Design & Display
There is no doubt that the Camon X is the most beautiful phone in the Camon series. This can be attributed to the 18:9 aspect ratio that gives it a near bezel-less front. This has become a trendy feature in most phones in 2018 including Tecno’s own Tecno Camon CM that was launched in January 2018.
This smartphone comes with a 6.0 inch display that does not feel big obviously because of its aspect ratio. The display covers most of the front part. It’s like a 6.0 inch display has been fitted into the body a 5.5 inch 2017 phone. Well, the bezels are still there but they are not as significant as those found in phones with 16:9 aspect ratio (most phones manufactured in 2017 had his aspect ratio). It is very easy to hold and use the Camon X in one hand.
Body of the Tecno Camon X
It is a little disappointing that the Tecno X’s body is made polycarbonate plastic rather than metal. However, it still remains one of the best looking smartphones below 20k. It is available in 3 different colors: mid-night black, champagne gold and city blue.
The display on the Camon X has a resolution of 720p by 1440pixels at 274 PPI. This s is not so impressive but good enough for a smartphone in its price range. When it lights up, you will not even notice that it’s not a full HD display. The display is bright and its color reproduction is good. 2.5D glass cover further helps to enhance its look.
The rear camera on the top left side protrudes a little. Fortunately, the Camon X come with a plastic case that prevents wobbling when the device is placed on a flat surface. The fingerprint scanner and Tecno branding are centrally placed at the back, below the camera.
This phone has on-screen buttons instead of capacitive buttons like most of the other Tecno Mobile phones available in the Kenyan market. This further helps to minimize bezels. The volume rocker and the power buttons are on the right-hand side of the phone. The headset jack and a microUSB port are on the lower side. It’s a little disappointing that this phone does not feature a USB type-C port.
Tecno Camon X Hardware, Software & Performance
This smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio- P23 chipset with 8 cores clocking at 2.0GHz. The MediaTek processors is coupled with 3GB of RAM. These make it a phone that you can easily multitask with. You should expect all your apps to run seamlessly. The Mali GPU used will allow you to run graphic intensive apps without any issues.
Camon X has 16GB on board storage with a significant part of it taken up by the OS and pre-installed apps. 16GB storage is not impressive in 2018 since many phones within its price range, such as the Huawei Y7 Prime, have 32GB inbuilt storage. Fortunately, this mobile phone has a micro SD slot supporting cards of up to 128GB.
The Camon X runs on Android v8.1 Oreo out of the box. This is the latest major release of Android and it is customized with Tecno HiOS. It is a dual SIM phone (Nano SIM + Nano SIM). A single tray houses both SIM cards and a microSD card. This smartphone supports 4G LTE networks in Kenya.
The Camon X is well equipped in the camera department. This smartphone is undoubtedly on of the best camera phones below Ksh. 20,000 in Kenya.
Tecno Camon X comes with an impressive 20MP selfie camera. This camera is accompanied by an adjustable dual LED flash for low light photography. According to Tecno, this camera will provide selfie enthusiast an outstanding selfie experience. An Adjustable LED flash means that you can change the brightness of the flash using gesture so that you can capture pictures with the level of brightness you want. This smartphone also allows you to blur the background of your pictures.
At the back, you get a 16MP camera accompanied by quad LED flash. This camera captures very good quality images, just like the front facing camera. Furthermore, both the rear and the front camera can capture 1080p full HD videos.
These quality cameras are no surprise because cameras have always been key selling point of phones in Tecno’s Camon series.
Battery & Extras
There is a fairly powerful battery inside the Tecno Camon X. This smartphone pack a 3750mAh battery that can easily power it for a full day on a single charge. In addition, it supports quick charge. This means that you can always get your phone from 0% to 100% within a short time.
The Camon X also has the Face ID unlock feature (like the iPhone X) in addition to the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. You can use the camera to capture a detailed map of your face for the purpose of unlocking your phone easily and conveniently.