Phone Battles: Tecno Camon C9 vs Infinix Zero 3

by | Jul 26, 2016

Comparison of smartphones is a healthy way of demystifying specifications, debunking claims and helping consumers concisely choose smartphones. Today, the Tecno Camon C9 will be pitted against the Infinix Zero 3; two camera giants slugging it out in a battle of specs and practical tests.

The choice of these two devices is informed by their similarities and contrasting in this case will put things in a better light. There are basic features that we look for in smartphones before settling for them. These parameters will be used for measuring these two devices. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you would have made up your mind on which one of the two devices is best suits your needs.

Speed

Expatiating on this particular point is a waste as you and have felt the pain of device lag and having to wait for seconds that seem like hours for a “smartphone” to perform a simple task. The Tecno Camon C9 has a 2GB RAM and Octa-Core processor while Infinix Zero 3 has a 3GB RAM and an Octa-Core processor too. Maybe the 1GB disparity makes it unfair to compare, but they are in the same league, so compare we must.

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The first test is the time it takes for both phones to boot up

The two phones booted up at nearly the same time, but Tecno Camon C9 was 1-second faster to beat the general 1 minute 9 seconds and 42 milliseconds start time.

 

I would have added the number of apps that had to stay open for these devices to freeze up, but trust me both never freeze.

Winner: The Tecno Camon C9 takes it away in this round.

Design

I particularly love the design of these two devices. They both have flaws, but they work nevertheless, mixing style and functionality.

 

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The Infinix Zero 3 is surprisingly light and has a smooth feel to it that feels fragile, but the squared edges provide a firm grip.

Rounded edges in the Tecno Camon C9 are a beauty to look at but make grip an eternal struggle of hand muscles. And it far outweighs the Zero 3.

Winner: Weight and handling automatically places the Infinix Zero 3 atop the score-board in this area.

Camera

The Infinix Zero 3 spots a 20.7 MP back camera as against 13 MP for Camon C9. Where the selfie camera of the Zero 3 is 5 MP, the Camon C9 is 13 MP in the front also.

This might look like unhealthy competition on the part of the Camon C9 based on the numbers, but in case you have not heard, the quality of a phone’s camera is independent of its megapixel. So a smartphone with a high megapixel does not guaranty great images.


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Pictures taken under different light settings will be the judges in this round.

The first picture is shot with both devices on the street under natural lighting conditions

Streetview-Picture 1

Infinix Zero 3 — Tecno Camon C9.

The next one is a picture of our hanging kitchen cabinet shot with flourescent light bulbs turned on full blast

Cupboard-Picture

Infinix Zero 3 — Tecno Camon C9.

The last picture in this series is a selfie shot under optimal lighting conditions

Victor-Selfie 1

Tecno Camon C9 — Infinix Zero 3.

Winner: They say the Infinix Zero 3 shoots 4K videos but in the context of smartphone photography, Tecno Camon C9 takes this round again.

Battery

In reviewing both devices, I ran comprehensive battery tests and  judgement will still be based on this as the batteries of the two devices have not worn out in any way.

In reviewing the Infinix Zero 3, it took the 3030 mAh battery 3 hours to a 100% from being flat. And it lasted 5 hours and 6 minutes of intensive usage before complete shutdown.

The 3000 mAh battery of the Tecno Camon C9 on the other hand, filled up from zero in 2 hours 25 minutes. Under a more intense use, it lasted 6 hours and 10 minutes before flattening out.

Winner: Even with a lower battery power, the Tecno Camon C9 held its own and is clearly the winner of this round.

Price

Jumia, Konga and SLOT are our reference points for price check as they top mobile phone retailers in Nigeria; apart from the undocumented individual vendors in Computer Village, Main Market and Alaba International.

On Jumia, the Infinix Zero 3 retails for between ₦58,000 to ₦58,300. Konga offers a flat rate of ₦58,000 for the gold and grey colors. It is also listed for ₦58,000 on the SLOT websites, so it is safe to say that is the regulated price.

Meanwhile, the black-cased Tecno Camon C9 is priced at ₦50,000 in SLOT, ₦8,000 cheaper than the Infinix Zero 3. It is ₦100 cheaper on Jumia at ₦49,900 but is currently sold out leaving the gold casing which costs approximately  ₦54,000.

Konga merchants offer the black variant from a range of ₦52,000 to ₦54,000. And the gold variant is going for ₦54,000 to a whopping ₦65,000.

Winner: In this category, the Tecno Camon C9 wins again.

Conclusion

A 20.7 MP camera on the Infinix Zero is seemingly no match for the Tecno Camon C9 until it springs up surprises in other departments to cover this seeming deficiency.

This comparison of two beautiful devices is not a battle for the best per se, it just lays the facts — which are specs in this case — bare for your consideration. As I stated earlier, the two devices work for me, but when a choice is imperative, I hope this article serves as a guide.

Victor Ekwealor
Victor Ekwealor

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


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oluomo23
oluomo23
5 years ago

Truth be told after i handled the camon C9, many flagship device will struggle against this phone camera

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  oluomo23
5 years ago

Yeah, the camera looks like it is amazing.

King Williams
King Williams
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

The camera is amazing

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Get yourself one

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

Get one for me

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

Soon.

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

The camera is amazing, no doubt about that

King Williams
King Williams
Reply to  oluomo23
5 years ago

This is soo true

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  King Williams
5 years ago

Lol

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  oluomo23
5 years ago

They will only struggle. They can’t get close

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

They’ve gotten close already

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

is anyone racing here
you and @tol@tolanitolani:disqus

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

lmao is it actually a fight issue??

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  oluomo23
5 years ago

Be specific next time only d front camera is way ahead, There are many phones that have better cameras than the one of the C9

Tomiwa
Tomiwa
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

but the c9 back n front camera is 13 mp

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

but we wre talking abt the camon c9 and infinix zero 3 here nah??how did other fones come in

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Like iPhones? Because I know they have one of the best phone cameras

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  oluomo23
5 years ago

lol its of no doubt that,even with the quality of the camon c9 camera,the price is affordable,there are flagship phones that will go against the camon c9 but they cost time 2 or 5 of the camon c9,so isnt it better to just use the c9?

Tunde
Tunde
5 years ago

As you can al see, the camon c8 is much better than the infinix

King Williams
King Williams
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Definitely

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

I concur

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Firstly u typed C8 and secondly there’s not too much difference between both phones

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

lol. It looks like a typo.

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Maybe he is referring to the camera quality of the C9. It looks like he is a picture person. Although, some people don’t really care about camera quality.

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

That was a typo. Sorry,

Tunde
Tunde
5 years ago

No argument about that at alllll

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Lol. That is true.

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

Yeah

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

NO

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Why?

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Who dares argue

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

I dare argue

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

hmmm..you don chop today??

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tunde
5 years ago

Arguments can be made

Tunde
Tunde
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Lol. But this one is too easy.

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
5 years ago

Well, I am not a fan of Tecno but in this competition, I will have to go with the Tecno Camon C9. It is just a better choice in terms of price and function.

King Williams
King Williams
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

They’re really trying

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  King Williams
5 years ago

Yes

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  King Williams
5 years ago

True this

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  King Williams
5 years ago

I have to give it up to them, they really have been innovative lately.

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

I get ur point but then some of d functions of d Zero 3 are way better than ones of the C9

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

which function are u tokn abt..is the the function of speed?? tecno gat it

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

How are you sure about the speed of the C9? Have you used it before?>

Tomiwa
Tomiwa
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

well i would say theres no much difference with the function cuz the c9 is also a quadcore and the ram difference is just 1gb ram

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Like which one?

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Which functions?

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
5 years ago

The camera quality is surprisingly good.

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

It sure is.

King Williams
King Williams
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

Yh

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

Everyone knows this mehn

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

It is arguable

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

Lol.

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

Nahh

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

What do you mean?

King Williams
King Williams
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

Yeah, i agree with you too

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  King Williams
5 years ago

Considering the C9’s MP is less than that of the other phone .

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

It is amazingly good

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

Bet The back camera of the Zero 3 is better

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

The back camera of the Zero 3 is way better than that of the C9

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

what do you kw abt photography??

Tomiwa
Tomiwa
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

see this one
theres nothing abt photography here

Tomiwa
Tomiwa
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

you are correct,altho the back camera of the c9 isnt bad too but stated here,the zero 3 looks better

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  Tomiwa
5 years ago

In terms of camera quality? The C9 is better, are you sure we saw the same thing.

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

just a lil bit

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

It has more MP right? But the C9 has a clearer camera

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

specify the one u are voting for??

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

Sorry, the C9

Chisome
Chisome
5 years ago

C9 beat the Infinix nah

King Williams
King Williams
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

#gbam

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  King Williams
5 years ago

correct

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

Wetin correct

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  King Williams
5 years ago

Lol. Yes, #gbam

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

You know this

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

Know what?

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

Not in everything tho

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

but in a good percentage

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

I don’t understand. What percentage?

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Ok, which one then, since you say not everything.

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Yeah, maybe just the camera quality.

King Williams
King Williams
5 years ago

C9 all day mehn

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  King Williams
5 years ago

Because?

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  King Williams
5 years ago

always a good one anyday

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

C9 over Zero 3

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

Why please?

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

tot u stated the reasons ursef?

Tolani Tolani
Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

It’s clear to see

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
Reply to  Tolani Tolani
5 years ago

What is clear to see?
There is not much difference between both phones, they both have their pluses

Tomiwa
Tomiwa
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

they are almost alike
almost the same sef except the ram

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

hahaha..you need medications

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

It is really hard to choose between the two phones, but i’ll go with the Camon C9 cos of d front camera, i love selfies

Samuel Duru
Samuel Duru
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

If I were to choose, I would chose the C9 because;
1. It is a known brand
2. It is more affordable

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Samuel Duru
5 years ago

yeap its affordable..and with the lil kilishi they added(t-band)

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

yeah same here..its a good selfie phone

ty
ty
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

who doesn’t?
It’s rear to see people take pictures with back camera again except they’re capturing something other than themselves

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Only reason i’ll pick the C9 0ver Zero 3 is d front camera, then maybe the battery, though there’s not much difference between d batteries

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

ok cos the extra 30mah cant compare to the camera..good reasons

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

exactly…its not significant

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

c9 is preferred any day n time

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Yeah but the cameras are soo different.

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  Chisome
5 years ago

The C9’s camera is clearly much better.

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

hmmm i think there is a diff..review the shots

ty
ty
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

what’s the size of the infinix zero3’s camera?

Snehgang Snehgang
Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

All in all both phones are good

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

no doubts they are

Tomiwa
Tomiwa
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

they are both great premium phones

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Tomiwa
5 years ago

no doubts on ur statement

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

yeah they are buh one is beta.

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  Snehgang Snehgang
5 years ago

Yes, both of them are good. But one of them has to be better.

MichealP
MichealP
5 years ago

Im only picking c9 coz I have used it for a while

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  MichealP
5 years ago

lol..so what happens to infinix..wont u try it too?

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  harry yung
5 years ago

lol..abi.he should try it first

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  MichealP
5 years ago

yeah the c9 is really a good one

Tomiwa
Tomiwa
Reply to  MichealP
5 years ago

i will pick the c9 too cuz have used the c9 but the zero 3 isnt bad tho
they are both cool phones with different goals

Clem zatu
Clem zatu
Reply to  Tomiwa
5 years ago

they are all good phones thats true

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  MichealP
5 years ago

How did you use it for a while tho?

Tunde Lawal
Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

Looks to me like the C9 would make infinix feel like they just did crap

harry yung
harry yung
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

lol..its already that way..they are fighting to survive i think

lovely chic4
lovely chic4
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

as in ehh..from the review it was so killed

Pius
Pius
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

LOL…….why?

Pius
Pius
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

I’ve not really seen the zero3’s back camera quality so i can’t really say

Tomiwa
Tomiwa
Reply to  Pius
5 years ago

he showed it up there nah,why are you guys saying u didnt see it

Chisome
Chisome
Reply to  Pius
5 years ago

Well, the review is here but also a lot of people have confirmed that the camera is cool.

kennybrut2
kennybrut2
Reply to  Pius
5 years ago

seen…c9 still leading

Tomiwa
Tomiwa
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

haha this isnt right
its just a mere comparison

Oyindebrah
Oyindebrah
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

tha camon c9 is actually very nice

Ben Okafor
Ben Okafor
Reply to  Tunde Lawal
5 years ago

HAHAAHA. Maybe in terms of camera quality. I think they are an “OK” brand.