First Impressions And Hands-on Review: TECNO Camon CX Is Good Stuff!

TECNO Mobile, a couple of weeks ago, launched the Camon CX which is an upgrade to the Camon C9 released last year


And by what we have seen, the Camon CX is more than an upgrade, it’s an entirely new level of superior quality of which TECNO Mobile has used to set a new standard. If you have used the Camon C9, the CX is a good move for an upgrade, and if you’re new to TECNO, then I say welcome to the new wave!IMG-20170326-WA0003

Design and Display
The TECNO Camon CX brings a whole new design to the Camon series. Compared to its predecessors which were known for the plastic back cover, the Camon CX features an aluminium body and frame which helps for a better grip and a dashing look. The Camon CX comes in four stunning colours, the Champagne Gold, Rose Gold, Sky Grey, and an Elegant blue.


The unique selling point of the Camon series has always been the camera, and there was a major upgrade on the Camon CX. The front camera which is 16MP is almost as good as the rear camera which is also 16MP. The front camera features a dual-LED flash which is so cool as it allows you ‘show your powerful selfie even in a dark room’, and also with a wide angle that lets you you capture more details in your selfies.

wide angle selfie.
wide angle selfie.
selfie in a dark room using the dual-flash
selfie in a dark room using the dual-flash 

The front camera boasts of a SONY-IMX298 sensor, the same camera sensor on Xiaomi Mi5, One Plus 3, Vivo X7 Plus and others.

A photoshoot with the CX. Deep contrast and display
motion picture in low light
motion picture in low light

The rear camera, however, has a 16MP Sony IMX-298 camera sitting on the top antennae line towards the left with a ring flash which has four LEDs.
There’s also a customized real-time filter, and beauty features that make your selfie game come alive. On an overall note, there are more options to play within the camera of the Camon CX as opposed to what was primarily fixed on the Camon C9.
The display is top notch! You get a 5.5-inch display with full HD resolution. Colours look balanced around the panels and the brightness auto adjusts as expected. It may go a little shadowy under the sun but of course, the auto-brightness feature does its thing. The navigation buttons are placed on-screen, a deviation from the capacitive soft keys on the Camon C9. I find this perfect though.

The top has a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the bottom has a micro-USB port which by the way supports a light-speed charge. 10 minutes of charge can amazingly allow you to take up to 1000 photos.
To the right of the USB port is the speaker grill, and on the left is the microphone opening.
If you hate having to choose between a second SIM slot and an SD card, you should like the separate SD card slot on the right side of the phone just above the volume and power buttons. The right side takes the dual SIM slot.IMG_20170413_132153IMG_20170413_130950IMG_20170413_131035IMG_20170413_131023IMG_20170413_131018
The TECNO Camon CX is the first Camon coming with fingerprint security. The sensor works great and fast enough, and you can also take photos with it in 0.1seconds. You would certainly love your selfies on the Camon CX.

Battery & Connectivity
The Camon CX has a battery with 3200mAh capacity. It can last you up to 2 days, you can as well drain the whole juice under 8 hours of heavy usage. Charging the battery from 0% took it to 30% in 30 minutes and it took almost 2 hours to fully charge.
Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G and all these are standard on even budget devices these days. Since 4G connectivity on mobile is starting to spread across the country, it should be the area of focus, and a 4G network works perfectly here.
Storage, Performance & Software
Tecno Camon CX comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The storage can be expanded with up to 128GB microSD card with an external storage slot. There’s a 1.5Ghz octa-core processor (MT6750T)) onboard and it handles everything quite well. Multitasking is really cool, no lags experienced and often there’s a prompt through the HiOS manager that tells you to clear memory for optimization and efficiency.
The benchmark performance isn’t stellar, but the Camon CX still gets a 43644 score on Antutu. The GeekBench 4 single processing score hits 620 while the device gets a score of 2683 in multi-core processing.

As Tecno Mobile’s proprietary HiOS takes a different form at every device launch, it looks different again on Tecno Camon CX as expected. It is not the same dark-themed one we saw on the last Phantom, HiOS takes on a light theme here.

If you’re wondering what sensors are available, you have the standard Accelerometer, Proximity and Light sensors. Others include Magnetometer, GeoMag Rotation Vector sensor, and Orientation sensor.

Worth mentioning is the Android Nougat Operating System which really has some cool features to play with. And even better, the Camon CX is matched with the customized TECNO HiOS v2.0.

The battery capacity on the device has also been upped. Compared to the Camon c9 which packs a 3000mAh battery, the Camon CX features a 3200mAh battery.

In summary, the TECNO Camon CX is an outstanding and stylish device, with a lot of modern day improvements. It’s certainly one I would call a good buy given that it’s currently retailing between N70,000 and N75,000 in the market. Good stuff TECNO!!

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