With all the consumer attention and media frenzy focused on the more interesting aspects of a smartphone like its camera technology, battery capacity, and display, it can be easy to neglect what should be the bedrock of every device in this paranoid age: security. Fortifying user data and prioritizing user privacy are imperative, and no one does it better than the Google Pixel 3.

Android phones are, for the most part, not considered super secure. However, with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, one never feels like one’s privacy and need for security is not being taken seriously. This is largely down to the smartphones’ usage of the pure stock version of Android Pie, so whenever a security bug or vulnerability pops up, Pixel phones are the first to receive security patches.

Additionally, Google rolls out security patches on a monthly basis thereby ensuring that you are as safe from potential exploits and attacks as possible. The company also guarantees updates for up to three years, which is all the more reason to feel confident buying a Pixel 3.

So Google is always on top when it comes to timely software updates and patches, but what’s the deal with them anyway? Well, whenever a device connects to the Internet, it essentially exposes itself to all manner of exploits that can move past its default security configuration. If the device is not adapting to the hostile environment by updating itself regularly, it can’t hope to survive.

Along with security and privacy, transparency is of utmost importance as well. Google is apparently mindful of that, as it allows you to examine the Android code for the platform version as well as all of the updates.

With a whole team of dedicated engineers and security experts, Google takes the secure nature of its devices very seriously, and the Pixel 3 encapsulates that

Buying a smartphone is supposed to be the easiest and simple thing to do but you get overwhelmed by the the term thrown around by the sales reps ,you look for help online but it gets even more technical but today i am here to break down tech jargon to bits so normal people like you can understand.

Megapixels

A megapixel is a unit of image sensing capacity in a digital camera. The previous perception was that the higher a megapixel count of a camera was the higher the resolution and the perceived quality of a picture was.

That’s no longer true. The race to have the highest megapixel sensor is now over, and many companies have opted to get sensors with LESS megapixels, but with better light gathering ability via UltraPixel tech and variants of it.

Picture quality is a complicated mix of megapixels, sensor sizes, aperture size and the image processing techniques used to mash em all together. Just remember that a higher megapixel count doesn’t always mean a better photo.

Aperture

In photography terms, aperture is the measure of how much light a lens lets in. The lower the number, the more light gets in and the better the camera does in low-light situations. The lower the aperture, the shallower the depth of field is, which means you’re getting a more pronounced blurred background (bokeh) when you’re taking a shot.

High-end phones like Huawei’s P20 Pro has aperture openings of f/1.8 and lower, while most mid-range smartphones have openings of f/2.2 to f/2.0. Samsung has the bragging rights of being the only brand that has a phone with variable apertures, with the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus able to switch between a f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture when needed.

Sensor size

An image sensor is the part of the camera that actually captures light and transforms it into the image that you can see. The bigger the image sensor is, the more light it can collect and thus the better low-light performance can be. But since the space on a phone is limited, manufacturers opt to increase the pixel count without increasing the size of the sensor, which compromises light gathering ability in favor of resolution.

One of the reasons why manufacturers are using lower-resolution sensors compared to previous years is the fact that they’re sacrificing resolution for better light-gathering ability. Similar to HTC’s UltraPixel tech, many companies are now opting for low resolutions for better light gathering capability, improving low-light performance.

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Optical and Electronic Image Stabilization

Image stabilization does exactly what it sounds like – it stabilizes the camera lens when you’re taking a shot so your photo is nice, crisp and blur-free. There are two types: optical image stabilization uses mechanical means to keep the lens still when you’re shaking while electronic or digital image stabilization uses software to compensate for the shake.

Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)

Phase Detection Autofocus or PDAF is a kind of focusing technology that allows for fast focusing times compared to contrast detection tech used in other cameras. Focusing times are paramount when shooting fast moving subjects, with PDAF-equipped cameras delivering quick, sub 0.3s focus when you need it.

PDAF is usually accompanied by another kind of focusing tech in more expensive phones: laser AF. Again, the tech does exactly what it sounds like – shooting a laser at a subject and using the reflection to calculate distance and focus. Laser AF is good at shooting subjects up close and personal, however, it suffers when it’s shooting far away subjects. That’s why phones that have laser AF usually pair it with a PDAF or a more traditional contrast focusing system.

Shooting in RAW format

When a smartphone camera takes an image, it’s usually compressed and processed as a JPG file to save space on the phone. Shooting in RAW format simply means you’re saving the photo as it was seen by the camera sensor. It allows users to the freedom to correct stuff like exposure levels easier since there’s more information available.

AI-assisted shooting

AI tech in cameras is fairly new, and right now there isn’t a straight answer or definition that actually tells you what an AI-assisted camera does. The most common application though is scene detection, which the camera tries to guess what you’re shooting (portrait, food, lanscape, etc) and adjusts contrast, saturation and color accordingly to make the photo pop.

Portrait shooting

It’s the ability to blur the background against the foreground, mimicking shots taken with low aperture lenses forming “bokeh”. Many phones with dual camera systems have this feature in one way or another, but some phones are better at it than others.

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range is the ability of a camera to capture both highlights and low-lights in photos, especially in high contrast situations. It’s the measurement between the whitest whites and the blackest blacks. .

These are the terms used in smartphone photography,Did it help you ? let us find out in the comment section below

Everyone who knows me or has spoken to me knows i am an android fan boy and i love android to the max. I talk with a lot of people about mobile technology and I read a lot of comments. A common thread that comes up when people learn that I am Android fanboy is the sentiment that “Android is laggy”. So i am going to try set the record straight: Android isn’t laggy — but your phone or tablet may be.

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Android itself is plenty snappy so basically the problem isn’t with the operating system, but Android does things a bit differently than other mobile operating systems. Android runs tasks all the time, no much unlike most modern desktop computers. The more tasks you’re running, the slower your entire system gets. User interaction tasks, like key presses and mouse clicks, have to get in line just like every other task. Most of the time this approach works great, but sometimes things can get bogged down. When you run a lot of apps with a lot of tasks, lines can get long.

Perception of speed

Here is a little scenario as to how Android works;

Think of you shopping at the mall during a huge shopping day. Lines are long — ridiculously long. It doesn’t matter how smooth the checkout process is, or how friendly the people in line with you are, you’re going to be there a while — just like everyone else.

If someone has a HUGE basket, or they have problems with their payment, or the system can’t find one of the products they’re trying to purchase, that line backs up. People have to either wait, or change to other lines so they can keep moving. That’s the way your desktop and laptop computer work, and it’s pretty much the same for Android. The solution? Open more lanes and optimize the process, right?

Apple’s iOS is different, it puts its emphasis on the user interface above everything else. Essentially, any interaction by the user causes every other task to stop and wait for the user interaction to complete. In our shopping analogy, it would be like walking into the store and every employee stops what they’re doing to focus completely on you. That sounds wonderful, as long as you’re the one who gets all the attention. Everyone else hates you.  This gives the impression of a smooth and fluid experience, but tasks actually take longer to complete under this model than under the model that Android uses.

Hardware

As long as your Android-powered device has sufficient hardware you should be fine. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor (or above), a GIG of RAM (or more), and ample storage space should be plenty to keep your experience satisfactory. There are, however, two problems with this statement.

First, apps are continually changing. They’re getting new features which take more time to process. The hardware that ran all your apps quickly and efficiently with the previous version of all your apps may struggle to run the versions that were just released, not to mention updates that will arrive sometime in the future. This obviously will make my previous statement obsolete and out-of-date sooner than we’d all like to admit.

Second, not all versions of Android are created equal. There are two categories of Android: those that are AOSP-based, and those that are heavily customized by the OEM. HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Infinix,Tecno 3and others take “Android” and modify it — some more than others.

These custom layers can add additional features and functionality, but they come at a cost. Often times that cost is lag. The perfect case-in-point are the Pixel and nexus devices compared to their OEM equivalents. Because these phones are so high-end, the difference in speed (and lag) may be hard to notice, but it’s there if you look closely enough. Those who own the devices powered by stock Android say they’re faster and less laggy than those directly from HTC or Samsung. From my experience, I concur.

Insufficient hardware

It may seem obvious, but the opposite of “sufficient hardware” is “insufficient hardware”. Devices that fall into this category give every other Android-powered device a black-eye. People will see that a smartphone or tablet runs Android, look at an impossibly low price, then impulse buy it — without checking specs or user reviews. Sure, it might perform okay out of the box, but as apps are added or updated, it gets slower and slower until it’s almost unbearable to use.

These devices are cheap — and they’re usually inexpensive, too. Yes, there is a difference. I’m of the opinion that cheap hardware is usually far too expensive when you factor in all the variables.

This is probably Android’s biggest strength, too. Anyone can build a device powered by Android, even if it’s grotesquely under-powered. That’s why Android is currently selling on three out of every four handsets.

Android Go to the rescue?

Google’s Android Go is an extremely light version of the Android operating system based on the Android Oreo, and it is tailor-made for super budget smartphones.

This edition of android is designed to run very light, such that even devices running on 1GB of RAM, which would ordinarily be disastrous in terms of speed, feel fluid.

Google manages to do this by stripping down unnecessary Apps and as a result, the entire operating system takes up less than 2GBs of internal memory on a device. This would ordinarily take up close to, or even more than, 10GBs on devices running a conventional Android operating systems.

Android Go thereby is lowering the memory footprint of the OS and core apps. Doing so should help low-end devices run apps more fluidly and will help to combat the perception of “lag” that so many complain about.

Why is iOS immune?

In addition to the “perception” of speed that we talked about earlier, iOS has one major advantage over Android: Apple controls the hardware.

Think about it, Apple makes every single iPhone and iPad on the market. It controls the version of iOS that runs on each unit, and tweaks the apps and the user experience to take advantage of the hardware powering each device. This means some devices don’t get the features that an OS updates touts, and others get a watered down implementation of the new features.

Google doesn’t have that luxury with Android; OEMs can do as they please.

Android isn’t laggy

Despite what the naysayers say, Android itself isn’t laggy. OEMs who make cheap and under-powered devices are laggy, but those devices would be laggy regardless of which OS they ran.

OEMs (with otherwise sufficiently spec’d devices) that load bloated skins and launchers inadvertently make their devices feel slow and laggy.

Next time someone tells you that “Android is laggy”, point them to this article, and politely tell them that some OEMs deliberately or accidentally “lag up” Android, and you’d gladly help them select a smartphone or tablet that will shame them.

 

Infinix Ghana yesterday launched their new gadget the Infinix Note 5 smartphone which is the successor to the Note 4 and Note 4 Pro which were launched in 2017. The Note 5 will be the second Infinix device to run on AndroidOne, the first device was the HOT 2.

Note 5 was made in partnership with Google it features the Android One Specially designed by Google, Android one is smart, Secure and brings Google’s latest powered AI innovations to the Note 5.The device comes pure stock android to give you that pure android feel and also has no preinstalled app like the previous Note series.

The phone comes with the tag “Beyond Intelligent”, the Note 5 smartphone is equipped with an amazing display, which provides users with superb viewing and entertainment experience with an Infinity 6.0’’ FHD screen (2160 x 1080 pixels), 18:9 aspect ratio and 500 nit brightness. The edge-to-edge screen also makes the device look stunning, both from a design and a technological perspective.

It features a 16MP low-light front camera, which allows selfie lovers to take professional selfies even in low light. As for the rear camera, it is supported by a 12MP resolution.

Its long-lasting battery will provide up to 3 days on average usage with a 4500mAh battery, built with a 3A Fast Charge that will keep users fully functional throughout the day.

The dimension is reduced but the screen size has been increased compared to its predecessor which leads to a screen-to-body ratio of 75%. It comes with a Glass finish uni-body design with tampered edges for perfect hand handling.

Infinix Note 5 Specifications

  • 6.0 FHD+ with Infinity Display (1080*2160 resolution)
  • Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
  • Helio P23 Octa-core CPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 12MP Rear and 16MP Front camera
  • Fingerprint
  • 4500mAh battery with Quick Charge 3A

Features Of Infinix Note 5

DISPLAY AND DESIGN

The device has a glossy metal build with cutting curved edge technology. Its rear camera is well positioned at the back as well as the fingerprint scanner. Its volume rocker, SIM tray and power button are all placed at the side.The dimension is reduced but the screen size has been increased compared to its predecessor which leads to a screen-to-body ratio of 85%. It comes with a Glass finish uni-body design with tampered edges for perfect hand handling.

One of its key features, the Note 5 comes with a 6.0” FHD+ with an 18:9 display aspect ratio. It provides an infinity display which is empowered by MiraVision to bring a powerful visual experience across extreme lighting conditions.

Camera

Note 5 comes with a 12MP + Dual Flash f/2.0 rear camera with 1.2um pixel range picking the best suitable settings for high-quality images. There is a 16MP smart camera for taking selfies in bright and low-light conditions.With the Note 5’s front camera, the users get the most out of their selfies in both low light and bright surroundings. On the other hand, the smart 12MP back camera with its 1.25µm large pixels gives high quality images by judging its environment and choosing the best possible lighting accordingly!.Infinix Note 5 will also support Google Lens – a new way to search what you see and interact with the world around you. You can take action on text, identify distinct plant and animal breeds, learn more about popular landmarks and discover products similar to the ones that catch your eye – like furniture and apparel. The feature will be available right in the Note 5 camera and through the Google Assistant.The Note 5 sees an implementation of AI scene detection in its camera, meant to help users take better shorts depending on the scenery, especially while on the outside. You will also experience AI-induced bokeh effects especially when taking selfies.

BATTERY AND OS

The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo on Google’s Android One providing an amazing experience. The intuitive software from Google provides a remarkable experience with inbuilt artificial intelligence powered innovations.

Note 5 is powered by an Helio P23 octa-core chipset which clocks at a 2.0 GHz CPU speed. It has a 4GB RAM and a 64GB internal memory which is expandable up to 128GB via the micro SD card slot.

The Note 5 has a huge 4500 mAh long lasting battery, provides a three-day usage time with ease. It boasts a high speed 3A fast charge which allows users to spend maximum time with the phone and the least amount of time connecting it to the charger and it also has an AI to manage the power usage so you are assured of good power management.

These salient features of this incredible handset will give it a comfortable lead over its competitors in any market on the globe.If you are an ardent lover of the Infinix XOS skin on top of Android you are going to miss features like three finger screenshots, scroll shots, gestures, etc., there’s more to be happy about as security updates will be really fast, and also you’ll be among the first in line to get Android P when it launches.

If all you want is working cameras, and good performance you’re sorted. If all you want is a good display with good battery life. It seems you’re sorted. But all this is subject to my full review of the device coming soon. Would love to see how it performs in the real world. How it handles tasks. What sort of pics it takes. And how that huge battery is handled by stock Android.

The Infinix Note5 is selling @ GHC 810 at all Infinix exclusive shops,franko trading shops and trusted dealers

Hacking is no longer restricted to computers, but has moved to smartphones. Besides getting access to your private information and location, a hacker can also easily get access to your email, social media and bank accounts on your smartphone.

While most people aren’t targets of the government, hackers are always on the hunt to steal financial and personal information of the common man. For instance, your email account on the smartphone, paves way for the hacker to reset your banking and other sensitive passwords.

In this article, we have compiled a list of  methods that you can use to keep yourselves safe from hackers and government backed attacks.

1. Keep your smartphone up to date

Always install software updates as soon as they become available on your smartphone, as these updates are known to contain fixes for flaws that might give hackers a way into your device. The same is also applicable for apps. Keep them updated to ensure that bugs and flaws are not exploited.

2. Lock your smartphone with a passcode

This method along with an accompanying self-destruct feature that might wipe a phone’s data after too many wrong guesses can help you keep your device safe if/ falls in the wrong hands. Make guessing your password difficult for others with the use of six digits passcode rather than a four-digit passcode. To make it even more difficult, use a combination of letters and other characters in your password to further increase the number of possible combinations.

3. Avoid connecting your smartphone to free or public Wi-Fi networks as much as possible

Who doesn’t love free Wi-Fi? But everything free comes with its own set of risks. Using free Wi-Fi at public places for checking your bank accounts and emails on your smartphone could be risky as it may expose your smartphone to hackers looking to get sneak in. Hence, it is important to limit your activities on your smartphone while you are using free public Wi-Fi.

4. Always keep your Bluetooth off when in public

Many of us forget to switch off the Bluetooth on our smartphone after using it. This could prove to be a culprit for hacking. So, always make sure to switch off the Bluetooth on your device when you’re not using it.

5. Be prepared to track your smartphone

It is always better to plan things in advance before any adverse situation occurs. In this case, we are talking about keeping your data safe in the event your device is stolen.

Use the “find my device” services offered by both Apple and Google that assists in locating your smartphone on a map, and remotely lock or erase it. For Apple users, this is accessed through the iCloud website – you can check it’s enabled on the phone in Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. While there isn’t anything comparable built into Android phones, but Google’s Android Device Manager App, along with a handful of others made by third parties, can be downloaded for free from the Google Play app store.

6. Only Buy or Install Apps from First Party Vendors like Apple or Google

A third-party app from a non-secure site is likely to carry Trojans and backdoors and embedded malware or malicious software that might corrupt the operating system, while also stealing personal data. In order to stay secure, only buy or install apps from first party vendors like Apple or Google. Also, be cautious about suspicious permissions requested by apps such as those to make phone calls, connect to the Internet or disclosing of personal information to third parties.

7. Ensure online services are locked

While auto-login can be considered as a useful feature for typing password, it also makes your smartphone an easy target for a hacker to easily open your browser and gain access to all your online accounts. Preferably, avoid using auto-login features on your smartphone and instead use a password manager app that requires to regularly re-enter a master password. Also, try avoid using the same password for more than one app or service, as if this password gets hacked, this could be used to gain access to all your other private information. This is also applicable for secure smartphones as hackers break into online services on a regular basis to steal user credentials, which they later use to try out on other sites.

8. Lock individual apps

If you have a lot of apps that you’re constantly logged into, then it would be best if you lock those apps. While this capability isn’t built into the OS, there are many free apps such as AVG AntiVirus Free that provide it. In case of iOS users, they cannot directly lock individual apps, and would need an app to do so. You can check out ‘Folder Lock’, which is a free app available on the App Store that lets you password-protect your personal files, photos, videos, documents, contacts, wallet cards, notes and audio recordings.

9. Be aware of things happening in the background

Many a times, when we download a file from an email or install an app from a website, we are not aware of things that happen behind the scenes in spite of however trustworthy these sources may be. As an additional security measure on your smartphone for online activities, you can install ‘LogDog’ – a security app available for both Android and iOS. All you need to do is you give it permission to log in on your behalf to the accounts that you wish to monitor such as Facebook, Dropbox, Gmail, Evernote, Yahoo!, and Twitter. It will continuously monitor those accounts via their own respective activity logs for anything suspicious and will notify you immediately of any events that suggest tampering.

10. Review apps installed on your smartphone

It is a good practice to review all the apps installed on your smartphone regularly. Even though you may have been downloaded the apps from a trustworthy source, the subsequent updates could have turned them into something more evil.

iOS users can check what permission the apps installed on the smartphone are using by going to Settings > Privacy and get all the required information. However, Android users will need to take help of security apps to get an overview of which apps have which permissions. Users can use free packages from Avast and McAfee that alert them while installing a malicious app or issue a warning at the time of a phishing attack.

Twitter now supports a USB security key, called Yubikey as a part of two-factor authentication making it more difficult for hackers to breach the account. This means that you can open your Twitter account with that physical/USB key instead of a code sent to your phone.

On 26th June, Twitter announced that a compatible physical key can be plugged into your computer or use NFC to communicate with your phone. A security key is a small physical device that is used to verify an attempted login.

Once connected with your phone or computer, it works as an additional factor of authentication for logins that require extra security. Unless someone has access to that USB key, they won’t be able to open your account. Twitter said that in order to set up a physical two-factor key security, that user’s account must have a verified mobile phone number.

“This is an important change to defend against people who try to take advantage of our openness,” said Twitter.

These efforts on behalf of Twitter are meant to improve security and privacy by using machine learning algorithms to automatically reduce malicious bots and spam across the site. The move came from social media platform weeks after its announcement of urging more than 330 million users to change their passwords after a bug.

Twitter has rolled out the new two-factor security verification on 26th June. Anyone with the setting enabled can use its support page to set up the new login verification setting.

However, the social networking giant isn’t the first company to roll out universal two-factor protections to its users. Google first made headlines by introducing the feature as part of its Advanced Protection Program, which helps protect against government-backed hackers.

We all are addicted to smartphones and curbing smartphone addiction is not something easy to do. Currently available for Android, an app Siempo can curb your smartphone addiction by customizing the home screen of your smartphone into a Black and White interface. The app comes with numerous features that help you keep away from your smartphone and minimize the time you spend using it. The Black and White home screen design is free from colorful logs, distracting icons and badges that push you to spend more time on your smartphone.

One of the best features of this app is “Batching Notifications” which let you personalize your notification setting and set the schedule when you want them to pop up on your screen. This will stop the unnecessary interruptions everytime you get a new notification. Moreover, by installing Siempo different time wasting apps are randomized which makes them hard to find and you won’t spontaneously open them. Another feature to minimize your distraction is you can lock your screen so whenever you will try to open it, a notification “Stay off your phone” will appear.

Andrew Dunn, the CEO of the app said:

“Users have reported that merely the act of identifying which apps they want to use less creates a huge shift in their relationship with that app. We aim to be a good, trusted, impactful tech company that is on the user’s side, respecting their wellbeing and privacy.”

However, if you cannot commit to the idea of the minimalist home screen by setting its White and Black interface, you can also switch it to greyscale which is slightly less distracting. The app is currently available on Google Play store in its beta version which is free but the company has a plan to charge for it in the future. The company is also trying to collaborate with different smartphone brands to make Siempo their default interface.

Cradle Fund CEO, Nazrin Hassan, died after his mobile phone exploded while charging. The explosion also resulted in a fire that caught his home.

Cradle Fund is a Malaysian startup influencer that has helped fund over 70 tech startups in the country. According to reports, Hassan had two smartphones, one Blackberry and the other was a Huawei model. Last week, one of his two smartphones exploded while charging next to his bedside.

Reports claim the mattress first caught the fire which later spread across the room leading to the CEO’s death. In another report, it is claimed that broken pieces of the phone hit Hassan on the back of the head which unfortunately led to “trauma” injury. The police, however, concluded that Hassan died due to smoke inhalation after being trapped in the fire.

Cradle Fund issued the statement saying that:

“The post-mortem report concluded the cause of death as being a complication of blast injuries attributable to an exploding handphone that was being charged next to him. Cradle has lost a passionate, innovative and humble leader and the startup community has lost an inspiring leader. His vision and love for innovation will always be at the core of what we do. Nazrin loved his work, but his greatest love was for his wife and children.”

According to The Malaysian Insight, Hassan’s brother-in-law said the following in a message on social media,

“He had two phones, one Blackberry and a Huawei. We don’t know which one exploded. Who would have thought such an innocuous routine procedure is the reason three young kids will grow up without their father by their side.”

According to an official statement issued by Cradle Fund,

“The post mortem report concluded the cause of death as being a complication of blast injuries attributable to an exploding hand phone that was being charged next to him.”

Samsung has recently announced the launch of its Galaxy J2 Pro smartphone. The device supports all the essential functions of the phone such as calling and texting but it cannot connect to 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, or even Wi-Fi. This smartphone is the first of its kind that does not provide support to all the connectivity functions.

The smartphone comes with DioDic4 English dictionary app, a calendar app, calculator, and an FM radio. There is technically an LTE modem in the phone, it’s disabled for everything but calls and texting. If you want, you can even opt or a data plan that limits how many texts you can send.

The internet free device is aimed towards students in particular who need to focus on their studies without any distractions. Using Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro wouldn’t give students to access to the outside world whether it’s social media, games, or even a web browser. It will help them to get focused on their task. However, this smartphone can also be an option for people who don’t use the internet from their smartphones and only need to make phone calls or send text messages.So if you want to curb your internet addiction this is the right phone for you

It is currently available in two colours, black and gold .

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro:

  • 5-inch QHD Super AMOLED display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 2,600mAh replaceable battery
  • Storage microSD slot

 

TECNO Unveils 24MP Selfie Camera Smartphone & a Range of Smartphones on Android™ Oreo™ System at 2018 Global Spring Launch
April 6, 2018, Lagos, Nigeria – Global premier mobile phone brand TECNO under TRANSSION HOLDINGS, launched the first 24MP clear selfie camera smartphone – TECNO CAMON X Pro in Africa. TECNO also teamed up with world’s premier internet company Google, to launch a range of smartphones on Android™ Oreo™ System (Go edition) at its 2018 Global Spring launch which took place at the prestigious Eko Hotel and suite, Victoria Island Lagos.


Andy YAN, Vice President of TRANSSION HOLIDINGS reiterated the brands innovative culture from its formative years till date. He dissected the challenges of emerging markets, their realities and TECNO’s commitment to continually rollout innovative products that are very competitive and accessible to the end users. “At TECNO, we do not adopt a one-size-fits-all approach in developing our products. We take insights from our consumers’ habits, preferences and needs to develop the next groundbreaking product that fits perfectly into their lifestyle and consequently displaces the competition”.
“We are not strangers to the business climes in Africa and other emerging markets of the world,” Stephen HA, Managing Director of TECNO Mobile, added. “in fact, our insights about these markets inform our creativity and define our competitive edge.”

TECNO CAMON X Pro: 24MP Clearer Selfie with Live FACE ID
The CAMON X Pro debuts a 24MP + 16MP front and rear cameras with an increased image definition of 30% over that of the CAMON CX to ensure that images are clear and sharp. It dons a 6-inch FHD screen with industry leading 18:9 full view screen, 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM and superfast face recognition technology (featured by FACE ID access).
With a dual ISP image processor, the device can process actions a lot faster as both processors work synchronously together compared to the previous generations of the CAMON. Dark state and noise reduction on the CAMON X has been upgraded by 20% with the memory color function so as to ensure natural color reduction while balancing the color so it can be more pleasant for users to capture incredibly stunning pictures. With portrait background bokeh, the background virtualization function of both CAMON X and X Pro produce strikingly beautiful selfies with little interference from the background.
“You cannot say you have built a next generation smartphone if the device dons a regular camera regardless of its stellar design and features. Smartphone photography is the newest trend and several startup businesses depend on the proficiency of their mobile phone camera to grow their businesses. Thus, the latest CAMON duos are designed to deliver unimaginable precision and appeal to the consumer – a proposition we are proud of. ” Philex MENG, CMO of TECNO Mobile said.


Nowadays, smartphones have become a major part of our lives and form part of our style. The CAMON X and CAMON X Pro debuts a new Face ID technology that can be used to unlock the phone when lighting up the screen. By grasping the face information, the Face ID has 50ms recognition rate and is more functional that the fingerprint identification feature. Also, the HiOS UI identifies components causing heating in the background and quickly cools off the phone through a series of methods such as background cleaning.
Compared with the previous generation products, both in speed and power consumption has been significantly improved by leveraging Mediatek’s helio P23.“Everyone expects their new smartphone to do more and better, that’s why MediaTek designed the Helio P23 chipset to enable mobile phones to capture better, connect better and share more..”says Rami Osman, Director MEA for Sales and Marketing at MediaTek, a global leader of high performance and power efficient chipsets. Commenting on the collaboration with TECNO, Mr. Osman adds:“running on a chipset with 2 Ghz speed, 16 nano meter silicon, and a dedicated hardware for image signal processing will give CAMON X and X Pro longer battery life with fantastic photo and video capture experience, and that’s what we do best… combining high-end features with affordability.”


TECNO F Series: Built For Speed by Google Android™ Oreo™ System
At the launch, TECNO Mobile also unveiled a new smartphone series called the F Series. This TECNO’s mid-range smartphones comes with impressive processing memory and commendable cameras. The TECNO F series dons full display IPS Touchscreen, 2MP front cameras for F1 and F2, and 5MP front cameras for POP1 (F3). All of them are with wide degree Selfie Panorama which will enable users rotate the device from side-to-side in order to take stunning wide-angle selfies.
TECNO F series are powered by Android™ Oreo™ (Go Edition) which is optimized to offer consumers a number of benefits including a smooth and fast experience tailored to devices with 1GB of RAM or less, new and reimagined Google apps for entry-level smartphones including GoogleTM Go, YouTube Go, and the Google Assistant for Android (Go edition) and an enhanced data efficiency.
Sagar Kamdar, Director, Product Management, Android, said: “Android Oreo (Go edition) is specifically optimised to bring the magic of Google and Android to smartphones with limited memory and processing power. We’re excited to see TRANSSION group take the next step towards bringing computing to more people by launching Android Oreo (Go edition) phones on its brand.”
“We are also delighted to announce our partnership with Google. As the mobile industry continue to evolve and consumers continue to ask for more, we are certain with our expertise and resourceful partnerships with the likes of Google, we will be able to effectively cater for the needs of mobile phone consumers in emerging markets” Arif Chowdhury, Group Vice President TRANSSION concluded.
The F Series will ship in early-April to Nigeria and The CAMON X series will ship in mid-April to mobile phone markets across the world and the prices will be based on the local market rates.

About Tecno Mobile
TECNO Mobile is the premium mobile phone brand of Transsion Holdings with a comprehensive mobile devices portfolio across feature phones, smartphones and tablets. As a brand, TECNO is dedicated to transforming state-of-art technologies into localized products under the guideline of “Think Globally, Act Locally”. Established in 2006, TECNO has presence in more than 40 countries across the globe. As one of the fastest growing international brands, TECNO has achieved a cumulative sales volume of 100 million units. It is now one of the top three mobile phone brands in Africa and a major player worldwide.

About Transsion
Transsion Holdings, best known in emerging markets for its leading mobile brands including TECNO, itel, Infinix and Spice, is a diversified international group specializing in mobility solutions and present in 50+ countries globally. Its brand portfolio also comprises Carlcare for after-sales services, Oraimo for mobile accessories as well as Syinix for home appliance. Transsion has sold more than 200 million Dual-SIM mobile handsets globally and as per IDC, in 2016, the market share of mobile brands under Transsion reached 38% in Africa. In 2016, Transsion officially entered India with its brand itel and has achieved the second Most Preferred Brand in India (as per CMR report 2017 Q1). In the same year, Transsion’s three mobile phone brands have been selected in 2016 Top 100 Most Admired Brands for African Consumers with TECNO ranked 14th, itel ranked 25th as well as Infinix ranked 37th.

Infinix Ghana opened it’s first Experience shop in Ghana last tuesday at the Achimota Retail centre, the Experience shop opening offered the media the opportunity to be the first to preview Infinix’s latest flagship device, the S3.

 

The new Infinix Experience Shop at Achimota Retail Centre is to offer customers the full infinix experience across smart phones category,customers will enjoy a premium shopping experience with world class customer services from trained shop assistants and managers. Undoubtedly, anyone who visits the new infinix Experience Shop will have a truly memorable experience.

The Experience shop is the place to go to for all infinix devices and quick help with you infinix smartphone software issues but all major repair will be still handled by calcare the officail repair centre for infinix devices.The shop also has a charging dock for you to charge your phone whilst you shop.

The Infinix S3 was also launched on the same day.The new Experience shop is a good initiative as it will serve as intermediary between the customer and the brand and it will also help solve minor issues without having to go to calcare for repairs, i hope the experience shop will be replicated nationwide as it will help solve many minor issues for infinix users .

PICTURES FROM THE SHOP OPENING

 

Infinix gave us HOT S we are thrilled ,then they gave us the S2 with the first wide angle selfie camera called wefie which proved to us that budget smartphones could not only look good, but also have good specifications and take good photos too.

Infinix Ghana is about to launch their first device in 2018 and the device to lead the entry is the heir to the well loved S2 which has paid it dues and now has to give way for a new heir which is the S3 ( HOT S3 ).  The S3 is going to be the first INFINIX device to have the now popular 18:9 aspect ratio with a Full HD resolution.

The display is 5.65 inches and maintains the 2.5D curved screen that has become sort of a signature design choice for Infinix smartphones. The phone boasts of a screen-to-body ratio of 81%.

The major change S3 is bringing is the processor; the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 coupled with Adreno 505 GPU and either 3GB  RAM and 32GB ROM respectively.

There is also another change in the camera setup ; there are no more dual front cameras and instead there is a single 20MP front camera with  dual LED flash and also  a single 13MP back camera (also with dual LED) which I hope takes even better photos than last year’s model. The S3 runs on Oreo out of the box and  that means the phone supports Project Treble which translates to significantly faster updates for your smartphone.

The S3 comes with a massive 4000mAh battery which promises incredible battery life, unlike its predecessors, this phone supports fast charging, so you’re sure you won’t wait long hours to have significant power in your smartphone.

 

From the above information gathered about the phone it promises to be a great and promising device ,The phone hasn’t launched in Ghana but the price should be around 700 -790 GHS.

 

Smartphones have become a part of our everyday lives; We use them for communication, taking pictures, saving documents on the cloud, internet browsing and even as a power bank to charge other smartphones, basically we cannot live without our smartphones. Since the smartphone is now part of our lives it is advisable to buy a smartphone that will be the perfect fit for you  but then, with the wide variety of smartphones available in the market it is never easy to decide which one to pick. It is always tough deciding the one that may suit our needs best.

Here’s a list of things you should consider before you decide to buy your next smartphone.

After Sales Services:

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If you are buying any smartphone, the first thing you have to check is if it is launched in Ghana officially or not. Also make sure, the smartphone company has a service center nearby your location. So if anything goes wrong with your smartphone, you can fix it at its service center. At the time of purchasing ask for receipt and original company warranty card and make sure you are getting a device on the sealed packed box. It is better to buy a smartphone from showrooms rather than from mobile retail stores because I have heard that many retailer shops exchange original accessories from the box with duplicate one. Though you will get less discount, at showrooms compared to retailer stores, but you will be on a safe side and don’t have to worry if you are being scammed.Please do not go buying phones at the roadside all in the name of getting a good bargain you might end up worse off.

Build Quality And Design

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Build is all about durability of a smartphone. The entire handset market is largely divided in two types of builds — metal and plastic.
There are some that even have glass-coated panels, but those are very limited. If you are one of those prone to dropping your smartphone, it’s advisable to go for a metal or a plastic built handset.
These can sustain drops from 2-3 feet, while glass-based handset are sure to shatter.

The definition of a good or bad smartphone design is highly subjective, but if you care about build quality and aesthetics, look for a metal or glass design, or a phone that offers both. There are some cheap handsets that have plastic bodies, but in general, we’d avoid them unless your top consideration is to save money. (One of the benefits of a glass back is that it enables the phone to provide wireless charging, but you should check to make sure that this feature is offered.)

If you’re concerned about durability, make sure your phone is water-resistant. A typical spec you’ll see is IP67, which means that the phone should be able to survive being submerged in 3 feet  (about 1 meter) of water for 30 minutes. In other words, you won’t have to worry about your phone being damaged if it gets wet.

A handful of phones, such as the Moto Z2 Force, go the extra mile by featuring a shatterproof glass display. But at the very least, you should shop for a phone that has a Gorilla Glass display, which should protect your device from short drops (though a protective case will help with that, too).

Processors

A good phone needs a good processor which will help it translate to faster open times for apps, smoother gameplay and quicker photo editing, but you don’t have to pay attention to cores or clock speed. It’s better to look at the performance results in phone reviews, such as Geekbench, which measures overall performance, as well as real-world tests runs.

Apart from Apple,Samsung and Huawei who produce their own processors ,most smartphone producers depend on MediaTek and Qualcomm.smartphones that come with Qualcomm chipset as Qualcomm’s GPUs (Adreno) are always better than the GPUs found on MediaTek and Exynos chipset.

Among Android phones, the Snapdragon 835 and currently the 845 processor is the class-leading chip. It’s the processor to get if you want the best possible virtual-reality and gaming performance, as well as better efficiency, which translates to longer battery life.

The Snapdragon 600 series powers midtier smartphones, such as the Moto G5 Plus. These processors offer good overall performance, but don’t expect to play the most demanding games without lag, or to experience great VR.

Other CPU players include Huawei, whose octa-core Kirin processor provides advanced AI capabilities in the Mate 10 Pro. For instance, the camera is smart enough to recognize whether you’re shooting flowers or food in real time and adjusts its settings on the fly.

So if you are a heavy user who need to edit images/videos/documents online, play heavy games, stream videos or often use apps in split screen mode, then smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung’s Exynos, Huawei’s Kirin should make multitasking fluid for you.

Light users will be happy with handsets that come with MediaTek processors.

RAM and Memory

Most people complains that their smartphones start getting lags after 3-4 months usage and  the reason behind this is lack of enough RAM . If you have had your Android device for a while, you have probably started to notice some lag that wasn’t there before. Apps load a bit slower, menus take a bit longer to show up and you have probably installed more apps as you continue to use your device, some of which open at startup and run in the background. If you have installed a lot of apps that run in the background, they can consume CPU resources, fill up RAM, and slow down your device.If you are going to buy a smartphone please avoid buying phones with 1gb ram it will fail when you need it the most, if you are a light user 2gb ram will be good enough for you but if you are a heavy user then you have to get at least 3gb ram and above to be able to multitask fluidly.

Apps are becoming bigger and bigger and updates are also not getting any smaller so in order to avoid  the usual “not enough memory syndrome ” avoid buying 8gb rom and 16gb rom devices they will fail you also , the least amount of memory on a phone in 2018 should be 32gb rom for standard devices and 64 for flagships.

Given that some games can easily take up more than 1GB of storage — not to mention how many high-res photos and videos smartphone owners are capturing — we highly recommend opting for as much internal storage as possible.

The minimum on most premium handsets these days is 32GB. We recommend 64GB if you shoot a lot of photos and video, and 128GB if you like to record 4K video and download a ton of games.

A microSD card can help expand your storage. It is available on many Android phones, but Apple’s phones don’t offer this option.

 

Camera

 

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We are at a point in smartphone evolution where the camera matters more than the processor, especially considering most people use their phones as their primary shooters. More and more smartphones boast cameras with at least 12 megapixels, but don’t go by only that stat. Instead, pay attention to image quality, aperture, speed and features.

The Tecno Phantom and Infinix Zero 5 impress with their dual cameras on the back, offering a true 2x optical zoom and Portrait Mode for blurring out the background (adding a bokeh effect). The Infinix Zero 5 goes a step further with a camera on the front that enables Portraits.The Google Pixel 2 offers a Portrait Mode without dual cameras, as it leverages artificial intelligence and software to create the same effect with the rear and front cameras. But what impresses us even more is the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s low-light performance. The phone’s wide f/1.8 aperture (the lower the number, the wider the aperture), combined with Google’s advanced HDR technology, outgunned the latest iPhones indoors. When it comes to video, pay attention not just to the resolution but also the frame rate. 4K at 60 frames per second is considered cutting edge. But the stability of that footage is also key, so look for lenses that offer optical (and not digital) stabilization.

When buying a smartphone for pictures and videos smartphone, make sure your smartphone has Sony or Samsung’s Image sensors. Higher number of pixels mean that the size of the image is bigger, which becomes more sharper when seen on a small screen.

A photographer enthusiast might want a camera with 12 or 16MP sensor under f/2.0 or lower aperture for speedy shots even in low lights. A casual shooter can go by even with an 8MP 0r 12MP camera with f/2.0-f/2.2 aperture.

Display

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The size and resolution of display depends on how you use your smartphone. If you often stream videos, edit photos or videos, or download and view movies, then a smartphone display ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch, full-HD or QHD resolution should be good enough for you.

Anything larger than a 6-inch display not just makes the handset extra bulky, but also difficult to carry around. If you are a regular user and largely use the smartphone for checking emails, chatting and browsing social media apps, then anything from 5-inch to 5.5-inch HD or full-HD display handsets is perfect, so in choosing a display make sure the display comes with AMOLED or IPS LCD panel. The AMOLED screen produces more vibrant colors and deep back, whereas IPS LCD screen produces natural colors. If the display is 5inch or below 5inch, 720×1280 pixels resolution should be enough to produce sharp text. But if the display, then above 5 inches makes sure the resolution is a Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) or higher. Also, don’t forget to check viewing angles and brightness of the display before purchasing any smartphone.

Battery

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The battery usage differs from user to user depending on the way he/she uses the smartphone.

Fast Charging
If you want to be able to juice your phone up in a hurry, check to see whether your phone offers fast wireless charging. If you’re shopping for an Android phone, you might check that it supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 (or an earlier version of the standard).

The latest iPhones also offer fast charging, but they come at a cost.

Removable Battery
Removable batteries have fallen out of favor with most smartphone-makers, especially with more users demanding water resistance. But there are some benefits to this kind of design. Once your existing battery stops holding a charge for as long as it did when it was fresh, you can just swap in a new one without having to pay for a replacement service or a new phone.

If you are a heavy user and work on apps, play games, stream videos and more then go for a smartphone with at least 3500mAh battery or above. If you are an average or light user, a handset with 3000mAh battery would be good enough to run for a full day.

OS TYPE :IOS OR ANDROID

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Android
Android dominates worldwide smartphone sales, and for good reason. You will find many more choices than iOS when it comes to design, display size, specs, capabilities and price. Plus, Android is an open OS, which means it’s easier to customize with awesome launchers and widgets.

With the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo, Google now offers faster performance, a picture-in-picture feature for having two apps open at once and Notification Dots to quickly see what’s new.

However, when a new version of Android arrives, it can take several months (or longer) for the updated OS to hit your phone. There are two exceptions to this: Google’s own Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, which get security and software updates directly from Google. Otherwise, check to see if the phone maker has announced when (and if) it’s planning to upgrade its devices to the latest version of Android.

iOS
All of the latest iPhones as well as older handsets like the iPhone SE — run the latest version of Apple’s operating system. iOS 11 offers several enhancements, including a more useful Control Center, editing of Live Photos, a real files app (finally) and a redesigned app store.

The biggest reasons to opt for an iOS device include its ease of use, access to OS updates as soon as they’re available (unlike most Android phones) and  ability to work seamlessly with Apple devices (such as the iPhone and the Mac). iOS is also more secure than Android.

Apple’s App Store tends to get the hottest apps and games before Android, partly because developers have an easier time targeting a smaller set of devices that have similar specs, so when buying a smartphone it is advisable to buy an OS you are comfortable with but do not buy based on hearsay or what is trending.For frequent OS updates apple is ahead of android; apple supports a device with up to 4 years of update support whilst android devices like the pixel series enjoy up 2 years updates support whilst android devices take time due to OEM’S lackadaisical attitude .

Security/extra features

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Fingerprint vs. Facial Recognition Security
A fingerprint sensor makes it fairly easy to unlock your phone without having to enter a password or PIN. Most of these devices are fairly fast but can get tripped up if you have sweat or crumbs on your fingers.

We would pay attention to the placement of the sensor when buying a phone. For instance, LG places its sensor in the middle on the back of its phones, while Samsung’s sensor is awkwardly located next to the camera on the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8.

The iPhone’s Touch ID lets you buy items in the App Store and real-world goods via Apple Pay, while fingerprint sensors in Samsung phones can be used with the Samsung Pay service or Android Pay. Once reserved for higher-end phones, fingerprint sensors are now included in much more affordable phones like the Infinix and Tecno .

Thanks to Face ID in the iPhone X, and the face scanning and iris scanning in Samsung’s devices, facial recognition is starting to gain momentum. We’ve found Face ID in particular to be reliable in bright sunlight and in the dark, but it’s a bit slower than Touch ID.

Headphone jack/USB port

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Ports too can be a factor to consider. Although both micro-USB and USB Type-C ports are available in smartphones these days, it is preferable to switch to USB Type-C not just because it is easy to plug in but also it is future-proof.

More number of smartphones have started incorporating the new standard. Few have started ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack as well but there might be good two years before all the OEMs completely switched to USB Type-C based headphones jacks.

Audio/speakers

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Speakers and the quality of audio coming out of it can be an important parameter for those who rely on heavy video streaming or video conferences. If you like entertainment-on-the-go, buy a handset that has front-facing speakers. This gives clear sound even while holding the smartphone in landscape mode.

If you don’t indulge in video streaming or video conferencing much, then a regular handset with bottom-firing speakers should be just fine. Those with speakers placed at the back are also fine.

Conclusion

What’s Most Important To You?

Battery? The camera? Overall cost? You need to decide what you want from a phone and have clear objectives and ideas about how you’re going to be using it. Think about what you use most in your every day-to-day life already.

Most people don’t NEED a flagship, really, they just like having them for the prestige. This is why phones are marketed so heavily, they want you to think you need them and cannot live without all that new stuff.

Do you want it to have it all? If so, look at the flagships – these are always the best performers in all respects.

Do You Even Need A Smartphone?

Do you only use your phone for making calls and sending text messages? If so, you might need a feature phone that has INSANE battery life (and not much else).

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Last year in a facebook post Infinix boss Benjaminn Jiang gave a hint of a snapdragon powered device from Infinix and true to his words there is going to be a snapdragon phone from infinix.Below is his facebook post.

 

Since Infinix was founded in 2012, the company have been releasing a lot of classic smartphones to meet users need and they are best known for building cutting-edge products and design transformation of mobile devices.

Leaks from GFX Bench, an Infinix device with the model code X573 and which is expected to be the Infinix Hot S3 will be making its way out later in the year with a Qualcomm chipset.

The Infinix Hot S3 X573 will run on android latest OS, android 8 Oreo and that it will come with 3GB RAM, a single rear camera with dual flash and also a single front facing camera with dual flash.

The phone will come with fingerprint scanner for security, it will be powered by 4000mAh battery capacity, 5.5 inch display screen and it is reported to also be an 18:9 ratio display device, with all these specs the device promises to be a great one.

LEAKED SPECIFICATIONS

  • Display size: 5.5-inch display screen
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Security: Rear-mounted Fingerprint scanner
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Network: 2G, 3G and 4G networks
  • Camera: Single rear camera with dual flash and single frontal camera with dual flash
  • Battery: 4000mAh battery capacity
  • 18:9 Ratio Display

As you can read from above these are speculations and the specs are subject to change,so keep your fingers crossed we will post the final specs when the phone is launched or when  they are confirmed

Tecno Mobile has finally unveiled its first smartphone with an 18:9 ratio display in Ghana.The 18:9 ratio means it has very thin bezels.

The TECNO Camon CM comes with a crafted 2.5D Third-Generation Corning Glass display and a remarkably sleek design that makes the device sit comfortably when held, the new TECNO CAMON CM infinity display confronts the usual framework of smartphone design, allowing users to see and experience more than ever before.The Tecno Camon CM comes with a 5.7-inch display that takes up 83% of the phone’s front panel and it is much bigger than the screen of its much more recent predecessors (CAMON CX, CAMON CX air), enabling a much wider viewing and also a nice addition to the Tecno family.


The device comes imbedded with an 18:9 screen support single window 1:1 split-screen which can be operated with only one step – meaning you can do two things at a time on the screen.

also The TECNO Camon CM comes with a 13MP camera with amazingly bright ring flash (1 LED ring flash in the front and 4 LED ring flash in the back) is there to give users beautiful pictures and with the wider screen, users can capture more angles when used to take a selfie.

 

The TECNO Camon CM comes fully loaded with a huge 3000mAh battery, 2GB RAM+16GB ROM memory, 4GLTE and runs on 7.0 android OS which makes everything work smoothly and the is been sold for GHC 612.

We do not see that many smartphones within this price range with an 18:9 aspect ratio and thin bezels so Tecno can use this to stand out from competitors.The CAMON CM is availble in all Tecno Exclusive shops near you.