The Tecno Camon 17 takes off from where the Tecno Camon 16 stopped. To this end, it offers enthusiasts improved smartphone hardware, with the chief of the upgrades being the inclusion of the Helio G85 processor. Laying aside the attractions of the upgrades does reveal some features that were better on the Camon 16. More on that later in the article.
Tecno Camon 17 Key Specs and Features
- 6.6-inch IPS LCD Display, 720 x 1600 Pixels, (267 PPI ), 90Hz Refresh Rate
- Android 11; HIOS 7.6
- Octa-Core MediaTek Helio G85 Processor (12nm)
- 4GB / 6GB RAM
- 128GB Built-in Storage, with Micro-SD Support
- Fingerprint Sensor (Rear Mounted)
- 48MP + 2MP + AI
- 16MP Front Camera
- 18W Flash Charge
- 5000 mAh Non-Removable Battery
Design and Display
In a world where reminiscence in smartphone design has become par for the course for some smartphone brands, Tecno has continually shown its ability to keep churning out smartphones with distinguishable designs.
Beginning with setup on the rear, we have a plain colour scheme, as opposed to the gradient scheme seen on the Camon 16. Speaking of colours, the options available on this device includes Frost Silver, Deep Sea, Tranquil Green. The rear cover is made up of plastic.
Perusing the placements on the rear reveals a vertical array of cameras, as opposed to the horizontal design on the Camon 16. We also have the Camon branding inscribed boldly, with the Tecno branding sitting on top of it, lastly we have a capacitive fingerprint sensor.
There is a high chance enthusiasts may find it a bit difficult to differentiate the Camon 17 from its predecessor if the front panel is the only part of the phone they have to consider, this due to the striking resemblance we get with its predecessor.
The setup upfront on the Camon 17 is sort of a reminiscence of its predecessor. Here you will find a display with a punch-hole camera on the top left corner as seen on the Camon 16.
The placements may appear similar, but we actually have a smaller display coming at 6.6 inches as opposed to 6.8 inches on its predecessor. We also have a drop in resolution from 1080 to 720 x 1600 Pixels.
Tecno is offering its customers a 90Hz refresh rate, which is the first of its kind in the Camon series, which could sort of count as a means to deter enthusiasts from focusing too much on the lower resolution and smaller screen size.
The cameras on the Tecno Camon 17 aren’t really are upgrade over last year’s own, by specs on paper standards. There is even a drop in the pixels on the primary rear camera.
On the rear, we have a triple camera system, in-lieu of the quad-camera setup on the Camon 16. This setup bears a 48MP primary camera, instead of 64MP as seen on its predecessor. We also have a 2MP bokeh camera and an AI lens.
Moving upfront, we have a single 16MP camera as seen in the previous model. This camera is backed by dual flashes.
Hardware and Software
The Tecno Camon 17 takes performance up a notch by featuring the MediaTek Helio G85 processor, which is more capable than the Helio G70 on the Camon 16.
Also on the performance train, is a non-removable 5000mAh battery, RAM, and storage options that include 4GB RAM / 128GB and 6GB RAM / 128GB.
On the software side, we have got the HIOS 7.6 user interface running on the Android 11 operating system.
The Tecno Camon 17 feature a Micro-USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth and WiFi.
The Internet connection here is capped at 4G, which means enthusiasts won’t get the luxury of 5G speeds.
Tecno Camon 17 Price and Availability
The Tecno Camon 17 Price in Nigeria is around 74,000 Naira, which translates to about $155, 16,562 KSH in Kenya and 897 GHC in Ghana.
The Tecno Camon 17 was announced on October May 7th, 2021, and can be purchased from leading online retail stores like Jumia.
Tecno Camon 17 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Tecno Camon 17:
- Platform: Android 11; HIOS 7.6
- Processor: Octa-Core MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)
- GPU: –
- Memory: 4GB / 6GB RAM
- Colours: Frost Silver, Deep Sea, Tranquil Green
- Dimension: 164.5mm x 76.5mm x 8.95mm
- Weight: –
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM
- SIM Count: Dual-SIM
- 6.6-inch IPS LCD Display, 720 x 1600 Pixels, (267 PPI ), 450nits, 90% Screen Aspect Ratio
- Screen Protection: –
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 48MP (Primary) + 2MP (Bokeh) + AI
- Rear Camera Features: Quad-LED flash, Panorama, HDR, 1080p@30fps
- Front Camera: 16MP Battery, Dual-Flash
- Built-in Storage: 128GB
- Memory Card Support: –
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: –
- HSPA+: –
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
- WLAN: Yes
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: Micro-USB
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: –
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Rear Mounted)
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Stylus Pen: Yes
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: –
- Wireless Charging: –
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: –
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: Non-Removable 5000mAh Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: 18W Capacity