TECNO Camon 16 vs Camon 15: Should You Upgrade

Camon 16 Camon 15

Although the unveiling of the new TECNO Camon 16 at this time of the year comes as a surprise — the Camon 15 series was released only a couple of months ago — it is a welcome addition to the Camon series.

The TECNO Camon 16 comes in as a successor to the Camon 15, and although certain specifications are similar, there were significant upgrades in other areas.

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This article will show you the basic differences between the premium model of the Camon 15 series (Camon 15 Pro) and the new Camon 16 Premier, and it will help you decide whether an upgrade is worth it.

Let’s dive in. The TECNO Camon 16 vs Camon 15; what differentiate both devices?

Design and Display

Camon 16 vs Camon 15
Camon 16 Premier

I must admit I was confused when I saw the design of the new Camon 16. It comes with a 6.9-inch Full HD display — bigger than the 6.5-inch Full HD display you get on the Camon 15 Pro.

The display houses the punch-hole dual selfie cameras (48 MP main + 8 MP ultrawide). Unlike the Camon 15 Pro that has a ‘clean’ display (front camera uses a pop-up mechanism), the Camon 16’s camera cut-out eats some display real estate.

One major improvement to the display of the Camon 16, though, is the 90Hz refresh rate (the first of its kind on any TECNO smartphone).

Camon 16 Camon 15
Camon 15 Pro

Related Article: TECNO Camon 15 Pro vs Infinix NOTE 7: Battle of the Pros

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TECNO smartphones in the Camon series are known for outstanding camera performance. And as expected, the new Camon 16 Premier didn’t disappoint. It comes with significant upgrades from the Camon 15 Pro.

On the Camon 16 Premier, you have a square camera array, that houses a quad-camera setup. The setup comprises of a 64 MP Sony IMX686 sensor main camera, an 8 MP ultrawide-angle shooter, and two 2MP units for depth and night shots.

This is a step up from the quad-camera array of the Camon 15 Pro — 48 MP main camera, two 2 MP sensors, and a 5 MP camera.

For the front camera, the Camon 16 Premier comes with a punch-hole dual selfie camera (48 MP main + 8 MP ultrawide), while you get a single 32 MP pop-up camera on the Camon 15 Pro.


Although the cameras of the Camon 16 Pro is its most marketed feature, it’s processing power definitely deserves more highlight and accolades.

The device is powered by the Mediatek Helio G90T chipset, which is one of the best mid-range chipsets around. This is an upgrade when compared to the 2.35GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) processor on the Camon 15 Pro, this is a major upgrade.

The Mediatek Helio G90T is perfect for gaming, and with speeds up to 800MHz, you get super gaming experiences even with high CPU-intensive games like PUGB and Fortnite.

Also, it might interest you to know that the Mediatek Helio G90T is the first chipset to bring the latest 64MP quad-cell sensor cameras into smartphones. 

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Camon 16 vs Camon 15: Specs Comparison

 Camon 16 PremierCamon 15 Pro
Display6.9-Inch FHD hole-punch Display6.53-inch IPS LCD Display, 1080 x 2340 Pixels
Camera (rear)64MP Main + 8 Ultra Wide + 2MP Night Camera + @ MP Portrait sensor + Ultra Night Portrait Powered By TAIVOS™48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP Quad Camera
Camera (front)48MP Main Camera + 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera16MP Camera, Dual LED Flash, AI, AR (Pop-up)
Storage128GB ROM with Micro-SD card support128GB Built-in Storage, with Micro-SD Support
ChipsetMediatek MT6785 Helio G90TMediatek MT6765 Helio P35
OSHiOS based on Android 10Android 10.0; HIOS 6.0
Finger PrintYes, Side-mountedYes. Rear-mounted
USB TypeUSB Type-CUSB type-micro
Battery4500mAh with 33W Fast Charger4000 mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery

Upgrade or Stay Put?

If you are particular about improving the camera and photography experience on your smartphone, then you should upgrade to the new Camon 16 Premier, as major upgrades were made in the camera department. Also, the new upgrade to the processor and RAM (8GB) makes the Camon 15 Premier a perfect option for mobile gaming and intense multitasking.

The Camon 16 Premier will sell for $275 when it is finally released. This is a fair price for a smartphone for the feature if packs.


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