Tecno Camon 16 Premier was announced earlier this week as the mid-range phone with dual selfie cameras, 64MP quad cameras and is powered by MediaTek Helio G90T processor. The Camon 16 Premier goes up against the might of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and undercuts Xiaomi’s offering with its single 8GB+128GB model. We also have the Infinix Zero 8i that was launched in December in India at a similar price point.
The mid-range smartphone segment in India remains as volatile as ever, with several options offered by companies like Xiaomi, Realme, Vivo, Oppo, Infinix, Tecno and more. We thought of taking a look at the two recent offerings along with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max that was launched in March in India and see how they go up against each other basis the specifications sheet.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier has launched in India at a price of Rs 16,999 for the sole 8GB + 128GB option, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max starts at Rs 15,999 for the base variant with 6GB + 64GB storage and Rs 19,999 for the maxed-out model with 8GB + 128GB storage. Infinix Zero 8i, meanwhile, is priced at Rs 15,999 and is available in a single 8GB + 128GB storage option.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier has a plastic build and chassis that measures 9.1 millimetres and weighs 210 grams while the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a glass back panel that curves around the plastic chassis, measuring 8.8 millimetres and weighing 209 grams. The Zero 8i also has a plastic built and has the same dimensions as the Camon 16 Premier.
Notably, Xiaomi provides Gorilla Glass 5 protection with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max along with water-repellent coating but neither Tecno nor Infinix provide any kind of added protection against wear and tear.
The Camon 16 Premier features a 6.85-inch Full HD+ (2460 x 1080 pixels) resolution display with dual selfie cameras housed within the punch-hole cutout upfront. The screen also supports a 90Hz high refresh rate and is HDR10+ certified with 480nits brightness. Interestingly, the Infinix Zero 8i seems to feature the same display as the Camon 16 Premier measuring 6.85-inches diagonally along with 90Hz refresh rate.
As for the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, it features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution display with a single punch-hole cutout in the centre for the selfie camera. The screen is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 and offers 450 nits brightness.
Both the Tecno Camon 16 Premier and the Infinix Zero 8i are powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T processor with an octa-core CPU and Mali-G76 GPU. The CPU has two Cortex-A76 prime cores running at upto 2.05GHz while the rest of the six Cortex-A55 cores are clocked at upto 2.0GHz. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage with an option to further expand it by using microSD card.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 618 GPU. The octa-core CPU has two Kryo 465 Gold cores running at upto 2.3GHz while the six Kryo 465 cores are clocked at upto 1.8GHz. This is paired with upto 8GB RAM and upto 128GB storage options to choose from along with support for micro SD card.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier runs on HIOS 6.0 while the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max uses MIUI 12, both based on Android 10. Additionally, all three phones have a power button that doubles up as a fingerprint reader.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier is equipped with quad cameras on the back that consists of a primary 64MP camera with an f/1.9 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field of view, a 2MP video camera and a 2MP depth sensor. This is supported by five LED flash and support for 4K UHD recording at upto 30FPS with EIS.
On the front, there are two selfie cameras housed within the punch-hole cutout with a 48MP primary camera along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max also has a quad-camera setup on the back which consists of a 64MP primary camera along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The rear cameras can record in 4K UHD at 30FPS along with support for EIS. There’s a 32MP selfie camera on the front, housed within the punch-hole cutout.
The Infinix Zero 8i also has a quad-camera array with a 48MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view, a 2MP depth sensor and an AI lens to improve low-light pictures. There are two selfie cameras on the front that consists of a primary 16MP camera along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera. The rear cameras can record in 4K UHD and 1080p at upto 60FPS.
The Tecno Camon 16 Premier and the Infinix Zero 8i are both equipped with a 4,500mAh battery with the Camon 16 Premier supporting 18W fast charging and Zero 8i supporting 33W fast charging. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a 5,020mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging out-of-the-box.