Tecno Camon iSky is one of the Tecno smart devices released in the first quarter of this year. The phone is an entry-level phone into the Camon series. It has the least set of specs in the Camon series. This phone was produced for mid-range smart device users who want to have a feel of the Camon series.
Tecno Camon iSky Review
Tecno Camon iSky is a mid-range phone which was released in April 2018. With the desire for Camon phone rising, Tecno felt to need to give a feel of the Camon series to phone users who can not afford to buy the likes of Tecno Camon CX. The device’s announcement only came shortly before the phone was released into the market.
Tecno Camon iSky is dual SIM phone which has support for a wide array of mobile networks across all the 36 states and the capital of this country. These networks fall into the second, third and fourth generation of mobile networks.
The support for 4G networks is a very nice thing for users of this smartphone. They will not only enjoy great cameras, they will also enjoy internet access with super-fast internet connections.
Tecno Camon iSky is quite large and a little thick, compared to the top Camon devices. The phone measure 147.50 mm in length, but 70.80 mm in breadth. This device has a thickness of 8.30 mm, and has a low mass of 137 grams.
The smartphone has an ordinary design, neither epic nor poor. It furthermore comes in two colours which are midnight black and champagne gold. According to statistics, midnight black builds have a higher tendency of selling faster than their champagne gold counterparts.
Camon iSky is equipped with a 2 GB RAM. Even though we have a number of mid-range smart devices that come with 1 GB RAM, Tecno refused to feature a 1 GB RAM in this phone. The RAM featured by this phone is an SD-RAM, ensuring that the processing speed of the phone’s chipset is taken maximum advantage of. If this smart device is used by the kind of users it was produced for, there will hardly be any complaint using the phone.
Camon iSky features standard items in all aspects except in the chipset aspect. The phone uses a 1.28 GHz chipset to champion its hardware. It is quite pointless to start pointing out how disappointing this is, as almost all mid-range smartphones use chipset with 1.30 GHz as their processing speed. However, this should not discourage a smartphone user from trying out this phone, as the effect of this is very subtle.
Tecno Camon iSky makes up for its disappointing chipset, in its operating system. The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo; this is no doubt a great thing as users of this smartphone will enjoy the new features Oreo brings to the Android platform.
Note that users of this smartphone may not get OS upgrade for Android 9.0 Pie. The reason is that this smartphone is an entry-level Camon device, so the manufacturer of the phone may not provide such a premium service to users of this smartphone.
The flash storage featured by Tecno Camon iSky has a capacity of 16 GB. It is very popular to see mid-range smartphones having storage of this same capacity, so iSky does not lag here. A typical user of Tecno Camon iSky will likely feel no need to provide more storage space to their smartphone. However, if the users desire additional storage space, all required of them is to insert a micro SD card not more than 128 GB, into the phone.
Coming to the aspect where Camon devices are iconic, Tecno Camon iSky features two great cameras. The selfie camera of the phone is an 8 MP camera which is much better than 8 MP cameras of a lot of Android smartphones. A 13 MP camera acts as the rear camera of the phone. Aside from being a powerful camera, the camera has loads of enhancements that further boosts its power.
Tecno Camon iSky has a fingerprint scanner on its rear side. This sensor opens way to a lot of capabilities, for the smartphone. Fingerprint scanners can be used to unlock the phones with ease.
While fingerprint scanners make phone unlocking easier, they are not the best security measure in some cases. In other words, a fingerprint scanner is meant to augment existing security systems, not replace them.
Key Specs and Features
- Display: 5.45 inches; high-definition (HD) in-plane switching (IPS) LCD; 720 x 1440 pixels; 293 ppi
- Storage: 16 GB, expandable up to 128 GB
- RAM: 2 GB SD-RAM
- OS: Android One 8.1 (Oreo)
- Cameras: 8 MP front camera; 13 MP rear camera
- Battery: 3050 mAh
- Chipset: MediaTek Snapdragon 430; quad-core; 1.28 GHz
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
Tecno Camon iSky is one of the entry-level Camon smartphones that were released this year. The smartphone is a mid-range phone and scores well in all aspects except in the chipset aspect. The phone is considered to score below expectations in the aspect of chipset because the cores of its chipset have a common processing speed of 1.28 GHz. Gone are the days when it is allowed for a mid-range smartphone to come with a chipset with a processing speed below 1.30 GHz.
This chipset which champions Tecno Camon iSky, is the MediaTek MT6739WA chipset. Although the chipset has a poor processing speed, it is however very power-efficient. For users who love to use this smartphone but are not satisfied with this processing speed, there are apps that allow you to overclock the chipset. However, a user should be very careful when over-clocking the chipset, to avoid damaging it.
Tecno has been doing a very good job providing the latest OS in their smartphones. While a lot of competitors equipped their phones with Nougat, after Oreo has been released, the manufacturer instead equipped their smartphones with Android Oreo. Tecno Camon iSky is an Android Oreo smartphone, even though it was released in April.
Android Oreo is a cool operating system as expected. It has a lot of improvements and new features, compared to its direct predecessor. One of the things the OS is known for, is its smartness. The operating system incorporates some intelligence into its operation, making users of the operating system have a better user experience than Nougat.
It is very common for smartphones like Camon iSky not to support 4G networks. However, this smartphone does not fall into the categories of those that do not support 4G. The smartphone supports and will work with the 4G networks of all the mobile operators in the country. Accessing the 4G network of a mobile operator in the country will require the use of a 4G-supported nano-SIM card.
Tecno Camon iSky additional supports second and third generations of mobile networks. The support for networks of this generations is important because 4G networks are not available in all places of the country. Wherever 4G networks are not available, a user of this phone can step down to 3G. If 3G networks are also not available, the user can step down to 2G which are often available.
The appearance of Tecno Camon iSky is another aspect of this smartphone worthy of discussing. The smartphone has a cool appearance and it is not so large. The phone is significantly shorter than the epic Camon X. It is also not as wide as Camon X is, iSky has a length of 147.50 mm and a breadth of 70.80 mm. The phone furthermore has a thickness of 8.30 mm.
A build of Tecno Camon iSky can come in two colours which are midnight black and champagne gold. Builds of the phone that come in midnight black are very cool, and this colour has sold more than champagne gold. iSky has a plastic body, just like other Camon smartphones.
RAM and STORAGE
Just like every computing systems, Tecno Camon iSky comes with two types of memory, the temporary memory (RAM) and the permanent memory. The RAM of the smartphone stores data that are in active use by the smartphones. With the 2 GB RAM, the smartphone will perform very well for the kind of users it was designed for.
The permanent memory of iSky, is a flash memory which has a capacity of 16 GB. A 16 GB storage space will be adequate to store all files of an Android smartphone user. Just like a regular Android smartphone, this device supports storage space expansion, up to 128 GB. Storage space expansion can be done with a micro SD card. It is important to note that a high-quality micro SD card should be used with this phone, as a weak SD card might crash at any time.
In recent years, the use of Li-Po battery in phones, has become popular. Li-Po which is a shortened form of Li-Polymer makes it possible for manufacturers to produce slimmer phones. Tecno Camon iSky features a Li-Po battery which is one the reasons why it is slimmer than a lot of mid-range smartphones out there.
The Li-Po battery featured by Tecno Camon iSky is a 3050 mAh battery. This battery capacity is good enough for this kind of smartphone. However, the phone does not come with a rapid charge system. In other words, charging the phone’s battery from 0 to 100 percent will take a little over 3 hours.
TECHNOLOGIES and SENSORS
Tecno Camon iSky has all technologies and sensors featured by standard Android smartphones. The phone has support for Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot), Bluetooth, USB, and GPS. These technologies all expand the capabilities of the phone in some ways. The sensors of Camon iSky are an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, and light sensor.
The Wi-Fi technology makes it possible for Tecno Camon iSky to connect wirelessly to local area networks. This technology furthermore makes it possible for the device the create a computer network. However, it is important to note that the device can not connect to a computer network and also create its own network, at the same time.
Tecno Camon iSky Full Specs and Features
- Announcement Status: Announced
- Announcement: N/A
- Release Status: Available
- Release: April 2018
- 2G: Yes, GSM (850/900/1800/1900)
- 3G: Yes, HSDPA (850/900/1700/1900/2100)
- 4G: Yes, LTE
- Count: Dual SIM
- Type: Nano SIM
- Dimension: 147.50 x 70.80 x 8.30 mm
- Weight: 137.00 grams
- Thickness: 8.30 mm
- Colours: midnight black, champagne gold
- Case Type: Plastic
- Size: 5.45 inches
- Type: High-definition (HD) In-plane Switching (IPS) LCD
- Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels
- Pixel Density: 293 pixels per inch (ppi)
- Size: 2 GB
- Type: SD-RAM
- Manufacturer: MediaTek
- Model: MT6739WA
- Cores: 4 cores (quad-core)
- Speed: 1.28 GHz
- Type: Android
- Version: 8.1 (Oreo)
- Edition: N/A
- Size: 16 GB
- Expansion Support: Yes
- Expansion Limit: 128 GB
- Total: 2 cameras
- Front Camera: 8 MP
- Rear Camera: 13 MP
- Front LED Flash: Yes
- Rear LED Flash: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
- Position: Rear
- GPU: IMG PowerVR GE8100
- Speed: 570 MHz
- Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot)
- Proximity Sensor
- Light Sensor
- Type: Li-Po
- Capacity: 3050 mAh
- Rapid-charge system: No
Tecno Camon iSky Price in Nigeria
Tecno Camon iSky price in Nigeria ranges from 45,000 Naira to 50,000 Naira and is available on Konga, Jumia, Slot and other e-commerce stores, it is also available offline in retail stores such as 3C Hub, Microstation, Slot and others nationwide.