Launched in October 2020, TECNO CAMON 16 Pro is one of the latest additions to an everlasting list of TECNO phones, and the popular CAMON series focused mainly on photography.
While there are many expensive smartphones out there, TECNO leans more towards manufacturing phones at affordable prices – providing what the end-users need most like a good screen, better cameras, good battery life, friendly software experience, and most especially, optimized overall performance at a price that won’t break your bank.
If this is all you’re looking for in your next smartphone, the TECNO CAMON 16 Pro could be the best choice for you. It comes packed with the MediaTek Helio G70 gaming-focused processor, a 6.8″ HD+ cinematic display the can brighten up to 480 nits, a dependable 5000mAh battery with 18W Quick charge, 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM, a 64MP flagship-level camera, and many more to be revealed in this article.
The TECNO CAMON 16 Pro is where you look for a beautiful and outstanding design. From the placement of its rectangular-shaped rear camera, to its colourful back finish, it feel like you’re holding a piece of premium device. Also, this device is designed in a way that makes it comfortable to hold in your palms. Moving to the front reveals the large 6.8″ Dual Dot-in display with the resolution of 720×1640 pixels. The display gets quite bright at 480 nits, this makes it usable in almost every condition
While planning to get a new phone, one of the main priority is getting a phone with notably good performance. Of course, you don’t want to get a phone that keeps you waiting on every task. The TECNO CAMON 16 PRO comes with an Octa-Core gaming processor powered by the MediaTek Helio G70 chipset. In its price range, this phone performs well in day-to-day tasks like playing games, texting, watching videos, etc. Also, its performance is backed up by 8GB of RAM which enhances the overall performance and gives more room for multitasking.
Plenty of storage to play with.
Owning this phone, you’d want to take many pictures, play high graphics games and videos, and download songs and all others, all of which consume lots of storage. With the 128GB of internal storage on the CAMON 16 Pro, users are given an ample amount of space to store all their files without having to always clear the storage. Not just that, this phone features a dedicated micro SD card slot where you can easily expand the storage if you ever need more.
Cameras, Stunning Photography
The TECNO CAMON series known for its outstanding performance in photography and the TECNO CAMON 16 Pro is not left out in the game. Even at its price range, the TECNO CAMON 16 Pro comes with a good camera system with lots of functions to play with. This device alone has a total of six cameras which include the flagship-level 64MP quad-camera at the rear, and a 16MP dual-camera at the front.
The Quad-camera setup at the rear consists of a 64MP main camera, 8MP Wide-angle + Macro camera, 2MP depth sensor for perfect Bokeh and portrait shots, an AI lens, and Penta-LED flash. For the selfie lovers, the device now has a dual 16MP front camera in which the second 2MP depth control lens serves as an assistant for portrait shots.
Powered by TAIVOS (TECNO AI Vision Optimization Solution), this device uses AI to automatically enhance every shot you click on it. Talk of the improved Night Mode, it performs excellently well by reducing over-exposure, compensating with the needed amount of brightness, and boosting the images shot in dark scenarios.
Ultra-Night Portrait mode is another feature on this device. This device makes it possible to take portrait pictures even in low-lightning conditions. Without blowing out the subject with over-exposure, Night Mode 2.0 uses AI to automatically process the portrait details and gives you clearer and brighter portrait pictures.
We will not but mention it’s HIS (Hybrid Image Stabilization) combining the technology of EIS with AIS to provide stable video footage when it’s activated. This could help in scenarios where you don’t have a tripod to shoot your next video. Just enable this mode and be rest assured to get less-shaky footage.
There are just many camera improvements on the TECNO CAMON 16 Pro which are better experienced than told. There are still features that focus mainly on dark-skinned people, AI Beauty mode, Video Beauty, AI Scene Detection, Animoji, HDR portrait, Video Bokeh, etc., all on this device which makes it prove the tag of being a Camera smartphone in its price segment.
With all the great features the CAMON 16 Pro has to offer, a good battery is what’s needed to fuel the experience. This device comes with a large 5000mAh battery that could last for about 2 days on normal usage. And unless you’re always on the screen, it’s hard to consume its battery in a day. Also, charging this device is pretty fast. With its 18W Quick Charge, you’ll no longer have to tarry just to juice up the battery.
The TECNO CAMON 16 Pro also features a powerful Battery Saving mode that automatically adjusts the performance and elongates the battery life. With this mode turned on, you could enjoy your phone doing the normal stuff for a longer time without panicking over low battery – especially when you don’t have your charger with you.
User-centred Software Experience
This device boots on the latest version of HiOS 7 built on Android 10. With many custom Android skins out there, HiOS leans more towards meeting the needs of the end-users.
One of the key features of HiOS 7 is overhauling the whole UI to make navigating through the phone comfortable, even with one hand. Though the CAMON 16 Pro is quite a large phone at 6.8″, but with the software, it doesn’t feel like you’re using a phone with a large screen.
There are just many features to make things easier for you on this phone. You’ve got a feature that helps you pick/reject calls without touching the screen, a feature that automatically helps you use WhatsApp like a pro, etc. Also, with Game Mode 2.0 on this device, it’s ever ready to take your gaming experience to the next level. You could play games for hours without worrying about frame drops, interruptions, and still, use other apps like WhatsApp without quitting the game. There’s also a feature that lets you map the volume keys as a game button – so, the next time you play CoDM, you could just hit the volume button to shoot. You’re not going to lose any games after experiencing this neat feature