In the price range of less than Ksh. 30,000, we have the Tecno Camon 16 Premier and the Samsung Galaxy A51. These are mid-range phones for people who want good specs on a phone without paying a pretty penny. We put the two phones face to face in an effort to determine which phone offers the best value for the money.
Here are the specifications of the phone;
|Tecno Camon 16
||Samsung galaxy a51
|Pin up||Type||LCD touch screen||AMOLED touchscreen|
|Cut||6.9 inches, 116.9 cm2 (~ 88.7% of screen-to-body ratio)||6.5 inch, 102.0 cm2 (~ 87.4% of screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2460 pixels||1080 x 2400 pixels|
90Hz refresh rate
|Operating system||Android 10, HIOS 6.0||Android 10, a 2.1 user interface|
Mediatek MT6785 Helio G90T (12 nm)
Exynos 9611 (10 nm)
|CPU||Octa-core (2 × 2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 and 6 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)||Octa-core (4 × 2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4 × 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|SIM||Dual SIM||Dual SIM|
64 MP, f / 1.9, 26mm (wide), 1 / 1.73 ″, 0.8 µm, PDAF
|48 MP, f / 2.0, 26mm (wide), 1 / 2.0 ″, 0.8 µm, PDAF
12 MP, f / 2.2, 123˚ (ultra-wide)
5 MP, f / 2.4, (macro)
5 MP, f / 2.2, (depth)
|Selfie camera||48 MP, f / 2.2, 23mm (wide), 1 / 2.0 ″, 0.8 µm
8 MP, f / 2.2, 105˚ (ultra-wide), 1 / 4.0 ″, 1.12µm
|32 MP, f / 2.2, 26mm (wide), 1 / 2.8 ″, 0.8 µm|
|Drums||Cut||Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable||Li-Po 4000 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||Fast charge 33W, 70% in 30 min||Fast charge 15W|
|Ksh. 28,400||Ksh. 29,370|
Both phones have smooth rounded edges and have a premium look about them. They have a glass front and a plastic frame which can make them a magnet for fingerprint smudges. However, the Samsung Galaxy is thinner and weighs slightly less, which essentially makes it much easier to handle than the Camon 16.
The Camon 16 comes with a 6.6 inch FHD + (1080 x 2460 pixels) LCD display while the Samsung Galaxy A51 comes with a 6.5 inch HD LED display (1080 x 2400 pixels). On that front, you’ll get a better view of the Camon 16 due to the larger screen size and higher pixels.
Both screens were used to consume multimedia content such as movies, Youtube and social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook. However, the Camon 16 had an advantage due to the larger screen size and higher pixels.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier comes with a quad camera setup on the back that includes a 64 MP, f / 1.9, 26mm (wide), 8 MP, f / 2.3, 119˚ (ultrawide), 2 main camera MP, f / 2.4, (dedicated video camera) and a 2 MP, f / 2.4, (depth). On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A51 also has a quad camera setup including 48 MP, f / 2.0, 26mm (wide), 12 MP, f / 2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide), 5 MP, f / 2.4, (macro), 5 MP, f / 2.2, (depth). When it comes to the camera, the Camon 16, which has a more megapixel main camera, has a clear advantage.
The Camon 16 features a dual-camera configuration at the front consisting of 48 MP, f / 2.2, 23mm (wide), 8 MP, f / 2.2, 105˚ (ultrawide). On the other hand, the Galaxy A51 has a 32 MP, f / 2.2, 26mm (wide). As such, the Camon 16 Premier clearly has the upper hand in this aspect.
The Camon 16 runs on the Mediatek MT6785 Helio G90T (12nm) and Android 10 (Pie) operating system with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. While the Samsung Galaxy runs on Exynos 9611 (10nm) and also comes with Android 10 OS with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phones have held up in terms of performance, but the Galaxy A51 has fallen a bit behind in light, moderate and heavy use. In terms of performance, the Camon 16 clearly wins over the Samsung Galaxy A51. This can be attributed to the larger RAM, but the phone’s processor also has a higher rating on the GeekBench at 6692 (v4.4), 1672 (v5.1) while the Galaxy A51 processor has a rating of 5401 ( v4.4), 1294 (v5.1).
The Tecno Camon 16 comes with a 4500mAh battery while the Samsung Galaxy A51 comes with a 4000mAh battery. With a full battery, I was able to use the Pouvoir 4 for 2 days with fairly intensive use. However, the Galaxy A51 which has a slightly smaller battery may have taken me a day and a half. That said, battery wise, the big winner here is the Tecno Camon 16 Premier.
Both phones offer good value for money, but in this case considering performance and price, I have to go for the Tecno Camon 16 Premier.