Tecno Camon 17 Pro review

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Introduction

Not quite Premier, but still a Pro, the Camon 17 Pro is Tecno’s newest and best and brings decent camera hardware, powerful mid-range chipsets and a large battery, all for around € 250 to € 300 depending on who you ask.

As Africa is the primary market for Tecno, we find Camon 17 Pro at Nigerian dealers for as low as NGN130K (€ 260). It gives you a large 6.8-inch screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, even though it is an LCD and not an OLED. The Helio G95 should be slightly good for most things, and the 5,000 mAh battery promises excellent endurance.

Camon is the camera-focused series in the brand’s range, and this 17 Pro comes with a 64MP primary device along with an 8MP ultra-wide with autofocus. Then there are a couple of 2MP cameras, one branded ‘bokeh’, the other – ‘black and white’. More important than these 2×2 is the selfie camera – a 48MP sensor is responsible there.

Here is a quick summary of the specifications before we open the box.

Tecno Camon 17 Pro specifications are shown here:

  • Body: 168.9×77.0x9.0 mm, 201 g; plastic frame.
  • Screen: 6.80 “IPS LCD, 90Hz, 1080x2460px resolution, 20.5: 9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G95 (12 nm): Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G76 MC4.
  • Memory: 256 GB / 128 GB storage, 8 GB RAM; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11, HIOS 7.6.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.7 um, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.3, 119 °, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 ;m; Bokeh: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Monochrome: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 48 MP.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 30 fps; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 25W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); FM radio; 3.5 mm jack plug.

Tecno Camon 17 Pro unboxing

The Camon 17 Pro arrives in a two-piece box that is white on the outside and blue on the inside, the same blue used for the bold ‘Camon’ letters on the lid.

Tecno Camon 17 Pro review

Inside, there is a complete set of accessories, including a reasonably stable charger rated for 5V / 3A and 10V / 3.3A and a USB-A-to-C cable to fit it. There is also a transparent silicone bag for protection as well as a set of earplugs.

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