Tecno Camon 18 Premier review

GSMArena Team, 23 November 2021.

Introduction

Tecno has launched another Premier phone with a major focus on the camera department. The new Tecno Camon 18 Premier features a significant photography upgrade over the previous Camon 16 Premier and Camon 17 Pro with premium features like gimbal stabilization and long-range zoom thanks to a periscopic lens.

Tecno mainly targets developing countries, which is why it has a different approach to its smartphones than the mainstream makers. The Camon series bring large screens and batteries, with good camera experience and satisfying performance on the cheap. The price is kept even lower thanks to pre-installed partner apps and baked-in ads within the interface. For some, this might be a deal-breaker, but for others - a welcome tradeoff they'd gladly make.

Indeed, the Camon 18 Premier has a few flagship-worthy traits like a large 120Hz AMOLED screen, there is 256GB base storage, a large battery with fast 33W charging, but most importantly - an impressive camera on the back. The primary shooter is a typical 64MP snapper we've seen numerous times, but then you get an 8MP telephoto camera with long-range 5x optical zoom and 12MP ultrawide snapper with gimbal stabilization.

Tecno Camon 18 Premier review

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier is also one beautiful smartphone with dual-glass design, catchy paintjobs, and a thin 8mm profile. It packs fan-favorite features like a 3.5mm jack, a microSD expansion, and even FM radio. There is also something few phones can offer - a dedicated selfie LED flash!

Let's take a close look at the specs sheet.

Tecno Camon 18 Premier specs at a glance:

  • Body: 163.8x75.9x8.2mm, 201g; tempered glass front and back, plastic frame.
  • Display: 6.70" AMOLED, 120Hz, 550 nits (typ), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 393ppi.
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm): Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.
  • Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 11, HIOS 8.0.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm, PDAF; Telephoto: 8 MP, f/3.5, 135mm, PDAF, 5x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, gimbal OIS.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, (wide).
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 4750mAh; Fast charging 33W, 64% in 30 min (advertised).
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; FM radio; 3.5mm jack.

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier is obviously not ideal - the Helio G96 chip is alright, but gaming on it may require a few graphic tweaks if you are after a smooth performance. And even if the screen allows up to 120fps, we doubt any game would be able to achieve it.

What we really miss are stereo speakers and some sort of protection against the elements - basic splash resistance would have been nice. But the camera probably swallowed a lot of the budget, so we'll try not to hold these omissions against this Premier.

Unboxing the Tecno Camon 18 Premier

The Tecno phones offer rich retail bundles, and the Camon 18 Premier is no different. The retail box has an abundance of accessories starting off with the 33W power adapter and a 3.3A-rated USB cable.

Tecno Camon 18 Premier review

There is also a nice pair of earphones with a mic ending on a 3.5mm jack. You will also find a soft transparent case that not only envelopes the phone, but its camera island as well.

Finally, the Camon 18 Premier arrives with a thin protective film on the screen. Sure, it may not be as durable as a tempered glass shield, but it's not as cheap and smudgy as the ones we've seen pre-installed on some more popular phones.

Reader comments

  • Mo

Who are you and where are you from??? 😂😂 A Tecno over the iPhone 12, are you on drugs?

  • Design Counts

Agreed. Never heard of them until today. Camera bump looks like Samsung design language.

  • Anonymous

Like 90% of phone users are techy or knows about xda. Even what or how or where to download or do technical stuff on the phone. Lol. Get real! This phone is overpriced junk!