Tecno Camon 12 First Impressions: Clear Display, Triple Camera on Android Pie

The Camon 12 is one of the latest launches from Tecno Mobile in the Camon series, succeeding the Camon 11. We got a hold of the device and here are the Tecno Camon 12 first impressions. We shall do a full in-depth review of the phone where we shall talk more about the hardware and software and give a verdict.

Design and Display

The device comes with a 6.52-inches IPS HD+ display, with 720 x 1600 pixels resolution, and a 19.5:9 ratio. The screen is tall and will make it difficult to use one hand although Tecno compensates for that by including the one-hand mode. The phone weighs 169 grams which is very light and comes in the Dawn Blue, Dark Jade, and Sky Cyan colors.

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On top of the display, there’s a waterdrop notch that houses a 16MP front-facing camera with a double front-facing flash. And on the rear of the device; a 16MP Camera, 8MP Wide-angle camera and 2MP for depth sensing and micro shots. It also has a quad flash at the back. We shall do an in-depth test of the cameras in the full review.

Tecno Camon 12
The Front, Back and Sides of the Tecno Camon 12

The back of the phone has a gradient finish with a fingerprint scanner which is pretty fast at unlocking the phone. On the left-hand side of the phone, there is the SIM and Micro SD card tray which houses two nano SIMs and a Micro SD card – expandable to 256GB.

On the right-hand side, there is the volume rocker keys and power keys. At the bottom, there is the speaker, Micro USD port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microphone. On top of the device, there is nothing.


As earlier mentioned, the device has a triple camera set-up comprising of 16MP, 8MP, and 2MP lenses alongside a quad flash and shoots videos in 1080p@30fps

Some features of the main camera include Autofocus, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch focus, Face detection, White balance settings, ISO settings, Exposure compensation, Self-timer, and Scene mode.

Tecno Camon 12 back

The selfie camera is a 16MP single lens with FaceID, HDR, AI Beauty, and LED. It shoots videos in 720p@30fps and has a double flash.

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Processor, Storage, and OS

On the inside, the device is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 chip, 4GB of RAM and boasts of 64 GB of internal storage. It also has a 4000mAH battery to power the phone and runs Android 9.0 (Pie) based on HiOS v5.5.

Tecno Camon 12 comes pre-installed with some system apps like Settings, Camera, Play store among others and bloatware like Fruity Folic, Vskit, among others.

Tecno Camon 12: Key Specifications

  • Design: Premium Plastic, Scratch Resistant Glass, 2.5D Curved Glass
  • Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 6.52 inches, 102.6 cm2 (~81.6% screen-to-body ratio
  • Rear Camera: Tripple Camera set-up with 16 MP + 2 MP + 8 MP cameras
  • Front Camera: 16MP single camera.
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) HiOS v5.5
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB Internal Storage, microSD support up to 256GB
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), Micro USB 2.0, USB OTG, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, GSM / HSPA / LTE, Headphone jack.

What we liked

  • The big clear sharp display
  • The storage options
  • The cameras and flashes on the phone.
  • The 4000mAH battery

Price and Availability

TECNO Uganda and MTN Uganda entered into a partnership where customers get free internet data from MTN when they purchase on the selected TECNO models. Customers who purchase the Camon 12 from MTN stores and connect with MTN, will get a 100% bonus for every bundle they buy/activate in the first three months of using their MTN SIM card.

The phone can also be purchased from Jumia Uganda, Jumia Kenya, Jumia Nigeria and selected phone shops around the world. It costs in the region of UGX 700,000 (190 USD)

In summary, Tecno Camon 12 is the latest device from ther brand’s camera-centric Camon series of mobile phones. It is powered by the Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 CPU, has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, 6.52-inches IPS HD+ display.

And there you have it; our initial interaction with the Tecno Camon 12. Drop your thoughts, questions, or comments in the comments section below.

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