The Tecno Camon 15 is the only Tecno smartphone so far with a Dot In Display camera and a Front LED flashlight. If you remember the Tecno Camon 12 Air had a Dot In Display Camera but it didn’t have any front flash LED. It utilized a software solution where the screen turned white instead.
The other outstanding feature about the Tecno Camon 15 is the fact that it has a 48MP rear camera. There are 3 other cameras and a quad flash set up that I will talk about below.
The front camera is actually inside the screen hence the phrase Dot In Screen. This front 16MP camera also takes quite good pictures as you will see later on in the Tecno Camon 15 camera review.
Battery And Charging
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.
While I’m staying at home, I am averaging around 4 days using the Tecno Camon 15. Most of the time is spent on YouTube, Twitter and playing silly games. This is while I’m using WiFi.
When I switch on SIM data, average use time can be slightly over 2 days. The screen consumes most of the battery juice just like every other smartphone in the market. What about charging? It takes an average of over 2 hours to fill the 5000mAh battery using the provided 2.0A charger.
RAM And Storage
With 4GB RAM and a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, app loading times is instantaneous. Game play input lag is also very much non existent. Good luck filling the 64 GB internal storage. The 48MP lens does take pictures that can use as much as 10MB’s of space. But don’t worry, there is an external SD card expansion slot.
Expectations were high that the Tecno Camon 15 would have a Full HD screen. It does not. The screen resolution Tecno has given us is a 720 X 1600 in a 6.6 Inch screen.
The screen shows nice natural colours when it comes to watching videos. The high brightness also makes such videos visible in outside sunny conditions. What about the Front camera? The self adaptation feature on display settings also helps to hide the Dot In Screen camera for those us who notice it.
Is the 720 X 1600 resolution bad? No, but it should have been a Full HD screen because this smartphone has a 48MP lens that can take very detailed images. In order to get a glimpse of how magnificent these images are, you would have to import the image into a Full HD screen. A laptop or perhaps a television screen.
The 4 LED lights next to the 4 cameras are a good addition to the Camon 15. In low light situations, the light they produce illuminates subjects very well for quality photos and videos. As a flashlight the light can bring day to a very dark situation.
My suggestion however would be a setting that allows the light output to be varied. lighting the LED’s one at a time will produce varying amounts of light that can be used appropriately.
To prevent the flashlight not working because of the battery capacity being low, only one flashlight could be lit.
The Tecno Camon 12 and Tecno Camon 15 have exactly the same Android operation system as well as functions and one of these function is the smart panel.
A good number of functions can be achieved with the smart panel. If you find it difficult to take screenshots from the drop down menu because of your tiny hands, then the smart panel is here to rescue you. The smart panel can take a screenshot very fast and very easy.
The best way to use the smart panel is not to launch an app directly but to do a specific task related to the application. For example the smart panel can be configured to do the following
- Compose a tweet in twitter
- Open front camera for a selfie
- Create contact
- Compose an email
- Shooting TikTok
- Send message to a specific contact
- Open chrome incognito mode
- Go to YouTube trending
So by using the smart panel the user saves time as well as data. The smart panel location can be easily set in the settings. Turning it off can also be achieved.
The following screen recording video will give you a glimpse of the Tecno Camon 15 user interface.
Additional Camera Review
In the coming future I will be doing a full camera review of the Tecno Camon 15. I feel that there is so much going on in the camera application. I cannot be explain all that in a couple of paragraphs in this Tecno Camon 15 review article. So stay tuned and follow me in social media for more updates.
I wish the screen was Full HD.