Tecno Camon 12 Air Smartphone

Tecno Camon 12 Air Is Cheaper And More Stylish


The Tecno Camon 12 Air has the most stylish front camera of all the variants in the Camon 12 series. This is because the front camera is actually inside the screen hence the phrase Dot In Screen. This front 8MP camera also takes quite good pictures as you will see later on in this article.

Dot in screen display on the Tecno Camon 12 Air smartphone

If you want even more good news then here it is. The Camon 12 Air is also the cheapest of the Camon 12 variants. In Kenya the Camon 12 Air goes for Ksh13,499/- (USD134). Compare that these two Camon 12 Variants;

  • Tecno Camon 12 64GB ROM+ 4GB RAM goes for 15,499/-
  • Tecno Camon 12 Pro 64GB ROM + 6GB RAM goes for 19,499/-


During my first few hours using the Camon 12 Air, I couldn’t help but notice a few things. The first thing I noticed is how exactly the same the user interface is to the Camon 12. The differences are very few and in between and I will explain as you read.

The second thing I noticed is how my brain adjusted by blocking out the camera dot. Of course the magazine screen lock helps but I found out that I noticed the front camera when I was thinking about it.

Dot in screen camera on the Tecno Camon 12 Air

Your eyes can see your nose but your brain usually blocks that signal. By mentioning your nose, you the reader have started thinking about your nose. The same thing applies to my previous paragraph.

Battery, Charging & Overheating

While playing racing games with rapidly changing graphics I could notice some slight warming at the back of the Camon 12. Playing trivia games like fruit frolic that came with the phone yielded no warming at all.

I was averaging a use time of about 15 hours. The screen consumes most of the battery juice just like every other smartphone in the market. What about charging? It takes an average of 3 hours to fill the 4000mAh battery using the provided 2.0A charger.


Ten=cno Camon 12 Triple camera set up at the back with the Quad Flash at the bottom.
2MP, 16MP & 5MP lens in order from the top

The Triple camera set up at the back of the Camon 12 Air comprises of 2MP, 16MP and 5MP cameras in order. The fourth round ring is the quad flash. The main 16MP lens is the default lens and it is used for taking both photos and videos at 1X resolution unless the user selects otherwise.

The 5MP lens is for macro as well as wide photography. while the remaining 2MP is a brightness sensor. Take a look at the following pictures. The first one is taken using the 16MP lens at 1X. Make a note of the dent of the leaf.

This second photo is taken using the 5MP macro lens. There are a lot of details in the leaf whereby the veins are more clearer than the previous image. The dent is much bigger and its veins are more visible too.

Here is a short video of photos and video clips shot using the Tecno Camon 12 Air. To get a better understanding of how these cameras work then I recommend you read my Tecno Camon 12 Camera Review.

It is worth mentioning that when used as a flashlight, the quad flash has 2 modes. The light gets brighter with another tap of the flashlight icon. The third tap switches off the flashlight. This mode however does not work when taking photos and videos, the brightest setting is selected.

Front Flash

One of the major difference between the Camon 12 and Camon 12 Air is the front flash. The Camon 12 has a double air gap flash while the Camon 12 Air has an in-screen brightness front flash. The only way to explain this is by using the following 6 second video on my twitter feed.


Because of this feature, front camera videos in darkness are not possible.


There are very little differences between the Camon 12 and Camon 12 Air. Both devices can take very good macro photos and both devices enjoy exactly the same Android operating system.

The big differences comes to the RAM and Storage values as well as the processor speed. If you the user do not mind this then it means that you can enjoy the Camon 12 benefits and features at a low price. I highly recommend this smartphone.