Tecno Camon C9: More than a camera phone

by | Jun 29, 2016

After the unboxing of the Tecno Camon C9, I was fussing over its 13MP back and front cameras and discovered it had other cool features.

Upon a cursory glance and during the unboxing, I was beginning to make presumptive comparisons with the Camon C8, but the Tecno Camon C9 turned out to be way better. Before you go get yourself one, let me help you make an informed decision.


Suggested Read: This is the Tecno Camon C9


Design

The Tecno Camon C9 is encased in a smooth plastic casing. The body has a somewhat rounded smooth feel to it that makes for a sturdy but lightweight grip; reminded me of the ASUS Zenfone Selfie without the crystal in the back.

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And the sleekness is further complimented by a pencil thin figure that will make any figure skater jealous. When slid into the pocket, it disappears completely without making the characteristic bulge of a 5’5 inch device.

Overall, the design is a fine blend of functionality with the regular buttons and beauty with its sleekness.

Display

Is this the best display on a Tecno smartphone? I do not think so. But it totally works for me. The high definition in-plane switching screen is fluid. The interface shows colours in real time without the ocassional blur that is.

Icons on the main screen are also well placed as the User Interface of the Tecno Camon C9 is the new Tecno HiOS that is built on android Marshmallow. HiOS has themes and colourful wallpapers aplenty, but I am not very much into using a device’s custom wallpapers or even themes.

Slightly depressing the power button brings quick options that lets you restart, shutdown, enter airplane mode, switch SIM cards or change sound profiles.

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Camera

Finally, we are at the point where we are supposed to be. With 13MP shooters on both front and back cameras, expectations are high and the Tecno Camon C9 did not disappoint.


Suggested Read: The Tecno Camon C9 is Picture Perfect.


The camera spotted different options; guidelines to show newbies how to use the camera, option to turn shutter sound on and off, holding off capture, adjust picture size, add location to your pictures, take shots by giving the two finger gesture(it didn’t work for me) and an options that turns the selfie side of your device into an actual mirror.

On to the snapping proper, the selfie camera performed reasonably well under low light. I did not expect to be disappointed, and I was not.

Selfie with the Tecno Camon C9 under low light

Selfie with the Tecno Camon C9 under low light

As expected, bright lights made better and less grittier selfies.

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Selfie under bright lights

Since I shot all the selfies under artificial lights, I decided to test the back cameras in a naturally lighted setting and they held their own quite well.

Nature captured with the Tecno Camon C9

Nature captured with the Tecno Camon C9

Battery

The Tecno Camon C9 is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery. I have learnt not to trust the declaration of battery sizes by phone manufacturers as sometimes they fall short of the expected measure. But the battery in this smartphone lived up to expectation and beyond.

The battery went from flat to a 100% full charge in 2 hours 25 minutes. And under intense pressure with display brightness set to the highest and sleep mode off, I listened to music via a bluetooth speaker while browsing and gaming simultaneously. The battery lasted a whopping 6 hours and 10 minutes before eventually going flat.

On moderate use — occasional calls, games, music — without an intent to kill it, the battery of the Tecno Camon C9 lasted me from morning till the next morning and required charging around mid-afternoon of the next day, impressive.

In-built feature like the Ultra Power Mode, Battery Saver and Heartbeat Sync also contribute in further lessening unwanted consumption of juice.

When left idle for more than 1 minute, the camera automatically puts itself to sleep to save power as shown below until you double tap the screen to wake.

Iris Scanner

During the unboxing, do you remember that I mentioned hearing a bird whisper that the Tecno Camon C9 may come enabled with an Iris Scanner to unlock it? Well, it turns out that it is true, only that Tecno christened this one thee Eyeprint Scanner.

Like fingerprint, the systerm requires you to register your eyeprint in a series of attempts for the sake of security authentication.

The eyeprint gives you the option of choosing the particular apps to lock, or you can just leave everything and lock it up.

There is also a password option; you know,  in case you forget your eyes somewhere.

I needed the password more often, not because I forgot my eyes, but the Eyeprint scanner was unstable. Sometimes, it just did not recognize my eyes, other times it told me to move closer to the camera and left me hanging there.

I guess it takes quite some time to get accustomed to your iris, I hope so because for a new design, it is expected to work smoothly.

Smart Cover

Did you notice the pouch in the box during the unboxing of the Tecno Camon C9? I knew it indicated a smart cover, I needed to make sure.

Some “smart covers” can be quite dumb with a digital clock staring you in the face, but his one was quite functional.

Upon tapping, the screen portion on the smart cover awakens and it has three slides; clock, torch and music player, without opening the phone and exposing the full screen, I could access these three features. And text messages are also displayed on it, you can only read from there, would have to flip the cover open to reply.

Price

Sources close to the grapevine pegged the price of the Tecno Camon C9 at ₦49,999, that is ₦50,000.

Verdict

I am still exploring the Tecno Camon C9 and totally discovering its depths might take longer, maybe until you probably get yours. But I like so many things about the phone. Some of the important things — like camera and battery — stand out, so there is really not much to complain about.

Apart from the instability of the Eyeprint Scanner, I have not found any other flaws in the Tecno Camon C9, at ₦50,000 it is worth every kobo.

Victor Ekwealor
Victor Ekwealor

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Adaora Oyeoka
Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

A very concise review I must say. ALready have a perfect painting of what using the device would be like in my head.

A nother superb delivery from TECNO.

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  Adaora Oyeoka
5 years ago

lol..not gonna be very swt just in ur head.go get it

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

lol..abi..physical representation of her thoughts

StrawberryCustard
StrawberryCustard
5 years ago

And someone said it doesnt perform well under heavy usage, yet it lasted 6+hours gaming, browsing, bluetooth, music and full brightness on

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  StrawberryCustard
5 years ago

for the phone?? buh 3000mah is not too bad.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

3000mAh is not bad at all
i have a 10000Mah powerbank
13k mah,please what else do i need

ty
ty
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

you need light ma!…without light, they’re all toys!

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

hahahaha…toys ke..put it in a flame and see the bomb you have

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

nooooo…it will explode o.

ty
ty
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

LOL……

ty
ty
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

But seriously without light, they’re all useless

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

beta plastic-silicon toys o

ty
ty
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

LOL……i feel you brother!

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

lol…buh its still important to hv them

ty
ty
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

Without light?…..what’s the importance

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

10000?? for how much

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

as in ehh…na generator en dy use

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

should be 7k

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

but i tot the c9 comes with a powerbank

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

hehehhe…you go they dy online steady for social networks o

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

lol.y not.when there is powerline

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

mr/mrs transformer abi na power plant..you to mch oo.only u

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

who is saying it is?

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  StrawberryCustard
5 years ago

the 6hrs, was it fully charged?

Tunde Lawal
Tunde Lawal
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

I think it lasts about 13hrs on heavy usage.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

13hours???no i dont think so
the camon c9 was made perfect for the eye with a slightly low brigtness level and i have too increase the brightness to see clarly,thats for me
others might decide not to turn on their brightness,sso i doubt the 13hours on heavy usage,altho the battery is very effective,very very

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

okk..the party members nullifies the 13hours of heavy usage

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

hmmm..”eye with a slightly low brightness level” copy that

dave
dave
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

uhgn!!!!!
13hours? 3000mah? on heavy usage?
Nah….it’s impossible. The l8 could probably last that long

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  dave
5 years ago

which should we go with..??

dave
dave
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

L8 has a stronger battery that the C9

dave
dave
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

But if you need quality/sharp/fantastic camera?
C9 without hesitation!

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

hmmm…good enough then

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

it should last more than

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  StrawberryCustard
5 years ago

the person needs flogging

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

as in ehh..maybe he doesnt use the phone

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  StrawberryCustard
5 years ago

lies,,it more than that..buh who plays game constantly without resting??

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
5 years ago

correcttt! tecno don surprise me

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

still trying to wake..days of their weak devices are certainly over

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

and the days of the new will be over too…bigger gadgets coming

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

camon c10 in the cooler i believe..it will surprise u d more

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
5 years ago

nice review @ op…what of the t-band??

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

does it have a t-band?

Tunde Lawal
Tunde Lawal
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

Yes, It does. Seen it everywhere on the internet

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

lol satelite

OnyxYinka
OnyxYinka
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

Yes it has it but comes as a gift for pre order, u might want to buy it as an accessory if u didnt pre order the phone.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  OnyxYinka
5 years ago

it comes with a tband but im just here wondering why theres no news yet about he tband,,like iis it out for sales or as a gift for first time buyers

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

how sure is it personal sales..i doubt if it will be sold

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  OnyxYinka
5 years ago

so how much does it go for

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

ya..its follow come

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

no separate sales?

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

okey..tnx for the info

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
5 years ago

cool phone..whats the price like?

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

its between 50-53k depend on the store

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

thats true i noticed it on survey

Ginger man
Ginger man
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

50k Naira

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

OFFICIAL TECNO PRICE IS 49900N

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

its a round up then..100naira byke depending on ya location

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  Oyindebrah
5 years ago

till now??

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

not really steady.differ in shops

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

cant tell for now..nairas falling

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
5 years ago

tho am using a w4 and its cool, i think the c9 is cooler

360koncepts
360koncepts
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

Its coolest…. LOL

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  360koncepts
5 years ago

hahaha…even coolessness

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

if so, go ahead and change the w4

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

yeah the w4 is a good phone…

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

w4..cool. my sis uses it

Tunde Lawal
Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

I love the pattern of the speakers

ty
ty
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

They’re cool but i love the speaker positions of the boom j8 better

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

the boom j8 has a better positioning..rightly said by tunde

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

oh i see ur point..not obstructed

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

ok i see..

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

nicely patterned

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

well i dont really kw much abt that weda well positioned or not

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

hope you’ve learnt sometn new

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

oh ok..taught and learnt

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

rightly placed speakers

Tunde Tijani Omoalajah
Tunde Tijani Omoalajah
5 years ago

I just love every bit of this phone

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Tunde Tijani Omoalajah
5 years ago

ok…what do you think about the design..to me it famine

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

are you for real?? it looks unisex to me

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

nope its for guys, except he wills it to his gf

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

hhaahahaha..they write guys for the body abi na ladies??

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

square shaped phones are meant for guys na

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

famine ke..no its real niggas

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

its for everyone

ty
ty
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

famine bawo?

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Tunde Tijani Omoalajah
5 years ago

yeah its really a grt one

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Tunde Tijani Omoalajah
5 years ago

its really a flagship phone

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

ya..hope they will allow this one to rest bfor anoda comes

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

yeah thats anoda thing o

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  Tunde Tijani Omoalajah
5 years ago

nice phone

ty
ty
5 years ago

Nice review!

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

can you try anoda lets see ur view?

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

you mean another product?

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

maybe he/she should wait for another phone cos the op nailed it

ty
ty
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

Who said i wanted to make a review before?

ty
ty
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

Me?

ty
ty
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

I don’t get

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

he really did well

ty
ty
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

he did

dave
dave
5 years ago

I was actually looking for the slightest flaw…….none seen!

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  dave
5 years ago

check well o

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

i guess he’v done dat

dave
dave
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

Did you see any?

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  dave
5 years ago

lol..y??
cos its tecno?

ty
ty
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

yeah…some peoples mentality of the brand have not changed

dave
dave
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

Very true!
ignoramous people tho

ty
ty
Reply to  dave
5 years ago

yeah……very ignorant bunch!

ty
ty
Reply to  dave
5 years ago

ignorant to the core

dave
dave
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

na so

dave
dave
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

Nah…..it’s just seeming to perfect…..and everybody’s talking bout it

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  dave
5 years ago

thank God you saw notn..

dave
dave
Reply to  kennybrut2
5 years ago

LOL!

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  dave
5 years ago

hmm..this is one of the first real phones.they cant afford to allow that

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

yes oo..people talked bad buh now its good

dave
dave
Reply to  Clem zatu
5 years ago

Fact!

ty
ty
Reply to  dave
5 years ago

The phone’s the real deal…….flawless!

dave
dave
Reply to  ty
5 years ago

I agree!

ty
ty
Reply to  dave
5 years ago

you better!

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
5 years ago

and the discussion is still

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  lovely chic4
5 years ago

y not..when the phone is so trending

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

yeah. it is