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Tecno Camon CX Review: Tecno Mobile, Accept My Dab Offering.

A couple of weeks back, I was having troubles finding a song (I usually find a song for every device I review) for the Camon CX, but this old school jam by “The Dream ft Fabolous” (For those who know) solved my dilemma:

Because the Camon CX proved itself in 10 ways — there are other ways that got me feeling this way, though:

But before I get into that, how about we start at the very beginning?


1. The Camon CX powers on/off faster than its predecessor.

If you are into this type of thing, it would interest you to note that the Camon CX does a better job than the C9 when it comes to powering on/off. Here is a chart that proves this:

2. The Display got me feeling this way:

Because it is gorgeous AF!  It offers really punchy colors that are saturated and bright

Tecno has chosen to stick with the tried-and-true full HD resolution and on its 5.5-inch screen, everything looks good. Here is a comparison with the Camon C9.

I also found sunlight readability to be very good during my testing, as was the adaptive brightness feature.

Although people with an eye for color might notice that the red on the Camon CX looks a little too red.

3. What happens when Android Nougat Collides with HiOS?

So, Tecno took it a step further by tweaking the UI on the Camon CX, when you add that with the Android Nougat, you get a new phone dialer.

A news feed on the home screen when you scroll left:

New animations when charging:

The Multiwindow experience that comes with Android Nougat:

To name a few.

4. The Audio is definitely loud.

Not the Chinko kind of loud, but loud all the same.


Before I sing the praises of the Tecno Camon CX’s cameras, how about a little rant?

I can’t help but feel that Tecno Mobile is taking baby steps when it comes to certain features on the Camon series — reason being that I was expecting to see PRO camera functions that allow you to change a lot of things like the ISO, aperture, shoot in RAW and what have you, you know, the type that you see on the LG V20, instead, Tecno Mobile only included the ability to change the exposure which is fine and dandy:

But imagine if they had included others?

With that said:

Tecno Mobile did a good job with the cameras on the Camon CX. I am really impressed! It felt like they went from Zero (On the Camon C9)


To 100 (On the Camon CX) — Forgive me for taking the Camon CX pictures in square mode. 

(Note: The pictures above had the same camera settings — no flash was switched on during this process).

The colors come alive when you use the back camera on the Camon CX:

Taken with the CX

Again, see what I mean by from Zero to 100?

Taken with the C9

Also, you won’t be disappointed with the output it produces outdoor

Although it comes with a 4-ring flashlight, it’s not overly bright. (P.S. These pictures was taken in the dark).

Taken with Camon CX


Taken with Camon C9

The front camera too is great,

Really nice:

Taken with the CX — once again, I apologize for taking the pictures on the CX in square mode.


Taken with the Camon C9

However, it doesn’t come with an autofocus feature, so ensure you have a firm grip on it.

The selfie queens won’t be disappointed because the Camon CX comes with beautifying features:

There is even a feature to increase “those parts.”

Finally, you just have 3 camera modes to play with.

Overall, here is my dab offering, Tecno:

6. Multitasking is good, but don’t overdo it.

It comes with a 2GB of RAM, small if you are a power user, but sufficient to meet your daily needs without any form of lag in sight.

For those who love to multitask, the Camon CX has got your back provided you know that playing 4 heavy games along with the chrome browser and other apps in the background is asking for too much in terms of returning to where you left it at.

7. It gets warm under extensive use.

i.e. Charging your phone and using it at the same time, or using your phone to play games for a long period of time.

I didn’t get past the…”

mark,” but I definitely noticed a temperature change at the back of the device a couple of times.

8. Connectivity and Network

The Tecno Camon CX is one of the first Tecno devices to support all network bands. I encountered no issue using my nTel or GLO 4G SIM.

The only thing I noticed (I think this has to do with just nTel and their network) is the fact that the network signal was terrible at first.

9. The Charge time is Normal

The Camon CX charges itself from 1% to 100% within 2 hours plus.

10. Battery life is good, though.

I was expecting an average battery life given that it comes with a 3200mAh battery, but thanks to Android Nougat’s battery saving feature, you can still squeeze a lot of battery juice from the Camon CX before it is completely depleted. There is also the ultra power saving feature.


11. This is what you get when it comes to storage and bloatware

It comes with 16GB of internal storage on paper, but what you are getting is 9GB thanks to the OS. Don’t forget that there is a dedicated microsd card slot.

On the bloatware side of things, you have the basic apps we are used to seeing from Tecno

And Google:

Anyone notice something new?

11. I noticed some software flaws:

Yes, I noticed some flaws, as it’s expected on most devices with new UIs or interfaces. For example, I noticed that you can’t see the number of people that are connected to the CX’s hotspot.

There is also the constant notification I got thanks to the Camon CX’s boom player. (P.S. This can be turned off). All of these are quite inconsequential — this is me just putting letting you know my experience while using the device.

12.  The fingerprint sensor is fast.

As expected. Although it only comes with 2 extra functions — accepting calls and taking photos.


12. Benchmark

The Camon CX had a higher benchmark score than its predecessor, have a look:


The Camon CX drags premium camera features down into an even lower price tier and for its price (N70,000), I’m willing to forgive a couple of understandable shortcomings.


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