Tecno Camon 16 coming to India on October 10

Tecno introduce it's Camon 16 lineup in Africa earlier this year, and now it's ready to bring it to the Indian market as well.

The company did not clarify which and how many Camon 16 phones are we going to see, but we received a confirmation the launch is scheduled for mid-October and will disrupt the “photographic experience” with an aggressive price of below INR15,000 ($205/€175).

According to Tecno, the new Camon 16 smartphone will have four shooters, with the main one having a 64 MP sensor, and will have “AI-enabled Ultra Night lens”.

While this sounds like the Vanon 16 Premier, we cannot be sure about that - the family has two more members that are yet to be officially unveiled - Camon 16 Pro and Camon 16; and the Camon 16S appeared on Google Play Console.

The new Camon 16 smartphone will be available on Flipkart, but we don’t know when we’ll have the full info. One tipster said October 10 but we’re yet to hear anything official from Tecno.

With the introductions out of the way, the Tecno Camon 16 Premier is the latest device in Tecno's lineup. On paper, it seems to offer amazing value for its modest MSRP of about EUR 230 ($300). A large, fast 90Hz display, four cameras, including a 64MP Quad-Bayer main snapper, with 4K video capture support and EIS, two selfie snappers, one of which also a Quad-Bayer unit, a respectable MediaTek G90T chipset, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage and a sizeable 4,500 mAh battery, even complete with fast 33W charging.

Tecno Camon 16 Premier

  • Body: 170.6x77.2x9.1mm, 203g; Plastic body; Colors: Glacial Silver.
  • Display: 6.90" IPS LCD, 1080x2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 374ppi; HDR10+, 90Hz refresh rate.
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6785 Helio G90T (12 nm): Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G76 MC4.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 10, HIOS 6.0.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73", 0.8µm, PDAF, Sony IMX686; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.3, 119-degree (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm;, autofocus, GalaxyCore GC8034; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4, 1.75µm, GalaxyCore GC02M1B (depth); Low-light: 2 MP, f/2.4, 2.8µm, GalaxyCore GC20A3 (dedicated video camera); Penta-LED flash, panorama, HDR.
  • Front camera: Wide (main): 48 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 105-degree (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm; Dual-LED flash, HDR.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@960fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 33W, 70% in 30 min (advertised).
  • Misc: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass; FM radio.

If all of this sounds incredibly familiar to you, it should. Minor design differences aside, the Tecno Camon 16 Premier is almost a carbon copy of the Infinix Zero 8. A phone which we also recently put through our rigorous review process.

Just because Transsion and its subsidiaries, like Tecno have managed to carve themselves a nifty little niche, doesn't mean that they are universally beloved and free of controversy. On the contrary. After publishing our Infinix Zero 8 review and reading many of your comments and opinions, it seems that many users don't hold some of the company's practices in high regard. Especially the high volume of ads and sponsored content meant to subsidize devices and bring down costs.

For better or worse, that's the reality with the Tecno Camon 16 Premier, as well. Sure, there are certain differences between the Camon 16 and the Infinix Zero 8. But, overall, even on a software level, the two are nearly identical. Hence, you can expect us to frequently reference the Infinix Zero 8 review as we go along.

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