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Tecno Camon iClick2 review: For Rs 13k selfie camera is great, processor a let-down

Despite being a mid-range phone, it tries to give you a premium feel and design.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 15, 2018, 12.14 PM IST
Tecno Camon iClick2
Price: Rs 13,499
Rating: ***1/2

Specifications: Octa core Helio P22 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (expandable, dedicated microSD slot), 6.2-inch IPS LCD 19:9 aspect ratio (1500 x 720 pixels), 13MP f1.8 + 5MP depth sensor, 24MP f2.0 AI front camera, fingerprint + face unlock, FM, WiFi n, BT5.0, 3,750mAh battery.

Pros: Great selfie camera, premium & lightweight design, notch can be hidden, offers gesture navigation.

Cons: Low screen resolution for the price, competitors at same price offer higher performance, video recording capped at 1080p, no manual mode in camera.

You may know Infinix and Tecno as the online and offline brands (respectively) of Transsion Holdings. In a recent development, some Tecno smartphones have also started selling online and that means they need to compete better with a whole new set of products. Part of that strategy is the Camon iClick2.

Camon is the name they give to their camera-centric range of phones and the iClick2 is the current flagship in the range. The phone is available in three colours: Aqua Blue, Hawaii Blue (gradient colour) and the more conventional Midnight black. Even though this is a mid-range phone, it tries to give you a premium feel and design.
Tecno Camon iClick2

It’s slim, lightweight, has slim bezels (for the price) and a glass-like glossy back panel. Up front the screen takes up most of the place (no branding and buttons are on screen). The notch on top houses the 24MP f2.0 AI camera, diffused LED flash and other sensors (proximity + ambient light). Around the back it has the fingerprint scanner and a raised camera module that houses the dual camera system (13MP f1.8 + 5MP depth) and quad LED flash.

The box includes the device, SIM tool, documentation, micro USB cable, 10W charger and a pair of basic 3.5mm earphones with in-line remote/mic. A screen guard is pre-applied but we were expecting a soft case too, especially since this is a Tecno flagship. It’s obvious that the selfie camera is a strong focus for this device. A 24MP f2.0 front camera with 1.8 micron pixels is unique at this price and beyond.

Apart from the AI assisted scene selection, you also get a Beauty mode and Bokeh mode. The edge detection in bokeh mode is not always great but if you stick to regular AI mode, it gives sharp results. There’s a front LED flash too. The dual rear camera offers good results in most scenarios and some extras like Super Pixel (an extra large photo). That being said, not having manual mode in a camera centric phone is a misstep.

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This is probably the biggest announcement to look forward to next week. From all the various leaks, it is more or less confirmed that the S9 and S9 Plus will look nearly identical to the outgoing Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus front the front. Around the back, the camera and fingerprint scanner setup is getting an ergonomic re-work (we’re yet to meet anyone who actually likes the off placement of fingerprint scanner on the S8 and Note 8). The camera is also expected to get a big update – setting the bar for this year with a new dual camera and improved sensors compared to the Galaxy Note 8. Hardware will most likely be an upgrade to the latest Qualcomm/Exynos processor, 4 or 6GB RAM and 128 or 256GB storage. Battery size will most likely be unchanged even though the overall size is expected to be more compact. All other flagship features such as IP68 water proofing, 3.5mm jack, super amoled display, expandable storage, dual SIM slots and wireless charging will be retained in our opinion.

Some good things: lots of software options like multi-window, one-hand mode, game boost, eye care, WhatsApp mode (only WhatsApp, Download and Music can use data), fooView (customisable floating button) and gesture navigation. But we didn’t like that the screen is 1500 x 720 pixels — almost all top phones at this price have FHD+ resolution now. And the P22 processor, while capable for most basic tasks, is found on much cheaper phones like Redmi 6 (Rs 8,499).

In usual Tecno fashion, the phone comes with the ‘111’ promise: this includes 1-time free screen replacement in case of breakage, 100-day replacement in case of failure/fault and 1 month extended warranty (13 month warranty). At the asking price, Tecno can count many stalwarts among its competitors. Xiaomi (Redmi range), Nokia, Asus, Honor, Oppo, Vivo, Honor and Realme all offer competing devices. We really like the Realme 2 Pro (Rs 13,999) in this segment, primarily because of the way better performance and smaller, teardrop style notch.
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