguised side fingerprint scanner, thin bezels and a neat cutout for the front camera.

I remember previous models from both the Camon and Pouvoir lines. Camon 18 Premier differs from them like heaven and earth. In short, I do not believe that the Tecno designers themselves have come to this. Either they hired a third-party design agency, or kicked out previous employees, hiring more expensive specialists in their place. Be that as it may, they managed to surprise and impress.

The back panel is a success. Unusual shade, frosted glass, modest logo. Tactile glass is silky. Unfortunately, the photos do not convey an interesting color. 120Hz AMOLED screen. Symmetrical narrow frames, neat cutout. At the bottom there is a speaker, microphone, Type-C, 3.5 mm jack . At the top end there is an additional microphone for noise reduction. On the right side is a disguised fingerprint scanner and volume controls. On the left side is just the SIM slot. Tecno was positively surprised. Look how the tray is implemented. On the one hand, there is a place for two nano-SIMs, and on the other, a microSD slot. Usually we are used to seeing just an elongated tray SIM cards It's a small detail that shows the thought at work in the development of a smartphone. Engineers thought about how to do better, and abandoned the traditional layout of the industry. content/uploads/2021/12/8-23.jpg"/>The camera block protrudes slightly, but does not cling to clothing. There is a case included, but I decided to wear it without it.

Screen

The smartphone has an AMOLED panel with a cutout for the camera, a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The screen has both pluses and minuses. But in general, the screen turned out to be very good for its price.

Start with a good margin of brightness. Unfortunately, I didn't have any test equipment with me. But even in the bright sun, the screen does not give up, allowing you to work quite comfortably with your smartphone. I would visually rate the brightness as something up to 600 nits.

You won't believe it, but the screen has an Always-On function!

Lasts for 10 seconds, then turns off. Re-awakens by tapu. There are both ready-made screensavers, and you can choose a picture yourself.

The pre-made Always-On screensavers are very good. There are not many of them, but it is clear that each one was carefully chosen. As with the design of the smartphone, I would like to note that someone with a sense of taste was clearly invited.

The screen refresh rate is 120 Hz. The menu has options for 60 Hz, 120 Hz and intelligent selection by the smartphone itself. Let me remind you that the update frequency depends not only on the capabilities of the smartphone, but also on software support.

There is a night mode, eye protection. Perhaps, we can note the mode of operation with one hand (similar to the one on Samsung). There is also a privacy mode - this is Blackberry tracing paper, when the screen is darkened, leaving only a loophole for viewing content.

The screen supports the DCI-P3 color gamut, but even without a colormeter I can say that the screen is lying. Usually AMOLED screens are most smeared with red. Surprisingly, the red of CAMON 18 Premier is not bad, but the yellow is lying. However, the average user will not notice anything. Samsung takes advantage of this, and even in the A72 the screens are “smeared”. But only a designer or colorist will pay attention to this.

Also, as a minus, I note that the screen does not have HDR10/HDR10+ certification. To be honest, this is a little strange, since there are no obstacles to this from a technical point of view.

Performance

Performance is provided by MediaTek Helio G96 (12nm), 8 Children's Clothing in Tanzania GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Helio G96 is a new 8-core chipset introduced in June 2021. In the AnTuTu v9 test, the smartphone showed a good result of 336 thousand points. For comparison, a competitor in the face of the Galaxy A52 on the Snapdragon 720G "knocked out" 303 thousand points.

The choice of high-speed memory and storage can also be positively noted. Memory speed is extremely important, as it is she who is responsible for the fact that the smartphone seems nimble and smooth. Today, the capabilities of even weak chipsets are enough for Android, but slow memory often becomes a bottleneck that kills the perception of the product.

Formally, with such a performance, a smarfton can be considered an initial game. All modern toys including PUBG and Genshin Impact will work. Call Of Duty and other first-person shooters fly even more.

Camera

The smartphone has a camera system of 3 lenses and a 4-section flash:

  • 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide angle), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm (tele), PDAF, 5x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, (ultra wide angle), OIS stabilization
  • Video recording [email protected], [email protected]

The camera interface is quite standard and simple. You won't get lost.

The camera has both pluses and minuses, and strange decisions. For example, night mode and 5x optical zoom are pluses. But it is strange that in the main 64 MP module there is no optical stabilization, but it is in the 12 MP ultra-wide-angle module, which is used for video shooting. I will say more, they put a rather expensive suspension there! Hence the limitation of the maximum resolution of shooting in 2K. Below is a video from the official website. Well, and, perhaps, I will find fault with the front 32 MP camera. This is too expensive solution for this smartphone. Could be limited to 16 MP solution. But it's good that they made a frontal flash.

But in general, the camera is very even nothing. Daytime shots are excellent, that the main module, that the wide-angle ones know their stuff. By the way, pay attention to the wide-angle. Virtually no distortion. HDR works too. Due to the extremely bright sun, I expected that most of the photos would be washed out, but the processing algorithms compensated well for everything.

5x optical zoom is good. Lack of stabilization is bad. Accordingly, when taking pictures, you need to fix the smartphone. Otherwise it will smudge. Here are a couple of examples. The usual photo of palm trees and palm trees 5x, the boats are far away - the boats are close. And the camera helped to photograph the crabs. A surprisingly good photo, considering that I shot it handheld, the waves interfered, and the crab did not stand still.

First look at Tecno Camon 18 Premier

Sales of smartphones of the CAMON line started in Russia: CAMON 18 Premier, CAMON 18P and CAMON 18. The flagship model was sent for acquaintance.

Table of Contents

  • Positioning
  • Specifications
  • Appearance
  • Screen
  • Performance
  • Camera
  • Battery life
  • Communications
  • Conclusion

Positioning

Tecno, like Infinix (although brand teams don't like to admit kinship), is part of Transsion Holdings. It is necessary to mention this, since global changes are taking place with the corporation. Both brands have shaken up their portfolios by optimizing the lineup, increased R&D spending, significantly improved technical specifications, and cut advertising out of the shell.

The market reacted positively to the changes. Sales around the world are growing every quarter by 50-70%.

In total, Transsion Holdings is the 5th in terms of the number of smartphones sold in the world. Accordingly, the smartphone market today looks like this: BBK Electronics (Oppo, Vivo, realme), Samsung, Xiaomi/Apple, and Transsion and Huawei/Honor share fifth place. The latter has its main sales in China (and is blown away by known events), while Transsion prefers to work worldwide.

The Camon series focuses on photography. In the portfolio of the Tecno brand, the line occupies the 2nd line, only Phantom is more premium (so far only Phantom X has been released).

Tecno Camon 18 Premier is, as I understand it, the top model within the line. Initially presented in October, it turned out to be no worse in terms of its characteristics, and in some ways even better (there is even Always-On) of the current Phantom X flagship.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

The smartphone turned out to be not only interesting in terms of characteristics, but also successful in design. Tecno highlights the following as its main selling points:

  • Main module 64 MP
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Optical video stabilization
  • Shoot video with bokeh effect
  • 32MP front camera with LED flash
  • 120Hz AMOLED screen, 2400x1080 resolution, TUV Rheinland certified and Always-On
  • Frosted glass design
  • MediaTek G96 chipset, 8 + 256GB memory
  • Charging 33W
  • NFC, 3.5mm jack, separate microSD slot

Specifications

  • Processor: Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm), 8 cores (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G57 MC2 graphics
  • Operating system: Android 11, HIOS 8.0 shell
  • Memory: 8 GB / 256 GB, separate microSD slot
  • Screen: 6.7" AMOLED, 120Hz, 1080 x 2400 resolution, 20 x 9 aspect ratio, 393 ppi, 500 nits brightness
  • Battery: Li-Po 4750 mAh, fast charge 33 W, 64% in 30 minutes
  • Main camera:
  • 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide angle), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm (tele), PDAF, 5x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, (ultra wide angle), OIS stabilization
  • Video recording [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS stabilization, video recording with bokeh available

Appearance

There's a frosted back glass in the color of the night sky, a camera block design with a red border for the main video camera, a neatly disguised side fingerprint scanner, thin bezels and a neat cutout for the front camera.

I remember previous models from both the Camon and Pouvoir lines. Camon 18 Premier differs from them like heaven and earth. In short, I do not believe that the Tecno designers themselves have come to this. Either they hired a third-party design agency, or kicked out previous employees, hiring more expensive specialists in their place. Be that as it may, they managed to surprise and impress.

The back panel is a success. Unusual shade, frosted glass, modest logo. Tactile glass is silky. Unfortunately, the photos do not convey an interesting color. 120Hz AMOLED screen. Symmetrical narrow frames, neat cutout. At the bottom there is a speaker, microphone, Type-C, 3.5 mm jack . At the top end there is an additional microphone for noise reduction. On the right side is a disguised fingerprint scanner and volume controls. On the left side is just the SIM slot. Tecno was positively surprised. Look how the tray is implemented. On the one hand, there is a place for two nano-SIMs, and on the other, a microSD slot. Usually we are used to seeing just an elongated tray SIM cards It's a small detail that shows the thought at work in the development of a smartphone. Engineers thought about how to do better, and abandoned the traditional layout of the industry. content/uploads/2021/12/8-23.jpg"/>The camera block protrudes slightly, but does not cling to clothes. There is a case included, but I decided to wear it without it.

Screen

The smartphone has an AMOLED panel with a cutout for the camera, a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The screen has both pluses and minuses. But in general, the screen turned out to be very good for its price.

Start with a good margin of brightness. Unfortunately, I didn't have any test equipment with me. But even in the bright sun, the screen does not give up, allowing you to work quite comfortably with your smartphone. I would visually rate the brightness as something up to 600 nits.

You won't believe it, but the screen has an Always-On function!

Lasts for 10 seconds, then turns off. Re-awakens by tapu. There are both ready-made screensavers, and you can choose a picture yourself.

The pre-made Always-On screensavers are very good. There are not many of them, but it is clear that each one was carefully chosen. As with the design of the smartphone, I would like to note that someone with a sense of taste was clearly invited.

The screen refresh rate is 120 Hz. The menu has options for 60 Hz, 120 Hz and intelligent selection by the smartphone itself. Let me remind you that the update frequency depends not only on the capabilities of the smartphone, but also on software support.

There is a night mode, eye protection. Perhaps, we can note the mode of operation with one hand (similar to the one on Samsung). There is also a privacy mode - this is Blackberry tracing paper, when the screen is darkened, leaving only a loophole for viewing content.

The screen supports the DCI-P3 color gamut, but even without a colormeter I can say that the screen is lying. Usually AMOLED screens are most smeared with red. Surprisingly, the red of CAMON 18 Premier is not bad, but the yellow is lying. However, the average user will not notice anything. Samsung takes advantage of this, and even in the A72 the screens are “smeared”. But only a designer or colorist will pay attention to this.

Also, as a minus, I note that the screen does not have HDR10/HDR10+ certification. To be honest, this is a little strange, since there are no obstacles to this from a technical point of view.

Performance

Performance is provided by MediaTek Helio G96 (12nm), 8 Children's Clothing in Tanzania GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Helio G96 is a new 8-core chipset introduced in June 2021. In the AnTuTu v9 test, the smartphone showed a good result of 336 thousand points. For comparison, a competitor in the face of the Galaxy A52 on the Snapdragon 720G "knocked out" 303 thousand points.

The choice of high-speed memory and storage can also be positively noted. Memory speed is extremely important, as it is she who is responsible for the fact that the smartphone seems nimble and smooth. Today, the capabilities of even weak chipsets are enough for Android, but slow memory often becomes a bottleneck that kills the perception of the product.

Formally, with such a performance, a smarfton can be considered an initial game. All modern toys including PUBG and Genshin Impact will work. Call Of Duty and other first-person shooters fly even more.

Camera

The smartphone has a camera system of 3 lenses and a 4-section flash:

  • 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide angle), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm (tele), PDAF, 5x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, (ultra wide angle), OIS stabilization
  • Video recording [email protected], [email protected]

The camera interface is quite standard and simple. You won't get lost.

The camera has both pluses and minuses, and strange decisions. For example, night mode and 5x optical zoom are pluses. But it is strange that in the main 64 MP module there is no optical stabilization, but it is in the 12 MP ultra-wide-angle module, which is used for video shooting. I will say more, they put a rather expensive suspension there! Hence the limitation of the maximum resolution of shooting in 2K. Below is a video from the official site. Well, and, perhaps, I will find fault with the front 32 MP camera. This is too expensive solution for this smartphone. Could be limited to 16 MP solution. But it's good that they made a frontal flash.

But in general, the camera is very even nothing. Daytime shots are excellent, that the main module, that the wide-angle ones know their stuff. By the way, pay attention to the wide-angle. Virtually no distortion. HDR works too. Due to the extremely bright sun, I expected that most of the photos would be washed out, but the processing algorithms compensated well for everything.

5x optical zoom is good. Lack of stabilization is bad. Accordingly, when taking pictures, you need to fix the smartphone. Otherwise it will smudge. Here are a couple of examples. The usual photo of palm trees and palm trees 5x, the boats are far away - the boats are close. And the camera helped to photograph the crabs. A surprisingly good photo, considering that I shot it handheld, the waves interfered, and the crab did not stand still.

First look at Tecno Camon 18 Premier

Sales of smartphones of the CAMON line started in Russia: CAMON 18 Premier, CAMON 18P and CAMON 18. The flagship model was sent for acquaintance.

Table of Contents

  • Positioning
  • Specifications
  • Appearance
  • Screen
  • Performance
  • Camera
  • Battery life
  • Communications
  • Conclusion

Positioning

Tecno, like Infinix (although brand teams don't like to admit kinship), is part of Transsion Holdings. It is necessary to mention this, since global changes are taking place with the corporation. Both brands have shaken up their portfolios by optimizing the lineup, increased R&D spending, significantly improved technical specifications, and cut advertising out of the shell.

The market reacted positively to the changes. Sales around the world are growing every quarter by 50-70%.

In total, Transsion Holdings is the 5th in terms of the number of smartphones sold in the world. Accordingly, the smartphone market today looks like this: BBK Electronics (Oppo, Vivo, realme), Samsung, Xiaomi/Apple, and Transsion and Huawei/Honor share fifth place. The latter has its main sales in China (and is blown away by known events), while Transsion prefers to work worldwide.

The Camon series focuses on photography. In the portfolio of the Tecno brand, the line occupies the 2nd line, only Phantom is more premium (so far only Phantom X has been released).

Tecno Camon 18 Premier is, as I understand it, the top model within the line. Initially presented in October, it turned out to be no worse in terms of its characteristics, and in some ways even better (there is even Always-On) of the current Phantom X flagship.

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The smartphone turned out to be not only interesting in terms of characteristics, but also successful in design. Tecno highlights the following as its main selling points:

  • Main module 64 MP
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Optical video stabilization
  • Shoot video with bokeh effect
  • 32MP front camera with LED flash
  • 120Hz AMOLED screen, 2400 x 1080 resolution, TUV Rheinland certified and Always-On
  • Frosted glass design
  • MediaTek G96 chipset, 8 + 256GB memory
  • Charging 33W
  • NFC, 3.5mm jack, separate microSD slot

Specifications

  • Processor: Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm), 8 cores (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G57 MC2 graphics
  • Operating system: Android 11, HIOS 8.0 shell
  • Memory: 8 GB / 256 GB, separate microSD slot
  • Screen: 6.7" AMOLED, 120 Hz, 1080 x 2400 resolution, 20 x 9 aspect ratio, 393 ppi, 500 nits brightness
  • Battery: Li-Po 4750 mAh, fast charge 33 W, 64% in 30 minutes
  • Main camera:
  • 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide angle), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm (tele), PDAF, 5x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, (ultra wide angle), OIS stabilization
  • Video recording [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS stabilization, video recording with bokeh available

Appearance

There's a frosted back glass in the color of the night sky, a camera block design with a red border for the main video camera, a neatly disguised side fingerprint scanner, thin bezels and a neat cutout for the front camera.

I remember previous models from both the Camon and Pouvoir lines. Camon 18 Premier differs from them like heaven and earth. In short, I do not believe that the Tecno designers themselves have come to this. Either they hired a third-party design agency, or kicked out previous employees, hiring more expensive specialists in their place. Be that as it may, they managed to surprise and impress.

The back panel was a success. Unusual shade, frosted glass, modest logo. Tactile glass is silky. Unfortunately, the photos do not convey an interesting color. AMOLED screen 120 Hz. Symmetrical narrow frames, neat cutout. At the bottom there is a speaker, microphone, Type-C, 3.5 mm jack. At the top end there is an additional microphone for noise reduction. On the right side is a disguised fingerprint scanner and volume control. On the left side there is only a slot for a SIM card. Tecno was a positive surprise. See how the tray is implemented. On the one hand, there is a place for two nano-SIMs, and on the other, a slot for microSD. Usually we are used to seeing just an elongated SIM card tray. This is a trifle that testifies to the work of thought in the development of a smartphone. Engineers thought about how to do better, and abandoned the traditional layout for the industry. The camera block sticks out slightly, but does not cling to clothes. It comes with a case but decided to wear it without.

Screen

The smartphone has an AMOLED panel with a cutout for the camera, a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The screen has both pluses and minuses. But in general, the screen turned out to be very good for its price.

Start with a good margin of brightness. Unfortunately, I didn't have any test equipment with me. But even in the bright sun, the screen does not give up, allowing you to work quite comfortably with your smartphone. I would visually rate the brightness as something up to 600 nits.

You won't believe it, but the screen has an Always-On function!

Lasts for 10 seconds, then turns off. Re-awakens by tapu. There are both ready-made screensavers, and you can choose a picture yourself.

The pre-made Always-On screensavers are very good. There are not many of them, but it is clear that each one was carefully chosen. As with the design of the smartphone, I would like to note that someone with a sense of taste was clearly invited.

The screen refresh rate is 120 Hz. The menu has options for 60 Hz, 120 Hz and intelligent selection by the smartphone itself. Let me remind you that the update frequency depends not only on the capabilities of the smartphone, but also on software support.

There is a night mode, eye protection. Perhaps, we can note the mode of operation with one hand (similar to the one on Samsung). There is also a privacy mode - this is Blackberry tracing paper, when the screen is darkened, leaving only a loophole for viewing content.

The screen supports the DCI-P3 color gamut, but even without a colormeter I can say that the screen is lying. Usually AMOLED screens are most smeared with red. Surprisingly, the red of CAMON 18 Premier is not bad, but the yellow is lying. However, the average user will not notice anything. Samsung takes advantage of this, and even in the A72 the screens are “smeared”. But only a designer or colorist will pay attention to this.

Also, as a minus, I note that the screen does not have HDR10/HDR10+ certification. To be honest, this is a little strange, since there are no obstacles to this from a technical point of view.

Performance

MediaTek Helio G96 (12nm), 8GB Children's Clothing in Tanzania RAM and 256GB storage are responsible for performance.

Responsible for performance MediaTek Helio G96 (12 nm), 8 Children's Clothing in Tanzania Children's Clothing in Tanzania GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Helio G96 is a new 8-core chipset introduced in June 2021. In the AnTuTu v9 test, the smartphone showed a good result of 336 thousand points. For comparison, a competitor in the face of the Galaxy A52 on the Snapdragon 720G "knocked out" 303 thousand points.

The choice of high-speed memory and storage can also be positively noted. Memory speed is extremely important, as it is she who is responsible for the fact that the smartphone seems nimble and smooth. Today, the capabilities of even weak chipsets are enough for Android, but slow memory often becomes a bottleneck that kills the perception of the product.

Formally, with such a performance, a smarfton can be considered an initial game. All modern toys including PUBG and Genshin Impact will work. Call Of Duty and other first-person shooters fly even more.

Camera

The smartphone has a camera system of 3 lenses and a 4-section flash:

  • 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide angle), PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm (tele), PDAF, 5x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, (ultra wide angle), OIS stabilization
  • Video recording [email protected], [email protected]

The camera interface is quite standard and simple. You won't get lost.

The camera has both pluses and minuses, and strange decisions. For example, night mode and 5x optical zoom are pluses. But it is strange that in the main 64 MP module there is no optical stabilization, but it is in the 12 MP ultra-wide-angle module, which is used for video shooting. I will say more, they put a rather expensive suspension there! Hence the limitation of the maximum resolution of shooting in 2K. Below is a video from the official website. Well, and, perhaps, I will find fault with the front 32 MP camera. This is too expensive solution for this smartphone. Could be limited to 16 MP solution. But it's good that they made a frontal flash.

But in general, the camera is very even nothing. Daytime shots are excellent, that the main module, that the wide-angle ones know their stuff. By the way, pay attention to the wide-angle. Virtually no distortion. HDR works too. Due to the extremely bright sun, I expected that most of the photos would be washed out, but the processing algorithms compensated well for everything.

5x optical zoom is good. Lack of stabilization is bad. Accordingly, when taking pictures, you need to fix the smartphone. Otherwise it will smudge. Here are a couple of examples. The usual photo of palm trees and palm trees 5x, the boats are far away - the boats are close. And the camera helped to photograph the crabs. A surprisingly good photo, considering that I shot it handheld, the waves interfered, and the crab did not stand still.