Tecno Camon 12 Air review: doesn't hide cameras under bangs

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Competition in the segment of smartphones worth up to 10,000 rubles is growing. To stand out from the mass of the same type of device, manufacturers need to really try. Tecno decided to surprise the sophisticated audience and placed the camera directly in the Camon 12 Air display. What else is remarkable about the novelty and whether it is a topek for its money, we will find out in the review.

Tecno Camon 12 Air

Hi HiOS!

In Camon 12 Air over Android ninth version installed proprietary shell HiOS. It can be characterized by the following words: it looks unusual, has a huge number of settings and a lot of different software. Embedded applications are really in abundance, and most of them are not removed, but can only be suspended.

Tecno Camon 12 Air

We have to find the culprit and turn off, but this is not always available. I liked the idea with a smart panel that is called on top of any program and allows you to quickly take a screenshot or record video from the screen. In addition, you can add links to various applications in it and instantly switch between them. The utility “freezer” will also be useful, with which any activity of the selected programs is prohibited.

Tecno Camon 12 Air

“Tanks” pull

The gadget is built on a MediaTek Helio A22 processor. In the CPU Throttling Test application, throttling was no more than 10% of the maximum performance for a half-hour run. Graphics accelerator – PowerVR GE8300, RAM 3 GB. HiOS interface renders such a bunch with a bang, despite the huge number of animations. Applications like Instagram or VKontakte work without crashes and brakes. But with games, things are not so wonderful. The smartphone has a game mode that frees up RAM, disables notifications and speeds up the network. We tested the smartphone in the GameBench benchmark and received the following numbers. In World of Tanks, on average graphics settings, fps “floated” from 38 to 52, on low, on average – 45-50 fps. The popular Asphalt 9 starts up, but the first successful game download took about four minutes. With high graphics settings, Camon 12 kept fps in the region of 20 with drawdowns of up to 9 fps.

Tecno Camon 12 Air

There is only one speaker: the volume is above average, but in games it is easier to shut it off with your hand.

All day without thinking about the outlet

The smartphone is easily enough for a day of active work in the “do not deny yourself anything” mode, by the evening about 15% of the charge remains. The gadget played video in average mode at medium brightness for 14 hours, and you can play Tanks for six and a half hours without stopping. Such indicators are achieved thanks to a 4000 mAh battery. With a complete adapter, the device charges for about two and a half hours. Upset micro-USB – it seems that the stock of these connectors from manufacturers still does not run out.

Tecno Camon 12 Air

Selfie camera for those who don’t like bangs

It may seem that for a screen diagonal of 6.55 inches, HD + resolution is not enough, but in reality the pixels are absolutely not striking, the colors look natural. There are no questions about the minimum brightness, and the vision protection mode facilitates interaction with a smartphone in the dark. But the maximum brightness may not be enough on sunny days.

Camon 12 Air stands out with its front camera design. It is neatly inscribed in the display and is located in the upper left corner. During the operation of the device, its presence does not interfere in any way, and in games the upper part of the screen is cut off so that all buttons will be available. Those who are tired of bangs that take up a lot of space will definitely like to use the device.

Tecno Camon 12 Air

Three cameras to choose from

The smartphone has three camera modules: the main one is 16 megapixels, wide-angle 5 megapixels with a viewing angle of 114 degrees, depth sensor 2 megapixels. There are few different settings in the camera application. Of the interesting, AR-shooting and macro mode can be distinguished. We suggest you immediately start viewing the results.

In the afternoon, you get quite detailed pictures
Double Digital Zoom
5 megapixels wide-angle module make it clear that the detail will be lame
In a room with good lighting in the center of the frame, overexposure is visible
The mouse turned out fine, now it’s ready to cheer you up
In low light conditions, the main module tries to stay on top
The picture is wide. A huge amount of noise and unnatural colors

The maximum video resolution is Full HD, the frame rate is up to 30 fps on both the main and wide-angle modules. Sound is recorded in mono, focus often misses, and stabilization is not stated.

While gloss is in fashion

The back cover is made of glossy plastic without an oleophobic coating, so that it quickly gets dirty with prints. You should not worry about the safety of the device, because the set includes a protective glass and a transparent silicone case with small sides along the perimeter of the screen. The presence of an elastic band on the triple tray (two nano-SIM and a memory card) and tight plugs for the connectors on the included case suggests that the gadget has moisture protection, but it is not officially indicated. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back cover and works flawlessly.


6.55“, IPS, 1600×720, 282 ppi
CPU MediaTek Helio A22, 2 GHz
GPU PowerVR GE8300
3 GB
32 GB
4000 mAh
primary – 16 megapixels (f / 1.8), wide-angle – 5 megapixels (f / 2.4), auxiliary – 2 megapixels (f / 2.8), front – 8 megapixels
front camera on screen, face unlock

Test results

77 337
up to 14 hours of video playback, up to 6.5 hours of playing WoT: Blitz
Tecno Camon 12 Air


Tecno Camon 12 Air is a balanced smartphone suitable for any everyday business. Of the advantages, one can distinguish a camera that is not bad for the budget segment and decent autonomy. A selfie camera on the screen distinguishes the device from dozens of smartphones of the same type.

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