TECNO has introduced the new CAMON 20 Pro with the promise of improvements, especially in their camera and performance.
Moreover, the CAMON 20 Pro flaunts an interesting design, which has apparently won it the USA Gold Muse award.
In this review, we delve into the real-life performance of the device and determine whether the TECNO CAMON 20 Pro is worth its price. Read on to find out.
I really liked the design of the TECNO CAMON 20 Pro which is in line with other contemporary Android smartphones. Marketed as a puzzle deconstruction design, TECNO claims that the design has been inspired by postmodern architecture. The handset flaunts a textured leather back with a unique pattern and a pentagon-shaped camera module, which is hard to miss. The design hides the fingerprints and smudges really well and offers a luxurious look and feel, despite the smartphone’s plastic frame.
The handset sports flat edges instead of curved ones, which makes the device comfortable to wield. The right spine of the phone is home to a volume rocker and power button, while at the bottom it has a USB Type-C port for charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a speaker grille. There is another speaker on the top edge for a stereo sound output. The SIM-ejector tray, which has a dedicated slot for a microSD card, can be found on the left edge.
TECNO CAMON 20 Pro is equipped with a vibrant 6.67-inch, FHD+, centered punch-hole AMOLED display. The display offers up to 120Hz refresh rate, which is the snappiest you can get in the segment. The refresh rate applies seamlessly to both the UI and supported apps, ensuring smooth and fluid interactions. Furthermore, users have the flexibility to adjust the refresh rate dynamically or choose from fixed options of 60Hz and 120Hz, as well as 90Hz, which is something you won’t find in many smartphones in this segment.
Besides this, the display has thin bezels and excellent viewing angles. The brightness level is impressive too, making the text legible under direct sunlight.
TECNO CAMON 20 Pro is marketed as a camera-centric smartphone. The handset ships with a triple camera setup at the back, which comprises a 64MP RGBW main sensor. This main sensor is equipped with a large aperture lens, which is said to enhance light sensitivity and improve lowlight performance. Additionally, the setup includes a 2MP depth sensor and an AI unit. The performance remains satisfactory as long as you don’t plan to use the cameras with AI.
Some may find the resulting pictures appealing for social media, I personally preferred the CAMON 20 Pro camera performance with the AI feature turned off. The images looked more balanced, with sharp details on the smartphone screen, realistic shades, and well-preserved highlights. The phone has a dedicated night mode for the main 64MP sensor, which, like any other smartphone, smoothens out the details at the expense of reducing graininess.
Up front, the CAMON 20 Pro packs a 32MP snapper in a punch-hole setup. The sensor is capable of capturing decent selfies with good detail and skin tones in daylight. However, indoors or in a dimly lit environment, the details appear soft, and the colors appear a bit pale. While the portrait mode on the smartphone adds a nice blur effect in the background, the edge detection could have been better.
PERFORMANCE AND SOFTWARE:
TECNO CAMON 20 Pro is powered by MediaTek Helio G99 Processor, which features a 6nm manufacturing process and a clock speed of up to 2.2GHz. I did not face many issues with the smartphone while performing day-to-day tasks. The handset even handled multitasking and gaming well. I was able to play BGMI with ‘HD’ graphics and a ‘High’ frame rate without any stutter or frame drop issues. The phone comes with 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM.
Apart from this, the CAMON 20 Pro has an in-display fingerprint scanner, which works exceptionally well, swiftly unlocking the device with ease. Talking about the software, the CAMON 20 Pro runs TECNO’s custom HiOS 13 skin atop Android 13 out of the box. The skin comes with its own share of bloatware, most of which you can’t uninstall, as well as notifications. Be that as it may, HiOS 13 has all the functions and abilities that you would expect from other custom Android skins. It boasts call recording, screen recording, dark mode, One Hand mode, theme store, Peek Proof, and similar to Apple and Xiaomi phones, separate shades for notifications and quick settings panel, among other things.
BATTERY AND CHARGING SPEEDS:
TECNO CAMON 20 Pro has a decent 5,000mAh battery on board. It scored 10 hours and 42 minutes on the PCMark battery test, which is respectable. Depending on your usage, you can enjoy 5 hours or more of screen-on-time. The phone managed to last nearly a day, with my usage involving browsing, social media, Gmail checking, and video streaming.
As for the charging speeds, the handset takes anywhere between 70 and 75 minutes to fully charge from 0-100 percent using its 33W fast charger.
The TECNO CAMON 20 Pro is priced in Bangladesh at BDT 24,990/- excluding vat. Who should buy the TECNO CAMON 20 Pro? The handset seems like a good investment for anyone looking for a smartphone under BDT 25,000/- with a gorgeous design, impressive display, competent primary camera, and respectable performance.