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Tecno Camon 17 Pro review

    Tecno Camon 17 Pro review

    by
    Amaan
    Jul 13, 2021

    Introduction:

     

    Tecno Camon 17 Pro might not seem like a premium phone but it is still a Pro. The phone packs a decent camera, a capable midrange chipset and a massive battery, and all this comes at a price of €250 to €300.

     

    The phone has a large 6.8-inch LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by MediaTek's Helio G95 chipset and under the hood there is the 5,000mAh battery which keeps the phone running.

     

    The camon series is known for the phones that are camera-focused, the same goes for the 17 Pro which has 64MP main camera which is accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide sensor with autofocus and a pair of 2MP shooters, one labeled ‘bokeh’ while the other one is the monochrome. The selfies are handled by the 48MP shooter.

     

    Body168.9x77.0x9.0mm, 201g; plastic frame.
    Display6.80" IPS LCD, 90Hz, 1080x2460px resolution, 20.5:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
    ChipsetMediatek Helio G95 (12 nm): Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G76 MC4.
    MemoryMediatek Helio G95 (12 nm): Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G76 MC4.
    Rear Camera

    Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0", 0.7µm, PDAF;

    Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚, 1/4.0", 1.12µm;

    Bokeh: 2 MP, f/2.4;

    Monochrome: 2 MP, f/2.4.

    Selfie Camera48 MP.
    Video Capture

    Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected];

    Front camera: [email protected]

    Battery5000mAh; Fast charging 25W.
    Operating SystemAndroid 11, HIOS 7.6.
    Misc.Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio; 3.5mm jack.

     

     

    Unboxing:

     

    The Camon 17 Pro is shipped in a White box which has a Camon 17 Pro branding in Blue color. Inside the box there’s a full set of accessories , including the charger rated at 5V/3A and 10V/3.3A and a USB-A-to-C cable. Furthermore, there is a transparent silicone case and a set of earphones.

     

     

    Design:

     

    The Tecno Camon 17 Pro is quite pleasing in its new design. The company paid attention to the consumers’ complaints from the last generation handset.The device has a polycarbonate build with a matte finish which is resistant to fingerprints.

     

     

    Let’s start from  the rear panel which has a matte finish and the camera module placed in the top left corner. The back also has the Tecno Camon branding right under the camera module.

     

    Moving on to the side frame, the right side accommodates the volume keys and the power button which also functions as the fingerprint reader. The fingerprint scanner is super-responsive and unlocks as soon as your thumb touches the sensor. The left side of the frame is home to the SIM-card slot which has two slots for nano SIMs and a dedicated microSD card slot. The top is home to a lone microphone which captures stereo sound and cancels noise during calls. The bottom side has the speaker grille, USB-C port and 3.5mm audio jack alongside the primary mic.

     

     

    Next is the front, which is equipped with a 6.8-inch LCD display surrounded by bezels which can be described as a typical mid-range type. There is a center-aligned punch hole which houses the selfie camera. There is a speaker grille above the selfie camera.

     

     

    Display:

     

    The Camon 17 Pro comes with a 6.8-inch IPS LCD display with an unusual 20.5:9 aspect ratio and a resolution  of 1080 x 2460p along with pixel density of 395ppi. The display has a refresh rate of 90Hz, which might seem unimpressive since some of the competitors offer 120Hz.

     

     

    The highest level of brightness the display could offer is 538 nits making it brighter than the last-gen phone. The contrast ratio of the phone is 1200:1. There were no issues faced when reading in the bright sunlight since the text is readable and the camera viewfinder is usable.

     

    The refresh rate settings offer three modes - 90Hz, 60Hz and auto. In 90Hz mode, you’d get the highest refresh rate almost everywhere. 60Hz is 60Hz everywhere while the ‘Auto’ will stick to 90Hz for the System UI, but will drop to 60Hz for nearly all the apps.

     

     

    Battery Life & Charging Speed:

     

    Under the hood there is a 5,000mAh battery that powers the phone, that’s standard for this price segment and works well with the Helio G95.

     

    The phone survived a bit over 16 and a half hours of web browsing (at 90Hz) and nearly 18 hours of video playback (at 60Hz). The phone withstood 45h of voice call and the standby time of the phone is an amazing 140h.

     

     

    The Camon 17 Pro is shipped with a 33W adapter, rated 5V/3A and 10V/3.3A. It takes 1:40h for the phone to fully charge back to 100% and at the 30 min mark the indicator shows 47%.

     

     

    Speaker:

     

    The Camon 17 Pro has a dual speaker setup, sorry but none of them are stereo. Both the speakers at the bottom and the earpiece on the top have a good output. There is a notable directionality when the channel is switched, but the sound also comes out of the other speaker at the same time. The loudness of the speakers is very good, although the quality is decent if not great. The phone focuses on the mid range segment with a little low-frequency presence.

     

     

    Performance:

     

    The Tecno Camon 17 Pro draws power from MediaTek’s Helio G95 chipset, a pre-5G chipset built on a 12nm process. The chipset has an octa-core processor which include 2x 2.05GHz Cortex-A76 and 6x 2.0GHz Cortex-A55) and the graphics department is managed by Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. The online store has only one 8GB + 256GB memory configuration available but there is also another memory option with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

     

     

    As for the performance, the phone managed to score 1668 and 511 points in multi-core and single-core Geekbench 5 tests, respectively. In the AnTuTu 8 benchmark the phone scored 309,107 points which out matches the Redmi Note 10 Pro having a score of 295,442 points.

     

    Camera & Photo Quality:

     

    Rear Camera64MP (wide), 1/172” sensor, 0.8µm pixels, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF
    8MP (ultrawide), 1/4” sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1.12µm pixels, autofocus
    2MP (depth), f/2.4 aperture
     2MP (monochrome), f/2.4 aperture
    Selfie Camera48MP (wide), 1/2” sensor, 0.8µm pixels, f/2.2 aperture

     

    Daylight image quality

    The daylight image quality of the Camon 17 Pro is average at best. The pictures are sharp , noise is low and has abundant detail, although it seems to be overprocessed. The dynamic range is okay and paired with the over exposure, the images seem to have some harsh highlights here and there.

     

    The Ultra HD mode captures 64MP images, which contain finer detail compared to its 16MP counterpart but are also considerably noisier. The dynamic range also seems to suffer.

     

     

    In Ultra HD mode, there is a toggle that switches between 64MP and 108MP. The 108MP pictures don't seem any different from the 64MP shots apart from the enlarged noise grains when viewed from up close.

     

    There is no telephoto, but the 2x zoom selector does offer usable zoom shots from the main camera. The level of detail doesn’t seem great and so does the dynamic range which is narrow, but at fit to screen magnification the pictures do look decent.

     

    The dynamic range of the ultrawide camera isn’t impressive either, as is the level of detail. The ultrawide does have livelier colors.

     

    Low-light image quality

    In low-light the main camera does manage to maintain a very good level of detail in decently lit scenes or areas of the scene but at the cost of dynamic range.

     

     

    The Night mode does improve the shot but you would see some fine detail is lost in the process, but the exchange seems worth it.

     

    At 2x zoom , the shot seems kind of blotchy on a pixel level and the dynamic range is yet again narrow just like in the 1x zoom images, which are the source of these. The shots are still usable. There is no night mode for the 2x zoom.

     

     

    The ultrawide camera struggles to expose the bright areas enough and photos seem really dark with softness visible when viewed closely.

     

    Macro shots

    The Super macro shots use the autofocus of the ultrawide camera for nearby subjects, paired with some crop and upscale or it’s just to make you feel so. Anyway, the 8MP shots indeed look good to the point where you can compare it with the shots from dedicated 5MP macro cams on the rivals.

     

     

    Portrait mode

    Portrait mode crops a little from the main camera’s coverage, still gives 16MP images, with some upscaling and detail is less than ideal. Dynamic range is not wide and backlit sit are all but guaranteed to end up with blown highlights. The phone does expose the subject which is what you obviously want. The subject separation is amazing, proving that the 2MP depth camera is not entirely useless.

     

    Selfie camera

    Selfies on the Camon 17 Pro are good. The sharpness and detail are amazing. The dynamic range is also wide and the colors seem accurate and likable. There is a whitening of skin visible which we’re not fond of.

     

     

    The selfie portrait mode has the same dynamic range as the rear camera. The subject detection is average but not the same as the back. The skin tone seems to have returned to normal  in the portrait mode.

     

     

    Video Recording:

     

    The main camera of the Camon 17 Pro records videos up to 4K30, and that’s both at 1x and 2x zoom levels. The ultrawide is capable of shooting videos at [email protected] The selfie camera can also capture videos up to 4K30.

     

    Both front and main camera have stabilization available only in 1080p 30fps, unfortunately.

     

    4K30 video shot with the main camera at 1x zoom is good. The video is sharp with plenty of detail and lively colors. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the dynamic range since it’s limited.

     

    At the 2x zoom the 4K30 footage has an advantage in resolved detail. The detail is very good in the 1080p with a once again not so wide dynamic range, regardless of the resolution.

     

     

    The 1080p video from the ultrawide shooter has a softer touch to it. The dynamic range is good, the colors seem nicely saturated, if noticeable, compared to the footage from the main cam.

     

    The 48MP selfie camera can record videos up to 4K30 as well, but not stabilization support here. The footage isn’t the sharpest 4Ks and the dynamic range is limited.

     

     

    Final Verdict:

     

    The Camon 17 Pro by no means is flawless - it’s missing small things like night mode for ultrawide camera and odd behaviour of speakers. What’s most bugging is the use of LCD instead of an OLED, and it’s not even among the good LCDs.

     

    On the contrary there are also a lot of good things about the Camon 17 Pro as well. For instance, the phone has the best battery life in its class. The selfie camera is amazing and the rear cameras are way over decent.

     

    When having a fight against a tight budget, you would have to compromise with something, in this case the display is the department which has to suffer. We can’t fully commit to recommending it to you because of that, but we don’t see why it’s not a bad choice if your needs fall in line with its strong points.