- Stylish design
- Good camera
- Decent battery
- IPS LCD panel
- Average performance
Tecno has gradually made a name for itself as a strong competitor in the affordable segment. The latest mid-range offering by the Transsion Holdings-backed brand is the Tecno Camon 19 Neo. The latest budget Android device by Tecno just arrived at Giznext for an in-depth review. It is priced at Rs. 14,999 for the single 6GB / 128GB model. Let’s try and figure out where the Tecno Camon 19 Neo stands in the face-off competition from its rivals.
What’s Inside The Box?
- Tecno Camon 19 Neo (main unit)
- 18W charger
- USB Type-C cable
- Soft transparent case
- User manual
The Tecno Camon 19 Neo’s key selling point is the geometric color-shifting frost pattern on the back. It comes in Dreamland Green, Ice Mirror, and Eco Black colors. We are using the Ice Mirror variant. It has a frosted appearance similar to glass and is made of polycarbonate. Smudges are therefore no longer a bigger issue. The phone feels comfortable to hold and it fits well in the hands.
On the back, it has two camera rings that house three sensors and an LED flash. The triple camera setup is situated uniquely with one lens serving as the housing for two sensors. On the front, it has a simple punch-hole that carries the selfie camera.
On the right side of the frame, the phone has the volume rocker and power button. The latter doubles up as the fingerprint scanner. On the bottom frame, the speaker and USB Type-C port are located. Also, the 3.5mm headphone jack survives with no sign of vanishing from the mid-range segment which is good.
Overall, it has a boxy design with flat edges that gives it a premium look. Be it outdoors or indoors, the light reflected on each of the indices brings out a unique look every time. With the Camon 19 Neo, Tecno definitely got the design elements right as it brings a notable improvement over the previous model. The design of the Camon 19 Pro looks elegant and beautiful.
The display of the Tecno Camon 19 Neo is an IPS LCD which is a bit disappointing to see on a mid-range device. Many popular devices from Samsung and Xiaomi provide AMOLED panels within the same budget range.
The large 6.8-inch display of Camon 19 Neo comes with FHD+ resolution which is a saving grace of the device. Although the display doesn’t get particularly bright in direct sunshine, the colors are vibrant.
The phone arrives with a thin protective film on the screen. It may not be as long-lasting as tempered glass, but does its job of keeping scratches at bay. Overall, the display is passable at best. However, it is nothing stellar to be the main selling point for the device.
The Tecno Camon 19 Neo is a decent performer. It comes equipped with the MediaTek Helio G85 processor. It’s a 12Nm processor built on an octa-core 2 2.0GHz Cortex-A55 design. It is not up to the mark when we compare it with the other phones in this category. However, it is a trade-off for the high-end design you receive at this price.
The phone is perfect for light usage like browsing social media or watching YouTube. In a moderate setup, the processor can also handle lightweight games and graphics-intensive games. But the typical user should not worry as the device does a great job at heat management. The RAM fusion option also helps the phone run smoothly.
In addition to the 6GB onboard RAM, you will be able to get an extra 5GB of memory from the ROM. This will take an effective RAM count to 11GB when necessary.
The phone further comes with the latest Android version so software is not going to be an issue. Like all other Tecno phones, you will be getting the HIOS 8.6 based on Android 12.
Given its price, the Tecno Camon 19 Neo’s camera is going to leave many amazed. The triple camera setup on the rear has a 48MP main sensor. The other two accompanying sensors are a 2MP depth sensor and a QVGA sensor.
The primary 48MP camera does a decent job. Images look bright and sharp in outdoor and well-lit environments. Although there is a built-in portrait mode, the edge detection is still subpar. It sometimes captures the edges brilliantly but occasionally falls short. Its back camera might be like the sensors of other mid-range devices. But its selfie camera sets the league high.
It has a 32MP front camera that makes it among the best mid-range phones for selfies. Images looked great from the front camera but lacked the wide-angle view. With dual LED flash on the front side, you won’t need to worry about finding an illuminated spot for night selfies. The camera fares well in dimly-lit conditions.
On the other hand, the videography is only available in 1080p at 3ofps. Although the sensor can push higher resolutions, it is constrained by the chipset.
Tecno Camon 19 Neo comes with NFC connectivity which is a feature we seldom see at this price. It comes with a 5,000mAh battery. On a single full charge, it can run for six to seven hours of continuous usage. Additionally, Tecno offers an 18W fast charger that can fully charge the gadget in just over an hour.
Tecno Camon 19 Neo Review: Final Verdict
No doubt, it is an impressive smartphone in its own class. The phone has a few things going for it, such as a set of decent cameras, a stylish design, and satisfactory battery life with respect to its price tag. However, there is also some room for improvement in performance wise. All in all, this is a good value-for-money device that you should consider buying.