Camon C9KES 15,299
- Running on the latest Android Version
- Iris recognition tecnology
- Amazing display and screen for the price range
- Light and good looking
- The 3000mAh is a bit flimsy and will have trouble keeping up
Tecno phones are undoubtedly one of most affordable quality smartphones brands in the African market right now. The phone maker has a tradition of releasing quality and affordable phones that pack some serious features. The month of June wasn’t surely going to pass without hearing something from the Chinese mobile manufacturer.
The Tecno Camon C9 is the latest gadget in Town. Its predecessor, the Tecno Camon C8, was a huge success and it was only a matter of time before the announcement of the latest variant in the Camon series. Giving credit where it is due, the Tecno C9 is an upgrade of its predecessor that is really worth trying out. So what makes this phone any special?
Tecno Camon C9 Build Quality and Display
The body design of the C9 is just exceptional, with kind of a good feel to the hand of the user. It is much slimmer than the C8, features a metallic build and a back cover that is leather textured. It has a dimension of 153×76.4×10.35 mm. Users are also spoilt for choice of color as the gadget comes in champagne gold, pearl white, and sandstone black.
Being a big screen enthusiast I think the 5.5 inch, 1920×1080 pixels IPS display it comes with is a pro. You get to experience a big and clear display when watching videos or browsing the internet, that just cuts it out for me.
Tecno Camon C9 comes out of the box pre-installed with the latest Android version 6.0 Marshmallow. Tecno went ahead and had a customized user interface, HiOS V1.0, for this gadget just like some other smartphone brands. This customized interface makes the experience more interactive and user-friendly as it is said to combine 1000× functional optimization. If you love the possibility of customizing your screen display, your music player skins, freeze apps, and regulate app data usage then definitely this phone was made for you.
It comes with a 2GB RAM and a 16GB internal memory which can be expanded to 128GB via micro SD. Also, its 1.3 GHz, Octa-Core, 64-bit, MediaTek chipset Processor ensures the Camon C9 is well powered. It has the capability of working more without fast draining the battery. The RAM and the memory are sufficient to support stronger applications, multitasking and playing 3D games among other demanding processes.
Battery and Connectivity
The battery falls in between, not bad but again not that good. I think Tecno could have done a little better in this. The 3000mAh battery is not bad in actual sense, but I have seen similar priced gadgets with a much better battery. The advanced features of the C9 will easily tempt anyone to spend a considerable amount of time on their handset. It would have been better with a stronger battery.
The connectivity options for this phone includes GPS, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and Dual-sim functionality. What is really interesting though is its 4G LTE connectivity. This phone gives a whole new meaning to faster data connectivity.
Just like its predecessor the Tecno C9 is a camera-centric smartphone only that it features much better upgrades. It comes with a 13 MP primary camera and also a 13 MP secondary camera. How often do you see that? It has dual flashlights meaning you are not limited with the time for which to take pictures. That’s not all, the primary camera features 83 degrees wide viewing angle allowing it to capture 3 people at a time. Other features like its smart human face identification, face beautification and ISP picture noise detecting Tecnology also help improve the image quality taken by this gadget.
Tecno took the game a step further by introducing some bit of gear for their latest toy. The T9 Band creates a 10m connection with your C9 and lets you control a couple of features without taking your phone out. It can monitor your sleep paterns and do the stuff of other fitness bands, snap photos remotely or give you push notifications.
Iris Recognition Tecnology:
This is the first time Tecno are using the Iris Tecnology on their gadgets. The Iris recognition sensor featured in the Tecno Camon C9 scans your eyes (iris) before unlocking the phone. It is a security feature that doesn’t come easily.
Tecno really stepped up their game with the Camon C9. I have some minor reservations with the battery- its capacity should at least be 3500mAh and not a 3000mAh in my opinion. All-in-all with a price tag of between Ksh20000 to Ksh25000 in Kenya and about N45000 to N55000 in Nigeria, Tecno are giving their customers value for money. Its exceptional design, 4G connectivity, and superior features are some of the reasons why the gadget is worth spending on.