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The Tecno Camon C9 Review: A Look At The Battery, Performance & Other Tests.

No device is perfect including the Tecno Camon C9, but does it have enough redeeming features? You can decide for yourself after reading this review.

THE TECNO CAMON C9 REVIEW

BOOT TIME TEST

Kicking off this review is our boot test. How fast does the C9 power on? Thanks to the many animations on the C9, you’d have to wait for about 52 seconds to power on the device.
power on time
Powering off also takes about 13-seconds
tecno camon c9 shut down
Which places the C9 high in the chart (negative high, that is).
Device Powering stast for tecno camon c9


BEAUTY ON THE INSIDE.

Even though the C9 comes with a 5.5-inch display, you have a screen size of 4.59 inches and a huge DPI of 480 which offers gorgeous image output that is lovely to look at indoors.
Tecno Camon C9 Display
Whereas, when you take it outside you will need to increase the brightness to the highest level, otherwise, you might not be able to see the screen.
Tecno Camon C9 Display Outside


THE UPGRADED HIOS

Remember how I complained about the buggy HiOS UI on the Boom J8? Well, they have actually fixed some of these bugs on the Camon C9. Although there are still a few grammatical errors I noticed like Browsering settings, but it is much better compared to that on the J8.
Tecno Camon C9 Typo
You also have your regular HIOS UI, which might leave you liking it or not.
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For me, there were some parts I loved, like the boot UI and the notification panel UI
Tecno Camon C9 Notification Panel
There is also a camera app on the home screen.
Tecno Camon C9 Paparrazi


SMART COVER ON FLEEK

I talked about the smart cover in my unboxing, but I didn’t realize that you have 3 windows instead of 1.
tecno camon c9 smart cover
The music window to control your music playlist and the flashlight window, to easily access the flashlight without unlocking your phone.
Tecno Camon C9 Smart Cover 2


BLOATWARE OF LIFE

Tecno Mobile is going the Xiaomi way, and by that, I mean, they are really serious about building a community and this is evident with the inclusion of the Hi account manager in the settings.
Tecno Camon C9 HIOS
However, with this comes the inclusion of some apps that cannot be uninstalled, actually, you have two major apps – The Tecno Spot, a web-based app that redirects you to Tecno’s forum and the Hi apps – Hi apps include: Hi manager, Hi launcher, Hi font, Hi Theme, and Hi wallpaper.
Tecno Camon C9 Hi apps
 
By the way, Tecno has included the T-band app. However to use this, you will need to register
Tecno Camon C9 T-band
Lastly, You have other apps like Asphalt Nitro, Carl care, Palm play, BBM, Puzzle pets which can be uninstalled.


THEY CALL IT MICRO INTELLIGENCE ?

I came across a setting called Micro Intelligence and permit me to use this word – Wahalai! This came to mind:
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However, Tecno’s micro intelligence feature only contains some few settings which are not foreign to you. You have the gesture unlock which has been named as “Quick start” on the C9.
Tecno Camon C9 Micro Intelligence Apps
There is the tap to wake, cover to silence, music gesture and flip to mute. However, the only new thing Tecno added is the screenshot feature which allows you to take a screenshot with three fingers, just like so?
tecno camon c9 screenshot
Psst, It is a really cool feature.


NOTIFICATION SENSOR ON TOP? THAT’S SO 2015: SAY HI TO THE HOME BUTTON NOTIFICATION SENSOR.

Tecno did away with the notification sensor on the top right corner of the device, instead, you have the home button serving as the notification sensor, kinda similar to the Boom J8
notification sensor
Do I like it? Given the fact that it is quite obvious as opposed to the really tiny regular notification sensor, I’d say:

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Not bad!


 Now, imagine if Tecno added the function to change the notification color ??


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMBINE A 3000mAh battery WITH A FULL-HD DISPLAY?

Most people will say yes to a full HD display, but do you know that they take up more battery power? In case you didn’t know, consider yourself enlightened ?.. However, the Marshmallow’s battery saving feature (Doze) in addition to the HiOS made the battery life way above average and because I believe so much in tests, I carried out 2 tests to see how the battery fares.
First, is the screen/Hotspot on testI fully charged the battery and left the screen on, I also put on the data and the hotspot
Second test:  I played a 1hr 58minutes movie with the battery at 100% and data switched on.
The results? 
On screen test/Hotspot test:
Tecno Camon c9 battery 1
Movie on screen test
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CAMON C9 BATTERY TEST CHART:

Tecno camon c9 Battery test


HOW FAST DOES IT CHARGE?

It takes about 2 hours plus to fully charge the C9.
Tecno Camon C9 Charging
 


THE IRIS SCANNER?

I am tempted to add, ain’t nobody got time for that, but I won’t ?. So, I tried out the “Iris scanner” on the C9 (Which really isn’t an Iris scanner but an eye verifier) and to be very honest, I doubt if it will be a constant feature you will use, because by the time it is done recognizing your eye, you would have done all of these:
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Lol, okay I am exaggerating, but it takes quite a while (about 4 seconds) to recognize your eye and the scanner doesn’t recognize in all lighting conditions.
Tecno Camon C9 Irish Scanner


STORAGE

Although the C9 comes with 16GB storage capacity, you have about 9.34GB left. After installing about 2 heavy games, Real racing and Fahrenheit along with some benchmark apps I had about 1.38GB left.
Tecno Camon C9 Storage


ALL ABOUT THAT BASS

The C9 has a great audio quality, and the hump on the back also helps to ensure the audio is not obstructed.
TEcno Camon C9 Music UI
By the way, when you buy the C9, you will see 3 songs from various artists like Niyola courtesy of the boom player. Of course, you can delete if you are not into Nigerian songs.


HOW GOOD IS THE MULTITASKING?

Above average, I made a multitasking video (but later converted it to GIFs) to test this. This is me playing about 2 heavy games as suggested by Harry :). They include -Real Racing 3, Fahrenheit, other apps include Chrome browser and the picture app.
The results?
The two games performed well without any lag, they also resumed from where I left it off when I move to another app.
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Same thing as the Chrome and the picture apps.
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HOW HOT IS THE C9 UNDER EXTENSIVE USE?

While playing games and using the device extensively, I noticed that the C9 is rather impressive in the temperature department. It doesn’t get overly hot. Of course, when you put on the hotspot while playing games (That is what I did), you will notice the device is warm but other than that, quite impressive.


WHAT SENSORS ARE ON THE C9?

You have just three, the light, accelerometer and proximity sensors.
Tecno Camon C9 Sensors


 PAPARRAZI

You have some UI effects like the ability to change the wallpaper with just the touch of a button and the ability to free memory all from your home screen.
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DOES IT SUPPORT USB OTG?

Of course, it would be a crime if it doesn’t.
Tecno Camon C9 OTG
 


ANY UPDATES?

None at all during the duration of using the device.
Tecno Camon C9 OS Update


WHAT OTHER FLAWS ARE THERE

Not really a flaw, but during 4G only mode, voice calls are not supported.
Tecno Camon C9 Flaw 1
I saw another not-a-flaw-but-hilarious-discovery when setting up the device.
Tecno camon c9 lol
I also didn’t like the fact that the Hi manager was always on the notification panel. (Update: You can disable this by heading over to Hi manager, select the settings icon on the top right corner, then toggle off Notification bar display).
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Tecno’s inbuilt browser is a piece of work, but this can be easily fixed by installing your favorite internet browser. Finally, I don’t know if this is restricted to just my device, but I can’t access my SIM toolkit and this applies to both SIMs
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BENCHMARKS AND CHARTS

The Camon C9 performed quite well in the benchmark tests
Tecno Camon C9 Antutu
 
See the full benchmarks in the chart below:
Tecno Camon C9 Benchmarks


GIF CONCLUSIONS

Sound, Display, and Multitasking got me like:
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However, the slight grammatical errors and the gimmicky “iris scanner” got me like:
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 Now over to you.

misstech

Based on the review, what do you think the overall conclusion should be?

Pssst: The Camera review is in a separate post, click here to go there

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81 comments on “The Tecno Camon C9 Review: A Look At The Battery, Performance & Other Tests.

  1. Victor Molokwu says:

    Great Review, MissTechy didn’t leave any details out…

  2. wow..really impressed with the review. but tecno no try o….IRIS SCANNER…chai..nothing we yaf never saw o..Tecno

    1. Anastasia says:

      I have been scared to use the iris scanner sha. Lol

  3. But umm hello misstechy, i would like you to make an indepth comparison review between Infinix Zero 3 and Tecno phantom 5. am really confused about which one to go for.and again,when making the review, help us check the earphone sound quality of the infinix zero 3, if it is like that of samsungs, and also help us to specially compare the physical dimensions of both phones, which one is longer or shorter, slimmer or fatter and heavier or lighter. thank you very much. looking forward to getting a feedback from you. You are my role model.

    1. Xhalim says:

      if the price aint a problem for you, just head for the phantom 6 plus

  4. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, I MUST SAY I LIKE THE REVIEW, BUT, PLEASE, GIVE US A VIDEO REVIEW.
    BY THE WAY, @MISSTECHYNG, I AM CONCERNED ABOUT, THE SEEMINGLY-BECOMING NORMAL SLOW NEWS UPDATES HERE…

    1. Anastasia says:

      Why are you typing in CAPSLOCK???

  5. oluomo23 says:

    You have done a great deal of work to come out with this review ,nice job but what happen to the camera review since it’s mainly focused on photography, Probably you want a stand alone camera review ?

    1. Titi says:

      Can’t you see it on the home page ???

  6. Gbotemi says:

    U can actually remove the hios manager logo that always display, all this is on my c8 that I upgraded to 6.0 nothing new u can hi Mr on whatapp on 07066290178 on how to do it

  7. itz pretty hurtz says:

    Miss tech,I really loved ur reviews it was awesome,but am kindda confused between camon c9 and oukitel pro k6000

    1. BenKafor says:

      Wow, which phone is the latter? Haven’t heard of it before.

      1. Pepple says:

        I have heard of Oukitel before. But It’s not readily a device that I see out there.
        I would go for Tecno though, since its more known. Moreover I have noticed that even among Tech overlords, the camon c9 has had mostly favourable reviews.

  8. I bought one last week and it’s my first android phone after a overcoming a mighty inertia to use android because of the user interface.
    I totally love the phone. I noticed a slight grammatical error like yesterday when I froze some apps, it successfully completed and told me ‘FREEZED’..
    and i just laughed out loud.
    But the phone is really cool. .all round!
    I just discovered from your post that the smart cover actually has three screens. I noticed when I play music, it shows and then normally it shows the clock, but I didn’t know I could swipe left or right.
    I also don’t like the static HiManager bar in my notifications. When I check off my notifications, I want them totally cleared. .
    But hey, no regrets at all getting this phone. I’m still rocking my 13mp selfies. . hehe
    Great review MissTechy! I like your communication style.

    1. Obama says:

      What has been your experience so far with the device please….
      Any lags, any issues?

  9. Otas says:

    You can turn off the Hi manager from the the notification panel…. That’s what I did and my notification panel is free. And it has have a System update. Just updated mine last night… The only problem I have with the phone is the slow charge. 2hrs is alot ??

  10. Prince Isaac says:

    I HAVE ONLY 4% LEFT ON MY TABLET, AND WOW! YOU GOT ME PATIENTLY READING EVERY WORD. NICE WRITE UP. IN EVERY PHONE, THERE IS ALWAYS PROS AND CONS…AFTER YOUR REVIEW, I;M BUYING ONE RIGHT AWAY…I AM TIRED OF MICROSOFT DEVICES IN MY HOUSE…ITS JUST EVERY WHERE I TURN…THANKS AGAIN

  11. Istifanus Israel says:

    Am excited with this device because of the 3gb ram and it’s comes with 16gb internal memory and the fingerprints sensor that means gaming in this device will be so fast and nice. ?for you

    1. Otas says:

      Which device has 3gb Ram and finger print sensor?. .. What have you been smoking bruh? ???

  12. BenKafor says:

    Your reviews are always detailed. Good job.

  13. BenKafor says:

    Looks like a neat phone although the “Browsering Settings” made me LOL!

    1. Anastasia says:

      Hahaha, same here.

    2. Rose says:

      Na wa o.

  14. Anastasia says:

    I got this phones last week. Seems to work well and what they said about the camera is completely true!

    1. Rose says:

      Nice to hear feedback from actual users. Hope the phone is not slow.

      1. Anastasia says:

        No, apart from the booting time like OP mentioned, every other thing is fine.

        1. Rose says:

          Nice, thanks a lot for the reply.

  15. Rose says:

    I have seen the phone I will buy this Christmas

    1. Ivvy says:

      yea, the perfect phone for christmass, sure you love taking selfies when out on trips

  16. orator says:

    Is it only me ! I can’t find your camera review for this device, but i like other areas you have reviewed so far

    1. Pepple says:

      I had wanted voicing same concern too.

      1. Tobi Ayeni says:

        It is in a separate post, the link is in the article (Check below)

  17. Anonymous says:

    The problem with c9 is the how messages are displaying someone can read my SMS without my permission

    1. Burmese says:

      but its not the full message that display , just the start which is normal with most phones

  18. nuel says:

    Miss techy…. There’s only one word as to how u review phones!…. Amazing!… No bias whatsoever.. Detailed and…..urghhhhh…(words have failed me)….nice work you’re doing!

  19. KEMI says:

    I love this review. I love Miss Techy style.

  20. Nhyira says:

    Hmmmmmm about to use my phone tonight I can’t wait dear friends………??

    1. princessx says:

      really good, these specs mean a lot… this is a good phone and perfect selfie fone

  21. Alawuru says:

    The Camon C8 front camera is much more sharper than that on the c9, and i am regretting having purchase one (c9) in the first place

  22. Clever says:

    How can u say the c8’s front camera is sharper than that of the c9? Have u been smoking cassava weed?

  23. Tee says:

    coming from a phone that has 21 sensors, it would be hard to deal..

  24. Allison says:

    Miss Techy i have to say you are one of the best tech reviewer online if not the best, thanks for this i have been able to choose the boom j8 over the c9 . keep up the good work ma’am. really would to meet you some day.

  25. Chuks says:

    Thanks for your in depth review on camon c9 Tobi

  26. Pearl says:

    Does it come with a T-band?

    1. Ivvy says:

      no it doesnt, but you can always get that cuz it works well with the phone

  27. shadday says:

    feeling truly obsessed with the gadget,
    well reviewed lol, lately was all about c7, c8
    but this one seems incredible with 4g network
    great job- well done.

  28. Suman Das says:

    HI, Thanks for making this nice review. Great Job.
    I am quite disappointed on poor battery lasting capacity on this mobile. Can u please advise that how it can be increased battery lasting capacity in this mobile?
    is there any way out to fix this issue?

  29. Anonymous says:

    What ever! I have made that golden phone mine already lol. . .Camon C9!

  30. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the details mis techy

  31. xenomes says:

    Your review is amazing, i’m so impressed..
    Wow…
    Was hesitant about buying this but i know all i needed to know now, thank you!

  32. ushurhe efe says:

    hi. nice review but notification light doesnt show when i get messages on whatsapp or bbm

    1. Burmese says:

      yea, heard that wa happens but i think theres got to be a way around that

  33. Anonymous says:

    Can’t make calls from my phone contacts. Have to copy numbers to my dialer. Anyone with this issue

    1. Anonymous says:

      Yes,the same issue with mine

  34. Ty says:

    Hi House,The Led light for my Camon C9 is not working after switching it on at the notification setting.
    Please advice.

  35. K2As says:

    Only the left front flashlight of my c9 is working. is this normal, or am i missing out some sort of settings

  36. 18124699 says:

    Camon C9 is best, yet i couldn’t use sensor like compass and i suspect it’s cpu durability apart from this it’s best smartphone

  37. Ebony says:

    Hmmmmm
    Donno knw Wic to go for now ¿

  38. Anonymous says:

    Hello,
    What do i do when my Techno C9 is totally drained and refusing to power back on after several hours of charging. After several hours of charging, i see that the charging light is trying to come on but goes off and continue to do the same over and over again now.

  39. Kev says:

    Is the Cmaon c9’s battery lasts longer than the Camon C8’s ?

    1. Xhalim says:

      easy to know, you just need to check which has a higher battery life measured in mah

  40. khamis j says:

    I have just bought my c9 on the last two weeks. Yet i have found that it doesn’t keep charge as long as how tecno J8 and c8 do… why is it so??

  41. Sunday says:

    Just bought my c9 I noticed battery runs down quickly and aways getting too hot for me to hold at times, Pls any solution to this?

  42. Chaktty says:

    You’re always mouthed with the way you review mobile phones in Nigeria and we always like to pitch you from our technology hub https://www.techpally.com , the hottest hub for computer, programming, gadget reviews and tech applications to solving life problem, increase productivity and living a conscious and fulfilled life.

  43. Anonymous says:

    I bought this phone 2 months ago I have took the phone to service center once now still need to take it back is not more charging and my battery can not last me for one day I regret buy this phone

  44. Anonymous says:

    I bought this phone 2 months ago I have took the phone to service center once now still need to take it back is not more charging and my battery can not last me for one day I regret buy this phone am talking about c9 so bad

  45. Amadi says:

    I bought a new battery and it came with 0% charge..is that possible,,for new battery to come with no power at all

  46. Oladimeji Felix says:

    hi Please i couldn’t connect my phone with my PC… Anytime i try connecting it it will be writing USB no Recognize and my phone dont charge fast at all…
    Please What Can I do Please…

  47. Anonymous says:

    Please my T.Band Is not going please what can i do… My Phone C9 Dont Charge fast at all..

  48. missy says:

    my c9 has refused to charge, this is exactly what happened to my c8 before I bought this c9… pls help

  49. Phyne says:

    Bought the excuse of a phone in April 2017 – this year! Within 4mos., phone wouldn’t charge more than 5% overnight. Still trying to find a solution to this problem; here comes the mother of all problems. The miserable excuse of a phone stopped responding to touch! I am PISSED! I feel like I’ve been duped! It was first purchase of a Tecno product. I will NEVER! buy another Tecno product EVER! again!!!

  50. Earnhardt says:

    That’s an inventive answer to an inrsneetitg question

  51. Dope*D says:

    I have this camon c9 that the battery was directly connected to the PCB, the costumer complained that the phone fell and did not come up again,I observe that there was no battery connector and some legs have pulled out form the PCB, pls advise me wat can I do?

  52. ALEX D FREEMNID says:

    My Common C9 Pro Techno Phone once fully charged , in the course of powering it on, it will boot and goes off again to show low battery. What can i do to salvage this situation.
    Thank you for your kind response

  53. Hi, my phone Tecno C9 camon battery is fast direning is there have battery Aplks

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