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Tecno Camon C8: Unboxing and First Impressions

August 15, 2015 · 3 min read
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Similar to the Tecno Boom range, which has its primary focus on music, the Tecno Camon C8 is the pioneer in a range of camera-centric smartphones that Tecno is introducing to the market.

Tecno’s intention is to bring premium phone camera quality, that can rival big name flagships, at very affordable prices for the average consumer. How has Tecno managed to pull this off? We will find out in due course. But first, let us unbox the device.

Spec Highlights

Aside the impressive camera (we will get to that later), the Tecno Camon C8 packs some pretty decent specs for a device in its price range (we will get to that too):

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  • 5.5-inch HD IPS display.
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM and 16GB internal.
  • 3000 mAh non-removeable battery
  • 13MP back camera, 5MP front camera with “powerful nigh shot”.
  • Dual-SIM
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

Unboxing

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Tecno has been killing it with their boxing lately. The Tecno Camon C8 is no exception. You have to slide out from the right edge of the box (as above) to reveal the device.

Behind the device, top centre, you will find the 13MP shooter

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The power button and the dedicated camera shutter button are to the right edge

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Power button above, shutter button below

While the volume controls are to the left

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You fill find the 3.5mm earphone jack at the top

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And theUSB/Charging port at the bottom

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Opening the back cover reveals that the 3000 mAh battery in non-removable

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As you might have observed, the Tecno Camon C8 supports both micro and regular SIMs

Further into the other contents of the box …

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You will find the usual suspects …

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The charger, ear piece, manuals and faux-leather phone casing

That is pretty much all there is to unboxing the Tecno Camon C8.

First Impressions

It’s a bit bulky

Not in an uncomfortable or annoying way, just an observation. If you are used to slimmer phones, it might take some getting used to.

The battery

I can already tell is a super win. When you take a moderately clocked 1.3 GHz processor, with only 4 cores, and combine it with a 3000 mAh battery, you are bound to get favourable results in the power consumption department. I only find myself wishing Tecno had paired them with a less power hungry AMOLED display. Nevertheless, I expect to experience pretty decent battery life on the Tecno Camon C8.

The camera

I having taken any shots yet – I only just unboxed the device – but judging by the specs alone, I find a few things interesting.

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The above is a screenshot from an inisder training manual we happened to get our hands on. Tecno claims that the Tecno Camon C8 camera features an f/2.0 aperture. In lay man terms, this represents the amount of light that the lens can let in. The smaller the f-number, the more light the lens can let in.

For perspective the iPhone 6 has a f/2.2 aperture rating. Which means that the Tecno Camon C8 camera should have the better lowlight performance of the 2, at least on paper.

Another screenshot for the training manual
Another screenshot for the training manual

Also, I find it interesting that the Tecno Camon C8 camera also features dual-LED flash, which will also go a long way in improving lowlight shots.  This something that even popular flagships from the likes of Samsung and Apple don’t feature.

 

For now, these highlights and observations are just paper-based. I plan to put them to the test in real-life situations so, watch this space.

Pricing

This is probably that part you have been waiting for. According to our source, the Tecno Camon C8 will retail for between N25,000 and N30,000. For all the impressive features it packs, it seems like an awesome bargain. Especially when you consider that the some competing flagships, with equal camera performance (at least on paper) cost 5 to 6 times as much as that.

The Tecno Camon C8 is set to begin retail sometime by the end of August. We should have our full review up before then.

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