This is the Tecno Camon C9

by | Jun 14, 2016

In the Tecno Canon Camon range of camera focused smartphones, there was Tecno Camon C5, and Tecno Camon C8 (which we really loved) launched sometime late last year. Today, there is a new addition to that family. Tecno is launching the Tecno Camon C9.

We are going to take a no holds barred peep into this device they tell us is badass. Come let us rub minds together, look into the box and see if it looks the talk.

Specification Highlights

  • HiOS (Based on Android V6.0 Marshmallow)
  • 5.5 ” HD IPS Touchscreen
  • LTE connectivity
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal expandable memory
  • Dual Micro SIM capability
  • 13MP Auto-Focus back camera with Flash
  • 13MP Front camera with Flash
  • 3,000mAh non-removable battery

What’s in the box?

Box itself is a nylon-wrapped affair….

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…reminiscent of the days we unboxed Cabin biscuit.

After all the unwrapping is done, we have a well designed blend of blue, black and white

Or is that silver sef? I am not sure.

Not sure what this logo the “Camon C9” sits atop was intended to be

But common sense says it’s a camera lens something something. Since the Camon range is camera focused, it makes sense, yeah?

Then there’s this particularly difficult seal…

…that took a while to break!

The main compartment slides out of the pouch-like pouchy thing. Fancy.

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Finally we open the box and lo, there lies the Tecno Camon C9.

Underneath the compartment are the usual accessories, and some more

The  charger head, USB cable, earpiece, warranty, the device itself and a mystery black box.

Mystery black box skewered with the SIM ejector pin. Let’s look inside…

Alas! It is a phone pouch

Been a long time we saw those, at least scratches won’t come early to this device.

Oh, lest I forget. There is this “for freshness” little bags you are not supposed to eat

Not me, it was in the box.

At the top of the front-side, there is the flash by the left side, and the 13 MP Auto-Focus camera in the middle

The speaker grill is right above the whole setup.

Still in the front, the menu buttons are located at the bottom

The earphone jack is at the top

On the flip-side, there’s the 13MP camera with flash underneath

Below that is the second speaker grill for music

In the left-hand corner underneath the phone is an allowance made for prying the cover open, the charger jack comes next and the pin-prick hole at the other end is the microphone for making calls

Upon prying it open, I discovered the 3,000 mAh battery is stuck there; non-removable.

Two micro-SIM slots (both LTE capable)

And if you are wondering (like I was) what the ejector pin is for, the image above explains it. It is for extracting the SIM cards after inserting them.

Memory card slot is on the left-hand side. And all those other ugly workings that the case covers

First Impressions

It’s really slim

5.5 inches and that thin? The Tecno Camon C9 is “looking” like a good deal. There is something iPhoney about the width from this angle, abi? 

The Tecno Camon C9 also has a rounded feel to it, thanks to the slight curvature behind.

There is an improvement in the front camera from the Tecno Camon C8’s 5MP. There has not been any price marker, but I am estimating a ₦45,000- ₦55,000 range.

I also hear there is an iris scanner that lets you unlock the phone with your eyes. Exciting hearsay, the more reason I would hasten up on this review, we need to see things for ourselves. I would bring you reports in a few days. Watch this space.


Suggested Read: Tecno Camon C9 review — More than a camera phone.


[UPDATE]: Read our full review of the Tecno Camon C9 here.

Victor Ekwealor
Victor Ekwealor

tech. media. startups. africa. vc | Twitter: @victor_ekwealor


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Adaora Oyeoka
Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

“Been a long time we saw those, at least scratches won’t come early to this device.”

The boom j8 have pouches, correct me if I’m wrong. The camon c9 looks pretty decent tho. Looking forward to a full review.

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

I think I read of the J8 on Techpoint. Music phone right?

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Yep, boom

Adaora Oyeoka
Adaora Oyeoka
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

yeah the music phone.

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

Nice.

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

u mean BOOM J8?

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  windyjosezy .
5 years ago

Yes. That one.

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

What I like about the C9 pouch is, when yiu cover your phone, a pristine looking analog clock appears on the round space.

Tunde
Tunde
5 years ago

Nice pictures! Which camera do you use if you don’t mind me asking.

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

phone camera

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  windyjosezy .
5 years ago

That cant be a phone camera.

Tunde
Tunde
5 years ago

The 13 MP front camera seems too good to be true.

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Well, people have been saying is true so you better believe

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

Which people.?

Adaora Oyeoka
Adaora Oyeoka
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

The device has been launched na, and if you are on instagram and twitter look out for the C9ja tour hashtags.

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

I will check them out.

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

People that are using it.

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

I see. Then you have to take their word for it.

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

Yep. Sure will.

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

I am telling you.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

It’s true..lol

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

But it’s true. I have test run the phone sha.

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  KEMI
5 years ago

Oh thats great! That means all the specs are authentic

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

They truly are. Believe me.

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  KEMI
5 years ago

Nice!

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Lol. Thanks!

Pepple
Pepple
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

The phone producers dare not put up a spec that is not truly associated with thir device. that one is lying na.

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  Pepple
5 years ago

Yes, you are right.

Arena10
Arena10
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

It is. Believe me.

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  Arena10
5 years ago

Ok

deedot
deedot
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

The camera is amazing I must tell you. I used Camon C8 until yesterday when my pocket was picked.Went to do a little survey and I saw the phone; really amazing!!!

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  deedot
5 years ago

Wow, sorry to hear that.

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  deedot
5 years ago

hmm, wia dem pick ur pocket ??

orator
orator
Reply to  deedot
5 years ago

Really. How sharp is the 13MP front camera? I want to buy the phone bcos of the camera

deedot
deedot
Reply to  orator
5 years ago

I finally got the phone. To be sincere, I’ve gotten more friends since I got the phone. I was at an event yesterday and people gladly took selfies with my Camon C9 and relegated their own cameras. I had to latter send the pictures to them through Xender. Some that couldn’t wait had to drop their watssapp numbers… I don’t like pics like that but I must say the front camera have made me take more selfies than I’ve ever done in d past days.

Sholibor
Sholibor
Reply to  orator
5 years ago

Best camera in the market you can get at that price

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

It awesome i tell you. i’ve seen a picture by it. It’s simply amazing

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

But the 13 mp is real shey>?

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Yeah…it’s completely real!

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

That’s great news!

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Yeah……and the camera’s amazing!

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

I saw some threads on Nairaland with the pictures. Love them

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Yeah….you following the C9ja tour too?

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

Yes, I recently did. Stunning pictures.

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

jus breath taking

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

Yeah.

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

ikr

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

wish i was opportuned to have been with them on that tour

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

As in. The tour looked like it was complete fun!

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Yeah…..really awesome pictures they took

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Hopefully there’ll be another one

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

make we cool down wait

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  windyjosezy .
5 years ago

True.

Chisome
Chisome
5 years ago

This is a nice write up. Good work.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

He’s a good writer..I like him

Obama
Obama
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

Are you having a crush already?…errmmm, on Camon C9 I mean….

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

hmmm, crushing tinz

ty
ty
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

LOl…..crusher!

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

Im sure you do

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

thank you

Chisome
Chisome
5 years ago

I wonder how much the phone would be.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

I just know that it can’t cost a fortune

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

abi ooo

ty
ty
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

It’s tecno. they’re known for feeding us with affordable products!

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

50k is a fortune for some.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
5 years ago

The device looks amazing I must confess..but I just don’t wanna see the price at 50k please,its nice but the price should be nice too..just hope so

Adaora Oyeoka
Adaora Oyeoka
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

LOL, but how much then would you want it to be or rather how much is worth it ?

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

I’m with @Oyindebrah. Let the price not be more tan 45k. shikina.

Pepple
Pepple
Reply to  KEMI
5 years ago

It might be less than that. If it is, then Tecno would have killed off its competitors in one fell swoop.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Pepple
5 years ago

Straight death

Pepple
Pepple
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

lol. you sef. show mercy.

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  Pepple
5 years ago

Lol. Don’t be too sure. But the fact remains that they tried. Really tried.

Pepple
Pepple
Reply to  KEMI
5 years ago

Yeah. It’s undisputable though.

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  Pepple
5 years ago

I’m glad we are of same view on this.

Pepple
Pepple
Reply to  KEMI
5 years ago

I share most of your views. Good to see a tech savvy female.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  KEMI
5 years ago

Lol me I even said 50k,Kemi said 45k,let’s just wait for it

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

It’s 49,900. You win. Lol

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  KEMI
5 years ago

TECNO decides

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  windyjosezy .
5 years ago

Clearly Tecno has decided to peg it at 50k.
e worth am tho’

KEMI
KEMI
Reply to  windyjosezy .
5 years ago

Lol. Turns out it actually goes for 50k.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

45k but not 50
Its a Tecno device and I trust TECNO that’s always giving us affordable things,with good features,they will still make it affordable,if its more than 50k,a student might find it hard to buy,the camon c8 was 25k that time nah..last year

I bought two,gave my mom one,and my dad 1

Arena10
Arena10
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

sis, I doubt this one will be anywhere near 35k

The phone is too gbaski joor

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

Aww, thats a nice father’s day gift!

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

sharp girl

Obama
Obama
Reply to  Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

45k is okay by me too.

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  Obama
5 years ago

45k isn’t bad

Arena10
Arena10
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

someone rumored 43k. They should make the prce available alreadyy. We can’t wait!

Obama
Obama
Reply to  Arena10
5 years ago

If it is pegged at 43-45, then it is utterly good to go. Tecno stepped up their game. They deserve some applause though.

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  Obama
5 years ago

No more referred to as chinko . Thank goodnes.

windyjosezy .
windyjosezy .
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

yea dats true .. i remember back then tho

Tunde
Tunde