Tecno Camon 12 Air review

Expert Rating
3.5/5
Design
★★★★★
★★★★★
Display
★★★★★
★★★★★
Software
★★★★★
★★★★★
Camera
★★★★★
★★★★★
Performance
★★★★★
★★★★★
Battery
★★★★★
★★★★★
Pros
  • Snappy fingerprint sensor
  • Punch-hole display
  • Capable 16MP camera
Cons
  • No USB Type-C port for charging
  • Fails to impress in the performance department

“Our take on Tecno’s latest smartphone – the Camon 12 Air”


It’s difficult to talk about Tecno’s latest smartphone, the Camon 12 Air without drawing parallels to Redmi’s latest contender in the same segment, namely the Redmi 8. You see, Xiaomi has become somewhat of a household name in India and the company’s budget and affordable offerings are to an extent, a no-brainer for Indian buyers. Correspondingly, Tecno’s Camon 12 Air must pull a rabbit out of the hat to sway buyers to its doorsteps. To see if the device has what it takes to take on the big guns, I put my SIM in it and after a week of testing, here’s what I make of it. 

                            

Verdict

Tecno’s Camon 12 Air is without a shadow of the doubt, a good smartphone. However to oust Redmi, it needed to do better. While the device offers a one-of-a-kind display in its segment, it fails to impress in the performance department.

Furthermore, unlike Redmi’s latest budget offerings, the Camon 12 Air features a micro-USB port and ships with an inferior 4,000mAh battery too. Then there’s the price, and for Rs 9,999, it’s 1K more expensive than the Redmi 8. Correspondingly, while the Tecno Camon 12 Air is a great attempt by the company, it doesn’t deserve a recommendation over the Redmi 8.

Editor’s rating: 3.5 / 5

Pros:

  • Snappy fingerprint sensor
  • Punch-hole display
  • Capable 16MP rear camera

Cons:

  • No USB Type-C port for charging
  • Fails to impress in the performance department
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