The Tecno Camon CX and its counterpart Camon CX Air are two of the best budget phones in the market, but many buyers are often left in limbo when trying to figure out which is which, especially in terms of specs and features.
There are lots of blogs out there with comparisons of the two phones’ specs, but I’ve learned that quite a huge chunk of them are getting a few things wrong, especially when it comes to the performance specs. The duo was unveiled at the same time back in March and while they might look identical from the outside, the inside has some huge differences that you need to know about before deciding on which one to buy.
Design and display
The Camon CX and CX Air have the same design language and screen size, but the latter has a weaker resolution. Where you find a superior 5.5-inch 1080p panel on the standard CX, the entry-level CX Air has a 5.5-inch panel with a low-end 720p resolution.
Furthermore, the Camon CX has a 2.5D glass on top of the display panel that adds more beauty to its looks, something you won’t find on the Camon CX Air. Both phones have a sleek metallic structure that features cool rounded edges and subtle curves that add more elegance to their appearances. From a distance, it’s hard to tell the two apart, which is why you need to dig deeper in order to find out their differences.
It’s here where the major differences come in. Some bloggers have claimed that the Tecno Camon CX and Camon CX Air have the same processing power, however, this is not the case. After a little digging, I found that the standard CX has a more powerful MediaTek MT6750T octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and mated with 2GB RAM. As for the Camon CX Air, you get a weaker MediaTek MT6737 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.25GHz and mated with the same 2GB RAM.
Despite having the same RAM, the two deliver varied performance results due to the differences in processing units. In short, the Camon CX is more powerful than the CX Air.
Storage capacity and camera
As far as storage is concerned, the Camon CX and CX Air have the same package of 16GB, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot. However, you get different sets of cameras on the duo. Where the CX has 16MP sensors on either side, the CX Air has 13MP shooters on board.
Even though the superior megapixel count on the Camon CX doesn’t necessarily translate to better shots, you’ll get more details on this phone compared to the entry-level CX Air. Also, the selfies on the CX are better than those on the CX Air thanks to the massive 120-degree wide angle view on the front-facing 16MP sensor. Both phones have a dual-LED flash on the selfie camera and a quad-LED flash on the back camera for lighting up the place when taking shots in the dark.
Battery capacity and software
The two Camon CX phones come with the same 3200mAh battery unit, but only the CX adds fast battery charging technology. Given that the CX Air has a lower display resolution of 720p, you can expect the phone to last longer on a single charge than its counterpart, which has a more power hungry 1080p display resolution.
As for the software, the pair has Android 7.0 Nougat running the show out of the box. This is not stock Android, rather, you get a customized HiOS 2.0 skin on top.
Extras and price
Being 2017, Tecno did not take any chances with the extra features on the Camon CX and CX Air. Both phones have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, support for 4G LTE connectivity, dual-SIM, GPS and Bluetooth 4.2.
In terms of pricing, the cheapest you can get the Tecno Camon CX is Ksh 16,799 via Kilimall. Jumia and Avechi are currently selling the same phone at Ksh 17,349 and Ksh 17,499, respectively. As for the entry-level Camon CX Air, the best deal is at Avechi, where you only need Ksh 12,899 to get the phone. As for Jumia and Kilimall, the phone is priced at Ksh 14,899 and Ksh 14,499, respectively.