review of the Tecno Camon 12 Air

At the end of November 2019, the company TECNO introduced in USssia a new smartphone Camon 12 Air. The device has received a triple-chamber, "point display" and capacious battery. What else can he read our review.

For the first time picking up a new smartphone from the company TECNO in the head comes to mind – what's it worth. All the feelings this device may not be cheaper than 12-15 thousand rubles. As the use of feeling is enhanced and what surprise when it turned out that he had sold over 8 999 rubles. It should be noted immediately that the phone is not without flaws, but they are so small, and the cost of such a "delicious" that are forgotten in a jiffy.

Technical parameters

  • Materials: plastic, glass
  • Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie
  • CPU: is a 4-nuclear MediaTek MT6761 clock frequency up to 2.0 GHz
  • Accelerator: IMG GE8300 660MHz
  • Operational / user memory: 3/32 GB (allow approximately 23.29 GB)
  • Slot memory cards: private, max capacity of 256 GB
  • Display: of 6.55 inches, IPS, resolution 1600×720, 20:9
  • Camera: 16+5+2 MP, f/1.8, f/2.4, f/2.8
  • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.0
  • Security: fingerprint sensor, scanning their faces
  • Navigation: GPS
  • Wireless modules: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Size: x 76.1 164.2 x 8.1 mm
  • Weight: 181 grams

Package and contents

Camon 12 Air comes in a rectangular box with the image of the smartphone, engraved title and description of technical characteristics. Inside the neatly packaged phone with the factory film on the display and the back, an envelope with the documentation, glass, clip the SIM card tray, transparent cover. Under the envelope in the substrate power supply, microUSB cable, headset. Set pleasant — after the purchase to buy anything separately is not necessary.

Cost to say, that case, though, and is plain silicone bumper, but still not so common. First, it has a textured surface that prevents slipping and improves ergonomics, and secondly it also caused the brand name and model and third, it has the plugs for the microUSB and headphone. It will protect the smartphone from dust, debris and moisture.


Увидев диагональ в технических характеристиках кажется, что это огромная «лопата», которая в небольшую ладонь не ляжет. Реальность оказалась приятной – Camon 12 Air аккуратный и достаточно небольшой девайс. 90% лицевой панели занимает дисплей, рамки тонкие, поэтому и удалось вместить такую диагональ в компактный корпус. Визуально телефон очень красив. Цвет «голубой залив» красиво играет на свету, имеет ненавязчивую гравировку, которая не бросается в глаза, но оставляет некоторую «загадочность». Ожидаемо корпус оказался марким, но в этом ничего удивительного нет. Любой глянцевый пластик или стекло покрываются отпечатками. Display показал себя обратным образом – за неделю активного использования стирать отпечатки не пришлось ни разу.

Расположение элементов стандартное. На передней панели никаких лишних элементов – камера аккуратно врезано в уголок, разговорный динамик в переходе от дисплея к верхней грани. Если не присматриваться, то может показаться, что его нет. Нижняя грань – динамик, разъем microUSB, микрофон, разъем 3,5. Right side – раздельные кнопки питания и громкости. Они имеют приятный ход и сопровождаются легким щелчком при нажатии. Расположены они удачно – палец без труда их находят даже в темноте. Left side – слот для two SIM карт и memory cards. Интересный момент – на лотке есть резиновая прокладка, которая намекает на защиту от влаги. Производителем она не заявлена, поэтому проводить эксперименты не стоит. Верхняя грань пустая.

The back is turned laconic module triple quad with camera flash made vertically, is on the left. It protrudes above the surface, while wearing in case the ledge is leveled, so the fear that lying on the back of the camera glass is scratched completely not worth it. Traditionally the center is the finger scanner. On the bottom left vertically caused the brand name. Smartphone perfectly in the hand, non-slip, even without a case, never rests, buttons with a nice course that is located exactly where you want.


The tendency of the stretched display not left indifferent any manufacturer. TECNO has released a device with IPS matrix, diagonal of 6.55 inch and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The resolution at first glance is not impressive — 1600×720. Thought so when you first look at the technical parameters, but after the start of use, it became clear – this is more than enough. No pixels were not noticeable either in everyday use or in games or when watching videos and movies in full resolution. The maximum viewing angles, natural color reproduction.

The screen is bright in sunlight for maximum brightness look at not necessary. In the dark the backlight level of 20% is enough for comfortable gaming, surfing or reading the news. Pleased with adequate ambient light sensor. The smartphone independently change the brightness at the entrance from the street to the house, shop and Vice versa. This happens unobtrusively and naturally adjusted manually nothing.

In settings there are several useful modes – reading, eye protection (with the possibility to set the automatic switch-on time), the above-mentioned auto-brightness, protection against accidental clicks.

The important point – the screen is made by technology "point display". So the company called Techo embedded in the angle of the camera. It may seem that it's uncomfortable, but after some use, the module ceases to be evident. In the settings you can hide the upper part is obscured. On a black background displays notifications, battery indication and other information.

Performance and memory

TECNO Camon 12 Air has at its disposal a MediaTek processor MT6761 c 4 cores at 2 GHz, the memory is represented by a set 3/32 GB. In the test Antutu device is gaining almost 73000 points, which is pretty good for the price tag. To test in real conditions was installed Asphalt 9, Mortal Kombat and Subway Surfers. All games when you first start boot not too quick, but the gameplay was absolutely comfortable with no lag. Asphalt image was not too detailed, what "cured" by lowering graphic settings. With the remaining games no further manipulation to carry out was not necessary. Heating the body during the games was not observed. For gamers provides a "game mode" the device switches to maximum performance.

In the daily life of the device shows himself not less worthy is the simultaneous use of VK, WhatsApp, navigation and listening to music via mobile Internet has not led to any braking. Everything shifts smoothly and immediately continues to work.

Operating system interface

The new Android OS 9.0 and proprietary shell HiOS 5.5. Nice interface, smooth navigation, multiple desktops. By swiping up opens the full apps list sorted alphabetically – it is very convenient to search long for nothing. Soft out of the box happy – there is nothing superfluous, but there are several proprietary tools – translate Hi, XShare, Freezer (temporarily "freeze" the unwanted apps.

There is an additional menu – the tab opens with a swipe to the left. There are applications and tools for quick access. For those who don't like to pile up the desktop with shortcuts and long looks for the desired application in the list of additional menu is very useful. Right out of the box the phone has WhatsApp, it's surprising, but after studying the functionality is explanation. The gadget has a special mode WhatsApp, which disables all traffic for any application and leaves it only the messenger. This helps to save traffic and reduces battery consumption. If in this mode to run some program with access to the Internet, then it would work, but again will shut down if it is minimized.

An interesting feature is the gesture support on the lock screen you can draw with your finger the letter "C" to launch the camera, take a screenshot with three fingers to activate the screen by double tap.

To protect the device uses the finger scanner and face. No questions to their work there – react quickly and not mistaken. It should be noted the face scanner – it works in the dark and from a distance of 1 meter. unlocking does not interfere with headgear or glasses.

The overall impression of the interface are extremely positive – everything is clear, logical, has lots of interesting features that you should look for in the settings. Highly recommended-don't be lazy and learn the camera.


One of the chips of the smartphone is the camera. Front module has received a resolution of 8 megapixels with an angle of 81 degrees and an aperture of f/2.0. Its features include interesting modes of "Beauty" and "Wide selfie". In the latter case, optics captures more of the details behind the user. "Beauty" — this beatification with multiple modes of sensitivity, it's best to use the Ai mode. In this photo gently handled – "flaws" of the person disappear, but it still looks natural. Works Ai improvement, even in video calls.

The rear camera consists of three modules. The main — 16 Megapixel with phase AF. Additional 5 MP – super-wide-angle 114,4 MP + macro distance 2 cm the Last module 2 MP needed to assess the depth when creating bokeh and shooting with a twofold approach. Triple module itself is not unique, but given the low cost of the device competitors with similar camera still enough.

The overall impression of the photo capabilities of the model are positive. It copes well with shooting in cloudy weather or evening time, in the absence of light, the color rendering decreases. In the mode of the side a Central object remains in the frame, no blur at the contour, that is sometimes seen in smartphones of other brands even more high priced. Macro mode allows you to take pictures from a minimum distance of 2 cm, with clearly visible details. Wide-angle shooting is possible not the best way – noticeable decrease in quality, but the effect is interesting, therefore, to abandon the use of this mode is not necessary.

The functionality of the camera is convenient to switch between lenses and shooting modes is performed in the main menu. Opportunities — HDR, HDRa (smart mode), panorama, AR-stickers, built-in filters you can apply when you create a photo or the finished photo. Mode bokeh, you can also apply in post-processing.


Время автономной работы – одна из сильных сторон Camon 12 Air. Аккумулятор в 4000 mAh выдерживает при нагрузках около 2 дней. При этом смартфон использовался для навигации, общения в social networking, listening to online music, games (a total of about 2 hours) watching YouTube videos at maximum brightness of the display.

In settings it is possible to find the submenu "battery Lab". It is possible to activate the Mode "smart energy saving". It not only increases endurance but also extends the battery life by distributing the load between frequently and infrequently used applications. Can be forced to set limits for individual programs to prevent them from working in the background. There is professional mode for fine tuning – suitable for those who exactly understands what are the most wasted battery power.

Fast-charge in Camon 12 Air is not provided to complete the set capacity of the complete power supply unit a little more than two hours.


TECNO Camon 12 Air – это устройство, которое однозначно стоит своих денег. Среди плюсов – качественный и большой дисплей, отличная автономность, адекватная производительность с возможностью поиграть, приятная внешность и эргономика, отдельный слот для memory cards, быстрая и точная разблокировка по лицу и пальцем. Модель отлично держит связь, имеет громкий динамик с приятным звучанием. Камера в большинстве случаев показывает достойный результат. Придраться можно к MicroUSB разъему, отсутствию датчика уведомлений и NFC. But considering all the advantages, equipment and the cost of the flaws are forgivable, and the smartphone is definitely recommended to buy. The cost of the device is 8 999 rubles.



2 comment

  • Reading this article, I think, really someone you get this smart for 9000, for this money you can purchase more well-known smartphones with better features. The price of this devise 6500-7000. Was at the time, I have a tablet of this company died after 10 months. Replaced it took Lenovo working 2 years, grief does not know.