Spectacular portrait video and night portrait photography experience
Android 14 Beta including updates for privacy, security, performance, and user customization
The evolution of smartphone night photography
Night has always been a fascinating subject for art. The natural darkness can highlight emotional impact more effectively than lowering the contrast of a photo. Nightlife can also be moody and euphoric. When going out to clubs and bar hopping, many revellers want to document their fun night.
Beforehand, smartphones would capture blurry images. And photos taken with the flash on would look otherworldly or with the red-eye effect that can be challenging to edit. With the dim lights and undulating bodies, the club’s atmosphere can be easily captured with an advanced camera. However, smartphones haven’t been able to capture the same clear photography. The new TECNO CAMON 20 Series promises to deliver great night photography to any who wants to capture the stars or vibrant nightlife.
Android 14 Beta Roll Out
TECNO will also be among the first smartphone manufacturers to offer Google’s Android 14 Beta release. The operating system will be run in the CAMON 20 Series. It will bring upgrades and enhancements that elevate the user’s experience. Android 14 will have privacy, security, performance, and user customization updates.
Privacy and Security
Apps with a target SDK Version lower than 23 can’t be installed. This will make it difficult for malware to be installed.
Longer Battery life
The TECNO CAMON 20 Android 14 system will better handle background applications, downloads, uploads, and multiple apps running. This reduces the energy drained from the battery. The improved system efficiency will enable smartphones to last longer, even in heavy use.
Users with low vision will have better accessibility options. The Android 14 will have larger font scaling. The scaling curve will also be non-linear to enable large text and small text elements to scale at different elements to enable balanced scaling. This also maintains the scale integrity of the elements, which are sized differently.
The TECNO CAMON 20 has a Premier 5G 5000 Times/s Sensor-Shift OIS Anti-shaking technology. It also contains the 50MP RGBW Ultra-Sensitive sensor, which enables the phone to provide SLR-level videos without shaking and clear night portraits. The 108MP Ultra Definition camera also delivers spectacular wide-angle video and photo shots.
TECNO has incorporated SLR camera in-body image stabilization into the TECNO CAMON 20 Premier 5G. This device can compensate for shakes up to 5000 times per second. Images and videos will be crisp and clear even when taken with an unsteady hand. It’s one of the most revolutionary anti-shake solutions within smartphone photography.
TECNO also hopes to demystify and popularize SLR anti-shake innovations in smartphones. Other solutions still compromise the quality of the photo or video. Every single ray of light is preserved without cropping the image. Up to 93% of footage can still be preserved, and it captures every emotion.
50MP RGBW Ultra-Sensitive Sensor for Night Portrait
The RGBW technology has brought about brilliant night portraits in devices that utilize it. It replaces the traditional “green” array solution, which uses an RGGB colour filter with a white filter. The RGBW sensor enables more light to be captured. The 16+6P lens increases the light intake. This is because it replaces one of the plastic lenses with a glass lens before the light reaches the main sensor. In addition, the main sensor in the TECNO CAMON 20 Premier 5G is increased from 1/1.73 to 1/1.56. The single pixel size is up from 0.8μm to 1.0μm. This has a 56.25% larger light-sensitive area. The resulting images are as close to real pictures as possible. You will never lose details in night photos.
CAMON PUZZLE Deconstructionist Design
It’s inspired by the deconstructionist genre of postmodern architecture, fusing TECNO’s magic skin with ceramic materials and creating the CAMON PUZZLE design. For the first time, TECNO will engrave 20 irregular ribs in a lychee pattern on the Magic Skin cover. Sapphire-grade ceramic will be integrated into the device’s back cover. This combination is a standout and stylish statement.
The fusion of ceramic materials in the TECNO CAMON 20 Magic Skin cover makes the phone comfortable and doesn’t retain fingerprints and other unsavoury marks. High-quality materials are a trendsetter within the industry. The design won the MUSE Design 2023 Gold Award and shows that TECNO is a smartphone design pioneer.
CAMON 20 Series Additional Features
The TECNO CAMON 20 Series has a 108MP Ultra Definition camera that captures wide horizon views. Additionally, it captures detailed macro close-ups. The 108MP camera also has 9-in-1 Adaptive Pixel tech that merges 9 pixels into a single 1.92um ultra-large one, improving light sensitivity by up to 9 times.
The TECNO CAMON 20It also has a 32MP front-facing AI-enabled front-facing camera for ultra-clear selfies. The Portrait Master beauty algorithm uses 319 dot face positioning to create accurate beauty analytics. It captures skin tone, culture, physical environment, and other factors to generate personalized beauty filters. It’s based on TECNO’s Big Data Platform, which empowers users by containing inclusive technology. Both cameras also support 4K and HDR video and dual portrait video.
The TECNO CAMON 20 Premier 5G also has a 6.67” AMOLED true-colour screen. It supports P3 wide colour gamut and has an 800000:1 ultra-high contrast ratio to clarify light and darker details. This makes images have a clear and brilliant image quality. The wide colour gamut is the same standard as the US film industry. In addition, it covers a larger colour area for cinema-quality picture colour. It also has a 47% narrower bottom bezel to create a full-screen viewing experience.
The TECNO CAMON 20 Premier 5G contains TUV Rheinland Eye protection certification display. It has a 120Hz Adaptive refresh rate. This filters 50% of the blue light emitted from the device to limit eye damage. This also reduces eye fatigue and light sensitivity. The multiple adjustable fresh rates can meet user demands based on their needs. It also has a high touch sampling rate of up to 360Hz, allowing instant and accurate fingertip responses. This creates no lags when scrolling through the screen.
The TECNO CAMON 20 has MediaTek’s new Dimensity 8050 processor. It will be one of the pioneers of the chip within the industry. It has a 6nm octa-core architecture and 3GHz CPU frequency for smoother and lag-free performance for regular apps and heavy games. The Triathlon Polymer Graphene Tri-State Heat technology also keeps the device cool when running heavy processes or being used outdoors. It also has 8GB+8GB extended RAM and 512GB ROM. The 5000mAh battery provides power for domestic, office, or leisure use. The phone also comes with a fast charger, giving the device an energy boost as fast as needed.
The CAMON 20 Series launch
The launch event happened at the Trademark Hotel, Nairobi. There was an electrifying performance by the TECNO CAMON 20 Series brand ambassador, Nyashinski, a renowned artist. In attendance was the TECNO Brand Manager, Peter Shi, who stated that the TECNO CAMON 20 Series was created to surpass the expectations of the smartphone user’s experience. It’s a phone to integrate seamlessly into various parts of users’ lives, governed by high connectivity, access to information, and instant communication.
The TECNO CAMON 20 Premier 5G will be available in Dark Welkin and Serenity Blue. The TECNO CAMON 20 Pro 5G and TECNO CAMON 20 Pro will also be in the same colours. However, the TECNO CAMON 20 will also have the Glacier Glow Glass. The series will be available in TECNO stores countrywide and Safaricom shops.
The TECNO CAMON 20 retails at Ksh. 26,999.
The TECNO CAMON 20 Pro will be available at Ksh. 30,999, while the TECNO CAMON Pro 5G will be Ksh. 39,999.
Finally, the TECNO CAMON 20 Premier 5G will be available at Ksh. 50,999. All prices listed are exclusive of VAT.
Gloria Mari is a culture writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. She writes on art, film, literature, health, and the environment. She has previously written for Kenya Buzz, People Daily, The Elephant, and Kalahari Review.