05 May 2020
Tecno, a subsidiary of Hongkong based Transsion holdings, is known for its budget offerings and offline presence. The company has now come up with its latest device Tecno Camon i4 in India with a triple rear camera setup, large 6.22-inches HD+ display with a water drop notch and the latest Android 9 Pie OS.
The phone comes in three different variants starting with a 2GB/32GB, 3GB/32GB, and a top model of 4GB/64GB storage option. Pricing of these phones starts at Rs. 9,599 for the base model, Rs. 10,599 for the 3GB RAM variant while the top model is pegged at Rs. 11,999. Since Tecno focuses mainly on the offline market, the device may not be available through online marketplaces.
We have the Tecno Camon i4 - base variant with us and here are my first impressions of the smartphone.
The box contains usual stuff like
- The device
- Micro USB charging cable
- Silicon protective case
- Sim ejector
- Manuals and warranty card
The Tecno Camon i4, unlike other budget smartphones, sports a modern look and feel. It houses a 6.22-inches display with a 720x1520 pixel resolution. The display comes with a waterdrop notch housing a selfie camera, Tecno calls this as Dot Notch and offers minimal bezels at three sides of the device and a slightly thick chin at the bottom.
On the back, it has a vertically aligned triple camera setup and a fingerprint sensor housed in a polycarbonate back which comes with a glass-like finish and looks attractive like most new smartphones. The designer back, though looks good and keeps the weight of the device in check, however, attracts fingerprints and smudges very easily.
The company has included a protective silicon case which is much needed. Though the device comes with a large display, however, thanks to the polycarbonate body this device weighs just 140 grams.
The Tecno Camon i4 sports an entry-level 2.0GHz Quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The higher variants are powered by a slightly more powerful Helio P22 SoC. It comes preloaded with HiOS V6.4 on top of Android 9 Pie out of the box, which is a sweet deal at this price point.
This dual sim phone has a dedicated MicroSD card slot which can support up to 256GB of additional storage in case needed. A 3500 mAh battery powers the device. Interestingly, Tecno claims that the phone comes with a ‘Rocket Charging’ technology which offers 2 hours with of talk time with just a 10-minute of charge.
The key highlight of the phone is its triple rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary f/1.8 sensor along with an 8-megapixel sensor for wide angle shots and a 2-megapixel sensor with depth sensing. This could be the cheapest smartphone with a triple rear camera in India. A 16-megapixel sensor is present on the front for selfies. The camera performs better than decent, considering its price range, however, we will hold the final verdict for a detailed review.
With the limited amount of time that I was able to spend on the phone, it seems like a capable device as it is very light in weight and offers a good grip. Though the display is too big for single hand operation, it is good for media consumption. Overall performance is just average. It looks good for light and casual gaming but that’s all about it. Don’t expect to be able to play heavy games on it. The biggest gripe that I have from this device is its HiOS which is slightly annoying and comes with a lot of bloatware which results in too many unwanted alerts popping up every now and then.
At this price point, the Tecno Camon i4 competes directly with the likes of Redmi Y6 and Mobiistar X1 Notch. All three phones are powered by the same processor, while, the Redmi Y6 is priced lesser, Camon i4's design and triple camera setup is the wow-factor. We will review the Camon i4 in detail soon, till then stay tuned.