Tecno on September 5th held her Camon Series launch event in Lagos, Nigeria where they introduced two(2) new smartphones to take on her predecessors.
After unveiling the first one which am sure you know already, Tecno introduced the “pro” version of it which is usually the normal tradition in a typical launch event.
Dear friends, say hi to the Tecno Camon 12 Pro, the first smartphone in the Camon Series line-up to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner on a budget.
Before we go into details and do some Justice to the Tecno Camon 12 Pro in Nigeria. I would like to inform you that Tecno did made a confession during her launch event.
They told everyone that they will be opening their first flagship store at Ikeja City Mall, Lagos. These was necessary considering her large mobile users in Nigeria.
Tecno Camon 12 Pro key features
Display: 6.4" AMOLED Resolution: 720 x1548p Pixel: 277PPI Dimension: 158.6 x 75.5 x 7.8mm Battery: 3500mAh Selfie Camera: 32MP with Dual Flash Rear Camera: 16MP+2MP+8MP with Quad Flash Software: HIOS 5.5 UI based on Android 9.0 Pie Fingerprint Type: In-display RAM: 6GB ROM ROM: 64GB 4G LTE
Availability & Price
The Tecno Camon 12 Pro is available in Dawn blue color. Talking about price, Tecno haven’t said anything yet but we are all expecting it to fall at a mid-range price in Nigeria.
Design & Display
There is no way we can talk about the design of the Tecno Camon 12 Pro without making reference to the Phantom 9 that was launched some couple of months ago.
This is because both smartphones look very much identical in nature but we know very well that they are definitely not the same even though they have similar features.
The Tecno Camon 12 Pro is a pretty light weight smartphone that received some major Improvement in her design feature as compared to the Camon 11 Pro of last year.
Right out of the box is a gorgeous looking Tecno Camon 12 Pro with a vibrant design that comprises of some unique C ring colors that fully represents the Camon series.
In front of the Tecno Camon 12 Pro is a 6.4inch AMOLED display with a tear drop notch at the top where the selfie camera rightly sits.
The display presents a whole new theatre-like viewing experience considering the fact that it is an OLED screen which is more colorful, detailed and brighter.
The Tecno Camon 12 Pro has up to 91% edge-to-edge ratio with wider horizon and a 100000:1 contrast ratio. There is eye protection and reading mode available in it.
On the right is the volume and power buttons. When you take a look at the left, you will notice a special colored button that is use to call-out Google Voice Assistant.
The Google voice assistant helps you solve problems more intelligently. There is also a triple tray for the dual nano-sim and the micro SD card slot on the left.
The rear comprises of nothing more than the triple AI cameras that is well integrated in a glossy finished smooth to touch back with an eye-catching appearance.
If you look very closely, you will notice that there is no physical fingerprint reader at the back because Tecno decided to introduce an in-display fingerprint reader.
At the bottom of the Tecno Camon 12 Pro, you will find the speaker grill, a micro USB port, a microphone outlet and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Tecno Camon 12 Pro comes with a 32MP clear and bright selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. There is also an AI beauty mode for taking selfies and recording videos.
Tecno did make some progress in her beauty mode this year. They just introduced a 3D stereoscopic facial beauty that guarantee a more natural and charming selfie.
The selfie camera now comes with two dual flashlight that lightens up when required. There is even a 4-in-1 tech and mosaic algorithm that assist the selfie camera.
At the rear is a triple rear AI Max camera setup that comprises of a 16MP main, 2MP ultra-wide and an 8MP depth sensor with quad flash.
The 16MP main lens focuses on AI scene detection and AI HDR which cover various common shooting scenarios and offerings that corresponds with her AI optimizer.
The Triple Max AI Camera has an ultra clear shot that can attract up to 120° super wide angle and 2cm macro photography experience.
You can use the camera to take more natural and stunning photos in Nigeria and expect nothing less. In fact, there are up to 18 facial dimension to play with.
I must confess, the bokeh effects on the Tecno Camon 12 Pro is quite impressive, it does a great job of identifying the main portrait and blurs the background.
The Tecno Camon 12 Pro also made a good history in the camera niche of smartphones in Nigeria. This phone finally became the first to have what we call an AI body shaping feature.
The AI body shaping is a camera feature that helps you optimize your body shape by making some adjustments to your photos.
There are also 3 preset localized body beautification effects with visual UI adjustment and one-click preview to support.
The Tecno Camon 12 Pro comes with a 3500mAh battery that is non-removable. The battery can last for a day or two depending on your mode of usage.
I guess some of you in Nigeria might be wondering why Tecno decided to use a 3500mAh battery on the Camon 12 Pro when her smaller variant received a 4000mAh battery capacity.
The reason is quite clear, the Tecno Camon 12 Pro is the only light-weight variant that comes with fast-charging feature. We are talking about 0 to 100% in 2 hours.😗
Software & Spec
The Tecno Camon 12 Pro comes with a 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM storage option. There is also a micro SD slot for expandability purpose.
The Tecno Camon 12 Pro runs on a 2.0Ghz octa-core processor and has a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset inside.
On the software scene, you will find the Google Android 9.0 pie OS that is based on Tecno HIOS 5.5 User interface.
On the HIOS 5.5 UI, you there are stunning features like smart panel, AI read mode and multi-account settings for dual app support and dual game mode.
Security features & more
The Tecno Camon 12 Pro comes with two main security features: an in-display fingerprint scanner and a Face Unlock.
The revolutionary optical in-display fingerprint scanner which is the first of it’s kind in the Camon series unlocks at a reasonable speed with high level of security.
The face unlock turns out to be surprisingly fast, better and more secure than majority of the first generation of Tecno phones that have this feature.
Another major upgrade on the Tecno Camon 12 Pro is the App startup speed which have been increased by 50%.
There is also a 25% promotion in game fluency. Gaming on the Tecno Camon 12 Pro is incredibly awesome.
We also have some good amount of funny interactive AR stickers with over 220+ facial features, There is AR emoji and a new AR graffiti which Tecno describes as a space painting canvas.
Let’s face it, there is nothing to argue here, the Tecno Camon 11 Pro is the best Camon smartphone ever unveiled in Nigeria. There is no point looking elsewhere.
With all the features stated above, it is very clear that the Tecno Camon 12 Pro is ready to take on any smartphone that dears to call her self a camera centric smartphone in Nigeria as far as 2019 is concern.
Although many might not be excited with the battery capacity on the Tecno Camon 12 Pro. But when you consider her light weight and a little bit of fast charging, you wouldn’t mind buying one.
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