Tecno unveiled the high-end Camon 18 Premiere, also new today are the Camon 18 and 18P models, which feature similar but more affordable hardware (though the company is mum on prices for the three models, so we don’t know how much more affordable yet).
Tecno Camon 18P
The Tecno Camon 18P is similar to the Premiere. It has a 6.8-inch 120Hz display with 1,080 x 2,460 px resolution (20.5:9), though it is an LCD instead of an AMOLED. The display promises to deliver 550 nits of brightness. There is a 16MP punch hole camera on the front (instead of 32MP), there’s also an LED flash for the selfie camera, the fingerprint reader is on the side of the device.
The main camera features a 48MP sensor with electronic image stabilization (compared to 64MP on the Premiere). There is no gimbal module here, in fact, there is no ultra wide camera at all, which is a bit odd. The P model does have a 13MP portrait camera with a 50mm lens (2x magnification), along with a 2MP depth senor.
The Camon 18P is powered by the same Helio G96 chipset as the Premiere. This 12nm chip has two Cortex-A76 CPU cores, a Mali-G76 MC4 GPU and a Cat. 13 4G modem. Crucially, it supports 120Hz operation on 1080p displays, which the G95 deoesn’t. On this phone it is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage and runs HiOS 8 (based on Android 11).
The P model actually has a leg up on the Premiere in the battery department. It has a slightly larger 5,000 mAh battery (vs. 4,750 mAh) that supports the same 33W fast charging. The phone comes with a power adapter and cable in the retail package.
The device supports 4G, NFC and has a built-in FM radio receiver.
Tecno Camon 18P Specifications
- 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
- 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
- 4G bands: LTE (unspecified)
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A
- Announced: 2021, October 04
- Status: Exp. release 2021, October
- Dimensions: 168.9 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm (6.65 x 3.02 x 0.35 in)
- Weight: g
- Colors: Dusk Gray, Ceramic White, Iris purple
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Type: IPS LCD, 120Hz, 550 nits (typ)
- Size: 6.8 inches, 109.8 cm2 (~84.8% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 1080 x 2460 pixels (~395 ppi density)
- Android 11, HIOS 8.0
- Chipset: Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G57 MC2
- Storage: 128GB 8GB RAM
- Memory Card slot: Unspecified
- Main Camera: Triple
- 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF
- 13 MP, 45mm (telephoto), PDAF, 1.7x optical zoom
- 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
- Features: Quad-LED flash, panorama, HDR
- Video: Yes
- Selfie Camera: Single – 16 MP, (wide)
- Features: Dual-LED flash
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Radio: FM Radio
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes
- WLAN: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
- NFC: Yes
- USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity
- Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
- Charging: Fast charging 33W
Tecno Camon 18P Price and Availability
The phone will be available in Iris Purple, Dusk Gray and Ceramic White. Pricing is yet to be disclosed.