Tecno Camon 12 Air
I must start off this review by letting you know about first, the existence of Tecno Camon 12 which was succeeded by Tecno Camon 12 Pro which is then followed by Tecno Camon 12 Air. All thee a re Camon 12s but of different character and specific features that tell them apart. You might be interested in the other two models so you can also check them out on this website after reading the remarks of Tecno Camon 12 Air on this review.
And it is exclusively for it. On this website still you will find all other smartphone models available in Kenya, you name it. Phone Place Kenya is by far Kenya’s most reliable online smartphone retailer. That being said, let me also remind you that our reliability extends even to our smartphone reviews. We wouldn’t want you to make an uninformed decision, so we trouble ourselves for your sake for this reason, this time with Tecno 12 Air. Below is a descriptive review of it.
Main and key features of the Tecno Camon 12 Air
- GSM, HSPA and LTE network technology
- Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 6.55 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio)
- 720 x 1280 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~263 ppi density)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (unconfirmed)
– 2.5D Curved Glass
– HiOS 5.5
- Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) chipset
- Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
- PowerVR GE8320 GPU
- 32GB + 3GB RAM
256 GB via microSD card (uses dedicated slot)
- Primary camera 16MP + 5MP + 2 mega pixel main camera
- 1080p@30fps, 720p@30fps video recording
- Quad-LED (Single-toned) flash
- Selfie camera 8MP
- Face Beautification, HDR+, scene recognition, AI Face ID
- 720p@30fps video recording
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth 5.0
- FM Radio
- USB 2.0, USB OTG
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
- Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
- Colors Aura Blue
Design and build
The build of Tecno Camon 12 Air is plastic. I think the most sacrifice has been made on the build (not design) of this phone because all the other features are top notch- to an extent you wouldn’t expect at this price point. Its corners are rounded and edges smooth.
Anyway, the focus of Tecno 12 Air is its display because it is a hole punch display. The hole punch is on the top left corner of its display while the phone faces you. Apart from that we also see a thick chin or bottom bezel as others refer to it. On the back your unlock finger will feel the fingerprint scanner which is well place on the middle top part, easy to reach when unlocking your smartphone and its is quite accurate.
You will also see the triple lens with LED flash on the top right corner and TECNO branding on the bottom left, both are in vertical orientation. The phone itself is 166mm tall and 8.2mm thick.
I will begin with the resolution of this 720 x 1280 pixels IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. And those are two features already gotten out of the way. It has 16M colors and supports multi touch up to 5 fingers. Although its 720p res and ~263 ppi density are rather low, you must surely make up for it with the rather large field of view at 6.55 inches, 100.2 cm2 and ~84.0% screen-to-body ratio. On screen is also Corning Gorilla Glass 3 of which is unconfirmed (unspecified rather) but what is sure is that it’s a 2.5D Curved Glass.
You would think, was it really necessary to have three camera lenses (four if we have to count selfie camera) on Tecno Camon 12 Air? The answer is simple- there is no harm in having even ten of them. Here we see a 16MP main lens with a 5MP wide shooter and a 2 mega pixel depth sensor.
So yes, it may not have been necessary but all was done with the user in mind, for his or her benefit. 1080p@30fps and 720p@30fps are the video recording quality for the main and selfie cameras respectively. Take note that the flash is quad-LED (Single-toned) flash and that the selfie camera is an 8MP lens.
Tecno Camon 12 comes running Android 9.0 (Pie) with HiOS version 5.5. Under the hood is a Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) chipset, an octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and a PowerVR GE8320 GPU.
Storage and memory
The good news is, its 32 GB internal storage can be expanded up to 256 GB using a microSD card with a dedicated slot for this. The phone itself runs on 3GB of RAM. The bad, well, there is no bad news.
I’ll tell you why Tecno Camon 12 Air is 8.2mm thick. It is because within it is sealed a non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery. This should last you at lease a day and a half until next charge- and this of mixed usage.
In the midrange, I can confidently recommend Tecno Camon 12 Air. Make it your ambition to own one today in case you are interested.
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