However, it is not a straight upgrade over the Tecno Camon 16. For starters, it has a smaller 6.6” screen, down from 6.8” in Tecno 16. It’s still a 720p+ class display (though with 20:9 aspect ratio). The selfie camera (still living in a punch hole) has an 8MP sensor (down from 16MP).
Compared to the previous generation, an Helio G85, it has a slightly more powerful chipset. As do the six A55 CPU cores the Mali G52 MC2 GPU runs at a higher clock speed, while the two A75 cores are the same. You get the same 4 GB of RAM, but double the storage is doubled to 128 GB. Also, this one comes with Android 11 and HiOS 7.6 out of the box.
Moving on, the camera on the back now stars a 16MP ultra wide-angle module. Even the Camon 16 Pro and 16 Premier had only an 8MP ultra-wide (the vanilla 16 had none). However, the main camera is demoted to a 48MP sensor (down from 64MP on the 16-series). A 2MP helper module rounds off the trio.
The new model has a 5,000mAh battery, the same as before, and we’re not seeing any mentions of fast charging. Like its siblings, this is a dual-SIM phone with 4G LTE connectivity.
It will cost KES 22,800 ($210/€175) and if you want one, you can pre-order a unit with a KES 2,000 down payment. For comparison, the Camon 16 is KES 19,400, the 16 Pro is KES 20,500 and the 16 Premier is noticeably more expensive at KES 27,800.