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Tecno Camon C8 Review – Photographic monster?

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Tecno mobile communications recently released anther device, which is targeted at photographic junkies. The device dubbed Tecno Camon C8 is a self-acclaimed photographic phone. We’ll be looking at the full device’s overview with more focus on the camera.

Camon C8 Overview

Tecno Camon C8 is the 2nd device from Tecno mobile in the Camon C series, coming just after Camon C5 which the hype didn’t stay up for more than a week. Camon C8 however out did it’s predecessor and stayed relevant on the internet for well over 3 weeks. This is particularly due to the well spread hype, and marketing gimmicks put in place by the Chinese OEM, comparing the Camon C8 camera to that Apple iPhone 6. Africans, especially Nigerians have always been known to fall for such comparisons, and thus Tecno made the Camon C8 a trending device in the country. I personally don’t believe the Camon C8 is worth the hype, and voiced about my thoughts on an article. (You can find it here).

Anyways, we’ll be looking at the full review of the Tecno Camon C8. We’ll explore all the device’s selling points and break down the specs for easier understanding. Read our review below.

Design and Display

I’ll give Tecno mobile props for the design of the Camon C8. The device has a slighly curved edge and looks like it’s clad in full metal (but it isn’t, it’s actually plastic). Also, the C8 has some fairly good leather itirations at the back which makes it look all premium (taking a cue from LG G4 I guess). I like the fact that the device is a 5.5″ device, the size makes it somewhat worth the price it’s pegged at.

The front of the device has a 5MP camera and interestingly a selfie LED flash light. A not-so-bad idea considering the device is a Camera centric phone. The rear alos features dual-LED flash lights as well and a 13MP camera sensor. The sides of the device are adorned with routine buttons – power on button, volume up and volume down buttons. There is also a dedicated shutter button since it is a camera focused phone.

Hardware, Software and general internals

Tecno-Camon-C8-UI

Camon C8 is of course an Android device – Android 5.0 Lollipop to be exact. The droid is fitted with a quad-core Mediatek MT6735 64-bit chipset and a Mali-T720 GPU. Just 1 GB RAM is on board the device, and 16 GB of internal storage of which 5 GB has been eaten up by unnecessary apps and the boot Android OS has taken a bite too. The memory of the device can be expandable to up to 32GB via an external microSD memory card though.

The Camon C8 features the tinkered music software exclusive to tecno’s music device (Boom J7) – Boom Player. The boom player sort of amplifies the sound with a distinct quality. I would say that’s an additional props for the device.

Key specifications of Tecno Camon C8

  • Display: 5.5-inches
  • RAM: 1GB
  • ROM: 16GB
  • Resolution: 720×1280
  • Micro SD: up to 32GB
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Camera: 13MP primary, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3000mAh non-removable
  • Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core CPU (MediaTek MT6735 (64-bit)

View Full Tecno Camon C8 specs

Photography and pictorial distinct

The camon c8 has been touted as an epic photographic device. As a marketing gimmick, it’s camera has been compared to iPhone 6 camera. Well, lets see what the device has to offer.

With it’s 13MP rear shooter and dual-LED flash, I dare say it should produce a great picture, but how great? Since I don’t have a Camon C8 to test it, I would be sharing pictures from geek.ng which I believe is close to perfect. So feed your eyes with Tecno C8 Camon captured pictures and be the judge.

The self acclaimed 'iphone 6 camera killer'
The self acclaimed ‘iphone 6 camera killer’

Battery, Connectivity

The Camon C8 is a dual sim/ dual standby device using either a standard sim card or a micro SIM. The device has access to high speed packet access (HSPA) there’s no LTE on board though, connectivity stops at 3G. The device is powered by a 3000mAh li-ion battery which is non-removable. The company claims the battery can give you a 10hour active use on a single 15minutes charge. Nobody has so far confirmed the claim, so believe at your own peril.

Verdit

Is the Tecno Camon C8 the best thing to happen to budget mobile devices this year? NOPE! However, if you are a photograph junkie and love taking pictures but can’t afford a Honor 6 Plus or a DSLR then by all means get a Camon C8. If however you want something with a snappier processor and would love to mulit-task, Innjoo’s latest addition Innjoo Fire Plus could be your best bet.

Summary. I would say Tecno tried to out do themselves, and I’d give ’em props for it, I however believe the hype of the Camon C8 is overrated! Valued at 27,000Naira against the 20k it was claimed to be coming for, the Tecno Camon is just your average budget device.

Cons
  • Quad-core CPU without LTE
  • 1GB RAM
  • Very thick bezels
Pros
  • Great snapper for less than 200USD
  • Screen size is a plus
  • Premium feel, the leather addition at the back is distinct

Image Credits | Geek.ng and TechRez

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