Tecno Camon 17 Review
Tecno Camon 17 was recently launched and got the hype it deserved. This phone is available in a range of colours for a starting price of Rs 13,999 in India. Additionally, Tecno Camon 17 has a 20:9 aspect ratio, allowing you to enjoy bright and crystal clear visuals when watching videos, playing games, or streaming movies online.
With all of its features, Tecno Camon 17 is a good handset for budget consumers, but I believe it will face some competition from other devices in the same price bracket. For example, Tecno has included a great Mediatek Helio G85 chipset in the smartphone, which has some great gaming capabilities. However, the smartphone costs 13k in India, and while a Mediatek Dimensity 5G chipset is available for the same price, I believe people would choose to get the 5G handset. This will certainly reduce the potential of Tecno Camon 17, but it can still be purchased by normal consumers. Let’s take a detailed look at the Tecno Camon 17.
Tecno Camon 17 Price in India, Variants, Availability
Coming to the price, Tecno Camon 17 comes at a price tag of Rs 13,999 for the sole 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant. It is available in three different colour options: Frost Silver, Magnet Black, and Spruce Green. Tecno Camon 17 is available to purchase through big online retailers like Amazon and Flipkart.
Tecno Camon 17 Box Contents
The green colour box of Tecno Camon 17 include:
- Tecno Camon 17 device
- 18W Flash USB Power Adaptor
- Type C USB Cable
- SIM Ejector Tool
- TPU Cover
Tecno Camon 17 Specs at a glance
Before we talk in detail about the Tecno Camon 17, let’s see what the on-paper specs look like:
- Display: 6.60″ (720 X 1600) FHD+ display
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio G85
- RAM & ROM: 6GB/128GB
- Software: HiOS based on Android v11
- Rear camera: 48MP + 16MP + 2MP
- Selfie camera: 16 MP
- Battery: 5000 MAh
- Weight: 202 grams
- Dimensions: 164.5 x 76.5 x 8.9 mm
Tecno Camon 17 Design and Build
The first impression of the phone is it looks very premium to me and has a feel to it. I have got the Spruce Green colour, and it looks really appealing. A similar colour can be found on iPhone 11 Pro (midnight green). It’s a fantastic looking colour with a matt finish. The thing I don’t like much is the big Camon branding on the back of the phone. This phone is really tall and fits really good in your hand. The phone is just 8.8 mm thick and will not feel heavy in your hand at all. Even though it is a big phone, it is thin and not much wide, so it can be used really well with just one hand.
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You can say it’s just the right dimensions for single-hand usage. The quad-camera setup will be the first thing to catch our eyes but users would not like the big back camera bump on the back of the phone due to which you cannot use it while it’s placed on a table. Due to this camera bump, the phone may not feel sturdy. It has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the power button. While we were testing this it worked really well and was very responsive.
There are little things in the phone design that impressed us. One of those little things is the textured finish on the volume buttons. All of this adds up to make a stunning design of Techno Camon 17. The overall design of the phone is pretty good, it has a solid feel to it and is pretty sturdy too. Though it has a plastic body, you won’t feel that you are using a cheap phone.
Tecno Camon 17 Display
This phone is for you if you like bigger screens to play games or watch movies. Tecno Camon 17 sports a big 6.8-inch Full HD+ display. The display of the phone offers great colours and good brightness with a peak brightness of 500 nits. You won’t face any problems even in the sunlight. You would love the display if you consume a lot of content throughout your day. Although you might feel there is a big chin on the bottom of the phone but it is normal with LCD displays. There is no widewine L1 support on the smartphone which can be disappointing for some users.
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The punch hole camera is placed at the perfect spot which is the centre punch-hole design. The punch hole might seem a bit big for some users but the overall screen is very much bezel-less and give a great Immersive experience. On top of this, you get a 180 Hz touch sampling rate which is quite responsive. The phone will give you an amazing experience while playing games like BGMI and COD mobile.
Tecno Camon 17 Performance
The Octa-core (2 GHz, Dual-core, Cortex A75 + 1.8 GHz, Hexa Core, Cortex A55) MediaTek Helio G85 CPU in the Tecno Camon 17 ensures that you get a smooth experience while using many applications at the same time. The MediaTek helio G85 processor is very promising as far as medium day to day usage and gaming performance is concerned. You can play games like BGMI and COD mobile without worrying about any lags or shutters.
The Camon 17 also features a 6GB LPDDR4x RAM in this price and 128 GB internal storage which is expandable, allowing you to store a variety of media like songs, videos, games, and more without running out of space. The phone uses the Mali-G52 MC2 graphics. The result is a smartphone that responds quickly to your commands. The abundance of RAM also contributes to this. This is a great option for all those gamers who are looking for a budget device.
Tecno Camon 17 Software
Tecno Camon 17 holds dual SIM support and runs on Android 11 with HiOS v7.6 custom OS. The good thing about this OS is that there are multiple built-in features that you won’t find anywhere else. There is one WhatsApp mode in the phone which is when turned on only allows WhatsApp to use the mobile data and no other application on the device can use the mobile data. There is one special video Assistant feature in which you can play YouTube videos even when you turn the screen off and I totally love it. There are more amazing features like peak proof feature, silent screen recording feature, smart panel 2.0, ultra battery saver mode, app twin mode. You also get a feature to record your WhatsApp calls which even WhatsApp itself does not offer.
You also get a voice changer feature within the smartphone. Summing up the phone is loaded with several inbuilt features. Along with all these features, you will also see some bloatware pre-installed with the smartphone. There is also a dedicated game mode feature for all the gamers to give you maximum performance while playing your favourite games.
Tecno Camon 17 Camera
Lets us now talk about the quad-camera setup in Tecno Camon 17. The camera specifications of the phone are very captivating. Tecno Camon 17 comes packed with a quad-camera setup on the rear which has a 64 MP primary camera. Two 2MP resolutions sensors are available, one with a macro lens and the other with a depth sensor. The fourth sensor is an AI lens. An interesting thing about this smartphone is that it features a quad-LED flash on the back.
Considering this pricing range, the Tecno Camon 17 has cameras that take fantastic pictures. The colours are vibrant, and the photographs are well-detailed. Use the Artificial Intelligence shooting mode to get high-quality photos. It identifies the scene and adjusts the colours accordingly. Plants, for example, appear greener, and food appears brighter and more colourful. You can also record videos In 2K resolution and record slow-motion videos at 240 FPS.
There are multiple features within the camera app. Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, and Touch to Focus are among the features of the back camera setup. On the front, the smartphone has a 16 MP front camera for taking decent selfies and making video calls. The camera performance of this phone is undoubtedly very good considering the price point of just Rs 13,000.
Tecno Camon 17 Battery
Talking about the battery is quite important for a smartphone in this price range. Tecno Camon 17 is powered by a decent 5000 mAh battery that lets you use it for a longer time duration while watching movies, listening to songs, playing games and doing other stuff without worrying about the battery drainage. The device comes with support for 18W fast charging.
The HiOS will make sure that your phone gives you a battery backup of at least one day even on heavy usage. Talking about normal usage, you can easily get the battery backup of at least one and a half-day. Talking about charging, even though the smartphone comes with 18W fast charging, it will easily take more than 2 hours to completely charge the big 5000 mAh battery of the smartphone.
Tecno Camon 17 Audio, Connectivity, Biometrics
The Camon 17 has Dual SIM capability, which means that you can insert two different SIM cards and use them both from one phone. Smartphone offers a Type-C port along with fast charging. Smartphone has a 3.5 mm audio jack on the bottom of the phone. It offers a single down-firing speaker. Although there is just one speaker, the quality of the sound is very loud and good.
In terms of connectivity, Camon 17 supports 3G and 4G networks. Wifi, GPS, Accelerometer, Ambient light, gyroscope and FM radio receiver are the sensors onboard. The smartphone comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the power button for authentication.
Tecno Camon 17 Pros & Cons
- 64MP quad-rear camera
- MediaTek Helio G85 chipset
- 5000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging
- Big 6.8 inch screen
- Several inbuilt software features
- 720p resolution
- No 5G connectivity
- No Gorilla Glass protection
- No Widevine L1 support
Under the price range of Rs.15,000, Tecno Camon 17 offers a fantastic spec sheet. The Camon 17 features 6GB of RAM and is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 CPU. Users seeking excellent camera performance will find a 64MP main camera on the rear front, backed by a big 5000 mAh battery with fast charging support. The brand has also included the Android v11 OS to ensure long-term performance. I would really recommend this smartphone to consumers who are looking for a good-performing smartphone with a good user interface, a sturdy phone, and a long battery life between the price range of 10,000 to 15,000. Summing up everything, Tecno Camon 17 totally justifies its price point.