Price: Ksh. 12,999
The TECNO Camon C5 is one of the most popular smartphones in Kenya right now (August 2015).
It is common for buyers to be super excited about TECNO Mobile’s new offerings since the vendor holds a significant chunk of the Kenyan budget smartphone market.
The Camon C5 leaked a couple of weeks before it launched and this inflated our expectations about the smartphone. Unfortunately, some of that leaked info about the specifications of the smartphone was rather inaccurate.
The TECNO Camon C5 is, however, here and this is what the smartphone has to offer.
Display Size: 5.0 inches
Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive
Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
Screen Resolution Density: 294 ppi
Screen Protection: None
The TECNO Camon C5 features a 5-inch 720p HD LCD display. There is nothing fancy about this since the display profile is exactly what you get on its older sibling, the Boom J7.
A 1080p Full HD display would have been awesome, but I guess that was not an option since the Camon C5 is a budget smartphone.
Frame Dimensions: 137.5 x 69.3x 8.6 mm
Color: Midnight Black, Dark Blue, Amber Gold, Oyster White
The TECNO Camon C5 features a generic candy bar design and nothing in particular makes the smartphone to stand out from the crowd.
I say this from the perspective of the Boom J7, which is by all standards a gorgeous smartphone. What could maybe raise your attention is the LED Flash that is strategically placed besides the front facing camera.
The idea of a front-facing LED flash is still rather new but the concept has been catching up and recently made a debut on a Samsung smartphone through the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, two awesome smartphones that are now available in Kenya.
Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
CPU: 1.3GHz Quad-core
RAM: 1 GB
Internal Memory: 8 GB
Micro SD: Yes, up to 128 GB
The TECNO Camon C5 boasts of a 1.3GHz Quad-core CPU and 1 GB RAM. This is again exactly what you find on the Boom J7.
What is, however, the distinguishing feature of the Camon C5 is that it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The TECNO Camon C5 is the first smartphone to run the latest available version of the Android Operating system and this is kind of a big deal.
Image Courtesy of TechArena
Also, the smartphone is 4G enabled, meaning that it can access the super-fast 4G connectivity that Safaricom offers. The TECNO Camon C5 is now among the cheapest 4G smartphones available in Kenya.
Apart from that you get some 8 GB for your files, as well as a Micro SD slot that can take in up to 128 GB of Micro SD memory.
Rear Camera: 8 MP
Secondary Camera: 2 MP
LED Flash: Yes (Front and Back)
The camera TECNO Camon C5 camera profile is the highlight feature of the device. Personally, I thought it was all about the 4G connectivity, but a source inside TECNO Kenya emailed me and even forwarded some of the images captured by the device.
The TECNO Camon C5 features an 8 MP Rear Snapper and a 2 MP front facing selfies. Both the two cameras come with an LED flash, a first from TECNO.
It was at first hard to understand how at this age, you could market an 8MP smartphone as a camera phone. However, once i delved into the details (you should too) and learned more about its camera hardware that I realized that TECNO has the creds to justify the sophistication of the Camon C5 camera.
Check out a couple of TECNO Camon C5 sample images.
Battery and Extras
Battery Capacity: Li-Ion 2500mAh
The TECNO Camon C5 is a 4G Smartphone and this means that it should have a powerful battery with a stamina to keep the lights on for long.
Its Li-Ion 2500mAh battery doesn’t disappoint.
TECNO probably used some of the residual components of the Boom J7 on the Camon C5. The Camon C5 is basically the Boom J7 with a few but very important refinements here and there.
The refinements include that the Camon C5 run Android 5.0 Lollipop, has a refined camera and is 4G ready. The 4G part to me is the most attractive part of the entire package.
I am of the opinion that those who care very much about high quality digital photography are less likely to rely on a TECNO smartphone to provide that.
The TECNO Camon C5 provides everything that the Kenyan budget smartphone requires and at the right price will perform extremely well in Kenya.
Why you should buy the TECNO Camon C5
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Awesome Camera Profile
Cons of the TECNO Camon C5
Rivals of the TECNO Camon C5
Price in Kenya
The TECNO Camon C5 has a suggested retail price of Ksh. 12,999 in Kenya.
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