Tecno introduced its latest Camon 19 series with an event at Rockefeller Center in New York. One member of the family is the Tecno Camon 19 Pro, which is the first phone in the world with a 64 MP RGBW sensor, manufactured by Samsung.
The company also claimed the new phone has the “industry’s slimmest bezel” at just 0.98 mm.
The Camon 19 Pro has a 6.8” display with Full HD+ resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate. There is a single punch hole for the selfie camera, while the back has a design of diamond coating, mimicking 200 million crystals. The main camera combination is in a double ring, but there are actually three shooters.
The camera technology is the most impressive feature of this smartphone. It is the first with the ISOCELL GWB sensor which is a 64 MP sensor with a red-green-blue-white color filter. The white is added so the camera can get up to 30% more light for better night photos.
The trio of cameras also has a 50 MP shooter with 2x optical zoom for portrait shots. It has a 50 mm focal length equivalent, and the company suggests using Portrait Mode which artificially blurs the background.
The images look stunning thanks to a dedicated Night mode that puts all available resources into action – bright sensor, OIS, and EIS. There’s also HDR support.
Unfortunately, the Camon 19 Pro is powered by a Helio G96 chipset – the very same that powered the predecessor Camon 18 Premier. Mediatek did launch the Helio G99 which is supposed to lower the temperature of the device but that’s not happening with the Camon 19 series, at least not for now. The battery is 5,000mAh and has 33W fast charging.
We found the Tecno Camon 19 Pro with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage up for pre-order in Kenya for KES24,499, which is about $210. Users who want to be the early adopters can pick from Eco Black or Polar Blue colors and will get some freebies like a backpack and wireless earphones.
Tecno Camon 19
Another model in the lineup is the Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G, which is powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 810 chipset. It has almost identical specs to the non-5G model but it replaces the 2x zoom camera with a 2MP macro shooter. This model is on pre-order in Kenya for KES 34,999, which equals around $300.
The series also has a vanilla Camon 19 and Camon 19 Neo in its lineup – both with Helio G85 chipset and downgraded cameras.