For about 17,000 rubles, Tecno Camon 17P offers us a 6.8-inch IPS-screen with a frequency of 90 Hz and 1080p resolution, a 64-megapixel main camera, as well as a very powerful Helio G85 chip from MediaTek and 128 GB of internal memory. These are very good characteristics for a smartphone, the cost of which does not exceed 20,000 rubles. Having RAM and built-in memory in the ratio of 6 and 128 GB is really cool for an inexpensive smartphone!
Complete set and design
The Tecno Camon 17P comes with all the necessary accessories: a soft transparent case, a wired headset (the smartphone has a “mini-jack” for headphones), as well as a 25 Watt fast charging power supply and a USB Type-C cable. There is even a protective film that is pre-glued to the smartphone screen.
Let’s look at the display. The frames around it, although noticeable, do not seem anachronically thick. There is a neat hole for the selfie camera in the center at the top. The back cover has a large manufacturer’s logo with a diaphragm icon in the letter “O”. In the upper left corner there is a camera island with 4 optical modules and an LED flash. Please note that the back of the device is matte and does not collect fingerprints.
The side frame is made of plastic. On the right side there is a power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner and two analog buttons for adjusting the volume. The fingerprint reader is always on by default, so a touch is enough to unlock your smartphone. However, you can change this option in the settings if you do not plan to use biometrics.
On the opposite side there is a slot for a microSD memory card and two nano SIM cards. However, there is enough of its own internal memory – 128 GB. At the bottom there is a USB Type-C port, and on the sides of it is the main speaker and a headphone jack with a 3.5 mm pin connector. There is also a noise canceling microphone for clear voice transmission.
Screen and operating system
The large 6.8-inch screen with a 20.5: 9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080×2460 pixels shows natural colors and a decent brightness at 538 nits. That is, the smartphone screen is quite suitable for reading texts in bright sunlight.
The screen refresh rate settings offer three modes – 90 Hz, 60 Hz and “Auto”. In 90Hz mode, you will get the maximum refresh rate almost everywhere: in the user interface, browsers, and compatible apps. In Auto mode, it will support 90Hz for the UI, but will switch to 60Hz when opening apps.
Tecno Camon 17P runs on Android 11 operating system with Tecno’s proprietary HiOS shell. The good impression, however, is spoiled by a number of preinstalled utilities that send out advertising notifications and strongly recommend installing some kind of game and program. However, you can disable unwanted applications and block notifications from them.
Hardware capabilities and performance
The hardware is based on an 8-core MediaTek Helio G85 processor divided into two clusters: 2 high-performance ARM Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2.05 GHz are combined with 6 energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores, which operate at up to 1800 MHz. The graphics subsystem is based on the Mali-G76 MC4 kernel. And there is also 6 GB of RAM.
The Tecno Camon 17P performed well in our tests, beating the Galaxy A32 and delivering results similar to those of the Redmi Note 10 Pro and Galaxy A52. We also saw no temperature throttling or performance drops after multiple benchmark runs.
|GeekBench 5 Multi-Core||1668 points|
|GeekBench 5 Single-Core||511 points|
|AnTuTu 8||309 107 points|
|3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1 (1440p)||1498 points|
|3DMark SSE Vulkan 1.0 (1440p)||2539 points|
|3DMark SSE ES 3.1 (1440p)||2719 points|
The main camera is implemented on the basis of a Samsung S5KGW1 sensor with a size of 1 / 1.72 inches and has a resolution of 64 megapixels. At the output, we get slightly muted, but realistic colors. Focusing speed may seem a little slow if you’ve used Apple’s top flagships and devices, but for budget users, this won’t be a critical issue.
The ultra wide-angle camera is based on the GalaxyCore GC8034 sensor, which has 8 million pixels with a size of 1.12 microns. There is also a camera for measuring the depth of the composition and a black and white module. In low light, the main camera suffers from a limited dynamic range, but it manages to maintain very good detail levels with enough light from artificial light sources.
A distinctive feature here is the 48-megapixel selfie camera, which uses an OmniVision sensor with fast optics (f / 2.2 aperture). Despite being a fixed focus lens, sharpness and detail are excellent. Even when shooting against the light, HDR captures a balanced shot, and artificial bokeh looks natural in portrait mode. Also, the front camera can record video in 4K / 30fps resolution, although stabilization is lame when shooting in this resolution.
It seems that the built-in 5000 mAh battery is simply huge for such a phone, however … with intensive smartphone use, the Tecno Camon 17P was able to last 13 hours. During this time, we played games, made calls, communicated in instant messengers, watched videos and, in principle, practically did not extinguish the screen, while setting automatic brightness (it was adjusted depending on the lighting around).
When playing videos with a screen frequency of 60 Hz, the autonomy reached 18 hours, and in the voice call mode – 45 hours. It takes 1 hour 40 minutes to fully charge from the supplied power supply, while the battery charge indicator shows 47% in half an hour.
Summary of the review
In the price range up to 20,000 rubles, Tecno Camon 17P offers a lot that users might like. It performs well as an entertainment device thanks to its large screen, stereo speakers, long battery life and ample storage capacity.
For a more budget-friendly model, check out our selection of low-cost smartphones. And we also have an article in which we have collected compact smartphones with diagonals less than 6 inches.