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Tecno Camon 18, the iPhone for Africa

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Tecno unboxed Camon 18 Premier smartphone in Lagos, Nigeria, last week. It is magical; aesthetically pleasing to the eye and mimics the iPhone in a lot of ways.

To begin with, it is an all-glass-construction. Both the front and the back is made up of glittering glass. It is surely not the all-time extremely durable type that you spot on iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S21. Glass is glass, brother. And it is scratch-free, sister.

Tecno calls it silky glass. Depending on how it catches light, the smartphone glitters, the way silky fabrics do. It is a piece of diamond or gem. The display is a 6.7-inches AMOLED; glorified LED. The difference between that and IPS, improved LCD is that between a foggy day and a bright sunny day.

Camon 18 Premier comes in two glorious colour flavours; ocean moonlight and summer breeze. Stunningly gorgeous. 120 HZ refresh rate, means that the touch screen is pleasingly responsive. It is like tapping on the blue waters of Lake Malawi.

The seduction, however, is in the camera setup. You ain’t seen anything like it before on a Tecno smartphone.

The triple rear camera offering includes a 12 megapixel gimbal snapper. If you asked Mr. Kansengwa, the one that can capture Makhazi’s birth-marks on uncomfortable places; he would tell you that you can take a movie or picture on such while shaking and it would come out perfect.

Tecno is a master in coming up with smartphone cameras kind to the rich African skin flavours. Ours skin tones range from golden brown, chocolate brown to charcoal brown. We are a beautiful people.

The selfie camera has a dual flash for abundant illumination; for excellent video-call experience during the night. These are Covid teleconference times.

The chip is a MediaTek Helio G96. It is midrange and would surely shyly compare to the monster iPhone CPU. That was a necessary evil to bring down the price.

Tecno Camon 8 is endowed with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. The generous RAM makes it a multitasking monster. The grandiose storage means that you never ever need to buy expansion storage.

The smartphone is NFC (Near-Field Connectivity) able. It is the modern-day Bluetooth. It is used for mobile payments and for fast transfer of your data from a previous gadget.

The phone comes with a fast-charger. You can charge 60 percent of the battery within thirty minutes.

How much? You are now asking with abated breathe. $350 or K315,000.

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