The Tecno Camon 17 series is the recent phone in the Camon lineup released in late April 2021. This smartphone got a lot of rumors and anticipation before it was officially released.
The three phones in this series look almost completely identical. The same color, camera bump, materials, and the list goes on and on. This makes you wonder if there are any differences in any of these phones and what the extra dollars on each phone get you. Just a little reminder here, the Camon 17 has the lowest price, then the Camon 17P, and obviously, the Camon 17 Pro costs you more.
This article talks about the Tecno Camon 17, Camon 17P, and Camon 17 Pro, and specifically what the difference actually are to constitute such a price difference.
So we will deep dive into the similarities and differences between these devices to help you decide which is actually the better buy. We talk about this because it is always about which one gives you the most specs for the lowest price in the world of mid-range phones.
Like I said earlier, the phone looks identical, and on the back, they are both the same material, same color, and there are three different colors for each of them. I will be willing to back that; if you are holding just one of these and the other one is in another room, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell which one you are actually holding.
But you can actually tell if you are holding them side by side, but the difference is not that much. The Camon 17 is 6.6 inches in size, while the Camon 17P and Camon 17 Pro are 6.8 inches and 6.82 inches, respectively. But to me, that’s not a big difference, and anyone that cares about phone sizes can go for any of these three.
So if you are buying the Camon 17P or 17 Pro, it is not like you are paying for a huge size improvement.
The display aspect of these phones is where you can start to tell the difference. The previous lineup of the Camon series (Camon 16 Series) comes with 720 x 1600 pixels which I really don’t like about the Tecno Camon 16. The same goes for the Camon 17, but if you want more resolution, you should consider buying either the Camon 17P or the Camon 17 Pro.
These other two phones come with a 1080p resolution, which I consider a mid-range phone list in 2021. You might probably be wondering why resolution matters. The thing is, pictures become clearer and detailed than the 720p resolution.
Another aspect of the display you need to check out is the refresh rate. The Camon 17 and 17 Pro comes with a 90Hz refresh rate. I keep wondering why Tecno didn’t include a 90Hz refresh rate in the Camon 17P. You are paying more to buy the Camon 17P, so why is there no 90Hz refresh rate.
Having a more refresh rate is good because the display looks smooth and feels fast, especially when watching movies and playing games. If you want a good display, you should go for the Camon 17 Pro if your budget permits.
In the performance aspect, there is no much difference. Because the three phones all come with the MediaTek Helio G85 processor, a high-speed and gaming processor. The Tecno Camon 17 Pro performs a little bit well than the rest. It comes with a Mali-G72 GPU instead of the Mali-G52 in the other two. These make the gaming experience better with the 17 Pro.
In terms of memory, you’ve got an option of 4GB or 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage in the Camon 17, 6GB RAM, and 128GB in Camon 17P and 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage in The Camon 17 Pro.
You have the same memory options in the Camon 17 and Camon 17P, but if you want a bigger and better memory option, the Tecno Camon 17 Pro gets you that.
The number of cameras a phone has is one of the features most people first check. And that is justifiable since the only camera many of us own is our smartphone. The cameras in the Tecno Camon 17 series are amazing. The Camon 17 and 17P feature a triple camera setup, while the Camon 17 Pro has four cameras.
Actually, I won’t buy any of Tecno phones because of more cameras because most of their cameras are not on the mainboard. For example, the Camon 16 of last year comes with four cameras, but there is only one camera on the phone’s mainboard. They do this just for marketing purposes so that they can say a phone has more cameras. So, you should know you are getting only the primary camera.
The Camon 17 features three cameras with 48MP as the main camera, 2MP depth, and the third camera is unknown. The Camon 17P features a Quad-camera set-up, including a 64MP primary camera, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor, while the fourth camera is unknown. And lastly, the Camon 17 Pro features a quad-camera set-up with 64MP sensors on the main camera, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, and 2MP monochrome.
As for the selfie cameras, the 17 and 17P version comes with a 16MP sensor while the Pro variant features a 48MP sensor, which is a huge upgrade.
Again, your focus should be the main camera. So, the Camon 17P and 17 Pro come with a better camera feature. The Pro version gets you an extra ultrawide camera. So for those that love using ultrawide cameras, then your choice should be the Pro version. For me, I won’t go for the Pro because of the extra ultrawide camera because it’s not that great.
The battery life is vital; that is why we wrote a list of the best battery life phone. There are so many things around your phone having a good battery life. The battery life of the Tecno Camon 17 series is perfect. All three phones come with a 5000mAh battery.
But where you can actually see the difference is the charging rate. The Camon 17 and 17P both come with an 18W fast charger, but the 17 Pro comes with 25W fast charging, which obviously will make the phone charge faster.
The Tecno Camon 17 series has a set of great phones that provides money for value. But for me, I would either go for the Camon 17 or 17 Pro and skip the 17P. Not that the 17P is not a great phone, but it is like a hit and miss. You can see it comes with some upgraded features of the Camon 17, and some of the other features are downgraded. On top of that, you will pay an extra $50 for the Camon 17.
Which of these phones do you think is better? I’d love to know your own opinions in the comment below.
Tecno Camon 17
Tecno Camon 17P
Tecno Camon 17 Pro
|Brand||Tecno Tecno Tecno|
|Category||mobile phones mobile phones mobile phones|
|Brand||Tecno Tecno Tecno|
|Models All available models and/or other names||CG6J CG8 CG6J|
|Announced||April 27,2021 April 27, 2021 April 27, 2021|
|Released||May 07, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 7, 2021|
|Status||Availalble Available Available|
|Dimension||164.5 x 76.5 x 8.95 mm 168.67 x 76.44 x 8.82 mm 168.89 x 76.98 x 8.95 mm|
|Weight||- - -|
|Make <b>Make</b> => refers to the built quality, including the materials used to make the back, front and frame of this device.||Glass Front, Plastic Back Glass Front, Plastic back, plastic frame Glass Front, Plastic frame, plastic back|
|Colours||Frost Sliver, Tranquil Green, Deep sea Frost Sliver, Magnet Black, Spruce Green Malibu blue, Silvery Californian dream|
|Display Type <strong>Display Type => </strong>A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED).||IPS LCD IPS LCD, 500nits (typ) IPS LCD, 500 nits (typ), 180Hz touch sampling|
|Size||6.6 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~84.9% screen-to-body ratio) 6.8 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~82.7% screen-to-body ratio) 6.82-inches, 102.0 cm2 (~84.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1600 pixels 1080 x2460 pixels 1080 x 2460 pixels|
|Refresh Rate||90Hz refresh rate - 90Hz refresh rate|
|Pixel Density <strong>Pixel Density</strong> is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.||~395ppi Pixel density ~395 ppi density ~405 ppi density|
|Aspect Ratio||20:9 aspect ratio 20:9 aspect ratio 20:9 aspect ratio|
|Touch Screen <strong>Touchscreen => </strong> is of two types; Resistive and Capacitive touchscreen. Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive touchscreen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)||Yes, capacitive touchscreen Yes, capacitive touchscreen YEs, capacitive touchscreen|
|Protection <strong>Display Protection =></strong> The widely used and best display protection is Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, it is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.||Yes Yes Yes, scratch resistant Glass|
|Chipset <strong>Chipset</strong>is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.||
MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)
MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)
-Oleophobic coating Mediatek MT6785 Helio G95 (12 nm)
|CPU <strong>CPU => </strong>(Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets. Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.||Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|GPU <strong>GPU => </strong>A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a specialized electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display device. This include things such as lighting effects, object transformation and 3D motion.||Mali-G52 MC2 Mali-G52 MC2 Mali-G76 MC4|
|RAM <strong>RAM</strong> (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.||4GB / 6GB RAM 6GB RAM 8GB RAM|
|Expandable Storage <strong>Expandable storage or Card Slot</strong> is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.||Yes, via microSDXC (dedicated slot) Yes, via MicroSDXC slot Yes, via microSDXC slot|
|OS <strong>OS => </strong>Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.||Android 11 Android 11 OS Andoid 11|
|User Interface <strong>UI or user interface</strong> of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface.||HiOS 7.6 HiOS 7.6 HiOS 7.1|
|Rear Camera <strong>Camera</strong>is able to capture photographs and usually videos, the most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. Rear cameras are the cameras at the back of the phone.||
Quad- 48MP (wide) + 16MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (depth) + fourth camera unknown
- 64MP (main), f/2.0 PDAF
-2 MP(macro), f/2.4
-2 MP (depth), f/2.4
-4th camera unknown Quad:
-64 MP(wide), f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.97", 0.7µm, PDAF
-8 MP (ultrawide), f/2.2, 118˚, 1/4.0", 1.12µm
-2 MP (depth), f/2.4
-2 MP (macro), f/2.4
|Features||Penta-LED flash, panorama, HDR Panorama, HDR, Quad-flash LED Dual-LED flash, HDR, Panorama|
Single- 16MP (wide)
Single- 16MP (wide)
-48MP (wide), f/2.0
|Capacity||Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery, non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery, non-removable|
|Charging||Fast charging 18W Fast charging 18W Fast charging 25W|
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Bands <strong>Bands =></strong>A key part of any mobile phone specification is its operating frequency bands. The supported frequency bands determine whether a certain handset is compatible with a certain network carrier. The available Bands on Mobile phones are 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G. 5G has the fastest network||2G, 3G, 4G 2G, 3G, 4G 2G, 3G, 4G|
|Speed <strong>Speed</strong> of a network shows how fast it takes that network to connect to the internet calculated in Mbps. Diferrent networks band have their own unique speed.||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat9 450/50 Mbps HSPA 42.2/11.5 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/75 Mbps|
|SIM <strong>SIM</strong>(Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|GPS <strong>GPS => </strong> The Global Position System is a satellite base radio navigation. GPS receiver uses the data from these signals to triangulate where you are and what time it is||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS Yes, with A-GPS Yes, with A-GPS|
|WLAN <strong>WLAN or Wi-Fi</strong> is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|USB||microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go Micro USB 2.0, USB OTG 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|NFC <strong>NFC </strong>(Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.||No No No|
|Infrared Port||No No|
|Wireless Charging <strong>Wireless Charging</strong> (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.||No No No|
|Headphone Jack||Yes, 3.5mm Jack Yes, 3.5mm Jack Yes, 3.5mm Jack|
|Loudspeaker||Yes Yes Yes|
|FM Radio||Yes Yes Yes|
|Video Playback||Yes Yes Yes|
|Music player||Yes Yes Yes|
|Sensor <strong>Sensors </strong>are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||MMS, Email Email, SMS, MMS MMS, SMS, Email|
|Price in Nigeria||NGN 80,500 NGN 98,930 NGN 112,000|
|Price in Ghana||GHS 1,215 GHS 1,500 GHS 1,630|
|Price in Kenya||KES 22,800 KES 27,750 KES 29,890|
|Price in India||INR 15,690|
|Price in USD||$210|
|Price in Euro||€175|