Tecno Camon 18 Premier review

GSMArena Team, 23 November 2021.

Display

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier packs a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen of the usual 1,080 x 2,400 pixels (395ppi). It has a small punch-hole centered around the top and is protected with an AGC-made glass.

Tecno Camon 18 Premier review

The display supports an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz. There is no HDR support, unfortunately, but even if there were - the lowest Widevine L3 DRM support won't allow you to enjoy it.

There are three Refresh Rate modes - 120Hz, Auto, and 60Hz. The 60Hz is self-explanatory, while Auto uses 120Hz throughout the UI and 60Hz in apps and games.

The highest 120Hz mode pushes all apps to use their maximum supported mode - 120Hz in most cases, 90Hz in some apps like Play Store, and 60Hz in video apps.

Tecno Camon 18 Premier review

We also did our usual display measurements and found out the Tecno Camon 18 Premier has a bright enough screen with a maximum brightness of 425 nits. We were able to capture 450 nits at one occasion, but it happened only once, and we couldn't repeat this result.

There is no Auto-Brightness boost, which is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, the minimum brightness at point white is just 3.2nits - an excellent one.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Tecno Camon 18 Premier 0 422
Tecno Camon 17 Pro 0.438 342 781:1
Tecno Camon 17 Pro (Max Auto) 0.446 538 1206:1
TECNO Camon 16 Premier 0.211 400 1896:1
Tecno Phantom X 0 405
Infinix Note 11 Pro 0.292 470 1610:1
Infinix Note 10 Pro 0.337 447 1326:1
Infinix Zero X Pro 0 515
Poco X3 Pro 0.327 458 1401:1
Poco X3 Pro (Max Auto) 0.4 534 1335:1
Poco X3 GT 0.301 429 1425:1
Poco X3 GT (Max Auto) 0.38 537 1413:1
Samsung Galaxy A32 0 393
Samsung Galaxy A32 (Max Auto) 0 814
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G 0 383
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G (Max Auto) 0 800
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro 0 457
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (Max Auto) 0 725
Realme 8 Pro 0 454
Realme 8 Pro (Max Auto) 0 627

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier's display supports a wide color gamut, but the accuracy towards the DCI-P3 isn't that good with prominently bluish-white and gray hues.

Battery life

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier is powered by a 4,750 mAh battery, and it supports fast 33W charging.

This Camon 18 Premier model scored an excellent 112-hour Endurance rating in our battery. It did a commendable job across all test scenarios - video playback, calls, web browsing, and demonstrated long-lasting standby performance.

Tecno Camon 18 Premier review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

Charging speed

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier ships with a 33W power adapter, and you don't need to buy anything to enjoy the maximum possible fast charging. It's a 5V/3A, 10V/3.3A charger, not the most versatile one, obviously, but still - a fast one.

Tecno Camon 18 Premier review

We've completed our charging test, and the bundled 33W adapter takes the Camon 18 Premier's 4,750mAh battery from 0% to 60% in 30 minutes.

30min charging test (from 0%)

Higher is better

  • Realme 7 Pro
    94%
  • Realme 8 Pro
    88%
  • Infinix Zero X Pro
    76%
  • Poco X3 GT
    75%
  • Tecno Camon 18 Premier
    60%
  • TECNO Camon 16 Premier
    59%
  • Tecno Phantom X
    56%
  • Poco X3 Pro
    50%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    50%
  • Tecno Camon 17 Pro
    47%
  • Realme 8i
    30%
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    25%

A full charge takes 65 minutes - that's plenty fast!

Time to full charge (from 0%)

Lower is better

  • Realme 7 Pro
    0:37h
  • Realme 8 Pro
    0:38h
  • Poco X3 GT
    0:48h
  • Infinix Zero X Pro
    0:58h
  • Tecno Camon 18 Premier
    1:05h
  • Poco X3 Pro
    1:08h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    1:21h
  • TECNO Camon 16 Premier
    1:25h
  • Tecno Phantom X
    1:28h
  • Tecno Camon 17 Pro
    1:40h
  • Infinix Note 11 Pro
    2:07h
  • Realme 8i
    2:21h

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier doesn't support wireless charging. There is also no support for reverse wired charging and cannot be used as a power bank for other devices.

Speaker quality

The Tecno Camon 18 Premier, just like many other Tecno phones, has one bottom-firing speaker. It scored a Good mark on our loudness test, but that's the best we can say about it.

Tecno Camon 18 Premier review

The audio quality of the speaker is thoroughly unimpressive - there is no bass, the mid-tones are somewhat suppressed, but we can hear some good high notes. If you use our tool here, you can clearly hear the Camon 18 Premier speaker is lacking range and sounds, well, cheap.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Reader comments

  • Kaka John Jay
  • 15 Jun 2022
  • 0wq

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  • Rbx
  • 03 Jun 2022
  • 7TD

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  • 23 May 2022
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