The 21st October marked the arrival of TECNO Mobile’s ground-breaking CAMON 17P smartphone in South Africa, a sleek, state-of-the-art device perfected for the new generation (Read the official Press Release here). With the CAMON 17P being the camera centric line of TECNO Mobile, they seem to be serious about bringing out a smartphone for all walks of life.

Bringing you a 16MP Selfie Main Shot Front Camera with Dual Flash, 4 rear cameras (64MP Quad Rear Camera with Quad Flash, 2MP Macro Lens, 2MP Bokeh Lens, 8W AI Lens), together with onboard content creator tools for less than R5000! Upon unboxing you immediately experience quality at your fingertips. The design is smooth and stylish. It supports USB type C functionality and a 18w fast charging power brick. You also get a sim tool and earphones with microphone (watch the unboxing video here.)

GET THIS! Not only do you get a free clear smartphone case, the phone comes with a pre-installed screen protector! How amazing is that?!  TECNO Mobile is serious about ensuring that your new best friend stays protected at all times. The polycarbonate back is a nice touch as it ensures no fingerprint smudges on the phone. leaving your phone looking pristine 24/7.

The camera notch bump at the back is much more slimmer than most premium smartphones on the market.  The display size is 6.8 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and gives you a 1080 x 2460 pixels resolution. On the front, there is a centered 16 MP Punch-Hole camera making the phone look more modern. With the slim bezels this phone makes watching movies a delight. The Fingerprint sensor that is mounted on the side is a nice touch for the power button as it is instinctive for unlocking your phone.

The 17P also comes standard with an accelerometer and proximity sensor. The smartphone is powered by a Fast Charging 25W/33W Li-Po 5000 mAh battery that gives you more screen time without reaching for the charging cable. I managed to fully charge the battery in less than 30 minutes. It is packed with 6GB RAM and 128GB Internal Storage, which is more than enough space to store your creations!

Android 11, HIOS 7.6 is pre-installed on this phone and by now we know that TECNO Mobile has their own HIOS skin to give the device its own identity. I just have to give a shoutout TECNO Mobile about the pure power of this smartphone and the ease of access to all of the functions. Not only does the MediaTek Helio G85 Chipset give this phone the necessary torque to keep you going… The software makes you feel like a multimedia pro. From performing daily tasks…to shooting videos.

HIOS takes the features of the hardware and combines it with clever software design, to make the very most of it. I am in-love with the camera options that comes standard with this phone. There is a Film Mode that assists with those Instagram Stories and videos on the go.

Even the worst of the technophobes will find shooting videos a breeze.

I took this video by selecting Film Mode and the Travel Template and took 5 quick videos and this is the result! A complete video, with music and transitions in 5 seconds! This is without any editing! Of course you can edit the video with an intro and outro, but this is just a demonstration on how easy it is to create 2K videos on the go! What I love about the video options is that you can select which resolution you want to shoot the video in.


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The AI camera has outrageous effects and even slow-mo. The CAMON 17P boasts what TECNO believes to be the clearest selfie camera on the market. The CAMON 17P uses next generation TAIVOS (TECNO AI Vision Optimisation Solution) 2.0 to optimise the camera settings based on how the user’s scenery changes. The Super Night Mode is amazing! The camera lets in more light and optimises details against a low-light background.

To celebrate the launch of the CAMON 17P, TECNO has produced a stunning new documentary, Rise of the Selfie, which celebrates the phenomenon that changed the world.

“Rise of the Selfie” dives into the selfie’s history and why it has become such an essential feature of the current generation.

This smartphone definitely makes content creation a dream!

This phone comes with a Dual SIM slot for business and pleasure use. The only downside is that the smartphone is network locked, thereby making it difficult to test on various networks, and also eliminates a section of the smartphone market who do not wish to switch networks.

Now you have no excuse to not post great videos and images on your Social Media platforms. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

You would have to look very hard to get better value for money. It is time to stand out! #TimeToStandOut

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TECNO is a premium smartphone and AIoT devices brand from TRANSSION Holdings. With “Stop At Nothing” as its brand essence, TECNO is committed to unlocking the best contemporary technologies for progressive individuals across global emerging markets, giving them elegantly designed intelligent products that inspires consumers to uncover a world of possibilities. TECNO understands the needs of consumers from different markets and provides them with localized innovations and design breakthroughs demonstrated through their mastery of serving consumers who are “young at heart” and never stops pursuing excellence. TECNO’s portfolio spans across smartphones, tablets, smart wearables and AIoT devices made for consumers in over 70 emerging markets world-wide. TECNO is also the Official Partner of Manchester City, Premier League Champions 2020-21. For more information, please visit: