Less than a year of the Tecno Camon 15 Premier‘s existence, Tecno is back with a follow-up smartphone dubbed the Tecno Camon 16 Premier, which comes in as Tecno’s first true mid-range smartphone. It packs in a set of improved cameras, alongside a spec sheet that bears resemblance to what we have on the Infinix Zero 8.
Where to Buy Tecno Camon 16 Premier
Tecno Camon 16 Premier Key Specs and Features
- 6.9-inch IPS LCD Display, 1080 x 2460 Pixels, (374 PPI )
- Android 10.0; HIOS 7.0
- Octa-Core MediaTek Helio G90T Processor (12nm)
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB Built-in Storage, with Micro-SD Support
- Fingerprint Sensor (Side Mounted)
- 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Quad Camera
- 48MP + 8MP Dual Selfie Camera
- Fast Charging (33W Capacity)
- 4500 mAh Non-Removable Battery
Design and Display
Taking a glance at the image of the Tecno Camon 16 Premier, the words that come to mind is “The difference is clear”. Tecno made efforts in the redesign, which will appeal to enthusiasts who weren’t totally satisfied with the design of its predecessor.
This new chassis design features a square camera module on the rear housing quad cameras7 and an LED flash. You will also find the Tecno and Camon branding on the rear indicating its a Tecno smartphone.
Tecno laid waste to the rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor, which is all thanks to the provision that moved it to the side, making it a sound mounted fingerprint sensor.
Speaking of things Tecno laid to waste, the Tecno also ditched the motorized pop-up selfie camera we saw on the Camon 15 premier and opted for a camera cut-out on the display instead.
Speaking on display, the Tecno Camon 16 Premier features a 6.9-inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2460 Pixels, a density of 374 PPI.
The hallmark of the display numbers is its 90Hz refresh rate, which promises smoother deployment of UI elements.
Color options are a bit restricted on this smartphone, enthusiasts will have to settle for just one color, as it comes only in Glacier silver.
The camera department on smartphones from the Tecno Camon series is undoubtedly the most anticipated feature, due to the impressions we got from previous Tecno Camon smartphones.
This year Tecno is offering enthusiasts a camera combo that comfortably competes with that of some of the top players in the mid-range market. Top players like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier features a quad rear camera setup on the rear that comprises of a 64MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.9, an 8MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.3, a 2MP dedicated video camera with an aperture of f/2.4, and a 2MP depth camera.
Selfies are manned by a dual front camera setup, which is the first of its kind in the Tecno Camon series. This dual-camera setup comprises of a 48MP primary camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and an 8MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.2.
This setup is capable of recording videos capped at 1080p @ 30fps. It is also supported by an LED flash system for brighter results.
Hardware and Software
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier doesn’t just shine as Tecno’s top of the line camera smartphone, but also the most powerful smartphone Tecno has ever created, a true mid-range, something that sounds a bit odd due to the fact that it’s not coming from the phantom series.
Onboard is an Octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T processor, which is the same as what we got on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. It features a Mali-G76 MC4 GPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a non-removable 4500mAh battery.
The icing on the cake is a 33W fast charge mechanism, which promises a 70% charge in 30 mins.
On the software side, we have got the HiOS 7 user interface running on the Android 10 operating system.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier features a USB Type-c port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 5.0, and a dual-band WiFi system.
The Internet connection here is capped at 4G, which means enthusiasts won’t get the luxury of 5G speeds.
Tecno Camon 16 Premier Price and Availability
Tecno Camon 16 Premier in Nigeria starts at around 119,500 Naira. The smartphone costs around 1,700 GHC in Ghana and around 28,999 KSh in Kenya.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier was announced on the 4th of September and is expected to be available for purchase later in September.
Tecno Camon 16 Premier Specs
Here are a few specs of the Tecno Camon 16 Premier:
- Platform: Android 10, HiOS 7.0
- Processor: Octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G76 MC4
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- Colours: Glacial Silver
- Dimension: 170.61mm x 77.18mm x 9.1 mm
- Weight: –
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM
- SIM Count: Dual-SIM
- Display: 6.9-inch IPS LCD Display 1080 x 2460 Pixels, HDR10+, 90Hz Refresh Rate, 374 PPI
- Screen Protection: –
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 64MP (Primary) f/1.9 + 8MP (Ultrawide) f/2.3 + 2MP (Dedicated Video Camera) f/2.4 + 2MP (Dedicated Video Camera)
- Rear Camera Features: Penta-LED flash, panorama, HDR, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS
- Front Camera: 48MP (Primary) f/2.2 + 8MP (Ultrawide) f/2.2 Camera
- Built-in Storage: 128GB
- Memory Card Support: microSDXC (dedicated slot)
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: –
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: USB 2.0, USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: Yes
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: A-GPS
- Maps: Yes, Google Maps
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner: –
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Stylus Pen: –
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes, Google Assistant
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: –
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Wireless Charging: No
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: Non-removable 4500mAh Li-Po Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: –