The Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review has just been launched and we got the opportunity to test them out.
So in this video, I’ll share with you my honest thoughts about the Tecno Camon 19 Pro and Camon 19 Pro 5G. And what you should know about these devices before buying.
We will discuss the design overview, display quality, specification and performance, battery performance charging overview, camera quality, unlocking and security and finally the price and decision.
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So without wasting any more time let’s dive into it. (Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review)
Design Overview (Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review)
Starting with the exterior of this device, I think that the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G’s design is simple and elegant. You don’t get an overly extravagant design. Still, even in the simplicity, the gradient colour manipulation and the dotted star-like design at the back of the device is a charming touch to the Camon 19 Pro 5G. I guess that’s why it won an award.
The Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G comes in two colours, Eco Black, the colour we got it in and Cedar Green. I like how Tecno is looking to cater to different audiences with the two design styles. (Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review)
Now suppose you are getting the Cedar Green colour. In that case, you’ll be getting a device that combines leather and glass-like material to give a very premium and unique feel and look to the device.
For the regular 19 Pro, apart from the Eco black, you get a polar Blue option. However with the Eco black device, however, you’ll be keeping it a little more straightforward with the shining gradient on the back of the device. As for the build quality, this is neither glass nor leather. It feels more high-grade plastic all-around the device. This doesn’t mean that the device feels cheap, though.
I think Tecno did an excellent job making sure that this device feels that premium in the hands. It is also worth mentioning that the back is also finger-smear-resistant, so you do not have to worry about that.
A couple of other subtle and not-so-subtle things caught my eye with the design of this device. For example, the earpiece at the top has its cut-out in a unique style. While we have two huge circles housing the camera system on this device, I like how they decided to use one stone to kill two birds here, instead of having three different circles for each camera. Tecno kept things simple with just two circles, with the lower circle containing two lenses… pretty cool stuff. (Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review)
Display Quality (Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review)
Moving to the display, I’ll start by saying that this display is pretty decent with what it offers, both in specs and usage. However, the issue here is when compared to what other devices in this category and price range have done with their displays this year, it falls pretty short. (Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review)
For the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G, the first and most significant drawback is that this device has an LCD screen, not AMOLED. I mean, Tecno Camon 18 Premier had an AMOLED display, but this, which is the 19 is supposed to be an upgrade, doesn’t have an AMOLED display. While it tries to catch up with the other specs, this feature still feels like a pretty big loss. I put both of them side by side and the AMOLED clearly had deeper blacks but that doesn’t affect this new device too much if they’re not sided by side.
That aside, you get a 120-hertz refresh rate display with a resolution of 1080 by 2460. Now, suppose you are keen on having as much real estate as possible on your screen for gaming and viewing content; in that case, you will love the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G.
The screen is a large 6.8-inch display, but there’s more. Tecno claims that the bezels on these devices are less than 1 millimetre think, making the Camon 19 Pro 5G almost bezel-less. While I do not have the tools to accurately measure the size of the bezels, you can see just how slim these bezels are by looking at them. This will undoubtedly make usage even more interesting on this device. One thing that could have really killed it for this display would have been an in-display selfie camera.
It also has a slight chin at the bottom of the display, which is not intrusive. Streaming YouTube content at the highest available quality, at 1440p, was a good and sharp experience. I don’t have any issue with how it displays. The slim bezels play their own part in keeping the experience enjoyable. However, the sharpness and colour pop that comes with an AMOLED display were two things I really missed on this device’s performance. (Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review)
Specification and Performance
The Camon 19 Pro 5G’s performance is another section that played it a little too safe. There is not much done to blow a power user’s mind. However, it is not a poorly-performing device either.
The Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G is powered by the Media Tek Dimensity 810 chip. If you decide to get the 4G version of the device (Tecno Camon 19 Pro), here is where they differ. The regular Camon 19 Pro by a Mediatek Helio G96 chipset.
These are impressive processors that offer everything you need for everyday usage. You also get 8gigs of RAM that can be expanded up to 13 gigabytes using memory fusion. As for storage, you can choose between 128 gigabytes or the 256-gigabyte configuration.
As for the operating system, this device runs on Google’s latest Andriod 12 and Tecno’s HIOS 8.6. These come with a couple of optimisations that make usage of the device smoother and more enjoyable.
Considering everything this device packs on paper, I had high hopes for how it would perform. Sadly, it didn’t fully live up to my expectations. The experience with using this device to play games like Call of Duty and PUBG was not as smooth as I would have loved. Despite the 120hz refresh rate of the device, I found Call of Duty, in particular, dropping a few frames after some minutes of gaming. Although it doesn’t go higher than medium graphics, it does use the highest frame rate.
Overall, however, I think that the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G will be a suitable device for users who are very casual gamers and everyday users. With the RAM size going as high as 13GBs, you should still be fine using the Camon 19 Pro 5G for certain levels of multitasking without experiencing any lag.
As for long-term usage, there is yet to be any confirmation regarding how many years of android updates this device will get. Still, in the few days, I used the device, I was relatively satisfied with what it offered. Oh and the Tecno Camon 19 Pro also has NFC which is cool for contact payments and the internet of things. Maybe when 5G comes to Nigeria/other African countries, we’ll start paying for things through taps, this phone will come in handy.
Battery Performance (Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review)
The Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G’s massive 5000mAh battery is pretty big, especially compared to the other devices that have come out this year. Numbers aside, I have to say that I was really impressed with how the Camon 19 Pro 5G battery performed.
This is another category that I think Techno did an excellent job with. Techno designed this for those who always comment about wanting a device with a big battery. While battery performance can depend heavily on how you use your device, I think you will be fine for an entire day on a full charge with the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G review.
As for charging, Tecno has also kept things simple here. You get a 33-Watt fast charge in the box with this device. According to Tecno, this device should take about 65 minutes to go from 0 to 100%.
Well, we did our tests here in the studio, and after the first ten minutes of charging, the device went from 0 to 20%. After 20 minutes, the device got to 31%. It was just over half at 55% with 30 minutes of charging. After a long wait, the device finally got full after just over 1 hour of charging.
As a result of how almost illegally fast devices have started charging these days, it might feel like this is just too long for a device to charge. But considering the size of the battery and how well it performs, I think it is a good bargain.
Camera Quality Overview
Regarding the cameras on the Camon 19 Pro and the Pro 5G, you get this 2ring-shaped triple-camera layout just as we mentioned. In a weird twist of events, Tecno gives you a 16MP selfie camera on the Pro 5G and a 32MP Camera on the 19 Pro, both capable of shooting portrait shots. They both have a 64MP lens on the back with additional cameras like 2MP one to help with depth in portrait or bokeh shots, and the other for super Macro Shots where you’re up close to the subject on the Pro 5G.
While on the Pro, the rear camera is 64MP on the main side and 50MP Telephoto and 2MP Depth.
In the UI, the 5G version uses digital zoom and tops out at 10x while the Non-5G version switches to a different camera for zoom and you can go the way to 30x zoom. The flash here switches to a different camera for zoom and you can go all the way to 30x zoom. The flash here is also quite bright and it even leaks light at the edges which can look cool in the dark.
I noticed something with the selfie shots on the Camon 19 Pro 5G. When I took pictures outside in very bright sunlight, I would see some redness or over-saturation. Also, I noticed this with the portrait shots although it did its job in this aspect of blurring the background.
In low sunlight, however, they sort of resort to looking like the signature shots. Quite sharpened but not with much saturation.
I thought the rear cameras did an excellent job with a blend of sharpness and colour. It had more exposure in some instances, and in some cases, colours were relatively balanced.
I took a few shots in good lighting, though, and these shots came out great in the rear camera. Something else I noticed with the rear camera side is that you don’t get ultrawide mode in any of them. Of course, that would be 4 Cameras and might cost more. So you only get a standard wide mode that produces this 1x image. You can zoom further to 2x 5x and even 10x if you want (Camon 19 Pro 5G) or 30x if you are using the non-Pro 5G.
The video below has more information on the camera specs so kindly watch it till the end.
Speaking of tweaks now, if you want the best video or photo selfie quality, make sure you press and hold on to the screen. Then drag it down to lower the exposure before you capture. Otherwise, you’ll have overexposed images. This also works with the rear camera.
And speaking of the rear camera. The video quality also serves well with punchy colours and does a decent job handling foreground and background elements. You can actually record video in 2k resolution which is like half of the 4k quality for lack of a better explanation.
You also have access to stabilised shots which you can only record in 1080p.
Unlocking & Security
As for security, there is nothing new to see here. The standard password, pin, pattern, fingerprint, and face unlock. The fingerprint scanner and face unlock really impressed me on this device. The fingerprint scanner is located on the power button and the responsiveness is pretty amazing.
I also like that you do not have to press the button to unlock. Merely touching it will open the device in less than a second, even if the screen is off.
As for face unlock, it looks like Tecno took some time to give the face unlock feature a good upgrade. I tried to use the face unlock feature as many times as possible, and it did not fail. Setting it up was relatively easy and I was pleased with how it performed every time I used it. Top marks on that one.
Pricing and Decision
So, how much is this device available for? Well, as we said, there are two versions of the Tecno Camon 19 Pro. One with 5G, and another without, and they cost different prices. Tecno was gracious enough to send us both versions. The regular Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G prices in Nigeria are as follows;
Tecno Camon Pro 5G Price in Nigeria
|Camon 19 Pro 5G||198,500||256GB +8GB|
|Camon 19 Pro||166,000||256GB +8GB|
|Camon 19||125,000||128GB +6GB|
Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G Review [Complete-Video]
So do you think it’s worth paying that much more for 5G and the minor features? Comment with your thoughts below.
In the end, we can conclude that this device is set up to be the best budget device that feels premium to an average user. I think it’s a decent array of features on the inside and outside for the price. Do leave a comment and share this if you found this Tecno Camon Pro 5G Review article useful.
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