Want an inexpensive smartphone with a cool camera? Start with this

I'm so old that I still remember the days when people argued whether cameras were needed in mobile phones. And now good

smartphones differ from bad ones EXACTLY in qualitycameras - for high-quality photos and videos, people in the phone are ready to pay fabulous money. But today we have a smartphone on the test, which has a high-quality camera in the budget, where before that no cool photos and videos had even been stuttered before. And this is just the beginning: you should have seen its other characteristics…

Table of contents

  • Specifications
  • Appearance
  • Display
  • Shell
  • Performance and autonomy
  • Camera
  • Total

Here, perhaps, it is necessary to traditionally starttell the story of the TECNO brand, but why? Just be aware that before they came to Russia, these smartphones were quite popular and respected in China, India, and other foreign countries. As you remember from the history of smartphones, eras are constantly changing:

  • Once quoted Finnish and German mobile phones

  • Then the Koreans came and wedged between them

  • American smartphone of a new type turned everything upside down

  • Chinese manufacturers came and "carried out" almost everyone else

  • The usual Chinese manufacturers began to raise prices and become impudent - they were replaced by a new wave of young, but already technically savvy brands.

Here are the Hong Kong TECNO just from this newwaves are already of high quality and in terms of characteristics / reliability do not differ from more popular brands, but still without the “star disease” (we hope that this will continue to be the case), due to which once inexpensive Chinese smartphones gradually turned into expensive ones.

But this is lyrics, and TECNO is TECNic, so let's move on to it:



TECNO CAMON 19 Prooperating systemAndroid 12 + HIOS 8.6ScreenIPS, 120Hz, 6.8", 88.2% coverage, 1080×2460 p., 395 PPICPUMediatek MT6781 Helio G96 12nm (2 cores 2.05GHz Cortex-A76 + 6 cores 2GHz Cortex-A55)GraphicsMali-G57 MC2RAM8 GBStorage device128 GB + microSDConnectionWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS, NFCCamerasRear: 64 MP, f/1.6, 26mm, 1/1.7", 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS Telephoto: 50 MP, f/2.0, 50mm, 0.64µm, PDAF, 2x zoom Depth sensor: 2 MP, f/2.4 Front: 32 MP, 0.8 µm, 26 mmBattery5000 mAhDimensions166.8×74.6×8.6 mmWeight204 gFind out the current price


Epochs change not only in the charactersmanufacturers of smartphones, but also in the design of mobiles as such. For many years it has been fashionable to stamp “remnants” with cases shimmering with all the colors of the rainbow, but now the time has changed - straight lines and “chopped” design are gradually returning, pushing roundness and curves into the background. The very strict design that has been lacking in recent years. If it seems to you that we are embellishing this, because nothing much has changed, then open the photos of inexpensive smartphones of past years - you will experience the same, as it is fashionable to say today, cringe (feeling of embarrassment) from what miserable rattles budget smartphones of past years look like.


Against their background, TECNO CAMON 19 Pro looks solid,as a monument to great rulers, and it's not just about the shape of the corps. The colors this time turned out to be quite calm, without acid color transitions and sudden embellishments, like on a children's bike.

Blue and black versions are available to choose from.The first boasts a subtle gradient from blue to warm pastel tones. At the same time, the gradient here is not as psychedelic as one could easily find in every second smartphone a couple of years ago. Well, the option in black matte color is for serious guys, this design will never become outdated.


What is also very pleasing is the minimal frames arounddisplay top and sides. The distance from the display to the side frame is less than a millimeter, but in the past it was enough to look at the thickness of the “chin” (lower frame) near the screen to determine the price of a smartphone in a few seconds.


As I said, the fashion for blurred formsthe hulls have passed, so the sidewall is flat here. But ... its corners do not dig into the hand! Because the frame of the case is barely noticeably rounded. And this rounding is difficult to notice if you do not look at the smartphone much, but due to it, you have a smartphone that is both beautiful and still comfortable.

With the equipment of connectors, the situation is standard:there is Type-C with support for the modern fast charging standard (33 W) and even for connecting wired headphones. On the same side is located and a single main speaker. But the perforation above the screen is a kind of replacement for the earpiece speaker grid.


You look at a diagonal of 6.8 "and think:"Will it even fit in your pocket?" But you guys forget about framelessness - the local 6.8" in case dimensions are equal to smartphones with a diagonal of 6.52" and larger frames. And if you have a smartphone 2017-2018. (well, you never know), then know that smartphones with 6.1-6.2 "displays were produced in such sizes at that time. Modern display diagonals are not so terrible as your imagination draws them to you.


The dispute over what type of displays should be inThe “right” smartphone is eternal, like a battle between lovers of okroshka with kvass and lovers of okroshka with kefir. And the correct answer in both cases is the same: "It depends on how it's cooked."

In CAMON 19 Pro, the IPS display is prepared perfectly -brightness and contrast are solid, color reproduction is initially set to brilliance, but can be adjusted. And also due to the fact that there is IPS, pixels do not burn out on such a display (this happens with AMOLED “in years”) and there is no nasty high-frequency flicker, from which your eyes may get tired

In general, everything is great.

TECNO CAMON 19 ProMaximum brightness level (max./min.) 460/3.4 cd/m2Contrast (more = better) 1300:1Color gamut (sRGB) (90-100% - ideal) 120%DeltaE (less = better)5Gamma (ideal - 2.2) 2.65Colour temperature (Ideal=6500K)8000K

The smartphone has two color modes:one regular and one TUV Rheinland-certified blue light mode. But this is not at all the main thing here. The main thing is the screen refresh rate of 120 Hz. True, it is not available everywhere. Basically, in the system interface and built-in applications. Light games will still run at this framerate, but heavy games won't. But for flagship games, flagship smartphones that have specs and price are… oh, that's a whole other, very tedious story.



The hero of the review is running Android 12with interface add-on HiOS 8.6. In short, everything that comes to your mind under the sauce: "But I saw such a function in one of the smartphones ..." is already here.


HiOS 8.6

And this is very good:in smartphones with “clean” (read: nothing at all, except for calls and SMS applications) Android functions have to be installed with separate applications, and then it all slows down, drains the battery madly or stops working in power saving mode. Everything you need is here “out of the box”, and it’s up to you to decide whether to turn it on or not, the smartphone will not jump out and buzz with notifications about any functions without permission.

And in general, everything “flies”, the performance reserve seems to be enough for a long time.

Functionality is perhaps the main featureshells. Immediately out of the box, an expansion of RAM is available due to the “rent” of the main one (so that you can switch between maps with GPS, music, work correspondence, browser, music, weather forecast and announcements on the online board instantly, without restarting applications).


HiOS 8.6

It is possible to change your voice in WhatsAppusing the Social Turbo app. And it would be nice if it only changed the voice, but it also allows you to read messages without sending read status, record calls inside WhatsApp itself, and slightly change your appearance during video calls! Wow, how can you roam with such tools!

Well, functions for reconfiguring the smartphone toeverything was comfortable, also a wagon. From “waking up” by double-tapping the display to music control gestures on the lock screen. The rest is just too lazy to list, just take my word for it - everything is configured in general, if you have such a desire.

Performance and autonomy

In recent years, a crazy number of processor models have been stamped in smartphones, and few people remember their indexes by heart, so I don’t even know where to start ...

In general, there are several performance ranks in inexpensive smartphones:

  • Sad and tasteless: MediaTek Helio P22/G35/G37, Snapdragon 625/630/632. For smartphones of the level “there is nowhere cheaper, if only it works somehow”

  • Budget, but almost does not slow down: Helio G70/G80/G85/G88 (this is, consider, one processor with different levels of forcing), Unisoc T610/612/616, Snapdragon 662

  • Still inexpensive, but already on the muscles: Snapdragon 680, 720G, Helio G90T, G95, G96, Dimensity 700.

And-and-and ... further smartphones of the category “do not return without 35-40 thousand rubles!” (if we are talking about official retail in Russia) with Snapdragon 750G, 765G, Dimensity 1000+, etc.


TECNO CAMON 19 Pro is based on Helio G96, and,although this processor needs to be properly cooled (some smartphone manufacturers do not know how to do this), with good cooling it is very fast and very good, like the Snapdragon 732G, which recently all smartphone fans prayed to God. Displays with 120 Hz supports, cameras turn even with 108 megapixels, not to mention 64 megapixels, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are fast, what else do you need?

And it would be necessary - a large battery.And it is here, 5000 mAh. But, of course, the screen here is also large, so the charge is guaranteed to last for a day, and for the second day it still makes sense to connect the smartphone to the charger.

By the way, you can do this not all night, but in the morning for coffee - it takes exactly one hour to charge from 0% to 100%.


Two full-fledged modules in an inexpensive smartphone -it is interesting. It becomes even more interesting when you find out that the sensor of the main module is not so simple, but is made using RGBW technology. By the way, it was developed in partnership with Samsung specifically for CAMON 19/19 Pro.


Usually sensors in consumer camerasuse a grouping of red, green and blue photodiodes (standard Bayer filter). Immediately, to the three standard types of cells, another one was added - white, which allows you to receive the entire visible spectrum of light, significantly increasing the photosensitivity and allowing the user to confidently shoot in poor lighting conditions. And this is what the main module is capable of at night:


TECNO CAMON 19 Pro: main module

The sensor opens up even better when shooting inmonochromatic light, when the light source itself operates in a narrow frequency range. For example, if red light is used in the frame, then the RGBW sensor uses both those points that are responsible for recognizing red and white points that respond to any light. Due to this, the resolution increases significantly, and with it the image quality.


TECNO CAMON 19 Pro: main module

The main module can offer not onlya non-standard layout of photodiodes, but also a resolution of 64 megapixels, a wide aperture (f / 1.6) and a dual stabilization system that combines both an optical stabilization mechanism and software shake compensation. A solid set for an inexpensive smartphone, but it is not limited to this.

The second 50 MP module will come in handy ifyou need something slightly closer or take a portrait. It has an equivalent focal length of only 50 mm, but the “zoom” itself is honest, optical (and not software, when a central segment is cut out of a large photo taken from afar, and then stretched into a full-fledged photo).


TECNO CAMON 19 Pro: zoom module

The aperture of this module is smaller than that of the main one.the module is f / 2.0, but the smartphone zooms normally, the photos are of high quality, although they differ slightly in color temperature. But this is understandable - different cameras are used for a photo from a place and a photo with an approximation.

The third module is technical, the smartphone needs it to determine the depth when shooting portrait photos and videos.


TECNO CAMON 19 Pro: front camera

The front camera has a resolution of 32 megapixels andpixel size 0.8 µm. Classic indicators for modern front cameras in inexpensive devices, so the result is appropriate. Not bad in everything, but it’s hardly suitable for shooting at night without lights nearby - for such tricks, buy smartphones for 70+ thousand rubles.



Capabilities in shooting video with TECNO CAMON 19 Prolimited to the maximum supported resolution of 2K. 4K was not added this time due to processor limitations, but the picture does not jump when shooting on the go, because there is optical stabilization and HDR support. True, optical stabilization only works when shooting in Full HD, and in 2K resolution it only works out its software counterpart.


Let me just explain to you what is usually sold at the price of this TECNO smartphone:

  • You will usually be offered a mobile phone with 50 megapixelsmain camera without optical stabilization. Often these cameras are united by the fact that they shoot ... lousy. The point, of course, is not in megapixels, but simply new sensors are put there, but very cheap ones, released specifically at the height of the shortage of semiconductors. There are also good 50 megapixel cameras, they are distinguished just by the opto-stab and the price of a smartphone from 35 thousand in the official retail of the Russian Federation.

  • Of processors, I bet you will tryendow Snapdragon 680 4G or sometimes MediaTek Helio G85/G88. You don't have to start to understand the characteristics of these processors, just be aware that they are 25-30% slower than the Helio G96.

  • How many smartphones do you know with f/1.6 optics in the main camera for the same price? But the lower the number after the fraction, the automatically better photos in the evening and at night.

  • Smartphones with optical stabilization in thisprice segment - generally rarities. And without it, you will have to hold your breath to take a photo in night mode (and even then the frame can be smeared), and you will be afraid to move while shooting a video, because the picture will jump at your slightest movement.

Optical stabilization in the smartphone camera is needed so that, even if everything is shaking, the video recording is not shaking

I'm not trying to squeeze out the conclusion "No one butus TECNO!”, it’s just that the recipe for a good smartphone has certain essential ingredients. And if it seems to you that “yes, nothing special”, just try to find another smartphone of the same price with the same characteristics.

And after all, in addition to the photo part and the processor, the restthe characteristics in CAMON 19 Pro are also not bummer: it charges from 0% to 100% in just 60 minutes (this is excellent for 5000 mAh), the frames around the display are really small, the display itself is bright and fast (120 Hz), RAM 8 GB ( sometimes 4 GB are sold at this price), but it can also be expanded programmatically (up to 5 GB)!


Before, I would say “Yes, there are plenty of competitors!”, but you have already seen what happened to the prices and how often the new smartphones of the usual Chinese vendors manage to be worse than the old ones. And there are no old ones either - they were prudently removed from the conveyor so that you could not get out.

It is unlikely that TECNO released CAMON 19 Pro specificallyto the needs and wishes of Russians, but I can’t think of a more appropriate and more versatile smartphone in all disciplines (camera, speed, screen) than this one. Take it, you won't regret it.