TECNO Mobile has recently launched its state-of-the-art CAMON 17P smartphone in South Africa, a move that is being watched closely as the brand continues to surge in sub-Saharan African markets.

TECNO topped handset sales in Africa in 2020, confirming its status as the Number 1 smartphone brand on the continent, and now, thanks to its new generation of smartphones, it is making inroads in South Africa as well.

We know that the South African consumer is spoilt for choice, so how do they evaluate the latest smartphone models best suited to their needs?

The truth is, most do not.

In fact, many people have become affected by what is termed ‘information paralysis’; that is, having too much information to make effective decisions. The purpose of this article is to assist users in their own decision-making processes when it comes to choosing a smartphone.

The CAMON 17P enters the South African market at a time when the Samsung A51 and Redmi Note 9 Pro have become fan favourites, so the big question is, how will it compare with its rivals?

The first point is that all three brands vary in terms of design, features, and functionality.

TECNO is an increasingly popular new generation brand whose smartphones boast tasteful, artistic designs and are equipped with contemporary cutting-edge camera technology.

Samsung and Redmi, on the other hand, have become popular brands because their smartphone models are often popular among price-conscious consumers.

Camera function – front and rear cameras

Twenty-first Century consumers are extremely savvy when it comes to understanding the technology and features that go into each smartphone model.

Camera capabilities and the supporting software are high on the priority list.

In this respect, the CAMON 17P and Redmi Note 9 Pro both come with 16MP front cameras, as opposed to the Samsung camera A51 at 32MP.

TECNO has always paid special attention to outstanding camera features, since selfies have become such an important part of millennial and GenZ users’ online identities.

The CAMON 17P allows users to capture selfies of a quality that is comparable to rear cameras on some smartphones.

Turning to the rear camera, the CAMON 17P and Redmi Note 9 Pro are both equipped with 64MP rear ultra-quad camera, while the Samsung A51 features a 48MP rear camera.

A standout of the CAMON 17P is its trademark TAIVOS technology, or TECNO AI Vision Optimisation Solution.

This provides users with incredible visuals, even in low-light environments.

TAIVOS is able to blur out background clutter and optimise every image clearly, thereby enhancing night photography effects.

The functions of the CAMON 17P are also smoother than similar products with both multi-camera and AI camera modes, providing breath-taking visuals.

Battery life and storage space

Powerful cameras need long-lasting battery and storage space.

The CAMON 17P comes in with 128G ROM + 6GB RAM as do the Samsung A51 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

In addition, the CAMON 17P boasts an long-stay, fastcharge 5000mAh battery, ensuring your device is always ready to go when you are.

The Samsung A51 has a smaller battery, though the Redmi Note 9 Pro has a slightly bigger battery of 5020mAh.

Where the CAMON 17P differs is in respect of its flash charging technology, meaning  the phone’s battery can be charged faster.

Mobile phone technicalities

When it comes to visual real estate, size does matter.

Among the three smartphone models, the Samsung A51 offers the smallest screen, a 6.5-inch full HD screen. The Redmi Note 9 Pro and CAMON 17P both have bigger screens at 6.67 and 6.8 inches respectively.

But again, the CAMON 17P has the edge.

The full HD mobile phone provides the user with ease of control and a more comprehensive view of mobile games and videos.

Finally, the CAMON 17P features the Android 11 operating system as opposed to the Samsung A51 and Redmi Note 9 Pro, both of which still offer Android 10.

All three phones deliver excellent functionality, but in the final analysis, the CAMON 17P stands out for its state-of-the-art enhancements and additional tools that provide so much more value for money.

To learn more about the competition and the new CAMON 17P, visit TECNO Mobile South Africa’s digital platforms: