TECNO Camon 11 Pro Review: Pro AI Clear selfies for a Lite Price

Quick Verdict

The Tecno Camon 11 Pro is a fine phone that lacks any crippling flaws, but elements such as a low-res display and plastic body that easily scratches make it hard to champion over other lower-mid-range alternatives.

Pros

Awesome diamond fire designGood CamerasIncreased RAMStrong Battery with fast charging

Cons

No OIS on camerasPlastic profile scratchesFingerprint magnet back

Tecno has bossed the budget camera-centric smartphone market ever since the first Camon device, the Camon C5. The Camon series has gone on to become one big (sn)appy family with all the updates that followed. No one makes desirable, premium looking smartphones for a < $250 budget quite like the Transsion-owned brand.

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The Camon 11 Pro is a few steps above the former flagship contender, the Camon X Pro. It comes with a better spec sheet that the Camon X Pro but with a very different approach to both hardware and software, but a lower launch price. (UGX 899,000 compared to UGX 940,000).

It’s priced just above the Infinix Note 5 but lower than worthy competitors from Nokia, Xiaomi and Samsung. These days, you can expect to get quite a lot of phone for this sort of money. We’ve come to expect a certain flagship flavor when it comes to design and feel, alongside a couple of stand-out features. The Camon 11 Pro delivers on this.

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The Camon 11 Pro is an all-round package and perhaps the best Tecno design to date, but it only really stands out for one reason, the notch. Thankfully, it’s quite an appealing one.

Key Specs

OS Version: Android 8.1 (Oreo) + HiOS 4.1 OSDisplay: 6.2-inch Super FULL VIEW HD+ (720 x 1500 pixel) DisplayCPU: 2.0 GHz octa-core MT6762 Helio P22 CPUInternal Storage: 64 GB expandable to 256GB via microSD cardRAM: 6 GB RAMBack Camera: 16 + 5 MP dual Rear Camera with quad-LED flashFront Camera: 24-megapixel AI Clear Selfie Camera with LED flashOther Features: Fingerprint scanner, Face ID, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM and 4G LTE NetworksBattery: 3750mAh with Mediatek Pump ExpressPrice: UGX 899,000

Camon 11 Pro Design

The Camon 11 Pro design has undeniably been heavily influenced by the recent sea of notched smartphones, specifically the Huawei P 20 Lite, both front and back. It has close to edge-to-edge notched display. However, it possesses a bottom chin that makes it look a little askew. The phone also has a plastic back with the looks of glass (don’t be fooled) and a vertically aligned dual-camera module.

The main design highlight of the Camon 11 Pro is the new diamond fire design. Tecno pulled one of its best designs of 2018 and perhaps of all time with this device. The rear panel gradients from black to Nebula blue for an elegant look.

Tecno Camon 11 Pro diamond fire design

The awesome paint job, glass looks, and the slim profile of the Camon 11 Pro make an awesome smartphone package. We can forgive Tecno for not using actual glass at the back panel given how affordable this device is.

The left side of the Camon 11 Pro houses the dual-nano SIM card and micro SD card tray while the right is home for the volume rocker and power buttons. The top of the device is kept free whereas the bottom is crowded with the 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, micro USB port and a single loud-speaker.

The rim of the phone got a glossy finish this time round to look more premium. Flipping the device to the back side, you see the dual-rear vertically aligned camera module that makes a little bump from the rest of the back. Juist below it is a quad LED flash light that is squeezed in a circular shape. Camon and Tecno branding are written shooting to the heavens in the same line as the camera leaving the top center area for the fingerprint reader. This is the natural home for fingerprint reader.

The Camon 11 Pro is a pleasant phone to hold. It gives a ‘just right’ feeling in the hands. However, it feels delicate and almost slippery in the hands. There were a couple of times when I felt like I was about to drop it.

Glossy back sideThe notched 6.2″ display is elegant to look at

Despite throwing jabs to a much more expensive phone (the iPhone X), the Camon 11 Pro doesn’t feel that much more premium than it is. The rear plastic panel attracts fingerprints like it was meant for that. However, this isn’t a problem unique to the Camon 11 Pro. But it does get filthy awfully quickly. The provided cover can fix this although you must tuck away all the pretty looks.

Tecno Camon 11 Pro Display

Well, the Camon 11 Pro sports a display notch, of course. Those who hate the notch and would prefer devices like the ZTE Nubia may just let out a wistful sigh when they see the Camon 11 Pro. However, Tecno added a feature in settings to hide the notch (hello notch haters). However, we didn’t like…

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