The TECNO Camon 11 Pro no doubt has proven to be one of the best designs TECNO has come up with in a while and you definitely would fall in love with it at first sight. Though most might not see it as a major upgrade while compared to the predecessor in the Camon series (the Camon X), it sure does have features that would get your head turning in its direction.
Before we head right into the review of this Camon 11 Pro, you might want to find out what comes in the box with this device. On opening the box, you are greeted with the basic smartphone accessories listed below.
- A Light screen protector
- A case
- Sim ejector tool
- Paper works and warranty
- Wall to USB charge
- Micro USB 2.0 cable (for data and charging)
- Redesigned TECNO earphones.
Here’s an unboxing video where we unboxed the TECNO Camon 11 Pro below.
Now that is out of the way, if you prefer to watch a video review, simply scroll to the bottom of this page to see it, otherwise, continue and let’s get the review started.
As far as design is concerned, the TECNO Camon 11 Pro has a thing going for it. It is finely designed and to say for a fact, it redefined design for the TECNO Camon series. This device is relatively thin, light weighted and most amazingly, has that gloss back (which obviously is a fingerprint magnet).
The only flaw I see in the design of the Camon 11 is the large bezel on the display. As can be seen, there’s a notch (this is TECNO’s first attempt at adding a notch to their device), and the reason devices have notches is to get the most screen they can to the front of the device. Having those large bezels is quite counterintuitive if you need to know my opinion on that. Otherwise, you have a nicely designed smartphone here.
The display on the other hand which automatically qualifies this device to be called a phablet (6.2-inch display), sadly, is another thing most of us are already complaining about. I mean, why the downgrade to an HD+ display from the full HD we got on the Camon X device. One thing this would help in though would be getting the users better battery life.
The camera which is supposed to be the strength of this series of smartphones from TECNO proved to leave up to the hype, at least to a large extent.
I ran a couple of tests as can be seen in the review video below and finally came to a conclusion. After taking several photos with several devices, the Camon 11 Pro inclusive, most people I showed these photos tended to pick photos from this TECNO smartphone (the iPhone X, iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8+ were all part of the test).
The one thing it had going for it was an oversharpened and color saturated image. In as much as that isn’t my preference when it comes to taking photos with a smartphone, I came to realize most day-to-day smartphone users thought it was better and preferred its photos. Chances are, you’d love the photos from this smartphone.
The one thing that was a total miss on the cameras was the Bokeh mode (or portrait mode). That thing literally had several misses, it would likely give you photos that had the edge of subjects blurred out most often than not. I think I’d stay out of that feature from this device if I’d want to get the TECNO Camon 11 Pro.
Performance on the Camon 11 Pro is quite amazing. After running Antutu benchmark on this device, we came with a decent score of 79253. Note that the Camon 11 Pro comes in with 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM and runs on an MTK Helio P22 processor clocked at 2.0GHz. I tried running the Geekbench app on this device, but that wasn’t successful. Had to restore the device to factory settings, yet I couldn’t get that app to run the test. I guess that was a problem from my unit though.
Ran a couple games like Asphalt, PUBG, Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2 and it could handle these games just fine. I even had to do a RAM management test between this device and the Infinix Note 5 Stylus (a 4GB RAM device) and we had better results with the TECNO Camon 11 Pro.
It’s worth knowing that you have Android 8.1 Oreo with TECNO’s HiOS 4.1 running herein. In my opinion, HiOS isn’t an Android “skin thingy” I love. I tried sticking to it, but it was terrible. I’d advise you throw in a launcher to enjoy this device. Do let me know in the comments if you are able to cope with HiOS if you are a TECNO mobile phone user.
If there’s yet another thing you’d get to be nice about this phone asides the design, I think I’d say it’s the battery. Basically, the fact that you have an HD+ display instead of a full HD transcends to a decent battery life of the 375mAH packed in this device.
The one unique feature you can find on this device is the introduction of the notch. Though it doesn’t work well with a couple of apps as it stands in the way, you can simply turn it off (or rather turn on black bars at the top) from the settings.
You also get Face Unlock and fingerprint unlock for security options on this device.
TECNO Camon 11 Pro Price
The TECNO Camon 11 Pro retails for N76000 which is equivalent to $210. Now for me, if I hadn’t known the price, I’d have valued it at about $180 (anywhere from N65,000 to N70,000).
Conclusively, the TECNO Camon 11 Pro is a nicely designed device, though we are talking plastic here. It isn’t worth an upgrade from the predecessor if the design isn’t something to hold so dearly to yourself. But if you love to roll with the new stuff, and have some extra cash to spend just for the looks or you are looking at getting a Camon device for the first time and running on a budget, you might want to consider the Camon 11 Pro.
Camon 11 Pro Review Video
Do let me know what you think of the Camon 11 Pro in the comment section below.