TECNO CAMON 16 review, performance and features

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2021-02-22
Abraham Miller

Not too long after the global launch of CAMON 15 in February 2020, TECNO launched the TECNO CAMON 16 series in October of the same year. It comes with some tangible improvements that make it a credible upgrade over its predecessor. The major highlight of the TECNO CAMON 16 is the MediaTek Helio G70 gaming-focused processor. It features a 6.8" HD+ display, a 5,000mAh battery with 18W flash charge, 64GB or128GB ROM( vary on markets) + 4GB RAM, and runs on HiOS 6.0 based on Android 10.

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TECNO CAMON 16 Design and Display

The TECNO CAMON 16 series saw a distinct design language from what we've seen lately on a TECNO smartphone. On the CAMON 16, TECNO has gone with a centralized square-shaped camera bump. And since the shape of the device itself is rectangular, the camera module fits in perfectly and looks beautiful. Unlike the CAMON 16 Premier, CAMON 16 features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor placed just below the camera bump.

Taking a look at the front of the device shows a large 6.8" HD+ screen with a dot-in cutout at the top-left corner of the screen. The display is capped at 720*1640 pixels and produces brighter and punchy colours, perfect for immersive media consumption and viewing experience.

TECNO CAMON 16 Software & Performance

Let's talk software. TECNO CAMON 16 runs the newly improved HiOS 7 based on Android 10. Over the years, they have tailored HiOS to meet the consumers' needs. Even with HiOS slogan: Think Globally, Act Locally, it means TECNO is constantly working to improve HiOS by introducing more features that users are likely to use daily.

HiOS 7 brings a whole new UI design focused mainly on improving one-handed usability and giving an outstanding visual experience. All the system apps got redesigned with a more comfortable layout.  They added some white space above the screen to make the software thumb-friendly; that makes it super easy to use with one hand, even with the large 6.8" screen on the TECNO CAMON 16.

One of our favorite features on HiOS 7 is Auto Ear Pick-up, which allows you to pick incoming calls just by putting the phone to your ear (the same way you would do while making calls). You don't need to stress yourself by sliding or tapping on the screen to pick your calls. Asides from that, there are just many features you need to checkout on HiOS 7. You'll find features like Social Turbo, an improved version of Game Mode, Gesture Flashlight, Photo Compressor, Video Caller, and many more.

On the performance side, TECNO finally jumped to a more powerful chipset, unlike what we've seen in their earlier releases. The entire CAMON 16 series, unless CAMON 16 S, features an Helio-G processor. To be specific, TECNO CAMON 16 is powered by a 12nm MediaTek Helio G70 processor. It's a midrange gaming processor that's far better than the Helio P22 processor used on CAMON 15. On the storage side, CAMON 16 packs in 64GB or 128GB ROM ( vary on markets) and 4GB RAM, which provides more room to store your files and improve multitasking. With 4GB of RAM, you can run a handful amount of apps simultaneously without the system frequently killing them. Also, it comes with a dedicated expandable storage slot to increase your storage space when needed.

TECNO CAMON 16 Camera

The entire CAMON lineup has always been about the camera. In every new series, TECNO is always adding more features and tweaking the camera for improved performance. The earlier release of the TECNO CAMON 15 saw a massive lift in-camera numbers. It was the first TECNO phone to feature a 48MP Quad Camera, and the story continues on the CAMON 16. CAMON 16 features an improved 64MP Ultra Quad Camera. The rear camera specs are 64MP Ultra Quad Camera, 2MP macro camera, 2MP depth control lens, AI lens, and five LED flashes. There is a single 16MP front camera with dual flash.

Last year, TECNO introduced TAIVOS (TECNO AI Vision Optimization Solution) on the CAMON 15 to improve low-light photography and videography. This time around, TAIVOS is reloaded with many cool features to improve the camera performance on CAMON 16. With that, they have improved Super Night Mode to take more bright pictures at night, and you can now take beautiful portrait pictures with the Ultra Night Portrait mode, which was not available on CAMON 15.

There are many other camera improvements on the TECNO CAMON 16. We now have features like Bokeh Video, slow-Mo video, improved AI Scene Recognition, AI Beautification 4.0 for dark-skinned people, and many more. When you switch to a camera mode, visual guidance will show up on how to take batter pictures with the selected camera mode. Moreso, the interface is redesigned for better one-handed usability.

TECNO CAMON 16 Battery 

TECNO CAMON 16 is packed with a 5000mAh enormous battery, and that's a bit larger than the CAMON 16 Premier's 4500mAh battery. The battery can easily take you a day, and maybe, two days in some cases if you don't push it too far. When it's time to recharge, CAMON 16 supports an 18W flash charge to speed up charging time. Although you need to purchase the 18W charger separately if you need it, it's nice to have it there. Just plug in your phone for a few hours and continue unlimited enjoyment.

TECNO CAMON 16 Specs.

Display

6.8" HD+ Dot-Notch display; 720*1640 pixels

Chipset

MediaTek Helio G70

Memory

64GB/128GB ROM ;4GB RAM; Dedicated micro SD slot

Rear Camera

64MP Ultra Quad Camera; Five LED flashes

Front Camera

16MP selfie camera; Dual-LED flash

Software

HiOS 6 based on Android 10

Network

Dual LTE

Battery

5,000mAh; 18W Flash Charge (10W charger included in box)

Others

Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, G-sensor, OTG.

 

Reliable Customer Care Service for TECNO CAMON 16.

If issues arise and you need a repairman to fix it for you, Carlcare is the safest place to get high-quality repair and quality customer service for your CAMON 16. Being the official service provider for TECNO, Infinix, and itel, Carlcare ensures you - as a TECNO customer - get the best repair service in whatever aspect you need it. We will help you at any time when it comes to replacing your broken screen, damaged battery, and many more. Just visit the nearest Carlcare centre, and we'll give you our very best.