In less than 6 months after the release of Tecno Camon 15 Premier, Tecno has already released its successor the Tecno Camon 16 Premier. The Camon series has been a camera-centric device and this continues the trend. The Tecno Camon 16 Premier is Tecno first true mid-range smartphone as it meets up to the expected mid-range specs. The specs of the Tecno Camon 16 Premier is very similar to that of the Infinix Zero 8, I’m not sure there’s any major difference. Knowing that Tecno and Infinix are under one company, this is no surprise. Tecno Camon 16 Premier price in Nigeria, its specifications and features will be written in this article. I’ll also be doing a review of the Tecno Camon 16 Premier telling you if it is worth buying.
Tecno Camon 16 Premier Key Specs
- 6.9 inches FHD+ IPS LCD display
- 90 Hz High Refresh Rate
- MediaTek Helio G90T processor
- 8GB of RAM
- 128GB built-in storage
- 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP quad rear camera
- 48MP+8MP dual selfie camera
- 4,500 mAh battery
- 33W fast charging support
- Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Design and Body
Looking at the images of the Tecno Camon 16 Premier, you’d see the incremental upgrade from its predecessor. The redesign is a good step because people weren’t satisfied with the predecessor design. However, the huge square-shaped camera bump is another issues but not so much to call it a deal-breaker. This phone is made of plastic which makes it look cheap when compared to its competitors. At the sides, you’d find the volume rockers and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor which also doubles as the power button.
The display got a noticeable upgrade when comparing it to its predecessor. The Tecno Camon 16 Premier sports a 6.9 inches IPS LCD display with a FHD+ resolution of 1080×2460 pixels and 374 PPI density. The display has a cutout at the top left to house the selfie cameras ditching the motorised pop-up camera used in the predecessor. The 90 Hz high refresh rate lets you enjoy smooth scrolling and better gaming. The phone has minimal bezels at the top and bottom, you can enjoy a full screen. The phone screen has no protection of ant kind which is not good. And also, the display is not colour accurate as it should.
Processor and Memory
The processor on this phone shows that this is a true mid-range smartphone like I said before. The Tecno Camon 16 Premier is powered by the gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G90T octa-core processor which has a maximum clock speed of 2.05 GHz. This is the same processor found on the Infinix Zero 8. The processor is built on a 12nm fabrication processor and is coupled with Mali G76 MC4 in charge of graphics and gaming.
The Camon 16 Premier comes with 8GB of RAM for good multitasking and 128GB built-in storage. It has a dedicated micro SD card slot meaning you can still expand the storage without sacrificing any SIM slot.
Like I stated in the introductory paragraph, the Camon series is a camera-centric smartphone series. Tecno Camon 16 Premier has a quad rear camera with a Penta LED flash in the square bump. The quad rear camera features a 64MP Sony IMX686 main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP dedicated low light video camera and a 2MP bokeh effects camera. The rear cameras can record 4K UHD videos at 30 fps, 1080p videos at 30/60 fps and 720p videos up to 960 fps.
The dual selfie camera features a 48MP main camera and an 8MP ultrawide camera with a dual-LED flash to help in low light situations. The selfie cameras cap out recording 1080p videos at 30 fps.
Battery and Charging
The battery on this phone is good enough not very huge. The Camon 16 Premier has a 4,500 mAh battery which is not removable. The phone is expected to last you a whole day. And if the battery runs low, the 33W fast charge technology promises a 70% charge from zero in 30 minutes. The phone charges from 0% to 100% in 70 minutes. The phone charges via the USB type C port it has.
Network and Connectivity
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier has support for 4G LTE network which gives you access to fast internet speeds when downloading and browsing. It has support for the following 4G LTE bands: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28. It comes with dual-band WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio, WiFi hotspot and WiFi Direct. The phone has a USB type C port which supports OTG.
The Camon 16 Premier runs on Android 10 with HiOS 7.0 skin on top. The HiOS skin is filled with ads and bloatware.
Tecno Camon 16 Premier Price in Nigeria
Tecno Camon 16 Premier price in Nigeria starts at 115,800 Naira at all authorized retail stores. The phone is available for pre-order now and you’d get a HiPods worth $20 if you pre-order it. The Tecno Camon 16 Premier will be available in all stores across Nigeria very soon.
Tecno Camon 16 Premier Review
Taking a look at the specs sheet, everyone can conclude that it is a good phone but the specs sheet doesn’t translate to better performance. The Tecno Camon 16 Premier has some deal breakers you should watch out for if you’re buying it, which are:
• The HiOS skin which is filled with ads and bloatware.
• The display that looks watched out and not colour accurate.
• The cameras which perform below expectations.
• The cheap plastic body.
• Low chances of major software updates.
If you can deal with the deal breakers then the Tecno Camon 16 Premier is a good phone for you.